Case study: Infrared burners — not all are created equal
This column is provided to you by members of the Infrared Equipment Division (IRED) of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA). The group includes infrared (IR) curing equipment suppliers from throughout North America. We publish the column three times a year to give you the latest information about IR curing techniques and equipment. Contact information is at the end of the column. Most IR manufacturers offer testing for free or for a fee. Any IRED member can assist you in finding solutions to curing problems and best practices for finishing of coatings. This issue’s column was submitted by IRED member Tim O’Neal, Selas Heat Technology, Red-Ray Mfg. Infrared Division, Branchburg, N.J.
Equipto, Tatamy, Pa., is a leading manufacturer of shelving, racking, and modular storage products. As a private company founded in 1907, the company strives to provide consistent, durable, high-quality powder coated products with a high-quality finish. About 3 years ago, in its quest to improve manufacturing operations, efficiencies, and product quality, the company had an outside firm perform an extensive energy audit of its processes. The energy audit focused significantly on the company’s product finishing operation. (See Figure 1 for additional information.) The results convinced the company to research new technologies for improving its finishing line to avoid what had become a bottleneck in the manufacturing process.