Frequently Asked Questions for Induction Heating— Part Two

Following article is the continuing part of frequently asked questions for induction heating. Take your time to learn more.


What is the importance of the induction heating coil (inductor)?

The induction coil design is one of the most important aspects of an induction heating system. The coil is a custom design to give your work piece or part the proper heating pattern, maximize efficiency of the induction heating power supply’s load matching system, and to accomplish these tasks while still permitting ease of loading and unloading your part.


How can my process benefit from induction heating?

Induction heating can benefit your process in a number of ways. When the initial adjustments are made to the power supply, then induction heating is highly repetitive. Following this phase, it can be heated part by part with identical results so long as the parts are introduced to the coil similarly each cycle. This can also lead to better material utilization and product yield. Induction heating can reduce or eliminate the need for skilled operators in application such as brazing and soldering. The ability of induction heating to heat all parts identically lends itself to automation of the process. Induction heating can also heat the part in a highly localized fashion, which can be extremely beneficial when it is desirable or necessary to limit the heat to only a certain region of the part.


How does induction heating equipment compare to other heating sources?

In addition to some of the points mentioned in the previous FAQ (frequently asked questions), induction heating is also a clean form of heating which does not emit unpleasant odor or heat. Because the current is induced directly into the part which is being heated, there is no radiant heating effect into a facilities ambient environment. The location of the desired heat zone can be defined to a specific area on a work piece in order to achieve accurate and consistent results. Induction heating equipment is instantly on which means it requires no warm-up time as other conventional heating sources do. Induction heating systems are extremely energy efficient.

Frequently Asked Questions for Induction Heating— Part Two

What is the importance of a power supplies power rating and frequency?

The power rating determines the speed at which a work piece can be heated. The frequency, along with the electrical resistivity of the work piece and relative magnetic permeability, determines the skin depth of the eddy currents induced into the work piece. In surface heating, the power rating also plays an important role in skin depth. The higher the frequency, the more shallow the skin depth and the lower the frequency, the deeper the skin depth. Therefore, higher frequencies are more effective for heating smaller parts or parts that require shallow heat penetration, while lower frequencies are more effective for larger materials with deeper heat penetration requirements.