Cold Coconuts: Prevent heat loss with Coconut Blankets

Different jobs come in different sizes, and Powerblanket serves them all. Some jobs are as simple as heating up a 5-gallon bucket, and they’re just as important. So when Dan McFarland at BodyTech Cosmetics needed a solution to a freezing problem with coconut oil, he turned to those who do it best. 

BodyTech Cosmetics, which manufactures handmade skin care products, realized it had a need for Powerblanket’s Coconut Blanket to help maintain temperatures for a key ingredient. Without it, McFarland wouldn’t be able to maintain the high quality of his products. 

We use a lot of coconut oil,” McFarland said, adding that he usually used a microwave or other methods to warm up his oil. He also said doing so was very ineffective. 

At times, McFarland said he had to get creative.

“For a couple of years I had been using an aquarium heater to melt the oil,” he said. The oil is difficult to use when it becomes too thick.

While points are given for innovation, McFarland realized that he needed a solution that was tailor-made to heat up the coconut oil. That’s when he discovered Powerblanket’s Coconut Blanket pail heaters, which he says completely changed the game.

“By keeping out coconut oil melted in the pail it saves having to use a microwave or other inefficient means of melting it,” he said.

The Coconut Blanket is an affordable, dependable warming wrap. Just like BodyTech Cosmetic’s products each pail heater is handcrafted, and can quickly heat up to a maximum temperature of 145º F. The insulated full-wrap design evenly heats material to a steady temperature. It also meets UL and CSA safety standards.

No matter how small the job, Powerblanket’s 5-Gallon Bucket Pail Heater makes a big impact on businesses like BodyTech Cosmetic. For more information, contact a Powerblanket representative today!

Insulated Band Heaters vs. Traditional Band Heaters

If you’ve dealt with traditional band heaters, then perhaps you have some reservations regarding the usefulness, efficiency, and safety of such a solution. If you’ve never heard of insulated band heaters, then you’re in for a treat. Here we compare the two to see who comes out on top.

Insulated band heatersClash of the Titans

In one corner we have the long-standing, often-used traditional band heater, and in the other corner, we have the heavy-hitting, highly efficient insulated band heater. Let’s start with comparing maximum temperatures. Traditional band heaters can heat as high as 400° F, insulated band heaters, well, they can too. Here’s what that looks like:

Traditional Band Heater Insulated Band Heater
Heats as high as 400° F Heats as high as 400° F

Traditional Band Heaters: 1 pt.

Insulated Band Heaters: 1 pt.

Next, we look at heating efficiency. Traditional band heaters use anywhere from 600-1200 watts of electricity to heat the material inside a barrel or drum. What’s more, a good portion of this is wasted as heat is lost to the air around the heater. Insulated band heaters, on the other hand, don’t lose as much energy to their surroundings. With insulated band heaters, much more heat is channeled into the product, and much less into the thin air.

Traditional Band Heater Insulated Band Heater
Wastes a lot of energy Delivers energy to the load

Traditional Band Heaters: -1 pt.

Insulated Band Heaters: 2 pt.

And finally, when it comes to that most important topic of safety, insulated band heaters win out here too. Traditional band heaters can be extremely hazardous. Since they’re heating as high as 400° F, this means their non-insulated, external temperature is about the same. Essentially, you have a belted band of silicone wrapped around your drum or barrel that is as hot as 400° on the surface. If something touches this on accident, it could mean fire or third-degree burns. Insulated band heaters are a lot safer. Since they’re insulated, the surface that is exposed to the user  is safe to touch.

Traditional Band Heater Insulated Band Heater
Hazardous (fire hazard and burn hazard) Safe to touch when installed and running

Traditional Band Heaters: -1 pt.

Insulated Band Heaters: 2 pt.

So this puts the final score of the comparison at…

Traditional Band Heater Insulated Band Heater
Heats as high as 400° F (1 pt.) Heats as high as 400° F (1 pt.)
Wastes a lot of energy (-1 pt.) Delivers energy to the load (2 pts.)
Fire and burn hazard (-1 pt.) Safe to touch when installed and running. (2 pts.)

Traditional Band Heaters: -1 pt.

Insulated Band Heaters: 5 pts.

We have a winner!

Insulated Heating Blankets viscosity maintenance heated blanket

Insulated band heaters have served the needs of businesses operating in cold environments for years. The same technology that makes insulated band heaters so effective has been duplicated and improved in Powerblanket’s insulated heating blankets. Unlike a band heater, heating blankets offer full coverage over barrels and other containers, spreading even heat throughout the coverage area.

