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Baker Furnace –2017 Year in Review

The holiday season is a time to reflect back on the events throughout the year that have made an impact on our lives. Our Baker Furnace team would like to take a moment to share some of the events in 2017 that had a lasting impact on both our business and the world around us.

 

Baker Furnace – On the Move in 2017

Baker Furnace moved to a new location in Brea, California earlier this year. The new 40,000 square-foot location gave Baker Furnace the space needed to grow while continuing their commitment to quality, excellence, and craftsmanship in the manufacturing of industrial ovens, pollution control equipment, and furnaces. The new facility features state-of-the-art equipment, including a 10-ton overhead crane, welding machines, and plasma cutter. This equipment ensures accurate, high quality, and timely production of equipment that our customers use for heat treating, drying, curing, finishing, and pollution control.

Record Shipments in 2017

The new location helped us streamline workflow for better efficiency and reach record shipments of custom and standard units in a variety of configurations. Some of these units such as thermal oxidizers and afterburners will be used in the pollution control industry along with waste incineration units used to create waste-to-energy solutions for municipal, commercial and industrial clientele.  Drop bottom furnaces, crucible furnaces, car bottom furnaces, and batch ovens will be used for a variety of applications in the heat treating, foundry, composites, and automotive industries.

Pollution Control Equipment Making the Earth a Cleaner Place

Industrial air pollution is a serious environmental and human health problem. Air pollution is the presence of very small particles, biological molecules, and other harmful gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The Journal of Industrial Pollution Control says that air pollution can cause disease and damage to living organisms. Baker Furnace thermal oxidizers and industrial afterburners remove many of these harmful pollutants before they get into the atmosphere.

Thermal oxidizers serve as air pollution control in chemical plants by decomposing hazardous gases at a high temperature then releasing the decomposed gases into the atmosphere. Industrial afterburners destroy industrial pollutants, such as hazardous air pollutants, volatile organic compounds, and industrial odors and fumes.

Our team here at Baker Furnaces takes great pride in providing equipment that made the world a cleaner place this year and we look forward to continuing this in the years to come.

 

 

A New Location Leads to Record Shipments for Baker Furnace in 2017

Baker Furnace began 2017 poised for growth in a new location with 40,000 sf of manufacturing space.  This past year the facility has seen record shipments of custom and standard units in a variety of configurations. Some of these units such as thermal oxidizers and afterburners will be used in the pollution control industry along with waste incineration units used to create waste-to-energy solutions for municipal, commercial and industrial clientele.  Drop bottom furnaces, crucible furnaces, car bottom furnaces, and batch ovens will be used for a variety of applications in the heat treating, foundry, composites, and automotive industries.

As the west coast division of the Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), the Baker Furnace facility creates opportunities to manufacture and deliver equipment to west coast customers for the other TPS brands at a more competitive price due to reduced freight costs. The TPS family shares engineering and production resources to deliver the highest quality products in the industries they serve.

“The move to a larger location for Baker Furnace allowed them to improve their work flow efficiencies and streamline their production floor. With record shipments in 2017, these improvements were essential to Baker Furnace’s ability to fulfill the orders received throughout the year.”  Dave Strand, President & CEO

About Baker Furnace

Baker Furnace, Inc. has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing industrial ovens, pollution control equipment and other heating equipment since 1980. Their custom and standard equipment are used for a multitude of applications including heat treating, finishing, drying, and curing. Many of the industries they serve require specific temperature uniformity and equipment performance documentation. Their experienced engineering team can meet even the most stringent standards for their customers’ equipment.

Baker Furnace is owned by Thermal Product Solutions (“TPS”), a leading American manufacturer of industrial ovens, furnaces, pharmaceutical sterilizers, laboratory ovens, environmental temperature chambers, and stability test chambers. TPS provides thermal processing and test solutions for a range of industries. Other TPS brands include Blue M, Gruenberg, Tenney, Lindberg, Lunaire, MPH, and Wisconsin Oven.

Soil Remediation is Making the World a Cleaner Place

According to a study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, there are currently thousands of sites across the United States that are contaminated by the releases of chemicals, toxins and other disruptive sources. They are often created by some type of industry activity or the improper disposal of waste. These sites don’t just pose a threat to the larger environment – they also detract from human health and well-being, disrupt the local ecosystem and limit the ways in which these areas can be used.

