Except for the coating, which dries more quickly using infrared heat, automotive manufacture uses infrared heating more or less invisibly. In the manufacture of airbags, for example, and in over 200 other fields of application.
Infrared makes production processes more efficient
The success of infrared technology in the automotive industry has various reasons: For starters, infrared technology is very versatile, as it can create the perfect heating process for almost any material. Another factor is its economic efficiency: Infrared systems provide targeted heat, which means that both process speed and productivity increase.
Infrared heat has a wide range of applications in the automotive industry
During the production of plastic handles, housing parts, covers, suction hoses and lids, it is not always possible to prevent the creation of sharp-edged burrs , especially at the tool splitting surfaces. Infrared radiation heats the surfaces of plastic components in a contact-free manner and in a matter of seconds, so that the burrs are simply melted away.
A production line for fuel tanks has been upgraded using an infrared system. The system was selected to give fast, efficient surface drying of a water-based spray coating, which is applied at an intermediate stage of fuel tank assembly. The infrared emitters helped maximize both throughput capability as well as energy efficiency.
Infrared heat is also used for the production of car windows. It ensures the reliable and precise adhesion of molded thermoplastic sealings. Fast response medium wave emitters activate the adhesive after its application.
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