The Powerblanket® ICE Chiller System: The Coolest of Our Cooling Solutions

Powerblanket’s new innovative cooling solutions help to maintain ideal temperatures in the hottest of weather. From small cooling jobs to large and substantial chilling applications, Powerblanket cooling solutions offer a range of temperature regulation via three performance levels. Today, in this post, we’ll take a look at the most robust Powerblanket ICE product of them all…the Powerblanket ICE Chiller System.

 

North Slope Chiller and Powerblanket IceThe Chiller System: The Coldest Cooling Solution

If you’re storing a temperature sensitive product in hot weather, then you need to make sure that product doesn’t get too hot. If it does, it could be the product’s undoing. In many cases, simply cooling the product may be sufficient. This could be accomplished with our Ice Pack Product. If you need refrigerator-level cooling, then our Cooler Product is the perfect fit. But if you need freezer-level chilling with circulating fluid as low as 20 °F, or you’re protecting a product against extreme heat, then the Powerblanket ICE Chiller Product is your answer.

The Chiller Product is the top tier of the Powerblanket ICE family. It’s the mack daddy, the alpha male, the great sovereign of Chill-dom. With its extremely efficient and highly capable chiller, the Powerblanket Chiller Product offers precise temperature control, clear down to 20 °F. But this chiller system happens to have another very noteworthy feature worth mentioning. Along with being able to chill product lower and more precisely, the Chiller also has the capability of chilling more product simultaneously. For example, with the Chiller Product, you can chill two 55 gallon drums of product with one Chiller. If you need to chill more product, and chill it well, then the Chiller can make it happen.

 

Feature Overview:

  • 20 °F minimum temp
  • Precise temp control
  • Can run (2) 55-gallon drum blankets

So if you have extreme cooling needs and need to protect your valuable assets against the hottest of hot weather, then learn more about our Powerblanket Chiller Product and give us a call today.

 

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Beacon Smart Controllers: How Would You Use Beacon?

For many years Powerblanket has offered Johnson Controls A419 temperature controllers with our products that require adjustable or precise control, like our drum and tote heaters. Now, we are excited to introduce a new smart controller with all of the temperature control functionality of the A419 PLUS internet connectivity, which gives our customers the ability to do a lot of interesting things. Remote control and monitoring, temperature logging over time, and customer defined alerts are just a few features included in this new line of smart controllers.

With Beacon Smart Controllers, you can control and monitor multiple devices in one place via our web portal (browser) or mobile app. You can also group the Smart Controllers together, with the ability to change the settings and notifications for entire groups or individual devices. Beacon Smart Controllers make Powerblanket heating solutions state of the art and take your processes to the next level.

Now the question is: how would you use a Beacon Smart Controller? Leave your comments, ideas, and questions. We want to hear from you!

Standout Features of Powerblanket Smart Controllers:

  • Check in on your devices remotely; see temperature, electrical current, set point, differential and other values and how they have changed over time.
  • Make changes without being physically at the device. Change set point, differential, anti-short cycle delay and other settings from your smartphone or computer.
  • Provide notifications and alerts via text message, email or push notifications(i.e. temperature out of range; settings changed by other user, cold boot-power reset; heartbeat-“alive” notifications; electrical current and temperature samples; relay status [on/off/changes]; keypad activity)
  • Set it and forget it. Be confident that you will receive a notification when temperature or other values go outside thresholds that you define, no need to constantly verify operating conditions.
  • Offer connectivity to WiFi, or Cellular networks.
  • Easily restrict access to settings both at the device and remotely. Lock the keypad to be sure your settings aren’t changed.
  • Allow for multiple user accounts with local logins, providing read-write and read-only access options for more refined access restriction
  • Offer electrical current measurement and tracking over time (Beacon Smart Controllers give you the ability to measure current consumption and estimate cost of operation.)
  • Each controller has 2 temperature probes, control and ambient, and provides control algorithm choices using one or both temperatures.

Spray Foam Cooling Solutions: Powerblanket® ICE

Polyurethane spray foam is an extremely useful product. It insulates our homes, offices, and other structures from uncomfortable fluctuations in temperature. It keeps the cool in during the summer and the warm in during the winter. But as great as spray foam is at maintaining internal temperatures, spray foam itself is a very temperature-sensitive liquid prior to and during application.This is why you need spray foam cooling solutions for the summer months.

spray foam cooling box coolerSpray Foam Application in the Summer

If you’re in the spray foam business, then the above information is no news to you. However, what might be news to you is that Powerblanket offers total temperature control for your spray foam year round. Whether you’re applying in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, we’ve got you covered. Since we’re approaching the hotter months, though, let’s talk about spray foam application in the summer and the benefit of using our spray foam cooling solutions.

The hot summer months can affect spray foam yield and functionality considerably. Just about every spray foam will substantially reduce its yield potential as it nears 90 °F and higher.  That’s why Powerblanket offers innovative cooling systems for spray foam storage and application during the hot summer months.

With the new and revolutionary Powerblanket ICE spray foam cooling blanket, you can efficiently regulate the temperature of your spray foam in the scorching conditions of summertime application. To be quite frank, spray foam cooling has never been so easy. With spray foam cooling solutions designed specifically for spray foam applicators and storage units, you can keep your spray foam at ideal temperature all the time.

Powerblanket Ice Cooling ProductsPowerblanket ICE Benefits:

  • Increase your spray foam yield and the profitability of each application (Keeping your spray foam at ideal temperature during hot weather will allow you to maintain high yield.)
  • Eliminate expensive downtime caused by overheated spray foam (If you arrive onsite with overheated foam, you’ll lose lots of time waiting for it to cool.)
  • Increase business continuity and profit by enabling application continuity through the hot weather (In other words, you won’t waste any application time, because your foam will be cool and ready to go.)
  • Protect your biggest asset from damage and waste (If you’re spray foam is left at extreme temperatures long enough, it could become permanently damaged.)

Features of Powerblanket ICE Spray Foam Cooling Solutions:

  • Powerblanket ICE uses Powerblanket patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the spray foam container in order to cool the spray foam itself.
  • Powerblanket ICE covers and insulates with the same robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products.
  • Both the ice box and chiller-driven systems are portable and easy for onsite use (120VAC required).
  • Powerblanket ICE allows you to control the temperature of bulk spray foam materials with ease.
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while spray foam containers are in use. (Applying spray foam in the heat of summer is simple and efficient with Powerblanket ICE.)

Electric Motor Cooling Solutions: Powerblanket® ICE

If you run electric motors consistently, then you know that overheating can pose a substantial problem to your motor’s life expectancy and the continuity of your operations. But this is a problem you won’t need to worry about any longer. Powerblanket ICE cooling systems can keep your motors running at the best temperature, offering the perfect electric motor cooling solution.

