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What Happens When Icicles Form?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 30, 2017 6:13:01 AM

Long a symbol of winter, icicles hanging from buildings, plants and other objects are a staple of the cold months. Often considered to be beautiful and a classic part of the season, icicles can also be a dangerous disturbance.

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

Signs of a Cold Winter Ahead…

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 21, 2017 7:10:48 AM

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. 

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety

A Clever Way to Melt the Ice

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 16, 2017 8:08:04 AM

Ice is one of the most dangerous elements that comes with winter weather. Whether it’s on buildings, plants, the ground or other objects, ice can be a disturbance that has effects on everyday life during the cold months in winter climates. Removing the risk of ice positively impacts safety. One way to melt ice is through self-regulating heat tracing cables.

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Roof & Gutter De-Icing

Four Ways to Reduce the Operational Cost of Your Heat Tracing System

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 14, 2017 5:57:12 AM

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.

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Winter Performance, Winter Preparation, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing

Long-Term Preventative Measures to Consider Before Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 2, 2017 9:17:46 AM

Building owners cannot afford to ignore the ever increasing cost of building damage and personal injury liability associated with winter weather conditions. Burst pipes, roof damage due to snow and ice, property or stock damage from melting ice, condensing boiler/heating system shutdown due to iced-up condensate pipe and building access problems due to snow have been sharply brought into focus. 

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

Is Insulating Your Pipes Enough to Prevent Them from Freezing?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 26, 2017 10:30:29 AM

The freezing winter weather takes a toll on buildings and the infrastructure within them. Prolonged periods of freezing temperatures cause particular problems to exposed pipework around all types of buildings.

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Pipe Insulation

Why is Electric Heat Tracing so Important During Winter?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 24, 2017 10:24:40 AM

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.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Winter Preparation, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing

Preventative Winter Safety Solutions Cost Less Than Emergency Cures to Buildings and Infrastructure

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 19, 2017 1:53:42 PM

As another winter rapidly approaches, so does the need to be prepared. This applies not just to humans, but to buildings and infrastructure as well. The harsh weather can take a toll on structures during the winter and the extreme conditions often push buildings past their limit.

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety

How to Prepare Your Plant for Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 17, 2017 4:55:40 AM

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.

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Winter Performance, Winter Preparation, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications

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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