Thankfully, soil remediation has proven to be an effective method for addressing these challenges head on. Sometimes referred to as soil washing, this is a process that is intended to remove things like petroleum and fuel residues, heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants from affected areas. There are four main types of soil remediation that may be used to remove contaminants from the ground.

Bioremediation

One of the most prominent types of soil remediation is called bioremediation, which involves the treatment of affected soil by biological means. Experts use aerobic and anaerobic bacterium to consume and break down the pollutants in the soil, essentially cleaning up the area through the most natural means possible. Once all of the contaminants in the area have been consumed, the bacterium die off – another one of the distinct advantages of this technique.

Thermal Soil Remediation

Another popular type of soil remediation is called thermal soil remediation. This involves the process of heating the contaminated material to the point where it evaporates, effectively eliminating impurities in both soil and water. If you’ve ever heated tap water in a pan on your stove before cooking with it, you’ve essentially gone through a simplified version of this same concept.

With thermal soil remediation, polluted materials are typically treated at temperatures that range from 650 degrees all the way up to 900 degrees. They are then discharged into a cooling unit and recycled back into the affected area.

Air Sparging

Air sparging is a type of soil remediation where large volumes of air are injected into contaminated soil to “force out” the problem materials in the form of organic vapors, which are then more thoroughly treated via carbon filtering. While this is an effective method, the actual amount of time it will require will vary depending on a number of factors like how concentrated the contaminated area really is, the pH factor of the soil, the permeability of the soil and more.

Encapsulation

Encapsulation is a unique form of soil remediation because unlike the others, it doesn’t actually “filter” contaminants from soil. Instead, it separates them. Mixing polluted soil with materials like lime, cement and concrete, for example, can prevent those contaminants from further spreading to clean soil. This is a great way to take an existing problem and prevent it from getting worse, but it does admittedly impede the process of using that soil for cultivation at any point in the future.

The actual type of soil remediation used will typically vary depending on the specifics of the situation. For some contaminated sites, bioremediation or thermal remediation may be a perfect option. For others, only encapsulation will do. Regardless, these are just a few of the techniques that companies all over the country are using to keep our environments safe and protect our delicate ecosystems.

At Baker Furnace, we design and manufacture a variety of pollution control equipment including thermal soil remediation systems. Our soil remediation systems are proven to treat contaminated soil and remove pollutants. In addition to pollution control equipment we also manufacture industrial ovens, heat treat furnaces and other heat-treating equipment. Visit our website www.bakerfurnace.com or follow us on our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more!

Burn Out/Burn Off Ovens Play an Important Role in Finishing Applications

The finishing industry continually needs to remove paint or powder coatings from metal hardware or equipment used during the process. Powder coating lines use hooks and racks to transfer products through the application and curing process. These items become coated in the paint and periodically need to be cleaned. Burn out/burn off ovens make easy work of removing and stripping paint and powder coatings from the fixtures used for finishing processes.

How Burn Out/Burn Off Ovens Work

These heavy-duty ovens use a form of incineration called pyrolysis to chemically decompose organic materials. This is accomplished by heating the material in an oxygen-controlled environment to a temperature that will destroy the organic material but will not cause flare ups or damage the part.

To reduce the chance of igniting the material, the oven is operated in a slightly negative pressure or vacuum condition. A water suppression system detects if the temperature gets too high. If it does a fine mist of water is injected into the oven which will turn to steam immediately and displace the oxygen and smother any flare ups or fire.

Why Use this Type of Process?

Cleaning metal parts is a difficult and time-consuming process. For example, finishing operators must routinely clean and maintain components of paint lines. Overspray contamination and safety are the main reasons to be concerned with paint buildup on system components.

Manufacturers of electric motors and tools, companies working with plastics and rubber, and custom manufacturing industries also employ burn out/burn off ovens to safely clean parts and components.

Benefits of Using Burn Out/Burn Off Systems

Because these ovens contain a built-in afterburner, any smoke or fumes produced in the cleaning process are contained and treated. No contaminants are released into the environment. They are also energy efficient and require minimal labor. This system enables a quick turnaround time for parts making them very time- and cost-efficient.

At Baker Furnace, we design and manufacture custom-built industrial ovens, furnaces, and pollution control equipment for a wide range of industries.

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Aluminum’s Role in the Auto Industry

It wasn’t too long ago that steel was the king of the automotive industry, but that is quickly changing. With stricter efficiency standards, aluminum has become the go-to material for numerous parts and components used throughout vehicle manufacturing.