Engine block on palletPowerblanket ICE for Electric Motor Cooling

Electric motors are used for a wide range of applications. They fuel much of the conveniences we enjoy on a daily basis. And when it comes to industrial applications, your electric motors are an important tool for your business success. Yet the stark reality is that there isn’t an electric motor out there that’s totally fail proof. Actually, one of the most common causes of electric motor failure is overheating. When your motors experience excessive levels of heat, the windings suffer insulation deterioration. To put this in numbers, your motor’s insulation life decreases by 50% for every 50 °F (10° C) increase in heat. So if you don’t have a cooling plan in place for your electric motors, you’re going to experience significant setbacks.

The good news is that Powerblanket has an innovative motor cooling solution that prevents overheating in electric motors. Powerblanket ICE is an easy-to-use cooling system that can be fully customized to fit your particular motor. Keep your motors functioning at the ideal temperature whenever they’re running, avoiding deterioration in your motor windings and prolonging the life of each unit.

Benefits of Powerblanket ICE:

  • Protect your motors against overheating, avoiding damage to your valuable assets.
  • Increase motor efficiency, operational efficiency, and profit.
  • Avoid costly downtime associated with shut downs caused by overheating.

Custom Cooling for Electric Motors

The breadth, variability, and differences among electric motors would make a ready-to-ship solution pretty improbable and futile. That’s why Powerblanket approaches each motor cooling solution from a custom standpoint. But customization with Powerblanket doesn’t mean long wait times and excessive expense. We can turn around your custom motor cooling needs in two weeks, and the process is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1, 2, 3 Customization

Our customization process is as easy as…

  1. Contacting us to deliver the information and details of your application
  2. Having us design a custom cooling solution for your application based on your information & feedback
  3. Having us build your custom solution and shipping it to you within two weeks

Whatever the size or application of your motors give us a call today, and we’ll help you protect them against failure.

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Concrete Cooling: Curing Concrete in the Summer Months

We talk a lot about the dilemmas posed to concrete curing during the cold winter months, and for good reason too. It’s difficult to get concrete to cure well when the temperature drops. But what about when the weather is hot? True, fewer problems exist for concrete curing during the summer, but excessively hot temperatures can cause concrete to cure too quickly. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered here too, with our concrete cooling.

egg frying on hot concreteConcreting in the Summer

We all know that summer is the ideal time for construction projects, and concrete pouring is no exception. But when the summer months get really hot, it can be a little too much of a good thing. In fact, concrete cures best in a range somewhere between 70° to 80° F. As you approach numbers as high as 90°, however, you’ll start to run into problems. Concrete experts suggest that if you anticipate experiencing temperatures higher than 77° F after pouring your concrete, you should have a plan for remedying the effects of the high temperatures. Since temperatures above 77° F are very common in the summer months, you’ll need to have a concrete cooling solution in place.

Why, you may ask? Because when concrete is poured in high temperatures, it can cure too fast. One of the major concerns with really short curing times is the reduction of strength due to the demand for high water content during high curing temperatures. Pouring concrete in hot weather also poses the risk of dehydrating the concrete, which will lead to shrinkage and cracking. With these risks in mind, it becomes imperative to have a plan in place for combating the hot weather, and we have just the solution for it too.

Powerblanket® ICE for Concrete Cooling

Our new Powerblanket ICE cooling blankets allow you to simplify the concrete work you do in the summer by eliminating the side-effects associated with hot weather concreting. Just look at these features:

  • Powerblanket ICE uses Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the concrete while simultaneously circulating coolant throughout the blanket surface.
  • All three types of Powerblanket ICE cooling products are portable. (Both the ice box and chiller driven systems require 120VAC). See the Powerblanket ICE cooling product pages on our website for details.
  • We can provide Powerblanket ICE cooling products for custom applications quickly and cost effectively, just like our heating products. Just get us the details, and we can have a product in your hands in just a few weeks.
  • Powerblanket ICE prevents shrinkage and cracking by maintaining the ideal curing temperature during hot weather.

Don’t take a chance with the hot weather this summer. Reach out to us today for a quote on Powerblanket ICE products.

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Spray Foam Cooling Solutions

Person Applying Spray Foam to Vaulted RoofFreezing temperatures can really put a halt on your spray foam business. However, hot weather can do just as much to disrupt the continuity of your operations. Spray foam that sits in temperatures over 90° F will not yield as much as spray foam that’s at or below room temperature. This is because spray foam activates due to a chemical reaction that produces heat.

If it’s already hot outside, the spray foam will react too quickly, and won’t have time to bond to the surface it needs to insulate. This can lead to the foam pulling up and not sealing what it needs to for proper insulation.

Spray Foam in the Summer

The business of spray foam is a year round endeavor: rain, snow, sleet or hail.But as you know, hot weather can have a detrimental effect on your spray foam too. How do you keep your spray foam protected from the heat of the summer months?

Hot Summer Sun In Sandy Desert With Footprints in SandAlongside Powerblanket’s spray foam heating solutions, we now offer an equally innovative line of cooling solutions for the spray foam contractor. Our North Slope Chillers product line enables you to keep your spray foam at ideal temperatures, even in the hottest summer weather. With that, we proudly introduce your new spray foam cooling savior: Fluxwrap.

North Slope Chillers’ Fluxwrap Features

Fluxwrap uses Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the container, thereby cooling the product inside Fluxwrap outer shell and insulation are the same as the robust system used in Powerblanket products.

North Slope Chillers Fluxwrap and Chiller

All three types of cooling products are portable (Both the ice box and chiller driven systems require 120VAC). Control temperature of spray foam bulk materials that will allow you to:

  • Increase yields (Bulk materials over 90° F will reduce yields for most spray foams)
  • Maintain foam quality (Hot bulk material can decrease foam tenacity and increase foam density)
  • Decrease foam application time (Increasing foam quality decreases application time)
  • Eliminate time waiting for spray foam bulk materials to cool

The new line of North Slope Chillers’ spray foam cooling solutions come in lower cost, mid-grade, and premium options. Our cooling products can be provided for custom applications quickly and cost effectively, just like our heating products. Just get us the details and we can have a product in your hands before you know it.

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Powerblanket at the 2016 SPFA: Showcasing Spray Foam Heaters

If you’re in the spray foam business, then you know what a big deal the SPFA Convention and Expo is. Since we are in the business of keeping you in the spray foam business year round, we’re here again this year, at the 2016 SPFA Convention in Orlando, Florida, showcasing our spray foam heaters for cold weather application.

Sprayfoam 2016 convention logoOrlando and Spray Foam

Oftentimes, when we think of polyurethane spray foam, we think how efficient it is at keeping warm air in and cold air out (or maybe that’s just how we northerners think). So it might seem an interesting place to hold an insulation expo, in a city that rarely sees any cold temperatures at all. However, it’s important to remember that spray foam does just as well at keeping hot air out and cool air in: making it a must for those hot Orlando summers, as well as the mild Orlando winters.

