ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL-JESTECH, cilt.15, no.2, ss.93-96, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Tinplate packagings produced in packaging industry are generally composed of three parts. These are bottom
gate, casing and top gate. Gasket is used where bottom and top gates join up with the casing. The gasket used
need to be cured at a certain temperature in order to provide a complete seal. In tinplate packaging industry,
furnaces used in this process are generally operated at temperatures nearly between 70 to 90 oC and
maximum production rate of 160-170 part/min. Besides, each of these furnaces consumes 10 kW/h energy. It
is observed that this embodied gasket is not cured appropriately regarding international quality standards. A
gasket curing furnace with induction heating has been developed and it is observed that it reaches the desired
temperature value relatively fast and provides more gate passing rate (approximately 800 part/min) compared
to available furnaces with approximately 3 kW/h energy consumption. In this study, the working principle of
this newly developed furnace and the energy efficiency and savings obtained by this application is examined.
Keywords: Induction System, Energy efficiency, Gasket Curing Furnace.