Commonly referred to as an inline heater, circulation heaters provide a clean and efficient means to heat flowing gases or liquids. They consist of an assembly of heating elements, pressure vessel (tank), terminal housing, mounting hardware, insulation and inlet/outlet connections.
Custom Electric Manufacturing, which was acquired by Sweden-based Kanthal in 2018, will go to market under the Kanthal brand effective Jan. 1, 2021. Headquartered in Wixom, Mich., CEM has been supplying original equipment and replacement heating elements for both electric and gas furnaces for more than 35 years.
Sandvik acquired privately owned Thermaltek Inc., a manufacturer of high temperature furnace systems and metallic heating elements based in Concord, N.C. Thermaltek operates out of a 42,000 ft2 facility with approximately 30 employees.
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.
Achieving an operating temperature of more than 1382°F (750°C) using rod-shaped heating cartridges in a small-diameter housing can be difficult. Such heating cartridges are increasingly required for applications in fuel-cell construction, battery technology, aviation and factory automation and casting technology.
A North American manufacturer of punches and dies ordered a dual-chamber, fiber-lined furnace to process small parts in wire baskets and parts wrapped in foil during hardening. The upper chamber heats to 2200°F (1205°C), and the lower draw chamber heats to 1600°F (870°C) with 23 kW of power.
BriskHeat, a manufacturer of surface heating elements, held its first in-house trade show at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The event was designed for the company’s employees to get a better understanding of its products.
Smiths Group plc completed the acquisition of Osram Sylvania Inc.’s Process Heating Division, which provides process heating products and custom solutions to OEM manufacturers, industrial facilities and university research departments.
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!