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Induction Heating: When to Use on Aluminum Parts (and When Not To)

Alicia Hawkins - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Induction Heating: When to Use on Automotive Parts (and When Not To)

More and more cars use aluminum parts, including the Ford F-150, Audi, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover. Toyota has also announced the use of aluminum in Camry models starting in 2018.

When aluminum parts become stuck, seized or something is adhered to them, can induction heating be used to separate them instead of cutting through them with a torch and reduce cycle time?

As we've covered before, induction heating is used primarily on ferrous metals. However, induction heating can also be used on aluminum – but only in some instances, and very carefully. Here's a guide to using induction heating on aluminum automotive parts.

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The Rosebud attachment, bundled with the Inductor Series Pro-Max Fully Loaded (and optional with Pro-Max), utilizes up to 2,000 Watts so that it can heat up some aluminum parts hot enough to release them from their bonds. Aluminum applications include removing:

  • Bedliners
  • Seam sealers, caulking and other adhesives
  • Decals, pinstripes and other graphics

However, you need to be careful: if the aluminum is heated too much, it can become brittle and could weaken the part's structural integrity. It's difficult to provide more guidance here as it depends on the thickness of the aluminum and how much heat has been applied to a particular area.

Other Pro-Max attachments do not generate enough heat and the Glass Blaster was not meant to be used directly upon metal. The Rosebud attachment can be used on aluminum because of the extra circuits built into the attachment itself that stores energy and gives it the power boost needed to reach higher temperatures.

One Tool, Multiple Attachments

If you repair aluminum in separate rooms, bays and isolation stations to avoid contamination, you could purchase multiple induction heaters. However, we recommend that you purchase one induction heater that features multiple attachments.

In this case, you could purchase one Pro-Max Fully Loaded an additional Rosebud accessory so that you can use one Rosebud for aluminum and one for steel/other ferrous metals.

Questions?

Contact us to learn more about how induction heating can be used for aluminum applications. We will be more than happy to talk you through whether or not a specific application is possible with our product line or if some other equipment or method is a better fit.

Contact us to learn more about induction heating for automotive and body shop use


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U.S. patents: 6670590 and 6563096 apply to all products; D707,804 and D728,086 apply to handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
European Patent Office (EPO): patent 002076372-0001 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 220V (MD-800) and Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
Australia patent: 343968 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters