Carbolite Gero has launched an updated GPCMA/174 Retort Furnace, which it states is suitable for a variety of laboratory, pilot-scale and industrial applications requiring heat treatment to 1150°C. The completely revised 174-litre furnace reportedly reduces O2 levels to below 30 ppm and offers uniform temperature distribution and gas tightness, ensuring minimal usage of expensive gases.
Continuous monitoring of inert gas flow volumes and forced cooling for faster cycle times are further features said to ensure safe and efficient operation. Designed with a modified inert atmosphere for annealing and sintering of Powder Metallurgy and metal AM parts, the furnace can be fitted for compliance to AMS 2750E Class 1 (+/-3°C) and be equipped with instrumentation type A, B, C or D.
The GPCMA/174 features cascade control for load-temperature sensing, as well as a swing door design for ease of loading and unloading, and is said to be ideal for applications which call for a single platform furnace and small volume requirements for one-off components.