While our powder coating ovens are some of the most fuel-efficient and reliable models on the market, you can always find a way to make your operation run just a little bit smoother. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to improve your batch oven’s performance and get the most out of your powder coating.
Use Your Space Wisely
Whether you are using one of our powder coating ovens or not, keeping your products away from walls, ductwork or ventilation is a good idea. Any uncured surface that touches the cabin walls, the doors or anything else inside the oven will disturb the powder, which will obviously affect the finish. If your products are too close to direct airflow, your powder may be blown loose. Products too close to the interior walls (or worse, resting against them), are much more likely to overbake, which causes flaking and chipping. Make sure your products are not hanging too low or dragging the ground as the temperature is often lower at the ground surface and can prevent your products from curing correctly.
For the best results, try to keep your products 6″ from walls, ceiling and ductwork and 10″ off the ground.
If you are consistently filling your oven to the brim (which is a good problem to have!) it may be time to expand. If you have one of our modular ovens, the length can be increased in increments of 2.5′. Call our systems specialists for details.
Test Your Temperature
Our powder coating ovens are designed to keep the cold air out and keep a steady flow of hot air inside the cabin. However, a number of factors can interfere with that, so we recommend running an oven recorder (Datapaq or similar) as often as possible. This will help you identify potential problems early on and keep your operation on track. If you need any help with an oven recorder – or any other repair or service issue, contact our Service department.
Be Aware of the Season
Throughout the year, you may notice changes in your oven performance. Usually, these performance hiccups fall into two broad categories: air pressure changes and fuel usage changes.
As the seasons change, the air pressure in the shop changes – whether you are using ventilation fans or a new AC system or simply installed a new rolling door – and these fluctuations can impact the oven. Keep a log of the different ways airflow is moving into and out of your shop space to help identify problems in this area.
Similarly, you may notice that you are having problems as temperatures drop. This may be because other homes and businesses near you are increasing their natural gas or LP consumption, which definitely can affect performance. Feel free to contact one of our service reps if these problems persist.
For More Information
For more tips and tricks about improving the performance of your batch powder coating oven, more info can be found at the manufacturer’s website here.
If you are looking to purchase a new system but are unsure about what size you might need, we recommend reading What Size Powder Coating Oven Do You Need, also at our manufacturer’s site.