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Aerospace and defense manufacturers face growing pressure to quickly deliver sophisticated products that comply with increasingly stringent commercial and governmental regulations across a very complex and vast supply chain while trying to reduce costs.
INTEK Corporation has been supporting the needs of the aerospace industry since first being challenged to cure primers on titanium aircraft parts in 2003. Since then, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers have been utilizing INTEK’s proprietary technology and expertise as applied to a broad list of process heating applications. Beyond curing coatings for metal finishing, additional product applications have been resolved including acrylic resins, foam, butyl rubber epoxy, and electronic sealants. INTEK has the experience to offer improvements to quality and production speeds.
For many drying and curing applications, the improved efficiencies of using infrared radiation (IR) – either in place of, or in combination with conventional convection heating systems – are becoming increasingly important to the aerospace industry and MRO’s, who are always seeking new ways to trim costs and improve product effectiveness. When advantageous, INTEK’s modular IR heat panels can be combined with traditional convection heat to create a hybrid process heating system. INTEK’s infrared heating systems are capable of drying and curing various coatings including primers and other undercoats, thermoset resins, polyurethane, and other clear coatings. Compared to traditional convection heating systems, IR is easier to monitor and control and requires less floor space. Multi- zoned designs are engineered to produce further advantages in production efficiency. In addition to various paints and coatings, several advanced composite materials used in a variety of aircraft structural components and aerospace applications also benefit from the use of INTEK’s IR heating systems.