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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Marine Environment, Offshore Environment, Winterization, Surface Snow Melting, Process Temperature Maintenance, Commercial Applications, Industrial Applications, Winter Performance, Electric Heat Tracing
As most can imagine, the winter brings a dangerous risk to operations and processes for industrial equipment. Sure, the snow, ice and freezing temperatures are large contributors to this problem but what other elements beyond the basic winter conditions influence heat loss?
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.
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.