VAC AERO will be installing another large vacuum oil quench furnace which will be the fourth such furnace in operation at its Oakville, Ontario Thermal Processing facility.
The new furnace is required to accommodate the continuing strong demand for VAC AERO’s vacuum oil quench process. It will be used for vacuum hardening of large aircraft landing gear components and other high strength steel components. The new furnace is a VAC AERO Model VAV 7272-VOQ that will be designed and built by VAC AERO’s Furnace Manufacturing Division. It is expected to be commissioned by the 4th quarter of 2009. To complement the new oil quench furnace, additional parts washing and tempering capabilities have already been installed.
VAC AERO’s vacuum oil quench process is proven itself to be far superior in terms of cost and distortion control.
VAC AERO’s vacuum oil quench furnaces can process vertical loads up to 72” in diameter and 126” high. VAC AERO also has the capability to harden certain high strength steel components using high pressure gas quenching technology. However, for medium and large size parts, the vacuum oil quench process has proven itself to be far superior in terms of cost and distortion control and in achieving consistent mechanical properties in thicker section sizes. VAC AERO’s oil quench furnaces are designed for direct vertical quenching on high speed elevators without the need for horizontal transfer. This results in very smooth motion and quench delays of less than 10 seconds for loads up to 126” high.
VAC AERO developed its vacuum oil quenching technology in 1980 and now operates the world’s largest vacuum oil quench furnaces.
VAC AERO’s Oakville Thermal Processing Division is approved for vacuum oil quenching of components for all major commercial and military aircraft programs. The company holds NADCAP and AS9100 accreditations along with numerous customer-specific approvals.