Keep Propane Tanks from Freezing with a Propane Tank Heater

If you rely on propane for year-round operations, then you already know what a headache winter weather can be. If you have a cold propane tank as a result of dropping temperatures, you’re going to lose a lot of efficiency. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution to keeping your propane tank from freezing, and the solution is something some refer to as a propane tank blanket.

 

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Propane Performs Best Under Heat

Did you know that propane can freeze up completely if the ambient temperature drops below -44° F? Granted, -44° F is pretty darn cold, but in terms of gases, it’s a rather high freezing point. As cold as this temperature is in general terms, there are regions North America that experience extremes within this range and even lower, and if you operate a propane tank under these conditions without freeze protection, catastrophe is inevitable.

Worst-case scenario aside, propane-tank efficiency will fall substantially as the temperature drops, even if it never plummets as low as -44° F. As the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your propane tank, and the pressure in your propane tank coincides with the volume of propane you have to work with. As pressure drops, not only will the volume of your propane deplete, but your extraction rate (how quickly and smoothly you can extract propane from the tank) will suffer as well. If you don’t have a heating source to assist in the pressure maintenance of your tank, then you’re going to have to keep it as full as possible in order to keep it working, even if temperatures are mildly cold.

 

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More On Propane Extraction or Pressure Rate

Cold weather is the most common dilemma facing propane-tank failure, but it isn’t the only one. Another cause of propane tank freezing has to do with the rate of extraction, or the pressure rate. If you’re drawing out a substantial amount of propane from your tank in a short amount of time, then you could cause the tank to freeze and ice up. This is assuming, of course, that you don’t have a heat source to assist with the problem.

Filling your propane tank more often isn’t going to solve a problem like this. And to be quite frank, it’s only a Band-Aid for cold weather dilemmas as well. No, the only real solution to both problems mentioned here is to keep your tank at the ideal temperature, regardless of outside forces. The safest, most efficient way to do this is to employ an external heating system that both insulates your tank and adds regulated and controlled heat to the exterior service.

In the case of heating propane, SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT. Propane, as we’re sure you know, is a highly flammable gas, so using any old make-shift solution isn’t safe. On the other hand, using a heating solution design specifically for the process, one that is certified and pronounced safe by reputable, third-party testing laboratories is the only way to go. With that said, let us introduce you to the Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heater.

 

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Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heater

Powerblanket has the best propane tank heating solution on the market. And we aren’t just saying that because we are Powerblanket. No, we’re saying it because we know of no other company that puts more thought, time, and testing into such a product offering.  Our heating blankets will help maintain pressure and efficiency on just about any size tank.

What’s more, if your tank isn’t the common propane unit, well, that’s no problem. Our custom approach to heating solutions can tailor a blanket to fit your specific dimensions and needs. In addition to this, and most importantly, our product is safe! All Powerblanket heating blankets are certified with ETL certification to the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

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Benefits of Powerblanket Propane Tank Heaters:

  • Increase performance and efficiency of propane tanks
  • Provide even heat distribution
  • Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Safety certified by UL/CSA/CE
  • Eliminates unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather

 

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Process Heating Engineering: Vanilla Beans

Process Heating Engineering:  Vanilla Beans

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

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

The Heating Problem

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

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

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

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

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor Tips

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

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

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

Visit the vendor’s production facility

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

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

Visit actual customers in your industry

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

Ask for References

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

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

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

Process Heating with Powerblanket

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

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Process Heating Engineering: Heat Tape

Process Heating Engineering:  Heat Tape

Powerblanket makes industrial heating blankets; however, for this process heating project, we skipped the outer jacket and went straight for the heat tape on the inside.

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The Heating Dilemma

This company needed to cure carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites.  They were on a very tight timeline and their current suppliers were unable to react quickly enough to meet their needs. This became a custom project because the composites had a complex geometry that could not be evenly heated/covered with a standard industrial heating blanket.

The Powerblanket Custom Solution

Powerblanket recognized that a standard blanket could not meet the process heating needs of these complicated composites.  So we offered them the electrical heating tape normally used inside PB400 blankets that would adhere directly to the surfaces they wanted to heat.  In addition, we built them a custom power cord and wiring harness to power several pieces of heat tape at once.  

They had their own temperature control system, so our offering was incredibly simple: a plug, a cord, and a wiring harness used to power several pieces of adhesive-backed high-temperature heat tape (300 F°/149°C rated).  We designed the heat tape to be one-time-use disposable and the power cord and wiring harness to be reusable and easily be disconnected.

Powerblanket Custom Team

Powerblanket’s custom engineering team prides itself on creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, quickly dreaming up a solution that met all of the customer’s technical requirements.  Despite this being a new product category for Powerblanket, we provided a quote within 24 hours of the initial conversation, and built and shipped the process heating product within a week of receiving the PO.

When you purchase a Powerblanket custom process heating solution, you will enjoy quick turn-around times and the ability to choose from varying levels of customization. Our products are certified to universal safety standards and are easy to install, use, and store.

