Having previously won the queens award twice for export excellence their efforts for innovation have now been recognised. Thermserve Limited have won in the Innovation category for developing a range of advanced temperature control used in ovens, the which pre-heat dies used in aluminium extrusion processing. Uniquely, they incorporate infra-red die surface-sensing technology linked with predictive algorithms to assess and control die temperatures in real-time. The development involved mathematical and empirical modelling. The system improves oven efficiency and, through its high accuracy, reduces scrap extrusion levels. Annually producing approximately one hundred ovens of it has become firm favourite with extruder’s world-wide, with over 90% of the ovens being exported.