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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat with Powerblanket ICE

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat

Under certain conditions and with certain materials, heat is the enemy: ruining epoxies, and interfering with the brewing process.  You can, however, protect critical materials from heat when the effects of heat are understood and proper precautions are in place.

Epoxy

Epoxy are many types of resins with similar properties and chemical structures. Typically used for adhesives, protective coatings and molds, epoxies are hard and notably inert after curing. Before curing epoxy is more fluid. The chemical reaction that results in epoxy is exothermic, meaning the reaction when epoxy is mixed creates heat. Adding more heat to this reaction makes the reaction advance faster. More heat, whether ambient temperatures or heat accelerators, will speed the chemical reaction.

In general, temperatures below 50°F/10°C are too cold for epoxy to cure properly. Temperatures around 70°F/21°C are ideal. If epoxy is kept in a container or spread in a thick layer, the heat from the reaction dissipates slower, and the heat of the chemical reaction can speed its own curing process (Legget).

Heat speeds everything about the curing process of epoxy.  If there is a need to store the epoxy, some plans for cooling must be in place.

Fermentation

protecting materials from heatHeat is an important part of the fermentation process; however, if heat enters the process at the wrong time, or lasts for too long, it can result in undesired flavors and aromas that compromise the quality of the spirit.  Spirits spend years locked inside barrels during the aging process, undergoing a series of seasonal climatic changes that trigger chemical changes. Controlling the temperature of actively fermenting wort (the sweet infusion of ground malt
or other grain before fermentation, used to produce beer and distilled malt liquors)
can have a major impact on the flavor of the finished beer. Fermenting above the normal temperature range may produce excessive fruity-flavored esters or harsh-flavored fusel alcohols (Stika).

Normal ale fermentation temperatures range from 68-72 °F/20-22 °C and lager fermentation temperatures from 45-55 °F/7-13 °C. The heat generated by an active fermentation can warm a typical 5-gallon batch of beer by 10 to 15°F/5.5 to 8.3°C (Stika).

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat with Powerblanket ICE

The key to protecting critical materials from heat is to prevent external heat from reaching your product.  An effective cooling solution should be able to remove as much heat as the environment is sending into the material you are trying to protect against the heat.  

FEATURES:

  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • White vinyl reflects heat rather than absorbing the sun’s rays
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use
  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling/process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.

Protecting Materials from heat

Works Cited

Legget, Rochelle. “The Effects of High Temperature on Epoxy”. Sciencing. 13 March 2017. http://sciencing.com/effects-high-temperature-epoxy-8590977.html

Stika, John. “Controlling Fermentation Temperature:  Techniques”. Brew Your Own, March/April 2009. 14 March 2017.  https://byo.com/bock/item/1869-controlling-fermentation-temperature-techniques

 

Keep Perishables Cool with Powerblanket Ice

Perishables and Temperature Control

Transporting perishable goods has advanced dramatically.  But how do you keep perishables cool if you do not have large scale refrigeration resources?

Understanding Ethylene and Respiration

Ethylene, often referred to as the ‘death’ or ‘ripening hormone’, is an odorless, colorless gaseous plant hormone that exists in nature. Not easily detectable, in nature the largest producers are plant and plant products (ie. fruits, vegetables and floral products) which produce ethylene within their tissues and release it into the surrounding atmosphere.

Ethylene plays a regulatory role in many processes of plant growth, development and eventually death.  The common practice of placing a tomato in a paper bag to speed ripening is the classic example of the effect of ethylene on produce. Increased levels of ethylene contained within the bag serve as a stimulant and initiate the production of more ethylene, which is then reabsorbed by the tomato and repeated over and over (Flower).

Flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables remain alive by respiration. High respiration rates rapidly deplete stored carbohydrates and create more ethylene, shortening the produce life. Respiration increases as temperature increases (Benkeblia), and therefore temperature control during transport is critical.

