DriQuik™ - Transit Manufacturing Applications
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Over the last two years, DriQuik™ from CCI Thermal Technologies Inc. has supplied two major North American railcar manufacturers with three high performance railcar coatings curing chambers. DriQuik™ offers the transit manufacturing industry innovative infrared solutions that provide a cleaner, safer and more efficient curing process, while at the same time reducing the maintenance costs associated with traditional convection curing.
These DriQuik™ curing chambers utilize sophisticated long wavelength infrared technology and are designed to process the extremely complex geometric parts common to the transit manufacturing industry. The chamber is specifically engineered for low energy density (1,480,000 Btu/h input for a one hour curing cycle; 146 Btu/h per cubic ft. of chamber interior), resulting in very low energy consumption per unit production compared to similar processes performed in a traditional convection curing oven. Additionally, the DriQuik™ solutions require much less powerful blower motors than convection curing systems (12hp vs. 84hp) to achieve the same process performance. In fact, the DriQuik™ solutions demonstrate an energy consumption at approximately 40% of the energy consumed by convection curing processes.
The cure cycle design is one hour, with thermal stabilization at 145°F. This exposure time adequately completes conduction, allowing for the curing of low temperature epoxies and urethanes on both outside and inside surfaces.
In addition to the low energy consumption of the DriQuik™ curing chambers, they also offer a number of additional advantages that are important to the transit manufacturing industry: