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In the late 1970s, domestic microwave ovens heralded the advent of smart food preparation in the home. Since then, microwave technology has been refined and perfected for large-scale industrial use and has already been successfully deployed in a number of niche applications from synthetic diamond production to commercial bacon
cooking.

Microwave technology has the potential to unlock innovative new manufacturing techniques which can deliver significant economic and competitive advantage. By changing the way bulk materials are processed, the benefits of microwave technology can be realised across a range of industries, including mining, chemical, petrochemical and food processing.

Unlike conventional heating methods based on thermal conduction which apply heat from the outside, microwaves penetrate further into the body of the material, resulting in rapid, safe and uniform heating. Microwaves are electromagnetic waves, which every material will absorb to a greater or lesser extent. The ability to selectively heat specific components in a bulk material, whether it be a chemical solution, ore body or industrial waste stream, can be exploited to enable a variety of process efficiencies and economic benefits.

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The availability of raw materials, the rising cost of energy and increasing environmental sensitivity are amongst the biggest challenges that the manufacturing sector will face in the coming decades. Overcoming these trends will require innovative process technologies, which enable product differentiation and a step-change in performance and efficiency. One such technology is industrial microwave processing, which has the potential to transform and future-proof your business for decades to come.