Silicone Etched Foil Heaters for Industrial Applications
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You may not even be aware you've been around one, but chances are you've experienced its ability to heat. Flexible heaters are in almost every industry in the world. These heaters are being used in record numbers because they're versatile and durable. The flexible industrial heater has many strengths and capabilities. When it comes time to replace your industry's traditional heaters, you may want to know more about how flexible heaters are changing the face of the heating industry. Read on to discover more about the heater's cost savings and improved performance and all it can bring you.
What is a Flexible Heater?
It's not every day you hear the term flexible heater. So the right place to start when learning about the capabilities of a flexible heater is understanding what it means. A flexible heater is a chemically etched, screen printed or wire wound heater.
This type of heater can be flexed or bent, hence its name. The heating element, when it's flexed or bent, conforms to the contours of the surface, which requires heating. There are various types of flexible heaters, and each usually performs according to customized size, shape, and thickness.
Other names for the flexible heater is silicon etched and flexible wire heater, Silicone rubber heaters, carbon printed heaters, and transparent heaters. Europe has used flexible heaters a bit longer than the U.S., and with that history, DBK USA already has a vital, thriving, and strong industrial heating component market presence already. DBK USA's specialty is in providing specialty and customized heating products for many cross-sectional industries.
Flexible Silicon Heater Capabilities
There's not much a flexible silicon heater can't provide. That's because silicon is suitable from up to 500°F intermittent and 392°F continuous. The Kapton flexible heater ranges from -269 degrees to +200 degrees Celsius.
Due to their immense heating range, the flexible heater is a top contender of almost every industry in the world. These heaters are versatile and customized to any size, shape, or thickness. Once customized to the size, shape, and thickness needed, you can also add components that help improve its heating application use.
It's the customization component that allows the use of the flexible heater in food, manufacturing, electronics, medical, aerospace, automotive, and more industries throughout the world. The heater's durability is almost unlimited. Even in the most demanding applications, their ability to flex makes them a better and more durable alternative than the traditional ridged heaters.
Applications of Flexible HeatersNo matter how harsh the environment, flexible industrial heaters can stand tests of strength and endurance without concern of failure most of the time. Many engineers prefer Etched-foil flexible heaters due to their ability to be made in a foil metal patterned that's etched and in a precise form.
It's the heater's conductive element that transfers heat on the surface. No matter where the surface comes into contact with the etched-foil heater, the object the heat transfer is similar to all other points. Gauging your temperature requires different sensors and controls that are built right into etched-foil or flexible heaters.
Flexible heating elements meet a variety of application needs by being manufactured with versatile materials like mica, Kapton, butyl, and silicone rubber, with each having its benefit.
Industries that Benefit from Using Flexible Heaters
Maybe you already know how PTC heaters are safer and more reliable than traditional heaters, but what you may not know is flexible heaters may match PTC heaters benefit to benefit. When the industry needs its heating components to be resistant to UV damage, moisture, or chemicals, the flexible heater is the right solution.
Part of that reason has to do with weight. Silicone weighs very little and usually comes in around 2.5 grams per cubic centimeter. That means silicone heaters can be transported easily due to their very lightweight.
When you have a difficult to reach space that needs to be heated as sometimes happens in agriculture, aerospace, automotive, technology, and more industries often turn to the silicone rubber heater.
Ready for Your Flexible Heater?
Using industrial silicon rubber flexible heaters for tight spaces or aerospace instrument heating, flexible heaters have almost unlimited capabilities. Imaging, medical instruction, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, and more are just a few of the industries that are still fine-tuning what they can do with flexible heaters.
Now that you know the strengths and capabilities as well as some use cases for all it provides, you need to find a supplier than can customize, help design the right flexible heater for your next project.
Reach out to DBK USA when you want to learn more about flexible heaters and all it provides your industry. DBK USA answers any of your questions and will work with you to customize any heating components needed. DBK USA always gives you quality products and customer service.
If you're looking to move into the 21st century with your heating needs, DBK USA will help you lead the way.