Energy industry company will use inTEST’s technology by Ambrell to replace its natural gas preheating system

MT. LAUREL, N.J.—Test and process technology supplier inTEST Corporation received two orders from a utility/energy customer recently to provide induction heating technology by Ambrell® for a welding preheating application. The customer is replacing its natural gas preheating system with Ambrell’s environmentally preferred electric induction heating systems to preheat metal in preparation for welding, according to a release from inTEST.

The Ambrell systems will be used in multiple production lines in the customer’s operation, with the potential for expansion into additional facilities. Shipments are expected in the latter half of 2023. The orders are said to represent a total value of more than $3 million, inTEST said in the release.

“This is the latest example of a customer recognizing the value of converting to induction heating,” said Scott Nolen, president of inTEST’s Process Technologies division, in a statement. “Our solution is replacing a traditional process that used natural gas as a heat source. For this application, Ambrell induction heating offers many efficiency benefits in addition to helping to reduce CO2 emissions.”

InTEST Corporation, based in Mount Laurel, is a global supplier of test and process systems for use by manufacturers in target markets that include automotive/EV, defense/aerospace, industrial, life sciences, security, and the front and back ends of the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Ambrell Corporation is an inTEST company headquartered in Rochester, New York.

“We continue to see robust demand for our induction heating solutions from customers seeking to reduce their CO2 emissions by replacing heating processes that consume natural gas,” added Nolen. “While there is considerable focus on this objective within the energy segment, we believe all industries which use fossil fuels for any heating application should consider upgrading their processes to use induction heating to meet net zero emission goals.”

Ambrell induction heating is reported to help companies meet carbon neutrality goals because induction heating systems are “Scope 1 zero-emission,” efficiently using electricity as their energy source. Ambrell’s enhanced Energy Savings Calculator enables companies to quantify the benefits of switching to induction heating, in terms of energy cost savings and CO2 reduction, based on their process. The company also provides complimentary feasibility testing in its applications laboratories to assist in the transition to induction heating, according to the release.