SECO/VACUUM Technologies: Center of Excellence for Vacuum Furnaces
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SECO/VACUUM Technologies: Center of Excellence for Vacuum Furnaces

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Piotr Zawistowski, Managing Director, SECO/VACUUM TechnologiesPiotr Zawistowski, Managing Director SECO/VACUUM Technologies (SVT) is a subsidiary of SECO/ WARWICK, a technology leader in innovative vacuum heat treatment furnaces and related professional services in North America. As a diversified company, SVT specifically serves the vacuum heat treatment, brazing, sintering, and metallurgy markets by providing standard and custom equipment solutions.

Starting in 2017, SVT has quickly established a strong presence in the U.S by launching a company that is solely focused on vacuum furnace technologies and is now ranked second in delivering state-of-the-art vacuum furnace systems in only its third year of operation. The company primarily focuses their products to serve aerospace and defense contractors as these markets depend heavily on best-in-class heat treatment of critical components.

"SECO/VACUUM successfully implemented Low- Pressure Carburizing or LPC in their Vacuum Oil Quenching Furnaces to those customers who used the Atmosphere Integral Quench equipment previously"

In discussing the company’s unique positioning, Piotr Zawistowski, Managing Director of SECO/VACUUM, explains, “Unlike most of our competitors who are comfortable with their legacy designs, our equipment is engineered to better align with our customers’ evolving production trends and requirements.” Mr. Zawistowski gives credit to their innovative and cutting edge R&D Team who is constantly working on the next cost-saving innovation. The SVT team carries out rigorous experimental projects while working with various technical universities to gather insights and experiences from industry to the lab in testing a multitude of new thermal processing techniques.


Unlike most of our competitors who are comfortable with their legacy designs, our equipment is engineered to better align with our customers’ evolving production trends and requirements

Assuring unparallel excellence in thermal processing, the company offers an innovative product called Vector®, which is a single chamber vacuum furnace that is equipped with a high vacuum and high pressure gas quenching systems to perform multiple heat treatment operations across a range of process applications. Vector is capable of working in different workload capacities, temperatures, and quench pressures while being compact and easy to operate. The advanced control system provides for automated processing of a cycle, monitoring and alert functions, manages state-of-the-art preventive maintenance routines such as monitoring heating element oxidation build-up, and is designed to operate efficiently using a built-in power-saving mode.

Another product of SVT, CaseMaster Evolution® or CMe, is a multi-chamber vacuum oil quench furnace used for hardening, carburizing, and stress relieving. The CMe has the capability to process faster carburizing cycles, handle continuous processing of dense loads while maintaining uniformity in quenching with reduced distortion.

Furthermore, the company has launched a new product UniCase Master®, or UCM, which functions as a single-piece flow vacuum heat treatment system and has extensive potential for the automotive industry.

With a product line covering multiple types of vacuum heat treatment furnaces and related processes such as high pressure gas quenching, 4D quenching, oil quenching and gas nitriding, SECO/ VACUUM team is always on the innovation cycle.

SECO/VACUUM excels in solving its client problems which speaks volumes about their position in the market. For those customers who use the Atmosphere Integral Quench equipment previously, SVT has launched a new gas carburizing platform called SuperIQ® which is a furnace designed to integrate seamlessly with their customers’ existing three-decades-old Integral Quench line. The new approach will allow SVT’s clients to manage a variety of process parameters in a safe to operate furnace while producing a superior quality component. As a business philosophy, SVT is always focused on improving their customers’ capabilities using new technology.

With the launch of Super IQ and another product —UCM® 4D Quench® — at the ASM Heat Treatment Show in Detroit in 2019, SECO/VACUUM added two important new products to its portfolio. Super IQ represents a major innovation in carburizing and the UCM 4D Quench is SVT’s modern alternative to press quenching.

The SECO/WARWICK Group also had a change of leadership. Sławomir Wozniak was recently elected CEO, making things even more exciting for the SVT team. With more expansion plans in the U.S., the company targets to grow its presence in the West Coast.

- Laura Davis
    December 04, 2019
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SECO/VACUUM Technologies

Company
SECO/VACUUM Technologies

Headquarters
Meadville, PA

Management
Piotr Zawistowski, Managing Director

Description
SECO/VACUUM Technologies (SVT) is a subsidiary of SECO/WARWICK, a technology leader in innovative vacuum heat treatment furnaces and related professional services in North America. As a diversified company, SVT specifically serves the vacuum heat treatment, brazing, sintering, and metallurgy markets by providing standard and custom equipment solutions. The company primarily focuses their products to serve aerospace and defense contractors as these markets depend heavily on best-in-class heat treatment of critical components. Starting in 2017, SVT has quickly established a strong presence in the U.S by launching a company that is solely focused on vacuum furnace technologies and is now ranked second in delivering state-of-the-art vacuum furnace systems in only its third year of operation