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About UCI

Under Control Instruments, are international wholesale suppliers to the catering, plastics and packaging industries. We supplier a wide range of heating elements, infrared lamps and temperature control equipment. Based in Birmingham we can service the whole of the UK offering next day deliveries.


How to keep hot foods hot and fresh

Tweet # Keeping hot foods hot is very important to ensure food safety and presents challenges. Bacterial growth slows down once at temperatures hotter than 60°C, so hot foods that are being served on a buffet, for example, must be kept hotter than that at all times. Keep in mind […]


temperature control

Can #cartridge #heaters be used to heat air?

Tweet # Cartridge heaters are not suitable for heating air as they are generally high powered heating elements that are use to transferring their heat to other metal bodies such as mould tools and heat presses. If the cartridge heater is left to heat up on its own in open […]


Which IR lamp should I choose?

Tweet # This is dependant on the application, each one is different to the next and should be examined closely to ensure the best performance is achieved. First: Look at what material is being heated as they all absorb infrared radiation at different rates therefore different wattage selections will be […]

IR lamp selection

#Thermocouple or #RTD/PT100 ?

Tweet # This is s common question asked when customers purchase one of our temperature controllers. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Below are the main reasons for the choices. Thermocouples Thermocouples consist of two dissimilar conductors connected together, hot junction and cold junction which measures the thermo-electromotive […]


How to make your #infrared lamps last longer

Tweet # If you find that your infrared #lamps are just not lasting as long as they should you should try the following which will improve the performance. These are common occurrences in the commercial kitchen and mobile paint automotive environments.   Check that the cabling is connected correctly and […]


Differences between #ceramicheaters and #quartzheaters

Tweet # A lot of people ask us this question “which one we would recommend for my application”. The main choices are below… Ceramic heaters emit infrared from the far-wave of the visable spectrum whist quartz heaters emit infrared from the medium wave visable spectrum. Quartz heaters They heat up […]

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UCI blog

What are the common causes of #industrial-heater failure?

Tweet # Liquid Contamination is the most common cause of cartridge heater failure. This is caused by the likes of moisture, hydraulic oils, and melted plastic that are seen on failed heaters. Other causes are lead abrasion and movement, inadequate heat-sink, high operating temperatures (inadequate temperature control). Share This: Tweet #