CHARLOTTE, NC — Since the original gas-fired burner was manufactured in early 1949, Space-Ray's product line has expanded with the addition of floor model heaters for use in steel mills in the late 1950s to broad area and perimeter high intensity heaters in the mid-1960s and to low intensity unitized tube heaters in the late 1960s.
Today, Space-Ray offers an infrared heater product line to the industrial heating market. The line currently consists of more than 400 different heating configurations in more than 80 models in both natural and propane gas. Capacities range from 20,000 to 250,000 BTU/hr. All applied model heaters manufactured by Space-Ray are CSA certified.
Included in the Space-Ray line today are eight different models of positive pressure low intensity tube heaters with a unique Tube Integrity Safety System (TISS) that provide fire safety protection along with negative pressure low intensity tube heaters with 38 different models of LTU/LTS Series, 19 models of ETS/ETU low intensity tube heaters and a complete line of RSCA Series and DK Series high intensity ceramic heaters, RFPA Series radiant floor heaters, CB (Cold Blocker) Series residential garage heaters, a line of brooders and poultry tube heaters for the poultry market.
"Space-Ray infrared gas heaters have earned a solid reputation for high radiant efficiency, easy installation, low maintenance and a proven record for long life," says Bob Genisol, Vice President of Space-Ray. "Some of our heaters are still providing trouble free operation after more than 40 years of service. For example, just recently a customer was looking for a replacement part for his floor model heater he purchased in 1962. He had 47 years of trouble-free service and was very pleased with his floor heater."
Applications for Space-Ray heaters are numerous and range from parking garages to fire stations, aircraft hangars, sports arenas, machine shops, weld shops, automotive body shops and dealerships, restaurants, hotels, poultry houses and almost any type of manufacturing plant.
Part of Gas-Fired Products Inc., a business founded in 1949 to manufacture gas fired heaters for tobacco barns, Space-Ray was the first U.S. manufacturer to offer unitized tube heaters. A subsidiary company, Gas-Fired Products (UK) was formed in Ipswich, England, in 1964 to manufacture industrial and commercial gas heating equipment as well as brooders for the poultry market in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.
Innovations throughout Space-Ray's 60-year history include:
- First company to offer corrosion-resistant calorized aluminized steel emitter tubes that are highly radiant emissive on the interior and highly radiant emissive on the exterior to prevent flaking or peeling.
- First company in 1968 to offer a unitized design tube heater for lower installation costs, simpler rearrangement within the facility and less maintenance. By not being dependent on other heaters in the system, Space-Ray heaters can be thermostatically controlled individually or in groups for greater operator control of heating requirements.
- First company to offer a unique TISS on its positive pressure low intensity tube heaters for fire safety protection.
- First company to offer monitoring lights on tube heaters to facilitate floor level diagnostics.
- First company to offer iron oxide coating on ceramic heaters to improve radiant efficiency.
- First company to offer an exclusive COMPUHEAT heat loss analysis free of charge to qualified plant managers, contractors, and building owners.
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