New quartz panel heaters from Solar Products Inc., Pompton Lakes, N.J., are said to provide fast response for cut-sheet formers that change jobs frequently. The V Series heater glows red in 6 sec vs. several minutes for typical panel heaters. On double-ender machines running different parts on each side, the panel changes heat profile in seconds rather than minutes. This medium-wavelength unit reportedly combines the speed of quartz tubes with the ruggedness of panel heaters. Power output is up to 80 watts/in.2 and peak wavelength is 2 to 4 microns. Solar Products also introduced a porcelain-faced panel heater for rotary machines that costs 15% to 20% less than glass-faced units and is closer in cost to quartz composite heaters. The 12 x 12 in., medium-wavelength M Series is reportedly more durable than glass.
Solar Products Inc.
228 Wanaque Ave. Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Phone (973) 835-6581 Fax (860) 739-2905
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