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What You Need to Know About PTC Heaters

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Mar 5, 2019 3:21:45 PM | 0 Comments

Positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heaters consist of specialized heating discs built from advanced ceramic materials. These safe, powerful, and energy-efficient heaters allow for exceptional heat production and transfer within even the smallest spaces.

PTC heaters fall into one of two categories: fin elements or honeycomb forms. While both types offer a wealth of benefits over conventional heaters, users should be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each before deciding which option to go with.

FIN PTC Air Heater

FIN PTC air heaters are self-regulating systems that employ temperature-limiting effects that remove the risk of overheating. Because of these self-regulating features, FIN PTC air heaters always operate at the highest safety levels possible. These conditions also allow for better conductivity and higher efficiency, resulting in a longer lifetimes than other heating systems.

These machines circulate air through the use of large aluminum fins, whose surface area ensures homogeneous heat transfer with low outlet. Users can also adjust the airflow volume to automatically regulate the system’s heating power at any given time.

 

 

Honeycomb PTC Air Heater

Honeycomb PTC air heaters function below the combustion point of paper, meaning that they’re incredibly safe and energy-efficient for everyday use. In these units, small heating discs function as the heating element, connecting directly with the power source to convert electricity into heat.

Holes in each disc allow for greater airflow access, meaning that these heaters can process higher volumes of air than other heating systems. Honeycomb assemblies can hold three, four, or five discs at a time to produce up to 2,000 watts of heat output.

Applications of PTC Heaters in Various Industries

· Transportation: PTC heaters bring a wide variety of benefits to the automotive and aerospace industries. These systems provide compact, lightweight means to heat the interiors of planes and vehicles. Anything from seat and steering wheel heaters to plane de-icers will likely use a PTC heater.ptc air heaters

· Healthcare: Because PTC heaters’ high safety records, medical workers frequently turn to them for a variety of applications. PTC heaters work especially well as under-body heating systems on operating tables, gurneys, and beds.

· Recreational: Outdoor clothing manufacturers can weave PTC heaters into their clothing. Because of their ability to run open-loop (without the use of electronic controls), jackets, vests, socks, and gloves can all incorporate PTC heaters.

· Food and beverage: PTC heaters can keep foods and fluids at consistent temperatures while they’re being transported or stored for later use. These systems appear at many stages of the food processing and distribution process—processing plants, food transportation, and restaurants all benefit from PTC heaters.

· Public spaces: PTC heaters provide efficient, portable methods to heat outdoor venues such as restaurant patios, stadiums, and convention centers. Because of their light weight and energy efficiency, they can be moved and repositioned as needs and weather conditions change.

PTC Heaters Will Improve Your Home and Business

Dealing with dangerous and unreliable heaters can be stressful. PTC heaters improve on previous heater designs to provide safe, energy-efficient heating systems for applications large and small. Understanding the benefits to these heaters over traditional coil or ceramic chip options can help make a world of difference in both safety and effectiveness.

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Introducing PTI Calc: A One-Stop Calculator for All Your Unit Conversion Needs

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Feb 22, 2019 11:38:08 AM | 0 Comments

Pelonis Technologies is excited to announce the release of PTI Calc, a calculator app designed to help on-the-go procurement managers quickly convert between different units of measure when designing or selecting heating, cooling, and motor components. The app is available on both Google Play and the App Store.

PTC Products

We designed PTI Calc to help you more easily select the best product for your applications. You can make basic conversions and calculations when designing or choosing from our range of cooling, heating, and motor equipment.

Here are some of the ways you can use the PTI Calc app with our products:

Cooling Fans

Pelonis offers a wide variety of cooling fans and cooling fan accessories. Our selection includes:

  • AC fans
  • DC fans
  • Micro fans
  • Frameless fans
  • Fan trays

We design these fans for a variety of purposes. We also offer power cords, fan guards, filter kits, and blowers as needed. The PTI Calc app will help you easily convert between imperial and metric units per minute or hour, and understand how these relate to a fan’s CFM. It will also help you better determine the length, width, and depth of fan designs along with the volumes of the areas in which you deploy them.