Flowerskeep perishables cool

A flower held at 86°F/30°C will age/respire up to forty-five times as fast as a flower held at 36°F/2°C.  When cooler temperatures are applied and the cold chain is maintained, the vase life of cut flowers is greatly extended (Reid).

Food

Produce temperature is the most important factor affecting its quality. For fruits and vegetables, respiration increases by a factor of two to five for each 18°F/10°C increase in temperature above the recommended holding temperature. For example, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, have a shelf life of seven days at 32°F/0°C, but only one day at 68°F/20°C. Longer-lived produce such as green beans, mushrooms, and green onions last only two to three days at 68°F/20°C. Above 86°F/30°C the produce will die or lose quality rapidly (Benkeblia).

All the way through the cold chain, produce should be held at its lowest recommended storage temperature. Keeping temperature in check is vital.

Bananas are a prime example for the need for temperature control of perishables in transport. To obtain maximum shelf life, harvest comes before the banana is mature but not ripening. The fruit requires careful handling, rapid transport to ports, cooling, and refrigerated shipping to prevent the bananas from producing ethylene.  “To bring this tropical fruit to distant markets and have it be edible is kind of amazing,” says Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida. “It’s pretty much a science” (qtd. in Dawson).

Keep Perishables Cool with Powerblanket ICEkeep perishables cool

How do you keep perishables cool and safe without investing in a reefer truck?  Your operation needs cooling; however, you do not have the resources to support large-scale refrigeration. Powerblanket offers innovative industrial cooling systems that will keep your assets safe. With the new Powerblanket ICE industrial cooling product line, you can efficiently regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions. Transporting perishables and other heat sensitive materials is no longer a major challenge.   

  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling / process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.
  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • 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 temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • When materials are delivered too hot, waiting for the material to cool can mean lost hours/days
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use

Keep Perishables Cool

 

Works Cited

Benkeblia, Noureddine.  “Transportation of fresh horticultural produce”. Post harvest Technologies for Horticultural Crops, 2009, Vol. 2. 8 March 2017. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-1291.pdf

“Flower Care”. Grower Direct. 9 March 2017. http://www.growerdirect.com/flower-care-ethylene-gas

Reid, M.S. “Handling of Cut flowers for Export”. 8 March 2017. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-1906.pdf

 

Keg Wraps for Any Occasion

KEG WRAPS

Whether a homebrewer or purchasing your keg from a commercial brewer, you know that beer temperature is critical to the overall experience.  Consider  keg wraps for keeping a keg cold during transport and when outside in the summer sun.keg wraps

Hypothetical #1

You are hosting a party and picking up a keg for the first time.  The distributor has limited hours and you have to pick the keg up before noon, but the party doesn’t start until later that evening.  How do you keep the keg cold so that it is ready to tap as soon as guests arrive?  Ice it in a garbage can?  Create an ice bath in your tub? Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a keg wrap that could maintain a cool temperature?

Hypothetical #2

You are catering a beautiful wedding in July.  All of the festivities are outside.  You have to set up early in the day and somehow guarantee that the beer is ready when the guests are.  You obviously cannot keep the keg out in the open in an unattractive fashion.  How do you achieve cool in temperature and appearance?

Hypothetical #3

Everyone is going to the lake for the weekend.  It’s time to unplug and enjoy the sun and sand.  You volunteered to bring a couple kegs for everyone.  Do you hope that the lake is somehow cold enough to keep the keg cold, but warm enough for your body?  Do you bring an additional giant cooler to ensure the keg stays cold?  What’s the convenient secret to keeping a keg cold?  WIsh you had a keg wrap?

Serving Guidelines

Regardless of where or when your keg is going to make an appearance, here are some general guidelines for serving:

  • All beers should be served between 38-55° F.
  • Lagers are served colder than ales.
  • Stronger beers are served warmer than weaker beers.
  • Darker beers are served warmer than lighter beers.
  • Macro lagers are served as cold as the Rockies.
  • Serve beers a few degrees colder than the target temperature, to accommodate for warming from the glass and the drinker’s hands.

