For Over 100 Years
The World's First
The year was 1915. Edwin L. Wiegand was an engineer from Pittsburgh. Working out of a makeshift lab in his family's dining room, Wiegand "experimented with ways to encapsulate the fragile and sometimes dangerous 'open coil' heat technology of the time in a dielectic." A patent was filed, and history was made as the world saw its first metal sheathed resistance heating element.
Electricity became more popular within residential and commercial markets; Chromalox followed the boom and became a critical supplier of integrated heat and controls.
The Great Depression
"...the finned strip heater is a modification to our basic strip heater. They added fins to increase the surface area to provide comfort heating to families who were struggling during the Great Depression."
World War II
Chromalox heating elements helped to keep men and women from freezing during the brutal European winters. It was during the war that Chromalox's over-the-side heater was introduced.
To the Moon
James Lewis, Application Engineer at Chromalox, explains the importance of Chromalox's role in the moon landing:
"You need to have reliability. You needed safety. You know, any little thing could have gone wrong, and any little thing - when you're 240,000 miles from earth - is not a good thing to happen. So, again, our equipment rose to the occasion; it succeeded, and everything worked out great."
Chromalox was also the first to supply NASA with liquid nitrogen vaporizers for purging the launch pad fuel systems for rocket ignition.