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specialty furnace equipment
where quality meets performance
est. 1967
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About Us

THIS IS WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

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Since 1967 AVS has been providing custom vacuum and pressure furnaces to customers around the world. Our manufacturing facility in Ayer, Massachusetts is vertically integrated with in-house capabilities that include furnace design and engineering, ASME certified welding, panel building, complete integration, and thorough testing procedures of complex furnace systems. From concept to manufacturing, final assembly, and technical support every AVS employee is invested in your success and dedicated to delivering your complete furnace solution. Our collaborative partnerships with customers worldwide have resulted in thousands of success stories. Put our over 50 years of experience to work for your product’s success.

OUR VISION

Our Mission

We will be the leader in materials processing systems and services, utilizing vacuum, pressure and heat.

We will satisfy our customers through application knowledge, innovative engineering solutions, and quality products in a professional, responsive manner.

We will be an organization based on teamwork, providing an environment where all employees feel a sense of contribution and satisfaction through their efforts

OUR REACH AROUND THE WORLD

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AVS STANDS ALONE IN THE INDUSTRY, WILLING TO BUILD CUSTOM FURNACES THAT ENABLE YOU TO COMBINE SEVERAL PROCESSES FOR THE MOST ADVANCED APPLICATIONS.

OUR HISTORY

1967

AVS founded by brothers George and Bill DiPietro. Advanced Vacuum Systems was established for the purpose of manufacturing vacuum furnaces with resistance and induction heating systems including added capabilities such as hot-pressing, arc melting, de-binding,  and other special features

1970

AVS begins delivering and servicing vacuum furnace systems to many markets including customers such as the Navy, DOW, and IBM

1976

AVS purchased by Norman Buck and remained a closely held company. The company continues with vacuum furnace systems as the core of its business with ever expanding capabilities into larger and more sophisticated systems including custom designed units for special applications such as CVD and CVI processes

1978

AVS goes international and  begins delivering and servicing systems globally

1984

AVS builds a new 20,000 square foot facility in Ayer, Massachusetts

1986

AVS increases capacity and expands building by an additional 14,000 square feet

1988

AVS adds the capability of pressurized systems. AVS is a certified manufacturer under  Section VIII Div. I of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code

1995

AVS delivers worlds first large scale quartz fusion furnace to GE

1996

AVS delivers multi-chamber semi-continuous furnaces to Pratt & Whitney

2005

AVS purchased by our owner and CEO Steven Levesque; a long time employee of AVS prior to owning the company

2006

AVS acquires the Hetherington brand: a standard line of bell style hydrogen furnaces tailored to Labs and University environments and begins to support all aftermarket needs for current systems in the field

2010

 AVS delivers worlds largest vacuum hot-press to Armorline

2015

AVS begins to offer in-house Toll and R&D services. This affords our customers the confidence that their process parameters an AVS system is designed around are optimal for their application.

Whether heated by resistance or induction, our furnace specifications are driven by the customer. To provide the right solution, we utilize the customer’s extensive and specific process knowledge to determine the ideal performance criteria. The customer specifications of product size, mass, required temperature, uniformity, vacuum and / or positive pressure levels, and gas atmosphere conditions are the foundation of the final AVS furnace design.

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AVS fabrication capabilities range in size from 4 inch (100mm) diameter mini furnaces, to hot zones in excess of 15 feet (5 meters). We have the ability to fabricate graphite, ceramic, or refractory metal hot zones in-house. The equipment we produce is for applications involving a combination of high temperatures, up to 3000°C, high vacuum down to 10-6 Torr, gas pressures up to 3000 psig (200 bar), and even hot pressing that ranges from 5 tons to more than 2000 tons of hydraulic force.

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