Engineered Production Systems (EPS Ovens) has successfully designed, constructed and delivered a custom industrial furnace to Leading Edge (Decatur, Ill.). The furnace is capable of loading 20 tons of cast rails with a manipulator. The clam-shell-style heat-treat furnace heats the manganese steel rails to 1900°F through programmed steps.

EPS’ system includes replaceable castable pillars on the floor of the furnace chamber to support the load. They also provided 24 Eclipse TA025 burners – 12 firing high on one side and 12 firing low on the other – to create the needed circulation and uniformity. All aspects of the furnace design and interfacing with the customer’s manipulator were handled through a Honeywell HC900 hybrid programming controller with internal PLC.