US Government Orders Multimillion-dollar Vacuum Furnace
“The US Government recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to G-M Enterprises, a Nitrex company, for the supply of a turnkey vacuum system that will support the expanding heat treat operations of a military base located in the USA. This aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility performs rework of engines and related components.
The new horizontal furnace will complement existing G-M Enterprises vacuum systems in operation since 1989. G-M Enterprises will supply all key components including a horizontal front-loading vacuum furnace with a work zone of 48” wide x 48” high x 72” deep (1220 x 1220 x 1800 mm), a 4,000 lb. (1800 kg) weight capacity, and a 2 bar-quench system in addition to an all-metal hot zone construction, advanced computer control system, and hydrogen partial pressure capabilities. Operating at a temperature range of 1000°F to 2400°F (535°C – 1300°C), the furnace will heat treat aircraft engine components. Production of the new vacuum furnace is scheduled to start in July 2021.
G-M Enterprises has worked closely with many military bases across the USA and supplied furnaces for rework operations at various facilities. “Our success with the government’s military bases is about delivering cost-effective, result-oriented heat-treating solutions that support in-house capabilities, improve on the material properties of mission-critical aerospace applications, and can save on manufacturing costs,” said Michel Frison, Vice President of Nitrex & G-M Enterprises.”
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