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New Standards in Winterization Techniques for Offshore and Marine Environments

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 16, 2018 5:30:00 AM

For decades, many international and country sponsored agencies as well as many multinational oil companies have developed a raft of requirements, guidelines and recommendations regarding marine vessels, oil equipment and personnel safety that operate in cold and/or polar ice-covered waters. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Marine Environment, Winterization, Offshore Environment

Avoid Winter Emergencies Through Protection and Prevention

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 11, 2018 1:20:29 PM

Recent occurrences of harsh snowstorms and extreme temperatures are taking their toll on North America with more projected to come. Whether its icicles falling and harming those below, burst water pipes, or general building damage, people are experiencing the effects of bitter cold, snow and ice in daily life. 

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Pipe Freeze Protection, Surface Snow Melting, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Residential Applications

Heat Tracing Where You’d Least Expect It

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 9, 2018 4:22:35 PM

Electric Heat Tracing is used across many applications and industries to maintain fluids, processes and more at set temperatures. Most common Heat Tracing applications are freeze protection of water lines, process temperature maintenance in oil and gas and petro-chemical plants, or safety comfort heating in the commercial  sector. However, Electric Heat Tracing technologies are also used in many environments that may not jump to the front of your mind. Here are a few examples of unexpected applications.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Process Temperature Maintenance, Surface Snow Melting, Marine Environment, Winterization, Offshore Environment

Conserving Historic Buildings With Aesthetically Pleasing Roof Ice Melt Systems

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 4, 2018 6:59:50 AM

It is becoming increasingly important for architects to focus on the conservation and renovation of older buildings, opposed to designing and creating new ones. Preserving historic architecture and the beauty that comes with it is a top priority for many projects and both architects and engineers want to be able to complete any renovations while keeping the original aesthetics in place.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Residential Applications

Proactive Measures That Will Make You Love Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 28, 2017 10:22:13 AM

As winter arrives in full force, so too do the Holidays. With everyone gearing up to get ready for time with family and friends this holiday season, many routine tasks can get lost in the holiday shuffle. While some priorities may shift during the Holidays, one that can’t be forgotten is protecting your home against winter’s elements.

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Surface Snow Melting, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Residential Applications

Elements That Influence Heat Loss

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 21, 2017 7:36:28 AM

As most can imagine, the winter brings a dangerous risk to operations and processes for industrial equipment. Sure, the snow, ice and freezing temperatures are large contributors to this problem but what other elements beyond the basic winter conditions influence heat loss?

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Pipe Insulation, Process Temperature Maintenance, Flow Assurance

Heat Tracing is Needed to Keep Your Safety Systems Functional During Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 19, 2017 9:29:08 AM

Protecting systems, equipment and processes is paramount for any industrial operation regardless of the time of year. This is especially true during winter. Without proper protection, operations risk the result of frozen, blocked or broken equipment due to winter’s extreme conditions.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection

Self-Regulating Heat Tracing Technology Provides Frost Protection Solution at Major European Landmark

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 12, 2017 8:23:12 AM

Raychem’s self-regulating heating systems are providing a unique long-term, energy-efficient solution for frost protection at a major European landmark. 

The weir at the Kachlet hydroelectric power station sits on the river Danube in Bavaria, Germany. Constructed in the 1920s, the weir provides flood protection by holding back the river water that flows to the power station while also providing the ability to release excess water in cases of turbine water or heavy floods. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection

How to Install Heat Tracing Cables on Different Types of Pipework

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 7, 2017 10:15:13 AM

Installing anything into irregularly shaped devices is often more than a one-size-fits-all installation. There typically are many factors to consider when doing the installation. This is no different with heat tracing cables. Depending on what type of pipe or other device you are trying to conform to optimal cable usage, a specific layout is typically required to ensure the heat tracing technology works properly. Below are five examples of irregular pipe shapes and how to install self-regulating or power limiting heat tracing cables into each. 

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Pipe Insulation

Managing Hot Surface Ignition Temperatures for Trace Heating in Explosive Atmospheres

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 5, 2017 9:30:21 AM

Designing high temperature electric heat tracing systems in hazardous areas can be a difficult challenge, especially when process temperatures approach the area classification limit. This restricts the allowable temperature differential between what is heated and the surface temperature of the heaters. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, High Temperature Heat Tracing, Process Temperature Maintenance

About our blog

Winter is a time to enjoy, not to fear the hardships it sometimes brings. In this blog, our Raychem Winter Experts share knowledge and tips on how to take the stress out of the colder days of the year. We specialize in keeping:

  • processes and operations running smoothly in industrial environments
  • buildings, infrastructure and the people using them safe from harm in commercial and residential environments.

No matter how extreme the weather conditions, Raychem winter solutions offer the best insurance for your processes and property against snow and ice-related emergencies.

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