Pictured here is a high temperature, pusher style ceramic sintering furnace for silicon carbide and some other non-oxide ceramics. The furnace incorporates a variable speed pusher, atmospheric debinding surface; high temperature sintering furnace, in-line cooler and boat return mechanism. This system is fully integrated mechanically for automatic operation and electrically with full PC based control and data management. Precision gate valves and cold wall design allow for optimized atmosphere management: 1) better flow patterns in the hot zone and 2) lower inert gas usage for sintering. This system is designed such that vacuum can be applied to individual sections as the use of vacuum is required for good operation. The variable speed pusher allows for: 1) controlled acceleration/deceleration product transport and 2) partial simulation of the uniform exposure typical of a slow moving belt furnace.
Centorr/Vacuum Industries' manufacturing facilities have been repeatedly expanded and now include a group of integrated shops staffed and equipped for machining, metal forming, fabricating, electro-mechanical assembling, and operational testing of complete furnace and related processing systems. Centorr/Vacuum Industries' Applied Technology Center is staffed with a graduate ceramic engineer and technician. The lab is equipped with five high-temperature furnaces, and various metallographic support equipment to permit analysis and evaluation of a client's process requirements.