Although Industrial Drying and Curing Ovens are often considered to be the same thing, the drying and curing processes are very different. Where drying is just that, eliminating the moisture from a product, curing is about producing a chemical reaction. It takes heat to start and complete the chemical reactions that cure coatings and adhesives, essentially locking the molecules together and sealing surfaces permanently. If you need an Industrial Curing Oven, you don’t need to worry about finding one that fits your application. Curing ovens are available in many different configurations. You can choose a conveyor oven for a continuous operation or opt to go simple and use a batch oven. What matters most is finding the configuration that matches your process. Curing the coating is often the most critical step in your production process. You can’t afford to have it go wrong. If the results are inconsistent or it fails altogether, you can lose a lot of material to the scrap pile, wasting valuable time and financial investment. In today’s post, we are going to discuss Industrial Curing Ovens and how to ensure you pick the correct type.
A Curing Oven’s Most Important Job
An Industrial Curing Oven must be able to provide accurate temperature stability throughout the entire oven chamber. If not, your product will be ruined or come out low quality. The only way to get accurate temperature stability is a correctly engineered heat source and recirculating airflow system. When you’re working with a manufacturer to design your Industrial Curing Oven, they need to understand your process so they can determine if you need Infrared or Hot Air Convection heat, and if horizontal, vertical, or combination airflow impingement is best. The following information is critical so the manufacturer can design and engineer the curing oven you need:
- Samples or pictures of your product
- Information on your product, including: size, weight, shape, type of material, and solvents used
- How you plan to load the product into the oven and how it needs to be positioned in the oven while it is curing
- The required curing temperature, process time, and production rate
Consider the exhaust system
People sometimes forget that Industrial Ovens have exhaust systems. These systems are extremely important for Industrial Curing Ovens, which often cure products that release toxic and/or flammable solvents and fumes. When you decide to invest in a curing oven, you will need to provide the manufacturer with the SDS sheets for the solvents involved and the volume of solvents that will be discharged per hour or per batch. This information will allow the manufacturer to correctly engineer the exhaust system.
When you provide this data to HIX Industrial Ovens, our engineers will use it to design the correct Industrial Oven for you. Contact us for more information or to request a free quote. Get a quote today!