May 2018 Power Manufacturer: Black Rifle Coffee Company

May 2018 Power Manufacturer: Black Rifle Coffee Company

Black Rifle Coffee Company, from the heart of Salt Lake City, UT,  is May’s Powerblanket Power Manufacturer. We have featured companies in the past who manufacture taffy, rustic doors that double as art, composites and custom bikes. Now the spotlight shines on a company creating the bitter brilliance that most people rely on to get them out of bed every morning. Coffee.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

Black Rifle Coffee Company is a veteran-owned coffee company that produces some of the highest quality coffee ever made. CEO and founder, Evan Hafer, started BRCC in order to provide a high-quality roast to the pro-2A and veteran communities. He worked between deployments to create the perfect roast and also improve his firearm skills. After over a decade of researching, refining and drinking coffee, he decided to combine his two passions. Thus, Black Rifle Coffee Company was born and coffee has never been the same.  “I take pride in the coffee we roast, the veterans we employ, and the causes we support,” said Evan Hafer, CEO.

STANDING OUT

Over the past three years, Black Rifle Coffee has grown from a basement-run business to a 30 million dollar company. How? BRCC not only takes special interest in the quality of the coffee they roast, but also to their customer base. THey have expanded their roasting and distribution operations in order to be closer to the customers. This way they ensure high quality, roasted-to-order coffee that is delivered as quickly as possible. BRCC customers enjoy the freshest brew possible. BRCC has every kind of roast, from light roast to extra dark and even cold brews.

MORE THAN A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE

Coffee is not this company’s only priority. At Black Rifle, they strongly focus on supporting veteran employment and helping veteran entrepreneurs succeed. Mohammad Wali Tasleem and Evan (CEO) met years ago in Afghanistan where they worked together for over a decade. When Wali moved to the United States, he went from being a dedicated Commando to a gas station cashier working very hard to support his family of seven. Not long after, Evan heard about Wali’s situation and that Wali was coming to Salt Lake City for a tour. Evan knew before Wali got there that he was going to offer him a job.  THey welcomed Wali with a steady income and a fully furnished house.

GEAR AND APPAREL

From shirts, hats, and hoodies to mugs, tumblers, and top-notch coffee makers, Black Rifle Coffee Company is going above and beyond to guarantee their customers have everything they need to enjoy the perfect brew. All of their shirts are printed in-house to maintain quality product outcome.

COFFEE OR DIE MAGAZINE

BRCC produces a publication called Coffee or Die Magazine where they post articles that are “rich with content”.  Marty Skuvland Jr., executive editor of Coffee or Die Magazine, guarantees that the stories in this magazine are “original, compelling and well-written”. When reading Black Rifle’s online magazine, the reader will enjoy interesting and honest stories.

 

ADVICE FROM BRCC

BRCC is all about teamwork. When it comes to building a strong and driven environment, Black Rifle suggests, “Build a team of leaders in their specific expertise, and find mentors who are willing to help you succeed and charge forward without fear.”. So far, that seems to be working very well for them as they continue to grow as more than just a coffee roasting company. Not only does Black Rifle earn this award because of their manufacturing abilities, but also because of the amazing culture they have and continue to create.  

 

 

April 2018 Power Manufacturer:  Fezzari

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April 2018 Power Manufacturer:  Fezzari Bicycles

Fezzari saw that buying a good bike at a good value was an ordeal. Chris Washburn, Fezzari founder, repeatedly saw that people were improperly fit for their bike, or simply riding a bike that was the wrong size altogether for years without even knowing it. The industry was in desperate need of change..  In April, Jordan Washburn, Fezzari Sales/Marketing Experience Engineer, shared some insight into how Fezzari addressed this issue within the bicycle industry and what qualities make this Utah bike manufacturer a power manufacturer.

Who is Fezzari?

Active, passionate people excited to help others experience and love cycling make up the Fezzari team. Based in the heart of some of the best biking in the world, from the Utah slickrock trails in Moab to the  pine-filled peaks in the Wasatch Mountains, the team actively rides the trails and roads. Fezzari supports biking, adventures, the outdoors, and healthy lifestyles. Making the world a healthier place through fitness, fun, socialization, healthy living, and getting back to nature is a major focus. They support individuals and people who push their limits and overcome obstacles to achieve their goals, and are an active supporter of grassroots biking clubs, like high school biking leagues.

How It Started

Fezzari wasn’t founded by a Tour de France champion or a massive company. Chris Washburn was a successful attorney and businessman, but was traveling non-stop. He missed his kids’ soccer games and family time. One day he said, “There’s got to be more to life than this.” He stopped everything and changed course, going back to one of his passions and with the desire to have a positive impact on the world. He started Fezzari in his garage with the vision that quality and experience come first. It has quietly grown to become one of the largest rider-direct bicycle brands.  

Fezzari Changed the Bike

Fezzari  made it personal. The rider comes first. With the Fezzari experience, every bike is custom built and personally fit to each rider’s body measurements and riding style. Fezzari also decided to sell rider-direct (consumer-direct) to ensure the best service, quality, and attention to detail, and then passing the savings on to the rider. 

A Better Biking Experience

“Once you own a Fezzari, you are part of the family.”  From choosing the right bike with the support of their expert team, to custom building the bike to each rider’s measurements, Fezzari makes satisfaction a number one priority.  They also provide post-sale support with the No Risk Just Ride Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty. 

Every Step Counts

Fezzari is proud of their engineering, design work and actual bike building. Every step, from birth to real riding, takes place within Fezzari:  

  • Bike idea
  • Rough sketches
  • Nailing the geometry numbers so that the bike rides well
  • 3D drawings
  • Alloy prototypes and 3D plastic printed frames
  • Real working prototypes,
  • Production and building and shipping

 

Fezzari is excited about wo new carbon bikes that will launch within the next couple of months that went through this exact process over the course of the last two years!

Get out and ride this spring

 

“With each new design and concept we don’t want to make it best bike we’ve ever made, but we shoot for building the best bikes in the industry.  We are proud of that and also the fact that we started selling bikes out of our garage, and now ship thousands of bikes around the world each year.  Ironically 68% of our business is repeat and referral business, which in this industry is insane. We focus on making amazing product and providing amazing service so that the customers are just as proud of Fezzari as we are and naturally spread the word.”

Staying Relevant

The key to maintaining and evolving in the industry is to make sure Fezzari products are always evolving. Luckily, Fezzari was ahead of the curve when it comes to selling consumer-direct, because many have followed their lead. But in an age where other companies are now jumping on board, they distinguish themselves by offering a complete experience that no other company can touch through programs such as:  best-in-class bikes, customer service, Love it or Return it Guarantee, and Lifetime Warranty on all frames. . Fezzari strives to make the buying experience as seamless as possible and provides bikes that riders will enjoy for life.

High Praise

Fezzari has received praise and great reviews from industry experts over the years, which has only fueled their growth and popularity. More importantly however, they pride themselves on the great reviews they get from customers, that’s what drives and motivates Fezzari.

 

Power Manufacturer AwardFezzari Bicycles is our fourth winner of the Power Manufacturer of the Month Award. Check out some of our other winners for great examples of the manufacturing culture and diversity we have here in the State of Utah. Have a small manufacturing company in mind that you think would qualify as a Power Manufacturer? Let us know in the comments!

 

March 2018 Power Manufacturer: Rock West Composites

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Power Manufacturer AwardMarch 2018 Power Manufacturer: Rock West Composites

From taffy to custom barn doors, we now move on to the world of composites.  Manufacturing is a broad and diverse industry, and through the Power Manufacturing Award, we hope to represent the many different industries that demonstrate manufacturing excellence.

Rock West Composites

Rock West Composites, our Power Manufacturer of the Month for March,  operates from a 66,000 sq. ft. office/manufacturing facility located in West Jordan, Utah. Rock West fabricates stock and custom composite tubes, plates, rods, angles, shapes, and connectors in addition to offering a variety of complementary products. They are a full-service supplier for composite products. Rock West offers services from initial engineering and product development to prototyping to low and high volume production.

Rock West manufactures products made from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber, fiberglass, and aramids and have expertise in every imaginable composite fabrication process, including but not limited to roll wrapping, filament winding, bladder molding, silicone expansion molding, and vacuum bagging.

Employee Owned

Their highly experienced and entrepreneurial team is growing fast, and yet is still small enough to be nimble and maintain streamlined cost structures. Rock West’s motto is “Aerospace expertise. Commercial pricing.” They are proud to deliver daily on that motto.

Rock West is employee-owned, is self-funded, and has been growing at over a 20% year-over-year compounded growth rate. They re-invest in the business each year by expanding, purchasing new equipment, and hiring new talent to make sure they stay on the growth curve.

Industry Leader

Rock West is an industry leader because of their custom work, and they also have a thriving Ecommerce business selling manufactured product and other complementary merchandise: tubes, plates, panels, materials and manufacturing supplies. Industries such as aerospace and defense, industrial, scientific, oil and gas, consumer products and sporting goods all benefit from Rock West products.  They are proud to be AS9100D / ISO 9001:2015 certified. 

