Monthly Archives: November 2014

industrial oven

Our Most Interesting Customers and Their Industrial Oven

While we cannot disclose all of our Customer’s names, we can say that some of our customers make some fascinating and amazing products with their industrial oven. Our heat treat ovens, curing ovens, crucible furnaces, and other industrial oven systems are used for a variety of uses.  In fact, many of the products you use every day may have been treated in one of our ovens. If you aren’t sure what an industrial oven can do, check out some of our customer’s cool products that have been made using a Baker Furnace industrial oven.

One of our most intriguing ovens was used for a customer in the contamination protection business. This company uses several Baker Furnace gas-fired and electrically heated industrial ovens during their curing process. Our ovens are used in a unique drying stage required to create specialized safety gloves and other protective gear for PPE  (Personal Protective Equipment). The most common PPE known to the general public is the hazmat suit and now the Ebola protective suit. These specialty gloves are used to protect against asbestos, lead dust, radioactive contaminants, and other health-threatening substances. These products are composed of uniquely designed plastics and rubber that are impervious to gases, vapors, oils, and can withstand extreme temperatures from 160°-260°F.

Another customer of ours is a world leader in supplying first tier metallic and composite materials to the aerospace industry. To accomplish this, they use a Baker Furnace electric clean room batch industrial oven. This custom made industrial oven is used to manufacture segments of airplanes, helicopters and fighter jets. They also manufacture flexible protection systems, such as flexible fuel tanks that won’t explode during a crash, emergency flotation devices for helicopters, and portable fuel containers.

What kinds of interesting products do you manufacture?  We would love to talk with you about your processes and learn more about your heat treating needs. To receive more information about a Baker Furnace industrial oven system that is right for your unique requirements, contact our office at 1-800-237-5675. You can also click Here to contact our office to see what we can do for your business!

Meet Tim Bacon, Director of Operations & Industrial Oven Guru

As a part of my research into Industrial Ovens, I had a chance to interview a gentleman who has spent his life in the Industrial Oven business.

Tim Bacon has been officially involved with industrial oven building  for 20 years although he has grown up working in the shop at his father’s business. Tim’s father is Ernie Bacon, the owner of Baker Furnace. Tim has been learning the trade and working in the shop since he was a teenager. Naturally, Tim’s love for the industrial oven business and the creation process led to his current career as the Director of Operations at Baker Furnace, Inc. in Southern California.

The following is my interview with Tim Bacon.

How did you first get your start in the business Tim?

“Just like every teenager, I got my start making industrial ovens because I wanted to earn some money. My parents paid me to work in the shop during summer vacation”.

What do you love about the industry and your job?

“I really love the versatility! I love the different industry challenges. Each industrial oven is its own puzzle to solve and to design for the customer.  Each company has its own specifications and applications that they need to have accommodated. Rarely are any two heat treating ovens, afterburners, or thermal oxidizers the same. The randomness of the variables makes each project exciting and different”.

What, if any, are your dislikes?

“Well, it’s not really a dislike, but the growing amount of different heating application in the industry makes things a lot more complicated. It used to be that Baker Furnace only manufactured a few types of industrial ovens. Now, we custom manufacture everything from conveyer ovens to composite curing ovens and even liquid waste incinerators. It is a lot more challenging to reinvent the wheel every time”.

What has been the biggest change that you have seen in the industry over the past two decades?

“Actually not much has changed. Lots of the concepts and construction methods are the same because there are only a few different ways to make an industrial oven. The parts and controllers have become more sophisticated and software based, but the classic oven design is still the best”.

For more information about our Industrial Oven models or to get a quote from Tim Bacon, please call 714-223-7262 or visit them on the web at www.BakerFurnace.com .