As part of a continuous improvement philosophy, Lippert Components (USA) decided to improve the physical performance of their paint finish of frames for recreational vehicles under harsh operating environments. After exhaustive testing of paints and paint cure options , they decided to change to a Direct To Metal (DTM) 2-component urethane paint. Having made the decision to change paint system, an added challenge was to find a way to cure the paint within a 10 minutes cycle time. At this point Heraeus Noblelight suggested a Gas Catalytic IR Batch Oven solution.
Curing within 8 minutes
After testing at Heraeus, it was determined that a full cure could be obtained in as little as 8 minutes with a Gas Catalytic IR, batch style oven. A custom design with a zig-zag pattern of heaters ensured the IR heat reached all faces of the chassis, which were stacked vertically in the new oven.