Advice from Rock West

Rock West CEO, Jim Gormican said, “Make sure you have a product that is differentiated in the marketplace. Hire great people and reward them for their performance. Monitor orders, sales and profit monthly and adjust as needed. Focus on innovation and solving your customers’ problems.”  This is great advice for anyone looking to find success–products and people are what make manufacturing happen and solving problems makes customers happy.

In addition to Rock West Composites in Utah, they have a composites manufacturing facility in San Diego. Rock West Solutions in Santa Barbara, CA, develops high-fidelity sensor systems.

 

February 2018 Power Manufacturer:  Rustica Hardware

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February 2018 Power Manufacturer:  Rustica Hardware

Power Manufacturer AwardRustica Hardware, of Springville, UT–the Art City, , is our featured Power Manufacturer for February. Rustica is the second manufacturer to win the Power Manufacturer of the Month Award by Powerblanket. Although they seem to have little in common with our first winner, Taffy Town, Rustica Hardware shows that manufacturing is not a stereotypical industry. We started this campaign to spread the word about the manufacturing industry and the businesses who are making an impact in it, regardless of the specific industry or business model. Rustica Hardware is definitely making an impact, and are doing some very exciting things to set them apart as a Power Manufacturer. 

Like many companies, Rustica Hardware began with a wish and a dream.  The founders, Kate and Paul Alan, loved cabins and rustic furniture and decor.  As they created and explored their options, they found that beautiful doors and hardware were the niche that fueled their fire.  Eleven years from it’s conception, Rustica Hardware is a thriving manufacturing business with a very bright future.  Ben Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, spent some time helping us to become more familiar with Rustica Hardware and their specific vision.

It’s Not Just a Door

If you were to walk into any mill or metal shop typically they will tell you,  “We make doors, cabinets, hardware, etc.”  That is the product base at Rustica; however, if you were to ask what they do, they would say, “We make functional art that brings soul to people’s living spaces”. This one-liner puts into perspective how they are different and reminds them why they are successful. They envision, create, and manufacture functional art, not doors. So if the product prepared for shipping isn’t inspiring, it doesn’t ship. Rustica Hardware promises quality, speed, and an artistic aesthetic with every single product–that’s what makes them different. 

Mass Customization 

An idea that they have built their facility around is “mass customization”. Because they offer so many different options and to ensure the product will bring soul to the intended living space, they had to create a machine unlike any other in the market to accommodate totally custom requests with short lead times. “We will proudly turn around a totally custom door in two-three weeks, and a totally custom hardware set in just three-five business days,” said Lewis.  The facility’s layout accommodates huge quantities of this speedy customization every single day, which is something they are very proud of.

What Keeps Rustica Hardware on Top

Their approach to business, creation, and manufacturing really hasn’t changed much since they began. Their primary focus has always been to create products that move and inspire people.  The only difference now is that they have expanded to meet the huge demand for their products. They value their people and have scaled up with the most talented people in the industry to ensure they can create products quickly and of the highest quality imaginable.

Award Winner

Rustica Hardware has received numerous trade/home show awards.  They are a Utah “Best in State” company for the door and hardware industry. They have been honored as as Best of Houzz and many others. On top of that, their products have appeared on many home improvement shows featured on HGTV, DIY network, and FYI. Their products have also made the big screen as parts of sets for major motion pictures.

Advice from Rustica Hardware

Lewis said, “Find a lane and stick to it. There is always the temptation to try to be something to everyone, but when you do that you risk being nothing to no one. Avoid the call to offer your products below their value. It will be a longer road to success by maintaining your standards, but it will build your company on a firmer foundation to cultivate customers who are actual fans of your brand.”

In the Future

Rustica Hardware has recently been filmed to potentially get their own renovation TV show on the A&E network. According to Lewis, “Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s looking very possible that millions of viewers, from all over the US, could be tuning into the Utah manufacturing scene weekly.”

 

Taffy Town, January Power Manufacturer

Taffy Town, January Power Manufacturer

Introducing the first ever Power Manufacturing Award from Powerblanket. Here at Powerblanket, we are passionate about a lot of things, but the one thing we are most passionate about is manufacturing. We love it. And, it just so happens that we are very good at it. After years of hard work, failure, success, and industry recognition, we have learned just how important the manufacturing industry is to not only the economy at all levels, but the quality of everyday life.

With that, we believe that it is important to spread the word about the power of small business, manufacturing, and the dedication that drives this industry that makes the world go ’round. So each month, we will be spotlighting a manufacturer who is mastering the principles and processes that makes manufacturing so great. We encourage everyone to support these businesses that help create jobs, make everyday life just a little better, and inspire future generations to carry on the mantle small business and manufacturing. So for the inaugural Power Manufacturing Award, we’d like to introduce you to Taffy Town.

From Mining to Manufacturing

Taffy Town, formerly Glade Candy Company, started as a means to raise supplemental funds following the birth of  founder James Vernon Glade’s second child.  Just a few months from those first candies, James left mining and began delivering candy by bike to several accounts.  Little did he know, the pocket change used to buy the ingredients for some peppermint chews would blossom into a company that is now over 100 years old.

Four generations, two names, and many candies later, Taffy Town has established itself as a premier purveyor of taffy, offering over 70+ different flavors.  

In 2016 Taffy Town was awarded UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year award. In this same year the company moved into its new 43,000 square foot facility in West Jordan, UT.  There the company manages around 50 employees and produces over 20,000 pounds of taffy a day. Taffy Town distributes in all 50 states and internationally.  

Traditionally Un-traditional

Taffy Town does not use the traditional taffy-pulling process that some may remember seeing in store windows.  Instead, they use a whipping process and 24 hour-long batch conditioning process to produce a soft texture taffy that melts in your mouth. Their products contain no peanuts and no tree nuts, and they are gluten free and kosher dairy.

Powerblanket is excited to honor Taffy Town as the January 2018 Power Manufacturer.  They are a fantastic example of manufacturing excellence demonstrated throughout their four generations of ownership.

 

Cold Weather Safety for Construction

Cold Weather Safety for Construction

The construction industry is a high risk industry, regardless of the time of year.  But when cold temperatures, snow and ice, and wind are added to the mix, precautions must be in place to protect your workforce, your equipment and materials, and the job.

Taking precautions and educating your employees on cold weather winter safety best practices can reduce the rate of illness, injury and dangerous accidents. Always emphasize “safety first.”

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Winter Construction

    1. Know the forecast and pay attention to changing weather conditions.  Today we enjoy the benefit of real time updates on our phones and computers.  When the weather outside is unsuitable for outside work, reschedule.  
    2. Limit exposure to the elements. Wind chill can take an existing temperature from workable to downright miserable.  And when wind and low temperatures are combined, it can be hard to reduce exposure for workers. Your employees were not made to be outdoors in these elements for long periods of time.  Schedule outside work in shorter durations. Break up larger projects into smaller tasks.
    3. Establish a warm break area. Outside work is absolutely unavoidable for the construction industry, but workers need a place away from the elements to take a break. A heated trailer or a tent with portable heaters and appropriate ventilation works great. Educate supervisors and workers on proper safety procedures with heating devices.
    4. Emphasize proper hydration.  We forget that our bodies sweat, even when it is cold outside, and especially when we are wearing extra layers of clothing.  Keep plenty of water on hand.  While many workers think caffeinated drinks will get them through, water is what the body really needs.  
    5. Require clothing that will keep workers warm and dry.  Boots with non-slip soles, heavy coats, gloves, and hats are all essential for protecting the body from severe cold weather.  Proper clothing is the first step in preventing hypothermia and frostbite and for cold weather protection.
    6. Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Even when employers do everything they can to protect workers, issues can still arise. Supervisors and workers need to know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite so that if anyone shows these signs, they can receive immediate medical attention.
    7. Remove snow and ice. Check the job site early each day, before the work begins,for snow and ice accumulation and for any additional hazards.  Be prepared with salt or sand and remove large patches of snow and ice.  Snow and ice removal, if left to the crew, will slow down the job and deplete their energy.  
    8. Winterize and prepare vehicles. Before heading into the cold season, inspected all vehicles and equipment to determine if they are prepared for cold weather construction. Top off fluids, check tire tread and air pressure, and change filters.  Equip all vehicles with winter kits that contain an ice scraper, snow brush, shovel, tow chain, flashlight with extra batteries, emergency flares, a blanket, snacks and water.  Also, educate workers on what to do and who to call if they are stranded in a vehicle.
    9. Prepare and protect equipment. In addition to preparing vehicles for winter safety, smaller construction equipment also needs attention.  Air compressors work best in well-ventilated areas with an ambient temperature in the  ompressor system’s optimal range, typically 40-95°F. If the temperature around your compressor becomes too hot or too cold, the compressor may not start or may exhibit performance issues.  Moisture control also becomes a factor.  Moisture that becomes ice can accumulate and affect the way the system runs, blocking drainage and preventing efficient compression.  
    10. Protect Critical Materials.  Adhesives, concrete, shingles, paint, caulk, resins, epoxies, and other construction materials need additional protection during cold weather  construction.  Winter safety also includes keeping these materials at proper temperatures for application.  Failing to protect critical materials could result in shoddy work that affects the overall finished product.  

