Yorba Linda, CA – Baker Furnace, Inc. is pleased to announce the shipment of a custom-built, high-temperature conveyor oven designed to heat treat rods used to manufacture commercial heating elements. The process also requires a nitrogen purge to create a specific atmosphere.
At 35 ft long with an operating temperature of 1900°F, the engineering challenges for this unique application were a combination of the size and high temperature coupled with the fact that the application required four different heating zones with a nitrogen injection in every zone. While Baker Furnace has built scores of conveyor ovens in their 35-year history, this mix of high-temperature, nitrogen purge and four zones made it a truly unique and custom furnace.
The Electrically-powered Conveyor Oven was constructed as a “modular” system, which allowed Baker Furnace to conduct a complete test on site and then break it down to ship and install in the most costeffective manner. The first two zones for heating measure 24”w x 16”h x 12’L while the two cooling sections measure 24”w x 16”h x 20’L, both with nitrogen injection supply lines to create an inert atmosphere. The oven is equipped with a 24” wide inconel wire woven belt supported by an internal inconel slider bed, which is driven with a gear reduction motor (speed controlled by Allen Bradley drives). Using formed rod-style, Kanthal elements rated at 60kW for heating, the entire system is controlled with an Allen Bradley touch screen HMI and Allen Bradley PLC software.
“Designing a conveyor oven of this size and temperature is a challenge in itself, but our biggest hurdle came when we had to achieve a plus or minus 25°F heat uniformity within the multiple zones. Each zone required different temperatures with a nitrogen injection. We leaned on our past experience as well as testing several scenarios to come up with a design that the customer loves.” Tim Bacon, Lead Project Manager at Baker Furnace.
About Baker Furnace, Inc
Baker Furnace, Inc has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing industrial ovens, pollution control equipment and other heating equipment since 1980. Their custom and standard equipment are used for a multitude of applications including heat treating, finishing, drying, and curing. Many of the industries they serve require specific temperature uniformity and equipment performance documentation. Their experienced engineering team is able to meet even the most stringent standards for their customers’ equipment.
The goal at Baker Furnace is to exceed our customers’ expectations with the highest quality products that are durable, efficient and require low maintenance. Baker Furnace employees work hard every day with a mission for Excellence, Quality and Craftsmanship in everything we build. Baker Furnace is owned by Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), a leading American manufacturer of custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control. TPS is a global leader in thermal processing products and test solutions with brands including BlueM, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, MPH and Wisconsin Oven. For more information on equipment solutions from TPS visit the website at www.thermalproductsolutions.com.