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All-Metal Sealing for Aluminum Vacuum

The Atlas CF™ Flange—the aluminum flange with a stainless steel knife-edge seal—makes high and ultra high aluminum vacuum systems a reality.  This allows vacuum engineers and designers to fully utilize the exceptional vacuum properties of aluminum.

We’ve combined the time-tested reliability of the stainless steel ConFlat® (CF) knife edge with an aluminum flange body for standard all-metal sealing and weld-up to an aluminum chamber.

The Atlas CF™ Flange is fully compatible with the industry standard ConFlat® flange interface. Employing CERN’s innovative 20° back-bevel (90° included angle) knife-edge design, the Atlas CF™ Flange provides a longer service life than conventional CF flanges.

Atlas CF™ Flanges are suitable for service in vacuum levels to 1×10 -13 plus Torr and 250°C bake-out temperatures. Our bimetallic flanges can be easily welded to aluminum vacuum vessels and are the key to successful integration of aluminum UHV technology in your application.

Used in prominent high (HV), ultrahigh (UHV) and extreme high vacuum (XHV) applications around the world, they find extensive use with semiconductor fabrication OEMs where superior heat conduction, chemical resistance, manufacturing ease, and the lower cost of aluminum vacuum systems translate into measurable productivity and cost of ownership advantages.

Non-Magnetic Atlas CF™ Flanges: Atlas manufactures a large number of aluminum vacuum chambers and flanges for low-magnetic permeability applications. We offer a line of Atlas flanges made with a 316LN, instead of 316L, face. 316LN has a significantly lower magnetic permeability than standard stainless steel. For applications requiring even lower permeability we manufacture Atlas CF Flanges with a titanium knife edge and face. The titanium faced Atlas CF flanges offer an essentially non-magnetic all-metal seal flange with the favorable economic and vacuum advantage of an aluminum chamber.

Typical non-magnetic uses are UHV synchrotron, particle physics, and various industrial applications where high magnetic permeability is detrimental to beam quality or experimental results. Such applications include non-magnetic beam tubes, wigglers, undulators, free electron lasers, drift tubes, and spectrometers.

Low Z, Low Nuclear Activation Atlas CF Flanges: In neutron applications, such as the production of radioisotopes for medical imaging, aluminum vessels fitted with our flanges replace all-stainless steel UHV systems. Residual, neutron induced radiation in aluminum has a half-life orders of magnitude shorter than that of stainless steel (which contains cobalt and chrome).

Our flanges enable aluminum UHV systems to be used in cyclotrons and nuclear reactors. For such applications Atlas offers a reduced stainless steel face or a titanium flange face.

Light/Low Weight Atlas CF Flanges: For weight sensitive applications such as aeronautical, space, or portable systems, Atlas offers either a reduced thickness of stainless or titanium interface or a line of Atlas CF flanges. Using these models, engineers can significantly reduce overall weight. Depending on size, reduced stainless steel flanges are produced with a stainless interface that’s about 20% to 40% thinner than standard flanges.

ConFlat® is a trademark of the Varian Corporation.

  • Patented UHV aluminum to stainless explosion welding technology (EXW) that is only available from Atlas.
  • UHV Rated to 1×10 -13 Torr.
  • 1/3 the weight of stainless flanges.
  • 90° included angle long-life knife edge design, developed at CERN.
  • 100% Compatible with the industry standard Conflat ® interface.
  • Standard and reduced stainless steel models available.
  • Cryogenic, non-magnetic, rectangular and other specialty flange solutions also available.
Body/Weld Interface Aluminum 6061-T6
Knife-Edge Stainless Steel 316L, Titanium (Commercially Pure) Optional
Rotatable Collar/Receiver Aluminum 6061-T6, 304 Stainless Steel Optional
Vacuum Leak Tested < 1x10E-9 cc/sec of He
Peak Temperature 300°C (during weld-up)
Operational Temperature -200°C to 250°C
Mechanical (EXW Interface)
Tensile 15,00psi (103MPa)
Shear 0,000psi (69MPa)

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Rotation Bore Bolt Holes Part # Hardware Files Actions
Non-Rotatable Blank 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-04 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-01 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-11 Show
Non-Rotatable Blank 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-14 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-21 Show
Non-Rotatable Blank M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-24 Show
Rotation Bore Bolt Holes Part # Hardware Files Actions
Non-Rotatable 0.5" 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-07 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-17 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-27 Show
Rotation Bore Bolt Holes Part # Hardware Files Actions
Non-Rotatable 0.5" 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-02 Show
Non-Rotatable Blank 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-05 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-12 Show
Non-Rotatable Blank 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-15 Show
Non-Rotatable 0.5" M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-22 Show
Non-Rotatable Blank M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-25 Show
Rotatable 0.5" 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-03 Show
Rotatable Blank 0.172 Clearance CFBI-0133-06 Show
Rotatable 0.5" 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-13 Show
Rotatable Blank 8-32 US Tap CFBI-0133-16 Show
Rotatable 0.5" M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-23 Show
Rotatable Blank M4x.07 mm Tap CFBI-0133-26 Show

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