 

 

Put It in the Box

Hot boxes are ideal for cold weather construction safety, freeze protection, transporting, job site heating, remote location use, and winter roofing. Standard Hot Boxes hold product between 100°F and 120°F (38°C and 49°C) –optional adjustable thermostatic controllers allow precise temperature control.

Powerblanket Hot Box Benefits

bulk material warmers

  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Easily transport from job to job
  • Preserve temperature sensitive material
  • Heat materials and palletized products: adhesives, shingles, paint, caulk, resins epoxies, etc.
  • Access doors on two sides.
  • Certified to UL and CSA standards

Hot Boxes and Cold Weather Construction Safety

  • Preserve temperature sensitive materials
  • Quickly and effortlessly install the compact portable design
  • Localize heat and save money by not heating a warehouse or building
  • Lower energy-related costs with the highly efficient design

Cold weather safety for construction

Powerblanket Receives the AME Award

Powerblanket Receives The Association for Manufacturing Excellence Award

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) today announced four recipients of the AME 2017 Excellence Award. The AME Excellence Award primarily recognizes North American manufacturing plants that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business. The award acknowledges continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation. Recognized among those four recipients is Powerblanket, the smallest company ever to receive this award.

Powerblanket – Salt Lake City, Utah

The leader in total temperature control, Powerblanket designs and manufactures high technology smart controls and monitoring devices, heating blankets, and chilling products that solve a wide range of temperature problems in industries such as oil and gas, construction, industrial, mining, and railroad. The AME assessment team highlighted Powerblanket’s great culture throughout the company. The team also commended Powerblanket’s improvements and impressive turnaround, especially for only being three years into its lean journey. The award presentation will take place on Oct. 25, 2017.

How It All Started

Powerblanket is a great example of problem solving and innovation in industry. A concrete worker in Salt Lake City, UT wanted to work more efficiently year-round. He worked with an engineering professor at the University of Utah to create an efficient heating technology that would cure concrete quickly and with maximum strength. They developed an innovative concrete heating product and founded Powerblanket, which soon became a leading manufacturer in the concrete industry.  This technology proved to solve many temperature problems for applications across many different industries, and they began wrapping barrels, buckets, pipes, and tanks. From there they developed an expertise in temperature control, built a world-class custom design team, created control devices, and entered the industrial cooling industry with a new line of chillers and cooling blankets.

What started as a solution to a common constructi

on problem, has turned into an industry-leading company that engineers and manufactures temperature control solutions for many different industries all over the world.

More About the AME Award

The AME Excellence Award has a rigorous selection process that begins when a company submits an extensive achievement report based on the AME Excellence Award evaluation criteria. Achievement reports are evaluated by the AME award assessment team. For companies that score high enough in this achievement report review, an intensive site visit is completed, during which a volunteer team of manufacturing practitioners validates the submitted achievement report. Recipients of the Excellence Award are selected based on the combined results of the achievement report review and site visit feedback.

The AME Excellence Award is not something that can be achieved by one person or one company leader. It takes all team members working together to achieve the level of enterprise excellence that the AME Excellence Award recognizes. With that in mind, AME representatives will visit award recipients’ facilities to present awards in person so that everyone working in these facilities can participate in the celebration.

Recipients will also be honored at the AME 2017 International Conference, taking place Oct. 9-13 in Boston, Mass. Recipients will share their best practices with other lean and continuous improvement practitioners in attendance.  

To learn more about the Excellence Award and the 2017 recipients, visit www.ame.org/excellence-awards.

The Art of the Slip and Fall

The Art of the Slip and Fall

When it comes to winter time, many people think of the holidays and the magical atmosphere that accompanies snow. For others, it is an inconvenience that needs to cease as quickly as possible. One thing that we can all agree on is that slipping and falling is no fun, at least for you. Now watching others do it is another story. As long as no one gets seriously injured we can all sit back, enjoy the show, and thank the gods of winter for video cameras.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the next Steph Curry.

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Can we get a guard for the crossing guard?

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Such a great ‘turtle on its back impression’. Get that man a prize!

Sidewalk or Slidewalk

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Ouch! Breaking face! I mean news…

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This one is actually a bit graceful, and I hope the gentlemen behind her rushed to her aid.

Great Flail

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Sometimes you just gotta take a moment.

Couples Therapy

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Misery loves company, right?

Snow Shoveling Fun

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Points for shovel throw and distance.

It’s Still Funny in Black and White

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Losing groceries on top of humiliation makes for a bad day.

 

We’ve all had one of those cringe-worthy moments where you hope no one was around to see it, much less record it.  Navigate the slippery slope with safety.  We wish you the best as temperature drops.

IBC Tank Sizes and IBC Dimensions

IBC Tank Sizes

An ideal storage container, there are a variety of IBC tank sizes for your industrial needs. Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), totes and tanks are ideal for storing industrial products in large quantities

What Do You Put in Your IBC?

 

Which IBC Tank Size Do You Need?

IBC tote tanks are an essential container for many industrial operations.  Hazardous materials, chemicals, and dangerous goods are stored in IBCs.  The food industry stores liquid, granulated, and powdered food ingredients, along with syrups, corn syrup, and molasses within IBC tote tanks.  They are ideal for solvents, detergents, or adhesives.  IBC tote tanks are even used for rooftop rainwater collection.

Such a versatile storage tool, IBCs are manufactured in plastic, carbon steel, or stainless steel and IBC sizes range from 180 to 550 gallons.

IBC tank dimensions vary; however, Powerblanket manufactures heaters for IBCs.

Powerblanket IBC Tank Heater Dimensions:

250 Gallon / 950 Liter

48’L x 42”W x 35”H

122cmL x 107cmW x 89cmH

275 Gallon / 1040 Liter

48”L x 40”W x 46”H

122cmL x 106cmW x 117cmH

330 Gallon / 1250 Liter

48”L x 40”W x 53”H

122cmL x 107cmW x 89cmH

350 Gallon / 1325 Liter

48”L x 42”W x 47”H

122cmL x 107cmW x 120cmH

450 Gallon / 1703 Liter

48”L x 42”W x 59”H

122cmL x 107cmW x 150cmH

550 Gallon / 2082 Liter

48”L x 42”W x 71”H

122cmL x 107cmW x 180cmH

 

How do you keep a barrel or IBC tank that is full of product at an optimal temperature? Powerblanket has the solution. Powerblanket heaters emit safe, consistent heat to ensure your IBC tanks are stored at optimal temperatures. Our standard IBC heaters fit 250 gallon, 275 gallon, 330 gallon, 350 gallon, 450 gallon and 550 gallon IBC tanks. Through our custom process we can manufacture heaters to fit any IBC. Easy to install, Powerblanket IBC heaters will save you time, money, and preserve your sensitive products, whether in storage or in transit.

Industrial Internet of Things

Industrial Internet of Things

In the world of growing technologies, the phrase “Internet of Things” has garnered quite the buzz. Put simply, the Internet of Things, or “IoT”, is the use of the internet to connect objects and enable them to send and receive data. IoT has the potential to connect anything with an on switch to the internet (toasters, large-scale production machinery, automotives, etc.) as well as specific parts of machines such as airplane engines or oil rig drills. The Internet of Things allows these objects or components to share data which is sent to a storage cloud and shared with users via smartphone, tablet, or computer.  The application of IoT is nearly endless.  Smart homes, smart cities, and self-driving cars are just a few of the developing IoT technologies expected to revolutionize our day-to-day tasks.

When it comes to industrial business, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of the most notable disruptive trends. According to McKensy, Industrial Internet of Things will have an economic impact of up to $6.2 trillion by the year 2025 and has the potential to drive operating costs across several industries.  Industrial IoT applications include machine to machine (M2M) communications for machine auto-diagnosis, indoor air quality control at chemical plants, and the temperature monitoring of storage containers containing sensitive materials, just to name a few.

The Benefits

The benefits of the utilization of Industrial IoT are compelling and countless. Internet of Things technology allows users to integrate and utilize data from different sources (humans, machines, parts). This data can provide valuable new insights to drive smarter, faster business decisions. For example, real-time production data may reveal additional capacity for increased production. Data collected for Industrial IoT can significantly increase efficiency and productivity, decrease production costs, and improve safety by providing data relevant to predictive maintenance. Additionally, Industrial IoT simplifies day-to-day operations by putting access to any and all industry machines and technologies at a user’s fingertips.

Have You Met Beacon?

