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.
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.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the dawn of another winter is upon us. The visions of fun outdoor winter activities can bring great joy to some while others may already be dreaming of next spring.
The temperature has begun to drop and in some places, there’s even been snow on the ground. The question at this point isn’t if it’s going to get cold, but rather how cold it’s going to get. Whether you are a fan of the season or not, the reality is that the weather is about to drastically shift.
When looking at any project, two types of costs come into consideration: Total Investment Cost (TIC) and Total Operating Cost (TOC). TIC includes the cost for materials, installation and is typically incurred in the project phase. On the other hand, TOC covers all the costs during the operational lifetime of the system such as energy, maintenance and the potential for unforeseen shutdowns or losses of production.
Ever since the discovery of large quantities of natural resources in arctic environments, governments have been attracted to further exploration and development of oil. In addition to the demand for oil, the potential for minerals, fisheries, marine transport, scientific exploration and research are also increasing. Expeditions with vessels, equipment and personnel face obstacles that come with the harsh climate and extreme temperatures.
Electric Heat Tracing is used in many process industries to maintain process fluids at the desired temperatures. A look at five common uses of heat-tracing applications can help users select the most appropriate technology for their application. These are the most commonly encountered needs in the industrial sector.
Proper process temperature heating is important at all times of the year but especially during the winter. The extreme nature of the season can have lasting effects on equipment and the ability to withstand these harsh elements is necessary to ensure processes and operations in a variety of fields stay in motion.
With the inevitable approach of cold weather, pipelines, vessels, instruments and other industrial process equipment will once again be the target of freezing temperatures. To avoid unpleasant surprises, make sure that your electrical heat tracing systems are in good shape. To prepare for the harsh reality of winter, follow this checklist to help you protect your plant and product against the elements.