An online heater configurator engineering tool designed to help users specify, evaluate, select and order Thermofoil and wire-wound flexible heaters has been developed by Minco Products Inc., Minneapolis. The tool, available at www.minco.com, functions like a search engine, allowing customers to configure, price and order by entering a heater model number or searching for heater models by dimensional value and insulation type.
Once a specific model is selected, the customer can enter supply voltage and operating temperature requirements, and choose between different resistance values and backing/adhesive options.
The tool automatically checks to make sure the heater and all selected options such as resistance, backing and lead wire, will work properly at the given voltage and operating temperature. Data boxes will appear in red to indicate when the heater is not suited to perform as configured for the application values given.