Heating elements are the essential components that give heaters their function. Without them, a heater can’t heat anything. But not all heating elements are made equal; different types of heating elements can have different effects. This post will examine differences in various heater elements and which may work best for specific applications.
Heating elements all serve the same purpose – to heat a liquid, vapour or gas to reach a specific temperature. However, the similarities often end there. Heating elements can vary considerably in terms of their material properties and the applications they’re best suited for. However, the materials used in heating elements often differentiate them from each other most.
In addition to the type of material, there is the shape and form of the heating element itself. Like the materials in the heating element, some forms can work better than others.
These heater elements are bent (often customized in bending) and come with an outer sheath to protect the heater from stress. They usually contain a blend of alloys that help increase the heat transfer from the resistance coil to the heating medium. Tubular heater elements can serve a wide range of applications ranging from industrial heating to the heating of potentially acidic compounds. Here at Wattco, we offer variations of tubular heater elements such as finned tubular heater elements and open coil elements.
These heater elements typically assume the form of incandescent lamps that radiate primarily infrared radiation. They run below maximum power. A typical application of these heater elements includes food warmers and space heaters.
As their name implies, they are screen-printed onto ceramic metal plates. These heater elements have been a staple for kitchen appliances from the mid-1990s onward.
Selecting the most suitable heater element boils down to understanding the demands of your business application. Every industrial process is maximized when you can produce the perfect temperatures and conditions for that process to happen.
Once you know those conditions, you want to choose a heater element that can meet those requirements. With that said, some factors frequently determine whether a heater element is suitable or not.
Choosing the right heater element is a process. However, making an intelligent choice early on will help prevent issues such as premature wear-and-tear, low efficiency, high energy consumption and more. Generally speaking, you want to find the best settings to conduct your application and the heater element that provides those settings.
In some cases, this will be more straightforward or sophisticated. With that said, you might need guidance. Our representatives at Wattco are trained to understand your industrial needs and the heater elements that will suit them best. We also offer a selection of heater elements that can overcome various industrial challenges, regardless of your sector.
Get in touch with a Wattco representative to help you determine the best heater element for your application.