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8 Important Questions to Ask When Selecting a New Heating Chamber

Planning for a heating chamber often raises many questions: What functions should the heating chamber have? What size of heating chamber do I need for my business? What conditions on the ground must be taken into account when using a heating chamber? To help our customers choose the right oven for them, we've come up with eight questions you should ask when considering an investment in a heating chamber for your business.

1. What materials are you working with?

Heating chambers are tailored to the needs of your business, so it's essential that you identify what process method best meets your production requirements. Key considerations to bear in mind when deciding on this include: the type of material being used, the quantity being processed, the allowable temperature ranges and tolerances of the materials, and any potential hazards posed by the materials, e.g. in the case of water-hazardous substances or hazardous substances. In addition to personal and product protection, it is necessary to measure for water, fire and explosion protection.

2. How am I affected by throughput quantity?

When installing new heating chambers that require the preheating or melting of process materials, it is important to take into account throughput quantity and duration. This will depend on the viscosity and quantity of the process materials, as well as the efficiency of the heating chamber.

An efficient heating chamber will quickly reach the required core temperature and maintain this temperature until the manufacturing process is complete.

Misplanning can lead to businesses investing in equipment that doesn't perform to the required standard, which in turn can lead to high follow-up costs. We recommend the initial use of a rented heating chamber, with a switch to a permanent unit once your setup is established.

Customers that have replaced their old units with DENIOS heating chambers have seen an efficiency increase of up to 50 %! We achieved this through our expert engineering solutions, utilising the interaction between air heating, flow geometry, controlled air volume and thermal insulation within our DENIOS heating chamber.

3. What energy sources can be used with a heating chamber?

Electricity is the most commonly used energy source for heating chambers, but there are other options available including steam, thermal oil and hot water. Take into account your choice of energy source when planning your heating chamber, because the chamber components will need to be matched to the energy source.

Whichever energy source you choose, a DENIOS heating chamber can be created to meet your business requirements. If you need help with deciding on an energy source for your heating chamber, we would be happy to advise you on the best options available for your business: 01952 811 991.

4. What structural conditions should you take into account?

It's important to ensure that you incorporate material properties, space, accessibility and traffic routes into the design of your heating chamber. DENIOS believes in smart design, which involves combining these factors in a way that provides economical business solutions for our customers. Modular design and outdoor installations are options that can be considered.

DENIOS offers individualised solutions for customers who are unable to find standardised services that meet their business needs. We are able to offer complete integration into your production environment through our advanced engineering expertise. Ring us now to arrange a site visit, where one of our highly trained sales engineers will talk you through the options available to you.

5. How is the process sequence planned?

As a general rule, the process sequence for heating substances for further processing follows these steps:

  1. Possible (intermediate) storage of unprocessed raw materials

  2. Provision for preparation

  3. Setting up in the treatment plant or heat chamber

  4. Goods flow or output of the processed materials

  5. Transfer of the material between processing and processing plant for provision for further processing

When planning for an industrial oven, it's important to think about factors beyond the individual process steps. The handling of the materials should also be taken into account: Are handling devices such as forklifts or barrel lifts needed? Which work processes will be carried out by operating personnel? What is the scope of automated operations (bandwidth automation: zero to fully automated operation)? What are the requirements of process control technology?

From our experience, single-source automation suppliers lead to seamless deployment and integration of business solutions. DENIOS is able to offer everything from needs analysis to system implementation for our customers. We would be happy to advise you on the possibilities of a fully automated industrial oven 4.0 from DENIOS.

6. What are the requirements for process documentation and quality control?

Process documentation and quality control are important to the manufacturing process, so they must be taken into account when planning for processes, automation and supplier selection. As part of the process, you will will need to decide on your desired degree of automation. 

In order to ensure consistently high material quality throughout the manufacturing process, it may be necessary to record the circulating temperature and the core temperature of each individual building and to document it in a testable manner.

DENIOS In Action

DENIOS installed a heating chamber for a well-known German lubricant manufacturer, using an automated process that focused on quality control. With the help of an evaluation line, the surrounding air temperature was constantly monitored and safely contained. To achieve this, resistance thermometers with radio measurement value transmission were inserted into each container. Our DENIOS Premium control feature guaranteed precision temperature control by determining the IST temperatures of the product at regular and freely programmable intervals, sending the data to an evaluation unit for monitoring.

If you would like to learn more about this, we would be happy to send you more information regarding our range of DENIOS expert solutions.

7. What industry-specific requirements should I consider?

Depending on the industry you operate within, you may be subject to certain guidelines or legal requirements, such as:

GMP: Good Manufacturing Practice for the pharmaceutical industry

HACCP: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points for the food industry

DENIOS offers GMP-standard systems for the chemical-pharmaceutical sector and food industry. We routinely manufacture bespoke stainless steel industrial ovens for our customers.

8. How important is global reach when selecting a supplier?

In an age of technological advancement and international trade, businesses are increasingly looking to global markets to remain competitive and manage production costs. To support this strategy, it is important for your supplier to have an international network that can provide goods, services and maintenance to your business. Suppliers who adopt globally certified manufacturing processes and products ensure that quality and performance is always at the forefront of your production process.

DENIOS is an international and highly respected manufacturer with 30 years experience and specialist knowledge of our industry. We provide our customers with industry-leading solutions, whilst maintaining a firm grip on customer experience and service. Our DENIOS Key Account Managers are located across the globe, fluent in every major world language and ready to assist you with your business needs.

We already support multi-national corporations that include Bayer, Volkswagen, Salzgitter, SKF and Deutsche Bahn. We look forward to adding you to the list!

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