The Importance of Thermal Profiling for Industrial Oven Processes
Whether employing conveyorized ovens for metal finishing, automotive, aerospace or countless other industrial manufacturing processes, ensuring the highest-quality results requires thermal measurement of the product to understand in-oven performance and adhere to specifications.
ECD M.O.L.E.® thermal profilers, in combination with INDATA™ thermal barriers and thermocouples, provide a customized approach to product quality assurance. The portable M.O.L.E® travels with parts through conveyorized ovens and furnaces, making long feed-and-retrieve sensor wires obsolete.
Time and Temperature Profiling
ECD pioneered traveling time/temperature profiling technology, engineering the M.O.L.E.® thermal profiler which has become the industry standard across multiple market sectors. The same principles of thermal measurement, specification adherence and in-process data acquisition apply to industrial processes apply. Using precise temperature measurement to set process parameters, validate in-process performance and conduct deep data analysis ensures exceptional yield and high-quality results.
Though there are different models, the most popular M.O.L.E. kits for industrial oven processing consist of a SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold 2 combined with INDATA™ thermal barriers and thermocouples. The entire kit is customized based on specific time and temperature conditions alongside space considerations. The workflow-adaptable M.O.L.E.® MAP software platform delivers tailored data extractions that optimize thermal processing parameters and provide process insight and analysis.
Market Sectors and Applications
Precision measurement and ongoing control of process time and temperature directly correlate to manufacturing throughput, yield, and product quality. With M.O.L.E. thermal profiling solutions, ECD has helped customers in numerous industries achieve exceptional results that elevate brand reputation and business profitability. Our customers’ market sectors include:
- Aluminum Fabrication
- Baking & Food Processing
- Carpet & Textiles
- Electronics & Semiconductor
- Ferrous Heat Treating
- Glass Manufacturing
- Golf Clubs & Sports Equipment
- Hand Tools
- MDF Cabinetry
- Plastics & Rotomoulding
- Powder Coating
- Powder Metallurgy
- Smart Grid
- Solar PV Manufacturing
- Tractors & Lawn Mowers
Thermal Profiling Products
Six-channel thermal profilers are the most effective for process heating applications. For specific processes –such as furnace surveys or new product development, for example — where more data points are required, the 20-channel MEGAM.O.L.E.® is recommended.
- Three-channel V-M.O.L.E.® best for smaller parts and narrower conveyance.
- Six-channel SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold 2 with RF for wireless real-time process profile monitoring.
- 20-channel MEGAM.O.L.E.® for Furnace and Survey applications.
As each process is unique, it is best to consult with an ECD expert to assess the ideal M.O.L.E. for your requirements.
SuperM.O.L.E.™ Gold 2
INDATA™ Thermal Barrier Collection
A thermal barrier is an insulation and a passive heat sink that protects M.O.L.E. thermal profilers from oven heat exposure.
All ECD thermocouples are specifically designed and tested for thermal profiling applications. A broad product line includes thermocouples for electronic production, industrial manufacturing, food processing and baking, as well as high-temperature annealing.
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