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Paints and coatings company Akzonobel has installed a purpose-built infrared oven from Heraeus Noblelight in its research, development and innovation (RD&I) laboratory in Felling, Tyne and Wear.

The controllable oven forms part of a powder-coating line that has been set up in the laboratory to carry out research and development into coating finishing operations and to help customers optimise their own coating processes. This facility is part of a €9m (£7.7m) Akzonobel investment including a new fire protection laboratory and an expert capability group.

To help the company to carry out the prime aims of the new laboratory, the coating line has been equipped with the latest equipment, including an ITW Gema powder coating system, a product conveying system, convection drying ovens and the Heraeus oven. The Heraeus oven can be used to carry out pre-gel heating before products enter the convection oven, the pre-heating of product or full coating cure.

The oven is built around a floor-standing framework, whose side walls can be adjusted to vary the distance between infrared emitters from 300mm to 800mm. Each of these side zones is subdivided into two further zones, each featuring a heater module containing 123.2kW medium-wave emitters.

Key benefits of product application

  • The oven is able to accommodate test samples measuring up to 1.5m in height and 1m in width, while the adjustable walls can be located to suit various depths of components.
  • A central control panel allows the power in each of the four zones to be selected at half power, three-quarters power and full power, according to test specifications.
  • Neil Engward, the Akzonobel project leader in charge of the application facilities, explained that the test coating line is very important to the work carried out in the lab.
  • The new installation allows the company to simulate virtually every powder heating and curing conditions that its customers experience.

Paints and coatings company installs infrared oven from Heraeus Noblelight in its RD&I lab

Paints and coatings company Akzonobel has installed a purpose-built infrared oven from Heraeus Noblelight in its research, development and innovation (RD&I) laboratory in Felling, Tyne and Wear.

The controllable oven forms part of a powder-coating line that has been set up in the laboratory to carry out research and development into coating finishing operations and to help customers optimise their own coating processes. This facility is part of a €9m (£7.7m) Akzonobel investment including a new fire protection laboratory and an expert capability group.

To help the company to carry out the prime aims of the new laboratory, the coating line has been equipped with the latest equipment, including an ITW Gema powder coating system, a product conveying system, convection drying ovens and the Heraeus oven. The Heraeus oven can be used to carry out pre-gel heating before products enter the convection oven, the pre-heating of product or full coating cure.

The oven is built around a floor-standing framework, whose side walls can be adjusted to vary the distance between infrared emitters from 300mm to 800mm. Each of these side zones is subdivided into two further zones, each featuring a heater module containing 123.2kW medium-wave emitters.

Key benefits of product application

  • The oven is able to accommodate test samples measuring up to 1.5m in height and 1m in width, while the adjustable walls can be located to suit various depths of components.
  • A central control panel allows the power in each of the four zones to be selected at half power, three-quarters power and full power, according to test specifications.
  • Neil Engward, the Akzonobel project leader in charge of the application facilities, explained that the test coating line is very important to the work carried out in the lab.
  • The new installation allows the company to simulate virtually every powder heating and curing conditions that its customers experience.

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