Keg Wrap

There are many simple ways to keep a keg cold, 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 keg wrap can keep a cold keg of beer below 50 °F for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.  Whether you are a professional caterer, or are just throwing an outdoor party for your friends, keeping your beer cold is critical to the success of your event.  

Not a Hypothetical Experiment

We even ran a controlled experiment so you can see the data for yourself.  We started with a 40°F keg of beer, wrapped the Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wrap 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 Portable Keg Cooler

  • Black materials absorb the sun’s energy and get hot fast.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps have a highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell that 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.
  • Easily swap ice packs out with newly frozen units for longer term use or colder temps.
  • Keg wrapt and ice packs are easily portable, along with your keg
  • Low cost beer keg cooling solution

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Source

“Proper Beer Serving Temperatures”. American Homebrewers Association. 3 March 2017. www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/proper-beer-serving-temperatures/

 

PORTABLE KEG COOLER

 

TEMPERATURE AFFECTS THE AGING

As soon as beer is made, the aging process starts. The best way to lengthen its lifespan is to put it in the fridge as soon as you bring it home — even if you don’t plan to drink it until two months later. “Store your precious beer cold (3°C/38°F) until it’s ready to drink,” advises Julia Herz from the Brewers Association. “Beer is  like bread or milk. It will advance, but when stored cold (not room temperature) that advancing of flavors and oxidation is slowed down.”

For pasteurized beer, you’ve got more time than a few months. In a course that Herz and Chef Adam Dulye taught about food and beer, they cited research from MillerCoors that stated that “storing beer in the following conditions will result in equivalent flavor loss:

  • 3 days in the trunk of a hot car (32°C/90°F),
  • 30 days at room temperature (22°C/71°F), and
  • 300 days in the refrigerator (0°C/32°F).”  Which means you have almost an entire year to drink that can of pasteurized beer before it goes bad!

KEEP BEER COLDportable keg cooler

Every beer has a shelf life. Beer will certainly “last” longer if refrigerated. That is, the flavor will evolve more slowly over time at lower temperatures. Storage at higher than room temperature will invite a turning of the beer’s flavor for the worse, often described as “skunky”.

In some cases, an aged beer might be considered to have an appealing taste, but refrigeration will still slow the aging process and keep the beer longer. Additionally, the flavor of highly hopped beers will degrade quickly (within several months) at room temperature, and most people would agree that very hoppy beers in particular should be refrigerated.

HOW TO KEEP BEER COLD

Using Water, Ice and Snow

If you are indoors and without ample space in the fridge, simply dunk your can/bottle/keg in cold water.  Depending on the size of the container, use your sink, a bucket, a cooler, or your tub.  To speed the process, add ice to the cold water and stir.  By stirring, you’re using forced convection to speed the transfer of heat out of your drink and into the ice water solution.  A small handful of salt in the ice bath will help as well. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of the water, so the water can get colder than the normal freezing temperature (0°C/32°F) without turning into ice. When outdoors, put your beverage container into a lake or stream, ensuring that your can/bottle/keg won’t float away.  Or if it is winter, put it out in the snow.

Portable Keg Cooler

If you would like a more reliable means of cooling your beer and it is in a keg, consider using the Powerblanket® ICE portable keg cooler.  Even on the hottest summer days, the Powerblanket ICE insulated portable keg cooler can keep a cold keg of beer below 10°C/50°F for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.

