Induction coil design has a major impact on process efficiency and final part quality, and the best coil design for your product largely depends on your application. Certain coil designs tend to work best with specific applications, and a less than optimal coil-application pairing can result in slow or irregular heating, higher defect rates, and lower quality products.
Before designing your induction coil, consider these three factors along with your induction application:
- Part motion relative to coil - Several applications rely on part movement with the help of conveyors, turntables, or robots. A properly designed induction coil incorporates these individual handling requirements without the loss of heating efficiency.
- Frequency - Higher frequencies are used for applications like brazing, soldering, annealing or heat treating, where surface heating is desired. Lower frequencies are preferred for applications requiring through-heating of the parts to the core like forging and die heating.
- Powder-density requirements - Higher power densities are required for short cycle heating applications requiring high temperatures. Higher power densities may also be required to keep the hot zone confined to a small area, reducing the heat affected area.