Manufacturing applications are constantly being modified to improve efficiency and quality. As process improvements are redefined, so is the equipment that is used. For example, one of the more commonly used tools in manufacturing is the electric air heater.
In the world of electric heaters, one of the most critical elements to consider is the control. Depending on the specific application, a certain level of control is not only desired but often required. In order to achieve adequate results, operators need to be confident that the process is reaching a specific temperature at the proper time on a consistent basis.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the food industry — despite restaurants shifting to delivery- or takeout-only models – has not slowed down. Food production and supply are definitely essential services, and heat is mandatory for keeping food safe.
Industrial manufacturers and plant engineers need a reliable, flexible and cost-effective way to control power to electric heaters used in their plant’s manufacturing processes. Of all the controls available, silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs) best meet those needs. The precise control offered by SCRs extends heater life, reduces maintenance costs and improves product quality.
Many industries utilize heat for manufacturing processes. Whether the application involves removing residual moisture on the surface of a part, drying a coating on cable assemblies or the preheating of metals during a forming process, heating is one of the driving components.
BriskHeat, a provider of flexible heating, insulating, temperature-control and composite-curing solutions, opened a calibration center in Shenzhen, China. It joins the company’s ACR hot bonder calibration and repair centers in Columbus, Ohio, and AeroNed B.V. in Rotterdam Netherlands. These centers are manned by technical product specialists and sales engineers to provide field training and phone support.
Watlow, St. Louis, Mo., acquired Yarbrough Solutions Worldwide, a semiconductor equipment solutions provider that services semiconductor fabrication companies globally by developing, installing and servicing solutions at its customers’ fabrication plants. In performing these services, the Austin, Texas-based company has long utilized Watlow product offerings.
A new program, dubbed Select, allows uses to identify, configure and purchase some of Watlow’s electric heater, temperature sensor, temperature controller and power controller products. Original equipment manufacturers, authorized Watlow distributors and end user customers can all use the online tool.
Check out the April 2021 edition of Process Heating, featuring welded plate heat exchangers and downtime prevention, points to ponder when selecting circulation heaters, combustion controls retrofits, trends in boiler systems, news, products and much more!