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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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