Powerblanket ICE Portable Keg Cooler

  • portable keg coolerBlack materials absorb the sun’s energy and get hot fast.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg cooling blanket has a highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell that reflects solar radiation to help keep your keg cool.  
  • Many insulated keg jackets are made from ¼ inch neoprene.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg cooling blanket contains 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.
  • The ice packs are affordable and easy to find, making replacement a breeze, keep an extra set in the freezer for continuous or frequent use.
  • Easily swap ice packs out with newly frozen units for longer term use or colder temps.
  • Convenient ice pack size means it will be easy to fit these ice packs into your freezer.
  • Cooling blanket and ice packs are easily portable, along with your keg
  • Low cost beer keg cooling solution
  • Keep keg beer cool for extended periods at low cost

 

portable keg cooler

Sources

Breslouer, Lee. The 5 Rules for Keeping Your Beer Fresh and Drinkable.”  Thrillist. 20 February 2017. www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/how-to-store-beer-the-5-rules-to-storing-your-beer

 

Process Cooling Systems from Powerblanket

PROCESS COOLING SYSTEMS

PBICE55_withCoolerProcess cooling systems provide solutions where cooling is required at a specific location in manufacturing or some other process.  Taking a product, system, or liquid from a starting temperature to a lower temperature is the purpose behind process cooling systems.

PROCESS COOLING METHOD

  1. Heat exchangers transfer heat between a solid object and a fluid, or between two or more fluids. The fluids may be separated by a solid wall to prevent mixing or they may be in direct contact.They are widely used in space heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, power stations, chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, natural-gas processing, and sewage treatment. The classic example of a heat exchanger is found in an internal combustion engine in which a circulating fluid known as engine coolant flows through radiator coils and air flows past the coils, which cools the coolant and heats the incoming air.  The Powerblanket Circulation Blanket is an example of a heat exchanger for drums, barrels, and buckets.
  2. Powerblanket Chillers uses the same principle as a refrigerator, but instead of cooling the air inside of an insulated box, Powerblankets cool the water that flows from the chiller to the object being cooled..  Refrigeration is typically direct expansion, including an evaporator & fan system inside an insulated box, with a remotely located compressor/condenser.  Most fans run continuously to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the controlled space, while the refrigeration process operates intermittently to control the required amount of heat rejection.

 

INDUSTRIES USING PROCESS COOLING SYSTEMS

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“Today, indoor farming is a $500 million industry, and significant expansion is expected [. . .] The future for indoor agriculture looks a lot like manufacturing of the past — maximizing production and minimizing risks. It will play an important role in food security in the United States and around the world” (Kaler).  Maintaining consistent temperatures while balancing humidity can pose a tricky challenge for the indoor farmer.  The temperature differential can be as much as 1°F per vertical foot.  Many indoor agriculture operations are looking to cooling systems that can be incorporated into the existing ventilation system.  Onsite and digital monitoring controls are also improving the management of the indoor environment.

Breweries and Distilleries

A lot of beverage/food industries will use process cooling to maintain temperature while a product cures/processes.  Spirits spend years locked inside barrels during the aging process. During that time, they undergo a series of seasonal climatic changes that trigger chemical changes. In this delicate process, if a spirit ages too long or too quickly, it can result in undesired flavors and aromas that compromise the quality of the spirit. Yet in a stratified space, barrels at the top of the rackhouse age more rapidly — and can easily age too long.

Injection Molding

Process cooling can be directly associated with the process itself.  One of the essential requirements for plastic injection molding is proper cooling of the mold between cycles.  Chilled water is most often the cooling agent of choice because it is low-cost, has excellent thermal transfer properties, and is readily available.

POWERBLANKET PROCESS COOLING

Optimize performance when the heat is high with Powerblanket Ice process cooling systems.

FEATURES:

  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling / process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.
  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • 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 temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • When materials are delivered too hot, waiting for the material to cool can mean lost hours or even days
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use

Process Cooling Systems
Works Cited

Kaler, Mike.  “Don’t Bet the Farm”. Process Cooling. January/February 2017. P 16.
Stoike, Jamison. “5 Ways to Use Fans in Breweries and Distilleries”. Process Cooling, January/February 2017. P 20.

Process Cooling: Turning Down the Heat

Powerblanket has a process cooling solution for you unexpected heat issues:  Powerblanket ICE.

