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A well-designed infrared IR preheater can significantly raise your production capacity with a minimal investment. An infrared IR preheater can be added to your existing line to increase your production speed to make more product faster, or to accommodate new products that require heating.

How can an infrared IR preheater boost your output? IR provides a source of high heat with an intense burst of energy, making infrared IR preheaters very efficient. Unlike convection ovens that transfer heat using streams of heated air, infrared transfers heat by sending waves of electromagnetic energy to the object to be heated.

Adding an infrared IR preheater can save you the expense of adding another zone to an existing hot air oven or even purchasing a whole new system. Adding a preheater can also save you a substantial amount of space. Due to IR’s higher rate of heat transfer, infrared IR preheaters are usually only about 3 to 5 feet long. They are typically installed in front of an existing oven. But if you’re really short on space, the preheater with the right design can sometimes be added inside your existing oven. This strategy can be a lifesaver when you need to expand a production line that’s already in tight quarters.

Using an infrared IR preheater combined with a hot air oven can also be a smart strategy when designing a new line where you need maximum efficiency in the minimum amount of space.

Radiant Energy’s Infrared IR Preheater Designs

Radiant Energy custom designs infrared IR preheaters for a wide variety of products and applications, including:

  • adhesives
  • narrow fabrics
  • nonwovens
  • paper
  • plastics
  • textiles

If you’re faced with expanding a previously-designed production line without sufficient space, you might assume you’ll need to move some existing equipment, which is disruptive and expensive. With Radiant Energy’s expertise and creative designs, you might not need to. Depending on your application, it may be possible to add an infrared IR preheater right inside your existing oven. A design like this is a bit more complex, since the heaters need to operate in a hot environment as opposed to room temperature, but may solve your problem with considerably less cost.

For an infrared IR preheater to work effectively and efficiently, it needs to be precisely matched to the product and the process. The substrate material, the form and thickness of the coating, and the line speed all need to be taken into account. That’s where Radiant Energy’s expertise in both IR and hot air convection can help. We’ll come up with the best design to maximize the efficiency of your process.