If a customer has enough product volume, at some point a batch oven may no longer be a viable solution for them. There may not be enough time to load, heat up, cool down (if required), and unload the amount of product that must be processed in a given time. A conveyor oven can often easily be incorporated into a production line, eliminating or minimizing human intervention with the equipment. This can in turn, lead to a more consistent product or product placement with fewer variances/defects. Oven conveyor drive systems can be fit with a variable frequency drive (VFD) in order to change the speed of the conveyor. This can be useful in changing the residence time of product in a heated zone/s. Additionally, a change in the oven (temperature) set point, combined with that of a third parameter, e.g. air velocity, can completely alter a temperature profile.
Top 10 Criteria to consider when selecting a Conveyor Oven
Need an industrial conveyor oven? Deciding between a standard or a custom designed machine? Read the top 10 criteria which will help you decide which is best for your application.
Conveyor Ovens offer a variety of conveyance configurations. International Thermal Systems designs and manufactures both indexing conveyor ovens and continuous conveyor ovens.
Industrial Conveyor Ovens can be used for a wide variety of heat processes including drying, curing, aging, annealing, stress relieving, bonding, tempering, preheating and forming. In either a horizontal or vertical configuration, the Conveyor Oven offers the ability to handle high production rates. Loading product(s) into the Conveyor Oven can be manual or automated.
Conveyor Oven Conveyance Systems
Belt Conveyance Systems horizontally convey the parts through the oven on a conveyor belt. A Belt Style Conveyor typically interfaces with a processing line. The oven conveyor belt is set to the line pass height and speed. ITS manufactures both continuous conveyor ovens and indexing conveyor ovens.
Overhead Conveyance Systems feature an I-beam, enclosed track, or power and free conveyor where the part(s) are typically hung from a carrier or rack and travel through the oven in a continuous or indexing mode.
Chain Conveyance Systems convey the product through the oven, in a horizontal or vertical configuration, where the parts or carriers are transported on a single strand or multiple strands of engineered chain.
Powered Roller Conveyance Systems convey the product or pallets horizontally through the oven on powered rollers in a continuous or indexing mode.
Walking Beam Conveyance Systems are typically used in indexing type applications where product spacing is critical or where environmental conditions preclude other conveyance styles. Bearings, drive components, and position sensors are located outside the oven.
Pusher Conveyance Systems feature an internal or external pusher mechanism that indexes the parts through the heat processing chamber. Pusher Conveyance Systems use rollers, low friction rails, or slide beds to support the product through the oven.
Each Industrial Conveyor Oven project undergoes a comprehensive evaluation of every production requirement. The assessment includes areas such as production goals, part configuration and construction, part mass, temperature profile, and facility location or elevation.
Conveyor Ovens can utilize indexing or continuous motion, with horizontal, vertical, inclined, or spiral motion paths. Conveyor styles include powered roller, belted (various types/materials), chain-on-edge (COE), overhead, or power and free.
Typical Heat Processing Application(s)
- Adhesive Curing
- Paint Curing
- Polymer Curing
- Product Drying
- And so many more.