Efficient, Reliable, and Cost Effective Furnaces
Because of Solar Manufacturing’s unique relationship with our affiliate company, Solar Atmospheres, we have access to an outstanding concentration of experience and expertise. Our Metallurgical Research and Development team is comprised of an experienced professional metallurgist, a PhD chemist, a vacuum furnace and heat treat process engineer, a vice-president-level special projects engineer, and two technicians. The SMART team also includes a heat treat expert with 40+ years of practical heat treating experience with a focus on quality control, a titanium heat treat expert, and the vice president of engineering for Solar Manufacturing.
So far, the R&D team has helped customers develop six surface treatments and has added them to Solar Atmospheres’ already extensive list of heat treatment capabilities.
These six include:
- Low pressure vacuum carburizing
- Vacuum gas nitriding
- High temperature solution nitriding of stainless steels
- Low temperature vacuum carburizing of stainless steels
- Solution nitriding of titanium alloys
In addition to these surface treatments, the Metallurgical R&D team has developed various precision processes for raw materials, scrap materials, powder alloys, and non-metallic compounds. These precision processes include hydriding and dehydriding of titanium and tantalum alloys, nitriding of chromium flake, degassing and sintering of high purity alloys, purification of nanopowders, and compound conversion treatments for materials used as melt additions in the steel industry.
We highly value and respect our customers’ trade developments by protecting them with mutual non-disclosure agreements, and we do not reveal such developments to other entities.
Optimal heat treating processes for best properties and consistent results are the focus in designing and building vacuum furnaces that are also efficient, reliable, and cost effective. Solar Manufacturing engineers draw on the Metallurgical R&D team to engineer and build best solutions for customers’ furnaces.