This article reviews the performance of power electronics components, namely, power rectifiers, insulated-gate bipolar transistors, metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors, diodes, and silicon-controlled rectifiers. It provides information on induction heating power supplies with multiple heat stations, such as switching units and multiple (zone) outputs. The article describes power supply operational control and power supply protection circuits. It details duty cycle, power factor, and harmonics of power supplies. The article also describes system parameters, software analysis-calculations, human analysis-decisions, multiple system arrangements, and zone control systems for power supply selection. It provides information on the maintenance of induction power supplies, detailing the safety precautions to be taken and the need for routine inspection and servicing.
Induction heating system control is straightforward after the design and application of the coil and power supply required for the job. This article provides an overview of the basic components of an induction heating system, including a machine controller (computer or programmable logic controller), interface wiring, an operator interface, and safety controls. It also provides information on programming devices and temperature controllers, such as manual, auto, and auto-manual temperature controllers.