SANTA ROSA, Calif., February 9, 2012 — Thermal Technology recently built, installed and commissioned a 500,000-pound force hot press for a Northern California customer. The customer intends to produce large powder metallurgy semiconductor materials. The hot press furnace system, Model HP500-242424G, offers a large usable work space with a 4-side heated graphite hot zone rated to 1800°C. It operates in an inert gas, vacuum or partial pressure environment.

Thermal Technology’s Model HP500-242424G provides a spacious 24-inch-cube work area. It features a convenient front or rear loading configuration, permitting direct and unrestricted access to the work area. This system offers precision force control and displacement measurement with accuracy of better than 0.5% of reading.

“This high force system offers production-scale capacity with precision control and repeatable performance,” says Matt Mede, Thermal Technology president and CEO. “The HP500-242424G provides upgraded force and atmosphere controls. This gives the customer unique processing capabilities leading to new material development possibilities.”

Thermal Technology’s hot press systems are designed for the simultaneous application of high temperature and high pressures. Primary applications include densification of powdered materials, diffusion bonding of solid components and processing of fibrous composites. Temperature and force programming are simplified by the use of a Eurotherm 2704 controller.

Thermal Technology is a global manufacturer of advanced thermal processing systems. Their product line includes crystal growth technology, hot presses and SPS 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. They have over 60 years of experience and more than 3000 installations in 40 countries.

graphite hot press furnace
Thermal Technology Graphite Hot Press, Model HP500-242424G