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Watlow® Flexible heaters are thin, bendable and shaped to fit almost any type of equipment.
  115  WATLOW  ® Flexible Heaters Silicone Rubber Silicone rubber 500 260 80.0 12.50  119Line Heating Silicone rubber 392 200 2.5 0.39  133Polyimide Polyimide 392 200 50.0 7.75  148SERIES EHG ®  Controller N/A 158* 70* N/A   152SERIES EHG SL10 Controller with Limit N/A 158* 70* N/A   154SERIES EHG   CL Controller N/A 158* 70* N/A   158 Max. Operating Typical Max. Temperatures Watt Densities Flexible Heaters Sheath Materials °F °C W/in 2  W/cm 2   Page F l   exi   b l   eH e a t   er  s * Ambient environment, not maximum controlling temperature.  117  WATLOW  ® Flexible Heaters Flexible Shapes and Geometries Flexible heaters are thin, bendable and shaped to fit almost any type of equipment. Heat can be applied to complex shapes and geometries without sacrificing efficiency or dependability. Excellent heat transfer results from the heater’s thin design and direct bonding to an application. Flexible heaters provide fast heat-up and cool-down rates, uniform heat distribution and high watt densities. Features and Benefits Flat geometry   ã Permits holes, notches and unusual shapes Option of two material types and two element styles  ã Allow wider flexibility Lightweight construction and low thermal mass  ã Permit use in applications with limited space or weight requirements Heating elements as close as 0.003 in. (0.08 mm)  ã Creates faster heat-up and cool-down time Uniformly spaced element paths  ã Distributes heat more evenly Typical Applications ã Medical equipment including blood analyzers, respiratory therapy units and hydrotherapy bathsã Semiconductor equipment, including vacuum and gas delivery lines and wafer processing equipmentã Foodservice equipment, including food holding and warming cabinetsã Battery heatingã Satellite and communication equipmentã Freeze protection for military hardware, aircraft instrumentation, hydraulic equipment, etc.ã Any application requiring a flexible shape or design Top Layer of Insulation Sheath MaterialBottom Layer of Insulation Sheath MaterialEtched Foil ElementWire-Wound Element  118  WATLOW  ® Flexible Heaters Flexible Shapes and Geometries  Applications and Technical Data Etched Foil Elements  This element type is created by acid etching a circuit in nickel alloy resistance foil. It is available in silicone rubber and polyimide heater types. The etched foil element is known for its excellent circuit pattern repeatability and superior heat transfer, which results from greater coverage of the element. Other benefits include:ã Delivery of more heat and up to twice the watt density of a wire-wound element provides longer heater lifeã Complex heat distribution patterns  The etched foil element style is usually recommended for applications requiring high temperatures, watt densities, or multiple zoning. Two Material TypesSilicone Rubber Rugged, moisture- and chemical-resistant material easily can be bonded to parts for effective heat transfer. Watlow silicone rubber heaters handle temperatures up to 500°F (260°C). Many heater styles are available with UR ® , cUR ® ,  VDE and CE recognition.   Two Element Types Watlow offers wire-wound and etched foil resistance elements for silicone rubber heaters. Watlow can recommend the type best suited to your application. This element style is created by spiraling fine resistance wires around a fiberglass cord. The element is laid out in a pattern designed for a specific application. The benefits of wire-wound elements include:ã Excellent physical strength and flexibility. Repeated heater flexing has no harmful effects on its performanceã The ability to conform easily to curved surfaces, including small radius bendsSemiconductor pumpline heaters are typical examples of applications that use the wire-wound method. These heaters are flexed repeatedly during removal and installation, but due to their wiring, no internal damage occurs. Wire-Wound ElementsPolyimide Polyimide is a thin, lightweight transparent material designed for precise heating requirements ranging from -319 to 392°F (-195 to 200°C). It is ideal for applications requiring low outgassing in a vacuum or resistance to radiation, fungus and chemicals. Many custom heaters can be UR ®  and cUR ®  recognized.  119  WATLOW  ® Flexible Heaters Silicone Rubber Heaters Rugged, yet thin, lightweight and flexible—use of Watlow ®  silicone rubber heaters is limited only by the imagination. Heat can be put exactly where it is needed to improve heat transfer, speed warm ups and decrease wattage requirements in an application process.Fiberglass-reinforced silicone rubber provides dimensional stability without sacrificing flexibility. Because very little material separates the element from the part, heat transfer is rapid and efficient. Heaters are constructed with a wire-wound element or with an etched foil element. Its thin construction allows it to fit into applications where space is limited. Performance Capabilities ã Operating temperatures up to 500°F (260°C)ã Watt densities up to 80 W/in 2  (12.5 W/cm 2  ), dependent upon application temperatureã Wire-wound element thickness — 0.055 in. (1.4 mm)ã Etched foil element — 0.022 in. (0.56 mm)ã UR ® , cUR ® , VDE and CE recognitions are available on many designs up to 428°F (220°C) Features and Benefits Designed to the exact shape and size needed  ã Conforms to component and/or equipment More than 80 designs available immediately from stock  ã Reduces downtime Constructed with wire-wound or etched foil elements  ã Enables a thin, lightweight heaterã Provides the desired flexibility for many dynamic applicationsã Delivers low mass and easily repeatable distributed watt densities Moisture and chemical-resistant silicone rubber material  ã Provides longer heater life  Vulcanizing adhesives or fasteners  ã Allows heaters to be easily bonded to parts Typical Applications ã Semiconductor processing equipmentã Freeze protection and condensation prevention for many types of instrumentation and equipmentã Medical equipment such as blood analyzers and test tube heatersã Computer peripherals such as laser printersã Curing of plastic laminatesã Photo processing equipment PTFE or Silicone Leads Available0.022 in. (0.6 mm) Thick Heater with Etched Foil Element 0.055 in. (1.4 mm) Thick Heater with Wire-Wound Element Element Vulcanized Between Two Layers of Silicone Rubber/Fiberglass
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