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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

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

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

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: Residential Applications, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Pipe Freeze Protection, Winter Safety, Commercial Applications, Winter Preparation

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: Marine Environment, Offshore Environment, Winterization, Surface Snow Melting, Process Temperature Maintenance, Commercial Applications, Industrial Applications, Winter Performance, Electric Heat Tracing

Proactive Measures That Will Make You Love Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 28, 2017 10:22:13 AM

As winter arrives in full force, so too do the Holidays. With everyone gearing up to get ready for time with family and friends this holiday season, many routine tasks can get lost in the holiday shuffle. While some priorities may shift during the Holidays, one that can’t be forgotten is protecting your home against winter’s elements.

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

How Do Self-Regulating Heating Cables Work?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 28, 2017 3:43:15 PM

Self-regulating freeze protection systems offer protection against burst water pipes, frozen roof gutters, ice or snow covered ramps, stairways and walkways. The use of these systems provides a reliable and long-term solution to costly damage or operational disturbances.

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

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

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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