We want to make sure everyone is aware that we have a booth at the SPFA convention again this year. We’ll be demoing spray foam heaters for all attendees to see. Come over at take a look for yourself at how you can apply spray foam in the coldest conditions. In addition to this demo, one of our savvy engineers will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the technicalities of the technology; also known as, “Ask an Engineer.”

New to this year’s event, we’ve teamed up with Dow Building Solutions to demo our heaters on their FROTH-PAK ULTRA tanks. This demo will take place at Dow Building Solutions, booth 517. So whether you stop by Dow’s booth, our booth, or both, you’re bound to see some time-saving, money-sparing, business-growing technology that will keep your business continuity prime through the winter months each year.

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Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters: Product Spotlight

If you’re in the spray foam business, then you know what it means to try and work in cold weather. Spray foam simply doesn’t work when the temperature drops too low. This makes business continuity a real challenge, but that’s why Powerblanket Spray Foam Heaters exist. They can keep you working year round, no matter how cold it gets.

Foam-Box-HeaterSpray Foam and Cold Weather

The cold-weather dilemma is nothing new to the world of spray foam. Winter application has been a challenge for as long as polyurethane spray foam has been around. In fact, in the past, some professionals tried using band heaters on their spray foam totes in order to keep the spray foam warm enough for application. However, this caused more problems than it solved. The problem with using band heaters has root in the inefficiency of the product.

Band heaters aren’t that durable to start with, and they create unreliable, and in most cases, unregulated heat levels. Even if a person were to use a band heater that came equipped with a thermostat, they’ll soon discover that it’s unreliable. Ultimately, band heaters can’t deliver even heat distribution. And in the case of spray foam and many other substances, this leads to burnt product—product that flakes and clogs up equipment, pumps, and hoses. Not to mention, band heaters can only work on round metal containers.

The real solution offers something much more efficient and safe. Powerblanket Spray Foam Heaters provide insulation and even heat distribution over the entire container. With a patented blend of technology, our spray foam heaters wrap your container in a protective and durable vinyl shell that heats your product consistently and evenly, without any significant fluctuation in temperature. Actually, the temperature is completely regulated, keeping your spray foam at the ideal temperature for cold weather application. With the Powerblanket solution in place, you don’t have to worry about burnt product, uneven heating, or damage to equipment. Our spray foam heaters were designed with spray-foam application in mind, making them the perfect answer to your wintertime woes.

Four Things to Look for in a Reliable Spray Foam Solution and How Powerblanket Delivers Them All:

  • A unit that contains the spray foam kit boxes or the spray foam cylinders
  • A unit that can evenly heat the spray foam from all sides for consistent performance
  • A well-insulated unit to keep the heat from leaking out
  • Safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada)

 

 

Caring for Your Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Diesel Exhaust Fluid, known for short as DEF, is a precious commodity to anyone running diesel-powered vehicles these days. Ever since 1970, when the Clean Air Act went into effect in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken multiple measures to regulate exhaust from a myriad of vehicles. However, it wasn’t until 1990 that the EPA started mandating diesel exhaust specifically.

 

The Definitive Guide to DEFDEF: 1990 and Beyond

Since the inception of the EPA’s restrictions on diesel exhaust, DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) has become all the more important. Emission standards have become more and more restrictive over the last two decades, and today, diesel exhaust restrictions are applicable to all on-road and off-road vehicles.

With these new restrictions in place, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems are required to run diesel engines on any vehicle, whether a truck, a backhoe, or a combine. Eventually, these restrictions will also be enforced on water vessels. Essentially, with the EPA’s mandate in place, every diesel engine will eventually have to run a SCR, except for those built before the new regulations were in place.

Since SCR are a requirement of the present and future, DEF becomes nearly as essential as the fuel itself. And with DEF being as important as it is, it becomes imperative that you know how to properly store and care for it. DEF maintenance includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • How to use it
  • How to care for it
  • How to protect it
  • The challenges associate with DEF
  • Knowing the government regulations associated with it

You can learn more about all these matters and then some by downloading our free e-book through the link below.

 

Spray Foam Solutions for the Spray Foam Industry

With the continual growth of the spray foam industry, it is of increasing importance that you have the right spray foam solutions in place. Read on to learn five essential tips and tricks to running a successful spray foam business.

Spray Foam Solutions for Every Business

The spray foam industry continues to grow. If you are in the spray foam business, then perhaps this does not come as any news to you. You would have heard about the upward climb of business and opportunities, and maybe it has all translated into additional work and return for your own operation. Hopefully, this is the case, but do you find yourself asking questions about how best to run your spray foam operations year round?

There are several factors to consider when running a successful spray foam business, and how to best operate during the colder months is one major point to address. Usually spray foam application slows considerably during the winter, or else comes to a screeching halt. This is due to the temperature-sensitive nature of polyurethane spray foam. There are solutions and technologies in place to remedy this in a very effective and economical way. To find out more about spray foam equipment heaters and more, access our five step guide to running a successful spray foam business.

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Rhino Linings Acquires a Spray Foam Company

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A little less than a week ago, Rhino Linings reported their acquisition of Arnthane Inc., a manufacturer of spray foam, epoxy, polyurea, and urethane coatings. Now, Rhino linings will be able to better extend its product lines beyond the protective coatings and linings they have produced so well.

 

Rhino Linings Acquires Arnthane

The Arnthane Addition

Now that Rhino Linings owns Arnthane and all its impressive product lines, the company will be able to increase its offerings in an industry they only began servicing in 2011. Ever since 1988, Rhino Linings has been producing world-class polyurethane, polyaspartic, and epoxy resins. In 2011, Rhino linings established a presence in the spray foam industry. Now in 2015, the company is on track to increase that presence by leaps and bounds, thanks to Arnthane.

Adding Arnthane’s spray foam products to its entourage is certain to give Rhino Linings a competitive edge. Arnthane’s 40 years of experience have set it apart from many competitors in the marketplace. While spray foam may be the biggest piece of the picture when talking about this acquisition, it’s not the only matter to consider. Rhino Linings is known for its coatings products, and they will soon be known for their spray-foam offerings, but Arnthane is and has been a manufacturer of similar applications to that of Rhino Linings for a while too.

For example, Arnthane has been producing epoxy floor coatings and protective roof coatings for years now. This, along with products like its IronHide, used in similar cases to that of Rhino Linings products, should only help to complement what Rhino Linings has been producing from its inception. However the two company’s technologies and distribution methods end up merging, it’s likely to prove very synergistic. Arnthane’s experience in multiple industries will only help to increase the reach Rhino Linings has had in its own markets and the new sectors that come from the acquisition of the two.

