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Everything You Need to Know About Controlling Your Kiln

TAP Kiln Control Mobile provides artists with remote kiln control and remote start.
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Scott Shannon

Remote Kiln Control: How Do I Get Remote Start for My Kiln?

When we launched the TAP Kiln Control Mobile app in 2016, our vision was to give kiln operators and heat treat artists the same level of convenience and connectivity they enjoyed in all other areas of their lives. Responsive, easy-to-use touchscreen controls weren’t enough. We wanted to offer true remote kiln control, so artists could enjoy the flexibility of being able to remotely monitor their kilns and edit and execute their kiln firing schedules in real-time from their smartphone or tablet.

Developing TAP Kiln Control Mobile was a huge investment on our end. We had never developed a mobile app before, and we definitely dealt with speed bumps and learning curves along the way. But through our commitment to supporting the artists in the TAP community, and through their helpful feedback, we’ve continued to launch software updates to continually improve TAP Kiln Control Mobile.

Today, it’s – by far (as far as we know!) – the highest rated kiln control mobile app, and the only one that offers true remote kiln control.

 

What Is Remote Start? And Why Does It Matter?

In 2023, we released Remote Start – one of our all-time most requested features. With Remote Start, TAP Artists can turn on their kiln and initiate a kiln firing schedule no matter where they were. This feature – combined with the ability to remotely edit schedules, make real-time firing adjustments, skip steps, and abort firings – finally gave artists true remote kiln control for the first time ever.

This represented a huge step forward for convenience and flexibility for all artists – but it also represented a major advancement in accessibility for artists who may have physical disabilities. With TAP Kiln Control Mobile, artists don’t have to be able to walk over to their bend over in front of their controller to program their kiln

For safety reasons, you should never leave your kiln unattended. But that doesn’t mean you should have to be physically right beside your kiln for the entire duration of the kiln firing process. In real life, sometimes you need to be able to step away from your kiln. Remote Start, along with the other features of TAP Kiln Control Mobile, gives artists the flexibility of being able to multi-task and gives them the peace of mind of always knowing the status of their kilns.

This is a stark contrast from using other kiln controllers. When SDS Industries’ VP & Chief Creative Officer, Brittany Gabel, was a glass art student at Rochester Institute of Technology, she would have casting projects that required multiple days’ worth of firings. She would have to go back to campus at odd hours throughout the night or very early mornings to check on the kiln to make sure her projects were firing successfully. She would have to assess what step the firing process was at, or sometimes wait around until the kiln reached a certain step so that she could add more glass to her mold. Sometimes she’d miss her window entirely.

With remote kiln control through TAP Kiln Control Mobile, she would have been able to know exactly when she needed to attend to her kiln, saving her tons of time and effort.

Why Is Remote Start Only Available with a Premium Subscription?

For all of the different controllers in the TAP Ecosystem, Remote Start is only available with a Premium Subscription to TAP Kiln Control Mobile, which is available for $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year. While some customers are frustrated by the prospect of having to pay a subscription for an app when they already made a significant investment in the kiln, 100% of the net subscription fees for the Premium Plan goes directly back into the app for maintaining our servers, developing new features, and providing improvements for all users.

If we could give away all the premium features for free, we totally would! But unfortunately, that just isn’t feasible. However, while features like Remote Start are super convenient, they are also 100% optional and don’t affect the core functionality of your TAP Controller.

How to Get Remote Start for Your TAP Controller

As we mentioned earlier, Remote Start is a premium feature that is only available on a Premium Plan for the TAP Kiln Control Mobile app. First, you will need an active Premium Plan for the TAP Kiln Control Mobile app, as well as for your controller to be connected to WiFi.

A walkthrough of how to use the remote start function of TAP Kiln Control Mobile

Once these two conditions are met, all you have to do to activate Remote Start is to follow these steps:

  1. Select your kiln from the My Kilns screen of the TAP Kiln Control Mobile app.
  2. Click the Schedules tab at the bottom of the app.
  3. Press the blue and white Start Icon to the right of the schedule you want to start remotely.
  4. The app will ask you to confirm you want to Remote Start this firing schedule. Click Yes to confirm.
  5. To ensure you never accidentally remotely start your kiln, the app will generate a six-digit verification code in the form of a push notification. Enter those six digits. Click Activate, and your firing will start.TAP Kiln Control Mobile uses two step verification for remote start to enhance kiln safety.
  6. Once your kiln firing schedule has been remotely started, you will be able to monitor your kiln, skip steps, abort firings, or view real-time firing graphs from your TAP Kiln Control Mobile app.

A remote start confirmation push notification on TAP Kiln Control Mobile

Easy as that! Remote Start can save artists significant amounts of time by letting them start their kiln firings or preheat their kilns without having to be next to their kiln.

Download TAP Kiln Control Mobile

If you haven’t tried TAP Kiln Control Mobile, we invite you to do so. TAP Kiln Control Mobile, available on iOS and Android, helps you save time and enjoy peace of mind with:

  • Real-time updates and remote temperature monitoring
  • The ability to create schedules and modify settings from the palm of your hand
  • Modify your kiln firing in real-time

And so much more! And it’s totally free to use, with the option to upgrade to a Premium Subscription for advanced features like Remote Start, which lets you start your firing schedule from anywhere!

Explore TAP Kiln Controllers by SDS Industries

The TAP and TAP II Controllers by SDS Industries provide users the most advanced, precise, and easy-to-use kiln controllers on the market today. With responsive touchscreen controls, an intuitive graphical UI, and integration with the TAP Kiln Control Mobile app, TAP Kiln Controllers can pair with any relay-controlled kiln or oven.

We invite you to explore our selection of programmable kiln controllers, standalones, and conversion kits on our online store. You can also purchase TAP Digital Controllers or TAP Controlled Kilns and Heat Treat Ovens through one of the following distributors:

Shop the most advanced programmable digital kiln controllers for sale.

 

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