Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ceramic Pad/Mat Heaters: The Tried and True Way to Heat Treat

Ceramic mat heater
Ceramic mat heater: Proven performance over time.
Heat treating large metal surfaces in the field before and after welding is usually a challenge. Over the years, products have been developed that perform well and withstood the test of time. One of these products is the ceramic pad heater.

Ceramic pad heaters (also known as mat heaters) are constructed of interlocking sintered alumina ceramic beads (usually pink or white in color) which insulate an 80/20 Nickel/Chrome multi-strand wire (the resistance element).

Ceramic pad heaters are designed for most pre-heat and post-heat treatment requirements on weld joined materials (stress relieving). Available in numerous sizes, shapes, configurations, voltages and wattages, they can be used up to 2150°F in various weld heat treating applications.

Ceramic mat heater
Various shapes and sizes.
They are designed for re-use in a wide variety of heating applications. Their flexible design allows for conformance and good heat transfer to the target part. Their rugged design is well suited for most industrial environments where shock and vibration is a reality. Ceramic pad heaters can be used with or without the application of insulation. The use of insulation will greatly speed up the heating
process as well as more efficiently retain the heat for soaking.

For more information on the use and installation of ceramic pad (mat) heaters, visit Hotfoil-EHS at www.hotfoilehs.com or call 609.588.0900.