Once formed into the desired shape, the molded pulp products are passed through a drying oven. Because molded pulp products are typically formed in very large quantities, a typical conveyor or continuous belt drying oven must be fairly large to provide sufficient drying time.
Abbott Furnace Company’s molded pulp drying ovens incorporate features that increase throughput and save energy costs.
One of the biggest goals for molded pulp manufacturing is to achieve the proper final moisture level in as little time as possible, using as little energy as possible (or even reducing energy requirements). An effective way to do this is by measuring the moisture content of the air in the oven. With this data, it is possible to vary the exhaust volume and reduce fresh air intake, which results in a more efficient process.
Data collection capabilities help spot production trends over time and effectively track costs, throughput, and energy use. You can also use this data to make fine adjustments to your manufacturing process.
Remote connectivity of the system to Wi-Fi or ethernet means real-time alerts notify employees when operating parameters are out of range or change suddenly.
This kind of process monitoring and control increases throughput and reduces the cost of ownership of your oven. That, in turn, lowers energy and production costs and increases ROI.
MOLDED PULP DRYING OVEN CUSTOMIZATION
An experienced oven manufacturer like Abbott Furnace Company can design a pulp drying oven for the exact belt speed, temperature, and airflow that allows for quick and uniform drying. Oven features optimize energy and process efficiencies and include:
- Belt widths of 48 to 72 inches
- Top-down and bottom-up airflow
- Adjustable height top plenum for various part heights
- 6” walls for superior insulation and reduced equipment surface temperatures
- Variable speed exhaust vents
- PLC controls with remote connectivity
- NFPA-86 compliant gas heating system
- Large access doors for ease of maintenance
- Variable speed drives
- Humidity and other process monitoring sensors