Pipes or tubes made of plastic are used in civil engineering, but also in building services. They help to dispose of waste water and bring water, district heating or district cooling exactly where they are needed. Plastic pipes are also used in automotive engineering, for operating fluids, air ducting or as cable protection.
Plastic tubes benefit from infrared heat
As different as the application is, all tubes have in common that they have to be formed, bent or provided with special end pieces.
Infrared emitters from Heraeus help to relax tubes, bend pipes or form sleeves. They transfer energy without contact and generate heat only in the material, only where it is needed. This means that heating can be targeted and fast, which makes heating processes automatable and saves energy.
Infrared emitters heat exactly in the right place
Another advantage of infrared emitters is that they can be used to target heat precisely. Only the area of a pipe that is to be formed is heated, unlike in a hot-air oven.
Infrared emitters can be precisely matched to a product, which saves energy. The high heat transfer capacity of infrared emitters also means that heating time can be reduced, which helps to produce faster or save valuable production space.
Before being used, plastic pipes are bent into shape, provided with grooves for sealing rings or they are given sockets so that they can be inserted into each other. Conventionally, hot air, heating sleeves or baths in hot liquids are used to soften and then deform the plastics. Infrared emitters do this more efficiently.
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