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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.
WHITE PAPER: Understanding the Value of Arc Flash Management and Mitigation for Large Electric Process Heaters
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.
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.
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
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
Even after following instructions correctly and checking and rechecking the Watlow® installation manual, sometimes the flip of a switch does not activate an electric heater. In these cases, troubleshooting the problem can often lead to the most straightforward solutions to properly start a heater. When trying to assess heater failure, take stock of these troubleshooting questions that can help determine the immediate cause of the problem.
New environmental legislation has created an engineering challenge for heavy-duty diesel engines.CO2 and NOx emissions must fall below stricter standards; at the same time greater engine efficiency has resulted in a corresponding loss of exhaust gas temperature, leading to lower catalytic activity. This is particularly concerning when it comes to NOx emissions for Cold Start and Low Load Cycles, as there is a lot of thermal inertia in the aftertreatment system.
Advanced ceramic heaters offer a number of benefits when it comes to the design and marketing of analytical equipment. Many of the heaters used in today's analytical equipment are metal-sheathed heaters based on legacy technology designed some 20 or 30 years ago, potentially limiting design innovation. By contrast today's advanced ceramic heaters are smaller, respond faster, can be more accurately controlled and can be more resistant to environmental contamination. Watlow's ULTRAMIC advanced ceramic heaters in particular can help analytical equipment manufacturers improve product performance and design, as well as accelerate their time to market.
Watlow’s F4T® temperature and process controller is a powerful, best-in-class device offering industry-leading functionality. The D4T™ data logger features field removable input/output modules for maximum design flexibility. Now, new upgrades are available for both the F4T and D4T that provide enhanced capabilities and can be activated with an emailed upgrade code.
Industry 4.0 represents the latest industrial transformation, a shift where technology is, for the first time, allowing data to be captured and processed in real time proximate both to where it is generated and where it is needed. Watlow® is currently piloting and implementing several programs to leverage these technologies in order to automate anticipating issues earlier and to speed up implementation of solutions.
Does this scenario sound familiar? Sales are up. Your need for workers is up. Your turnover is at historically high rates, especially with employees from the baby-boomer generation retiring and your once-reliable recruiting channels drying up. While most of the companies writing on this topic are interested in selling recruiting software or services, we thought we would do the manufacturing sector a favor by providing some advice. Here are some thoughts we wished we knew a year ago about current hiring landscape.
Although the term "Industry 4.0" has been around for over a decade, there has not been the explosion of "Smart Factories" promised by futurists. This is because Industry 4.0 is not a singular event or mix of technologies, but a revolution occurring in three stages: The Aspirational Stage, The Reactive Technology Stage and the Proactive Technologies Stage. Read more about Smart Manufacturing and, Smart Factories.
Industry 4.0 technology enables the capture and processing of data in real time, both where its generated and where it is needed, to implement effective improvements to manufacturing processes. The advantage Watlow® brings to an Industry 4.0 project is in its thermal experts, who understand both the important role thermal systems play in key application and industry 4.0 implementations.
Decarbonization efforts worldwide,led both by industry leaders and legislation, have increased efforts to shift fossil fuel use to renewables. One way many industrial o industrial organizations can embrace this- and already have- is by shifting process heaters systems from fuel-burning to electric.
WHITE PAPER: Achieving Temperature Uniformity in Gas Line Heating Systems for Semiconductor Manufacturing
Semiconductor tools with gas lines, forelines and exhaust lines require precise heating and thermal process control. Traditional systems are complex and cumbersome and often fail to offer sufficient thermal data and heating control. Without optimal thermal performance, line shutdowns are inevitable and costly. Watlow's STREAMLINE™ heating system with Adaptive Thermal Systems® (ATS™) technology creates a centralized thermal system with improved temperature uniformity, reduced footprint, extensive diagnostics and faster development times.