A: Thermal processes are various methods used to alter the physical, and sometimes chemical, properties of a product’s material or coating. Thermal processes may be high-temperature operations such as heat treating or low-temperature operations such as drying. Heat treating involves the use of heating or chilling, normally to extreme temperatures, to modify a material’s physical properties such as hardening or softening. Many facilities use lower temperature heating processes, such as baking or drying, to modify other aspects of a material or coating. Other customers have incinerators for oxidizing pollutants, air-heaters for tempering climate air. The applications are endless, and Rockford Combustion Solutions provides combustion safety for all of these processes and more.