Tray-Based Conveyor Oven
A natural gas continuous conveyor oven was created to cure disc pads. Its tray-based conveyance moves products through the system standing up in a vertical arrangement made possible by the heat-resistant trays, which accommodate eight parts apiece. Each tray is mounted on a chain that travels on oversized rollers, providing an alternative to the traditional conveyor belt. This conveyance system, which shortens cure cycles and improves energy efficiency, moves the brake pads through two separate temperature-controlled zones within the continuous conveyor oven: a heated chamber and a cooling zone. The heated chamber can operate at anywhere from 300° to 662°F, and the cooling zone uses ambient air to take parts down to 130°F in 35 minutes. The oven can process 480 parts during the nearly two-hour process.