Measuring product time at temperature in thermal paint cure applications has been an accepted industry practice for more than 40 years. The earliest temperature profiling systems plotted data on a chart that process engineers had to laboriously analyze. Today, profiling systems that are both sophisticated and easy-to-use can give a clear pass/fail finding, prove regulatory compliance, alert operators when and where ovens are trending out of acceptable limits, or show that a process is within specifications. In addition, regular and frequent temperature profiling can help increase throughput, reduce rejects and lower energy costs.
Temperature profiling is a means of compiling product and process heating and cooling data over time. A profiling system generally consists of four elements: