- Unpackage the mica heater(s) and inspect for any shipping damage. DO NOT OPERATE DAMAGED EQUIPMENT.
- Verify marking the wattage and volt rating and compare to your .
- Mica heaters should be installed on smooth clean cylinders or flat surfaces.
- When putting mica band heaters on a barrel or nozzle, to avoid damage or premature failure, do not open up the heater for installation unless it is designed to be a one-time expandable band heater or hinged band heater.
- Make sure the mica heater is seated snugly, and the clamping band is tightened as much as possible.
Optimizing Heater Performance:
- Use the correct mica band heater diameter on the application to ensure a proper fit.
- Retighten the mica heater clamps after the heater has been energized and cooled.
- Avoid using excessive torque when tightening the post terminals. Use a wrench to hold the bottom nut while loosening/tightening the top nut.
- Do not allow contaminants such as dirt, oil, and plastics to collect on the mica heaters. These materials can carbonize and cause electrical shorts.
- The maximum sheath temperature of a standard mica heater is 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
This was announced by Tutco SureHeat formerly known as Osram Sylvania Process Heating Division on November 1, 2017:
Smiths Group PLC Acquires OSRAM SYLVANIA INC’s Process Heating Division, rebrands as TUTCO SureHeat
Recently, Smiths Group PLC completed the acquisition of OSRAM SYLVANIA INC’s Process Heating Division, a New Hampshire based company globally providing a wide variety of process heating products and custom solutions to OEM manufacturers, university research departments, and industrial facilities. The newly branded division will operate as part of TUTCO’s Heating Solutions Group and be branded as TUTCO SureHeat. TUTCO SureHeat manufacturing facilities will remain in Exeter, NH. This acquisition will significantly benefit the brand’s position by improving its capabilities and product portfolio.
Dane Owen, Vice President and General Manager of TUTCO in Cookeville, TN, announced the merger on November 1st, 2017. Owen said that the merger of the two companies offers unique and highly engineered solutions with a wide assortment of applications and customers. He continued by saying that as the two companies have begun the process of sharing information, technologies, and business practices. With this acquisition, TUTCO will become a stronger business partner and will better serve a wider range of customers.
Founded in 1938, TUTCO has quickly grown into a global leader in the heating component industry. The TUTCO Heat Solutions Group is the largest supplier of electric resistance heating elements for a broad range of applications. Through Farnam and SureHeat brands, TUTCO also provides custom heating solutions for a myriad of industrial, OEM, testing, and research applications. As a division of Smiths Group, TUTCO has the most complete heating product catalog managed by the group’s Specialty Engineering division of Flex-Tek.
In 1968, then operating as part of OSRAM SYLVANIA, Inc., the process heat engineering team developed an innovative heating element that exceeded the industry demand for a clean, efficient, and highly controllable source of heat. The Serpentine design overcame the challenges of the manufacturing industry and ensured better heat transfers, faster and higher temperatures and longer heater element life—qualities unmatched in the industry.
Manufactured in the USA, Tutco SureHeat air heaters are used in aerospace, automotive, industrial, electronic, food, medical, packaging, plastics, pharmaceutical, printing and numerous applications throughout the world. Tutco SureHeat understands industrial facilities are dependent upon productivity, safety, and efficiency. Every component, machine, and process impacts operational cost. In today’s industrial environments, meeting productivity goals can mean the difference between success and failure. As the need for higher temperatures has increased so has productivity demands. This is a problem for most air heaters. Reaching and maintaining temperatures quickly can result in dramatically reduced heater component life.
HIGHER AIR TEMPERATURES INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Tutco SureHeat now offers a process air heater that will allow manufacturers to increase productivity through increased speeds. This breakthrough design provides higher process temperatures without contributing to excessive heater replacements and down time.
The Tutco Sureheat facility in New Hampshire has been producing electric process air heaters for over 40 years to provide precise/repeatable heat that can be targeted where needed. New heater designs are constantly being added to meet changing requirements in the industry. Tutco SureHeat is under new ownership and very proud of their expanding product line for higher temperatures by adding a 900°C air heater in response to industry needs. The SUREHEAT® MAX HT reduces down-time and extends heater life with a rugged element design, when it is compared to a standard heater running at a lower process temperature.
Why were the Tutco SureHeat Max HT Heaters made?
The need for higher temperatures has grown for several reasons: increased productivity demands higher equipment speeds, which requires higher process air temperatures; new products being developed require higher processing temperatures; and many heating applications are being converted from gas flames to hot air.
Existing heaters that were being run at or near their maximum recommended temperatures could be pushed to run at slightly higher temperatures, but only with DRAMATICALLY shortened heater life. This resulted in frequent heater replacements and increased downtime. Any increase in productivity had to be carefully balanced against the increased operating costs due to replacements.
A second option was to connect two heaters in a series, using the second heater to provide a slight boost to the temperature exiting in the first heater. This option was limited to heaters specifically designed for high inlet temperatures such as the Tutco SureHeat flanged heaters and threaded inline heaters.
The SUREHEAT® Max HT is designed to heat air to 1652°F (900°C) over a wide range of air flows, not just at one flow rate, and in a real world production environment of typical vibrations and movement. The 1652°F temperature is 252°F (140°C) HIGHER than the standard TUTCO SUREHEAT Max.
The increase in air temperature is made possible by increasing the length of the heater slightly, which allows for an increase in the surface area of the element wire. It also provides an increase in the dwell time of the air inside the heater, while supporting the element winding over its ENTIRE LENGTH, not just on the ends of the windings.
