Solar Manufacturing shipped a Mentor vacuum furnace to Virginia, for a customer servicing the tool and die industry. The Model HFL-2018-2IQ features a graphite-insulated hot zone, a load weight capacity up to 250 lbs. and a maximum operating temperature of 2400° F.
Solar Atmospheres of Western PA recently installed a new, 14-foot long car bottom air furnace. The furnace was surveyed in accordance with AMS2750 Rev E and is uniform within ±10°F (Class 2).
In the operation of vacuum furnaces the quench gas heat exchanger fins can become clogged with various debris and dirt that is very difficult to completely clean with standard pressure washing and other conventional methods. The clogged heat exchanger greatly impedes quench gas flow, resulting in reduced work cooling rates.
In a continuing quest to enhance customer service, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has expanded its wings by adding another type of mechanical testing to its repertoire: tensile testing. Tensile tests are essential in determining and understanding the ultimate strengths of materials.
Approximately one year ago, William R. Jones, CEO of the Solar Group of Companies, decided to donate a small horizontal vacuum furnace for use as a teaching tool in the ASM International training facility in Materials Park, Ohio. This furnace was given the name "The Mentor" as it would serve to teach and guide students seeking to advance…
Solar Manufacturing announces the installation of a new and compact vacuum furnace design located at its Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania heat treating affiliate company facility in Hermitage, Pa.
During a vacuum processing cycle various chemical reactions can occur in a vacuum furnace that can cause a “metallurgical meltdown,” according to the authors of a new paper on the subject.

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Souderton, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres President Jamie Jones was presented with the Metal Treating Institute Distinguished Service Award for 2017 and nominated as vice president/president-elect of MTI for 2017-2018.
Souderton, PA – Solar Atmospheres recently awarded the title of CEO Emeritus to Roger A. Jones, FASM.
Solar Atmospheres Inc. has long been a model of innovation and leadership in the heat treating industry. As long-time members of the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Solar employees are actively involved in the many programs available through the institute and MTI recognized three Solar employees for their commitment…
Solar Atmospheres announces the addition of Tom Gundic to its Greenville, South Carolina, facility. Gundic has accepted the position of plant manager, bringing with him over 14 years of vacuum heat treating and brazing experience, with significant time spent leading teams in the highly demanding environment of Nadcap and AS9100 quality systems.
Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Solar Atmospheres of Western PA (SAWPA) now offers in-house metallographic testing, with its purchase of a Zeiss AxioVert A1 Inverted Materials Microscope, with an accompanying Axiocam digital camera and Zen Core Materials Analysis software package. The investment represents the continued commitment by SAWPA to…
Solar Atmospheres of California Inc., Fontana, Calif., completed its most recent facility expansion.
Hermitage PA - Solar Atmospheres is pleased to announce the addition of Timothy C. Fish to our sales team, as Regional Sales Manager at Solar Atmospheres of Western PA.
Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has completed construction of a new brazing and assembly room. Though built primarily to accommodate a large aluminum brazing project for a specific customer, the room will be used for other brazing and assembly work, as well.
Solar Manufacturing has built and shipped two furnaces to Tennessee, for service to the Medical and Additive Manufacturing industries. The models HFL-3848-EQ and HFL-3836-EQ both feature metallic-insulated hot zones, a load weight capacity up to 2,000 lbs., and a maximum operating temperature of 2,400° F.
Solar Atmospheres of California, Fontana, Calif., recently named Mike Moffit as its new vice president of operations, the company announced in a Jan. 20 news release. Moffit has been with the company for 21 years in a variety of departments, and served as the quality manager for the past 5 years at Solar Atmospheres of California.
Greenville, SC - Solar Atmospheres South Carolina facility proudly announces that Mike Paponetti has accepted the position of Sales Manager.
Solar Manufacturing Inc. commemorated the opening of a new, 59,000-sq.-ft plant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 24. The company, located at 1500 E. Clymer Ave., Sellersville, Bucks County, is the first business to build in the newly established Sellersville Business Campus. On hand to celebrate were a number of Bucks County notables,…
To support rapid growth within its mechanical testing department, Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania has invested in a new Haas ST-10 CNC lathe.
To meet the challenges of the metal treating industry, Solar Atmospheres purchased and commissioned a Hitachi smart Scanning Electron Microscope. The FlexSEM1000 II will allow Solar to meet customer needs, such as strict requirements for low level contamination from carbon, oxygen and/or nitrogen post heat treating.