So whether you need a heat solution for complicated composite curing, tank heaters for your three phase horizontal separator used during drilling operations, or process heating temperature control on your assembly line, our custom approach can provide you with the perfect custom process heating solution. Powerblanket has you covered.

Custom Heaters and Heat Solutions

CUSTOM HEATERS

Powerblanket® engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Need a custom heater or need a system of custom heaters?  Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time, often in less than three weeks from design to delivery.  

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  • Frac tanks
  • Truck mounted propane tanks
  • 500 gallon gravity flow tanks
  • Pipes and manifolds
  • Valves and instrumentation
  • Hoppers
  • Large tanks
  • Wind blade epoxy curing
  • and many more

Powerblanket can design and manufacture custom products to meet the requirements of hazardous areas including Class I, Division 2.

Custom Tank Heaters

Powerblanket Tank Heaters can maintain temperature, heat materials, provide freeze protection, or optimize flow for viscous and temperature-sensitive materials.  A powerblanket custom heater will change the way you approach temperature control and freeze protection.

Why Choose Powerblanket Custom Heaters for Tanks?

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  • Custom heaters designed to fit any tank
  • Provide ultimate freeze protection
  • Available in 120, 208 or 240VAC
  • Peace of mind that your valuable materials are protected

White’s Equipment Rental, LLC faced a dilemma when the chilly Marcellus winters started causing problems with the Catch Tanks they use to capture fluids. Buck Binder, VP of Production and R&D lead, realized that the cold temperatures and frigid weather would cost the business thousands of dollars in rental fees, replacement costs, and even fines from the EPA, if the Catch Tanks were to freeze.  He turned to Powerblanket for a custom heater. Powerblanket engineers designed a custom heating blanket fitted precisely to the Catch Tanks. By keeping the tanks warm during the cold weather, White’s eliminated the risk of freezing, and a loss in revenue.

Powerblanket’s custom heating solution provided White’s Equipment with more than freeze protection. It provided both them and their clients with the benefits of sustainability, continuous production, and reduced or eliminated down time, not to mention peace of mind and the earned reputation of being a preferred energy services provider.

Weatherproof your business with Powerblanket pipe, valve, and instrumentation heaters.

These advanced custom heaters offer freeze protection for your entire pipe & manifold system. The simple design eliminates the need for expensive work crews to install or remove heat trace, insulation and cladding. Unlike heat trace, Powerblanket does not have inrush current issues.Valve

Why Choose Powerblanket Custom Heaters for Pipes and Valves?

  • Reduce downtime and increase profitability
  • Eliminate need for alternative emergency services or steamers
  • Protect instrumentation from freezing to ensure accurate data retrieval
  • Sustain valve functionality
  • Save on labor costs through easy installation and removal
  • Custom designed to fit any application

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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.

 

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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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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:

 

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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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Epoxy Curing: The Economic Approach

Epoxy curing has its challenges. Most resins for composite construction need post curing heat assistance. There are different approaches you can take for post curing temperature control. But of all the tactics and options available, there are really only two kinds: those that cost a lot of money and those that don’t.

 

Post Curing Epoxy Resins

When it comes to epoxy curing, most every epoxy resin, especially those used in composite and carbon fiber construction, has to cure and post cure at high temperatures. Normal ambient temperatures, even during hottest summer months, are never enough. Take Gold Coast Yachts for example. Gold Coast Yachts manufactures high-end, carbon-fiber yachts. Their assembly process used to involve a very expensive and time-consuming procedure for post curing the large carbon frames.

Before Gold Coast starting using Powerblanket® Curing Blankets, they had to post cure their carbon fiber structures in large ovens. But get this; they had to construct those large ovens themselves. When you have to post cure structures as large as Gold Coast does, you’re not going to find a curing oven big enough. Instead, Gold Coast had to essentially construct rooms around the carbon-fiber body, so they could then pump enough heat into the enclosed space for the post cure to set properly. If this sounds expensive and time consuming, it’s because it was.

Once Gold Coast started using our curing blankets, however, they began saving thousands of dollars and hours (even days) worth of time. We were able to customize the right size curing blankets for them to use in insulating and heating their structures for post curing perfection.

Big yachts made of carbon fiber aren’t the only large-scale dilemmas for epoxy curing. We also have several clients in the wind turbine business who use our blankets to cure the seams in those gigantic blades that go on the wind mills we all see generating so much electricity. Imagine trying to find or build an oven for one of those.

Now, the question is: what can our curing blankets do for your curing needs? Whether you have big or small parts to cure and post cure, Powerblanket curing blankets can save you the time and money associated with curing ovens. Curing ovens are expensive, and they’re limited in size and transportability. Our curing blankets, on the other hand, have no such limitation and are much, much easier on the pocket book. We have many standard sizes and we can quickly design and build custom sizes at a very reasonable cost. So when you have curing needs, look no further than here.

 

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