Image Credit: CCI Thermal Technologies Inc. | Despatch Industries   Industrial ovens are batch or continuous process insulated enclosures or tunnels used for thermal processing.  Ovens are lower temperature (usually <1400 degrees F) thermal processing units, usually without refractory insulation.  They are used for a wide range of industrial applications including aging, annealing, baking, burn-off, curing, drying, heat treating, melting,...
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Q & A on Ovens (industrial)

We asked our users for their input on Ovens (industrial). Here are the results of 88 users familiar with Ovens (industrial).

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial oven design?
13 answers
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It should be fabricated quickly in minimum time and very excellent performance. And it will be not heavy. It will be fabricated by rockwool or some another wool sandwich panels.
~Dipen Sheth, Manufacturer, Vadodara, India
Flox (flameless oxidation) LowNox methods refractory (lighter, better materials) Supervision (control concepts, instruments) CFD simulations
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
Designed to accomplish the most efficient heat source using the least amount of floor space and power.
~Gary S, Marketing, sales development, Beechhurst, NY
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial ovens?
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Radiant Energy Systems because they design custom ovens based on the product being manufactured, and have the ability to design hot air ovens, flotation dryers and infrared heaters and combination systems to enhance the manufacturing process.
~Gary S, Marketing, sales development, Beechhurst, NY
Total Baking Solutions LLC of Ohio and International Machinery Specialist of Mexico
~Stuart R, Owner, Houston, TX
There are some, I don´t want give names in the moment.
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used industrial ovens for?
23 answers
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- Indurating Hood for Pelletizing Iron Ore - Ignition Furnace for Sintering Iron Ore - Fluid Bed Furnaces for Roasting Zinc, Copper or Lead (stationary Fluid bed) - Fluid Bed Furnaces for Calcination of Alumina or Gold roasting (circulating Fluid bed) - Contact furnace for Combustion of Sulfur for production of Sulfur acid - Fluid Bed for production of oil shale - Drying Oven for Textiles - Hot gas generators i.e. for production of Steam or Ilmenit, for Drying i.e. in Roller Mills - Rotary Kilns for Iron ore (direct reduction) or Alumina
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
- curing angstrom thick materials on semiconductor wafers - melting gallon containers of clown makeup in order for it to be poured into lip stick tubes - fast curing epoxies - aluminum heat treating - age testing of insulated wiring - drying moisture from a variety of materials from parts to desiccant pellets
~Keith I, Marketing/Sales, Littleton, CO
Used for drying the water from a honing/polishing of stone slabs and then curing resin coatings to the slabs in an oven. The oven used is dependent on the type of resin used, could be either heat or UV lamp ovens.
~Marketing/Sales, Atlanta, GA
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial ovens have been used for.
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Induction heating of all ferrous and non ferrous metals, for epoxy coating, removing moisture, in-line painting, annealing, hardening and melting of metals.
~Michael Silvasich, Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
- preheating plastic baby doll heads in order to push the eyes into the eye sockets - baking potatoes for company picnics
~Keith I, Marketing/Sales, Littleton, CO
Repressurize the hot air into products that normal flow is unreachable into.
~Project Management, Johore Baru, Malaysia
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial ovens?
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Lack of safety circuits per code by lower priced non-compliant supplies, or lack of maintenance, causing bypassing of safety items by operation personnel. Lack of training and product support.
~Gary H, Engineering Consultant, Milwaukee, WI
- overheating of combustion chambers - overloading of burners - wrong design of burners and other equipment due to lack of knowledge of the process
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
If the ovens are not operated properly as specified, the product can be burned, causing a great deal of wasted time and money.
~Gary S, Marketing, sales development, Beechhurst, NY

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
10 answers
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A software program that would automatically do all the calculations based on the product being manufactured to determine the type of oven or combination heat sources necessary to do the job as efficiently as possible.
~Gary S, Marketing, sales development, Beechhurst, NY
Beverage can manufacturers, drying water soluble rubber seals for ends of aluminium cans. All our induction drying ovens are designed for limited floor space, with vertical in-feed of can ends.
~Michael Silvasich, Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
See my answers at question 4 ( new technologies) but it depends on the application and not always does it make sense to use the best.
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
Automatic bake control via product vision software, we are presently working on this now.
~Stuart R, Owner, Houston, TX
All types of oven in the line with powder coating and liquid painting curing.
~Dipen Sheth, Manufacturer, Vadodara, India
Hot clean air flow ( 99.97% efficient at0.3 micron particle.).
~Project Management, Johore Baru, Malaysia
Smaller footprint by using advanced insulating materials
~Keith I, Marketing/Sales, Littleton, CO
More security and ease of operation and maintenance.
~Engineering, Design, Monterrey, Mexico
A precise and integral control monitoring system
~Tan Sin Seng, Facilities Manager, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Carbon footprint, reliability, quality
~Durk V, Design Engineer, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial ovens?
10 answers
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Always request three quotations to see the approaches that are offered by OEM suppliers which would be reviewed by a plant engineer. Also, a pilot testing unit should be considered before the investment in capital equipment.
~Gary S, Marketing, sales development, Beechhurst, NY
- strictly follow manufacturer's recommendations for proper use based on the original design and application - check with the manufacture if there is any question as to the safe applicability of the oven to a new process
~Keith I, Marketing/Sales, Littleton, CO
If they need induction drying ovens for beverage can ends, the most important feature is the overall size of the ovens and new solid state technologies utilized within the oven construction.
~Michael Silvasich, Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
It´s always necessary to look into the process upstream and downstream of the furnace. The more you know about the process the better the furnace can be designed.
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
Utilize indirect heat where able and utilize systems where as metals are heat retentive for better energy usage.
~Stuart R, Owner, Houston, TX
Selecting a wrongly designed oven and ineffective control system will create a low inferior product.
~Tan Sin Seng, Facilities Manager, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
So many customers in the market
~Research & Development, Delhi, India
Quality is most important.
~Dipen Sheth, Manufacturer, Vadodara, India
Safety, Energy, Process
~Gary H, Engineering Consultant, Milwaukee, WI
Quality, reliability
~Durk V, Design Engineer, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial ovens?
8 answers
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It´s always necessary to look into the process upstream and downstream of the furnace. The more you know about the process, the better the furnace can be designed.
~Hartmut K, Project Engineer Combustion Technology, Frankfurt/M, Germany
If they are looking for high efficiency drying ovens, select induction heating ovens in preference (only suitable for metals).
~Michael Silvasich, Research & Development, Melbourne, Australia
Always verify the metal heat retention capabilities and usage of proper burner packages and controls of air flow.
~Stuart R, Owner, Houston, TX
Errors can only be blamed on not doing enough investigating throughout the buying cycle.
~Gary S, Marketing, sales development, Beechhurst, NY
Always know your product specification first before looking the right oven.
~Tan Sin Seng, Facilities Manager, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
To use the oven for the purpose for which it has been manufactured.
~Research & Development, Delhi, India
Price - You pay for what you receive Service
~Gary H, Engineering Consultant, Milwaukee, WI
Cheap price
~Durk V, Design Engineer, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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