Vastex offers EconoRed III high-capacity oven for curing

An EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity oven with a 30 in. (76 cm) wide conveyor belt cures composites, thermoset plastics, adhesives, epoxies and related materials at high rates. (Courtesy: Vastex Industrial, Inc.)

A new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity oven from Vastex Industrial is said to cure composites, thermoset plastics, adhesives, and epoxies at high rates, in a smaller footprint and lower cost than comparable ovens.

Warrantied for 15 years, the unit’s three 24-inch (61 cm) wide, 3,600-watt infrared heaters (total 10,800 watts) feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under-curing.

To compensate for varying shapes and thicknesses of items being cured, the unit’s Infrared Focusing System allows heater-to-conveyor height adjustments from two to seven inches (5 to 17 cm) as standard, with greater clearances available as an option.

The expandable design allows the addition of modular heating chambers and conveyor belt extensions as production needs increase.

A top-mounted exhaust system draws in filtered air and cools the outer skin of the oven while a 388 CFM (11 m3/min) exhaust system evacuates moisture and fumes from the heating chamber.

The oven is supplied as standard with a digital PID temperature controller accurate to +/-1°F (+/-0.5°C), and a control box that can be positioned on the right (standard) or left side of the enclosure to suit plant layouts.

The 30 in. x 105 in. (76 x 267 cm) Teflon®-coated fiberglass belt is equipped with a low friction belt aligner and belt speed controls to precisely set dwell times from 35 seconds up to four minutes.

Optional stainless-steel mesh belts satisfy high-heat and/or sanitary applications.

Vastex Industrial also manufactures the EconoRed ER-III-54 with a 54-inch (137 cm) wide conveyor belt and 13 other models of tunnel and cabinet ovens for pilot testing up to high-capacity production.