Induction Technology Corporation History
Induction Technology Corporation was founded in 1979. The company was started with the main objective of providing superior service and innovative products for the induction melting and heating industry. ITC originally operated out of the founder’s garage in Huntington Beach, California. Throughout the years ITC moved into bigger facilities as it grew, finally landing in Apple Valley, California. The facility occupies over 30,000 square feet and was built on 5 acres of industrial property. ITC newest news is that as of June 2019 it has become a part of the UltraFlex Power Group. ITC has experienced steady growth during its 40 years being in business. The steady growth is attributed to its commitment to providing superior customer service and having the main objective of improving products and services continuously.
How Induction Heating Works
Induction technology is the heating or melting of ferrous and nonferrous metals through an inductive electromagnetic field. An induction heating or melting system consists of highly conductive, heavy-wall copper tubing that is specially wound into a coil. This coil is either free standing for heating applications or placed inside of a furnace that acts like a melting pot. The coil is custom designed based upon the user’s unique heating or melting application. The design and construction of the coil is critical for achieving maximum electrical efficiency and optimum performance for each specific application.
The induction power supply generates a high electrical current that travels to the coil through flexible water-cooled power cables. The electrical current supplied is at the proper output frequency and voltage to match the design of the melting furnace or heating coil. An electromagnetic field is then created within the center area of the copper coil which heats the metal to it desired temperature. The output wattage and frequency play a factor in how hot and fast the metal is heated as well as the depth of heat penetration. Therefore, the power supply is also custom-designed for each user’s unique heating or melting application.
Since high amounts of electricity can generate a tremendous amount of heat, the entire system is water-cooled. The water travels through the induction system via the same route as the electricity. The water is recirculated throughout the induction system by a water pumping system and is cooled by a water cooling system. The use of induction technology for heating and melting metal alloys is faster, safer and more precise in temperature than traditional furnaces and torches.