Curing involves any process where heat is used to catalyze or initiate chemical and molecular level structural changes in a polymeric materials such as epoxies, phenolics, polyesters and silicones. These materials are applied in many ways to various products for bonding, protective coating, sealing, insulation and other uses.
Air curing and hot fan curing are often used for curing small production runs, despite inconsistent results. Large production runs often are cured in batches in large ovens which must be run continuously. Induction heating provides a much better solution for adhesive curing.
The client's oven had a heating time of 20 minutes, so the time savings from a 90-second cycle are considerable. Additionally, induction is a repeatable process, unlike an oven and the induction system takes up less floor space than an oven.
Induction heating provides improved distribution of heat, much faster cure time than heat plates previously used, much faster production rate and hands-free heating that involves no operator skill for manufacturing
Induction heating is a fast, efficient, precise and repeatable non-contact method for heating metals or other electrically-conductive materials. The material may be a metal such as brass, aluminum, copper or steel or it can be a semiconductor such as silicon carbide,carbon or graphite. To heat non-conductive materials such as plastics or glass, induction is used to heat an electrically-conductive susceptor, typically graphite, which then transfers the heat to the non-conducting material.
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Induction Heating Work Coils
The work coil is the component in the induction heating system that defines how effective and how efficiently your work piece is heated.
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