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Protecting Your Facility Surfaces During Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 15, 2018 4:00:00 PM

According to the National Safety Council, in the US alone slips and falls account for nearly 9 million emergency room visits during winter. While it’s unsure how many of these occur on job sites and industrial facilities, the risks certainly increase during icy months.

Thankfully, electric heat tracing and surface snow melting systems can keep facilities clear of ice and snow, avoiding the need for keeping costly machinery and labor in standby to manually remove snow and ice.

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Topics: Winterization, Surface Snow Melting, Electric Heat Tracing, Industrial Applications

Using Software to Ensure Winter Protection at Your Industrial Facility

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to protecting your industrial facility against winter weather, it’s valuable to have tools at your disposal that help make the process easier.

Let’s take a look at some helpful design tools from nVent RAYCHEM that can help with winterization at your facility this year.

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Topics: Winterization, Electric Heat Tracing, Winter Preparation

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

Robust and Reliable Heat Tracing in Extreme Environments

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Mar 22, 2018 4:41:25 PM

Raychem winter safety and performance solutions are helping enable one of the largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects in the world.

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Topics: Winterization, Long Line Heating, Pipe Freeze Protection, Electric Heat Tracing, Winter Safety, Industrial Applications, Plant Protection, Winter Performance

Winterization Techniques for Offshore and Marine Environments

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Mar 15, 2018 12:58:53 PM

We usually start thinking about freeze protection measures as the cold temperatures of winter get closer. However, others don’t think worry this until it’s too late, and they have to cope with a frozen or damaged water line. People that work in regions where extreme weather conditions are the norm, can’t leave proper preparation up to chance. They make sure that their personnel and equipment is protected at all times and year-round. 

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Topics: Marine Environment, Offshore Environment, Winterization, Surface Snow Melting, Electric Heat Tracing, Winter Safety, Winter Preparation, Winter Performance

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

Steam Tracing vs. Electric Heat Tracing

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Mar 1, 2018 11:18:22 AM

Deciding which method of heat tracing is best for your application is a tough decision that involves many factors. Cost, effectiveness, environment and more are all different aspects to consider when making this decision. Typically, the decision comes down to one of two forms of heat tracing: steam or electric. While Steam Tracing has historically been a more common form of heat tracing, advances in modern technology have made electric a desirable route to go as well.

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Topics: High Temperature Heat Tracing, Electric Heat Tracing, Industrial Applications, Plant Protection, Winter Performance, Winter Safety

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

Protecting Buildings from Snow and Ice

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Feb 14, 2018 9:46:42 AM

How do you protect your building? The best protection is prevention. Heavy snow and the pattern of repeated freezing and thawing can create ice dams that destroy roofs, gutters, and downspouts and allow water to leak through interior walls and damage possessions. According to ASHRAE: “90% of all building failures in the United States are related to moisture.”

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Topics: Residential Applications, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Winter Safety, Winter Preparation, Electric Heat Tracing

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

The nVent RAYCHEM Love Winter 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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