The furnace chamber for this unit was built by Amity Industries, Douglassville, PA. Beckwood Press & Machinery/Triform, Saint Louis, MO was selected to build the large 100 ton “Four Post” hydraulic press frame for the system. The control console unit was built by Optima Stantron, Lawrenceville, GA.
Refrac Systems, working with Solar’s engineering team, selected a derivative of the Solar Manufacturing standard HLF-5748-2IQ internally quenched 2-bar vacuum furnace as the base design of the system. The new system contains many new engineered designs as needed to be both an automated vacuum hot press, and to be extra versatile for making super plastically formed and diffusion bonded (SPFDB) aerospace structures.
(Source: Solar Manufacturing)