Solar Atmospheres of Eastern PA Gains Nadcap Approval for Carburizing

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Solar Atmospheres of Eastern PA recently received Nadcap approval for carburizing. The Souderton, PA plant can now better serve the aerospace market with this accreditation.

Solar Atmospheres of Eastern PA recently received Nadcap approval for carburizing. The Souderton, PA plant can now better serve the aerospace market with this accreditation. The already stringent review of quality procedures and processes was even more challenging for Solar. The Nadcap audit checklist is based on conventional carburizing processes which are controlled by carbon potential, but Solar’s patented low pressure vacuum carburizing (LPVC) process works a bit differently.

The most notable benefit of LPVC over traditional carburizing is the absence of intergranular oxidation (IGO). IGO-free parts eliminate the cost and time required for additional machining. In addition LPVC offers controllable, predictable and very uniform case depths as well as the ability to carburize in blind and very small diameter holes.

Solar’s quality and technical departments collaborated extensively to successfully meet Nadcap requirements while navigating the differences between the two processes. Solar passed the audit without any findings and satisfactorily answered all questions. This carburizing accreditation joins the Souderton plant’s other Nadcap approvals for heat treating and brazing.
For more information or to request a quote, please contact Mike Moyer to discuss Solar Atmospheres capabilities at 1-800-347-3236 Ext. 1207.

ABOUT SOLAR ATMOSPHERES

Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. Through unmatched technical expertise, equipment, and quality assurance, Solar's thermal processing produces bright, scale-free parts with minimal distortion. For clients requiring an "out-of-the ordinary" application, an in-house R&D team of metallurgists and scientists develop innovative, custom process solutions. Serving over 18 markets, Solar's state-of-the art services include vacuum brazing, carburizing, nitriding, and advanced processing of raw materials such as Titanium, Tantalum, and nano powders. With over 50 furnaces ranging from lab sized to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnaces, Solar can efficiently handle any size job. Headquartered in Souderton, near Philadelphia, Solar also operates plants in Hermitage, near Pittsburgh and in Fontana, California, near Los Angeles. Please visit http://www.solaratm.com for more information.

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