If your company’s manufacturing process involves drying or curing, preheating, bonding or laminating, welding or heat sealing, our proven process and equipment may be able to enhance your productivity. ThermaLab allows you to test those processes and equipment – risk-free and commitment-free.

Take your products for a test drive!

See first hand – if microwave or RF technology can improve your production process – or if Thermex Thermatron equipment is a better choice for your company!

Welcome to ThermaLab; a fully dedicated area on the Thermex Thermatron manufacturing floor, filled with multiple machine types used in the microwave and RF process. These machines are working units, available to test a wide variety of materials and processes to evaluate the suitability for microwave or RF heating.

This is ideal for those companies whose process does not yet include microwave or RF technology, or companies currently using non-Thermex Thermatron equipment. Now there is a way – at little or no cost – to test and evaluate selected products on Thermex equipment – in a realistic, manufacturing environment.

Companies involved in drying or curing a product, preheating, bonding or laminating, welding or heat-sealing – are utilizing ThermaLab’s test equipment to see if their processes and productivity could be enhanced using this proven technology, with quality Thermex equipment.

Participants can accompany their products to our Louisville, Kentucky facility, or we can test products from provided specifications and report the results. Either way, our engineers assist through every step of the process. And, if the process proves beneficial and viable, we can provide specific equipment information, recommendations, and pricing for review.

We can also provide in-depth studies and process development services; please contact us for the details.

For more information, contact:

Mark Isgrigg, Director of Sales
Ph: (502) 493-1299, Ext.202
[email protected]

With Thermalab, you'll have access to the following equipment!

Microwave Systems:

100kW Microwave Generator

COMMON USE: Drying or Curing

APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Ceramics
  • Catalysts
  • Pyrolysis
  • Vulcanizing
  • Composites
  • Bulk fibrous components
  • Sand cores
  • General drying & heating of
    electrically non-conductive materials
  • Research & development
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100kW CONTINUOUS MICROWAVE SYSTEM

COMMON USE: Drying or Curing.

APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Ceramics
  • Catalysts
  • Pyrolysis
  • Composites
  • Bulk fibrous components
  • Sand cores
  • General drying & heating of
    electrically non-conductive materials
  • Research & development
Note: Should your testing require a batch or conveyorized process, note that the 100kW Continuous Microwave System can accommodate those processes.
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Radio Frequency Systems:

30kW 60 Ton Hydraulic RF Press

COMMON USE: High Pressure Bonding, Laminating and Curing

POSSIBLE MATERIALS INCLUDE:
  • Nomex
  • Kevlar
  • Fiberglass (bonded)
  • Aramid
  • Polyester
  • Wood
  • Polyurethane Paper
  • PET/PETG
  • Epoxy
  • ABS
  • PVC (Vinyl)
  • Methylacrilate (Acrylic)
  • EVA / EVOH
  • Cellulose acetate, butyrate, triacetate, CPET

APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Honeycomb structures for aircraft Resin bonded composite components for aerospace applications
  • Composite armor and ballistic panels High pressure bonded composite laminates.
  • Glass lamination
  • Solar panel and display lamination
  • LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
  • MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
  • Particle Board
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5kW Radio Frequency Preheater Batch Type

COMMON USE: Preheating of thermosetting plastics for compression molding.

POSSIBLE MATERIALS INCLUDE:
  • Phenolic / Phenol-formaldehyde (Bakelite)
  • Urea-formaldehyde (Melamine)
  • Polyester
  • Epoxy
  • RFGC

Other Uses:
  • Testing / heating studies of bulk or granular solids
  • General drying
  • Adhesive curing
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10 kW Radio Frequency Generator with Pneumatic Press

COMMON USE: Welding and heat sealing of Thermoplastic materials

POSSIBLE MATERIALS INCLUDE:
  • Polyurethane
  • PVC (Vinyl)
  • PET / PETG
  • EVA / EVOH
  • Methylacrilate (Acrylic)
  • Pliofilm (Rubber Hydrochloride)
  • Cellulose acetate, butyrate, triacetate, CPET

APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Medical devices
  • Tents and tarps
  • Automotive carpets, mats and visors
  • Pool liners & covers
  • Inflatable items: airbags, pipe plugs, recovery floats, life vests and watercraft
  • Pit liners and covers
  • Seat cushion
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30kW Radio Frequency System with Work Area

COMMON USE: Drying and curing, moisture leveling, post-baking / dehydration, preheating.

POSSIBLE MATERIALS INCLUDE:
  • Ceramics
  • Abrasives
  • Sand
  • Preheating of very large thermoset resin parts
  • Moisture leveling of wood veneers
  • Curing synthetic rubber
  • Drying textiles
  • Cookies, crackers and biscuits

Other Uses:
  • Testing / heating studies of bulk or granular solids
  • General drying
  • Adhesive curing
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20kW Radio Frequency Web Drying System

COMMON USE: Drying and coating ballistic, chemical and thermal resistant yarns and fibers.

POSSIBLE MATERIALS INCLUDE:
  • Thin Films
  • Textiles

APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Drying ink on paper
  • Fiber setting body armor
  • Flame retardant coatings for heat resistant garments
  • Teflon coating of yarns and various applications including Kevlar (DuPont), Nomex (DuPont), Twaron, Vectrin, Aramid, Fiberglass, Rayon, and Cotton
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120kW Radio Frequency Conveyorized Drying System

COMMON USE: Drying and curing, moisture leveling, adhesive curing

POSSIBLE MATERIALS INCLUDE:
  • Ceramic
  • Textiles
  • Food Adhesives

APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Drying Ceramics
  • Abrasives
  • Drying Textiles
  • Curing Adhesives
  • Post Baking
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