The Beacon Wifi Temperature Monitor is an example of an Industrial IoT device that simplifies day-to-day tasks and provides valuable data gathered from multiple temperature-control products, all at your fingertips. The Beacon Wifi Temperature Monitor allows users to monitor and control Powerblanket products (or any other device that would benefit from temperature control) from a smartphone or computer. More importantly, it allows users to receive text, email or push notifications when the temperature goes outside the specified limits, so users can set the temperature and walk away with complete peace of mind. If you are interested in integrating IoT technology into your industrial business, The Beacon Wifi Temperature Monitor is an excellent place to start.

Wifi Temperature Sensors

 

How Cold is Too Cold to Pour Concrete?

What Temperature is Too Cold to Pour Concrete?

Experts agree that the best temperature to pour concrete is between 50-60 °F. The necessary chemical reactions that set and strengthen concrete slow significantly below 50 °F and are almost non-existent below 40 °F. Even when daytime temperatures are within the satisfactory range, winter concrete setting creates risks that could result in weak, inadequate concrete. If nighttime temperatures are below freezing, the water in the concrete will freeze and expand, causing cracks. Additionally, if temperatures reach below 40 °F (but not freezing) during set time, concrete will take much longer to reach required strength. However, if the correct measures are taken, concrete can still be successfully placed during even the coldest months of the year.

Things to Consider with Cold Weather Concreting

Before embarking on a cold weather concrete project, it’s important to determine any special strength requirements or considerations. This will help as you schedule your pouring and determine which strategies you will use to keep your surroundings and materials warm. The predominant challenge you will face during a winter concrete project is ensuring that the concrete sets before it is exposed to freezing temperatures. You might take the following suggestions into consideration as you plan your upcoming project:

  • Use heaters to thaw frozen ground, snow or ice.
  • Use hot water to mix cement.
  • Keep dry materials in a dry, warm location.
  • Use products designed to set quickly. During cold weather, these products will not set as quickly as the instructions may indicate, but will set faster than conventional materials.
  • Use additives that accelerate set time. Use caution; if additives contain calcium chloride, any rebar or metal wire mesh in concrete will rust and cause concrete to crack.
  • Use extra cement (typically 100 lb/ cubic yard) to make the reaction hotter and cause concrete to hydrate more rapidly.
  • Remember that you still need to wait for bleed water to evaporate. Incorporating the water into the surface during finishing will weaken the surface. Bleeding starts later and takes longer during cold weather; you can use squeegees or a vacuum to remove water quickly.
  • Wait until concrete has reached desired strength to remove any framework. If the framework is removed too early, the concrete will be damaged and the surface could collapse.

Maintaining Ideal Temperature

After implementing the above suggestions, It’s important to consider how you will keep concrete at the correct temperature during the curing process. Concrete must maintain a temperature above 50 °F for approximately 48 hours for the correct chemical reactions to take place. Two popular options used during cold weather concrete curing are heated enclosures and insulated blankets. If using an enclosure, ensure that the structure is both wind and waterproof. Additionally, ensure that there is proper ventilation for the space heater. Heaters cause an increase in carbon dioxide that could cause carbonation in the surface of the concrete.

Powerblanket Concrete Blankets

Powerblanket® concrete blankets are an extremely effective option for attaining and maintaining the correct temperatures for concrete pouring and setting. Powerblanket® concrete blankets can be used to thaw ground before pouring concrete and again after finishing to keep concrete from freezing. Utilizing Powerblanket® concrete blankets will ensure that concrete is kept at the correct temperature for the necessary reactions to happen quickly and the desired strength to be reached.

Commercial Snow Removal

Commercial Snow and Ice Removal

When it comes to commercial snow removal, proactive, preventative planning is the best way to go. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Last-minute scrambling to remove snow and ice is chaotic and can be unnecessarily time-consuming and expensive. Additionally, a reactive approach to snow removal leads to excessive use of snow and ice melting agents including rock salt and other chemicals that are harmful to concrete, roadways, and the environment. Preventative snow and ice control will also significantly reduce the risk of personal injury and damage to property. This includes damage to property caused by icy driveways, personal injury from slip and fall accidents, accidents that occur from snow or ice falling off rooftops, and damage or injury resulting from falling tree branches.

Know the Rules

Before establishing a snow and ice removal plan for your commercial property, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the snow and ice removal laws for your municipality and city. Laws vary from state to state and your snow and ice control plan will need to address these laws. Additionally, you will want to ensure you are insured in case a litigation does arise.

Some commercial property owners or managers may wish to partner with professional snow and ice removal services. If this is the route you choose to go, begin looking for a contractor as early as possible, near the end of summer or beginning of fall. Make certain that your chosen contractor has the necessary tools, staff, insurance, and availability to meet your needs.

Make a Plan

When constructing a commercial snow removal plan, it’s suggested that a detailed, step-by-step guide is written out and followed unfailingly. Moreover, you may want to consider documenting adherence to your plan; this will prove beneficial should a legal accusation arise.

Some elements you may want to contemplate incorporating into your commercial snow and ice control plan include:

  • Purchase all necessary equipment and supplies and service any snow blowers before winter.
  • Clearly define responsibility regarding snow removal in any leases involved with your commercial property.
  • Keep an eye on weather predictions.
  • Pre-treat surfaces when snow or ice is expected.
  • Check for any leaks in gutters and downspouts that could result in dangerous ice patches.
  • Remove ice and snow from all sidewalks and driveways surrounding your property.
  • Do not let snow accumulate to more than 3 inches.
  • Confirm that your facility has proper lighting.
  • Make routine inspections of your property throughout the day.

Try Summerstep

An efficient and convenient way to prevent ice and snow accumulation during winter weather is Summerstep Snow Melting Mats. Summerstep Snow Melting Mats can reduce the need for time and labor intensive snow removal and the use of harsh chemicals. Summerstep Snow Melting Mats are designed to be outside throughout the winter and can be custom designed to fit any location. With Summerstep Snow Melting Mats, you can keep your property accessible and running smoothly during even the harshest winter months.

Wifi Temperature Sensors

Wifi Temperature Sensors

Isn’t it amazing what technology allows us to do? New developments elevate and simplify daily tasks and open doors to new possibilities. Toady, WiFi technology allows us to connect with essentially any device or appliance that turns on and off and control and monitor it remotely. A popular example of this application is wifi temperature monitoring. In a personal setting, we can control and monitor our home thermostat from our smart phones. This remote, direct control over home temperatures allows for increased efficiency and reduced cost in home power.smart freezer controller

Save Time and Money

In an industrial setting, WiFi temperature transmitters (also called WiFi temperature sensors, monitors or loggers) save time and prevent down time and money loss by simplifying temperature control and preventing damage caused by extreme temperature fluctuations. The Smart Temperature Controller from Powerblanket connects with temperature control devices and allows users to monitor and control temperature settings from a smartphone or tablet. Users receive notifications when temperatures rise or fall outside of specified limits; this means you can address temperature issues before they lead to costly damage. Additionally, the Smart Temperature Controller features the Beacon Controls Portal, a simple to use interface that makes temperature monitoring from a computer, iOS or android device fast and easy (try it here with username “[email protected]” and password “1234”).

If you are looking to simplify and make the use of your temperature control devices more efficient, consider using the Beacon Smart Temperature Controller from Powerblanket.

Wifi Temperature Sensors

Propane Tank Sizes

Propane Tank Sizes

Our Remodel Story

We purchased a house in 2015 with the intention of doing a full remodel.  We had never done this before, but armed with ideas and a great contractor, we started on January 4, 2016.  That time of year is an awesome time to remodel because subs are looking for work and the project, if planned well, will move quickly.  That time of year is not-so-awesome if you are living in the remodel, which we were.  The contractors demoed the kitchen on January 4 and I did not have a place to cook again until early March.  I didn’t think this would be that big of an obstacle because I am creative, and I had a barbeque–I planned to grill all winter.

Little did I know, propane freezes, and this winter would be one of the coldest on record for Utah.  Needless to say, my winter grilling plan did not work and we ate out a lot.  I wish I had known more about propane and about Powerblanket propane tank heaters.

Propane Tanks Can Freeze

Propane tanks can freeze while in use. The colder it is outside, the lower the pressure will be in your tank; conversely, the higher the temperature, the higher the pressure. The liquid propane volume is directly related to its temperature.  When the ambient temperature is very cold, especially below zero temperatures, there may not be enough pressure in your tank to keep your system/appliance working properly. There is not enough heat to keep the molecules active, and the faster the molecules are moving, the higher the tank pressure.

Propane Tank Sizes

Propane tanks sizes vary by need and application.  Consult the chart below for the propane tank size you need.

