HIX Ovens 101
Industrial Preheating Ovens
HIX Industrial Preheating Ovens generally have a maximum temperature of 600ºF or less. Superior in performance, our Industrial Preheating Ovens are used for a variety of industrial products, and either use Infrared, Infra-air(Infrared w/ recirculating air), Gas Hot Air Convection or Electric Hot Air Convection heating. We support a wide range of applications such as an Infrared oven to preheat plastics for logo stamping or embossing, or a Hot Air Convection oven to melt resins into carbon fibers to create lightweight structural materials.
HIX Industrial Ovens knows that increased productivity through reduced preheat time is critical to efficient production. We evaluate your process needs and materials and use over 55 years of experience to create the most efficient preheating oven possible. For over a half century we have successfully increased process throughput and reduced the energy used in heating equipment. For many applications, we have been able to reduce the process time by as much as 10-25%. That translates into big savings.
Industrial Drying Ovens
Our Industrial Drying Ovens typically use Infrared, Infra-air (Infrared with recirculating air), Electric Hot Air Convection, or Gas Hot Air Convection designs. Our Industrial Drying Ovens are typically made of corrosion resistant aluminized steel with ceramic wool insulation and up to a 97% recirculating air system for maximum efficiency. Custom options include batch oven and conveyor oven designs, air knife systems, easy maintenance access, precision controls, and the ability to interface with robotic assemblies using PLC and HMI controls. Examples of the industries and processes we are experienced with include the application of coatings, adhesives, inks, finishes, and the removal of residual water and solvents from washing processes.
Industrial Curing Ovens
The HIX Industrial Curing Ovens’ primary focus is to quickly and efficiently reach and maintain the temperatures needed to start the desired chemical reaction for the curing of epoxies and sealants, powder coating, vulcanization, the setting of carbon molds, and much more. Superior in performance, our Industrial Curing Ovens come with options such as Infrared, Infra-air(Infrared w/ recirculating air), Electric Hot Air Convection or Gas Hot Air Convection heating, multiple temperature zones, custom airflow impingement, custom heater wattage, temperatures, and sizes.
Industrial Annealing Ovens
Our Industrial Annealing Ovens specialize in the annealing of plastics and composites at temperatures up to 600°F. After the initial molding process our annealing ovens raise the product to a specific temperature at a predetermined rate, hold the temperature for a specified time allowing the molecular chains to reorganize, then decreases the temperature accordingly, relieving the stress from the initial molding process and increasing the products durability. Our Industrial Annealing Ovens are are designed and engineered for maximum efficiency so holding temperatures for many hours doesn’t cost more than is necessary. Our annealing ovens come with extremely precise ramping temperature controls for absolute control over temperature increases, decreases, and holding points. Our ovens come in either batch or continuous conveyor designs based on your requirements.
Industrial Conveyor Ovens
Industrial Conveyor ovens are an excellent choice for drying and curing processes. Our conveyor oven belts come in Stainless Steel, PTFE coated fiberglass mesh, Nomex, Kelvar, and more. Options include single or multi-belt designs, automatic startup and shutdown systems, heat curtains, custom oven chamber opening heights, precision temperature controls, PLC and HMI controls, and more. All Industrial Conveyor Ovens can be engineered to be compatible with robotic assembly production lines.
Industrial Batch Ovens
HIX Industrial Ovens can manufacture any type of batch oven to meet your curing, drying, or annealing requirements. Although we have many standard models, our engineering team can custom design batch ovens to fit your application from anything in size from small cabinet ovens, to large walk-in or truck ovens.
Industrial Continuous Web Ovens
HIX Industrial Tower and Tunnel Oven systems are extremely efficient for web printing with solvent-based inks, conductive inks, water-based inks, or for solvent-based lamination. The HIX Industrial Tower and Tunnel Ovens are not only energy efficient, but they have an extremely even temperature distribution making them perfect for your precision printing needs. Our continuous web oven systems come in a variety of sizes with the ability to customize based on your application.
Hix Industrial Infrared heater panels are manufactured in-house. They can be built with custom wattage or wavelengths based on your material or product. To be able to control the the amount of resistance in each panel ensures that the lowest amount of energy possible is being used to reach and maintain the required temperature. This provides the most energy efficient heating system available.
Recirculating air is added to Infrared heat when vapor barriers are present or volatile fumes need to be exhausted from the oven chamber. The combination of Infrared heat panels and recirculating air maximizes the drying and curing processes in batch and conveyor ovens, as well as ensuring a safe oven and working environment.
Electric Hot Air Convection
Electric Hot Air Convection heat provides a distinct set of advantages over Infrared panel heaters. Electric Hot Air Convection Ovens use Stainless Steel finned strip heaters that are heated to a set temperature. Air is then circulated across the finned strips to provide the heat in the oven chamber with a very low temperature variance. This type of heating system is great for maintaining precise temperatures and is gentle on delicate substrates.
Gas Hot Air Convection
Gas Hot Air Convection heat provides very similar results to Electric Hot Air Convection. A gas burner is installed and calibrated to provide the proper amount of BTU’s based on the application and process requirements. Gas burners come in various sizes and can be installed in multiple locations and quantities depending on the size of the oven or temperature range required. In most areas, operational costs are decreased due the lower cost of natural gas vs. electricity.
Gas types that can be used are natural gas, propane, butane, and blended fuels. Like Electric Hot Air Convection, Gas hot air convection is gentle on substrates.
Quartz Infrared Heating Elements
Quartz Infrared heating elements reach the desired temperature in a matter of seconds and are perfect for the gelling, pre-curing, and post-curing of inks and resins. Quartz heating elements cure and dry ink at a faster rate than traditional ink curing methods and are perfect for Industrial Tower Ovens.