PROCESS COOLING SOLUTIONS FROM POWERBLANKET

Unexpected temperature changes were not on your list of things to deal with when you installed your state-of-the-art system a few years/months/weeks ago.  A large portion of money went into that equipment and now you are sitting with a major dilemma on your hands.  Heat is your problem and you need a process cooling solutionFermentation Cooling.  The materials are overheating, causing delays in productivity, damage to materials, and/or danger to your equipment.  Options for overcoming this problem are often limited to buying large and expensive refrigerators, or replacing equipment with new equipment designed with cooling capability.  Financially, that isn’t making anyone smile.  Powerblanket specializes in retrofitting tanks, pipes, machinery, motors, and drums that were designed/built with cooling in mind.

COOLING SYSTEMS

Powerblanket offers innovative industrial cooling systems to keep your assets safe for years. With the new Powerblanket ICE industrial cooling/process cooling blankets, you can efficiently regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions. Powerblanket ICE works especially well for the manufacturing, fermentation, spray foam, motor, welding, and biomedical industries, including tank cooling, drum cooling, and many other applications. We want to help you keep your critical equipment and materials cool under hot temperatures.

UNEXPECTED HEAT

Often customers will design a system not realizing that certain areas will exceed acceptable temperatures.  Enter Powerblanket.  The cooling technology of Powerblanket ICE will save you time, money, and stress caused by uncontrolled temperatures.

WHY POWERBLANKET ICE?

  • Powerblanket Ice can save you money.  
    • Design a system to fit almost any equipment,  saving you the expense of buying cooling capable equipment or buying large refrigerators.
  • Powerblanket Ice grows with you.
    • Systems can be expanded as requirements grow.
  • Conserve precious floor space.
    • A Powerblanket ICE system is mobile and has a relatively small footprint.
  • Save energy.
    • Powerblanket ice only cools what needs to be cooled.
  • Control temperatures precisely, with a properly designed system (controller, solenoid valve, and bypass valve required for tight temperature control, actual temperature range depends on conditions).  
  • Easy installation.
    • No modification to equipment required in most cases.

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

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

 

The Chiller System: The Coldest Cooling Solution

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

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

 

Feature Overview:

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

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

 

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Tank Cooling Solutions from Powerblanket

Powerblanket’s® Flexible Tank Wraps Protect Against Material Freezing 1If you’re storing things in tanks, then you’re storing a lot of it. That being the case, you can’t afford to leave your valuable liquid or other material to the whims of Mother Nature. When it comes to Summer, heat can wreak havoc on your tank storage and operations. But rather than spending a boat load on refrigerated tanks, you can get much more economical tank cooling solutions with Powerblanket ICE.

 

Powerblanket ICE Tank Cooling Solutions

What are your options for tank cooling solutions when summer rolls around? Well, if you haven’t heard of Powerblanket cooling technologies, then your only option is likely to be a refrigerated tank. Refrigerated tanks certainly get the job done. But aside from being rather expensive, they don’t solve cooling problems for pre-existing tanks. In other words, if you don’t already have a refrigerated tank, then you’re going to be spending a lot of time and money replacing your present tank(s) with new refrigerated units.

Thankfully, there’s a much better option for you. Powerblanket tank cooling solutions allow you to apply an insulating exterior cooling system to any tank. From common sizes to custom application, Powerblanket cooling technologies will keep your tank storage at the ideal temperature during the hot summer months. With four cooling options to choose from, Powerblanket tank coolers offer cooling protection for small to large applications.

 

Benefits of Powerblanket Tank Cooling Solutions:

  • Prevent the extra costs and downtime associated with other tank cooling options
  • Maintain operational continuity with an easy-to-install solution
  • External application means there’s no need to empty or halt tank usage
  • Protect your valuable storage from being compromised by heat
  • Maintain profitability by eliminating ruined product and costly downtime

 

Features of Powerblanket ICE:

  • Powerblanket ICE Tank Cooling Systems use patented technology to draw heat away from the tank in order to cool the contents inside.
  • Our Tank Cooling Systems cover and insulate with a durable and easy-to-use system.
  • Powerblanket ICE systems are portable and easy to install and remove.
  • The Powerblanket ICE Tank Cooling System makes for easy temperature control of bulk materials.
  • Each tank cooling system can be left installed and running while tanks are in use.
  • Custom cooling systems can be designed for any size and shape of tank.

