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Vector, An Advanced Vacuum Furnace with High Pressure Gas Quench

Vector is a single-chamber gas quenching vacuum furnace using high pressure quench (2 to 25 bar) which can be used for wide variety of heat treating processes and applications. It provides important capabilities for producing high-uniformity in heat treated parts, high consistency in workloads, and high speeds in batch processing with low consumption of power and process gases.

Vector high pressure gas quenching furnaces are the ideal solution for heat treating. Vector is a vacuum furnace with round graphite hot zone. These furnaces can be used for most standard hardening, tempering, annealing, solution heat treating, brazing and sintering. Additionally, they can be used with SECO/VACUUM’s optional patented vacuum-carburizing technologies (FineCarb®) and prenitriding (PreNit®) and the SimVac® process simulation package is included at no extra charge. With hundreds of systems installed worldwide, SECO/VACUUM’s high pressure quench furnaces have proven record of high performance technology.


  • Wide range of heat treatment processes and applications
  • High speed cycles with high pressure gas quench
  • Low consumption of energy, process gases and other utilities
  • Environmentally friendly with low emissions of process gases
  • Simple design, modular, fitted and adjusted to tasks and a plant conditions
  • Guaranteed quality and repeatable process results
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Remote control and monitoring
  • Fast delivery and simple installation
  • Customizable


  • Annealing
  • Brazing
  • Hardening
  • Low pressure carburizing & nitriding (LPC & LPN)
  • Normalizing
  • Solution heat treating
  • Sintering
  • Tempering


  • Tool steels
  • Carburizing steels
  • HSLA
  • Alloyed steels
  • Stainless steels
  • Alloys and super alloys
  • Titanium and titanium alloy


  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Machine
  • Tool
  • Energy
  • Medical
  • Nuclear
  • Electronic
  • Metallurgy
  • Commercial heat treatment
  • Specialty Applications

The Vector is a single chamber horizontal vacuum furnace that complies industrial standards related to heat treatment equipment and has sold many hundreds of units worldwide. It comes with a full range of options and accessories for performing a wide range of functions for heat treaters and can be customized for special functions.


  • Standard horizontal capacity from 200 to 2,500 kg and more (440 to 5,500 lbs)
  • Standard vertical capacity: 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs) and 2,000 kg (4,400 lbs)
  • Graphite or metal hot zone with maximum vacuum of 10-2 to 10-5/10-6 mbar
  • Quenching pressure: from 2 up to 25 bar
  • Quenching gases: N2, Ar, He, H2
  • The best operational features including uniform heating and quenching, ability to harden a wide range of materials and cross-sections
  • ConFlapTM system supporting convection heating
  • Optional equipment for vacuum carburizing technology: FineCarb® / PreNitLPC® and vacuum nitriding LPN
  • Computer control system SecoVac, operator-friendly
  • AMS2750 specification readiness

SecoVac Automatic Furnace Control System

Maintenance and Control Features

  • Functional, simple to use, intuitive system
  • Uninterruptible Power System (UPS)
  • Full visualization and comprehensive management of emergency situations
  • Automatic generation of predefined reports (graphic or numeric) and with export to external files
  • Hierarchy of user-access levels
  • Remote control and monitoring
  • Custom setup of all data analysis charts and printouts
  • Full integration with SCADA software – no need of extra software

Production Features

  • Friendly programming of the furnace system processes
  • Advanced process management with unlimited number of recipes
  • System safeguards to wrong technological program selections

Operation Features

  • Operation time counters, ability to plan periodic reviews
  • Multiple languages
  • Viability monitoring of the thermocouples
  • Stored history of equipment operation
  • Media consumption monitoring, with optional refill warnings
  • Two-stage warning alarm – color coding allows immediate identification of alerts
  • Easy system backups

Management Features

  • Integration with higher-level management systems
  • Data security with different levels of user’s access
  • Optimization of production on the basis of stored information
  • Reduced operator workload by automation of the production
  • Programmable for a time/date delay to begin processing with an option for GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) notification
  • Long-term data logging and remote access to archived information
  • Application browser provides “read – only” access to data


Horzontal Configuration
Vertical Configuration
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VIP Models Available

Yes Yes

Workload Size2:
WxHxL or ØxH

16 x 16 x 24
24 x 24 x 36
36 x 36 x 48
50 x 50
60 x 60
Maximum Gross Load lbs.


  1. See product brochure for complete details.
  2. Custom sizes, special features and system configurations available

Dedicated Auxiliary Equipment

  • Manual and/or automatic loaders
  • Cast metal and/or carbon composite fixtures
  • Closed loop water cooling system
  • Gas buffer tank
  • Helium recycling system
  • Noise protection of the pumping system
  • Inlet gas dew point measuring system
  • Temperature uniformity frame
  • Time-saving spare parts set


Furnace Options

  • Vertical orientation
  • Graphite or metal hot zone
  • Improved temperature uniformity
  • Multi-zone temperature control
  • Load thermocouples port and control
  • High temperature operation
  • High vacuum or ultra-high vacuum
  • Low and cryogenic-temperature trap
  • Partial pressure control
  • Cooling gas flow direction
  • Color selection

Control System Options

  • Selection of PLC and IPC control system
  • Power management control system
  • Independent data recording
  • Remote control and monitoring
  • Air-conditioned control cabinet

Optional Processes

  • Low-pressure carburizing (LPC), - FineCarb®
  • High temperature LPC - PreNitLPC®
  • Low-pressure nitriding - FineLPN®
  • Nitriding of stainless steel - SuperExpanite
  • Isothermal and controlled quenching
  • Deep freezing
  • Tempering
  • Low-pressure carburizing simulation software - SimCarb
  • Case hardening simulation software - Sim Hard
  • Tool steel's heat treatment simulation software - G-Quench Pro

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