Propane Tank Sizes

Powerblanket Propane Tank Warmers

Powerblanket propane tank warmers heat the entire tank by blanketing it in warmth. Our superior heating solution increases propane tank efficiency and reduces costs by optimizing temperatures. Powerblanket has the best propane tank warmers on the market. Increase propane tank pressure with even heat distribution

  • Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Eliminate unnecessary tank refills because of cold weather
  • Insulated full-wrap design

PBL05 Bucket Heater is in the Top 5

PBL05 Bucket Heater is in the Top 5

Powerblanket is honored to have PBL05 selected as number five of Ezvid Wiki’s Top 6 Best Heated Buckets

Powerblanket Lite PBL05 has recently been ranked at #5 in the 2017 wiki of the best heated buckets. If you store food or industrial supplies in 5-gallon buckets, you’ve dealt with the stringent temperature storage requirements.  It can be difficult to regulate temperatures and stay within temperature ranges for heating and storage requirements. By using an effective heating solution like bucket warmers from Powerblanket, certain foods and materials will last longer and be more effective. In turn, this saves you time, hassle, and money. Powerblanket bucket heaters are superior when compared to conventional heating and warming methods.

Process Heating Engineering: Pumps Too Hot?

Process Heating Engineering:  Pumps Too Hot?

Valin Corporation is a leading technical solutions provider for the technology, energy, life sciences, natural resources, and transportation industries. They came to Powerblanket with a process heating engineering dilemma, and Powerblanket world-class engineers came up with a solution.

What was the heating dilemma?

Valin’s problem centered around the oil and gas industry.   Pumps were getting too cold and shutting down, slowing production and wasting time and money.  They had tried to employ EHT to solve the problem; however, this got too hot and melted the rubber portion on the pump. Ultimately, they needed heating blankets that were C1D2 certified with self-regulating thermostats.   This became a custom process heating engineering project because of the pumps’ varying shapes and sizes and because of the very specific C1D2 requirements.

How did Powerblanket create a solution?

The Valin field site sales manager offered key information and measurements to ensure Powerblanket engineers could create a solution with a good fit for each pump.  After Valin tested the initial blankets for form and fit, we made minor modifications for the final order and provided a pricing level that met the end-item budget.  Each pump had a heating blanket to meet C1D2 specifications that also contained a self-regulating thermostat.

Time, Money, and Stress Averted

Valin no longer worries about pumps/stators freezing and shutting down operations.  The blankets will not get too hot or damaging rubber rings on pumps.   Because of this process heating engineering solution, Valin can install their blankets and rest easy about the efficiency and safety of their operations.

Heat Authority Sells Powerblanket

Find Powerblanket Products at Heat AuthorityHeat Authority

Heat Authority has researched the leading products for industrial and job-site productivity and offers the widest variety of heating and cooling accessories to make working in any environment easier and more efficient. Cold weather got you stuck? Unfavorable warehouse conditions? Hazardous area environment? Construction site issues? Need better equipment to get the job done? Heat Authority has a product to help solve your problem.

Heat Authority Has It All

With products for almost any industrial application, Heat Authority is one of the very best resources for industrial equipment supply. With a low price promise and FREE shipping on almost every product site-wide, Heat Authority offers heated concrete curing and ground thawing blankets, drum and IBC tote heated jackets, hot plates, furnaces, lighting, machinery, welders & generators, including freeze protection products and warehouse lighting solutions. Construction contractors and utility excavators rely on the light towers heated construction blankets. Warehouse managers and manufacturers demand the drum & tote heaters. Concrete finishers require the concrete curing heated blankets to keep their crews working all winter long.  Everybody loves the low price guarantee on EVERY product site-wide. Heat Authority knows that time is money and do their best to help their customers save money & stay on schedule all season long.

Great Distributor

Distributors like Heat Authority are vital to the success of Powerblanket, and we appreciate and value these partners for all they do to help us deliver heating solutions all over the world. If you are in search of Powerblanket heating solutions, Heat Authority is a trusted and reliable source.

Powerblanket Heating Solutions at Heat Authority Include:

  • Bucket Heaters
  • Tote Heaters
  • Barrel/Drum Heaters
  • Concrete Curing Blankets
  • Bulk Material Warmers
  • Propane Tank Heaters
  • Pipe Warmers
  • Ground Thawing Blankets
  • Spray Foam Heaters
  • Hot Boxes
  • DEF Tote Heaters
  • Tank Heaters

 

Cold Chain Logistics

Cold Chain Logistics

Effective cold chain logistics are essential to keep fruit fresh, flowers from wilting, and various chemicals and pharmaceuticals  safe during transit. In all modes of cold chain transport, temperature sensitive products are susceptible to a loss of quality.

The Global Cold Chain

Globally, there is a heightened interest in healthy food. Consumers are looking for higher-end products, such as Alaskan salmon, that must travel long distances and move quickly to ensure freshness and quality.

“Demand for fresh food is growing, and that requires increased innovation to overcome capacity and infrastructure constraints, and mitigate disruption risks to ensure quality delivery,” adds Tim Smith, executive vice president, sales and business development, for Lineage Logistics. Adjusting to these new demands while maintaining prices, places added pressure on every element of the supply chain.

Maintaining control of products is a major concern for many shippers.

Cold Chain Must Maintain Quality

In the food industry, there is an increased focus on quality, health, and integrity. Cold chain logistics must ensure that changes in texture and taste do not occur.  When a shipment strays outside recommended temperatures, quality will deteriorate rapidly.   

More premium products with a shorter shelf life and greater sensitivity to temperature, are raising the bar for temperature control and cold chain logistics.  Refrigerated warehouses across the food cold chain must maintain as many as five different temperature zones.

Cold Chain Logistics with Powerblanket

Powerblanket offers innovative cold chain solutions that will meet the demands of unique temperatures during transit. With the new Powerblanket ICE industrial cold chain solutions, you can efficiently regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions. Transporting food, chemicals, and other heat sensitive materials is no longer a major challenge.

Cold Chain Logistic Options

Icepack Blanket

  • Insulated, ensuring that your ice packs will last longer than ice alone and longer than other non-insulated options on the market
  • Internal pockets place the ice directly against the surface of your container

  • An affordable option for cold chain logistics
  • Easily portable solution
  • Temperature adjusted by the number of ice packs used

Circulation Blanket

The Powerblanket Ice Circulation Blanket, a more advanced cooling solution, is combined with either a cooler or chiller to achieve optimum results. The Circulation Blanket draws heat away from the contents of the container and consistently circulates cool.

Blanket with Cooler

  • Surround your product in constant cool as ice cold water from the cooler is pumped through the blanket
  • Maintain a minimum temperature of 32°F/0°C or lower the temperature with salt or other freeze point modifiers.  
  • Forty pounds of ice can maintain the temperature of the product at 55°F/13°C for nine to ten hours in 100°F/38°C ambient temperatures
  • Operates on 12VDC or 120VAC power.  

Blanket with Chiller

  • Achieve colder and continuous results
  • Maintain industrial cooling of 20°F/-7°C
  • One chiller can operate with two 55-gallon drum blankets
  • Ideal for process cooling and other industrial cooling applications

 

Technology and Cold Chain Logistics

Like all supply chains, cold chain operators must continually upgrade technology to ensure efficiency, integrity, and safety. This includes both back-end IT infrastructure and front-end devices that gather and report key data in real time.

Some shippers use removable sensors to independently track the temperature of cold cargo, usually for high-value goods and international shipments.

 

There is a sincere need for products that can can analyze and deliver data where and when it’s needed. Powerblanket has partnered with Beacon Controls to create a solution that is effective, reliable, and on the cutting edge of real-time smart temperature monitoring.

Smart Cold Chain Temperature Monitoring with Beacon

  • Change settings locally or connect remotely through Wi-Fi or Cellular networks, so you can keep your operation running smoothly wherever you are.
  • Customize scheduling and alerts based on temperature, electrical current, voltage, and resistance readings
  • Enjoy peace of mind for cold chain logistics
  • Compatible with a wide variety of cooling or heating devices
  • Create multiple users with varying levels of access and control for added security.
  • 120/208/240V AC options, switch up to 24 amps

Powerblanket ICE

 

 

Process Heating Engineering: Vanilla Beans

Process Heating Engineering:  Vanilla Beans

Often, when your industry is unique, there is not a ready-to-ship solution for your specific process heating needs.  Powerblanket’s process heating engineering uses ingenuity and Powerblanket technology to solve the temperature needs of many different companies throughout many different industries.

Powerblanket is currently working with Tahitian Gold, vanilla producer of choice for master chefs and culinary institutions, gourmet cooks and food connoisseurs, to find the best process heating engineering solution for their vanilla beans.

The Heating Problem

Tahitian Gold has vanilla beans that require heating before processing, and they do not currently have an effective means for consistent, safe heating. Right now, Tahitian Gold is testing various Powerblankets for buckets, barrels, totes and even a flat blanket to determine which process heating solution is most effective for their current temperature needs.

While this is not an overly complicated process heating dilemma, the mass of the beans and uncontrolled air gaps, along with awkward sizes and complex temperature and wattage requirements cause problems with consistent heating.  Hence, the reason for testing multiple Powerblanket options to ensure optimal results.

