The secret behind Prestyl’s far infrared heating systems.
With sixteen years of development and OEM deployment, it is safe to say that Prestyl’s thin-film technology with a life expectancy of possibly 50 years or more is among the world’s most dependable products available.
The core of our heating technology is a unique proprietary alloy that features heating characteristics not found in any competitor’s product. This alloy is deposited on a base layer of Mylar and is “printed” on a custom printing press at a rate of 2 miles (3.2 km) per hour. The printed film is etched in a process similar to that used in the manufacturing of printed circuit boards and after the etching, washing and drying process the film is laminated with a second layer of Mylar and sealed. Depending on the use an adhesive layer and/or buffer layer is added and the sections are cut and contacts are added. The film is now ready to be placed in the Aluminum housings.
The housings are constructed from pure, 100% recyclable, high-quality Aluminum rolls. The unique (proprietary) design prevents warping and allows the far-infrared heating panels fronts to be “floating” while providing the best far-infrared transfer possible. The panels contain no heating coils or moving parts; the only mechanical device is a code-required thermal cutout. Since it is unlikely it will ever be activated, the usable life of this device is expected to be in the dozens of years.
Prestyl’s panels come in white (standard), black (special order-standard, same price) and architectural colors (special order and possible additional charges). For its printed panels, Prestyl is working with a highly experienced printing firm that uses UV cured high-temperature inks so that the prints are expected to last may years without fading or discoloring.
Standard US/Canadian panels are 120 Volts and 240 Volts. For commercial installations the panels are available in 208 Volts and 277 Volts as well (both are special order; typical lead time 2-4 weeks)
Advantages and applications of Prestyl’s far-infrared film
The unique thin-film technology was developed for some of the world’s best-known companies in a variety of OEM products worldwide. This film is extremely efficient and reliable, typically providing for savings of 20 to 50% over traditional heating methods.
Prestyl developed aesthetically pleasing “plug & play” radiant artworks using this thin-film technology and today the panels are manufactured in the State of Washington.
Prestyl technology can be found in:
- Homes, Buildings, Industrial complexes and places of worship from the ancient to the most modern creations
- The world’s fastest passenger trains
- The world’s largest passenger vessel
- Boats, both small and large
- Recreational Vehicles
- Modern automobiles (defrosting, deicing and heating)
- Battery-powered and Hybrid Vehicles
- Commercial and private aircraft
- Agricultural applications
- Other OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) applications.
- Products produced include heated clothing, heated horse blankets,
- Roll-up heated awnings, towel heaters, mirror heaters, etc.
Unlike traditional heating products which can be accessed and serviced easily, ILO/Prestyl’s products are designed to be installed in tight, often inaccessible places. One such application is the heating of passenger rail cars. The heating film can be applied between the floor’s layers or incorporated in the walls or ceiling/roof. In Europe, a rail car may see a 4-8 year life cycle, but after this, it many get sold to third-world countries where these have an expected service life of 30-50 years. Other applications are behind the plasterboard in ceilings of homes, schools and offices. Although the product is guaranteed for a few years, the life expectancy is many decades. Nearly all products ever produced are still in service.