PTC Heaters

Pelonis air heaters come in many shapes and forms, letting you choose between honeycomb and fin heaters as well as our specialized ultra-thin flexible heaters. With the PTI Calc app, you can better choose the most useful heater for your needs.

Many of the same calculations that factor into the cooling fan selection process can also help you decide on the best heating system for your facility. PTI Calc can assist in converting units regarding a potential heater’s:

  • Airflow rate
  • Component dimensions
  • Preferred temperature settings
  • Heat Transfer
  • Heat dissipation

PTC Motors

Pelonis’s micro motors and AC motors appear in industrial and commercial products ranging from smartphones, tablets, portable razors, and medical devices as well as household appliances, space heaters, and business equipment. With the PTI Calc app, you can choose the best torque, pressure, and dimensions for your device across multiple units of measure when selecting an optimal motor.

PTI Calc also includes ways to apply Ohm’s Law to potential motors. The calculator allows you to enter two of the three properties of Ohm’s Law—voltage, resistance, and current—to determine the third. In addition, PTI Calc lets you figure out watt density, the frequency and speed associated with a given number of poles, and the relationship between the HP, torque, and speed of motors.

Use PTI Calc for All Your Conversion Needs

With a sleek design and intuitive user interface, PTI Calc will bring many exciting opportunities. With this app, users can now do all their conversions in one place, greatly speeding up the procurement process and allowing them to dedicate more resources to other tasks.

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Don’t hesitate to download the PTI Calc app from Google Play or the App Store to get started on your next conversion project.

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Along with PTI Calc, Pelonis offers a full range of heating and cooling systems as well as motors for applications across many industries. To learn more about our product offerings, contact us today.

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Avoid Cracks, Bursts, and Burns in PTC Heaters

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Jun 20, 2017 4:47:00 PM | 1 Comment

Under certain airflow conditions, PTC (positive temperature coefficient) heating solutions may fail as a result of cracking, bursting, or even burning.

PTC Heater Burns These issues are commonly caused by poor airflow or poor, incomplete, or improper combustion: Dirty or otherwise obstructed vents can lead to poor airflow, which in turn overworks the furnace and causes premature damage, while subpar combustion causes burners to run longer and hotter in order to achieve the same amount of heating output.


Long periods of use can also cause failures; over time, the stress caused by normal expansion and contraction of a furnace as it turns on and off in its cycles can result in cracks.

Solutions for PTC Heater Cracks

Use of Fin PTC Air Heaters provides a simple solution for cracks, bursts, and burns; specifically developed to prevent typical issues encountered with coil or conventional heaters, these heaters are self-regulating, meaning they won’t overheat.

By eliminating the risk of overheating, these heaters offer greater operating efficiency, stable electronic response, and longer life expectancy.

Extremely versatile, Fin PTC Air Heaters can be used in a wide range of applications, including electric automotive vehicles, general dehumidification, and thermal retention, and are frequently found in electronic household appliances such as hand dryers, irons, laminating machines, air conditioners, and adhesive sealing machines.

Avoid issues encountered while using coil or conventional heaters:

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Fin PTC Air Heaters From Pelonis Technologies

At Pelonis Technologies, we offer Fin PTC Air Heaters with internal safety-fuse protection. Featuring low air resistance and high heating efficiency, these heaters won’t crack, burst, or burn — even when heated under no airflow conditions. Other benefits of our fin heaters include:

  • Single or double insulation options — Protects from electric shock or short circuit
  • Independent control of single (500W, 800W), double (1000W, 1500W), or triple (1500W, 2000W) PTC heating tubes — Reduces electricity costs and extends product life
  • Point welding connections for poles and terminals — Prevents increases in resistance and temperature
  • No moving parts — Eliminates chances of wear-out
  • Water-application compatible — Allows for use in humid environments such as bathrooms

In addition to our Fin PTC Air Heaters, we also offer Honeycomb PTC Air Heaters.

