Edye Buchanan is a Sales Strategist at BriskHeat Corporation. She is driven to uncover new technologies and channels in the industrial surface and immersion heat, insulator and temperature control markets including composite manufacturing and repair. Edye’s more than 30 years of experience in process heating has focused on design engineering, project management, and marketing. Edye holds a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University and is an SME Certified Manufacturing Technologist. She current serves on the Board of Directors for SME, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Heating can be a critical process in manufacturing and contributes to the overall cost of operation. Calculating requirements and applying heat are important considerations in overall system design. Process heating requires a control scheme that is tailored to the process. Insulation can minimize heat loss and increase system efficiency. This presentation will examine the keys to designing an energy efficient and cost-effective thermal processing system. Topics to be discussed include types of heat loss, choosing the correct electrical heater, temperature control options, and options for insulation materials. Electrical heaters include self-regulating cable, constant watt cable, heater blankets, container heaters, cloth heaters, and immersion heat. Visual aids will include use of a heat loss calculator which demonstrates the role insulation selection plays in energy savings.