Showing posts with label pipe tracing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pipe tracing. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

It's Really Cold! Are Your Pipes, Tanks, Totes, and Valves Freeze Protected?

freeze protection
Winter is here in full force. Plant operators and plant maintenance must be vigilant in preventing the freezing of their equipment.  Cold temperatures can often damage or destroy objects and their contents. Pipes, valves, tanks, vessels, conveyers, and housings are examples of common objects that can be hurt by the cold and have devastating consequences, costly downtime and unplanned outages.

Anticipating freezing conditions and protecting buildings, equipment, and grounds against freeze damage is a vital part of a Facility Maintenance Program. There's a wide range of freeze protection applications you need to consider, including pipe tracing, drum heating, roof and gutter de-icing, IBC heating, valve de-icing, vessel heating, and enclosure heating.

freeze protection
Freeze Protection Products
(BriskHeat)
Ensure that whatever means of freeze protection you have available are ready. Failure to ensure these systems are properly protected from freezing can have catastrophic consequences. Act now, before it's too late.


Download a freeze protection checklist and freeze protection product catalog here.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Baby, It's Cold Outside (Have You Freeze Protected Properly?)

Freeze Protection
It's winter and it's cold outside. Pipes will freeze. Processes will stop. Maintenance costs will rise.

Facilities that use or process chemicals, gasses, or even water must maintain them above 55°F (17°C) to prevent them from solidifying, freezing, or becoming too viscous to move. A few examples of these materials include varieties of diethylene (resins and polyurethanes), DMSO (solvents), paraffin’s (petroleum product), #6 crude oil (for asphalt), and many more. Often these materials travel through unique cone, funnel, or bowl-shaped vessels and then through a series of pipes, tubes, hoses, pumps, valves, metering devices, level transmitters, and more. During a cold season, if not protected, these systems can fail to operate efficiently or even freeze causing significant damage and downtime.
XtremeFLEX RKP
Not your typical heat tracing cable.

Often the complex nature of these systems, having many twists and turns, makes them difficult to install traditional heat trace cable to protect against the cold. Also, limited access or difficult to reach areas have their own unique challenges. Traditional semi-flexible self-limiting heat-trace cable is simply too rigid for many of these installations and does not provide adequate surface contact to be effective enough.

XtremeFLEX RKP
XtremeFLEX RKP by BriskHeat
makes it easy to heat difficult
shapes and sizes.
BriskHeat’s new XtremeFLEX RKP silicone heating tapes are the perfect solution for these challenging applications. The RKP tapes have an ultra-thin profile with a super- flexible 1/4” (6mm) bend radius. No additional temperature controller is required because a built-in pre-set thermostat continuously monitors and controls the temperature output of the heater. The complete unit is fully encapsulated in silicone rubber to provide an extremely flexible, durable, and moisture resistant heater. The unique flexibility provides exceptional surface contact for maximum heat transfer and effectiveness around systems that have complex curves, bends, and contours. The heater is also pre-terminated with a power cord and electrical plug to provide quick and easy power connection. RKP silicone heating tapes are a true plug-and- play heater that is both easy to install and easy to maintain. This design makes the RKP an extremely versatile heater for a wide variety of indoor/outdoor installations.

It is always recommended to insulate any heating device to provide a safe and energy efficiency system. BriskHeat offers an Insul-Lock®DS foam pipe insulation that is perfect for use with RKP heating tapes.

For more information, contact Alliance Technical Sales by calling 630-321-9646 or visit https://alliancets.com.