The induction preheating process is an efficient means of preheating steel shovels for hot forming. This involves bending or shaping a metal billet after being heated to a temperature at which there is less resistance to forming.
A steel shovel manufacturer is looking for an induction heating solution to replace a gas furnace and achieve temperature uniformity, repeatability, and fast heat cycles.
Industry: Dies & Molds
SmartPower is the recommended induction heating equipment for this induction preheating application. With SmartPower, the customer heats the steel shovel molds sustainably and achieves faster heat cycles, especially for the bigger samples.
This application aims to preheat 4 steel sheets to 1742 F/950 C before posting them in a press to form them as shovels. The goal is for the shovel to reach the desired temperature in less than 5 seconds.
Implementing induction heating has significant advantages:
- Greater thermal efficiency, resulting in substantial decrease in energy consumption.
- Shorter heating times
- Improved uniformity
- Improved working conditions
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Reference Info: Application Note 3464-6678