Industrial ovens commonly are horizontal installations, whether batch or conveyor ovens, but sometimes the demands of limited space or production line requirements won’t allow for the footprint or product flow of a horizontal oven.
The ideal solution is a custom designed vertical oven.
Vertical ovens can do essentially everything a horizontal oven can do, and sometimes can even facilitate production processes that would be impractical or impossible with a horizontal configuration.
Vertical ovens can be designed to accommodate almost any type of part or product. Some typical uses include drying or curing of nonwoven web products, panel products, filtration products, solar film products, and even automotive pistons.
Vertical ovens utilize custom product trays or custom tooling for conveying products through the heated chamber. For web products, custom roll systems are designed to transport the fabric through the system.
About the only limitation on vertical ovens is the size of the part or product being processed, and even that isn’t necessarily a limitation. The issue with very large parts or products is that a vertical oven sized to accommodate them can nullify any floor space savings, which is the most common motivation for turning to a vertical configuration.
Case in Point
A customer entering a new market segment with a new product needed to produce a large quantity of nonwoven web product, but had limited floor space.
One of the production demands was that the product had to be dipped into a series of different solutions during the heating cycle. A horizontal oven would provide no means for such a process.
Davron was asked to evaluate the feasibility of a vertical solution. Our engineers devised a system with a series of dip tanks below the heat chamber. The custom conveying system allows for the product to exit the chamber after each vertical pass in the oven, then move on to the next dip tank below, then re-enter the heat chamber for that coating to be cured. The tanks are adjustable, and the system can be set up for one or multiple dipping operations, depending on individual product requirements.
The project was completed within the customer’s time frame—approximately two months of design and four months of fabrication. We finished the detailed engineering after the customer approved the design, and released the project to our production group. As fabrication was completed, the oven was fully assembled on-site at our facility for complete testing with the customer present. After final approval, the unit was disassembled and shipped to the destination facility, where our field team reassembled the unit, ran in-place testing, and trained the customer’s staff on its use.
The project has resulted in significant success for the customer with the new product offering, and it was brought in fully within their budget.
An industrial oven is substantial investment, and something you’ll be living with for a very long time to come. Never compromise on getting the functionality you need within your budget and physical site limitations. At Davron, every oven is a custom solution to the exact needs and demands of the customer. We always factor in the “Six F’s” of custom oven integration into a production facility: Footprint, Finances, Form, Fabrication, Flow, and Function.
Our ovens utilize heavy-duty construction standards with a structural steel frame, thick gauge interior and exterior panels, 8-pound density mineral wool insulation, and heavy-duty oven-class rated chain with custom product tooling for conveying product through the heat chamber. Our air distribution system is world-class, providing uniform airflow and temperature stability throughout the chamber.
Visit our Vertical Ovens page to learn more about the configurations and options we can provide to create a custom vertical oven designed precisely to your requirements. Call Davron today at 1-888-263-2673 for a professional consultation.