Furnace Heaters

Tubothal Heaters/Bundle Heater

Tubothal/Bundle heater consists of circular ceramic beads that hold the heating elements. Also known as Bayonets, they are designed for long life and maintenance free operation. The elements can be provided in almost any length but the standard dimensions available are 32 to 200 mm (1.25 to 8 inch). These heaters can be used as standalone elements or inside radiant tubes. Because of the ingenious design, Bundle rod heating elements deliver a much higher power than conventional cartridge heaters. In combination with radiant tubes, a system is created which delivers high power, is rugged, versatile and needs low maintenance. Designed & manufactured in low voltages for faster heating in order to achieve temperatures quickly, these heaters can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Either NiCr alloy or FeCrAl alloy can be used as heating element. For temperatures up to 2100°F (1150°C), Austenitic (NiCr) alloy (80/20 or 70/30) and for temperatures up to 2597°F (1425°C), FeCrAl alloy can be used.

Tubothal Heaters Bundle Heater
Tubothal Heaters

Easy installation

Due to its ruggedness and versatility, bundle rod elements are easy to install and replace. Compatibility with radiant tubes allows installation to be either horizontal or vertical depending on the application. Easy repair and high temperature performance gives it an edge over others. Custom designed for the voltage and wattage required, bundle rod heaters are used in heat treat furnaces and die casting machines to molten salt baths and incinerators. With radiant tubes they can be used in high velocity convection furnaces and sealed quenched furnaces. They are also useful in converting gas-fired furnaces to electric heating.

Superior Power Output

Tubothal/Bundle rod elements, with a higher power output, leads to major saving in cost and maintenance. Also when combined with radiant tubes, they give highest power rating (up to 400 kW) as compared to any other heater.

Heating Element MaterialWattage
NiCr / FeCrAl alloy3 kW / 400 kW
Max. Temperature1200 ° C / 1425 ° C
Diameter32 to 200 mm
LengthAs Per Requirement
Voltage24V – 480 V AC

Silicon Carbide Heating

The silicon carbide heating element. Starbars are rod shaped or tubular depending on the diameter. They have a central heating section referred to as a hot zone and two terminal sections called cold ends. There are two types of RR Starbars. (1) The cold ends are impregnated with silicon metal – referred to as one piece, and (2) low resistance cold ends which are furnace welded to the hot zone – referred to as a three piece or LRE (Low Resistance End) type. This lower electrical resistance cold end causes them to operate at a lower temperature. The extremities of the elements are metallized with aluminum to provide a low resistance contact surface to which the electrical connections are made using braided aluminum straps.

Silicon Carbide Heating
Silicon Carbide Heating

RR Starbars are described by giving the overall length, the heating section length, and the diameter.As an example, RR 43×24×1 is a Starbar 43” overall with a 24” hot zone, and 1” in diameter.


DiameterMaximum Overall LengthHot Zone (Electrical Resistance)Cold End (Electrical Resistance)
RR-3/8-103/8 Inch26 Inch0.3486 Ohms/Inch0.01743 Ohms/Inch
10 mm660 mm0.01372 Ohms/mm0.000686 Ohms/mm
R-7/16-117/16 Inch36 Inch0.2563 Ohms/Inch0.01282 Ohms/Inch
11 mm915 mm0.01009 Ohms/mm0.000505 Ohms/mm
RR-1/2-131/2 Inch42 Inch0.1963 Ohms/Inch0.00982 Ohms/Inch
13 mm1090 mm0.00773 Ohms/mm0.000387 Ohms/mm
RR-5/8-165/8 Inch50 Inch0.1262 Ohms/Inch0.00631 Ohms/Inch
16 mm1250 mm0.00497 Ohms/mm0.000248 Ohms/mm
RR-3/4-193/4 Inch62 Inch0.0865 Ohms/Inch0.00433 Ohms/Inch
19 mm1575 mm0.00341 Ohms/mm0.00017 Ohms/mm
RR-1-251/1 Inch74 Inch0.05 Ohms/Inch0.0025 Ohms/Inch
25 mm1900 mm0.00197 Ohms/mm0.000098 Ohms/mm
RR-1-1/4-321-1/4 Inch86 Inch0.0343 Ohms/Inch0.00171 Ohms/Inch
32 mm2210 mm0.00134 Ohms/mm0.000067 Ohms/mm
RR-1-3/8-351-3/8 Inch90 Inch0.027 Ohms/Inch0.00135 Ohms/Inch
35 mm2290 mm0.00106 Ohms/mm0.000053 Ohms/mm
RR-1-1/2-381-1/2 Inch92 Inch0.0234 Ohms/Inch0.00117 Ohms/Inch
38 mm2340 mm0.00092 Ohms/mm0.000046 Ohms/mm
RR-1-3/4-451-3/4 Inch104 Inch0.020% Ohms/Inch0.00082 Ohms/Inch
45 mm2670 mm0.00065 Ohms/mm0.000032 Ohms/mm
RR-2-1/8-542-1/8 Inch130 Inch0.015 Ohms/Inch0.00075 Ohms/Inch
54 mm3300 mm0.00059 Ohms/mm0.00003 Ohms/mm
RR-2-3/4-702-3/4 Inch130 Inch.007298 Ohms/Inch.00052 Ohms/Inch
70 mm3300 mm