By increasing the overall length of the heater, TUTCO SUREHEAT is able to increase the element wire length and diameter while maintaining the same wattage. The increased wire diameter makes for a more rugged element, and increasing the diameter and length provides more surface area for transferring energy from the element to the air. The increased length also increases the dwell time of the air inside the heater and allows the air temperature to more closely approach the wire temperature.
The key to being able to make a longer element without sacrificing heater robustness, is our serpentine winding and the supporting threaded ceramic rod. Each turn of the element winding is individually supported on the center threaded rod to eliminate the potential for the element to sag towards one end due to vibration, gravity and/or air flow pressure. Standard helical coils are supported on the ends only and tend to sag over time. Helical coil sagging issues occur more often with increased coil length. As the element turns bunch up at the exit end of the heater, the watt density and element temperatures increase, which dramatically shortens heater life.
• Small size – 4” diameter body
• Threaded inlet and exit ports for convenient air connections in systems
• Built in terminal strip and high temperature plastic wiring enclosure
• Rugged stainless steel heater body
• Stainless steel mounting base
• Built in external duplex type K Exit thermocouple & Inlet type K thermocouple for low flow protection
• Exposed wire low mass element for fast heat up/cool down
• Rated for pressures up to 60 PSI (4 bar)
• UL Recognized component
|Part Number||Max. Watts||Max. Volts||Max. Amps||60 Deg C Wire Size*||90 Deg C Wire Size*|
* These are recommended wire sizes. Follow applicable electrical codes during installation!!!
Tutco SureHeat offers engineering assistance in selecting the proper heater model and control system for your application. The Max HT model’s convenient electrical connections, integral thermocouples, and threaded air ports make mounting the heater quick and easy. Call Jobco Inc. at 479-424-1300 to select the right Tutco SureHeat Max HT heater for your application.
OSRAM SYLVANIA’S Process Heat Department manufactures all products per the plant’s document control system, which is a centralized database for total material traceability. OSRAM only uses approved drawings and checks each product per a standardized AND documented quality management system.
Within this quality system, quality check cards are created during a production run. The quality check cards assist with inspection criteria for the finished assembly and are used to confirm the part meets the necessary electrical requirements. The quality check cards from production runs are kept on file for one year.
The quality check cards contain the following information: assembly operator, production date(s), drawing number with revision, part number, production quantity, resistance level measured, HYPOT test measured (if applicable), Pass/Fail results, check off verification of correct labeling and identification, and an inspector sign-off with the date.
Standard operating procedures for complicated heater or control box assemblies are created and approved by the Project Foreman. These detailed work instructions are a step-by-step guide for the assembly operator to follow.
In addition to the quality inspection cards and the standard operating procedures, Osram’s speciality flanged inline heaters also have a testing and inspection certificate protocol that can only be completed by an approved OSRAM quality engineer. The quality engineers perform a visual inspection, a resistance test, and a HYPOT test. Resistance values must correlate with the approved kilowatt rating for the particular heater model. This certificate must be approved, signed & filed per the Osram document control system requirements. Certificate copies are provided to the customer upon completion of the speciality flanged heater order.
Did you know that Osram Sylvania hot air heaters are used for emission testing catalyst elements by accurately simulating the high engine temperatures involved in the oxidation and reduction of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide into less hazardous substances like carbon dioxide?
The heaters are ideal for a laboratory environment to provide accurate hot air temperatures for testing combustible engines and components in the airline, automotive, and aerospace industries.
PowerBlanket tank heater blankets can be used to heat and insulate compressed gases, like Propane, Butane, Nirtrogen, Oxygen, Hydrogen Fluoride, Sulfer Hexafluoride, Boron Trichloride, and Tungsten Hexafluoride. A Powerblanket propane tank heater, or any other compressed gas tank heater, provides uniform heat distribution throughout the entire surface of the heater. The PowerBlanket tank heater’s even heating keeps the gas at an optimum temperature. As a result, your tank pressure (PSIG) remains adequate in the chilly months, and needless tank refills are no longer an issue when it’s cold outside.
Powerblanket Gas Cylinder Warmers:
- Heat, Insulate & Protect your Compressed Gas Tanks
- Provide a Full Wrap Design Tank Heater–Keeping the Hot In & Cold Out
- Have Straps that can be Tightened & an Adjustable Opening at the Top for Minimizing Heat Loss
- Are Safe on a Many Different Gases
- Are Certified to UL/CSA Safety Standards
Call JobcoSupply.com to order your PowerBlanket tank heater today at 479-424-1300.
Thaw Pipes with PowerBlanket Pipe Blanket Heaters
PowerBlanket heated pipe wraps are an economical way to prevent frozen pipes by providing insulation and heat. These pipe heaters can also be used to thaw frozen pipes and keep them flowing during the chilliest, Artic-like weather.
PowerBlanket pipe heaters are self-regulating and feature the new “Rapid-Ramp Heating” technology that slashes your normal heat-up times by 50%. These insulated pipe blanket wraps offer uniform heat distribution AND low energy consumption by using the patented heat spreading GreenHeat technology.
Pipe Blanket Types
Standard black vinyl pipe heating blankets are rated for exterior temperatures as low as -10 deg F/-23 deg C, and the Roughneck gray alloy vinyl pipe blankets are rated even lower at -60 deg F/-51 deg C. Please note: results are dependent upon the unique combination of environmental conditions.
Call JobcoSupply.com today to get your PowerBlanket pipe heaters at 479-424-1300.