Ensure optimum curing with an oven recorder
Today’s production line would be lost without the use and development of baked coatings. With curing ovens, drying times are taken down from hours to just minutes. Curing is a hugely important part of ensuring the quality of the finished coating, so being able to monitor and maintain the temperature and properties of the curing oven is paramount. Oven recorders are sent into an oven in order to collect and record data about the temperature and conditions within (they are also called temperature data loggers). Combined with the specialized software, the information gathered by oven recorders gives a comprehensive evaluation of oven conditions and whether a coating is cured.
In this article we look at oven recorders and why they are needed, and the companies that sell oven recorders on the US market.
Why you need oven recorders for the perfect finish
Ovens and coatings are all different, and require different parameters to ensure a successful application. Whether an oven is gas, oil, or electric will change the way heat transmits through its interior, not to mention the effect of factors like oven construction, production line speed and air distribution. When it comes to coatings, the size, thickness, density, material type, and shape of the substrate will all affect its heating characteristics, as will the coating type and application. With all these variables it is vital that every measure is taken to control and monitor conditions within the oven.
Oven recorders provide temperature profiling to directly measure the actual environmental and product temperature during the cure process. It takes the guesswork out of ensuring a successful cure. Problems with curing can lead to:
- Insufficient or excessive cross-linking
- Underdeveloped coating properties like weather or solvent resistance
- Poor adhesion to substrate and inter-coat adhesion
- Insufficient surface hardness and mechanical stress resistance
- Loss of gloss and discoloration
- Brittleness, chipping, and rapid aging
These issues can be costly to repair, and buying an oven recorder provides a reliable method of monitoring the temperature of both the oven and the substrate throughout the curing process.
Where to buy oven temperature data loggers in the US
Oven recorders are an important piece of equipment for a coating applicator, and there are a number of companies in America that provide oven data loggers for the local market. These companies include Fluke Process Instruments, and Elcometer. Below we have compiled a sampling of the available products.
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|Elcometer 215 Oven Data Logger
|A small data logger with the capacity for connecting 6 probes and a memory of up to 260,000 readings.
|Fluke Process Instruments
|Datapaq Oven Tracker XL2 Temperature Profiling System
|Up to 16 measurement locations in a single run.