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Datec: Why We’re the Best Choice for Thick Film Heaters

Datec is a world leader in the development of thick film heaters. We have had the thrill of revolutionizing thick film heating technology since 1995, using our innovative material formulations.

Serve a Wide Range of Industries

Datec offers unique thick film heating solutions through its numerous patents. We provide thick film heating solutions on various substrates such as aluminum, glass, mica, stainless steel, and hot/cold-rolled steel for many applications and industries.

The solutions we create fit perfectly with many medical lab, automotive, appliance and food equipment applications. Our custom thick film heating elements empower our customers to develop innovative, high-performance products.

Multiple Patents and Designs to Meet Customer Demands

Aluminum thick film heater

Your unique manufacturing needs are met with high-tech solutions using substrates that integrate seamlessly into your products. The major thick film heater elements that we manufacture include:

  • IntegrAl® – Aluminum substrate
  • Mica-TF® – Mica substrate
  • Glass-TF – Ceramic glass substrate
  • Stainless Steel TF – Stainless steel substrate

We collaborate with clients to create and build bespoke heaters based on their unique demands. If needed, our team can make prototypes in as little as 2-3 weeks to meet the demanding project schedule of our clients.

Our heating elements are engineered and manufactured at our facility in North America. This ensures efficient communication and short production lead times for our customers.

Benefits of Using Thick Film Heating Elements

Datec’s thick film heating elements offer numerous benefits when used in thermal applications. A few of the many advantages include:

  1. Custom heat zones on the substrate to allow targeted heating.
  2. Rapid heat up and cool down thanks to high watt density designs and low thermal mass enabling significant energy conservation opportunities
  3. Saves space as the heating element is printed directly on the substrate
  4. Precision heat controls with temperature options of up to 800 °F.
  5. Low leakage current enabled by excellent dielectric properties
  6. Uniform temperature distribution assisted by Datec’s unique block resistor technology.

If you are looking for a reliable company that provides high-quality thick film heaters, look no further than Datec. We have the experience and expertise to deliver the best possible product for your needs.

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Datec is a custom heating element manufacturer specializing in thick film heating solutions. Our solutions are ideal for industries such as: commercial food service, medical devices, electronics, automotive, and appliances.
From prototyping to joint development, learn more about how Datec can work with your team.

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Modernizing the Food Industry with Thick Film and Glass Heating

The foodservice industry has been evolving for many years, but only in the past 70 years have speed, convenience, and consistency been so necessary to restaurant and food preparation operations, arguably propelled by the ‘McDonaldization’ of the industry. Not only are foodservice retailers needing to “keep up” in these categories, but they need to do it in style!

Food Holding Cabinet

With thick film technology and stylish glass heating surfaces, it’s easy to modernize your foodservice, warming stations, and kitchen space while maximizing operational and production efficiencies, and cutting costs without sacrificing quality.

Some of the benefits that can be taken advantage of by food industry retailers include:

Quick, Reliable & Precise
Heating and keeping food warm on glass equipped with thick film will have the food that is served to customers heated quickly, reliably, and evenly in the areas where you want heat concentrated. While warming with glass and thick film technology cuts down on time, it also has a 99.99% uptime over a tested 48 million hours of operation and provides you with a long-term solution to your culinary service needs.

One of the big benefits of choosing glass as a substrate is that glass elements heat up vertically, meaning that you can pinpoint the areas of the surface that you want to heat up. Similar to glass cooktops on stoves, you can keep select areas of the element cool, while increasing the temperature to suit your needs in other areas. This minimizes risk of accidents and burns, as well as unnecessary energy consumption. By leveraging the power of glass and thick film, you will also be able to keep your food uniformly warm with no ultra-hot or cold spots.

Eye-Catching Aesthetics & Easy Clean-Up
The undeniably sleek design of glass food warmers and cooktops is too beautiful not to mention. While other formats of warming stations can look bulky, dated, and quickly get messy, a smooth glass surface will help kitchens appear modern and polished. Not only will it be easier on the eyes, but it will also be much easier to clean and maintain!

Space, Energy & Cost Saving
Thick film technology allows for heating elements to be printed directly onto glass and other substrates to give you super slim fittings which can save materials, cost, and give you more space for other food preparation essentials. Typically applied to surfaces less than 0.3 mm in thickness, it’s safe to say that this technology is used to working well under pressure!
With a low thermal mass, food industry retailers using heating elements equipped with thick film will enjoy conserving energy while maximizing efficiency and reducing operating costs without compromising on performance.

Flexible Voltage Capabilities
Whether you’re in need of low-voltage or high-voltage warming solutions, this technology printed on glass is up to the task. Datec thick film heaters can be designed for voltages as low as 3.7 volts and as high as 800 volts, which means that regardless of whether you need heating power for larger appliances or smaller, portable applications, you’ll have the heat you need to keep products warm.

Why Datec?
For over 20 years, Datec has been creating customized heating solutions for many industries, including commercial food service, medical and precision devices, electronics, automotive, and appliances. We specialize in our patented thick film technology, working with our customers to fully understand their wants and needs, and ultimately deliver them a finished product that provides superior performance and is designed to provide them with immediate and long-term return on their investment. Our team of engineers is continually researching and refining our technology, to ensure that our clients receive only the best and most cutting-edge solutions.


Datec is a custom heating element manufacturer specializing in thick film heating solutions. Our solutions are ideal for industries such as: commercial food service, medical devices, electronics, automotive, and appliances. From prototyping to joint development, learn more about how Datec can work with your team.

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