Case Study

Contract Manufacturing: Heatshrink Clamshell Application

Portugal-based engineering company, Mecalbi, have become key players in the development and production of heat shrink systems and are widely acknowledged as global specialists in heat shrink solutions for the worldwide automotive industry, as well as the design and development of custom projects.

Their Shrinking Tube Control Systems (STCS) offer a complete range of high quality products where it’s possible to choose from standard products as well as custom/application-specific products.

While infrared delivers the higher temperatures, it also has a higher pre-heating time to achieve the desired process temperature.

After a visit from Mecalbi to see us and our in-house capabilities, we discussed the finer details of their requirement.

  • Their STCS-CS19 and STCS-RT machines needed a more robust form of heating.
  • They needed a small infrared oven for the workbench STCS-IR500 and STCS-RCM machines to process smaller parts one at a time.

With two infrared heat solutions needed, both had strict specifications in terms of power, temperature, dimensions, and reliability, and both were developed using our infrared quartz heating elements. The clamshell shape was a natural consideration and Ceramicx worked on this using quartz infrared elements components.

The conveyor-based STCS-CS19 machines were fitted with an array of custom quartz clamshell infrared elements with glass protection, while the movable oven of the STCS-RT machine now provides fast-response heat using the same elements. The STCS-IR500 and STCS-RCM machines again use infrared quartz technology and now give the stability and energy efficiency required.


Ceramicx exceeded our expectations, and went straight to the heart of the matter of what was needed by our machinery. We can honestly say, after this first partnership, that our machines have been given added value by the Ceramicx IR heating know-how, and we expect to reap the rewards with direct consequences in our image and future sales.

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