Types of Industrial Electric Infrared Heaters Offered at Casso-Solar Technologies: Part 1
Infrared heaters are used in a number of industrial processes and are able to be configured to fit nearly any process requiring heating. They are often more efficient than other forms of heating because they maximize the amount of energy delivered to the product without heating the surrounding air. Casso Solar Technologies offers several models of electric infrared heaters that are designed to meet various application requirements. This post gives a brief description of some of our panel type heaters and their benefits.
A Few Popular Electric Infrared Heaters Provided by Casso-Solar Technologies
Being a leading infrared equipment manufacturer, we bring you a vast variety of electric infrared heaters. Each one has features that benefit the user in one way or the other.
Type FB Heater: This type of heater is constructed with a woven quartz cloth surface that is painted black to provide an efficient heating surface. We offer both standard and custom designs for FB heaters. Because of their relatively simple construction, it is easy to configure these heaters to fit nearly any application. FB heaters can be built with multiple zones within a single heater module providing a high degree of design flexibility. The woven surface and sheet metal construction means there are no fragile parts in these heaters, making them very robust to stand up to industrial environments. Customization options include zoning, extra temperature sensors, specialized mounting, and edge compensation, among others. These heaters are usually built up to a maximum of 25 watts/sq. inch and are well suited to drying applications, particularly paint drying.
Type C+ Heater: This infrared heater is equipped with a fused quartz emitter plate as its face. The plate has precise grooves cut into it in which heating coils are placed to assure proper placement of the coil. The quartz face allows the vast majority of energy produced by the coil to pass through it to the product. Behind the coil are multiple layers of insulation to ensure that the heat produced only goes in the desired direction. This heater type is well-suited to being placed in larger arrays to create heated surfaces that can be zoned as desired. The quartz face and construction of the heater provide a high degree of heat uniformity across the entire heater. The temperature stability and uniformity of these heaters makes them ideal for applications where higher watt densities and temperatures are required. C+ heaters are typically built to a maximum of 50 watts/sq. inch but can be built up to 60 in special cases.
Type FHT Heater: The FHT heater is perfect for creating a furnace environment and with its 6 inches of built-in insulation can be used as a furnace wall or roof without the need for additional parts. These heaters are constructed with heater coils that are cemented into a grooved piece of insulating board material. The exposed surface of the coil creates a convective effect that heats the surrounding air while the coil also provides infrared heating directly to the product. The ideal application for this type of heater is one where both the air and product are required to be heated, such as in a glass bending furnace. Multiple zones are possible within a heater and temperature sensors can also be built into them.
Being in the infrared heating field since the 1960’s, we at Casso Solar Technologies have a vast amount of experience helping customers determine the proper equipment for their heating applications. Stay tuned for our next post where we will review our fast-acting tube and V-series heaters.
Derek Burkholder holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and is Vice President of Engineering & Sales at Casso Solar. Previously holding the title of Engineering Manager, Derek draws upon over a decade of industry knowledge to write extensively about the construction & application of heating systems such as industrial ovens, dryers, furnaces, and infrared heaters for industrial manufacturing processes.