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Infrared Curing and Drying An electric infrared machine drying products.

Heat Quickly and Cleanly with Infrared

Infrared (IR) heating uses infrared electromagnetic waves to transfer thermal energy from a hot emitter to a workpiece. IR is used in a variety of industries as a clean and efficient form of heating, curing and drying.

  • Heating: Using short, intensive periods of heat, IR is used for heating in industry applications such as heating plastics prior to thermoforming, bonding latex foam to carpets, sealing glass to metals, tempering glass for car windows and mirrors, shrinking plastic coverings to protect products for shipping and for heat treatment of metals.
  • Curing: Curing is the chemical transformation of a substance from one form to another. Paints and plastics are IR cured to achieve desired hardness, chemical resistance, and durability. IR curing is applicable for water- and solvent-based paint as well as powder coatings.
  • Drying: IR heat is used for drying ink or dyes in the printing and textile industries, uniform drying in the papermaking industry, drying and dehydrating surface moisture from plastic pellets before they are used in injection molding, drying adhesives on metallized foil, and applying liquid vinyl in the manufacturing of vinyl-clad steel.

You can save energy and money by upgrading from gas convection ovens to infrared heat, or even complementing existing convection ovens with IR banks in areas where production is bottlenecked. Infrared ovens require up to 50 percent less capital investment and provide improved production rates and product quality. In addition, they have faster startup and response times, have a smaller footprint, and transfer heat more efficiently without wasting energy by heating the surrounding air.

Need more help? Take a look at our Infrared Heating fact sheet, or contact a Retail Innovation Technology Advisor by email.

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