Flexible silicone heaters in industrial applications: The benefits of using flexible silicone heaters in manufacturing and processing
Flexible silicone heaters are a type of industrial heating element that are made from silicone rubber. They are designed to be flexible and conform to a wide range of shapes and surfaces, making them an ideal solution for a variety of industrial heating applications.
Introduction to flexible silicone heaters
Flexible silicone heaters are typically made by sandwiching a heating element between two layers of silicone rubber. They can be customized to fit the specific shape and size of the equipment or surface that needs heating. They can be produced in a variety of thicknesses and wattage, depending on the application.
The most common use of flexible silicone heaters is to maintain an elevated temperature on tanks, pipes and other equipment. They can also be used to prevent freezing and condensation, and to dry wet surfaces.
Flexible silicone heaters are durable, efficient, safe to use, and easy to install. They can operate at temperatures up to 260 degree Celsius and in harsh environments. They are also lightweight and easy to maintain, making them a cost-effective solution for a wide range of industrial heating applications.
What are the benefits of using flexible silicone heaters ?
Silicone rubber heaters are a type of industrial heating element that are made from silicone rubber. They have several distinguishable features that make them unique compared to other types of heaters:
Flexibility. Silicone rubber heaters are highly flexible, which allows them to conform to a wide range of shapes and surfaces. This makes them an ideal solution for a variety of industrial heating applications.
Durability. Silicone rubber is a durable and long-lasting material that can withstand high temperatures and harsh industrial environments.
Safety. Silicone rubber heaters are safe to use as they don’t produce any fumes or emit any harmful substances. Making them an ideal choice for use in enclosed spaces.
Versatility. Silicone rubber heaters can be used for a wide range of industrial applications. Including heating tanks, pipes, and other equipment.
Easy to install. They are lightweight, easy to install and easy to maintain.
Cost-effective. Silicone rubber heaters are a cost-effective solution for heating a wide range of surfaces and equipment.
The many uses of flexible silicone heaters
For tank and container Heating
Flexible silicone rubber heaters are commonly used for tank and container heating in industrial applications. They can be used to maintain a consistent temperature in tanks, containers and other equipment. Preventing freezing and condensation, and drying wet surfaces.
For freeze protection
They work by maintaining a consistent temperature on pipes, valves, and other equipment that is exposed to cold temperatures. Preventing the formation of ice and ensuring proper functionality of the equipment.
Flexible silicone heaters are commonly used for drying in industrial applications. They work by heating the surfaces or materials to a high temperature, which causes the moisture to evaporate and the surface or material to dry.
For medical equipment
Flexible silicone heaters are used in medical equipment to provide localized heat to specific areas of the body. They are often used to warm up surgical instruments, IV fluids, and other equipment before use.
They can also be used to provide heat therapy to patients with certain medical conditions. The rubber material is energy efficient, easy to install and maintain. And can be controlled with a thermostat or temperature controller for precise heating.
In the automotive industry
Flexible silicone heaters are used in the automotive industry to provide heating solutions for a wide range of applications, such as warming engines and transmission fluids, de-icing windshields and mirrors, and maintaining the temperature of electronic components. They are made from a thin layer of silicone rubber that is laminated with a heating element, such as a thin wire or etched foil. The silicone material is flexible and durable, making it easy to shape and conform to the surfaces of different automotive components. Additionally, silicone heaters have a low thermal mass, which means they can quickly reach and maintain desired temperatures, and they are also resistant to vibration and weathering.
In the food industry
Flexible silicone heaters are used in the food industry to provide localized heat to specific areas of food processing equipment. They are often used to heat up food trays, containers, and other equipment to maintain a consistent temperature. And prevent food from cooling down too quickly. They can also be used to provide heat to food packaging machines, to seal the packaging and keep the food fresh for longer.
The silicone material is resistant to high temperatures, oils, chemicals, and moisture, making it an ideal choice for use in food processing environments. They are also flexible, conformable, and easy to clean. Which makes them ideal for use in tight spaces and hard to reach areas.
In aerospace industry
Flexible silicone heaters are used in the aerospace industry to provide localized heat to specific areas of aircraft and spacecraft. They are often used to provide heat to avionics, engines, instruments, and other equipment to ensure proper function and to prevent freezing in cold temperatures. They can also be used to de-ice wings, windows, and other surfaces to prevent icing and improve safety.
For composite repair and manufacturing
Silicone flexible heaters can be used in composite repair and manufacturing to provide localized heat to specific areas of the equipment. They are often used to heat up the curing process of composite materials such as epoxy, polyester or other types of resins. They can also be used to provide heat to the curing ovens, presses, and other equipment to maintain a consistent temperature and ensure proper curing of the composite material. Additionally, self-regulating heaters can be used in composite repair and manufacturing. This will adjust the heat output automatically based on the temperature and will prevent overheating.
Flexible silicone heaters are generally used to provide heat to weapons systems, electronics, engines, and other equipment to ensure proper function and to prevent freezing in cold temperatures. They can also be used to de-ice sensors, windows, and other surfaces to prevent icing and improve visibility. The silicone material is lightweight, durable, and able to withstand extreme temperatures, making it an ideal choice for use in defense applications.
In packaging equipment
Flexible silicone heaters are used in packaging equipment to provide localized heat to specific areas of the equipment. They are often used to heat up sealing areas of packaging machines, such as bag sealing, shrink wrapping, and other equipment to maintain a consistent temperature during the packaging process. They can also be used to provide heat to drying cabinets and packaging drying equipment. To speed up the drying process and prevent package damage.
For veterinary equipment
Industrial silicone heaters can be used in veterinary equipment to heat up surgical instruments, examination tables, and other equipment to maintain a consistent temperature and prevent equipment from cooling down too quickly. They can also be used to provide heat therapy to animals with certain medical conditions.
Flexible silicone heaters : A few considerations
When installing flexible silicone heaters, there are several considerations that should be taken into account to ensure proper function and longevity of the heater. Some of the key considerations include :
Surface preparation. The surface where the heater will be installed should be clean, dry, and free of debris to ensure good thermal contact and proper adhesion.
Adhesive selection. The proper adhesive should be selected based on the surface and application. Silicone-based adhesives are typically recommended for silicone heaters.
Temperature control. The heater should be controlled with a thermostat or temperature controller to ensure precise heating and to prevent overheating.
Overheating protection. It is important to have an over-temperature protection device to ensure safety and longevity of the heater and the equipment it is used with.
Voltage and Wattage. The heater should be selected with the appropriate voltage and wattage to match the equipment it will be used with. And the required heat output.
Quality of the heater. The heater should be made with high-quality materials and manufactured to industry standards to ensure durability and reliability.
Installation and maintenance. The heater should be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure proper function and longevity.
By considering these factors, you can ensure that your flexible silicone heater is installed and used properly, resulting in efficient and safe operation. This also allows you to make sure that your silicone rubber heater is tailored to meet the specific needs of your application.
Ohmvo Silicone executive
I am a 20-year industry veteran who specializes in electrically conductive silicone heaters. My experience covers the design, development, and manufacture of silicone heater mats for a wide range of applications.
I worked in many different areas of the silicone heater market, including executive roles and technical specialist positions. I am currently an executive with Ohmvo Silicone and specializes in the development of silicone heater mats.