 

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Top Home Trend: Polyurethane Spray Foam and The Plan Collection

More and more people are turning to high-efficiency spray-foam insulation for new home construction and remodels. In fact, even The Plan Collection’s Top Home Trends in 2015 included the use of spray foam for insulation in their 2015 New American Home (showcased at the NAHB and constructed in conjunction with IBS).The Plan Collection Uses Polyurethane Spray Foam as Top Home Trend

The Plan Collection

As an industry leader who prides themselves in keeping up on current trends and industry innovations, The Plan Collection’s use of spray foam in their contemporary home plans confirms that the technology has clearly risen to the top in available insulation options.

Polyurethane spray foam has thermal-resistance qualities that meet even the most stringent building codes. And let’s not forget, it is incredibly adhesive and works well with numerous surfaces and varying temperature and humidity levels. It’s versatility speaks for itself. We can see why contractors everywhere are now ordering large numbers of this popular product.

Solutions for Spray Foam Issues

Though spray foam is simply superior to other forms of insulation, its widespread use introduces some challenges. Contractors must attempt to meet the necessary storage requirements for this temperature-sensitive product. While spray foam is very durable once dry, in a liquid form, it must be stored within certain temperature parameters. This is why Powerblanket® provides spray foam heaters to keep spray foam storage containers at optimal temperatures. Even through cold, harsh winter months and unpredictable spring-weather conditions you can use your product with top notch efficiency.

Powerblanket Tote Heaters for Spray Foam

The simple fact is this: spray foam does not work in cold temperatures, and this could cause significant downtime and missed opportunities. If you’re going to maintain continuity for your spray-foam business throughout the year, then you’re going to need a solution that keeps your spray foam from malfunctioning during colder temperatures.

powerblanket spray foam heaterSome have tried inadequate approaches to this dilemma in the past through the use of band heaters, but it just ended up burning the product and caused the foam to flake off—clogging up equipment, pumps and hoses. This is due to the fact that band heaters produce uneven heat distribution and are equipped with unreliable thermostats. They can also cause inconsistencies in the application. When locally, over-heated foam reacts and expands in the tank, barrel, or cylinder, it creates defective product, which in turn slows the flow rate and only increases your downtime.

Spray Foam Solution Necessities:

For the proper spray foam heating solution, you’ll need the following:

  • A unit that contains the spray-foam kit boxes or the spray-foam cylinders.
  • A unit that can evenly heat the spray foam from all sides for consistent performance.
  • A well-insulated unit to keep the heat from leaking out.
  • A product with safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA listing (in Canada).

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Spray Foam: The Better Insulation

We are now in or approaching the coldest time of the year. Perhaps you have noticed, not just because of how cold it feels, but because of your heating bills. If you are losing a lot of costs to heating, whether in your warehouse, shop, or in your own home, have you thought of improving your insulation?

What’s the Best?

Spray Foam insulation in a house

Spray Foam vs. The Others

Traditional insulation comes in primarily two forms: fiberglass or cellulose. Both products are better than not having any insulation at all (and they’ve been used in homes for a long time now), but by today’s standard, they simply don’t stand up to the far more efficient option of polyurethane spray foam.

Spray foam is extremely impermeable, which is why it acts so well as an insulation product. The Icynene® website (a leading brand of polyurethane spray foam) offers a helpful comparison. Spray foam works a lot like a wind breaker, or a good winter coat. It keeps the warmth in and the cold air out. Conversely, traditional insulation (fiberglass and cellulose) works more like a woolen sweater, which lets air in and out.

Like a sweater, fiberglass and cellulose are both fibrous and porous, allowing air leakage that contributes to inefficient insulation. The nature of foam however is entirely separate, keeping air both in and out of the insulated area. This of course is pertinent for both summer and winter. In the summer months you need good insulation to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. While fiberglass insulation is considerably cheaper than spray foam, the amount of money lost to heating and cooling costs from inefficiency are a much greater loss.

Which insulation is best for me

Powerblanket and Spray Foam

Powerblanket serves the spray foam industry with ready-to-ship and custom spray-foam heating solutions. Spray foam simply doesn’t work in cold temperatures, and this causes downtime and delayed projects. Some have tried to use band heaters in the past, but all it did was burn the product, which caused the foam to flake—clogging up equipment, pumps and hoses. In addition to this, band heaters are not durable and have unreliable thermostats. They can also cause inconsistencies in the application process. Locally over-heated foam reacts and expands in the tank, barrel, or cylinder and creates defective product, which in turn slows the flow rate and increases the problem of downtime and delayed projects.

However, with Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters, professionals can keep their spray foam at the ideal temperature with the risk of overheating or downtime. The Powerblanket solution allows for year-round application whether the weather is warm or cold.

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Product Spotlight: Spray Foam Box Heater

If you’re in the spray foam business, then you know what it means to work in cold weather. In fact, the essence of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is to provide insulation against the cold. However, when spray foam is first applied, it needs to be warm to have the proper consistency, chemical reaction, and adhesion. If the application surface is too cold, it will suck the heat from the chemical reaction, and the foam won’t bond to the surface. If the actual spray is too cold, it won’t spray with the proper consistency, but will become sort of gooey. Using a box heater for your products can solve this problem, keeping you working year round, no matter how cold it gets.

The Nature of Spray Foam

To put it simply, spray foam just doesn’t work in cold weather. Polyurethane foam is very sensitive to temperature in its liquid state. The preferable temperature of application is between 60-80° F. However, construction doesn’t stop when the thermometer drops well below 60º.

The cold-weather dilemma is nothing new to the world of spray foam. Winter application has been a challenge for as long as SPF has been around. In fact, in the past, some professionals tried using band heaters on their totes in order to keep the foam warm enough for application. However, this caused more problems than it solved. Band heaters give off patchy warmth, leaving lumpy, unevenly heated spray foam.

Ba(n)d Heaters

Some professionals have tried using band heaters to keep their spray foam warm during cold-weather application. The problem is that band heaters offer inconsistent and unregulated heat, causing burning and charring of the product.

thermal imaging of traditional band heater with hot and cold spotsBand heaters aren’t very durable to start with, and they create unreliable, unregulated heat levels. Even if you find a band heater that has a thermostat, you’ll discover it doesn’t reliably control the temperature of your product. This is because they only provide a thin stripe of heat around the container or product. This means it can’t deliver even heat distribution. In the case of spray foam, this leads to burnt product—product that flakes and clogs up equipment, pumps, and hoses.

