SHOP – Programmable Digital Kiln Controllers

TAP Kiln Controllers by SDS Industries are the most advanced and easy-to-use programmable digital kiln controllers on the market today.

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Why Choose TAP?

Our goal for TAP Kiln Controllers is to combine simplicity and visual ease with unparalleled performance. The result is the most refined and precise programmable digital kiln controller for sale today. Unlike other digital controllers, TAP Kiln Controllers are easy to navigate and easy to control – without having to pore over your user manual.

A large format, high contrast, responsive touchscreen allows you to easily manage and review firing schedules. Full-text, alpha-numeric firing schedule titles make finding the right schedule easy.

The TAP Kiln Control Mobile app enables you to monitor your kiln, develop and edit schedules, modify settings, and more from the palm of your hand.

Easily make on-the-fly changes to adjust setpoint temperatures, hold times, and skip ahead during the firing process. These changes are updated in real-time and displayed in full text along with a visual graph of the chamber temperature so the firing history can be observed while it’s taking place.
Choose from pre-loaded firing schedules supplied by your kiln manufacturer or create custom firing schedules. The creation of custom firing schedules is unlimited and can be stored for future use or modified as needed.
TAP Standalone Kiln Controllers let you easily upgrade your manual kiln with all the cutting-edge functionality of TAP. Installation of the controller is simple – just identify the style of power chord your kiln uses, select from the configuration options, and get to work!
TAP’s PID control algorithm ensures that schedules are accurately followed. The PID control allows for fast response, minimal overshoot, and limited steady state errors for superb precision.

Not Convinced Automatic Controllers are the Right Choice?

Until recently, most kiln controllers were limited to manual controllers with a simple on/off switch, a dial to adjust firing time, and a pyrometer to provide information on the kiln temperature. While manual controllers are easy to get started with, they often provide inconsistent results and demand constant attention. Manual controllers lack the ability to gradually decrease temperatures or properly hold annealing cycles, making them inadequate for complex projects.
An overview of different control screens of the TAP II Kiln Controller.

Automatic kiln controllers allow you to set and choose the firing schedule right from the start. All SDS Controllers allow you to easily create, name, save, access, and execute an unlimited number of firing schedules with an unlimited number of steps – so that you always have access to the schedules you need.

Not only do automatic controllers enable you to have more of a hands-off approach with your projects, but they are more systematic and reliable. Manual controllers require constant attention and quick human responses to ensure that the firing process occurs at precisely the right temperature and time. On the other hand, automatic controllers enable consistent control, steady temperatures, and the ability to gradually control the rate of temperature change.

TAP is the only kiln controller for sale that provides complete feedback and insight into the performance of your kiln. TAP provides a real-time look into the usage of critical kiln components, allowing you to view the number of relay actuations, the time heating elements have been on, and how long thermocouples have been exposed to high temperatures. These diagnostics will keep you informed of the health and status of the kiln and allow for the replacement of critical components before they fail.

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