With over three decades of experience manufacturing furnaces for the Powder Metallurgy industry, India’s Fluidtherm Technology Pvt Ltd saw the need for a furnace with an increased cooling rate and reduced gas consumption.
The company turned to its R&D department to develop a patent-applied Low Gas Consumption (LGC) furnace. The LGC furnace acts as a hybrid between mesh belt and pusher furnaces, utilising the best aspects of each to create an innovative new product.
The motivation behind the development was to increase the capacity of the cooling blower in the sinter hardening unit of mesh belt sintering furnaces, in hope of increasing the cooling rate. This new design concept was also found to reduce gas consumption substantially and made it possible to change the way several thermal processes are performed.
In the Summer 2021 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review (Vol. 10 No. 2), N Gopinath of Fluidtherm Technology, reports on the goals behind the LGC furnace’s development, and what can be achieved using this innovative new furnace concept.
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