Case Studies - Component Heating Solutions

Elsewhere on this site we’ve been telling you that we provide cost-effective and reliable component heating solutions for a wide variety of demanding applications in a growing number of industries. Here, you can see just how we do that.

These case studies will show you why customers in the transportation, oil and gas, process heating, chemical, petrochemical, power generation and transmission, life sciences, plastics forming, packaging, and commercial cooking industries rely on Chromalox.

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laboratory glassware
Sanitizing duty in the ware washers requires compliance with NSF/ANSI 3 standards.
testing process heating and controls
Chromalox was asked by a leading designer and manufacturer of custom solenoids and solenoid valves to collaborate on a new micro-solenoid valve heating project.
aircraft industry aircraft engine
Pressure relief valves used in the fuel lines of jet turbine engines need to stand up to rigorous testing. 
medical devices
Medical equipment manufacturer uses Chromalox cartridge heater for balloon catheter manufacturing process to meet strict size and electrical safety certification requirements.
Airplane Coffemaker

Chromalox developed a safe, reliable cartridge heater using deep draw technology to prevent in-flight short circuiting of coffeemakers for airlines.

petroleum industry heating and controls

An oil and gas production and exploration company’s test chamber, used to evaluate down-hole drilling components, needed heaters that could withstand pressures up to 35,000 pounds per square inch and temperatures up to 500° F.

medical research process heating and controls
Chromalox helps OEM client develop a specialized melting point apparatus for the melting of elements for research experiments in university laboratories.
DNA strand medical heating and controls
Replication and processing of DNA requires precise, uniform heating imitating the internal temperature system of the human body.
DRA equipment

A major medical laboratory came to Chromalox when an issue with a lab instrument occurred.

trucking industry comfort heating
A manufacturer of large tanks for DEF required protection from both freezing and maximum degree temperatures. 
aerospace industry process heating and controls
After the Columbia shuttle tragedy, Chromalox played a crucial role in making the shuttle safer.
transportation industry comfort heating 3

This transportation equipment OEM's engineering team was challenged with providing comfort heat in the seating area of passenger cars.

industry smokestacks
Chromalox helps OEM manufacturer create mechanism for maintaining exhaust sampling and analyzing equipment to ensure safe pollution control from factory stacks.
construction vehicle
Chromalox engineered and manufactured innovative heaters for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet the EPA standards of emissions from mobile heavy machinery.
industrial testing chambers heating and controls
A premier global supplier of environmental test chambers to the scientific, industrial, and defense markets, must design equipment with the capability to perform testing in accordance with a wide variety of test standards.
waste oil heating and controls
A waste oil heater manufacturer was using an existing immersion heater to heat water that would then preheat the oil in the company’s oil heating system used for manufacturing. 
virus image
Scientists use liquid nitrogen to freeze and preserve samples for analysis through 3D, X-ray imaging. The resulting nitrogen gas interfered with the delicate operation of the specialized microscope lens.
testing laboratory process heating and controls 5
The DNA sequencing process involves multiple PCR cycles which involves specific temperature shifts for specific dwell times.
power generation heating and process controls
A large custom motor and generator manufacturer required a Class 1 Division 2-rated condensation heater for its manufacturing line. 
sand mold
A core box oven used in a foundry required tight temperature control.  The core box is used for curing the resin binder in the sand.
hot water thermostat temperature controls
An old-fashioned flame-type 80-gallon water heater could not maintain 750 degree F water temperature to allow quick dissolution of lime in the softening process. 
metal foundary process heating

In this process, castings with the physical properties of forgings are possible through the use of deeply anodized aluminum molds.

electronics industry process heating
In this testing process, cathode ray tubes must be heated before evacuating all the air from the tubes with a vacuum pump.
cryogenic industry temperature controls
Cryogenics means "the production of icy cold"; a synonym for the low-temperature state. The customer had an application in which the piping (at cryogenic temperatures) formed ice.
chiller fan
A rating/testing agency that provides third-party approvals informed an HVAC manufacturer that one of its air-cooled chiller model’s fan circuit drives were not rated for the model’s maximum low temperature, negating the required approval.
aluminum metal processing heating
To prevent thermal shock from molten aluminum the tapping pots must be preheated.
wastewater processing heating and controls 2

Augers receive the heat they need thanks to Chromalox heat trace cables. Without freeze protection, the system could potentially have problems on start-up.

metal dipping process heating and controls
Plating hangers, to which the metal items are attached and immersed in an acid plating solution, have to be plastisol-coated periodically to prevent expensive metal deposits on the hanger.
Airline coffee maker
Some cartridge heaters, such as this one, are constructed with a heli-arc welded end disc where small pin holes can form and lead to failure. 
food warmers temperature controls

