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

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

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

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

Heat Trace Systems that Guarantee Temperature Maintenance on Critical Phenol Transfer Lines

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 23, 2018 3:06:31 AM

As humans, we all know how to  prevent our body from overheating or undercooling due to variable weather conditions. When it’s winter and the temperature drops, we know to put on more layers and protective clothing to keep us warm. In autumn or spring, we put on lighter jackets to stay comfortable. In the summer, it’s warm enough outside that we don’t need any extra layers. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Pipe Insulation, Long Line Heating, Flow Assurance

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

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

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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