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Versatile, sturdy, reliable, Fin PTC Air Heaters are ideal for preventing cracking and bursting thanks to their self-regulating design. For more in-depth information on PTC heaters, including benefits and key usage considerations, and to learn more about our line of reliable heat exchangers, download our comprehensive Fin PTC Air Heaters Catalog today.

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Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) Heater Applications

Posted by Sam Pelonis | May 30, 2017 11:10:38 AM | 3 Comments

Offering simple troubleshooting solutions, low maintenance, and highly efficient heat transfer, Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heaters — specialized resistors that vary resistance in accordance with their temperature — offer versatile, easy-to-use solutions for a range of industries.

Thermistor Technology

PTC heating for different industriesA resistor that changes resistance as a function of its temperature is also referred to as a thermistor.

Thermistors increase their resistance when temperature increases, thus resulting in a Positive Temperature Coefficient.

An NTC thermistor, meanwhile, decreases its resistance when temperature increases, resulting in a Negative Temperature Coefficient.

When crafted with very pure semiconducting ceramic, PTC heating discs, fins, and honeycombs make ideal solutions for specialty applications.

PTC heaters can quickly create enormous heat transfers in small spaces; in fact, these heaters can produce an instantaneous flow of heat that is 50% hotter than the flow created by more conventional oil or ceramic chip heaters.

Industries and Applications

With the ability to perform in extremely small spaces with superior heat transfer and safe, powerful, and energy-efficient operation, PTC heaters offer several benefits across a wide range of industries.

Food and Beverage

Versatile and compact, PTC heaters are especially useful in the food and beverage industry. Used for heating and temperature control in various appliances, including coffee hot plates, food warmers, and temperature-controlled containers, PTC heaters allow for consistency and reliability in a range of applications.

Anti-Condensation

With superior dehumidification and anti-condensation properties, PTC heaters are ideal for food safety, food processing, and other high-moisture manufacturing processes. As moisture problems take on increasing importance in plant environments and USDA and federal requirements grow stricter, processors are looking to PTC heating technology to reduce humidity and resulting bacteria growth on food machinery and equipment.

Avoid issues encountered while using coil or conventional heaters including cracking or bursting.

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Automotive

Established automotive heating methods, which utilize the internal combustion engine’s cooling system, can take significant time to heat an automobile’s interior. PTC auxiliary heaters effectively remedy this problem and are frequently used by leading automotive manufacturers worldwide.

PTC Heaters from Pelonis

As a leading manufacturer of specialty heating solutions, axial AC and brushless DC fans and motors, as well as custom blower solutions, the Pelonis team is proud to offer top-of-the-line PTC products. Safe, efficient, and long-lasting, these versatile devices help save our customers time and money.

The Pelonis team is committed to innovation in motion, heating, and cooling technology. To learn more about our unique products, exceptional quality, and competitive pricing, download the Pelonis catalog, or reach out to the team today.

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Three Unexpected Types and Uses of Heating Systems

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Sep 2, 2014 10:30:00 AM | 0 Comments

So, you think you know everything there is to know about heating systems? Not so fast. There are plenty of unexpected types and uses of heating systems. Here are some that you might not have thought of.

1. Heated Turf

Several companies specialize in creating heating systems for outdoor sports fields, such as soccer pitches and football playing fields. Heating Solutions International (HSI), a partner of the European Turf Group, recently built four heated turf soccer pitches in Norway that radiate up to 300 kilowatts to enable play on fields that otherwise would be covered in frost or snow.

TurfHeatingIn the U.S., several football and baseball fields are now underpinned with turf heating systems. The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots are just a few of the NFL teams that have taken advantage of the technology.