Insulated blankets offer a solution that is much more efficient and safe than band heaters. They provide even heat distribution over the entire container. The temperature is completely regulated, especially if you get an external remote, keeping your spray foam at the ideal temperature for cold weather application. You don’t have to worry about burnt product, uneven heating, or damage to equipment. Our spray foam heaters were designed with spray-foam application in mind, making them the perfect answer to your wintertime woes.

Powerblanket Spray Foam Box HeaterStand Out Feature of Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters

  • Evenly heats spray foam from all sides for a consistent performance
  • Consistent and regulated heat distribution protects against burning and scorching
  • Well-insulated unit keeps the heat from leaking out
  • Safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada).

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Your Spray Foam Business: Increase the Yield

An increased yield in spray foam means an increased yield in profits. Ensuring the best yield from your spray foam requires optimal operation, regardless of ambient temperatures.

spray foam insulation being applied to home

Factors Affecting Yield

Making sure you get the most mileage out of your spray foam is essential for the growth and longevity of your business. More yield in your foam means less expense per square foot, which then equates to the highest possible profit margin.

However, cold weather can drastically affect the yield of your product. For proper application your tank temperature has to be above 70°F / 21°C for 24 hours before application. Failure to keep your tank at the proper temperature means the foam’s density will be compromised and the application will be less than favorable—if possible at all.

Obviously, in order to get your spray foam up to a workable temperature during the winter months, you will need to heat it up. Conventional suggestions for this practice involve storing your foam in a heated space. But this method could take up to 36 hours to bring the product to the proper temperature—not to mention it is expensive to have keep the ambient air in your storage space high enough to heat the foam to 70°F / 21°C.

spray foam being applied

A Better Option

With Powerblanket Spray Foam Heaters, you do not have to worry about a 36-hour window for heating your foam, nor do you have to allocate the costs of maintaining a high temperature in your storage space. Simply wrap a Powerblanket Spray Foam Heater around your spray-foam bin, and shortly, your product will be ready for use at an optimal application temperature.

This approach saves significant time and cost. Likewise, it will maintain an ideal temperature without the risk of declining temperatures during application or scorching and overheating.

 

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Powerblanket Spray Foam Heater Features:

  • Full coverage for your spray-foam kit boxes and spray foam cylinders
  • Evenly heat the foam from all sides for consistent performance
  • Well-insulated unit to keep heat from leaking out
  • Equipped with safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada)

Learn even more about optimizing your yield with our free ebook, “5 Steps to Running A Successful Spray Foam Business: The Ultimate Guide”

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Bucket Heaters

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The need for storing things in buckets is as prominent as it has ever been. The 5 gallon bucket comes in so many uses that it isn’t likely we can mention them all here. However, the solution to the common problem of freeze protection is something worth mentioning here and many other places.

Bucket Heaters                              

Powerblanket® Bucket Heaters

If you’re storing paint, water, food, or industrial supplies in 5 gallon buckets, then stop and consider the problems you’ll encounter if those buckets freeze. Perhaps you’ve addressed this problem by keeping your product in a heated warehouse, but if your warehouse is large and you’re storing a lot of product, this approach becomes difficult and expensive.

However, there’s a better, more economical solution to the dilemmas posed by cold weather, and Powerblanket® has it covered. With Powerblanket® bucket heaters, you make use of an application that delivers an even distribution of heat across its entire surface area—keeping your product at the proper temperature. What’s more, you can set the temperature to whatever you need with the Pro Series thermostat controller, and all at a price that can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Powerblanket® Bucket Heaters’ Standout Features:

  • Easy to install and remove
  • Full wrap-around design ensures equal heat distribution
  • Design prevents product waste to temperature-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures
  • Patented technology uses less energy and saves money

So Bring the Heat!

With Powerblanket® patented technology, you can warm, heat, and protect just about anything from the ravages of cold weather. If you can build it, produce it, or store it, Powerblanket® can cover it.

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IBC / Tote Heaters

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Are your plastic water tanks freezing? If you store temperature-sensitive material in IBCs (aka totes) during the cold winter months, then you know that keeping your storage at the proper temperature is impossible without a heating element.

 

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Best Case Scenario

When you go in search of heating solutions for your totes, you’ll likely come across answers such as electric or steam-heated drum and tote ovens. While this solution solves the question of temperature very well, there is a catch—in fact there’s two. First off, an oven is a little on the pricy side, and secondly, you can only store so many totes or drums in it.

Then again, when it comes to protecting your precious material, perhaps prices isn’t much of a factor. Whatever you’re storing is valuable to your business, and therefore, warrants the cost needed to protect it against the cold. But really, who wouldn’t spend less if they could for a product that does the same job as an oven. Leave the oven for baking. There’s a better option.

 

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Blanket Heaters

Instead of storing your drums or totes in massive ovens that cost a considerable amount of money and take up a good deal of space, you can simply wrap each tote or drum in a heating blanket. Heating blankets allow for the same temperature control that an oven provides but at a fraction of the cost. With simple electrical plugins and easy installation, it takes very little time to make use of this economical and efficient solution.

Heating blankets (in this case—tote heaters) come in many different sizes for many different applications, but the best kind are those that are customized to the shape of your specific container. At Powerblanket, we customized such solutions for a myriad of applications and purposes. If you can build it, produce it, or store it, Powerblanket can cover it—literally.

Find out more about tote and DEF heaters by downloading the spec sheet!

 

 

Construction in the Cold

Construction season lasts as long as summer does, and with good reason: construction and cold weather don’t usually get along. However, sometimes the project can’t wait for better temperatures. What do you do then?

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Thankfully, Powerblanket’s business is built on helping industries like construction make the most of cold weather. Whether you need to keep water-based paint from freezing in transport, or you need to heat a patch of concrete so that it can cure under less-than-ideal temperatures, Powerblanket’s got it covered—quite literally.

Powerblanket Products

Powerblanket products are built with a patented technology that allows an even distribution of heat throughout the surface area. A few of Powerblanket’s most useful product for the construction industry are our large multi-duty blankets and our foam cylinder and box warmers:

Multi-Duty and Extra-Hot Blanket

Powerblanket® Multi-Duty and Extra Hot blankets, built with patented technology, save money by not subjecting projects to costly cold weather delays.

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Powerblanket® Drum and Bucket Warmers protect products by maintaining the desired temperature throughout an evenly heated area, thus reducing downtime. This keeps chemicals and other industrial materials within customer-defined temperature ranges, which means less overheating and burning of product.

Our products and uses don’t stop here, though. For more information on Powerblanket products, peruse our website or contact a Powerblanket rep today: 877-398-7407.

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New Spray Foam Solution Hits the Market

Spray Polyurethane Foam, or SPF, has been around for a long time now. However, Icynene, a Canadian spray foam manufacturer, has recently created a new and exciting spray foam that is rather innovative.

