Heater-mats are also called silicone heaters, etched foil heaters and thin-film heaters. They were developed to solve specific problems in advanced market sectors such as space, aviation, chemical and food fields.
These applications require coverage over uneven surfaces where it would be impossible to use other types of heating elements.
The characteristics of flexible heating elements solve problems such as limited space and uneven surfaces. They have relatively low tooling cost compared to alternative heating elements.
Best suited to applications where it is not possible to heat from the inside or if the surfaces are curved or shaped with intricate angles. We supply them in various shapes and holes to suit specific surfaces and provide with or without adhesive backing.
Although these heaters are not waterproof, they will withstand the odd liquid splashes. The silicone mat heaters have an operating temperature up to 180°C and are made with watt densities up to 0.8W/cm².
Installation of these heaters is straightforward, and in the case of adhesive backing only requires the back to be peeled off. The bonding surface should be kept smooth, clean and dry to ensure proper bonding and heat transfer.
For temperature control, we fit the heaters with various options such as sensor pocket, in-built sensor or thermostat.