February 26, 2024

Air Quality Concerns for Industrial Oven Use

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Air Quality Concerns for Industrial Oven Use

Industrial Oven Defined

Industrial oven, also known as thermal processing machines, are used daily across the globe and are the backbone of manufacturing. From curing pill coatings in a pharmaceutical lab to mass-producing baked goods for supermarkets, industrial ovens are necessary equipment in most product-related industries. Like many heat-producing systems, these ovens can, if not properly used and maintained, create a fire risk and produce toxic emissions that pose health and safety problems for operators and nearby workers.

An industrial oven is a large, heated chamber often used at extremely high heat to treat, cure, dry, bake, melt, or test various materials. These ovens differ from domestic versions in their ability to function over long periods of time, maximum thermal temperature, and application diversity.

Businesses that depend on the thermal processing that industrial ovens provide, are not limited to food production. Industries include, to name only a few, pharmaceutical, automotive, aerospace, chemical processing, and electronics manufacturing.

Industrial Oven Types

Industrial ovens run on gas and electricity but also steam and oil. The type of oven needed will depend on factors such as product volume, temperature setting, heating times, as well as the types of materials needing treatment. Plastics, metals, textiles, and food are heated according to specifications and require diverse thermal settings.

Various oven types include:

Batch – used to bake, cure, or dry multiple units in small batches

Clean Room – used when “clean room” conditions need to be met

Conveyor – also called a continuous, automated conveyor belt for high-volume processing

Curing – used to cure a coating, finish, or adhesive

Drying – used to remove moisture

Industrial Oven Safety Concerns

When hazardous materials heat at high temperatures, the potential for fire, explosion, and toxic fume production increases and becomes a significant occupational risk for industrial oven operators.

Fine particles like powders and flour dust – even when invisible to the human eye – are potential fire hazards. Those same particulates, in addition to fumes from VOCs and other chemicals, can be inhaled by operators and nearby workers. Both can cause short-term discomfort as well as long-term illness and chronic disease.

How Air Filtration Can Help

To reduce occupational risk for industrial oven operators, employ the following risk-mitigation measures:

  • Clean ovens often and thoroughly
  • Perform routine maintenance for electrical systems
  • Ensure proper exhaust and ventilation
  • Install air cleaning equipment to remove dust and vapors at their source

Two of our popular systems: SP-4000BWC Portable Air Cleaner & SP-800 Portable Fume Extractor provide excellent protection against indoor air pollution created by industrial oven use.

At AIRSInc, we combine stellar indoor air cleaning products with over 30 years of indoor air quality management expertise. Contact us today for a free assessment with one of our skilled and experienced indoor environmental specialists.

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