Our client’s facility used a HHT solution treatment furnace with a quench zone. The purpose of the quench zone was to bring the production plate down to ambient temperature, as well as giving the product its desired properties.
To prevent corrosion (oxidisation) of the product, the plate must be free of all process water on both top and bottom surfaces. The top surface should also be free of all process water to enable removal from the process line via vacuum lifting beam, suspended from a crane.
However, they were experiencing three significant problems; namely that noise levels within the operator area were in excess of 100 dbA creating a Health & Safety risk, their facility was experiencing high power consumption (total 130 kW), and their quench zone was generating a sub-standard performance for them.
The client had had to put operators in place to manually remove water from the top surface of the aluminium plate using squeegee bars, as the existing drying system was ineffectively removing moisture. All adding significant time to the overall process.