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THERMAL PROCESSING FOR THE TRANSPORTATION MARKET


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Despatch has been a critical player in the transportation market for many years. Our solution heat treating systems, carbon fiber production lines and composite curing systems provide thermal processing of the materials used for aircraft, automobiles, watercraft, trains and buses.

Despatch technology provides the high quality standards demanded by these manufacturers. Sophisticated software is utilized to fully control the process and document all process information, providing traceability and validation of part quality.



Despatch benchtop ovens and lab ovens

Large Capacity Walk In Ovens

The 476 and 952 cubic foot capacity Despatch TAD/TFD walk-in ovens feature uniflow airflow to ensure uniform temperatures throughout the oven. These models perform stress relieving for metals, steel pre-heating, aging, drying and general heat treating. Maximum temperature is 343°C (650°F). These ovens ship in just 6 weeks.

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LAC Benchtop Ovens

The horizontal recirculating airflow and exceptional temperature uniformity of Despatch’s LAC oven make it ideal for curing plastic and non-volatile composite coatings and polymers on industrial, automotive and aerospace components.

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PTC Top Loading Test Oven

Despatch PTC ovens are specifically designed for burn-in, calibration and qualification testing of downhole electronic logging equipment for the oil and gas industry. Burn-in testing is done to make sure the drill tool electronics can operate accurately at elevated temperatures. In the field, these ovens are used for periodic calibration of the electronics on the drill tool.

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Composite Curing Ovens

Thermal curing is a critical step in manufacturing quality composite materials. Traditionally, most composite parts required autoclaves for proper curing. Today, low cost out-of-autoclave curing of aerospace-grade composite parts is possible using a vacuum bagging system with a walk-in batch oven. The process is precisely controlled and monitored to ensure void-free composite parts.

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TA and TF Walk In Ovens

The TA/TF walk-in and truck-in ovens are robust for heavier industrial processes at higher temperatures. The TF models are Class A and meet NFPA 86 requirements for materials market applications such as finish baking, bonding and those involving moisture or fume removal. TA models perform stress relieving for metals, steel pre-heating, aging, drying and general heat treating.

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PRVO Paint Sample Drying Oven

The PRVO Paint Sample Drying Oven is designed for small batch laboratory testing of paint finishes used in automotive and other high volume applications. The PRVO has the ability to test paints, including flammable solvent based paints, for temperature, ramp rates, curing time with gas or electric heat. Controls are conveniently located on the front of the oven.

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PTC Non-Magnetic Test Oven

Companies involved in the exploration for oil and gas need a non-conductive oven for qualification testing of electromagnetic downhole logging instruments. The Despatch PTC oven is available with a fiberglass body and structural supports and is built to withstand the harsh oilfield environment. The oven simulates downhole temperature conditions and validates that the instruments will work properly and accurately.

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PC Series Conveyor Ovens

PC Series continuous ovens are highly customizable for a variety of applications in the materials market. These ovens perform drying of composite materials, curing thermoset plastics and adhesives, and heat treating a range of fibers. The continuous belt design is ideal for large quantities of similar work pieces being processed.

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LBB Forced Convection Benchtop Ovens

The Despatch LBB forced convection benchtop oven features a combination of horizontal and vertical airflow that offers excellent temperature uniformity. The fast heat-up rates and short processing times make the LBB a top choice for applications such as heating soil and asphalt samples prior to quality testing, mold heating and other drying, curing and testing processes in the materials market.

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RA and RF Cabinet Ovens

RAF/RFF furnaces feature horizontal recirculating airflow to ensure exceptional temperature uniformity of ±5.6°C at 538°C. A Class A furnace is available for processes involving volatiles. Common applications in the materials market include annealing and aging steel, metal stress-relieving and other high temperature, heavy industrial processes.

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AEROSPACE

Aerospace jet

Despatch has a long history of working with the world’s top aerospace companies to provide custom thermal processing solutions. We have experience in many areas related to carbon fiber composites, from the oxidation of fiber to curing composites. Our breadth of knowledge in this market is extensive and we have a thorough understanding of the strict temperature uniformity and airflow requirements necessary to produce high performance, advanced materials.

AUTOMOTIVE

automotive composite materials

With fuel economy demands increasing, the automotive market is turning to carbon fiber for reduced weight, combined with exceptional strength and safety. Despatch has established relationships with car manufacturers, providing carbon fiber production lines.

Despatch center-to-ends oxidation ovens provide the fastest oxidation rate and highly uniform fiber densification. The Despatch Carbon Fiber Research line is a complete carbon fiber production line with fully integrated services and control platform, in a micro-scale package. CFR users are fully equipped to run PAN trials without production line disruption, perform analytical data collection and experiment with variable hardware configurations and process parameter variations.

APPLICATIONS

Carbon Fiber Production
  • Oxidation of fibers
  • Carbonization of fibers
  • Sizing and Drying
Laboratory Testing
  • Carbon Fiber Research
  • Materials testing
Composite Curing
  • Out-of-autoclave composite curing
  • Vacuum Bagging
 
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