 

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Barrel Cooling Solutions from Powerblanket

Barrels and drums, drums and barrels, they certainly make for very versatile storage units. There’s really very little limit as to what you can store in them. However, as versatile as these storage units are, they are entirely vulnerable to temperature change, making the contents equally as vulnerable. That’s why you need barrel cooling solutions for the hot summer months.

 

Powerblanket Ice Cooling ProductsBarrel Cooling Solutions from Powerblanket®

Whether you’re using metal or poly barrels or drums, one thing is clear; they don’t insulate at all. And since they don’t insulate, the contents stored in a barrel are left to the whims of external temperature. For many liquids and other contents, room temperature is just fine. But often times, barrels aren’t stored in a nice temperature-regulated area. More often than not, barrel storage is in uninsulated warehouses, sheds, and garages. If you’re barrels are stored in such locations, and your contents need to maintain a cool temperature, then summer is going to pose a real problem if you don’t have barrel cooling solutions in place.

Even more important than the aforementioned scenario is the need for keeping contents well below room temperature. Instead of investing a whole lot of money in large refrigerators and freezers, units that would have to be large enough for barrel storage, you can keep your barrels cooled, chilled, and cold right where you always keep them. With Powerblanket ICE barrel cooling solutions, barrel storage has never been cooler.

 

Powerblanket ICE Barrel Cooling Solutions

  • The Powerblanket ICE Drum/Barrel cooler uses Powerblanket patented technology to draw heat away from the container in order to cool the contents inside.
  • Each Barrel cooler covers and insulates through a durable and easy-to-use system.
  • Powerblanket ICE barrel cooling solutions are portable and easy to install and uninstall.
  • The Powerblanket ICE barrel cooler allows you to control the temperature of your materials with ease and efficiency.
  • Each barrel cooler can be left installed and running while material containers are in use.

 

The Benefits:

  • Protect your storage from overheating, avoiding costly setbacks and ruined product.
  • Increase operational efficiency and, in turn, profit.
  • Make sure the valuable characteristics of your storage are never compromised by overheating.

 

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Biomed Cooling Solutions From Powerblanket®

Temperature control in the biomed sector is not a convenience; it’s absolutely imperative. Whether we’re talking about keeping pharmaceuticals preserved, or we’re on the subject of maintaining the proper temperature for equipment, all of it is most important—for matters of safety and operational efficiency. However, even though biomed cooling solutions are so necessary, most of those on the market are expensive and not very versatile. Until Powerblanket ICE came along, that is.

 

biomed cooling solutionsVersatile Biomed Cooling Solutions

Unlike the many chillers and refrigerant systems on the market for biomed applications, Powerblanket ICE can keep bulk materials and equipment safe and cool without the same space limitations. The main difference between Powerblanket biomed cooling solutions and all the others is the simple fact that Powerblanket ICE is transportable, storable, and can be used on the same containers that transport, house, and store products and equipment. Our approach to custom cooling solutions allows for bulk cooling, regardless of the size and shape of your containment unit. In other words, you can get a cooling solution made to fit your storage and transporting needs instead of adjusting to fit the size of a refrigerant box.

Powerblanket ICE cooling solutions will keep your materials and equipment cool and safe. Vaccines, pharmaceuticals, fluids, and temperature-sensitive equipment, you name it, and we can cool it. Powerblanket ICE cooling solutions keep your materials at the ideal temperature whether the ambient environment is a nice seventy degrees or over a hundred.

In addition to its versatility, Powerblanket ICE also comes in three different cooling levels. Whether your temperature needs are big or small, complex or simple, Powerblanket has a solution for it.

