To support an increasing demand for high-value gas nitriding, Solar Atmospheres, located in Souderton Pa, has installed a new, state-of-the-art vacuum gas nitriding furnace, built by its sister company, Solar Manufacturing.
The front-loading furnace incorporates the latest nitriding and recipe system from Solar Manufacturing. The automated controls meet AMS2759/10, Automated Gaseous Nitriding Controlled by Nitrogen Potential, in addition to the standard AMS2759/6, Gaseous Nitriding of Low-Alloy Steel Parts. The automated control system is useful for single stage, as well as two-stage (Floe) processing. All hot zone components are made completely of graphitic materials inert to the anhydrous ammonia used during the nitriding process.
In addition to a forced gas cooling system, the furnace also incorporates Solar Manufacturing’s unique convection heating system. This design has significant advantages over conventional retort-type systems in the reduction of cycle time, by as much as 50% — resulting in increased efficiency, saving customers time and money.