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Induction Annealing Stainless Steel Braids

Induction Annealing Stainless steel braids

Objective

A company that manufactures medical devices needed to heat stainless steel braids for an annealing application. This is a new application for the client and it is part of a high-volume production process. The stainless steel braids needed to be heated to 1,000 °F (538 °C) in just seconds.

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Evaluation

THE LAB at Ambrell determined that an Ambrell EASYHEAT 6.0 kW, 150-400 kHz induction heating system was the right solution based on their application requirements. They also built a custom-designed multiple-turn helical coil. Initial tests were conducted to optimize the power delivered to the part. Once a satisfactory heat pattern was achieved in the time-frame allowed, samples were run at multiple settings. Heating took just 2-5 seconds depending on the sample used, meeting the client’s requirements.

Solution

There were several reasons why the client was interested in induction heating for their annealing application. Speed was a major factor, and the time-to-temperature was just seconds. Induction also requires minimal floor space, and the fact a workhead can be placed away from the power supply can also help when considering any integration. It is also a high repeatable heating method, which is ideal for a high volume application such as this one. Finally, induction is highly efficient as it's instant on/off, making it a greener choice that can result in energy savings. 

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