Method and apparatus to aid in the delubrification of parts

Patent No. 6,997,704

Issued: February 14, 2006
Filed: January 27, 2004

Inventors: Crump; Matthew W. (Cortland, NY); Johnson; Andrew (Cortland, NY); Sun; Ryan (Ithaca, NY)
Assignee: BorgWarner Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI)


A method and apparatus for delubrification of parts. The method comprising the steps of moving the parts on the belt into a chamber of the furnace, heating the parts, igniting the unused combustible atmosphere above the parts, and allowing the atmosphere above the parts to escape through a vent in the chamber. The parts are heated uniformly by a heat source beneath the belt. The hot atmosphere is forced up through at least one plenum by blowers. The unused combustible atmosphere in the chamber above the parts on the belt is ignited using a burner and vented through the vent in the chamber.

REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims an invention which was disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/450,934, filed Feb. 28, 2003, entitled "A METHOD AND APPARATUS TO AID IN THE DELUBRIFICATION OF PARTS". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the U.S. provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.


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