EOI Hetherington has announced the sale and shipment of a model B9000 Rincon furnace to Fujian Huaqing Electronic Materials Technology Co. Ltd., Jin Jiang, China. The furnace, rated to operational temperatures of up to 2050°C, provides a controlled environment for the exacting conditions required for sintering the aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates used in high-performance electronics. "The Fujian Huaqing group is one of a number of firms worldwide that recognizes the importance and potential represented by aluminum nitride as an electronic substrate material," said Dennis Caudle, president of Electro Optical Industries. "Through its affiliation with Tsinghua University, the two entities have patented a method used to process AlN for certain applications. As a result, they performed a deliberate and thorough search for the thermal processing equipment that could meet their exacting requirements. EOI Hetherington is very proud that the model B9000R system was selected for this task."