Spray Foam worker insulating homeIcynene’s Classic Plus

If you thought building-code requirements were strict in the United States, they may be even more so in Canada. According to PR Web’s report on the matter, Icynene developed its most recent product (trademarked as Classic Plus™) to answer the stringent requirements of the Canadian building codes. This new foam from Icynene, boasts some impressive numbers when it comes to thermal resistance. In fact, according to Icynene’s report, it’s one of the very best in the market, weighing in at 0.72 (m2•K)/W at 25.4 mm. If you’re in the spray-foam business, you know that’s an impressive number.

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This isn’t the only feature that differentiates this new foam from the others, however. Along with its thermal-resistance qualities, Classic Plus™ also plays well with a lot of surfaces. It offers “excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates,” (Icynene). One more characteristic that makes this product a real winner is its ability to work well in different temperatures and humidity levels.

Why we care: spray foam heaters

Powerblanket® is interested in all industries in which we do business, and spray foam is one of them. With great features that come in a product like Classic Plus™, we understand how important it is to protect such against cold temperatures.

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If you’re going to store spray foam in cold conditions, you need a solution that will keep it at the proper temperature. Spray foam helps protect against the bitter weather post-reaction, but when it’s still liquid, it’s highly sensitive to the cold. That’s why Powerblanket provides spray foam heaters to keep your spray foam container storage toasty warm through the winter months.

What is the Best Way to Heat My Spray Foam?

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Increase the Yield of Your Spray Foam BusinessAre you one of the thousands of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) contractors struggling to keep your SPF at the right temperature during the winter season? Are you tired of fighting a never-ending battle of cold foam that doesn’t flow properly, hot and cold spots within your drum, or overheating and frothing SPF?

 

You’re not alone! Many contractors are still dealing with old technology and practices which have never provided the consistent, equal heat distribution needed to supply the installer with perfect SPF at the tip of their gun. Most contractors are still using outdated, ineffective band heaters. While band heaters provide extremely high wattage, this power is only directed at a small portion of the container, which produces inconsistent, disproportionate heating of the SPF. The unpredictable turn-dial thermostats also lead to faulty temperature control and over-heated, wasted product.

 

Why? Why aren’t contractors demanding a new solution? Why continue to get by with “making it work?” This is no way to operate an efficient business and surely not going to provide a quality foam installation project that you want to stamp your name on.

 

This complication is so common, in fact, that it even demanded the attention of the authoritative organization within the industry, the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance.

 

The SPFA “is the collective voice, along with the educational and technical resource, for the spray polyurethane foam industry. Our experienced staff and member-comprised committees provide a wide variety of services to the industry.”

 

They produced the following tech tip: Maintaining Proper SPF Material Temperatures

 

“Low heat flux blanket-type heaters work well to maintain drum temperatures. Avoid use of band-type heaters or other high heat flux heaters…”

 

Who manufactures these “blanket-type heaters?” No worries! We found them for you!

 

Introducing Powerblanket®, the industry leader in heat spreading technology! Powerblanket’s patented GreenHeat Technology is the safest, most efficient way to provide uniform, consistent heat to your spray foam containers. And they do this with very low power consumption because of the blanket’s insulated design which directs all of the heat towards your product. Don’t get burned by band heaters! Try out a blanket-style heater today!66

ICAA Convention: Spray Foam Heating Technology

ICAA LogoI attended the ICAA Trade Show and Convention this past weekend in Tucson, AZ. It was like a quick getaway to ‘summer’ as we are enveloped in the fast approaching autumn season here in Utah. I feel like the ICAA did an excellent job of bringing together representatives from all facets of the insulation industry. There was everybody from the large corporate insulation and equipment manufacturers down to the one-man band spray foam insulation installers.

The overall feeling I walked away with is that there are two very polarizing sides within the exact same industry. There are those (both individuals and corporations) who have been a part of this industry since the beginning of mankind that are content, almost to a fault, with the status quo. “My great, great, great granddaddy did it that way. If it worked for him, it’ll work for me!”  Hmmm. I’ll check back with you in 10 years and see if you’re still in business.

On the other hand, there are the innovators, the movers and the shakers striving to eliminate the status quo. Why? Because that is what they do. They are the Steve Jobs of the industry. Their desire to create something new flows through their bloodstream. They can’t help but bring new ideas and products to a market that is ever changing and yet stale at the same time.

Convention Innovators

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I would like to applaud one of the companies that presented innovative ideas at this tradeshow. Graco, the worldwide leaders in fluid handling technologies, and their partnership with 2-track is forward thinking in bringing the industry a remote reporting technology. They hinge strongly on the highly adopted use of smartphone technology. This will provide tighter job site monitoring and cost control, resulting in quicker project turnaround time and more money to the bottom line. I applaud you.

Why would you want to continue to heat your spray foam that same way your grandaddy did? Don’t use a bow drill to start a fire instead of matches! Instead of hanging out in the stone ages, Powerblanket now provides heating solutions for the spray foam industry using its patented technology. This is an energy efficient, uniform heat spreading technology that provides even, consistent heat across your product. This means you don’t need to be concerned about hot spots or overheating of your product. Good bye band heaters, Hello Powerblanket!

Thanks again, ICAA, for a great convention!  See you next year.

Keys to Installing Spray Foam

Person in Suit and Mask Spraying Spray Foam on CeilingCongratulations! You’re a contractor or home builder. You’ve succeeded in helping the homeowner understand the benefits of using spray foam insulation vs. old school fiberglass batts. Your clients understand the economical benefits to their budget by using spray foam; it creates an airtight seal which is more efficient at keeping warm air inside during the winter and hot air out during the summer months, thus reducing their overall energy bill.

Now, the job falls on your shoulders to make sure they receive the high quality insulation they are expecting. As the popularity of spray foam has quickly increased, so has the need for contractors to adapt their services to include spray foam installation. This quick change has proven detrimental in many ways to the overall quality of the resulting spray foam insulation.

Contractors need to focus on:

  • Quality Control – You must have at least a simple quality control program to ensure consistency across insulation projects. If your focus doesn’t start here, your business won’t succeed.
  • Good Form – Consistent spray control must be used to avoid large gaps in spray foam.
  • Correct Mix – Proper care should be taken by frequently checking the mix ratio of your proportioners, pumps and sprayers. Incorrect mix ratios can diminish the R-value, performance, and longevity of the spray foam.
  • Temperature Control – Just as the correct mix is critical, the correct application temperature must also be maintained in order to ensure high performance. However, that’s not the only reason to pay attention to temperature control. The yield of your spray foam can decrease if the foam is too cold. Inconsistent and excessive localized heat can result in burned product. This affects your bottom line and the profitability of your projects.

Educate Yourself

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There are several spray foam training programs available to contractors to help. We recommend finding one in your area or attending an industry conference. Whether you’re brand new to the industry or a veteran, there isn’t a better time than now to increase your knowledge and techniques.

