How Can Powerblanket Help My Oil or Gas Company?

gasCold weather can pose real problems to a company in the oil and gas industries. Low temperatures, especially in the extremes, are guaranteed to impact your bottom line. Wasted time, lost profits, and drops in efficiency can all hurt your business. What can oil and gas companies do to ensure their product is kept safe from winter weather?

Your Solution is Right in Front of You

The answer is Powerblanket. 

The number one name in oil and gas line freeze protection, Powerblanket is the leading provider of standard and custom-designed industrial heating blankets. Engineered to function in the harshest of conditions, Powerblanket heating blankets are used globally to combat low temperatures in the oil and gas industries. Our equipment serves to maintain viscosity in oil flow, prevent gas from condensing, and stop valves from freezing up. Powerblanket’s heating blankets have time and again saved the day and the fiscal year for oil and gas companies, with impacts reaching all the way to the consumer. 

Powerblanket Makes All the Difference

Gas companies like McADA know this firsthand. They used Powerblanket to provide heat to sensitive equipment, allowing them to serve more customers and save money. In fact, the money saved after just two weeks covered the cost of the Powerblanket equipment.

Watch the oil and gas overview video below to find out about some of our products and how they have helped companies like McADA.

Transcript: In the oil and gas industry, winter means frozen pipes and faulty equipment. Ever considered how much cold weather costs your business?

McADA did. As a fracking fluids heating company, the company used to heat its truck mounted propane tanks with tarps and space heaters. It was a slow process and limited the number of customers they could serve. They turned to Powerblanket for a better solution.

With Powerblanket heaters, McADA now services customers faster, even in colder conditions, and reduced its service costs while growing its business. The custom heaters paid for themselves in just two weeks.

Or consider a large energy service provider that faced losing thousands of dollars in profits a day if their wellhead pressure transmitters froze. Powerblanket stepped in and designed custom heaters that eliminated the threat of frozen pressure transmitters–forever.

Powerblanket® heaters can be tailored or custom designed to fit any job, and any weather condition.Face cold weather with confidence. Let Powerblanket weatherproof your business for good.

A Heating Blanket for Every Occasion

Powerblanket manufactures heating blankets that are built precisely for your needs. Most often, those needs can be fulfilled in our standard line of high quality products. Other times, you need a custom solution to your temperature woes. Powerblanket does both, allowing you to obtain the best result for your business. 

Powerblanket: A One-stop Heat Shop

Powerblanket is the answer for every heating need:

  • Oil Flow: Cold air temperatures will increase the viscosity of oil until it runs like sludge. Powerblanket heating wraps can hold fluids at optimum flowing temperatures, freeing up your oil to move through pipelines.
  • Storage: Natural gas and propane both naturally condense in cold weather, lessening pressure in the tanks they’re stored in. This reduces the gas’ ability to vaporize and exit the storage tank, giving you less gas to work with. Heating blankets fix this problem by preventing the storage tanks from getting too cold, maintaining pressure and increasing the amount of gas that vaporizes.oil and gas
  • Valve Freezes: Valves are virtually guaranteed to freeze up during winter months, especially in environments where moisture in the air is a factor. Not being able to open and close a valve is more than lost time; it’s also a serious safety issue. Keeping the valves warm will prevent this from happening. Powerblanket’s heating blankets can be wrapped around valves, bringing heat in to stop ice from building up. The blankets can be fitted specifically to each valve, allowing easy access to the valve without having to remove the blanket for use.

No matter what your heating issue is, Powerblanket has it covered. From bulk purchases to custom orders, our oil and gas industry experts are ready to get you the equipment you need, making it seem like the cold was never there. For more information, call 844.903.1837 or visit [email protected]

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Custom Heating Solution

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Need Custom Heating for Your Equipment? Answer These Questions

Do you need custom heating for a specific and unique application? Although there are various standardized heating solutions available, to determine the right solution, either standard or custom, a few initial questions need to be understood. The first of the discovery questions is to identify the desired result of the application which is generally one or a combination of the following:Custom Heating

  1. Freeze Protection:  Generally to protect from the elements or cold climate
  2. Temperature Maintenance:  Maintain a specific, constant and optimal temperature
  3. Added heat or Increase Temperature:  Add heat  and Increase temperature higher from starting point

For example, a pipe heating application may require higher energy/wattage to thaw a frozen pipe and then settle to a moderate power/wattage for continual freeze protection and flow control long term.

