oven recorder monitoring curing temperature

An oven recorder is the key to optimal curing

Today’s production line would be lost without the use and development of baked coatings. With curing ovens, drying times are taken down from hours to just minutes. Curing is a very important part of ensuring the quality of the finished coating, hence being able to monitor and maintain the temperature and properties of the curing oven is paramount. Oven recorders are sent into an oven in order to collect and record data about the temperature and conditions within. That’s why they are also called temperature data loggers and oven data loggers. Combined with the specialised software, the information gathered by an oven recorder gives a comprehensive evaluation of oven conditions and whether a coating is cured.

In this article we look into oven recorders and why they are essential, and the companies that sell oven recorders on the UK market.

How oven recorders guarantee the perfect finish

Ovens and coatings are all different and require different parameters to ensure a successful application. Whether an oven is gas, oil, or electric will change the way heat transmits through its interior, not to mention the effect of factors like oven construction, production line speed and air distribution. When it comes to coatings, the size, thickness, density, material type, and shape of the substrate will all affect its heating characteristics, as will the coating type and application. With all these variables it is vital that every measure is taken to control and monitor conditions within the oven.

Oven recorders provide temperature profiling to directly measure the actual environmental and product temperature during the curing process. It takes the guesswork out of ensuring a successful cure. Problems with curing can lead to:

  • Poor adhesion
  • Insufficient surface hardness 
  • Insufficient or excessive cross-linking
  • Underdeveloped coating properties
  • Loss of gloss and discoloration
  • Brittleness, chipping, and rapid aging

These issues can be costly to repair and buying an oven recorder provides a reliable method of monitoring the temperature of both the oven and the substrate throughout the curing process.

Oven temperature data logger availability in the UK

Oven recorders are an important piece of equipment for a coating applicator, and there are a number of companies in the UK that provide oven data loggers for the local market. These companies include Fluke Process Instruments, and Elcometer. Below we have compiled a sampling of the available products.

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Company NameOven RecorderDescription
ElcometerElcometer 215 Oven Data LoggerA small data logger with the capacity for connecting 6 probes and a memory of up to 260,000 readings.
Fluke Process InstrumentsDatapaq Oven Tracker XL2 Temperature Profiling SystemUp to 16 measurement locations in a single run.