How Induction Heating Technology Works (And Why You Should Know)
Induction heating technology has been around for 100s of years. In 2000, Induction Innovations President Tom Gough brought it to the automotive repair industry by inventing the first Inductor series model.
One of the many questions we receive from customers is, “Will induction heat work for my application?” It is helpful for our customers to understand how the technology works so that they can assess and answer this question on their own as they come upon more applications in their workplace.
Let us see how the induction heating process works.
How Does Induction Heating Work?
Induction coils serve as the transfer primary while the object being heated is a short circuit secondary. When a ferrous metal is placed within the induction heating coils, it enters the magnetic field inducing circulating eddy currents in the metal.
Eddy currents flow against the electrical resistivity of the metal, generating heat. This resistance is what breaks the bond of rust, corrosion, or thread lock compounds, allowing users to remove stuck hardware.
The heat is generated inside the object, instead of by an external heat source via heat conduction. This heat is targeted to the metal hardware without direct contact between the part and the coil. The coil does not get hot and the part never comes in contact with a flame, making it a much safer option than a traditional torch method. Objects can be heated very rapidly.
Another common question we get asked about is the frequency of our products. 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 penetration depth.
Who Uses Induction Heat?
Induction heating is used in many industrial processes, such as heat treatment in metallurgy, melting refractory metals that require very high temperatures, and induction cook-tops (induction cooking).
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Induction heat offers a combination of speed, consistency, and control. Because of these properties, induction heating technology can:
- Remove bonded parts on metal such as body trim, decals, graphics and more in a fraction of the time. With little to no need for toxic solvents, adhesives typically come off and leave a clean surface behind.
- Easily remove body/under coatings, spray-on bedliners, and seam sealers, which reduces the need for expensive abrasives.
- Remove auto glass with little to no need to pull the interior trim.
- Remove corroded or seized hardware from thread lock compounds.
Since 2000 Induction Innovations, Inc. 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 secure the perfect product for your requirements. Reach out to us via phone at 877-688-9633 or email at email@example.com.