Thermo Process Technology

… is the key for product quality …

… and guarantees the fulfilment of the specified properties of the goods manufactured with it. Moreover, thermal process plants must achieve high yields with good material and energy efficiency under sustainable conditions and thus also meet ecological and economic targets. OWI supports plant operators and furnace manufacturers in the ongoing optimization and further development of heat processing plants and develops marketable and competitive solutions.

Through a long tunnel, which shimmers reddish due to fire on the left and right walls, .large metal plates move over metallic rollers.
The OWI experts in the fields of heat processing technology, materials as well as calculations and modelling and simulation are sought-after contacts in industry. Photo: VDM Metals GmbH

Our services

Combustion technology

  • Technical solutions for the use of unconventional fuels
  • gaseous (e.g. , process gases)
  • liquid (e.g. , heavy oil, pyrolysis oil, vegetable oil, etc. )
  • Emission reduction: CxHy, CO, NOx, soot and dust
  • Development of concepts for the control of the combustion process (e.g. , Lambda control) and their integration into systems and processes
  • Development of burners, depending on application very different combustion techniques are used

Technical gases

  • Treatment of protective gas or carrier gas from conventional fuels
  • Gentle operation and regeneration of endogas generators and retorts

Energy management

  • Consulting and design of concepts for heat supply to optimize heat input into the product
  • Optimization of heat treatment processes by thermodynamic and fluid mechanical analysis of the entire plant
  • Energy savings through recovery and thermal storage
  • Numerical analysis and optimization of heat transfer processes during heating and quenching of goods
  • Analysis and evaluation of process data, model-based control development


  • Tests of technical components (e.g., burners, pumps, valves, sealing material, etc.)
  • Complete project management or delivery of turnkey test benches


  • Tests on high-temperature corrosion of metallic materials in various atmospheres
  • Development and testing of service life evaluation methods for materials at high temperatures

The experts in the fields of thermal process technology, materials, calculations and numerical simulation at OWI are sought-after contacts in the industry for these fields of work. We support plant manufacturers and operators in the survey and interpretation of process data. Numerical process models contribute to a deeper understanding of physical processes and enable the development of intelligent, model-based control concepts. In addition, we can support the design of highly stressed components with our materials engineering know-how. As a rule, the focus is on high operational reliability with minimum energy input in order to achieve an economically optimal solution. The OWI supports the design and optimization of industrial combustion processes with the aid of energy balances, flow simulations, strength calculations, material investigations and experimental tests on model burners.