The following information is provided to help you understand resistance heating systems; to select the right furnace for your application; and to avoid problems and the resulting “furnace down” time once your furnace is in operation. The videos cover the installation and replacement of molydisilicide heating elements. There are separate tutorials for 3/6mm in diameter and 6/12mm in diameter elements because in most cases the element accessories are different for the two sizes. In addition, there is a tutorial for installing 6/12 mm elements in furnaces with slotted roofs.
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Five Things you should know about Furnace Startup
- Control Parameters. Deltech is responsible for the initial configuration of your temperature and limit controllers prior to the shipment of your furnace system. This includes setting the thermocouple type, temperature scale, upper and lower temperature limits, PID values, and events. Should you wish to verify or change any of these parameters, refer to the controller setup guides in your Deltech furnace manual.
- Element Conditioning. If your furnace features molydisilicide heating elements, it is very important to element life and performance that you run a conditioning cycle. The furnace should be ramped at 100 degrees Celsius or less to 1550 degrees, then held at this temperature for one hour. (Then you can simply turn the furnace off unless your furnace is a tube model; the process tubes are subject to breakage from thermal shock.) This procedure puts a protective coating of silica on the molydisilicide core. Note that this operation should be done with an empty furnace; i.e. no product should be in place.
- What’s that smell? As you are ramping the temperature to condition the elements, you may notice that at a few hundred degrees Celsius you begin to notice acrid fumes – and sometimes smoke – coming from the furnace. This is the binder burning out of the low temperature insulation layers. This process cannot be avoided; pre-firing of the board causes it to be fragile and therefore likely to be destroyed during shipment. Once a temperature of about 800 degrees Celsius is reached, the odors will subside.