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We engineer our vacuum furnaces to achieve demanding specifications for your safety-critical and high-performance parts. Every Ipsen thermal processing solution is backed by expert support for the lifetime of your equipment.Start Your Quote
Furnaces that strengthen your metals. A partnership that strengthens your business.
With furnace customizations, installation, startup, testing, and training included, turnkey solutions make getting your furnace up, running and generating revenue easier than ever. We’ll gain a full understanding of your needs, build your furnace to your exact specifications, and oversee the entire implementation process to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Hot Zone Options
We build both all-graphite and all-metal hot zones for exceptional process control, efficient cooling and easy installation and maintenance. We also offer custom constructions such as graphite insulation with moly heating elements.
Advanced Controls & Data Capture
You’ll achieve maximum control and reliable data capture using our proprietary software systems, CompuVac and VacuProf. Features include DigiTrim® heat zone control, which enables excellent temperature uniformity and tight temperature tolerances. All temperatures are recorded and displayed to one-tenth of a degree to meet AMS 2750 requirements. Critical process data is conveniently exported at the end of a cycle to a CSV file format for remote viewing.
If you’re working with parts made with specialized manufacturing methods, then your furnaces must also be specialized. We build thermal processing solutions that yield repeatable results for vacuum aluminum brazing, solution nitriding and other unique processes such as carburizing.
Ipsen vacuum furnaces accommodate a wide range of heat treating processes, including:
- Surface Treatments
Vacuum Aluminum Brazing (VAB)
All vacuum aluminum brazing furnaces feature individually controlled heating elements that surround the work zone, minimizing cycle times and providing precise, uniform heating of the workload. Joint-free heating elements eliminate resistance buildup and hot spots.
Solution Nitriding (SolNit®)
SolNit is a thermo-chemical heat treatment process similar to case hardening, but it uses nitrogen instead of carbon as an alloying agent. This process uses vacuum furnaces with high-pressure gas quenching capability for nitriding stainless steels, allowing low-grade stainless steel to be hardened for use in everything from surgical instruments to household appliances.
Vacuum Carburizing with Acetylene (AvaC®)
Our proprietary AvaC vacuum carburizing process uses acetylene to virtually eliminate the soot and tar formation problem known to occur from propane, while greatly increasing carburizing power even for blind or through holes. It ensures highly homogenous carburizing even for parts with complex geometries and high load densities.
Aluminum Ion Vapor Deposition (IVD)
Ion Vapor Deposition (IVD) is a process for applying pure aluminum coatings to parts for corrosion protection. To prevent oxygen and water vapor contamination, the aluminum coating is applied to the parts in a vacuum.
Debinding and Sintering
Vacuum debinding and sintering is a process used for powdered metal parts, MIM components, 3D metal printing, and beading applications. Parts are heated to the binding agent’s vaporization temperature and held at this level until all of the outgassing of the binding agent is complete. Then, the temperature is increased to the sintering temperature of the base alloy and held to ensure solid-state part diffusion occurs.
We produce our standard vacuum furnaces with tight temperature uniformity performance of ±10 °F (±6 °C), with high-temperature processing capability up to 3,000 °F (1,316 °C). Some furnace models, such as our Vacuum Aluminum Brazing line, can operate at ±5 °F (3 °C).
Graphite Hot Zones
Graphite hot zones are long-lasting and can deliver excellent ROI. They are robust, economical to repair and incorporate hearth designs with high creep strength.
All-Metal Molybdenum Hot Zones
If your process is susceptible to graphite contamination, a molybdenum hot zone can meet your needs. Our moly hot zone elements feature a “double-U” profile which makes them easy to install and replace.
We offer custom hot zone construction such as graphite insulation with moly heating elements, for applications with unique requirements.
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