Solutions For SPF Temperature Problems

For temperature control, Powerblanket recommends an insulated heating blanket. Some advantages of the insulated blanket over the “strap” or “band” type heaters are:

  • Lower energy usage (heats your product not the air)
  • More even heat (more surface area for your product to absorb the heat)
  • Heats the entire drum which means less heat damage to your product
  • The ambient conditions have less effect (more effective in cold climates)

Using a heating blanket is guaranteed to help your spray foam maintain its nominal temperature. Use Powerblanket’s spray foam heaters and our other products to complete your tasks efficiently and on time.

Band Heater Alternatives

Band Heater AlternativesBand heaters have been around for a long time. For a while, people mistakenly viewed them as the only option for heating a drum, bucket, or barrel. But, if you’ve ever used them, you know that no one likes them. They get too hot and burn product. They are unreliable. The thermostats are unpredictable and will over-heat. And, the life expectancy is short.

By design, a band heater will provide a lot of heat in one, centralized location of the drum, bucket, or barrel, and that is not good. The extreme heat causes burnt and overheated product while leaving the rest of the container unheated and unprotected. This makes it virtually impossible to uniformly heat your container and maintain optimal temperature.

A blanket-type heater is an alternative to band heaters and I recommend it for a drum heater or bucket heater. This style of heater wraps the drum or bucket completely, offering uniform heat top to bottom. This helps provide consistent heat everywhere while also insulating your product from the wind, cold, and other unfavorable ambient conditions.

The spray foam industry has used band heaters for many years as most of their product is housed and transported in drum, bucket, and tote containers. The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) also recommends the use of a heat blanket-type heater and to avoid the use of band heaters, “low heat flux blanket-type heaters work well to maintain drum temperatures. Avoid use of band-type heaters or other high heat flux heaters.”

Heating blanket-type drum heaters are also more efficient at heating than a band heater. The data below details the results of a comparison test between a 720 watt  blanket-type drum heater and a 1200 watt 4” silicone band heater. Each heater was used to heat a 55 gallon barrel filled to capacity with water. Beginning temperature prior to heating was 32 degrees F.

The results show the water heated with the 4 inch silicone band heater reached a maximum temperature of 61 degrees F above ambient temperature in approximately 42 hours. After removing electrical power from the heater, the water temperature fell to the ambient temperature of 34 degrees F in approximately 33 hours. The blanket-type drum heater heated the water to 70 degrees F above ambient temperature in approximately 22 hours.  With an additional 72 hours the water reached a steady state temperature of approximately 110 degrees F above ambient temperature.  After removing electrical power from the heater the water temperature dropped to the ambient temperature of 34 degrees F in approximately 164 hours.

Can Industrial Heating Blankets Thaw Frozen Ground?

Yes. Industrial heating blankets can be used for various purposes. Many industries utilize electric heating blankets for different purposes and solutions.  

When working under a time constraint and having hard, dense soil, it can be cumbersome trying to dig and make any sort of progress. By adding an industrial heating blanket to the surface of the frozen soil, it slowly, but surely, begins to thaw and soften the ground beneath it. The longer you let this process continue, the more drastic the results and the ground will become more workable.

What Do I Do to Keep My Pipes from Freezing?

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What Do I Do to Keep My Pipes from Freezing?Freezing pipes is not an issue faced every day, but for the people who are suffering from frozen or cracked pipes it becomes the only thing they are able to focus on.

Pipes are made from various materials and most will react differently to environmental conditions. Materials include:

  • Cast Iron
  • ductile iron
  • steel
  • concrete
  • pre-stressed concrete asbestos cement
  • PVC
  • non-rigid plastic
  • copper
  • galvanized steel  

Though a couple of these substances are no longer used to manufacture pipes they can likely still be found in use around the globe and most are susceptible to old man winter and his cold, harsh temperatures.

Extremely cold temperatures cause water in pipes to freeze. This causes pipes to expand and eventually burst. Regardless of the material, many pipes will become stressed in extreme conditions so it’s important to keep them protected in these conditions, especially if they are exposed. You should start to become concerned about your pipes freezing when temperatures drop below 20°F and the pipes are either outside and not insulated or if they are indoors and exposed to cold winds.

It’s not just frozen water that can cause cold temperatures to inhibit the functionality of pipes. Air flow can become a problem if temperatures fall below a certain point preventing critical ventilation for some very important machines. A nuclear power plant in the Midwest was susceptible to such a fate last winter when the possibility of cold temperatures threatened to shut down operations for several days, potentially causing the facility a loss of millions.

Fortunately there are some solutions available that can help prevent broken pipes, protect your investments, and provide peace of mind. Several types of insulating sleeves are available and covering pipes with insulation is always a good idea. There are also some products on the market that offer heated pipe warmers as solutions as well.

Keeping your investments protected is crucial. Knowing the environmental conditions and how to combat them are key to keeping your pipes safe and providing a restful nights sleep.

How Can I Safely Heat My Chemicals?

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How Can I Safely Heat My Chemicals?Heating chemicals can provide a great challenge because they vary in temperature sensitivity and contain different flash points. Understand your chemicals by referring to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) information for temperature requirements. Current heating methods include:

  • steam bath
  • hot water bath
  • sand bath
  • oil bath
  • hot plate
  • heating mantle

These methods are safe, but cumbersome. They pose some challenges to controlling optimal temperature and overheating due to localized heat. Many chemical producers want some simple things in their heating and storing solutions including:

  1. Uniformity of Heat to the entire surface of the container
  2. Because Chemical is reactive to high temperatures, a Low Skin Temperature of the heating apparatus is desired
  3. Accurate Temperature Control,  either pre-set or adjustable
  4. Simple design

To solve these problems, look for:

  1. An electrically heated full-wrap design that offers either pre-set temperatures or thermostatic control to maintain optimal temperatures with tight tolerances.
  2. A product that provides a safe heat without high skin temperatures to accomplish the task.
  3. A system with uniform heat so it does not compromise the material by overheating in one area, or creating hot spots and cold spots. Localized overheating causes damage to the material compromising expensive materials, rendering it unusable or simply reduces shelf life.

Where flammable chemicals are present, open flame and spark producing equipment should not be used. Use non-incendive equipment that meets the National Electric Safety Code (US DOC, 1993) Class I, Division 2, Groups A through D specifications. Use a product that meets these standards for flammable type chemicals and for materials located in hazardous locations, as per your needs.

Can I Use a Spray Foam Heater Without Burning My SPF?

graphic of two spray foam tanks with hose and spray and one with a heated blanketSpray foam contractors spend a lot of money on their equipment and materials, which need to be treated properly to work well. If you don’t store spray polyurethane foam (SPF) within the manufacturer’s suggested temperature range, the foam can change viscosity or degrade, thus leading it to apply improperly. The ideal temperature for storing and applying spray foam is between 60-80ºF. It is important to find a spray foam heated blanket that won’t burn your product or warp your containers.

