The Future of Induction Heating
With the coming age of highly engineered materials, alternative energies and the need for empowering developing countries, the unique capabilities of induction offer engineers and designers of the future with a fast, efficient, and precise method of heating.
As the technology of choice for rapid, clean heating that is repeatable, accurate, and efficient, induction has established itself firmly in the future of manufacturing as a cornerstone of the industry. Induction heating with its rapid maturity since its discovery has earned it a reputation of cutting edge technology, critical to discovering new processes that are more effective. Today, induction heating is synonymous with groundbreaking solutions, paving the way to a new paradigm in manufacturing technology.
What is advantages of induction heating, brazing, hardening, melting and forging, etc.? Why choose induction heating over open flame, convection, radiant or another heating method? Here’s a short summary of the major advantages that modern solid state induction heating offers for lean manufacturing:
Induction heating is induced within the part itself by alternating electrical current. As a result, product warpage, distortion and reject rates are minimized. For maximum product quality, the part can be isolated in an enclosed chamber with a vacuum, inert or reducing atmosphere to eliminate the effects of oxidation. Production rates can be maximized because induction works so quickly; heat is developed directly and instantly inside the part. Startup is virtually instantaneous; no warm up or cool down cycle is required. The induction heating process can be completed on the manufacturing floor, next to the cold or hot forming machine, instead of sending batches of parts to a remote furnace area or subcontractor. For example, a brazing or soldering process which previously required a time-consuming, off-line batch heating approach can now be replaced with a continuous, one-piece flow manufacturing system.
Induction heating eliminates the inconsistencies and quality issues associated with open flame, torch heating and other methods. Once the system is properly calibrated and set up, there is no guess work or variation; the heating pattern is repeatable and consistent. With modern solid state systems, precise temperature control provides uniform results; power can be instantly turned on or shut off.
Induction heating systems do not burn traditional fossil fuels; induction is a clean, non-polluting process which will help protect the environment. An induction system improves working conditions for your employees by eliminating smoke, waste heat, noxious emissions and loud noise. Heating is safe and efficient with no open flame to endanger the operator or obscure the process. Non-conductive materials are not affected and can be located in close proximity to the heating zone without damage.
Tired of increasing utility bills? This uniquely energy-efficient process converts up to 90% of the energy expended energy into useful heat; batch furnaces are generally only 45% energy-efficient. And since induction requires no warm-up or cool-down cycle, stand-by heat losses are reduced to a bare minimum. The repeatability and consistency of the induction process make it highly compatible with energy-efficient automated systems.