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High intensity infrared tower. (Equipment).

This high intensity infrared tower uses short wave infrared heaters and a drive system to cure silicone tubing at adjustable rates. A driven capstan wheel pulls the extrusion from the die up through the heaters. The intense (91.2 kW), focused, infrared heat is said to ensure that the tubing reaches green strength quickly, which maintains the desired diameter and wall thickness of the extrusion. The system features two high intensity Radround infrared heaters which consist of rapid-response T3 lamps. In addition to delivering intense heat in a short distance, the heaters are ready for product processing almost immediately on power-up and cool so quickly that the product is not damaged when the line stops, according to the company. Parabolic reflectors direct the infrared energy to the product for added efficiency. The heaters have a clamshell design and can be opened for easy product threading, according to the company. The heated length of the system is just over six feet. The overall height is 15.5 feet. (Glenro)

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Publication:Rubber World
Date:May 1, 2003
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