A global manufacturer and supplier of commercial equipment for many of the food service leaders needed a more efficient way to heat a new line of multilevel food warmers.

satellite aerospace heating and controls
Chromalox Kapton® Flexible Heaters help simulate deep space conditions for terrestrial testing of satellites and other space systems.
water heater comfort heating and controls
Chromalox Kapton® flexible heaters help to provide consumers with clean and green on-demand water heating.
automotive industry painting process heating
Infrared lamps, used in an oven for about 18 years, required replacement about twice a year. 
auto seat
How does one heat, sense, and control a gel-filled, carbon fiber backed heated seat for a high-end luxury automobile?
Food warming table

Silicone laminate heaters provide better heat transfer and cut costs in food warming equipment application.

metal grinder
One of the most critical production operations at this plant is the finish-grinding of the hubs and shafts for J57 and J75 jet engines.
vacuform machine process heating
To heat thermoplastic sheet material for vacuum forming, heating must be rapid, uniform and controllable. 
eletronics industry metrology
Batch drying in a circulating hot air oven was slow and involved additional handling in loading and unloading.
laundry industry
A 50 feet oven using glass heat lamps gave an uneven paint bake. 
factory image
Chromalox heating specialists were called upon to keep mining safety showers from freezing. 
car grill automotive industry process heating
The auto manufacturer needed to quickly construct a paint baking oven large enough to handle one piece automobile grilles with a minimum of capital expenditure.
nuts and bolts
A protective, water-soluble oil is applied to the screws in a dip tank, then parts are conveyed through a furnace designed to dry off the water. 
dog food
Insect infestation was a serious problem at a dog food production plant. 
bottling industry process heating
To achieve a tight seat on bottle tops, wax liners are inserted and twisted into position. 
chocolate conveyor
The former method used by this food processor was to soften the candy by heating it with a gas burner prior to and during cutting and shaping. 
railway comfort heating
Chromalox Silicone Laminate Heaters keep passengers warm.
packaging process heating and controls
A manufacturer of packaging equipment for the poultry industry was unhappy with their current supplier of water tight elements for use on its machines.
laboratory equipment heating and controls

Chromalox silicone laminate heaters solve HVAC laboratory temperature problem.

industry smokestacks
A world leader in the manufacture of smoke stack sampling equipment for power and process industries needed some help meeting EPA rules.
electrical transformer
The numerous high voltage transformers located outdoors and on poles are constantly subjected to the heavily moisture-laden atmosphere. 
metal tubes
To safely heat a special asphalt for corrugated pipe coating in a tank semi-circular in cross-section was a particular challenge for this manufacturer.
tanks with piping
Resin stored in large kettles would solidify when the temperature dropped too low.
aircraft instrument panel
It was important for this aircraft manufacturer to provide heat tests for airplane altimeters to meet new Air Force requirements. 
Equipment Washer
Chromalox develops terminal enclosure that stands up to harsh operating environment and is easy to install.
camera lens world focus
A major web mapping service applications provider contacted Chromalox to come up with a unique flexible heater design for their land base and aerial earth mapping cameras.
power turbine blades

The customer uses piping and metal parts in the fabrication of high speed turbines and compressors. In addition, the customer also rebuilds used turbines and compressors. 

zoo comfort heating
A zoo’s plans for a new exhibit for mountain lions, lynx, otters, snow fox and grizzly bears called for keeping the animals as close to the public as possible. 
asphalt roller
No one likes to get up and go to work before the sun comes up, especially on cold winter mornings. 
lipstick beauty industry process heating
Keeping lipstick mixture at optimum temperature during forming process was difficult. 
Donut Factory
This customer needed a temperature controller which was simple to use and available for quick shipment.
semi-conductor wafer production process heating and controls

All semi-conductor wafers, as part of their micro-fabrication, must undergo an etching process which chemically removes layers from the surface of a wafer during manufacturing.

Chromalox recycling support

During the re-plasticizing process of recycled plastics, the plastic materials need to be melted and the temperature accurately maintained.

industrial injection presses
Accurate temperature control is a vital ingredient in plastic injection molding. 
alternative energy wind turbine

Ensuring reliable operation of today's next-generation wind turbines has become a critical issue.

Chromalox Chemical Industry Support
State legislature has mandated an increase in the amount of organic additives used in biodiesel fuels manufactured in Pennsylvania.
commercial food service heating controls
New UL 197 requirements create a challenge for a commercial cooking appliance manufacturer.
automotive industry temperature controls
Weather stripping for automobile windshields, extruded of sun-resistant synthetic rubber, is produced in long strips, then cut to size, and spliced to be ready for installation on the auto assembly line.
guitar manufacturing heating and controls

A manufacturer of custom guitars had a need to better control the lamination process for bonding the side panels that make up the guitar body shape.