Band Heaters

Workers use band heaters to raise the temperature of cylindrical objects through the process of conduction. One common instance where this may prove necessary is when an engineer needs to heat the surface area of a tube or pipe. Other applications for these industrial heaters include heater bands for injection molding and heater bands for extruders.

The Various Types

There are three main types of band heaters that differ by material: mica, ceramic and mineral insulated. They come in various sizes and each brings their own strengths to the table. These are sometimes further subdivided based on the following factors:

  • Performance specifications
  • Sheath material or sleeve
  • Termination type
  • Dimensions
  • Mounting
  • Insulation

MI Band Heaters
Mineral Insulated Band Heaters

In addition to this, there are some special features that you may have in mind. These may be related to insulated shrouds, probe holes, expandable heaters or cooling options.

Mica Band Heaters

When you need custom-designed bands, mica may be your best bet. These are manufactured to meet your precise specifications. If you prioritize optimum performance, then you will love the high-quality materials used to make the various options available. Here are some of the many you can consider:

  • Extended flange with electrical connections
  • Barrel nut strap leads without metal braid
  • Barrel nut strap leads in metal braid
  • Flange lock-up one-piece leads

Note that we also offer three termination options. These include fiberglass, post terminals and stainless steel over braid.

Mineral Insulated Heaters

If you operate a large commercial company, then chances are that you may need mineral insulated heaters for your business. These deliver more precise results and can operate under much higher temperatures. These bands can sustain temperatures that climb up to 1400°F and you have a max voltage of 480V. They also provide more efficient heat transfers.

The termination options are the same as the mica band heaters. Some of the specialized options you can consider include the double conductor metal braid, two-piece construction and one-piece expandable.

Ceramic Band Heaters

Companies all around the world are trying to go green. One of the big initiatives on the table is to improve energy efficiency. Companies operating in an industry that requires heat transfer as part of the process may find this more difficult than others. Ceramic bands offer a potential solution.

Ceramic bands reduce operations costs and energy consumption. They can sustain temperatures as high as mineral insulated heaters, but the outside temperature remains low. Thus, there is less wasted heat. For increased efficiency, you may also consider double-insulation options.

To make this genius engineering possible, manufacturers construct these bands out of stainless-steel housing and then stack ceramic tiles on the inside. To add to this, they are built to last and easy to install. Finally, they also offer more termination options than mica and mineral insulated options. These include the following:

  • Termination box
  • Euro connectors
  • Fiberglass lead
  • Post terminals

The Available Brands

We believe that selling the best parts begins with partnering with the right companies. Some of the brands in our inventory include Dalton, Gefran and Vaisala. Not sure which manufacturers may best suit your business needs? As a premier distributor specializing in industrial heaters, we can help you to identify the right equipment. Talk to one of our experts today to get started.


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Hi-Watt Inc. provides heating systems and products to various industries across Michigan. We process up to 50 urgent requests from our customers every month and have a track record of meeting customer deadlines more than 97% of the time.

Are you looking for a reliable partner in the industry to supply the band heaters you need at prices you love and with a fast turnaround? Contact us today via our contact form or through our toll-free number at 1-855-467-5628.

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