Freeze and Viscosity Drift in Spray Foam

Depending on the formulation, freezing can occur anywhere between 20°F and 47°F. During the winter months, it is crucial to keep drums of material warm to avoid both freezing and viscosity drift. Viscosity drift is a result of temperature drop. Every 18°F (10°C) drop in temperature will double viscosity. This will thicken foam, stall pumps, and make it difficult to spray. Most spray polyurethane foam should be maintained around room temperature (70° to 80°F). A blanket style drum heater with heat spreading technology is the recommended spray foam heating solution to ensure it stays at this ideal range.

According to the SPFA (Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance), heating blankets are the recommended solution to cold weather issues, “Low heat flux blanket-type heaters work well to maintain drum temperatures. Avoid the use of band heaters or other high heat flux heaters.” Band heaters are high heat flux style and localize heat, causing damaged product and bulging drums. Additionally, band heaters have unreliable thermostats which can overheat, resulting in off-ratio foam, increased density, and loss in coverage for the applicator. This all translates into lost profitability.

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The Optimal Heated Blanket

Powerblanket drum heaters maintain optimal temperatures for cold weather spray foam jobs. They completely wrap the drum, top to bottom, offering total protection. Additionally, our patented technology provides uniform heat throughout the entire blanket surface, thus avoiding hot or cold spots. This innovative technology delivers optimal operating temperature for spray foam applicators in all cold weather conditions. The Pro-style barrel heaters also include a digital thermostatic controller allowing you to select an optimal set point, +/- 2°F.  Also, this innovative barrel heater offers three independent, self-limiting heat zones for ultimate temperature control. Whether conditions are extremely cold or slightly cool, our Barrel Heaters can keep you on the job.

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Powerblanket Designs Gas Cylinder Warmers for Controlling Compressed Gas Temperature

Gas Cylinder Heaters by PowerblanketPowerblanket® Designs Gas Cylinder Heaters for Controlling Compressed Gas Temperature

SALT LAKE CITY Powerblanket offers a variety of gas cylinder heaters for controlling temperatures of propane, butane, nitrogen, oxygen and other compressed gases. The warmers utilize patented GreenHeat™ Technology to safely and efficiently warm compressed-gas cylinders, thereby maintaining optimum pressure levels. When used in cold temperatures, they can reduce the frequency of tank refills and boost BTU output by up to three times.

These heaters helped a railway company keep snow off the tracks by installing Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heaters over their 1000-pound propane tanks that power their generators along the railway system. Before using the warmers, the cold kept the propane from vaporizing, which meant there was not enough pressure in the tank to run the generators. With the warmers installed, the generators were able to run the entire location: Eight snow blowers and two buildings, without any problems.

GreenHeat™ Technology is a revolutionary heat spreading system that is designed to provide a highly efficient and uniform distribution of heat while only consuming low levels of energy.

A variety of gas cylinder heaters are available to fit most configurations of gas cylinders with capacities ranging from 20 to 1000 pounds; custom projects can be designed for larger tanks as well. The warmers are flexible to provide a snug fit, and they are easily secured with adjustable nylon straps. They feature a cinch-top design to minimize heat loss through the tops of cylinders, and their durable outer shells are both winter-proof and water-resistant.

Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heaters are also certified products for hazardous locations (CID2 T4). They are manufactured and certified to UL/CSA/CE safety standards, and extend “gas mileage” by eliminating unnecessary refills even in cold weather and harsh working conditions.

Powerblanket® provides superior heating solutions for a multitude of applications, including industrial and manufacturing temperature control, ground thawing, concrete curing, oil-field services and many more. For more information, contact Powerblanket®, call 877.398.7407 in the U.S. or 403.262.5770 in Canada, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit the company’s website at powerblanket.com.

 

 

Laying Bricks and Block in Cold Weather

House construction in winterEven with the onset of winter, construction must continue. Problems from working in cold weather can include slowing the hydration of cement in mortar mix, lengthening cement curing time.
Mortar mixed during cold weather often has lower water content, increased air content, and reduced early strength compared with those mixed during normal temperatures. Mortar is often mixed with heated materials to produce performance characteristics associated with mortar mixed at normal temperatures, or with admixtures which may improve the early strength and plasticity of the mix. Water, sand, or both are often heated for use in mortar in cold weather. However, heating prepackaged materials such as cement and hydrated lime has long been a problem for brick masons.

Frozen Mortar Will Not Work

Mortar freezing should not be allowed to freeze. Mortar that freezes is not as weather-resistant or as brick mortar freeze protection guide graphicwatertight as mortar that has not frozen. Significant reductions in compressive and bond strength may occur. Mortar with water content over 6-8% of total volume will experience disruptive expansive forces if frozen due to the increase in volume of water when it is converted to ice, and the bond between the brick or block and the mortar can be damaged or destroyed.

The Benefits of Concrete Curing Blankets

Experts recommend covering newly-laid brick or block with insulating blankets when temperatures are below 40°F, and using heated enclosures when the temperature is below approximately 25°F. Powerblanket® concrete curing blankets eliminate the need for heated enclosures and are the best option when it comes to insulating blankets. They maintain the proper curing temperature no matter what changes in weather occur, keeping the mortar bond strong and lasting. Instead of building enclosures, concrete curing blankets can be easily hung on newly-laid walls, eliminating the need for constructing enclosures or other temporary structures.

Concrete curing blankets can:

Laying Bricks and Block in Cold Weather

  • Keep the sand pile and dry mix bags warm and dry
  • Ensure that crews can lay brick or block in any temperature
  • Achieve durable and long-lasting walls, with predictable scheduling and minimal crew downtime caused by poor conditions
  • Maintain proper curing temperature regardless of external conditions
  • Hang easily

Hot Boxes are Problem Solvers 

Whether you need a means for protecting temperature-sensitive materials in storage, or you need a heating solution for onsite temperature maintenance, consider the Powerblanket Hot Box. This versatile heating solution accommodates remote-location use, job site heating, the transporting of temperature sensitive materials. Imagine transporting materials from job to job, knowing that your mortar, sand, and/or dry mixes will be ready for use when you arrive and well into the day. The revolutionary design of Powerblanket Hot Boxes provides uniform heat to all materials stored inside. This reduces the chance of having any hot and cold spots. If stored properly, masonry materials, chemicals, industrial products, and temperature sensitive materials will last longer and be more effective.

Hot boxes are:

  • Versatile and easy to use for many different applications
  • Easily transported
  • Provide even heating
  • Reliable
  • Time, material, and money saving

 

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