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One of our clients in the thermoforming field wanted to do a comparative study of the efficiency of HTS infrared ceramics versus tubular elements. Their thermoforming machine consisted of 3 heating zones for the superior panel and one on the lower panel without automation. Our client therefore was determined to acquire an accurate reading for each product to maintain specific temperature levels.

We equipped our client’s machine with 48 zones for the superior panel and 3 zones for the lower panel. Each zone consisted of 3 HTS ceramics for a total 294 ceramics installed. A new electronic automated panel was installed. Automation therefore regulated the heating required per zone. A cycle of 16 seconds per panel was established. As a result this cycle permitted each panel to heat alternatively during a period of 16 seconds.







•  The rate of rejection was reduced by 39 %.The energy consumption decreased which proved that the ceramics provided the anticipated energy savings.

•  According to the power maintenance which is based at a rate of 7 % or 60 kW. Hydro-Québec demonstrated that the power decreased from 100 kW to 65 kW.

•  Our customer had no product activity indicator per machine, only per sector. Productivity varied according to the acrylic or hips product types manufactured.


•  Furthermore the employees noticed a clear improvement in the visual aspects of the products. The details were more accentuated and provided an overall improvement on cut guides.

•  In conclusion, the thermoforming machine which previously required a 40 minute start-up time when tubular heaters were used was reduced to 10 minutes which resulted in energy savings and increased productivity.





Taux de rejet : L objectif était de 50 % et le taux de rejet a diminué de 39 %. Ceci représente un gain de 6430 $ par année. Consommation d électricité : L appel de puissance a baissé de 60 kw, ce qui se traduit par une économie de 9676 $ par année. La productivité a continué de s améliorer suite à cette étude lobjectif de 5% est donc dépassé. Le projet va se rentabiliser en 2.8 années plutôt qu en 3.8 années Notre client n’a plus d arrêt de production sur cette machine grâce aux céramiques HTS et à l automate. Le gain est d’environ 6 heures par semaine x 3 employés, ce qui signifie une économie de 25 000 $ par année.