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Solar Atmospheres Adds Climate-Controlled Room

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HERMITAGE, Pa. – After surviving one of the hottest and most humid summer seasons on record, Solar Atmospheres of Western PA constructed a climate-controlled environment for the daily operation of its new all-metal hot-zoned vacuum furnace.

The critical climate within the room is controlled using a high quality HVAC system and equipped with dehumidifiers and customizable thermostats, the company reports. A heavy duty insulation package was installed, which ultimately helps to manage and stabilize temperature and humidity around the clock. The space also was constructed to produce a slight positive pressure environment, which will help eliminate dust and debris from entering the set-up and surrounding areas.

“With the new third party accreditation programs such as MedAccred gaining momentum, and knowing how detrimental high levels of humidity can be in the vacuum thermal processing of certain critical materials, we believe this venture is well worth the investment,” said Kevin Bekelja, vice president of operations in a statement.

Solar Atmospheres, just off Broadway Avenue, provides heat-treating services for metals such as titanium and various types of tool steel. The service is an important step in the manufacturing process because metals often must be heat-treated to harden – or in some cases, soften – their properties for commercial use, according to Bekelja.

Medical and aerospace contractors are continuing to demand that environmental conditions be controlled, processes validated, and the risk of foreign object debris be totally eliminated. This newly constructed environmentally controlled room will enable Solar Atmospheres to thermally process critical components, the company says.

For additional information about Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, contact Mike Johnson at 866 982 0660, ext. 2223.

SOURCE: Solar Atmospheres

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.