Two Blue M industrial ovens will be used to preheat 30- to 50-lb turbine engine parts to 500°F (260°C) for interference fit assembly at an aerospace manufacturer.

Each oven, manufactured by Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), is equipped with three trays mounted on telescopic slides. The slides allow the trays to be withdrawn from the oven far enough that an automated robot, or a lift-assist device, can place or remove the part on the tray. The trays and slides are designed to support the weight without tipping. The extended travel allows a large portion of the tray to be withdrawn past the flush front of the oven, which allows more room for product and end-of-arm tooling.

The telescopic slides are capable of constant use at 600°F (315°C) without performance issues, says the manufacturer.