Each Powerblanket option provides concentrated heat to help consistently heat the beans throughout each container.

Powerblanket will approach your process heating needs with creativity built around your heating requirements.

How long does concrete take to set

How long does concrete take to set?

If you really want to know the truth, concrete never stops curing; it continually hardens forever.  However, for practical purposes, it reaches a point where further hardening will be so slow it becomes unnoticeable.  In this article, we cover the basics of what you need to know about “how long does concrete take to set.”

 

Concrete Never Stops Curinghow long does it take concrete to set

The continual hardening occurs because cement particles react with the water in the mix (hydration), and as long as cement is in contact with moisture, even miniscule bubbles, it will continue to form bonds.  This is minimal after “full strength” is achieved, but it is continual.  

 

Curing Time for Concrete

In standard industrial cases, full strength concrete is recognized at 28 days.  At seven days, you should have concrete that is cured to 70% full strength or greater.  But to answer the question of, “How long does concrete take to set?”, concrete setting time is generally 24 to 48 hours.  At this point the neighborhood dog will not leave his footprints in it, but you should keep it clear of heavy equipment during this time period. Most mixes are cured at 28 days.

 

Factors Affecting Concrete Setting Time

  • Moisture plays a critical role in curing time for concrete.  If there is not sufficient water in the mix, the concrete will cure too fast, resulting in weaker overall strength.  Too much moisture, often used in the finishing step will weaken the top layer and cause flaking.
  • Hot ambient temperatures and wind accelerate the evaporation of moisture–speeding concrete setting time.
  • The mix design has a lot to do with concrete setting time.  Some jobs will require accelerants because the area needs to be usable as soon as possible.  The accelerant will do its job and speed up the concrete setting time.  Accelerant mixes will show a weaker overall strength in the end, but will still meet strength requirements.

 

Powerblanket Concrete Blankets

If you are wondering about how long does concrete take to set, Powerblanket has a solution for your concrete setting needs.  If you are dealing with HOT conditions and your concrete setting too quickly, consider the FluxWrap.

The FluxWrap from North Slope Chillers is portable cooling equipment that will keep newly poured concrete safe from heat, regulating concrete setting time in both regular and hot conditions.

The FluxWrap is combined with either a cooler or chiller to achieve optimum results. The Circulation Blanket draws heat to the blanket in order to cool the concrete.

  • Use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse–the cooling blanket draws heat away and lowers the temperature of the concrete.
  • Take it with you on every jog.  It is easily portable.
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in Powerblanket heating products
  • Control the curing speed of newly poured concrete even in hot conditions

If conditions are cold, Powerblanket concrete curing blankets provide a manageable way to cure concrete effectively and confidently. Powerblanket curing blankets increase production by rapidly curing with consistent, even heat.

  •  Cure concrete 2.8 times faster than conventional, insulated blankets
  •  Maintain moisture throughout hydrating process
  •  Easily installed and removed
  •  Produce cold weather concreting strength of up to 3,925 psi in 72 hours
  •  Prevent a freeze cycle
  •  Thaw ground and frost from job site before you pour
  •  Reduce downtime & increase profitability
  •  Maintain ACI compliance for cold weather concreting

 

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor Tips

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

Are you choosing process heating equipment vendor? You may be experiencing some anxiety and option overload.  A lot of time has probably been dedicated to determining the details of your requirements, researching options, getting bids, and analyzing those proposals.  The question now is, “Which process heating equipment vendor is best for you?”  How do you make this decision?  Powerblanket has some suggestions.

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

Visit the vendor’s production facility

If you really want to know who you are working with and what kind of product they produce, go to where the magic happens.  Spend a day or two getting to know the staff and the facility.  It is worth the time.  There is really nothing that can replace old-fashioned, face-to-face interaction.  You have probably had plenty of interaction with the sales personnel, but now you can talk directly to the engineers who will build, test, implement and service your process heating solution.  Get a feel for the atmosphere of the work environment and the relationship of the team.  Happy employees usually indicate that you will also be a happy customer.

Ask to see the testing facilities.  This will give you a chance to observe the tools they use and the team that conducts tests.  Watching their problem-solving process can give you great insight to the actual expertise of the team.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your observations.

Visit actual customers in your industry

When choosing process heating equipment vendor, go visit another company that uses this vendor’s product. Ideally, you will want to be pointed in the direction of a company that works in an industry like yours with heating equipment similar to your needs.  You don’t typically buy a car without a test drive.  This process will allow you to see the equipment in action.  Talk to the staff about reliability, consistency, and quality output.  Ask about the vendor’s customer service, reliability, and responsiveness.  

Ask for References

When an individual or company offers a reference you can expect that it will be a glowing reference with only fantastic things to say about the vendor in question.  Seek out a variety of references.  Find a reference that will tell you about the ups and downs of working with this process heating equipment vendor.  Find a reference who has had a long-term relationship with the vendor.  Do your homework and ask a lot of questions:

  •    How does this vendor handle setbacks?
  •    How did this vendor work with your industry standards?
  •    If a problem arose, how quickly and efficiently did they respond?
  •    Did they do the right thing, even if it wasn’t the convenient thing?
  •    Do they stand behind their equipment?

After all this hands-on research, you should have a new perspective on the original bid.  Choosing a process heating equipment vendor becomes much easier after you have invested the time and effort to see and hear about how this vendor really works.  Now proceed with confidence.  

Process Heating with Powerblanket

Often, when your industry is unique, or your product very specialized, there is not an off-the-shelf solution for your specific process heating needs.  In these cases, Powerblanket engineers take a hands-on approach to creating a custom solution just for you. Powerblanket engineers use their ingenuity and Powerblanket technology to solve the temperature needs of many different companies throughout many different industries, saving time, money, and/or headache for our clients. With Powerblanket custom process heating solutions, you’ll benefit from quick turn-around times. Our products are certified to universal safety standards and are easy to install, use, and store. If you can build it, produce it, or store it, Powerblanket can cover it and protect it.

Choosing Process Heating Vendor

Concrete Curing Temperature Makes a Difference

How Warm Does it Have To Be To Pour Concrete?

Whether the conditions are hot or freezing, the ideal concrete curing temperature should be maintained at about 55°F to achieve the optimum concrete strength.

Curing the Hoover Dam

At its completion in 1935, the Hoover Dam was the largest dam in the world and a marvel of labor and engineering.  The first pour began on June 6, 1933. Rather than being a single block of concrete, they built the dam as a series of individual columns. The trapezoidal columns rose in five foot lifts. This method allowed the tremendous heat produced by the curing concrete to dissipate. If the dam were built in a single continuous pour, the concrete would have gotten so hot that it would have taken 125 years for the concrete to cool to ambient temperatures. The resulting stresses would have caused the dam to crack and crumble away (The Story).  

The heat and dryness of Nevada posed additional complex problems with the pour and concrete curing temperature.  When the concrete was first poured, river water circulated through cooling coils of 1″ thin-walled steel pipes. Once the concrete had received a first initial cooling, chilled water from a refrigeration plant on the lower cofferdam circulated through the coils to finish the cooling (The Story).

Concrete Curing is an Art

We live in a world where faster always seems better; however, concrete that cures too quickly or under hot concrete curing conditions can actually result in weak or unstable concrete.  If concrete is cured in cooler ambient  temperatures (32°F to 50°F) with moisture continually present, strength gain will be slow but the concrete will eventually reach a high strength. Concrete should not be allowed to get hotter than 90°F or to dry out during the curing period.

Best Concrete Curing Temperature

By “best” we mean “most thoroughly,” not the fastest.  High temperatures mean faster curing, but fast curing equates to weaker strength in the end.  The following study by Paul Klieger in the Portland Cement Association Research Bulletin 103 illustrates this concept.

concrete cure time chart with concrete curing temperature

Concrete Cure Time Chart with Temperature

At an age of 1 day the 120°F concrete was strongest and the 25°F concrete was weakest. By 7 days the high-temperature cured concretes had no more strength than the 73°F concrete or even less. By the age of 28 days the high-temperature concretes were weaker than the 73°F concrete. From 28 days to 1 year the 55°F concrete was considerably stronger than the 73°F concrete. All of this suggests that, provided there is continuous curing, concrete cured at about 55°F for the first 28 days ultimately reaches the highest strength (Concrete).

Hot Weather Concrete Temperature Limits

Hot weather concreting doesn’t simply involve temperature.  High ambient temperatures, winds, and relative humidity all play a role in “hot weather.”  Under hot heather conditions, the primary curing issue is having the top of the slab of concrete dry much faster than the bottom. As concrete dries it shrinks. This means that the top will be shrinking while the bottom is not. This creates internal problems with the concrete that will result in a damaged slab. The top and the bottom of the pour need to cure at the same rate (Placing).

Concrete Curing Temperature Solutions

Is it too HOT?

