The purpose of the Wicket Oven is to cure the coating applied to one side of tinplate, aluminum or steel sheets.
The Wicket Oven derives its name from the wicket carrier that actually supports the non-coated side of the material in a vertical orientation while transported through each zone of the oven.
The coated side of the material sheet is exposed to our proprietary air management system at an angle that is best suited for uniform curing.
Since the material sheet is transported in a vertical orientation, the oven chamber can hold a large volume of material.
Once the material exits the cooling zone and delivered to the material handling unit, wickets enter a preheat zone to achieve their desired temperature before entering the sheet loading station.
The Wicket Oven can be engineered to accommodate various material sheet sizes, cure time and temperature.
To minimize energy consumption the Wicket Oven can be manufactured with higher density insulated walls. The addition of thicker insulated walls will reduce the shell loss by approximately 32%.
To further minimize energy consumption costs, our proprietary ITS Sleep Mode™ is an optional programming feature.
The oven will receive the sheets after printing/coating and will then convey the sheets through the oven via the conveyor system. While in the oven, uniform hot recirculated air will be supplied to perform the curing process. Upon completion of being processed in the oven, the cans will then be presented to a customer supplied take-away conveyor.
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