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Using Air Heaters for Pneumatic Component Testing
Thu, December 07, 2017
Tutco SureHeat specialty flanged inline ( SFI ) electric air heaters offer superior performance for maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities requiring high pressure high heat testing of pneumatic valves and components. As aircraft manufacturers increase regular testing and improve procedures, components integral to the operation of the aircraft require additional pneumatic testing using high heat and high pressure air.
Most turbo jet and turbo prop powered aircraft use bleed air systems that uses a network of ducts, valves and regulators to conduct medium to high pressure air functions throughout the plane. Several important functions are effected by the bleed air system components. Everything from pressurization, engine starting, deicing, water pressure and air conditioning rely on the pneumatic systems on the aircraft.
In an attempt to improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption, and lighten the component requirements on newer planes, manufacturers are elimination bleed air systems for electrically driven components. Pneumatic components are still widely used and on majority of planes in service and as they age, more stringent regular maintenance scheduling safely keeps those planes functioning.
A Tutco SureHeat SFI air heater is an excellent capital investment into your testing facility. Unlike traditional sheathed heaters, SFI heaters are more efficient, smaller and more capable. With instant response times and stable temperatures, process times are reduced and are extremely accurate to predict. Control systems can be customized to meet testing requirements and start up assistance is available.
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