Powerblanket ICE is portable cooling equipment that will keep newly poured concrete safe from heat.  Portable, insulated, and efficient, Powerblanket ICE effectively regulates the temperature of concrete under both regular and hot conditions.

The Powerblanket ICE Circulation Blanket is combined with either a cooler or chiller to achieve optimum results. The Circulation Blanket draws heat to the blanket in order to cool the concrete.

  • Use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse–the cooling blanket draws heat away and lowers the temperature of the concrete.
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in Powerblanket heating products
  • Portable
  • Control the curing speed of newly poured concrete even in hot conditions

Is it too COLD?

Powerblanket concrete curing blankets provide a manageable way to cure concrete effectively and confidently in the cold weather months. Even in warm weather, Powerblanket curing blankets increase production by rapidly curing with consistent, even heat.

  •   Cure concrete 2.8 times faster than conventional, insulated blankets
  •   Produce cold weather concreting strength of up to 3,925 psi in 72 hours
  •   Maintain moisture throughout hydrating process
  •   Easily installed and removed
  •   Prevent a freeze cycle
  •   Thaw ground and frost from job site prior to pour
  •   Reduce downtime & increase profitability
  •   Maintain ACI compliance for cold weather concreting

 

Concrete Curing Temperature

Works Cited

Concrete Construction Staff.  “Best Curing Temperatures”. Concrete Construction Magazine. 16 May 2017. http://www.concreteconstruction.net/how-to/best-curing-temperatures_o

“Placing Concrete in hot or cold weather”. Sakrete Blog. 16 May 2017. http://www.sakrete.com/media-center/blog-detail.cfm/bp_alias/Placing-Concrete-in-hot-or-cold-weather

“The Story of Hoover Dam – Essays”. Bureau of Reclamation. 16 May 2017. https://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/history/essays/concrete.html

 

Portable Water Chillers for Industrial Process Cooling

Portable Water Chillers for Industrial Process Cooling

Powerblanket is excited to introduce the new North Slope portable water chillers for industrial process cooling.  If you need industrial-level cooling to keep your processes running smoothly, or you’re protecting critical materials against extreme heat, check out North Slope portable water chillers.

Cooling that Moves with Youportable water chillers

This portable water chiller offers precise temperature control, down to 20 °F.  You can set your desired temperature and acceptable set points.  The entire system is self-contained and requires only a power connection.  You don’t have to worry about making room for a large refrigeration system.  North Slope portable water chillers for industrial process cooling have a minimal footprint that will not interrupt the layout of your current system.  

Advanced Water Chillers

These portable water chillers are equipped with a continuous duty, non-ferrous pump and boast the most advanced active refrigeration circuit available.  The high quality compressor is the magic behind the chiller’s efficiency and reliability. The North Slope portable water chiller combined with the Powerblanket ICE circulation blanket is ideal for process cooling and other industrial cooling applications.

Pair with a Circulation Blanket

Draw heat away from the container and lower the temperature of the contents within. Combine the North Slope portable water chillers for industrial process cooling with the Powerblanket ICE Circulation Blanket to maintain temperatures as low as 20°F/-7°C.  

Small.  Portable.  Powerful.

  • Rated at ambient temperatures from 35ºF to 100ºF
  • Hermetically sealed compressor & Non-ferrous piping-system
  • Continuous duty, non-ferrous pump, 4 GPM at 50 PSI (other pumps available)
  • Submersed copper coil evaporator
  • Stainless steel tank with fully welded stainless steel couplers (12 gallon capacity)
  • Environmentally acceptable R134a refrigerant
  • Cooling capacity up to 12,000 BTU’s/h
  • Powder-coated steel or stainless steel cabinet
  • Comes standard with a twist-lock plug
  • Mounted on casters (feet option available)
  • Available voltages: 120VAC & 240VAC

Portable water chiller for industrial process cooling

Total Process Cooling with Powerblanket ICE

Total Process CoolingTotal Process Cooling

At the end of the day, it is important to know that the cooling solution in place will do it’s job.  Powerblanket’s world-class engineers create total process cooling systems that are reliable, efficient, and effective.

The Basics

When it comes to industrial process cooling, materials make all the difference.  Powerblanket ICE blankets are made with a rugged white vinyl that provides robust insulation.  The white reflects the sun’s rays and other heat to keep the contents cool.  Along with the rugged outer shell, these blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to pull the heat from the contents and the container and then transfer it into the blanket. Powerblanket ICE total process cooling solutions are portable, requiring only 120VAC for operation.

Industries

Keeping critical materials at safe temperatures has never been so easy.  Powerblanket ICE industrial process cooling works especially well for transportation, manufacturing, spray foam, motor, fermentation, welding, and biomedical industries with products ready to ship for tank, drum, and tote cooling.  

Pair it with a Chiller

When the Powerblanket ICE circulation blanket and North Slope portable chiller are used together,  you can achieve precise temperature control, down to 20 °F.  This combination is ideal for industrial process cooling because it is small and portable while still doing the job at hand.

Consider This

Your state-of-the-art system is producing unacceptable high heat along certain areas of the process.  You have already invested a substantial amount of money into the system and are, in no way, interested in pulling the whole thing out to solve this high temperature dilemma.  When materials or systems overheat, you are risking damage to the materials and/or the equipment itself.  Industrial cooling solutions can be big and expensive.  Powerblanket specializes in retrofitting systems to solve high temperature dilemmas.  Total process cooling is no longer a daunting endeavor.  You can do it with Powerblanket ICE.

Total Process Cooling

Propane Tank Warmers Optimize Performance

Propane Tank Warmers

The efficiency of your propane tank is based upon the temperature of the gas within.  Optimize output and performance with propane tank warmers.

Can Propane Freeze?

When the ambient temperature drops below -44° F, propane will freeze.  Below this temperature propane will not vaporize and your tank will freeze.  While there are not a lot of places where temperatures drop this low, any considerable drop in temperature will affect the propane tank pressure.   

When the ambient temperature is lower, an optimal tank pressure may be very difficult to maintain.  Propane tank pressure is based on the speed at which the gas molecules move–the faster the molecules are moving, the higher the pressure within.  Cooler/colder temperatures mean slower moving molecules, which prevent propane from vaporizing.  Bringing the propane tank/system up to a temperature above the cooler existing ambient temperature will result in increased propane tank pressure, flow and efficiency.

Propane Tank Warmers

Powerblanket propane tank warmers provide a uniform barrier of heat across the entire tank. Our superior heating solution reduces costs by optimizing temperatures and increasing propane tank efficiency. Powerblanket has the best propane tank warmers on the market. Overcome the effects of cold weather and cooler temperatures and maintain propane tank pressure and efficiency.

  • Increase propane tank pressure with even heat distribution
  • Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Eliminate unnecessary tank refills because of cold weather
  • Insulated full-wrap design

Propane Tank Warmer

Hot Weather Concreting Made Easier

Hot Weather ConcretingHot weather concreting

Hot weather concreting problems are most often encountered in the summer; however, any condition that increases curing rates and strips the concrete of moisture is considered hot weather concreting.

Pouring Concrete in Hot Weather

With temperatures rising and summer approaching, attentions shift from protecting concrete from the cold to concreting in hot conditions.  When pouring concrete in hot weather, special procedures should be followed for proper mixing, placing, finishing, and curing.  High ambient temperatures, high concrete temperatures, low relative humidity, and/or high winds impair the quality of freshly mixed and recently placed concrete (Hot).  Pouring concrete in hot weather affects laboratory test results, showing that higher temperatures affect the compressive strength gain of hardened concrete. Even though concrete poured in hot weather will produce higher early strength but as time goes by, the ultimate strength will be lower than expected (Rodriguez).

Water Loss

Hot weather concreting causes increased setting rates and rapid water loss.  Shrinkage and cracking are usually associated with hot windy weather.   The major side effect of faster curing and water loss is decreased overall concrete strength.  It is critical to prevent moisture from evaporating from the concrete surface. The evaporation rate removes surface water necessary for hydration , and thermal cracking may result from rapid changes in temperature, ie. pouring concrete on a hot day followed by a cool night (CIP 12). Proper mix design can compensate for these conditions, and in combination with protective measures to prevent rapid evaporation, quality concrete can be poured in hot temperatures (Rodriquez).

Adding water can increase concrete workability. However, adding water beyond the amount required by the approved mix design increases the water to cement ratio. This, in turn, can result in decreased compressive strength and an increased chance of cracking (Hot).

Recommendations for Hot Weather Concreting

Preparation is key and there are several basic precautions that can reduce the damaging effects of hot weather on concrete:

  • Use mix designs that are less susceptible to the effects of hot weather. The use of low-heat-of-hydration cement and certain admixtures (such as hydration retarding and/or water-reducing admixtures) are two standard approaches.
  • Keep concrete as cool as reasonably possible. ACI 305R does not state a maximum “as-placed” or “as-delivered” concrete temperature, but 90° F is commonly used. Substituting chilled water or shaved ice for a portion of the required mix water can help.
  • Limit the amount of time between loading the concrete at the plant and placement/finishing at the site.
  • Limit water addition at the job site, except to adjust slump upon arrival (when permitted by mix design).
  • Avoid or limit hydration accelerating admixture use.
  • Schedule large concrete pours in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler and have the manpower available to complete the job as quickly as possible.
  • Use temporary wind screens and water misting nozzles to reduce surface moisture loss (Hot).
  • Consider using a concrete cooling blanket to both retain moisture and protect the concrete’s surface from high ambient temperatures.

