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Strip heaters are usually flat, straight and similar in shape to a ruler, but they are often finned for fuller heat radiation when they are used to heat air. They can also be used to heat tubes, pipes and nozzles, in which case they can be designed as circular bands that clamp around cylindrical objects. Read More…

Strip Heaters Strip heaters are small electric heaters that can be clamped or bolted onto a surface for direct transfer of heat to a solid object or for the heating of air in an enclosure.
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Danvers, MA  |  978-777-0070

Backer Hotwatt is a superior designer & manufacturer of electric heaters and related heater accessories for various OEM & industrial applications.

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Bristol, CT  |  860-582-6776

For more than 70 years, Ulanet™ has been engineering and manufacturing electric heaters, cartridge heaters, immersion heaters, tubular heaters, miniature strip heaters and bolt hole heaters, as well as industrial heaters and appliance thermostats.

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Wood Dale, IL  |  888-268-6396

We are a leading innovator of electric heaters and our products are ideal for a wide range of industries. Here at TEMPCO Electric Heater Corporation we put your needs first. All of our heaters are fairly priced and come with top of the line support. Turn to us for quick turnaround and long-lasting solutions. Give one of our representatives today!

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Leavenworth, KS  |  913-651-4420

Heatron is a global designer and manufacturer of custom heating element components for OEM applications such as medical devices, lab equipment, semiconductor processing, thermal management, and LED lighting design and assembly. Products include flexible heating elements, thick film heating elements on ceramic or metal, cartridge heating elements, LED modules and specialty and custom heater and LED module designs.

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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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Strip heaters must be bolted or clamped onto a surface, so they often feature holes, notches, clamps or bolts; many strip heater manufacturers offer custom-shaped strip heaters to fit unique applications. A few of strip heaters' common applications include providing heat for cylinders, platens, process machines, moisture protection, thawing, baking, drying ovens, food processing, control cabinets, acrylic extrusions and space heaters.

Strip heaters may be used individually or in groups to provide melting, drying or air heating. Strip heaters can also be used in the formation and shaping of plastics. In plastic extrusion, strip heaters can be used to assist in the plasticization of raw plastic stock while it is processed in a conveyance channel. They are also used to heat plastics in advance of bending processes.

Strip heaters generate heat by transforming electrical energy into thermal energy. The process of conversion between electrical energy and thermal energy is called Joule heating.

An electrical current can be loosely defined as an excited stream of electrons. When those excited electrons collide with the atomic ions of the conductive medium, in this case the strip heater, those ions start to vibrate. Heat is one of the noticeable expressions of that vibration. The vibration of the ions of the conductor eventually is transmitted to any surrounding surfaces or atmospheric particles.

The greater the surface area of the conductive surface, the more opportunities for atomic collisions to occur. It is for this reason that strip heaters used to heat air are finned; every extra inch of conductive surface is another opportunity to create collisions.

Mica, mineral and ceramic materials are used to insulate strip heaters, and the main, outer strip heater construction materials are steel, stainless steel and nickel alloys. Mineral insulated strip heaters can reach the highest temperatures when paired with stainless steel, reaching up to 1400ºF; mica and ceramic heaters reach temperatures between 700º-1200ºF. Strip heaters are characterized by their rugged construction, easy installation and relatively low cost.

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