Ceramic Industry

Thermal Technology Ships Spark Plasma Sintering System

May 18, 2011

Thermal Technology announced it recently shipped a model 10-3 spark plasma sintering (SPS) system to a leading Russian research institute. The unit provides 10 tons of force and a 3000 amp power supply.

“Thermal Technology has dominated the domestic SPS market since 2008,” said Matt Mede, president and CEO. “But this sale is significant because it marks Russia’s first purchase of an SPS system made in the U.S. and it is also our first SPS export. Russia is an emerging SPS market and our client has a high level of materials science expertise.”

Spark plasma sintering is a high-speed powder consolidation technology. The SPS systems can reportedly process conductive, non-conductive and composite materials to any level of density, including full density, with high homogeneity and strong bonds between particles.

The company’s SPS systems are designed with highly rigid, four-post press frames, an extra-large working chamber and large access doors. The flexible footprint can accommodate users’ spatial limitations, while the advanced power supply provides adjustability and heat rates of greater than 1500°C per minute. Digital servo valve-controlled hydraulics ensure ultra-fine force control, while programming and data acquisition are accomplished using an on- or off-line PC system.

For additional details, visit www.thermaltechnology.com.