Phase Change Materials are an effective thermal management solution for a wide range of products. It is easy to imagine how PCMs can help provide comfort and performance in products such as clothing, electronics, and canned drink coolers, but these are just a fraction of the products that have PCMs incorporated into their design.
If you are ready to embark on a PCM journey and need to decide which provider is right for you, let us help you.
Find a Good Support System
Finding a provider that is focused on your company’s needs is critical to creating a good partnership. Look for a supplier that listens to your needs, asks in-depth questions, and provides a sample program. You need to be assured in the confidentiality of your interactions with your partner. You will have the most success when you become working partners with your PCM provider. A relationship beyond "vendor" gives you access to valuable insight from experts in the art and science of thermal management.
Look for a Wide Range of Options
Phase Change Materials come in two forms: raw and encapsulated. The right one for you will depend on your application, storage, shipping, and other factors. The ideal partner would offer both forms in order to accommodate your current and future needs, as well allow you the option to test both in your specific application.
1) Raw phase change materials: Raw PCM is commonly used in applications that require straightforward thermal management functionality that will maintain or store thermal energy for a period of time. This is an ideal solution for heat storage in solar panels, as one of many solutions.
2) Encapsulated phase change materials: Encapsulated PCMs provide the added benefit of thermal cycling. This means that the effect of the PCM is activated through a rise in temperature, then resets when the temperature drops. This makes microencapsulated PCMs ideal for solutions that benefit from a “cool touch” effect such as bedding.
If you have questions about these choices, please check out our eBook titled Which PCM is Right for You.
The application in which PCMs will be used could have a big impact on the provider you choose. Look at the options each provider has available and as well as their ability to work with you on any potential customization. A partner who has experience in many different applications can provide valuable insight into your project and can help guide you in the right direction.
An Efficient Distribution System
Ease of access and distribution should also be considered as you evaluate potential manufacturers. Your partner should have an established, global distribution system to minimize shipping and fulfillment delays.
Microtek provides a wide range of products with great customer support and has a long history of strong partnerships with companies who have solved some pretty amazing thermal management problems. We’d be happy to talk with you about your project and how we can help you be successful.