At first appearance, band heaters and heating blankets don’t seem to be too different. Both have their similarities, such as conserving energy to prevent waste heat by delivering energy to the load. Both also are safe to the touch.

However, heating blankets are a massive upgrade from band heaters. Unlike the “one size fits all” mentality of a band heater, heating blankets come in different sizes to adequately provide protection against the elements specific to your situation. These sizing options take away the worry of scorching or burning sensitive material and maintain optimal viscosity. If the choice arises to choose between a band heater and a heating blanket, choose the heating blanket to get the best in flow control solutions.

Powerblanket provides the highest quality of insulated blanket heaters on the market. Contact us for more information at 855.972.2314 or at [email protected]

Viscosity Maintenance With the Proper Heating Solutions

Viscosity Maintenance With the Proper Heating Solutions

Drum heaters and barrel heaters are not only good for the cold months. In fact, they’re equally important for viscosity maintenance year round.

Drums Heaters and Barrel Heaters: Year Round Usesviscosity maintenance

Freeze Protection

Drum and barrel storage is a convenient way to maintain surpluses of all kinds. And when it comes to storing large amounts of material in such units during the colder months, the proper heating solution becomes imperative. Maintaining the ideal temperature range by using innovative heating solutions can also save significantly on the heating costs that go to your warehousing. But as much as all of this warrants the need for great drum heaters or barrel heaters, it only turns out to be half the equation.

Viscosity Maintenance

Drum heaters and barrel heaters work phenomenally well for freeze protection during the winter months. However, such technology is likewise helpful and necessary for year-round needs, such as viscosity maintenance. The patented approach behind Powerblanket® heating blankets is actually used for a wide range of heating needs.

Save Time and Money

Harnessing the ability to heat your liquids in the same container you store them in is a significant convenience, timesaver, and money saver.  Often times, manufacturers have to store products in a container entirely separate from those in which they heat the product. Of course, this means that you have to move the stored material from the storage unit into whatever container you use to heat it. In many manufacturing processes, this could represent a time-consuming step. Think, then, how great it would be if this was something that could be altogether avoided with the use of drum or barrel heaters.

What Powerblanket Can Do for You

Maintaining viscosityRegardless of what temperature-sensitive material you may be storing in your drums or barrels, if it needs to be heated for viscosity maintenance for proper manufacturing, then adding heat is a very important step in your preparations. And there’s no better way to add the heat than using Powerblanket insulated heating blankets?

Powerblanket drum and barrel heaters are simple to install, remove, and reinstall as needed, making the storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive product as efficient as possible, and making flow control solutions a snap. What’s more, Powerblanket patented technology offers the most efficient heat distribution on the market. We’ve got you covered with Powerblanket heating solutions.

Powerblanket Features:

  • Powerblanket heaters work with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution
  • Drum warmers deliver safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Drum heaters design decreases and prevents product waste among temp-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient GreenHeat Technology™ and design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

 

 

Heating Your Warehouse (How much does it really cost?)

Heating A Warehouse:  How Much Does It Really Cost?

Have you ever stopped to consider how much it costs to heat a warehouse? Well, we have, and the numbers are quite staggering.

Warehouse Wattage

When you have valuable materials to store through the winter months, keeping your warehouse at the proper temperature becomes an operational expense.

According to Madison Gas and Electric, “warehouses in the U.S. use an average of 7.6 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 20,900 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually,” (Madison). Even if you’re only heating a 20X20 ft. warehouse, which would be incredibly small, that’s still an average of 3,040 kilowatt-hours and 8,360,000 Btu of natural gas annually. Over a year, that really adds up. The real issue, however, is that it is not the building that needs to be heated.  In most cases, the warehouse needs to be warm because you need to keep the materials and/or equipment inside at proper temperatures.industrial warehouse

Tips for Preventing Heat Loss

Large buildings with high ceilings and many doors and windows are not the easiest place to keep warm air in. Additionally, many industrial facilities accept deliveries or shipments several times a day, exposing the space to outdoor conditions. Consider these four areas of your warehouse and how you can conserve energy with simple improvements.

Check for Air Leaks Around Windows

Over time, the seal around most windows will begin to wear down. Leaks often go unnoticed because many warehouses have high windows that are hard to reach.

