Car Parts Manufacturer, North East Region
Heissen helped heat one o f UK’s largest car parts manufacturers by supplying our Vector Heaters. The company supplies replacement and accessory car parts to the likes of Land Rover, Toyota and BMW.
The initial enquiry came from an ongoing issue during winter of the automotive tape being difficult to work with, as it was sub 15°C as well the car parts being cold. Production was being massively slowed down as the automotive tape was having to be warmed in ovens and then taken out to be worked and once the tape fell below 15°C it had to be put back into the oven. This meant a lot of time going backwards and forward to the job and time waiting to heat the tape. Certain jobs were not being met on time due to having this loss of time.
We carried out a site survey to assess the customer’s requirements along with a product test. A BH2400 heated a production area comfortably at 3.5m high angled down with the tape maintained at 15°C using a temperature probe.
This prompted what other uses could the far-infrared technology be used for?
The previous system was convection-based blowers dotted at various points in the warehouse. The primary issues were:
• The gas-powered system had to be on throughout the warehouse even when only wanting to
use one or two areas.
• Convection heat meant most of the energy used rose to the top of the warehouse, effectively
• Roller door continuously opening during the day, meant difficulties maintaining adequate
minimum temperatures – heavily affected by draughts.
• Initial heat up time took several hours, especially inconvenient for overtime/weekend shifts.
The far-infrared has now been installed and controlled on individual zones by heat booster pads.
This meant that if an individual went into a workstation, they could choose to boost the heat for either 1, 2, 3 or 4 hours. Once the time had elapsed, the heating turned off automatically. Meaning that if a workstation was unmanned then there was less wastage with the heating.
The benefits of this form of control are:
• Easy-to-use meaning any member of staff could operate it.
• No fear of heating being left on unnecessarily.
• Can be turned off early which means the occupant doesn’t get too warm and less energy
• Economical running times and suits far-infrared’s quick heat up time.