An epoxy/composite curing application may require pre-heating at higher temperatures prior to the epoxy being applied and then maintained at a higher temperature for optimal curing.

Begin with These Steps

  • Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
  • The dimension needs to be as built, not a CAD drawing .  ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
  • Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
  • Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.

Custom Application Questionnaire

Once we understand the problem, these types of questions reveal the best solution:

  1. Which of these best describes the system requiring Cooling: drum/bucket, tote, tank, gas cylinder, pipe, flat surface (vertical or horizontal?), other?  
  2. Can you provide drawings and/or photos?  
  3. What are the critical dimensions of the system?  
  4. What material is the container or surface made of (i.e. tank wall, drum wall)? How thick? 
  5. What is the substance being Cooled (i.e. water, oil, pipe contents, concrete, frozen ground)? 
  6. Is this a flowing system? If so, what is the flow rate (include units, gpm, cfm, etc.)? 
  7. What is the expected ambient temperature (include units, °F, °C)? 
  8. What is the maximum expected wind velocity (include units, mpg, km/h, etc.)? 
  9. Are there other environmental conditions that may be relevant? 
  10. What is the beginning temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  11. What is the desired final temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  12. What temperature range is acceptable? 
  13. Are there upper or lower temperatures where the substance or contents will be damaged? 
  14. Is there a time frame requirement for the initial cool down? 
  15. What power source is preferred (120, 208, 240, DC)?  
  16. How far away is the power source (cord length)? 
  17. Do you require UL/CSA certified products? 
  18. Is your location considered hazardous (Class I Division 2)?
  19. How many units do you need now and in the future? 
  20. What is the required delivery date? 

Custom Heating Case Study

Powerblanket completed a project for a large chemical company to solve freeze protection problems. The company stores a chemical solution in large 4,000 to 8,000 gallon stainless steel tanks. Their customers live in various climates throughout North America. This solution is water based and freezes at roughly 32°F.  This company needed freeze protection and to maintain regular temperatures between 40°F -70°F.

The question became, “How do we provide a ‘one size fit all’ customized solution for various climates?” Powerblanket created a modular custom design, adjustable by region and tank size, that came in two pieces.

Powerblanket engineers calculated the amount of heat and insulation required to combat freezing temperatures and wind chill to maintain optimal temperatures in these various climates. What appeared to be a complicated application turned into a simple and effective custom solution.

So many industries need heating solutions, and not just during the cold months either. Epoxy curing, chemical storage, viscosity maintenance, food preparations, concrete curing, and much more all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round. 

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Powerblanket manufactures an extensive line of ready-to-ship products designed and engineered for a myriad of purposes. For example, if you store temperature-sensitive materials in drums, barrels, or totes, then our ready-to-ship barrel and drum heaters or tote heaters will accommodate your heating needs perfectly. If you store DEF, then take a look at our DEF heaters. If you have palletized product you need to keep warm, check out our Hot Box.

Along with all these great product offerings, however, one of Powerblanket’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is custom process heating solution for any project under the sun.

Often “custom” connotes extended lead times and a lot of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but Powerblanket’s customization process is fluid and effective.  We turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. Expect to be wowed.

Whether you need a heating solution for a large or oddly shaped propane tank, truck-mounted water cylinders, valves, manifolds, instrumentation, large scale epoxy curing, or any other specific application, Powerblanket is ready to help.

Custom Heating Solutions from PowerblanketCustom Heating Questionnaire

  • A reasonable window for completion
  • The ability to answer varying levels of customization
  • Certification to universal safety standards
  • Easy installation and use

Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time. Need custom heating for these vessels?

  • Drums / Barrels / Pails
  • Totes to include Diesel Exhaust Fluid Totes
  • Gas Cylinders to include Propane and Specialty Gases
  • Specialty Tanks to include Frac Tanks
  • Water Transfer Trucks
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Hydraulic Fluid Tanks
  • Vac Trucks
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Industries Powerblanket Serves

With Powerblanket, equipment lasts longer, projects stay on track, and fluids flow smoothly. Use Powerblanket technology year round to achieve total temperature control. Some of the various industries we serve include:

  • Oil/Gas
  • Railroad
  • Sprayfoam
  • Coatings
  • Chemical
  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Instrumentation
  • Food Processing
  • Composites
  • Construction
  • Precast
  • Roofing
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Gases
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Mining
  • Concrete
  • Public Works
  • Excavation
  • Water Purification
  • Government & DOD 
  • Fertilizer
  • Brewing
  • Fermentation
  • Welding
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid
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