Maintenance

Machine is undergoing upgrades and can't be used.

This machine requires induction unless you are having an inducted person fire it for you.

Induction process is doing the theory courses then being shown how to pack and program the machine at HSBNE by the responsible person.

  1. Kiln basics that apply to all kiln use at HSBNE. Training and assessment online. ADD LINK
  2. Specific training course for the large pottery kiln. Training and assessment online. ADD LINK
  3. Being shown on the kiln how to pack and use the kiln, where the kiln shelves are kept and how to tidy up afterwards. Contact responsible person to set a time.

This kiln is to be used for pottery or approved (eg PLA, wax) large casting “burnouts” ONLY. Under no circumstances is it to have steel or any metal added to it (except aluminum trays to catch “burnouts” up to 400°C). It is NOT a heat treating oven.

Under no circumstances are you to leave the space while the kiln is running without another inducted person agreeing to take over for you and stay.

Under no circumstances is the kiln to be used with a “heating profile” that is not approved by the responsible person. Do not add new profiles without prior approval.

Unless it's an emergency, the kiln is not to be switched off above 600°C as it needs time to cool slowly above that temperature (this is in the “heating profile”). Heating/cooling too fast will not only damage the bricks inside the kiln walls, it may ruin your/other people's craft work within.

Do not store flammable materials near the kiln such as wood, gas bottles and lubricating grease.

Recommended We recommend heat gloves.
Recommended Please wear goggles or a face shield when mixing casting powders
Recommended We recommend the use of a respirator when mixing casting powders
Required Enclosed shoes are required, no open sandals, thongs etc
Maintenance Disconnect power to the kiln before performing maintenance, including opening lid.
Name Value
Max Temperature 1250°C
Internal Size 600mmLx900mmWx450mmD
Power Use 19kW continuous (depends on use) 3 Phase 240VAC

As this modified machine is from 1982 and no longer manufactured no manual is available. General controls for large kilns and the “picoReflow” Github can be used however. https://apollo.open-resource.org/mission:resources:picoreflow https://github.com/HSBNE/picoReflow

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Reseller/Maintenance

Known Identical Models

Date Description Workaround Proposed Remediation
03/10/2020 Element wearing out keep kiln below 1200°C until elements replaced - approved by vote 15/09/2020 Eris to replace elements Electrician to approve
Date Modified By Description Remediation Cost
01/01/2018 Eris Kiln dried, cleaned, patched, rewired with SSR and extra safety devices in series are lid switch, second controller to limit temp to 1250°C, 24vdc plugpack ~$200
03/10/2020 Eris Waited for kiln to dry and be tested electrically and test fired Relined 3/10/20 testfired to 200°C 06/10/2020 8MΩ to ground.

in series are lid switch, second controller to limit temp to 1250°C, 24vdc plugpack. | Approved by vote ~$200 |

Image Category Accessory Name & Notes Location Buy from
PLACEHOLDER Image, 100 width Furniture / Shelves Kiln shelves, kiln posts, kiln tubes. Used to separate pottery during firing Inside kiln or in hardstand container “A” https://www.potterysuppliesonline.com.au/48/101/electric-kilns/electric-kilns/kiln-furniture.html?limit=12&start=12
Image Category Accessory Name & Notes Location Buy from
You can't see electrons. Billed to HSBNE Power meter records power used, note difference before and after firing. Please donate this multiplied by $0.25 per kWhr The power meter is located at the bottom of the control panel. Energex, AGL, Zeus.
tools:craftpunk:nichrome_wire_roll.jpg Long term maintenance Every few years of heavy use will need ~$2000 worth of wire to be replaced. 1.8mmx180 metres 16mm diameter coils 9ohm per phase http://shop.walkerceramics.com.au/Kilns-_and_-Accessories/1770-ELEMENT-WIRE/pl.php Walker ceramics, Alibaba.
Interval Task
Annual Check element resistance is not higher than 9 Ohms per phase, patch up cracks with kiln cement/fire putty, clear furniture and vacuum out kiln of debris.

PLACEHOLDER A RACI is an important documentation process to let people know what ACTIONS can happen, and who needs to be Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed for each ACTION. Delete this line.

Task / Action Executive Cause Leader
Cause Team
Named Maintainer Trainers Cause Membership Implementer
Modification and Repairs - AC C I I I R
Induction changes C RACI RC I I I R

PLACEHOLDER: Risk assessment is important to ensure we are making tools available to members in a responsible fashion. Please make every effort to do a reasonable risk assessment. If there is a safety incident with the tool, please redo a risk assessment and add it to the table.

Ref / ID Pre-Mitigation Mitigations / Warnings / Remedies Post Mitigation
Risk Risk Severity Risk Likelyhood Risk Level Risk Severity Risk Likelyhood Risk Level Acceptable to Proceed
0001 DEATH / Shock Intolerable possible 9 Induction to train users in correct usage, lid interlock Low Improbable 1 Yes
Severe Burns Intolerable Probable 11 Induction to train in correct usage, Signage when firing for others, kiln gloves Low Improbable 1 Yes
Switchboard Trip Low/Nusance possible 3 Induction training on 3 phase plugs, not touching kiln breaker settings Low unlikley 1 Yes

PLACEHOLDER: A decision register is for general documentation when some decision is made regarding the tool. To change its location, mode of operation, to buy an accessory, to replace something, to change how it operates etc. Delete this line.

Ref / ID Decision Details Impact Proposed Date Proposed By Status Approved By Date Resulting Actions and Comments
0000 Maintenance/Upgrade safety, allows automation, remote monitoring. 15/09/20 ER Approved Vote 15/09/2020 ~$2,000 budget for nichrome wire, fireclay patch job and PicoReflow upgrade.
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