Relays are switches that turn the heating elements on and off in your kiln. Solid state relays deliver precision power control and output thereby extending the life of your kilns heating elements. They do this by only allowing the heating elements to switch on and off when the AC voltage is at 0V. Because they contain no moving parts solid state relays can turn the heating elements on and off up to 60 times per second, much faster than mechanical relays, and with no moving parts there is nothing to wear out and replace. This results in longer element life and enhanced performance through reliable and precise temperature control. They are also completely silent, no annoying clicking noise constantly going off when you are teaching or working in your studio!
Solid State Relays are available on most of the larger kilns. Contact us today to see if we can add one to your kiln order!
Join me next time when I discuss our new line kilns for heat-treating knives!