Easy to Load
The KM16F is a production Potter's dream. It is easy to load, fires even top to bottom and front to back and has a cone 10 rating
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Sophisticated, Yet Easy to Use
- Write your own firing programs with up to 32 Segments usingRamp and Hold. Now you can store up to 12 programs.
- … or use the tried and true factory set programs in ConeFire Mode
- Built in Diagnostics give you or our technicians the ability to diagnose kiln problems with just a few button presses.
- New Safety Features help prevent accidental starts and overfires.
- New software keeps track of your Firing Costs and the Number of Firings
- Fuse Glass, Slow cool Cone 6 Glazes, Grow Crystals…whatever you want to program this controller can handle.
- …and so much more. Click Here to see the whole story.
Current Sensing Technology
Skutt is one of the few brands that installs aCurrent Sensor in every KilnMaster Kiln
. This allows you to read the Amperag
e of each section of the kiln as well as the Voltage
andVoltage Under Load
Now with the touch of a few buttons you can give those readings over the phone to your kiln repair technician so they can troubleshoot the problem and make sure they have the correct parts when they come out for the repair. ThisSaves Time and Money.
Prior to the use of these current sensors someone would have to come to your house and test the amperage and voltage inside the control box with live wires exposed. This system is Much Safer
Built in Vent
The KM16F actually comes with a built-in downdraft vent system at no extra charge
. Downdraft vents actively remove fumes from your kiln before they can enter the room and vent them outside keeping your studio free of smell.Downdraft vents also help your kiln fire more evenly. The movement of air created by the vent helps move heat back to areas where it is needed much like a convection oven. For more information on the benefits of down draft venting click here Downdraft Venting.
Innovative Element Design
The elements in the KM16F were designed to provide maximum heat uniformity in the kiln chamber and be easy to replace.
Much of the heat in a kiln is normally lost through the lid and floor of the kiln. To compensate for this we incorporate several design elements. The elements are located in the side walls and floor of the kiln. The floor elements help compensate for the loss of heat in the bottom of the kiln. To help with the top we add an additional 2? of fiber insulation. On top of this the whole kiln is fired using Zone Control technology, which senses the temperature in each section of the kiln and directs heat where it is needed.
The back panel of the kiln can easily be removed so the elements can be disconnected from the busbars where they are attached with nuts and bolts. Once free you can open the front door of the kiln and slide them right out. When the replacement elements arrive you can slide them in the same way and reattach them. This innovative design should drastically lessen the amount of time it takes to change your elements.
Solid State Relays
Relays are the components responsible for switching the power on and off to your elements. When they go out, you cannot fire your kiln until they are replaced. Solid state relays have long been used in industry due to their reliability. They are more expensive then conventional mechanical relays but they more then make up for the added cost with their added life.
Zone Control Standard
Zone Control kilns have a thermocouple in multiple sections of the kiln and cycle the power to each section on and off semi-independently as if it were an individual kiln.
For example, lets say you have have a 3 zone kiln and the bottom section is firing a little cooler than the middle and top section. With zone control turned on, the controller will turn off power to the middle and top sections until the bottom section has caught up and then turn the power to all 3 sections back on. This ensures that the temperature difference between the sections never gets to great.
Innovative Wall Design!
One of the keys to good kiln design is knowing what kind, and how much, insulation to use. The primary materials used in constructing kiln walls are insulating fire brick, fiber, and fiber board. Where and how much you use these materials will affect how even the kiln fires, how fast it will reach temperature, what temperature the kiln can achieve, how slow it will cool, how much it will cost to fire, how hot the outside of the kiln will get, durability…the list goes on. So you can see, choosing the right material is extremely important.
All three of these materials have different properties. Some are good to have on the inside of the kiln and some are better on the outside. The 16F was designed to handles the rigor of production, fire with even temperatures throughout the kiln chamber, and fire efficiently.