Case study: Powder curing with electric infrared
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 Baskar Vairamohan, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif.
Howse Implement Co. Inc., Laurel, Miss., is one of the major rotary cutter manufacturers in the world. The company makes several farm and garden implement products, such as rotary cutters, blade and rakes, tillage, lifting devices, and many other types of equipment. Howse products can be found all over the US and in more than 30 foreign countries. In 2008, Howse modernized its existing factory to improve productivity and eliminate inefficient operational procedures. A new building was constructed for the sole purpose of providing a standalone finishing system separate from the fabrication operations of the plant. Products from the existing fabrication buildings would be conveyed into the finishing building. This case study highlights some of the improvements achieved because of the implementation of electrotechnology-based process heating.