And it’s not just to keep the sod from freezing over in colder climates. At Seattle’s Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners use turf heating to get the grass to feel like spring has arrived early, just in time for the start of baseball season. Even the legendary “frozen tundra” of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.,was long ago fitted with a heating system that keeps the turf warm during the chilly winter months.

2. Custom Radiant Heating for Floors

One of the most efficient ways of heating your home comes by way of radiant floor heating systems. While not well known, these in floor heating systems have been around for many years and are recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as being able to keep homeowners comfortable at temperatures 6-8°F lower than with convective systems. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “The systems depend largely on radiant heat transfer -- the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room via infrared radiation.” They can even be used in industrial applications.

3. Infrared Heating

Infrared emitters and modules are often overlooked in the roles they play in a wide variety of industries. These processes cover everything from converting metals, adhesives, plastics, and other materials to browning meats, desserts, chocolates, confections, and more, according to the company.

Learn more about diverse heating systems and applications in our eBook about PTC Heating and its many benefits:

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So, there’s more to unconventional heating systems than you might think. If you’d like to discuss out-of-the-box style heating solutions with an expert, contact us today. 
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PTC Heating Technology Benefits

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Aug 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM | 10 Comments

It can be difficult to find the right heating technology for your needs. Most industrial and commercial customers demand an innovative combination of efficiency and safety in their heaters.

At Pelonis, we find that the perfect solution is PTC heating. PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) is a unique technology that eschews traditional resistance wire and replaces it with ceramic stones or chips.

This simple switch in materials is what makes PTC electric heaters superior to traditional coil electric heaters. In this blog, we will cover what we believe to be the top three benefits of modern PTC heating technology.

1. Increased Levels of Safety

8689On its own, this is a powerful reason to make the switch to PTC technology. Traditional heaters run at internal temperatures that can exceed 900°F (482°C). Compare this with PTC heaters that usually run at 518°F (270°C). As you might expect, lower running temperatures will always bring an increase in safety. As well, because PTC stones do not generate heat at a constant rate like resistance wires, they will cool down quickly to avoid overheating. PTC heaters are also less susceptible to overheating due to scale buildup or sludge.

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2. Longer Lasting

As with any piece of equipment, the longer internal temperatures stay high, the shorter the lifespan. Much like an overheating cellphone or laptop, a heater will not last too long if allowed to operate at extreme temperatures. As mentioned above, PTC heaters only generate the heat necessary to fulfill its preprogramed goal. This limits overheating which means less chance for it to burn out.

3. Lower Operating Costs and Downtime

We have established that PTC heaters are safer and longer lasting. It only makes sense then that these benefits will directly affect your bottom line in a positive way. A self-limiting PTC system means less money spent on special equipment to avoid overheating like trip protectors. As well, the smoother running PTC heater breaks down less and needs less maintenance.

At Pelonis, we are proud to offer our clients the latest in PTC heating technology. Our Honeycomb PTC Heaters offer you proprietary heating discs that are made from a revolutionary ceramic material that has 1,200 round/triangle shaped holes. These unique discs heat 100% of the airflow across their entire surface, which allows them to get 50% hotter than conventional coil heaters. We also carry some innovative Honeycomb PTC holder assemblies and Fin PTC heating elements.

4. Proven Track Record

Back in 2012, PTC changed the industry for the better with our new, revolutionary, Sealed Bearing System (SBS)

As you know, SBS is a cost effective and high performance, environmental DC fan bearing solution.  It increases cooling fan life by actively reducing damaging oil leaks and dust contamination.  In order to understand the real impact of SBS, you first need to take a quick look inside the manufacturing of DC fans.

With thicker, high-additive lubrication, there is less evaporation. This, combined with a lower oil content, means that our lubricant gives the superior ball bearing design the long-lasting edge you’re looking for. 

Pelonis’ customers have found that our SBS is a very practical solution for DC fan application that requires the benefits of both sleeve and ball bearings.

