Thermal-Flex Systems has been manufacturing railroad switch heating components and hardware for more than 30 years. During that time we have developed a number of rail heating products for demanding heating applications. Our “systems” approach to switch heating combines a number of components to improve rail heating.
To maximize rail heating performance, in particular, when using lower wattage, energy efficient heating elements, we designed an insulated cover for the rail element; the first company to develop and utilize this technology. Our reusable rail element covers feature a high density thermal insulating material held captive in the cover by a locking insulator plate. The combination of thermal insulation and cover geometry drives heat into the rail rather than allowing it to be lost to the environment. Our insulated rail element covers can elevate rail temperatures by up to 50% versus non-insulated systems.
Today, Thermal-Flex Systems is the only manufacturer of flexible rail heating elements. Our patented design permits the rail heating element to be installed either behind, or around track braces and other obstructions. Our unique heating element design is encased in a flexible, spiral fluted, watertight tube. The tube, or rail heater, is positioned at the neutral axis on the field side of the stock rail where it is covered by the insulated