Furnace Optimization: Meeting the Need to Reduce Costs
Reducing operating costs is a major focus of part producers, and the continuous brazing furnace is one area where there are opportunities to reduce cost. Typically, production requirements and the chemistry of the brazing process dictate the operational characteristics and costs during normal production. However, significant savings can be achieved through the optimization of the furnace parameters during those times when the furnace is not producing parts. This paper calculates the impact of various approaches and describes when each approach is most appropriate.
Comparing Furnaces Using a Detailed Operating Cost Model
A decision as to what furnace to buy is usually decided on a number of factors but price is typically the most dominant. However, an examination of the total operating costs for a furnace shows that the initial purchase price is, in fact, one of the least important elements. A detailed operating cost model has been developed into which appropriate furnace operating cost assumptions can be inserted. The paper highlights experience with the model and provides examples and insights as to the most critical factors affecting the real costs of purchasing and operating a furnace.