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Infrared heat waves are long electromagnetic waves located very near the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum which give off a large amount of heat. Read More…

Tube Heaters Tube heaters are infrared heaters which use the feature of a tube, or cylinder to direct infrared energy for the purpose of heating objects, materials or spaces.
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Pompton Lakes, NJ  |  800-616-2601

Solar Products is a company that manufactures electric infrared heaters, furnaces and quartz products for the OEM market. We offer various models of infrared heaters—metal/glass/koramic face heaters, opaque fused quartz face heaters, quartz composite face heaters, specialty heaters, quartz tubes.

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Hawthorne, NJ  |  833-683-6379

IR Thermal Systems has been the leader in offering a complete range of electrical and gas powered heating systems that do not merely conform to the highest standards, but define those standards today. Our unique approach of carefully assessing each individual customer’s needs and custom tailoring the equipment to satisfy those requirements has resulted in a long list of satisfied customers and a history of steady growth for the company.

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IR Thermal Systems, LLC $$$

Buffalo, NY  |  800-828-7450

Roberts-Gordon sells and installs infrared heating products including infrared heaters and gas infrared heaters. Roberts-Gordon introduced the first vacuum-assisted, low-intensity, gas-fired infrared heater system. Providing "Quality in Any Language™" since 1963, so call us today!

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Roberts-Gordon, LLC $$$

Alpharetta, GA  |  800-241-0412

Since 1947, we have been known for our process heating and control products. But, did you know that we also make custom and standard radiant infrared heater elements, infrared panels and replacement panel reflectors? CLEPCO offers infrared quartz radiant elements 24-72" in length (12" increments).

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A typical electric infrared heater consists of a heating element, a reflective surface and a protective shield to prevent direct contact with the source of heat. In a tube heater, the element is surrounded by a tube which helps to intensify the heat produced. Elements are commonly made from tungsten, or from another alloy, which is then coiled to create electrical resistance that produces heat. The tube surrounding the element is made from a highly conductive material, such as quartz, in order to maximize the infrared energy being released. The tubular material should be radiant emissive on the exterior to provide the greatest amount of heat possible.

Radiant heat is absorbed by objects and surfaces without needing a medium such as air molecules for transportation. Therefore infrared heat can penetrate materials and gases more easily than typical convection heaters and more efficiently than UV lamps which require light waves to heat an object. Tube heaters can be both radiant gas and electric. In a radiant gas heater, the heat given off by the natural gas or propane flame produces increased radiance that results in uniform heating of the tube. Other features on a tube heater may include: overheat protection, corrosion resistant materials, the addition of a cooling option for cryogenic purposes and timing-temperature controls.

Infrared tube heaters are considered a "green" or environmentally friendly heating option due to their high energy efficiency. In addition to their energy efficiency, tube heaters are also a source of immediate heat as they do not require convection in order to be effective. Thus, there is no lag time between turning the apparatus on and feeling the effects of the heating process. Another advantage which results from the nature of infrared heat is the uniformity of the heating pattern. In convectional heaters, air is moved around a space as it is heated, creating pockets of hot and cold air. Infrared heat is absorbed directly and so the position of air molecules does not affect the process.

Common uses for tube heaters include: room or space heaters, industrial uses such as plastic welding, drying of coatings and glass processing, for animal care in zoos and veterinary clinics for incubation or comfort heating, and in medical uses such as easing arthritic pain. Electric tube heaters do not burn fuels and so do not result in the emission of harmful gases. Therefore, they result in fewer health risks during operating.

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