Catalytic Industrial Systems’ infrared ramp ovens are designed to “preheat” the surface of a part to bring it to the optimum temperature before entering the convection stage, enabling the convection oven to work more efficiently. When used in powder coating operations, infrared ramp ovens—sometimes called “gel” or “booster” ovens—accelerate cure by gelling the powder prior to entering the convection heat zone for final cure.
The ramp ovens feature a purge cycle before startup and pre-assembled PLC-controlled gas trains that include gas pressure regulators, high and low safety switches, and modulating gas valves. Heater zones are piped in loops for more uniform gas flow and pressure.
The ramp ovens are custom designed to the application and can be retrofit into existing ovens. Systems can be engineered to production requirements and curing specifications for waterborne, solvent-based and powder-paint applications.