The Owl 4 Furnace Optimization System offers recipe selection, a load Validator and, new to the Owl 4, a missing part notifier. The system provides a check for losses in the furnace and communicates with an Osprey to confirm all parts in a load are present. If not, it will alarm the operator. Additionally, it collects data in real-time. The furnace recipe is defined, and heat time is optimized for the load as it enters the furnace.