Anyone using the GSL 1300X Furnace by MTI Corp?

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In summary, the GSL1300-40X Desktop Alumina Tube Furnace has been a difficult product to install and operate, with issues including confusing instructions, language barriers, and trouble with maintaining a constant temperature and using the key input.
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My lab just bought the GSL1300-40X Desktop Alumina Tube Furnace from MTI recently. This thing has been a total headache to install and operate. The lab manager was totally confused about the wiring. The instructions were obviously written by someone who did not speak English well. Then there was the issue of it using 240V. A Phone call to tech support was no help, because we couldn't understand the guy on the phone."Oh its very easy to use the guy said" Eventually the lab manager figured out the wiring problem.

Now the issue is the furnaces operation. It will never hold a constant temperature. For example, I set the furnace to heat up to 800 C for 4 minutes in the first time step. Then the 2nd time step was to heat up to 1200 C for another 4 minutes. By the end of the 1st time step, the furnace is already at over close to 1200 C. When it enters the 2nd time step, it is already maxed out at 1200 C. This is the point where the temperature input starts decreasing, as well as the chambers temperature. The current and voltage seems to change a lot while operating the furnace. Sometimes we can't even get it to start heating up after inputing the settings.

http://www.mtixtl.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=538

I should also add that the key input is a total pain. You can't back up through menu selection and you have to wait for it to time out before you can get back to the main menu to hit start.
 
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It sounds like you've been having a lot of trouble with the GSL1300-40X Desktop Alumina Tube Furnace from MTI. It can be very frustrating when you're having technical difficulties and it doesn't seem like tech support is giving you an appropriate response. It sounds like you may have figured out the wiring issue, but you're having problems with the furnace's operation. It's concerning that it is not able to hold a constant temperature and the current and voltage seem to change a lot. Additionally, the key input seems to be a hassle. It's understandable that you're feeling frustrated and would like some help. I suggest reaching out to customer service again and explain your situation in more detail. You should also consider consulting a professional technician who is knowledgeable in operating this type of furnace.
 

Related to Anyone using the GSL 1300X Furnace by MTI Corp?

1. What is the maximum temperature that the GSL 1300X Furnace can reach?

The GSL 1300X Furnace can reach a maximum temperature of 1300 degrees Celsius.

2. How long does it take for the furnace to reach its maximum temperature?

The time it takes for the furnace to reach its maximum temperature depends on the starting temperature and the heating rate, but on average it takes approximately 60 minutes.

3. Can the furnace be used for both heating and cooling?

No, the GSL 1300X Furnace is only designed for heating materials and cannot be used for cooling.

4. What materials can be used in the furnace?

The furnace can be used with a variety of materials such as metals, ceramics, and powders. However, it is important to check the maximum temperature and compatibility of the material with the furnace before use.

5. Is the furnace easy to operate and maintain?

Yes, the GSL 1300X Furnace is designed for easy operation and maintenance. It comes with a user-friendly interface and clear instructions for use and maintenance. Regular cleaning and maintenance are recommended for optimal performance.

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