For my very first issue of Process Heating more than 20 years ago, I worked with oven manufacturers to develop our first Equipment Overview. At the time, the Internet wasn’t the wealth of information it is now, and Google didn’t even exist except as an idea for Larry Page’s dissertation theme. I remember pulling out books (yes, books!) to create a preliminary list of industrial oven characteristics and suppliers.
When I had something resembling an Equipment Overview, I faxed it to perhaps 10 oven companies for review of the criteria by which their product lines would be compared with their competitors. Unfailingly, it came back more marked up than a failing student’s first English composition. With a lot of phone calls and more faxes, at last, the Equipment Overview on Industrial Ovens was born.