Upgrade Your Aluminum Foil Heaters with Datec Thick Film Technology

Print Directly on Mica and Glass

Datec has thick film technology and patented pastes that enable our engineers to create high-performance, cost-effective heating solutions for a wide range of applications.

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At Datec, we provide OEMs with the high performance, thick-film heating components they need to manufacture and advance their products.

Datec’s new low voltage DC aluminum-base heater, IntegrAL® LV, is a high-performing, thick-film heating element that is ideal for portable or battery-operated devices.

Learn More About How Our Industry-Leading Heating Technology Can Help You

Not familiar with thick film? Here’s what you’re missing out on:

Uniform and Reliable

The serpentine track of aluminum foil heaters produces uneven heat.

Datec thick film heats consistently and evenly on aluminum, mica, glass, and steel.

Dependable heating with no hot or cold spots.

Temperature Precision

Thick film heating elements reach and maintain the exact temperature you need faster than aluminum foil heaters.

Rapid Heat-Up and Thermal Cycling

The fast, precise, and ultra-efficient heating you need, when you need it.

Watt Density

Our patented sol-gel thick film technology has 2-10x the watt density of aluminum foil heaters.

Max Temperature

Datec thick film has a high max temperature of 240°C, surpassing the capabilities of other thick films.

When Should You Choose Datec Thick Film Over Aluminum Foil?

  • Printing on Flat Surfaces
  • Require Operating Temperatures Over 100°C
  • Need Faster, More Controlled Heat
  • Want Reliable, More Even Heat

Datec thick film prints directly onto surfaces, resulting in better heat transfer and excellent surface bonding. Aluminum foil requires adhesive to bond, which fails over time, creates hot spots, reduces thermal transfer, and leads to the eventual failing of the heater.

Where Can Datec Thick Film Technology Help?

Precision Medical Devices

  • Medical Devices
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Incubators
  • Testing Equipment
  • Cordless Devices
  • Consumer Medical Products

Reliable Food Holding

  • Food Holding Cabinets
  • Warming Drawers
  • Heated Display Cases
  • Warming Trays
  • Heated Delivery Carts
  • Pizza/Food Delivery Bags


  • LCD Warmers
  • Circuit Board Printers
  • Heated Electronics Shelves

Automotive Devices

  • Battery Warmers
  • Cabin Heaters
  • High Voltage Coolant Heaters


  • Griddles and Grills
  • Waffle Iron
  • Stove Top Warmers
  • Drawer Warmers
  • Washing Appliance Heaters

Need a Custom Solution? We Can Do That.

The Datec team develops application-specific, high-performance heating solutions using a methodical and collaborative approach. It starts with gaining a full understanding of specifications and requirements.

We work quickly and thoroughly to provide assessments, project plans and product samples that allow you to seamlessly integrate our solutions into your products.

Product testing, qualification, and manufacturing are done in our state-of-the-art in-house lab facilities.

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Advantages of Working with Datec

Engineering and Application Expertise

Customized Heating Solutions to Maximize Your Product Performance

All Products Manufactured in North America

Responsive, Agile Supply Partner

How Do We Do It?

Datec materials are broadly compatible because of our low processing temperature (under 400°C) that allows our heater circuits to be deposited on materials like aluminum and aluminum alloys with low melting temperatures.

The inherent flexibility of the heater microstructure also allows heaters to be deposited on substrates with high CTE (Coefficient of Thermal Expansion).

Our application engineers create innovative thick film heating solutions for a wide range of applications.

Talk to Our Engineering Team to Discuss Your Product Requirements.