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Advantages of Induction Heating: 5 Benefits to Know

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Induction heating is a safe, efficient, and sustainable method for heating ferrous metals and can be used across industries as an effective application. Induction Heat has minimal wasted heat, with direct transfer of energy to the part being heated. There are numerous advantages of induction heating when compared with traditional methods such as an open flame, from practical upgrades to those that better protect our environment.

At Induction Innovations, we believe in providing solutions that enable shops and technicians to tackle their everyday challenges, to return a better profit, help prevent unnecessary injury, damages and repairs. In this article, we will take a look at why you should choose induction heating for your application, including five main benefits. First, let’s reintroduce how the induction heating process works. 

How Does Induction Heating Work?

Induction heating is the process of heating electrically conductive materials like metals by electromagnetic induction. An induction heater consists of an electromagnet and an electronic oscillator that passes a high-frequency alternating current (AC) through the electromagnet. The rapidly alternating magnetic field penetrates the object, generating electric currents inside the conductor, called eddy currents. The eddy currents flow through the resistance of the material, and heat it by Joule heating. In ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic materials, such as iron, heat also is generated by magnetic hysteresis losses. The frequency of the electric current used for induction heating depends on the object size, material type, coupling (between the work coil and the object to be heated) and the penetration depth.

The heat is generated inside the object itself, instead of by an external heat source via heat conduction. Objects can be heated very rapidly. Induction heating is used in many industrial processes, such as heat treatment in metallurgy and to melt refractory metals that require very high temperatures. It is also used in induction cook-tops (induction cooking).

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Because of these properties, induction heat can be used to:

  • Remove bonded parts on metal; body trim, decals, graphics and more in a fraction of the time. With little to no need for toxic solvents, adhesives typically come off with the part being removed.
  • Easily remove body/under coatings, spray-on bedliners and seam sealers, greatly reducing the need for expensive abrasives.
  • Remove Auto Glass with little to no need to pull the interior trim.
  • Remove hardware from thread lock compounds or that are corroded/seized.

 

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It is largely utilized in the following industries:

 

 

  • Marine – Using induction heaters for removal of power steering rods, motor mounts and flanges, boat trailers, and seized propellers for efficiency as a boat repair tech and/or master dealer.

 

  • Trucking, Heavy-Duty Hauling, & Construction – Servicing truck repair for fleet and independent truck repair shops that repair trailers, heavy and light-duty trucks, construction equipment, municipal and state equipment, snow plow and landscaping vehicles, etc.

 

  • Additional Industries and Uses – Providing flameless solutions for Aviation, Industrial, Welding, Manufacturing, Cooking, Brazing, Sealing, Shrink Fitting, Heat Treatment and more.

 

Why is an Induction Heater the Best Choice?

Induction heating advantages:

Quality Precision

With the ability to fit into tight spaces or difficult angles and to centralize your heat source, you can provide constant, local contact. One of the questions we are often asked is whether induction heating is more efficient than other heating methods. The short answer is yes! This heat is consistent and covers the entirety of your part or application source, which avoids uneven heating and inconsistent results that are frequent with an oxy-acetylene gas torch.

Reduced Cost

There are many ways that induction heating removes unnecessary costs and saves energy. For starters, you won’t need to consume the same fuel expenses with a gas torch, as a replacement coil lasts over 200 uses while the cost of a gas tank can vary from $35 to $175. You can also salvage parts that would otherwise be discarded. Additionally, induction heating users save more on insurance, on average 10-30%.

Reduced Damage & Injury Risk

Induction heat precision localizes your heat source on one part, not a larger area. This reduces collateral damage where adjacent parts or plastic could be burned, it also helps reduce the need for unnecessary R&I’s. This safe method also removes the risk of igniting flammable material that leads to property damage, it keeps you away from the risk of burns, and you won’t have the threat of breaking your tools. You can learn more about damage and risk reduction on our comparison page.

Increased Productivity and Process Efficiency

You can immediately integrate induction heating into your production lines to improve quality and yield better performance. Induction heating tools, particularly those in the Mini-Ductor® series, can be loosened and removed in a matter of seconds. Solutions are also used for hard-to-reach areas and because heat is centralized, you won’t have to remove or cover other flammable or combustible materials.  

“Green” Technology

Unlike traditional torches that can pollute the environment by burning fossil fuels, induction heating is free of hazardous emissions. It reduces and often removes the need for harmful solvents in projects. Additionally, induction heating tools are more energy-efficient and you consume less without expenses for gas, servicing a torch, or cleaning up spilled or wasted solvents that produce a risk, as well as take your time and money. Learn more about going green with induction heat!

Contact Us

Since 2000 Induction Innovations has helped customers enjoy the advantages of turning to induction heat for their project applications to save time, resources, and money. Talk with us about your industry needs and we will help you secure the perfect product for your requirements.

Questions or comments? Reach us via phone at 877-688-9633 or email at info@theinductor.com.

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