Although there are hundreds of companies that build ovens, ASC Process Systems is the only company that can design, manufacture, and deliver a complete custom composite curing oven system with the features, capabilities, and reliability that the aerospace composite industry demands.
Our Engineers take full advantage of today’s advanced technologies when designing our ovens. With our in-house CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) engineering capabilities, our Engineers are able to develop the most advanced and capable composite curing oven systems available worldwide.
Often, we are hired by major aerospace companies to validate large aerospace tooling and demonstrate how those tools will heat in different oven configurations. This capability gives us advantage in oven design and provides the customer with an assurance that the oven we deliver will heat, cool, and cure their parts as specified.
At first glance you might not be aware of the difference, however, the difference will show up in system efficiency, performance, reliability, and overall cost of ownership. Rather than follow the industry and build a "panel ovens", we have designed our ovens for efficacy, high durability, and long life through sound engineered construction and quality materials.
In a conventional “panel oven”, the oven's walls and ceilings are made with interlocking 22" (550mm) wide 20ga sheet-metal panels. While this oven configuration is cost-effective at first, it is certainly not designed for long-term reliability or energy conservation. With this style of fabrication, there is a seam between each panel that creates a thermal leak point. In other words, each seam is constantly allowing cold air into the oven, and heated air to escape requiring the oven to heat excess air.
While a typical ASC composites curing oven, each wall of the oven is made as a structural element with heavy-duty steel tubing, heavy-wall 14GA plate, and very few seams. The result is an oven that reduces thermal leakage by 95% when compared to a “panel oven”.
ASC's composite curing ovens come standard with ASC's flagship control system - CPC. CPC (Composite Processing Control) is the world's leading control software solution for composite curing in autoclaves, ovens, and presses. With over 1500 pieces of equipment being controlled by CPC everyday, our composite processing control system, CPC, is the most popular control software for composite processing.
CPC is designed specifically for composites, and as such it has more than 1000 built-in features and capabilities that other oven control packages don't have. First launched in 1988, CPC has evolved through the years to accommodate the new and ever-changing demands of the composite community. If you’re needing to meet requirements of NADCAP, AS9100, Boeing AMS2750, or other material and quality requirements, CPC is your answer.
Our customer's have a saying, "A great oven + a bad software package = a bad oven. A bad oven + a great software package = a good oven. A great oven + a great software package = a GREAT OVEN". ASC is the only company that can deliver a truly great oven experience.
Utilizing the same high standard of quality and reliability found on our autoclave vacuum systems, our ovens include PC-controlled vacuum source lines and PC-monitored vacuum probe lines, the CPC system can perform automatic leak-tests before the cure cycle and can provide leak-tests during the run. No other oven manufacturer can provide this capability.
Like our autoclave vacuum systems, we use stainless-steel valves and stainless-steel tubing for all of our vacuum ports, insuring long-life and leak-free operations.