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Why Plumbing Engineers Appreciate Heat Traced Solutions

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Mar 28, 2018 8:09:38 AM

The effectiveness of plumbing systems in any building relies on the overlap of design expertise from mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering. Building codes often require that domestic/potable water, fire suppression sprinklers, and grease waste systems must function reliably - in all circumstances - in order to be utilized. 

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Pipe Insulation, Flow Assurance, Residential Applications

Sensing Techniques to Consider Before Selecting a Heat Tracing System

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Mar 7, 2018 11:17:00 AM

When selecting and designing a trace heating system, different aspects such as cost, reliability or efficiency are often some of the first criteria to come to mind. But one of the most important aspects of this decision includes choosing which sensing method to rely on. Factors that can influence which sensing method is best for your application include whether or not the system is required to be controlled based on ambient or pipe surface temperature.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, High Temperature Heat Tracing, Long Line Heating, Process Temperature Maintenance, Surface Snow Melting, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Flow Assurance

Avoid Clogged Disposal Drain Lines in Professional Kitchens

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Feb 22, 2018 9:53:22 AM

A high-performance kitchen means many things, but for the building’s Plumbing Engineer, one of the most important aspects to ensure optimal operations is to plan for an effective grease waste system. Grease interceptors in commercial kitchens are becoming increasingly popular as a means of preventing fat, oil and grease (FOG) from discharging into the sewer system.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Flow Assurance

Winter Safe Solutions Protecting New York Area Mass Transit

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Feb 8, 2018 7:43:44 AM

Recent snowstorms have impacted transportation for millions along the east coast of North America. Among the areas affected by the inclement weather is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, the New York City area. With weather disturbances comes the risk of mass transit systems like rail transportation being delayed and potentially being out of service. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Surface Snow Melting, Solutions for Rail and Transportation

Fault Finding on Self-Regulating Heat Tracing Cables

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 30, 2018 11:07:30 AM
How to Do Maintenance

Back in October, we discussed how you could prepare your plant for winter with tips on winter safety in industrial applications. Today, we’re discussing how to do maintenance when a fault is found on self-regulating heating cables.

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

Why You Still Need Controllers With Self-Regulating Heating Cables

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 25, 2018 1:31:36 PM

Self-regulating heating cables are the preferred choice for many complex pipe-tracing projects due to their ingenious technology and ability to be used in hazardous and dangerous environments. Self-regulating heating cables are able to adapt their heat output dependent on ambient temperature and will only provide heat when and where it is needed.   

This video shows exactly how the self-regulating technology works:

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing

Calculating the Length of Heating Cable You Need

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 22, 2018 5:44:15 AM

Determining the total length of heating cable needed for a project can be a challenge. With many factors such as size and space available to consider, the task can seem daunting, especially for larger projects with more infrastructure to consider.

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

Proportional Ambient Sensing Control

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 19, 2018 1:49:05 AM

One of the harshest characteristics of winter is the cold weather. With ambient temperatures falling past the freezing point, strict temperature maintenance and control of fluid systems is a challenge that must be addressed in order for operations to continue without interruption.

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

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

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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