Oven manufacturers are increasingly turning to infrared heating technology to provide controllable heat, says one maker of industrial ovens. Infrared heating elements have proven to be energy efficient and cheap to operate. Properly sized elements can have positive effects on oven performance and cost.
According to Intek Corp., Union, Mo., infrared heating technology is used in industrial ovens, dryers and heaters used by industries such as thermoforming, printing, pulp and paper and metalworking. It is practical to tailor infrared heating elements to provide the performance necessary for the heater or oven to provide optimum productivity and minimum downtime in a given application.