In general terms, industrial ovens are heated chambers that are used in drying and curing processes across various sectors. They’re available in a variety of configurations, capabilities and classifications to ensure that they can fit into any workspace footprint, and so that they can meet a diverse range of thermal processing applications. But how do you select the right oven for your needs?
With so many varied options available, the answer to this question is important – you don’t want to make the wrong choice, as this can prove to be quite costly. Below are some tips for ensuring the selection process goes smoothly:\
- Determine your needs
The first and most important step is to identify the demands of your application. The process for which the oven is required must first be determined so that you can obtain the right size and usage. These units can be used in varied applications, ranging from curing and drying to burn-in testing and heat treatment (to name a few).
- Consider the temperature requirements
One of the most critical requirements for selecting the right industrial oven is an understanding of its minimum and maximum operating temperatures. Various temperature considerations should be made, including: overall cycle time, required dwelling time at a particular temperature, and controlling heat-up rate (to name a few).
- Construction and design considerations
The construction of the oven will depend on your temperature requirements and required size. Generally, these units are made from stainless steel or aluminised and mild steel. Stainless steel construction offers excellent corrosion resistance, for example. Other factors should also be taken into consideration, such as floor types and shelves.
- Determine the chamber size
This is an important consideration when selecting the right oven, as the chamber must be ergonomically designed to accommodate a wide variety of products in each batch. If the chamber is too small, it may lead to poor performance. If it’s too large, it may take up lots of time and space. Also, the chamber must be designed for uniform airflow distribution.
All of the above considerations should help you to select the right industrial oven for your needs. This is why it is so important that you don’t rush your decision or make it without having all the facts. If you’re still having trouble deciding on the right type of oven, ensure that you contact an industry expert or reputed manufacture; they will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Hi, I am Ian owner of Simultech. A leading supplier of environmental simulation and measurement equipment to various industries across Australia and New Zealand.