The new roller hearth furnace will be similar to the existing installation in design, but updated with modern controls systems and features. The design offers more flexibility than other types of thermal processing technology such as induction. A roller hearth furnace can produce a larger volume of parts, change recipes easily, provide long cycle times, and offer the flexibility of batch style processing in a continuous type design.
“The customer’s team recognized and acknowledged the strength and flexibility of the original roller hearth design for their application” said Ron Graham, Sales Engineer at AFC-Holcroft. “They provided vital feedback to us on areas of potential improvement, which allowed us to provide the optimal solution by combining the known functionality of the existing design with identified areas of improvement based upon decades of in-plant experience.”