Despatch Industries, Minneapolis, received an order for an aluminum annealing and aging oven system from a large supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In addition to the oven, the customer also has ordered a custom process control package and a data monitoring and recording system. The equipment will heat treat aluminum parts for increased strength and ductility.
The oven has a pass-through design with swing doors, side-mounted heater boxes and a 12 x 12 x 14' chamber. The oven’s airflow configuration is "vertical down" with temperature uniformity specification of ±9°F (±5°C). Despatch also is providing several additional components to the oven system, including a custom process control system, trucks and rails and a jib crane at the front and back of the oven to load and unload parts from the truck.
"Despatch has a long history of providing critical heat processing equipment to commercial aerospace component suppliers,” says Rolf Kragseth, Despatch applications engineer. “We worked very hard to create a custom oven system that would meet all of the customer’s oven and control system requirements and their critical lead time.”
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