Features of the Sentry Xpress 3-key Controller on the Xpress-E-12A
Design programs with up to 8 segments (steps) in Ramp-Hold mode .
Fire to a single temperature at a single speed in the simplified Single Speed mode .
Ramp-Hold mode can store 4 programs .
Skip a segment in Ramp-Hold during firingwithout stopping the kiln to reprogram .
Change the target temperature in Ramp-Hold during firingwithout stopping the kiln to reprogram .
Hold (soak) the temperature in both Single Speed and Ramp-Hold . Experiment with Hold to improve color saturation of china paints .
Add Hold Time during firingwithout stopping the kiln to reprogram .
Control both heating and cooling in Ramp-Hold .
Program Review lets you check the program you are about to fire .
Program the Temperature Alarm to sound when the kiln reaches a specific temperature . Use this to remind yourself to check on the kiln .
Temperature displays throughout firingand cooling in your choice of ℉ or℃ .
Thermocouple Offset adjusts the thermocouple readout .
Set the Delay to turn on the kiln later to suit your schedule .
Error Messages report mechanical problems such as a disconnected thermocouple,stuck relay or broken element .
12 Month Warranty
LED Lights show whether you are in program,review,or firingmode .
Colorful,illustrated instruction manual . Downloadit from the Additional Information section below to review these features in more detail .
The Xpress-E-12A heating element,exposed in dropped,recessed insulating firebrick grooves,is easy to replace if ever necessary . The 2½thick firebricks store plenty of heat for slow cooling through the glass annealing range . For small glass pieces such as jewelry,you can anneal without having to turn the element back on during cooling . (If extra heat is necessary to anneal large pieces,that is easy . Just program a slow cooling segment in Ramp-Hold mode .) The firebricks store heat for quick temperature recovery after removing a copper enameling piece .
The thermocouple is protected with a high-nickel stainless steel sheath for long life . A switch on the front panel turns off power to the controller when the kiln is not in use .
Unlatch and open the door with one hand; the latch operates so smoothly that delicate copper enameling or silver clay pieces remain undisturbed while opening or closing the door . The door opens smoothly on a heavy-duty½hinge shaft . No extra stand is needed; the built-in base stays cool even during extended hold times .
The interior is large enough to fire a 10 bronze clay container . A vent hole in the top,complete with tapered vent plug,is designed for lost wax casting . You can also vent combustible cork clay and other fillers used with silver clay .
The Xpress-E-12A can ship by UPS . Enjoy lower shipping cost and faster service . Specially designed cartons and foam padding assure that the kiln will arrive safely .
Paragon kilns are built to be dependable . They are loadd with attention to details,such as the costly nickel-plated copper wire with high temperature glass-braided insulation . Wires are fastened to the elements with heat-dissipating connectors refined and proven over many years in Paragon kilns .
The Xpress-E-12A has a durable high temperature,water-base finish . We chose water-base paint because of the low emissions during spraying . This creates a safer working environment for our employees and cuts down on air pollution .
Paragon kilns are made in America by skilled workers .
Becky Johnson,a glass teacher in Dallas,Texas,describes opening a kiln to see the freshly fired glass: I like to open the kiln with my students so that we can review and admire each other’s treasures together . The transformation of the glass inside the kiln is magical and mystical . It changes from pieces of arranged cut glass to awe-inspiring art . To be some part of that process is a true gift .
Paragon kilns just go on working forever,said Jeff Zamek,author of What Every Potter Should Know . He added,Paragon kilns have one of the lowest incidences of repair of any kiln manufactured in the U .S .
*The standard Xpress-E-12A is rated to 2000℉ (1093℃) . If you need to reach 2250℉ (1232℃),specify 3 thick firebricks instead of the standard 2½thick . Please contact us for details .
Designed for production
Paragon’s warranty is not affected by frequency of use . Fire your new kiln every day if you want,even in commercial settings . That will have no effect on the warranty period .
Optional colors at no extra charge
Brighten your studio with color! Order your kiln in one of our standard colors at no extra charge . . . berry,black,blue,hot pink,jade,navy,purple,or turquoise . Scroll down to see color samples in the options section .