The role of aluminum in the auto industry is expected to grow 7.4% in the next five years. Aluminum is being used in all types of vehicles, from small compact cars to heavy-duty pickup trucks, and in all types of components, from chassis and structural components to mechanical systems.

To ensure the strength and durability needed to meet the requirements of the auto industry, aluminum must first undergo certain heat treating processes. Aluminum aging and solution heat treating are common processes used to prepare the material for use.  Aluminum solution treatment is a two-part process (heat and quench) that takes the alloying elements into solution and retains them by quenching. Aluminum Aging is a second process that hardens the aluminum by applying heat in a time-temperature dependent process. By changing the properties of aluminum, it becomes more resistant to stress, a characteristic that is vital for withstanding modern driving conditions.

Aluminum aging ovens are designed to create the precise conditions that harden aluminum. Drop Bottom Furnaces are used for solution treating aluminum. During the process the load is first heated in the batch oven and then dropped into a quench tank to cool.

Aluminum in the auto industry has consistently grown over the years and will continue in the years to come. At Baker Furnace we manufacture industrial ovens and furnaces for aluminum treatment. Visit our website for more information!

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Baker Furnace Ships Heavy Duty Industrial Oven for Heat Treating Aluminum Parts

Baker Furnace announced the shipment of a gas fired batch oven to an aluminum forging company. The industrial oven will be used to pre-heat large aluminum ingots used to manufacture parts for the Aerospace industry.

The maximum temperature rating of this industrial oven is 1000°F with work chamber dimensions of 14’ W x 11’ L X 6’ H. The batch oven pre-heats large aluminum ingots to 1000°F. The ingots are then removed from the oven and placed in a forging press that forms the aluminum into a shape. The batch oven chamber is designed to withstand the impact of aluminum ingots weighing over 3,000 pounds as a forklift operator drops the aluminum ingots into the oven chamber.

“For this project, we needed to pay special attention to the chamber and floor design to ensure that no damage would occur from the impact of the aluminum ingots being loaded. A 10” thick hard castable refractory floor was one of the design features to make sure the oven could withstand the loading process.” – Tim Bacon, VP Business Development

Unique features of this industrial oven include:

  • 10” thick hard castable refractory floor
  • Vertical lift door with pneumatic locking mechanisms
  • Interior bumper guards to withstand impact
  • UL 508A listed control panel

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The Cost of Harvesting Precious Metals from Electronics – Don’t Try This at Home Kids

This month as we celebrate Earth Day there is an increased focus on eco-friendly initiatives around the globe. The worldwide use of electronics has continued to rapidly increase year over year. The replacement time of electronics has decreased as consumers swap out their old devices for new technology the minute it becomes available. This results in excessive electronic waste in need of recycling. While electronic recycling centers have been popping up all over the country, most electronics are still being thrown away in the trash. These tv’s, computers, stereos and more end up at your local dump. The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has become the mission statement for the droves of people in many parts of the world who go to the dump to harvest these unwanted electronics.
Electronics Harvesting
A recent movement claims there is money in the precious metals that can be collected from electronic trash. You can find barium, strontium, lead, gold, and copper all which companies will buy from you. The most profitable of these ventures is gold harvesting. While the payday might be good, there are major health risks and pollution control issues involved with the electronics harvesting movement.
How Much Gold can you find?
The most popular harvested precious metal is gold. For every 2,000 lbs there is anywhere from 8 to 16oz of gold. Now the question is, where do you find the gold and how do you sell it. The gold is in computer hard drives and motherboards as well as cell phones. Almost all the valuable items you will find are gold-plated components. All these trashed electronics can be found in plenty at the dump for a very low price.
How do you Retrieve the Gold?
Here comes the hard part. You need to disassemble the paneling, circuit boards and everything else to find the gold-plated items. Processing the raw components is very dangerous. The panels and boards need to be melted down with acid or by other means. Many people have been severely burned in this process. There are also a plethora of dangerous fumes and chemicals released during burning that cause damage to the skin, eyes, and lungs.
How to safely harvest precious metals
This practice needs to be performed within the confines of pollution control facilities. At these licensed facilities the proper pollution control equipment is used to clean fumes and materials released from the recycling process. Workers need to be wearing specialized protective safety gear and using the proper tools. In addition to safety concerns, there are environmental issues as stake caused by the releasing of chemicals that occur while harvesting is being carried out. Instead of risking your safety, there are several companies in every state that will pay you for unwanted electronics. These niche companies pay per pound for old electronics and give a good price for the components and will safely harvest the precious metals. So next time your TV breaks, think about recycling it at one of these companies. Recycling is good for the earth and good for your wallet.
Baker Furnace supplies a wide range of pollution control equipment to many industries. We are understand the importance of taking every precaution necessary to protect workers and the environment from pollutants that are created from a multitude of processes. For more information on our pollution control equipment click here.

