The Importance of Selecting the Correct Size Strip Heaters


Strip heaters heat various materials by clamping or bolting onto their surfaces, and they are appropriate for conventional type heating. The strip design of the devices allows them to maximise surface area, thereby enhancing the heating process. Besides the mounting mechanism, the appliance contains a heating element and protective sleeve. There is insulation also, which is usually made from ceramic material, magnesium oxide, mica or fibreglass to ensure that very little heat escapes to the environment. Heating strips are widely varied to cater to different applications from packaging to food warming, and at Under Control Instruments Ltd, we comprehend the importance of finding the appropriate device. Size is one variable that determines the efficiency of one heater over another, so you must take the time to pick the correct one. We have size variants ranging from 5.5” to 35.75”, meaning there is a product designed for your demands.

Type of Appliance

Strip heating devices can be used in any number of appliances from kettles to ovens. The strip’s width and length will determine how well an appliance conducts the heating process. An oven has higher temperature demands than a kettle; and therefore, the strips used on each one will vary. Watt density refers to the wattage per square inch generated by a strip heating element. Devices with high watt density are not safe to use with explosive, volatile or extremely viscous materials. The physical dimension of the device that needs heating strips will guide your choice of products. Learn about the wattage demands of a specific appliance to know the appropriate size of the heating element. Assistance when calculating the heat requirements of a particular device from the technical support team at UCI is necessary to enable you to avoid common purchasing mistakes.

The material of an appliance is another fundamental to keep in mind. A longer sized strip will provide higher temperatures across the surface of a machine, and if the material has a low capacity of heat take away, there will be overheating. Even though an appliance may be large, its material may reduce its temperature absorption rate, meaning that the heating elements have to be smaller. Note that overheating damages both the strips and machine.

Temperature Distribution

The placement of the heating element on a surface will dictate how well the distribution of temperature occurs. For effective heating, you need the strips to reach the focal points of the appliance to be heated, which means they must be enoukgh of them. A large appliance has a large surface area and will need several heaters, so it goes that the smaller the elements, there more will be required; hence, the need to be cautious with your estimations. We provide sufficient resources that you can use to approximate the proper strip sizes.

The size of a heating element dictates the rate at which an appliance attains the desired temperature. If you are using short elements on a large surface area, it will take more time to achieve the required heat compared to utilising longer strips on the same appliance. When shopping for heating strips from UCI, ensure you have an idea of the lengths and widths that will meet the heating rate of an individual device.

Sizing is one of the greatest determinants of the effectiveness of a heating element, and the simplest way to get it right is to consider the applications. A homeowner who needs new elements for a water heater will opt for different products than a factory that has food warming requirements. Under Control Instruments Ltd makes it possible to meet a variety of heating needs whether domestic or commercial. You can start browsing through our brochures for the ideal strip heaters once you have specifications like thickness, length, and width.

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