Vacuum Feedthroughs, Heating Elements, and Custom Thermal Systems for
Aerospace, University Research, Semiconductor, Medical and OEM Applications

Case Studies

BCE's Mega Clean Flow Heater: Minimizing Toxic Emissions for Cogeneration
Using a small (~25HP) lean burn natural gas motor for cogeneration, our customer wanted to mitigate toxic emissions on the exhaust. The challenge is reducing Formaldehyde and Benzine output levels as well as reducing all other toxins without air-flow exposure to ni-chrome resistors. 
BCE 550 Feedthrough: Optimizing Imaging for Deep Space Applications
Used in a sophisticated imaging instrument, the heat generated by the PCB boards has to be dissipated using heat exchangers due to the sensitive nature of the part. The application required stranded insulated wires and low outgassing in an ultraclean environment. 
BCE’s SMARTFLOW Heater: Revolutionizing Thermal Efficiency in the Petrochemical Industry
One of the most effective ways to increase heating of plant utilities is by pre-heating combustion gases supplied to burners. This can be challenging especially when a small footprint, high thermal efficiency and low maintenance are required in very harsh environments. In fact, BCE was approached by an international petrochemical giant seeking to replace their line of cartridge heaters used for this very application. This multi-billion dollar oil and gas company was primarily concerned with improving thermal efficiency and heater life as heaters needed to be replaced often due to exposure to corrosive materials and high watt densities. Replacing these heaters was proving to be quite costly and a quick remedy was needed to allow for greater profit generation.
HEM Sealed Heater™: Optimizing Liquid Flow in Launches
Ideally a rocket engine would capitalize on internal heat dissipations to create a self-regulating thermal environment. However, in the majority of instances, maintaining a high flow rate of cold propellants can obstruct the flow path. Thus, it becomes essential to integrate resistive heaters inside the flow path’s valves and manifolds. Surface-mounted patch heaters are generally used for this application. These are polyimide/silicone sheathed resistive elements with one side adhered directly to the valves and manifolds. Although patch heaters may present a viable solution, the BCE Hem Sealed Heater™ outperforms as heat flows uniformly from inside the cartridge directly to the heated bodies.
BCE’s Submersible Heater: Transforming Ozone Sanitization Technology
Disinfecting water in residential and commercial applications has always been at the core of public safety. An efficient way to eliminate pollutants from water bodies is through the creation of ozone by the means of sophisticated equipment. In order to enhance the performance of existing ozone generators, a large multinational approached BCE to provide specially engineered heaters capable of continuous operation while being submerged in a fluid. It was thus imperative for the heaters to be hermetically sealed and easy to install into the existing ozone generating assemblies.
BCE’s Vacuum Ring Heater: Defying Boundaries in Degassing Chambers
Providing uniform heat to semiconductor devices in degassing chambers is essential in extracting impurities. This can only be achieved if a heating device has the proper fit and temperature uniformity for a given chamber. It is for this very application that BCE was approached by a large semiconductor company from Silicon Valley. In order to heat this company’s semiconductor wafers, it was critical that the heating device be manufactured to fit precisely into a large and circular degassing chamber posing manufacturing challenges due to dimensional and application parameters. BCE was able to provide extensive design consultations, 3D CAD modeling and lean manufacturing capabilities to this semiconductor giant at a competitive price. All these services were rendered while catering to all requirements needed to successfully manufacture their products. 
9 Pin UHV Compatible Feedthrough for the Semiconductor Industry
Some of the most stringent tolerances and vacuum requirements exist in the ever-expanding semiconductor industry. Tight restrictions in vacuum ports, high temperature applications and exposure to high stress environments further add to the challenge of designing an electrical feedthrough that can be manufactured quickly and installed with ease. An American multinational manufacturer of chips and microprocessors approached BCE with these exact requirements in order to replace their existing vacuum feedthroughs incapable of providing an adequate performance in ultra-high vacuum environments.
BCE’S Mini-Clean Flow (MCF) Heater at the Core of 4D Entertainment
A heater that can sustain elevated motion, high temperatures and pressures, and be compact enough to fit into a restricted assembly. BCE was approached by a worldwide provider of 4D cinematic experiences to help design a custom heating apparatus. This novel thermal assembly would be capable of creating a desired heat effect enhancing the viewing of attraction films around the globe.
BCE’s Optic Cable Feedthru: The Source for Accurate Spectrometer Data Collection
Collecting data from a spectrometer has always presented unique challenges. Now, couple that with data collection in an ultra-high vacuum environment and intermittent pressures. This is precisely what a leading national laboratory focusing on American defense asked BCE to supply. This client was concerned with data collection across an ultra-high vacuum chamber using a unique feedthrough that would be easy to install, prevent damage to expensive equipment, and maintain employee safety. 
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