 

Benefits of Powerblanket Biomed Cooling Systems:

  • Maintain ideal temperature of materials, products, and equipment, eliminating the risks and costs associated with overheating.
  • Increase operational efficiency and safety by maintaining the proper temperature of stored products.
  • Ensure the valuable and necessary characteristics of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and lab equipment are never lost due to drastic temperature fluctuations.

 

Features of Powerblanket ICE:

  • The Powerblanket ICE cooler jackets use patented technology that draws heat away from the containers and cools the contents inside.
  • Each cooler system covers and insulates by means of a durable and easy-to-use system, allowing you to limit costs by cooling contents in storage containers, rather than transferring containers.
  • Powerblanket ICE cooling systems are portable—easy to install and uninstall.
  • Powerblanket ICE cooling systems allow you to control the temperature of your materials and equipment with ease and efficiency.
  • Cooling systems can be left installed and running while material containers are in use, making accessibility easy and unencumbered.

 

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Spray Foam Cooling Solutions: Powerblanket® ICE

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

 

spray foam cooling box coolerSpray Foam Application in the Summer

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

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

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

 

Powerblanket Ice Cooling ProductsPowerblanket ICE Benefits:

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

 

Features of Powerblanket ICE Spray Foam Cooling Solutions:

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

 

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Electric Motor Cooling Solutions: Powerblanket® ICE

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

 

Powerblanket ICE for Electric Motor Cooling

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

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

 

Benefits of Powerblanket ICE:

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

 

Custom Cooling for Electric Motors

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

 

1, 2, 3 Customization

Our customization process is as easy as…

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

 

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

 

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Viscosity Maintenance In Hot or Cold Weather

We’re on the subject of viscosity maintenance again, and for good reason too. The matter is one that needs to be addressed year round, in both hot and cold weather. However, this time we’re talking about maintaining the proper viscosity of your liquids under all perceivable circumstances, whether in room temperature, on cold or hot days.

 

Powerblanket Ice Cooling ProductsViscosity Maintenance Has Two Sides

In previous articles, we’ve discussed viscosity maintenance as it applies to maintaining low viscosity levels in your liquids through the use of Powerblanket® heating products. Of course, the reason we’ve talk so much about this is because it’s pertinent to so many scenarios. However, maintaining low viscosity levels is only half the story when it comes to the entire viscosity conundrum. Some operations and product maintenance require the other side of the spectrum. In other words, Powerblanket can help with maintaining high viscosity levels as well.

If you store or use liquids that need to be very low in viscosity, then Powerblanket heating solutions can help you keep your liquids at temperatures high enough to keep the viscosity of the liquid very low. But, if the opposite challenge is your concern, Powerblanket can help there too. Our new Powerblanket ICE cooling products can keep your liquids cool enough to maintain high viscosity levels, even in really hot weather.

If the liquids you’re storing are at risk of losing their viscous qualities when the temperatures rise, then Powerblanket ICE is going to be an invaluable ally for your operations. Powerblanket ICE comes in three performance levels and will help you keep your liquids cool and viscous, even in really hot weather.

 

The Benefits:

  • Keep your liquids cool during hot weather, maintaining viscous qualities and eliminating spoiled product
  • Eliminate downtime associated with lost viscosity and the need for expensive cooling interventions
  • Increase output and profit by increasing operational efficiency

 

Powerblanket ICE Features:

  • Powerblanket ICE uses Powerblanket patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the container and cool the contents inside.
  • Powerblanket ICE covers and insulates your container with the same robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products.
  • All three performance levels of Powerblanket ICE, the ice pack, ice box, and chiller-driven systems are portable (120VAC required).
  • Powerblanket ICE allows you to control the temperature of bulk materials with ease:
    • Increase yields (Bulk materials that sit at high temperatures will reduce yield for most viscous liquids. With Powerblanket ICE, you can bring the temperature down, and keep it there.)
    • Maintain the viscous quality of your liquids
    • Decrease operational inefficiencies
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use.

