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UltraFlex performs susceptor induction heating of wire bundles within 40 to 60 seconds
The time- and cost-efficient susceptor induction heating of bundled wires for a customer in the Oil & Gas industry has recently been demonstrated by UltraFlex Power Technologies.
In this application, a customer asked UltraFlex for assistance with creating an induction heating process for wires in magnetic steel tubes used in an oil well system. For this application, the customer provided two steel tubes filled with wires, each tube with a different diameter. The challenge of the application was to heat the wires without melting the steel tube frame and thus the maximum temperature requirement was 750 °C (1382°F).
For this test scenario, UltraFlex engineers recommended the use of an induction heater from the UltraHeat SM series. UltraHeat SM are compact 5 kW induction heaters that would easily fit the customer's working area and would meet the max temperature requirements. They also feature adaptive digital phase control providing efficient operation in a wide frequency range.
At power of 3 kW pre-curie, it took only 40 seconds to pre-heat the small tube and it took 60 seconds at 5 kW pre-curie to pre-heat the bigger steel tube.
This application demo convinced the customer that the induction heating process would help them achieve faster heating cycle times, increased productivity and increased energy efficiency. With induction heating, customers are able to convert up to 90% of energy into heat in the part.
The lack of open flame would make this induction heating process, when used on the line, completely safe for the operator. In addition, the lack of fumes, waste heat and noxious emissions would ensure the induction heating process is a completely green operation, improving also the workplace conditions.
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