SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 5, 2011 — Thermal Technology, a leading manufacturer of crystal growers as well as vacuum and high temperature furnace systems, recently shipped a Model 10-3 Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) system to a leading Russian Research Institute. The SPS Model 10-3 provides 10 tons of force and a 3,000 amp power supply.
“Thermal Technology has dominated the domestic SPS market since 2008,” says Matt Mede, Thermal Technology president and CEO. “But this sale is significant because it marks Russia’s first purchase of an SPS system made in the USA and it is also our first SPS export. Russia is an emerging SPS market and our client has a high level of materials science expertise.”
Spark plasma sintering is a high speed powder consolidation technology. Thermal Technology’s SPS systems can process conductive, non-conductive and composite materials to any level of density, including full density, with high homogeneity and especially strong bonds between particles.
Thermal Technology’s SPS systems are designed with highly rigid four post press frames, an extra large working chamber and large access doors. The flexible footprint accommodates users’ spatial limitations while the advanced power supply provides unequaled adjustability and heat rates greater than 1500°C per minute. Digital servo valve controlled hydraulics ensure ultra-fine force control while programming and data acquisition are accomplished using an on or off-line PC system.
Thermal Technology designs and manufactures crystal growing systems and high temperature vacuum and controlled atmosphere laboratory and production furnaces for the advanced processing of metals, ceramics, glass, quartz and crystal growing applications. Thermal Technology has over 60 years of experience and more than 3000 installations in 40 countries.