 

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Cooling Solutions for Fermentation

Do you deal in the world of fermentation? If so, then you know how important it is to maintain the ideal temperature of your liquids. And with warmer weather already here, and with even hotter weather on horizon, you’ll need reliable cooling solutions for fermentation in place.

 

Powerblanket Ice Cooling ProductsPowerblanket® ICE: Cooling Solutions for Fermentation

With Powerblanket ICE, you can keep liquids cool, even under extremely hot conditions or during exothermic reactions, like fermentation. For years now, Powerblanket has provided numerous industries with innovative heating solutions through our line of ready-to-ship and custom applications (and if you need heating solutions for fermentation, we have those too).

Now, we offer innovative cooling systems alongside our revolutionary heat-transfer technology. And with the summer months approaching, cooling becomes a prime focus. With Powerblanket ICE cooling blankets, you can efficiently and economically regulate temperature-sensitive liquids, even when the temperatures are 100 °F or more.

Powerblanket ICE works by pulling heat away from the container in order to cool the contents inside. With three performance levels available, you can pick the solution that’s right for your budget and needs. Powerblanket ICE products are the perfect cooling solutions for fermentation.

 

Features of Powerblanket ICE:

  • Powerblanket ICE uses Powerblanket patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the container and cool the contents.
  • Powerblanket ICE covers and insulates with the same robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products.
  • Ice box, ice pack and chiller-driven systems are portable (120VAC required for ice box and chiller systems).
  • Blankets can be left installed and running during routine procedures.

 

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Concrete Cooling: Curing Concrete in the Summer Months


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

 

canstockphoto3975308Concreting in the Summer

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

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

 

Powerblanket® ICE for Concrete Cooling

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

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

 

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

 

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Spray Foam Cooling Solutions for Your Year Round Business

The business of spray foam is a year round endeavor: rain, snow, sleet or hail, right? With that in mind, Powerblanket® has long provided the industry with innovative heating solutions to keep you running efficiently through the cold months. But as you know, hot weather can have a detrimental effect on your spray foam too. That’s where our new spray foam cooling solutions come in.

 

Spray Foam at Ideal Temperature (Even in the Summer)

Freezing temperatures can really put a halt on your spray foam business, and we have plenty of helpful information about that. But hot weather can do just as much to disrupt the continuity of your operations. As you’re likely aware, spray foam that sits in temperatures over 90° F will not have as much yield as spray foam that’s stored or used in a range at or below room temperature. Storing foam in high temperatures also degrades the foam’s capabilities. So here’s another dilemma for the spray foam industry. How do you keep your spray foam protected from the heat of the summer months? Well, the answer is what we’re so jazzed to tell you about.

Alongside our spray foam heating solutions, we now offer an equally innovative line of spray foam cooling solutions for the spray foam contractor. Our new Powerblanket ICE product line enables you to keep your spray foam at ideal temperatures, even in the hottest summer weather.

 

Powerblanket ICE Features:

  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to draw heat away from the container, thereby cooling the product inside Blanket outer shell and insulation are the same as the robust system used in Powerblanket heating products.
  • All three types of cooling products are portable (Both the ice box and chiller driven systems require 120VAC). See the Powerblanket ICE information pages on our website for details.
  • We can provide Powerblanket ICE cooling products for custom applications quickly and cost effectively, just like our heating products. Just get us the details and we can have a product in your hands in just a few weeks.
  • Control temperature of spray foam bulk materials, and…
    • Increase yields (Bulk materials over 90° F will reduce yields for most spray foams.)
    • Maintain foam quality (Hot bulk material can decrease foam tenacity and increase foam density).
    • Decrease foam application times (Increasing foam density and quality decreases application times).
  • Eliminate time waiting for spray foam bulk materials to cool…
    • Keep materials cool in storage, during transit and during use, avoid losing hours or even days waiting for material to cool.
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while material containers are in use.

 

The new line of Powerblanket spray foam cooling solutions come in lower cost, mid-grade, and premium options.

 

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