Powerblanket ICE Concrete Cooling

Powerblanket ICE® is portable cooling equipment that will keep newly poured concrete safe from heat.  Portable, insulated, and efficient, Powerblanket ICE effectively regulates the temperature of concrete under both regular and hot conditions.

The Powerblanket Ice Circulation Blanket is combined with either a cooler or chiller to achieve optimum results. The Circulation Blanket draws heat to the blanket while also cooling the concrete.

  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse–the cooling blanket draws heat away from the drum and lowers the temperature of the concrete.
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the curing speed of newly poured concrete even in hot conditions

Hot Weather Concreting

 

Works Cited

“CIP 12 Hot Weather Concreting”. NRMCA. 5 May 2017. www.nrmca.org/aboutconcrete/cips/12pr.pdf

“Hot Weather Concrete”. Engineering Consulting Services.  5 May 2017. www.ecslimited.com/blog/hot-weather-concrete

Rodriguez, Juan. “Pouring Concrete in Hot Weather: Tips and Tricks”. The Balance.  5 May 2017. www.thebalance.com/pouring-concrete-in-hot-weather-845030

 

Compressed Gas Cylinder Sizes

Gas Cylinder Sizes

Various materials are packaged in compressed gas cylinders such as atmospheric gases, fuel gases,  and refrigerant gases. Below is a resource for specialty gas cylinder sizes.

Specialty Compressed Gas Cylinder Sizes 

Compressed Gas Size Chart

Powerblanket Gas Cylinder Heating Blankets

When the temperature drops, maintaining optimal pressure in a liquefied gas cylinder can be incredibly difficult. Cold external temperatures prevent the liquid from vaporizing, which makes your gas cylinders unusable because of low pressure. Powerblanket offers a variety of gas cylinder heaters for increasing vaporization of propane, butane, carbon dioxide, anhydrous ammonia, refrigerants and other compressed gases. Powerblanket gas cylinder heaters provide a uniform barrier of heat across the entire cylinder.

  • Increase performance and efficiency of gas cylinders
  • Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Provide even heat distribution
  • Reduce cylinder refills in cold temperatures
  • Safety certified to UL and CSA standards

Compressed Gas Sizes

Small Industrial Chiller: Powerblanket and North Slope Chillers

Small Industrial Chillers by Powerblanket and North Slope Chillersportable chillers

Optimize performance when the heat is high with a small industrial chiller.  

Small Chiller Units

Do you need freezer-level chilling with continuously circulating fluid as low as 20° F?  Are you working hard to protect critical materials against extreme heat?  Do you have a process that unexpectedly needs cooling?  The small industrial chiller unit is an effective solution for all of these situations.

These small chiller units are equipped with a continuous duty, non-ferrous pump and boasts the most advanced active refrigeration circuit available.  The high quality compressor is the magic behind the chiller’s efficiency and reliability. Because of the stainless steel reservoir with fully welded stainless steel couplers, this small industrial chiller is much higher quality than the competition that uses plastic reservoirs.  Liquid line sight glass allows for easy assessment of fluid levels.

Precise Control and Small Footprint

The North Slope Chillers fluid chiller offers precise temperature control, down to 20 °F.  Set temperatures and setpoints.  Self-contained and requiring only a power connection, you can enjoy the ease of a small chiller unit that comes on 4 casters for easy mobility and a minimal footprint.   The small industrial chiller combined with the Powerblanket ICE circulation blanket is ideal for process cooling and other industrial cooling applications.

Works with Powerblanket ICE Circulation Blanket

Draw heat away from the container and lower the temperature of the contents within. When you combine the North Slope small chiller unit with the Powerblanket ICE Circulation Blanket, you can maintain temperatures as low as 20°F/-7°C.  This combination is ideal for process cooling applications while also being small and portable.


North Slope Chillers: Small Industrial Chiller Standout Features

  • Rated at ambient temperatures from 35ºF to 100 º
  • Hermetically sealed compressor & Non-ferrous piping-system
  • Continuous duty, non-ferrous pump, 4 GPM at 50 PSI (other pumps available)
  • Submersed copper coil evaporator
  • Stainless steel tank with fully welded stainless steel couplers (12 gallon capacity)
  • Environmentally acceptable R134a refrigerant
  • Comes standard with a twist-lock plug
  • Mounted on casters (feet option available)
  • Cooling capacity up to 12,000 BTU’s/h
  • Powder-coated steel or stainless steel cabinet
  • Available voltages: 120VAC & 240VAC

Small Industrial Chiller

Portable Process Cooling Equipment

Process Cooling Equipment

Powerblanket® designs and manufactures Powerblanket ICE®, portable cooling equipment that will keep your materials safe from heat including the Icepack Blanket, the Circulation Blanket + Cooler, and the Circulation Blanket + Chiller. This product line features portable, insulated, and efficient process cooling equipment.  Effectively regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions with Powerblanket ICE process cooling equipment.

Ice pack Blanket

With internal pockets that place the ice directly against the surface of your container, the Powerblanket ICE Ice pack Blanket is an affordable portable process cooling option. This blanket is insulated, ensuring that your ice packs will last longer than ice alone and longer than other non-insulated options on the market.  Freeze your ice packs, wrap your product, and get to work.

The Icepack Blanket is a lower cost option that is easily portable, allows you to adjust temperature based on the number of ice packs used, and offers the convenience of reusable ice packs.

Circulation Blanket

For more advanced process cooling equipment, look to the Circulation Blanket options.  The Powerblanket Ice Circulation Blanket is combined with either a cooler or chiller to achieve optimum results. The Circulation Blanket uses Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container.

Blanket with Cooler

When using the cooler with the circulation blanket, the ice cold water in the cooler is pumped through the blanket, surrounding your product in constant cool.  The pump runs on 12VDC or 120VAC power.  Maintain a minimum temperature of 32°F/0°C or lower the temperature with salt or other freeze point modifiers.  Forty pounds of ice can maintain the temperature of whatever you are cooling at 55°F/13°C for nine to ten hours in 100°F/38°C ambient temperatures.  Simply fill the cooler with ice and water and know that your materials are cool.

Blanket with Chiller

If your needs call for something even colder or continuous the Circulation Blanket + Chiller will be the best option for you.  When combined with the chiller, you can maintain industrial cooling of 20°F/-7°C.  This portable process cooling equipment option offers precise temperature control.  One chiller can operate with two 55-gallon drum blankets.  The chiller combination is ideal for process cooling and other industrial cooling applications.

Process Cooling Equipment

 

Beer Keg Chiller

Beer Keg ChillerBeer Keg Chiller

Enjoy all of your spring and summer festivities with a Beer Keg Chiller from Powerblanket ICE

Spring Fever

Spring fever is a real thing.  As the sun brings out the green in the grass and the tulips from the ground, it also brings out an anticipation and excitement in us to get outside and enjoy some vitamin D.  Spring Break, Easter break, and the weekend all call for a picnic, a barbecue, or a good old fashioned party in the backyard.  Getting outside with food and drink requires some planning, and when beer is one of the libations–you need to know how to keep a keg cold outside.

Portable Beer Chiller

There are many simple ways to keep a keg cold outside, but we would like to recommend a means for achieving the perfect chill that you can use over and over with no mess or stress.  Even on the hottest summer days, the Powerblanket ICE portable beer keg chiller can keep a keg cold outside (50°F)  for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.

True Story

To prove the effectiveness of the Keg Cooler, we ran an experiment.  We started with a 40°F keg of beer, wrapped the Powerblanket ICE beer keg chiller around the keg, placed it inside a 95 °F environmental chamber and recorded the beer’s temperature for 24 hours.  After 6 hours the beer was 43 °F and had only increased 3 degrees, and after 12 hours the temperature had only increased 10 degrees to 50 °F, which is still considered optimal temperature for consuming beer.

Powerblanket ICE Beer Keg Chiller

  • Highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell reflects solar radiation to help keep a keg cold.
  • Many insulated keg wraps are made from ¼ inch neoprene.  Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps contain a ½ inch thick sheet of closed cell industrial grade foam insulation that will keep your keg cool on even the hottest days.
  • Designed with 12 internal pockets to hold standard, reusable 12 oz 6” x 6” x 1” ice packs.  These ice packs are affordable and easy to find, making replacement a breeze.  Keep an extra set in the freezer for continuous or frequent use.
  • The whole system is easily portable
  • Low cost and reusable beer keg chiller solution

Protecting Materials from heat