Sacramento, CA & Ayer, MA – VPE announces the recent acquisition of an AVS designed and manufactured Vacuum Hot Press furnace system. This world-scale 2400 Ton Hot Press will be the largest installed in the Americas and will markedly expand both manufacturing throughput and the maximum sizes of VPE’s diffusion bonded microchannel heat exchangers.
According to Mark Sowerbutts, COO at AVS, this “graphite hot zone furnace has a useable internal pressing envelope of 60” wide x 120” long x 120” tall and is rated for temperatures in excess of 1700°C in vacuum and partial pressure atmospheres. Two independent 1200 Ton rams and ten high accuracy load cells allow precision force and position control on the production elements.”
Carl Schalansky, President of VPE, states, “the acquisition and partnership with AVS on this World Scale Vacuum Hot Press will enable VPE to manufacture utility-scale heat exchangers and provide better service to our Eastern US and European customers.”
VPE’s capacity and technology expansion shores up in-house production fulfillment of next generation microchannel heat exchangers in addition to offering excess system capacity to companies desirous of previously unavailable technology for R&D and toll production service.