The Fourth Industrial Revolution might not last 80 years like the first one did. Still, the transition to smart factories will unfold over time, not all at once. Leaders in the Manufacturing 4.0 movement aim for progress, not perfection. Here are some early examples of the Industrial Internet of Things at work.

31 Aug 2022

In the past, thermal systems always had tradeoffs that often made the “ideal” system out of reach. Whether budgetary concerns limit the number of temperature sensors, tight space requirements limit the number of zones or the technology limits how precise and accurate heating systems are, these systems are often born of compromise. Watlow’s Adaptive Thermal Systems® (ATS™) are designed to provide companies with the tools to build the heating systems they need without forcing compromises.

09 Aug 2022

Typically, temperature sensing systems are not something you think about unless they are on the fritz. You may not realize that even when these systems show green lights across the board, they may be a source of unseen trouble in your operation. Many fail to identify these issues, and the associated blind spots can hurt companies in ways that sometimes go under the radar. In particular, current temperature sensing often represents a compromise--a compromise based on space, budget or precision. It is now time to revisit those compromises and embrace what new technology can enable.

09 Aug 2022

A first step in the abatement of waste of gases in semiconductor fabrication should be dilution with nitrogen gas. Watlow's FLUENT in-line heater, is thus an ideal way to add the appropriate amount of heated nitrogen gas, preventing condensate build-up and appropriately diluting hazardous gases

29 Jun 2022
Tags:   FLUENT®  

While some scrap is inevitable, bad runs are often due to "hidden" issues with thermal elements. Read more to discover if thermal issues are at the heart of your scrap problem.

24 Jun 2022
Tags:   White Paper  

Insulation resistance is a key parameter for any electric heater to operate safely. All Watlow® heaters undergo insulation resistance testing before leaving the manufacturing facilities. However, during shipping and storage, the mineral insulation (magnesium oxide or MgO) material used in metal sheath heaters can absorb moisture rendering the heater unusable until the moisture is purged from the heater.

16 May 2022

With a new, best-in-class user interface and enhanced performance, Watlow’s PM PLUS™ and PM LEGACY™ temperature and process controllers are the next right answer for new and existing thermal systems.

16 May 2022
Tags:   PM PLUS   EZ-ZONE PM  

The SERIES 5950 is a new generation of temperature transmitter that offers even more accurate and reliable temperature measurement, and also introduces a number of connectivity options that allow for more efficient, real-time data gathering process.

16 May 2022

All appliances have some form of power conversion. Generally speaking, electric heaters have been behind the curve when it comes to power conversion technology. Traditionally they are controlled by pulsing the power received, using what amounts to a rapid on/off switch. While this allows a heater to operate at a given set temperature, it is receiving the full voltage when turned on, which can cause damage over time in some cases. Watlow's innovative power conversion technology can smoothly adjust power up or down, as needed, which opens up possibilities for better heating and sensing in any array of specialized applications.

04 May 2022

A temperature control panel is essential for maximizing the performance and longevity of a thermal system, and proper installation is required to ensure safety, reliability and accuracy. If properly wired and installed, the control panel will help monitor and manage the heat output to maintain the top efficiency of your system.

29 Apr 2022

The benefits of precise thermal control also come with an engineering challenge: Keeping the complexity of the system in check while addressing issues of thermal uniformity and system responsiveness. Adaptive Thermal Systems® (ATS™) is a suite of technologies designed to combine heating, sensing and control technologies to meet this challenge, and reduce the wiring and space requirements of diverse systems while improving real-time sensing, diagnostics and control.

18 Apr 2022

When medium-voltage equipment is used for industrial applications, it carries with it certain risks. Arc flash is an example of a well-known electrical risk that requires certain best practices to be followed to minimize damage and injury. Read more.

11 Apr 2022
Tags:   Power Controllers  

A Watlow electric heater is designed for optimal performance within industrial applications for many years. These key steps will ensure that installation is smooth and that your Watlow heater will maintain high performance.

30 Mar 2022
Tags:   Electric Heaters  

Effective in April 2006 through UL® 508A, the National Electric Code® (NEC®) requires that electrical panel assemblies be marked with the available fault current or Short-Circuit Current Rating (SCCR).The SCCR rating must be marked on all industrial electrical panels and will be rated at the level of the lowest SCCR component

25 Mar 2022

Now that POWER SERIES™ power controllers have reached end-of-life status, transitioning to ASPYRE® power controllers is critical to keep process running. This guide is designed to outline the electrical, mechanical and ordering differences between these devices to ease the transition. Note, this guide is in reference to 60 amp to 210 amp ASPYRE devices only. Read more

15 Mar 2022