Watlow® miniature heated polymeric tubing assemblies provide a flexible heat-up and transport system for moving fluids within diameters as small as 1/32 in. (0.8 mm). The FREEFLEX® heater heats fluids up to 212°F (100°C) and maintains temperature during transfer from a reservoir to a point of use. In some applications, the tubing can actually serve as the reservoir for limited volumes of fluid, helping to reduce start-up times. For higher temperatures, contact Industrial & Electric Supply Co., MROcrib.com.
Watlow® innovative design places the heating element and sensor directly in contact with the perimeter of the tubing to produce efficient, responsive heating and temperature control of the tube contents. The element is evenly wound to ensure reliable, close contact for uniform heating along a portion or the entire length of the line. A flexible, durable jacket covers the wound element to let the tubing flex and move in a dynamic system. This allows for fluid delivery to multiple locations from a single supply source. In stationary applications, the FREEFLEX heated tubing is conveniently routed through available space or around other system components. This saves space and provides an uncomplicated retrofit in existing systems. The FREEFLEX heater’s efficient heating element design
can incorporate an optional thermocouple, thermistor or resistance temperature detector (RTD) temperature sensor into the thermal package. Users can select leads to exit from one or both ends of the assembly. Typical standard PTFE tubing is available in 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 or 3/16 in. (0.8, 1.6, 3.2, 4.8 mm) inside diameters. Contact your Watlow representative for other sizes and materials.