BBC (Black Body Corporation) Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of infrared heaters, infrared heater components, equipment, and systems. In addition to fabricating emitters, element panels, and controls as an international OEM supplier, BBC also produces and sells many trademarked pieces of equipment.

We develop and manufacture the finest flat panel emitter with an excellent “emissivity” factor (rate of emitting energy) that is highly efficient and uniform.

That means the patented Black Body® emitter converts almost all of the energy used into a clean, even heat across the entire face of the element, with a durability surpassing anything comparable in the industry.

Did You Know? “Black Body” is a physics term that represents the most efficient body or surface that emits and absorbs radiant energy.


  • 45 Years of Industry Expertise
  • Infrared Experts
  • Superb Customer Service
  • Production Capacity
  • Lean Manufacturing


Black Body Corporation was founded by Harold D. Wells in 1967. Wells created and patented the basic electric infrared emitter and heater that is still in a variety of applications today. The Black Body® trade name, which is still used today, was chosen because in physics the term “black body” is a theoretical model of a perfect emitter and absorber of heat. The concept of striving toward perfection appealed to Wells and still guides the company today to be the best in the world.

The company was purchased by Pet Incorporated in 1978 and then by Hussmann Corporation in 1985. An investor group led by Ronald G. Vinyard purchased the business in 1987 and renamed the company BBC Industries, Inc.

We design and market equipment using infrared technology for the graphics arts, packaging, food processing, and process heat industries. Our products use the trade names Black Body®, Black Flash®, Dual Force®, Little Buddy, Partner, ThermaZone®, Digi-Dri, Digi-Cure, and Air Flash.


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