Read more about the benefits of PTC heating in our eBook about heating applications and the uses for positive temperature coefficient systems:

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If you are interested in learning more about how Pelonis can help you find the right PTC heating technology for your application, please visit our website or contact us today!

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Heating Systems Resource Page: Ebooks, Catalogs & White Papers

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Aug 4, 2014 10:30:00 AM | 0 Comments

Pelonis Technologies always has a focus on our customers.  We keep you in mind when designing new products; when we pay close attention to the quality of each of our products; and we concentrate on continually improving our customer service. 

In addition, we’ve recently updated the Resources Page on our website for you to access.  Here you can find a variety of eBooks, catalogs and white papers.  We’re continually adding resource documents to the page, so be sure to stop back to see what is new and that might be helpful to your daily business.

In particular, we have the following available on the Resources page:

These are just a few of the many resources that we’ve added to the page and have made available for you to easily download.  If you have any questions about the materials or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us via our website contact form or by phone.  And, if there is any resource material that you’d like to see us develop, let us know, we’d be glad to consider it.

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Five Cost Saving Factors You May Not Have Considered

Posted by Sam Pelonis | Jun 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM | 0 Comments

If you own a business be it big or small, you know how critical it is to keep costs down.  Everyday is a battle to find new ways to save money all while keeping quality levels high. Often in the electronics industry, there are inventive and even hidden heating and cooling cost saving factors not instantly thought about. In this blog, we will cover the top five ways Pelonis believes can help electronics manufacturers improve their bottom-line.

1.Heat Pipes

HeatPipeThe overheating of electronics is a topic that will run through most of this blog’s theme. It is one of the top “killers” of electronics thus manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to eliminate or lessen its effects. One handy and simple way to reduce heat-related problems is with a heat pipe. Heat pipes are passive heat transfer systems with high effective thermal conductivity. Typically made with copper or aluminum, these sealed hollow tubes are lightweight and transfer heat away from machinery over long distances without any moving parts. Heat pipes, which use evaporative cooling technology, were first used by NASA but have found their way into modern electronics and computers. They are an easy and cost-effective heat transfer method.

2.Size of the Device

The cost of materials is a major issue for any manufacturer. This is especially the case in the electronics industry. Raw material costs are always in flux and some, like gold and silver, are always on the high end. Perhaps the most obvious ways to reduce your exposure to fluctuating prices is to use fewer materials. The best way to accomplish this task is to focus on miniaturizing your products. While this might come with some greater upfront costs, it will save you over the long haul. Smaller products, means lower overall costs. As well, smaller devices in general have a lower cost for heating and cooling.   

3. PTC Heating Combined with Micro Cooling

Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heaters are specialized heating discs/elements that combine outstanding heat transfer with a reduced need for space. Available as both a Fin element or in a honeycomb form, PTC heating elements replace resistance wires with ceramic chips. PTC heating allows for quick cool downs and do not require overheating protection. Thanks to this higher level of safety, they will reduce downtime, plus their smaller size plays directly into point #2 on our list.

4. Cost of Manufacturing

Finding a manufacturer that can combine competitive pricing and exceptional quality is the goal of every business. At Pelonis, we find that one of the best ways to lower your manufacturing costs is flexibility. It allows you to respond with speed and cost-effectiveness to any type of order.  This flexibility crosses over into basic design as well.  Being flexible about what types of heating and cooling options will work best provides an opportunity to save, rather than being rigid about that decision.

5. Long-Term Maintenance and Cost of Operation

If you are forced to constantly upgrade or repair equipment, it will cause costs to balloon. Much like reducing the size of a device, boosting long-term maintenance and lowering cost of operations with high-quality heating and cooling fans may raise upfront costs, but you will eliminate headaches, downtime, and lost productivity in the long run.

If you want even more cost saving tips, please contact Pelonis today! We are always thinking of new ways to save our customers time and money. 

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