New Release, Powerfilm Standard Heating Foil Sizes

Heating foils, our business

As is widely known, ATT develops and produces surface heating systems based on a proprietory, unique technology. Most of these systems come in the form of heating foils integrated into products as different as tanks, floors or food trays.  ATT Powerfilm® is the brand name given to all variants of heating foil we supply. Since we are a boutique heating foil manufacturer, we are designing only on demand. Our clients are all large corporations and pays us not only for the product, but also for its development – the design layout, the cost of ordering new tooling, testing, qualification and so on. However, we have seen via YouTube and Instagram in the past year an uptick in inquiries from individuals. We are asked many times by the end users for heating foils in standard sizes off the shelf. The problem for us is that as manufacturers we do not directly serve the end user. Most end users are unable to pay for a development project which must be carried out before a new heater can be brought to the market.

This left many home manufacturers and hobbyists inspired by our heating technology, yet unable to experiment! Many of you have reached out to us asking if we could manufacture 300×300 or 200×200 foils, since this is a standard for home projects. So, after much deliberation, we decided to fulfil what you were looking for through a fulfilment company called Flexheat.

New release, standard heating foil sizes

We conducted some deep market research on the standard-sized heating foils available on the market so far. What we found were some significant gaps of opportunity for our technology. Where our technology is so unique we have found 3 USPs:

  • The heating foils are in themselves a system: they require no further electronics to work*.
  • All variants are ultra-lightweight, ultra-thin, and flexible to mount, supplied with peel-off adhesive backing.
  • And finally – most variants are self-stabilizing at a given temperature.

The first standard heating foil series to be released is a variant with variable temperature. Ordinarily, these rely on the PTC effect of copper being a linear relationship with heat resistance. We have added a temperature controller to the largest 300x300mm heating foil. This standard size covers the widest base of hobby projects. Other sizes may have the temperature controller added on request.

Heating foil applications you have been dying for

We decided to check on your comments and requests on our various social media profiles for the problems you were trying to solve. We came up with a number of projects the home manufacturer and hobbyist wants to challenge themselves with.

  • 3D printer hot-bed, where the heating foil is applied to the reverse side of the aluminum bed. This improves polymer tack to the bed and allows slow cooling to prevent heat warping.
  • Heating trays to sit alongside your barbecue as your food holding to keep everything deliciously warm.
  • De-icing of your caravan, truck tanks, and mirrors.
  • Beauty applications like fluid-well heating for melting waxes.

Take a look at the following chart to see what applications our standard heating foils can accommodate. Do let us know if you have some other ideas by placing a comment below.

We are looking for distributors

If you are serving the home-manufacturer, or DIY market, then we could be your ideal technology partners. We are looking for distribution of our heating foil systems within the following markets:

  • Electronics
  • Automotive after-market
  • DIY and home improvement

Here is a datasheet on the starting range of standard heating foils being distributed by Flexheat on Amazon. If you are interested in working with us to develop a range of self-stabilizing heating foils, give us a call under +43 664 1651121 or simply email us at hello@thermaltech.at.

Author Bio:
Juliana Payson BEng (Hons) Composite Materials Engineering
Business Development
Juliana is a composites engineer by education and has a diverse entrepreneurial background. She joined ATT in its start-up phase emigrating from America back to Europe. She identified the potential of ATT’s functional printing technology in combination with its integrated team mindset. In her personal time, she pursues high-performance athletics, embracing the challenge of all of life’s hurdles.

 

Aircraft Floor Heating, New Breakthroughs in Hybridizing Composites

What we do

We enable smart surface technology, we conceptualize, develop and manufacture smart heating foils. By combining functional 4D printed surfaces, with membrane sensors, and micro-ECU’s at the component level, we enable surfaces to interact with their environment. Introducing functional surfaces into composites is referred to as “Hybridizing composites”.