Baker Furnace Ships Electric Retort Oven to a Supplier of the Automotive Industry

Baker Furnace announced the shipment of an Electric Retort Oven to a supplier of the Automotive Industry. This retort oven will be used to dry a powdered propellant used in automotive airbags.

The maximum temperature rating of this industrial oven is 220°F with work chamber dimensions of 3’ W x 3’ L X 3’ H. This oven utilizes a retort shell meaning that the propellant powder being processed in the chamber never makes direct contact with the heat source as the propellant can ignite if it comes in contact with high temperatures. Electric elements heat the stainless-steel retort shell which ultimately transfers heat to the interior of the retort chamber.

“At Baker Furnace, we have the experience and capability to supply equipment for processes that involve volatile material. In addition to the retort design on this project, we also included an air purge feature in the control panel to eliminate the risk of residual powder coming into contact with the contactors.” – Tim Bacon, VP Business Development

Unique features of this electric retort oven include:

  • Stainless steel retort shell with built in racks
  • Inconel sheathed heating elements
  • Control panel air purge to ensure residual powder does not come in contact with electrical contactors
  • Baker Furnace’s unique hinged door configuration with lifetime “no sag” guarantee

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How Heat Treatment Plays a Role in Your Day

 

At Baker Furnace, we take great pride in the many applications that our products are used for. Since 1980, we have been on the leading edge of manufacturing the highest quality industrial ovens, heat treating furnaces, and pollution control equipment. Over the years, our ovens and furnaces have been used in the production of a multitude of products.

Many of the products that you encounter on a daily basis required some sort of heat treating or thermal processing during their production cycle. These processes are often done in an industrial furnace or oven. The type of industrial oven or furnace supplied depends on the specific process requirements for the material that the product is made of.

Metal parts may need to be aged, annealed, tempered or solution treated to achieve their optimal molecular structure. Composite parts, adhesives, varnish, and other coatings usually need to be cured during the production cycle. In addition to products, heat treatment can be used for pollution control purposes. Fume incinerators, thermal oxidizers, and soil remediation equipment all use heat to remove pollutants from the environment.

Products requiring heat treatment are supplied to almost every industry. From transportation industries, such as Aerospace and Automotive, to energy industries like Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy, it is amazing the effect heat treating has on each of our lives. In the months to come, we will be featuring a variety of applications and products that have been processed in an industrial oven or furnace. Stay tuned to find out just how much heat treating plays a role in your day.

Looking Forward to 2017 in a New Facility!

At Baker Furnace, we’re ensuring that this year starts off on a high note and remains on that path throughout the rest of 2017. We’ve moved to a new facility in Brea, California and are excited to announce our grand re-opening, set for next Thursday, February 9th at 12:00 PM.

The 40,000 square foot building will allow us to continue our commitment to excellence, quality, and craftsmanship in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of custom-built industrial ovens, furnaces, and pollution control equipment. Some of the recent purchases we’ve made include a 10-ton overhead crane, welding machines, and plasma cutter. This new equipment will allow for the most accurate, high-quality, and timely production of our custom industrial ovens used for heat treating, finishing, drying, curing, manufacturing automation and process control.

Along with physical business growth, we’ve doubled the size of our dedicated team of employees. As a leader in the industry and equipment customization, our team is committed to making sure that every client gets exactly what they need no matter the scale or complexity of the project. We are delighted that all the recent updates will allow for increased production capabilities and improved workflow efficiencies for our loyal customer base.

At the celebration, we are including a plant tour and refreshments as gratitude for all the support and hard work everyone has put into making our re-opening a reality. Find us at 2680 Orbiter St., Brea, CA 92821. Please RSVP by February 6th by calling (714) 223-7262 or e-mail: ldietrich@bakerfurnace.com. We look forward to seeing you there!