Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM)

Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM)

Over 40 years, Retech Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM) furnace equipment has proven to consistently deliver value and competitive advantage for our customers through a combination of system innovation and a focus on each customer’s specific needs. Retech’s market dominance is predicated upon intelligent design, including precise and reliable heating, recipe driven controls, data acquisition as well as effective manufacture controls. Retech’s Vacuum Induction Furnaces can easily handle a wide range of materials used in everything from automotive and consumer products to critical, high-value equiax, directionally solidified or single-crystal aerospace parts.

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Cold Wall Induction (CWI)

Retech Cold Wall Induction (CWI) systems, also called Induction Skull Melting (ISM), utilize a segmented, water-cooled copper crucible, in place of traditional graphite or ceramics, thereby preventing contamination of the charge material(s). As with all Retech equipment, these systems can be configured to meet needs of our customers and their stringent production requirements.

Materials:

Reactive Metals, Refractory Metals, Amorphous Metals, Super Alloys, Shape Memory Alloys, Silicon

Applications:

Alloy Production, Ingot Casting, Precision Casting, Atomization

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VIM Alloy Systems

Retech VIM Alloy systems are known for their high yields and low operating costs combined with intelligent design, including features like precise and reliable heating, recipe driven controls, precision pouring and data acquisition, among others. The result is a state-of-the-art package offering manual, semi-automatic and automatic operations necessary to maximize throughput, repeatability, and yields, for our customers, thus giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Materials:

Reactive Metals, Refractory Metals, Amorphous Metals, Super Alloys, Shape Memory Alloys, Silicon

Applications:

Alloy Production, Ingot Casting, Atomization, Precision Casting

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Laboratory Scale Induction

Retech Laboratory Scale Induction furnaces are supplied to the metal working industry with laboratory size melting systems as a means to develop new equipment and materials. Our lab furnaces, supplied to a wide range of companies, individuals, and institutions, utilize chemistry analysis along with an even greater variety of development and small batch production functions.

Materials:

Reactive Metals, Refractory Metals, Amorphous Metals, Super Alloys, Shape Memory Alloys, Silicon

Applications:

Alloy Production, Ingot Casting, Atomization, Precision Casting

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Retech pioneered the design and engineering of equipment used in the production of the first single-crystal turbine blades and continues to provide high-yield furnaces with low operating costs.

Like all of Retech’s vacuum metallurgical equipment, the capability of the VIM for producing new products, in new or existing markets, is limited only by the imagination of forward-thinking companies that demand improved equipment technologies for new materials to compete and succeed.

Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM) FAQ’s

Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM) utilizes induced electrical eddy currents to cause heating of a work piece that is placed within and coupled (connected) to those invisible currents.

Retech’s Vacuum Induction Furnaces can easily handle a wide range of materials used in everything from automotive and consumer products to critical, high-value equiax, directionally solidified or single-crystal aerospace parts. In fact, Retech pioneered the design and engineering of equipment used in the production of the first single-crystal turbine blades and continues to provide high-yield furnaces with low operating costs.

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