New Product Launch, Aircraft Floor Heating

ATT advanced thermal technologies is proud to announce that we have successfully passed the high requirements of the aerospace industry to launch a breakthrough product, the first on the market to provide functional surface heating within hybrid advanced composites technology. ATT is now the only tier (ii) supplier of functional heating laminated into the composite floor tiles of the Airbus A330. What does this mean for the upcoming trickle-down effect for the rest of the composite manufacturing industry?

Aircraft Floor Heating Systems

Functional Surface Technology for Composites Industry

The composites industry is already over $100 bn a year, and growing strongly as there is an unsatisfied need for ultra-lightweight performance materials allowing significant savings of energy resources. As lightweight performance converges on the limits of mechanical performance, research and development looks towards functional ways to add value; through hybridizing composites.

We use high-resolution screen-printing technology, to build up controlled thickness layers that can distribute high power densities, and remain stable even under high loads while delivering fast response. Combined with our three-pronged approach -combining electronics engineering design, with functional materials science, and molecular physics,- we can knit the best attributes together to form a composite-microstructure that delivers the required functions such as heating and temperature or humidity / ice sensing.

Hybrid Composite Functional Layer

Hybrid Composites, The use of functional layers as an interlaminate within composite surfaces.

Micro-Composites, and Smart Surfaces

Our smart foils are systems of micro-thickness layers composited onto base substrates and consisting of functional inks, power matrices, membrane sensors, and pressure distribution textures to withstand industrial integration and lamination processes.

Our approach is completely unique, we aren’t just building up a heating foil, we are using controlled heights of multilayered monolithic structures. These add structural texture at the µm level to create more stable attributes of a functional surface membrane. We have explored many iterations of dual surface textures and cellular layouts to optimize integration methods in scalable production processes.

4D printing is the build up of functional surface technology directly into the foil layer

The functional inks we have selected for the heating foils convert energy at 100% efficiency and change phase triggering a steep PTC effect.

We use CFD analysis to qualify not only mis-use case and hotspot prevention, but also to determine the stack positioning and localized strain areas that may need to be compensated in the design of the foil or the position of the stack relative to the neutral plane of bending.

As an example of our sensor technology that was developed initially for the aerospace industry, our membrane sensors are based on resistive and capacitive through-printed meanders layered into our heating foils. Integrated together with our Powerlogic® technology, we discern the fingerprint of a signal that represents either the water film thickness or droplet size and even the type of ice formation.

Using this sensing feedback technology, we can power up the minimum heat required to achieve the desired result. For example, activate the function only if there is condensation on the surface or thaw just enough water film to release ice from the surface of an aerofoil.

4D functional surfaces, integral functionality laid down in the microstructure of the heating foil build up

Development Projects for Hybrid Composites

If you are a composites materials manufacturer looking to hybridize your portfolio and offer new USPs, then we are your ideal technology partners. By working with us as a “Horizontal Industry Partner”, we can help you to increase your market share. We can strengthen your “push” presentation of innovation up chain, leveraging early awareness. By integrating our technology with your composites, you will be able to to present more “systems based solutions” to inspire your clients, rather than relying on the usual competitive bidding pool of offering “parts based solutions”.

Green Technology

We believe in enabling technology whilst being responsible for the environment. Our additive manufacturing process involves only safe materials such as carbon and allows the production of smart foils with very little waste. Additive technology reduces our impact on the environment, not just in the choice of materials, but in the optimization for minimal waste and energy consuming processes that support our duty for producing in a more sustainable and responsible way.

If you wish to see an example of our Aircraft Floor Heating System developed together with one of our partners, please download our “Aircraft Floor Heating Data Sheet” Here.

If you are interested in working with us, give us a call under +43 664 1651121 or simply email us at hello@thermaltech.at

Author Bio:
Juliana Payson BEng (Hons) Composite Materials Engineering
Business Development
Juliana is a composites engineer by education and has a diverse entrepreneurial background. She joined ATT in its start-up phase emigrating from America back to Europe as she identified the potential of ATT’s functional printing technology in combination with its integrated team mindset. In her personal time, she pursues high-performance athletics, embracing the challenge of all of life’s hurdles.