Imagine a world where heat is always consistent, quick, efficient, and safe. Imagine a heating system that is 70% more efficient than the way you heat now and still safe enough to touch with bare hands. Is this some distant dream, or have we truly arrived at the future of heat technology?
At NPE 2012, UniTherm International introduced its latest product—RapidTherm, an innovative heat solution designed for plastics machinery. UniTherm has been manufacturing insulation jackets for over 20 years, but this new jacket is truly the first of its kind.
RapidTherm is unique in that it combines heating elements and insulation in one easy to use, easy to service unit. The 1-piece, removable insulation jacket includes a built-in thermal vein powerful enough to heat an entire machine. Not only is the thermal vein a more efficient heat source than traditional heater bands, but because it’s encased in high temperature insulation, it saves energy by eliminating excess heat loss.
In tests, the RapidTherm jacket heated barrels twice as fast (cutting start up time in half) and dramatically decreased energy usage. On production equipment, the new heating system
- Decreased start-up time by 50%,
- Cut energy usage by 70%
- Kept the outer surface cool enough to comply with OSHA hot surface standards
- Increased worker safety
- Cut maintenance time and costs
- Eliminated hot spots on the barrel heating profile
- Eliminated the need for a barrel shroud
RapidTherm has proven itself as an efficient heating system and promises to liberate processors from the hassle of heater bands. “For years, we’ve known there has to be a better, more efficient way to heat machines,” explains UniTherm president Dan Sherrill. However, previous alternatives to heater bands have been plagued with problems. NPE 2012 was the perfect opportunity to unveil the new heating system, and RapidTherm sparked interest among processors looking to save time and money at their machines. It seems RapidTherm will be the solution that finally puts the heater band headache to rest.
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