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Tubular Heating Elements

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A very common type of heating element, tubular heating elements can be bent in standard or custom shapes to fit a particular application; this flexibility accounts for much of tubular heaters’ popularity. Read More…

Tubular Heating Elements Tubular heating elements are heat generation tools characterized by their tubular shape. Most varieties are designed for use in either radiant heating or contact surface heating.
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Danvers, MA  |  978-777-0070

Hotwatt manufactures a complete line of heating elements for a wide range of uses. We offer a broad product line from electric to cartridge and countless other systems as well. For those difficult applications, custom products are also available.

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Backer Hotwatt, Inc. $$$

Columbus, IN  |  812-372-0281

Ulanet™ has 78 years of engineering and manufacturing experience in the production of cartridge, hermetically sealed, miniature, capsule, industrial thermostats, thermal time delay relays, immersion heaters, and numerous other heating elements.

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Ulanet™ $$$

Maryland Heights, MO  |  877-783-7832

The Self-regulating Technology of Electro Plastics (STEP) was developed in 1981. Our unique polymer heating elements provide safe, economical heating solutions for a variety of applications; preventing ice build up on Alaskan tug boats, keeping electronics working in Antarctica and heating homes, commercial buildings and institutions. All products are manufactured with quality in mind and comply with Buy American Act (BBA) and are North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) certified.

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Electro Plastics, Inc. $$$

Wood Dale, IL  |  888-268-6396

We are committed to manufacturing high quality heating elements here at TEMPCO Electric Heater Corporation. These solutions come in a variety of configurations such as: high intensity heaters, patio heaters, construction heaters, adaptive modulating infrared tube heaters, two stage infrared tube heaters, and much more. If you would like to learn more information then please give us a call today!

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TEMPCO Electric Heater Corporation $$$

Salem, MA  |  800-808-4328

Thermal Circuits engineers and manufactures ceramic heaters as well as infrared panel emitters, air, molded and surface heaters. We also design and produce heaters and assemblies for our etched foil elements. With a multitude of heater designs and materials, your heater solution starts at Thermal Circuits!

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Thermal Circuits Inc. $$$
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Tubular heaters are very versatile heating elements; they can be used to conduct heat directly or through the air, and they can even be used as immersion heaters. Because of their versatility, tubular heaters can be found in use throughout industry, commerce and in consumer products contexts.

Tubular heaters are also sometimes referred to as coil heaters, though not all coil heaters are tubular. Tubular heating coils can be found in consumer, commercial and industrial ovens and dryers, in dishwashers, in space heaters, and in a wide variety of other equipment and appliances. They are sometimes coated with ceramic insulation to improve heat generation capacity and to protect the heating element from hazards.

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Tubular heating elements are usually constructed of an inner conductive material and protective sheathing. Some of these materials include nickel, steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and other electrically and thermally conductive metals.

In order to ensure the optimization and safety of a tubular heater's performance, careful considerations as to its composition and pairing with other components must be made. For example, tubular heaters that are used to provide heat near combustible materials are often designed to be explosion resistant. This ensures that in the event of an accidental ignition during heating, the heating element will not exacerbate the problem. They can also be equipped with other safety features and controls, such as independent timing controls, overheat protection, internal temperature detectors and other safeguards.

Tubular heaters that are used in ovens are often insulated with a ceramic material like silicon carbide in order to augment heat generation capacity and to prevent unwanted contact with hazards like dripping oils or grease; this reduces the likelihood of accidental ignition. Other common insulation materials include fluoropolymers, other metals like iron and nickel alloys, polyimides, and even synthetic rubber.

Because tubular heaters are so versatile, and because of the wide range of customization options available to their users, tubular heating elements can be applied in a greater range of contexts than can most other heating element varieties.

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