Keep the Heat: As part of your maintenance schedule, check the air temperature of the areas around your window at least a few times a year to see if the air is unusually hot or cold. If you recognize low temps, check the insulation around the window and possibly replace or add new weatherstrips.

Circulate Heat Collecting at the Ceiling

Heat rises above cold air in a building. This difference in air density can cause problems in a warehouse with high ceilings. This phenomenon is problematic because the heating system doesn’t properly heat the lower areas where employees are.

Keep the Heat: Destratify the air in your space by increasing airflow. Improved airflow in your warehouse helps maintain more consistent temperatures, or thermal equalized. Circulating the air keeps those working in the warehouse warmer without cranking up the heat.

Control Your Heating

Awareness is key.  You always want to have sufficient control over how much heat your building is using. You want to keep the building comfortable, but your energy bill should not destroy your bottom line.

Keep the Heat: Invest in a better method of monitoring the heating in your building. With today’s technology, there are numerous ways to monitor temperatures and energy use remotely.  Save money when you lower the heat when it is not necessary.

A Better Solution

An efficient building is an important part of optimizing operations.  Consider this, if you could heat only the materials you are storing in your warehouse, rather than the warehouse itself, how much could you be saving on energy cost in a year? The square footage you’d need to heat would be a small fraction of your warehouse’s dimensions. Is your warehouse primarily for storage?  Consider turning the heat off and still protecting your valuable materials.

There is an economical solution to such a scenario.  Powerblanket manufactures standard heating equipment and custom heating solutions for freeze protection and storage.  Whether you’re storing paint, coatings, spray foam, wax, chemicals of various kinds, DEF, propane, or anything else that may need to be stored at room temperature or above.  Powerblanket covers your assets.  Using radiant heating technology, Powerblanket products protect materials and equipment with even and direct heat distribution.warehouse

 

How to Lower Viscosity and Flow Control in Colder Temperatures

oil viscosityReducing viscosity is a challenge during cold winter months. Temperatures that dip below optimum working levels can cause materials that are normally fluid to freeze up into solids or thicken. When this happens, projects are delayed, potentially leading to missing deadlines and loss of profit. What can be done to protect fluid materials from becoming too viscous? 

Though viscosity is a complicated and sometimes confusing topic, it only takes a minute to learn a few of the ground rules to viscosity. Through these viscosity basics, you can improve flow control of fluid materials and prevent them from being damaged by cold temperatures. 

VISCOSITY REDUCTION BASICS

A fluid that is viscous will be thick, sticky, and semifluid in consistency. Viscosity can be affected by friction and/or temperature.

concrete viscosity

Friction

For example, consider what happens when you need some ketchup on your burger. If you simply invert the bottle and expect the ketchup to flow freely, you are a rookie in the sport of burger-eating. Any professional ketchup shaker knows to shake the bottle and then to proceed with caution, because once you have decreased viscosity, due to the shaking, the ketchup can flow quite rapidly. In other words, keeping the ketchup in motion prevents it from increasing in viscosity. 

Mixing concrete is a similar experience. Though not exactly a liquid, wet concrete must be stirred for it to retain its low viscosity. When allowed to stand still or set, concrete’s viscosity increases up to the point of solidifying. Concrete must be continually churned in order to maintain its fluidity.

Temperature

Temperature is also a factor in decreasing viscosity. Think about honey, certainly a substance that is thick, sticky and semifluid. Simply shaking a jar of honey will not guarantee any flow. Honey cooled in a refrigerator will have little to no flow because it has been cooled, but when warmed appropriately*, there is a viscosity reduction and honey will flow smoothly.honey viscosity

Along with the shear rate, temperature really is the dominating influence. The higher the temperature is, the lower a substance’s viscosity is. The relationship between temperature and viscosity is inversely proportional for all liquids. A change in temperature always affects the viscosity – it depends on the substance just how much it is influenced by a temperature change. For some fluids, even a decrease of 1° C (1.8° F) causes a 10 % increase in viscosity.

FLUIDS REQUIRING LOWER VISCOSITY

Though not a comprehensive list of all materials that are impacted by cold temperatures, the following items offer a quick look at how many fluids must maintain low viscosity to be effective:

  • Acetone
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid, Antifreeze, and Brake Fluid
  • Aviation Fuels
  • Benzene
  • Bunker Oil, Marine Fuel Oil
  • Chloroform
  • Crude Oil
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Ethanol
  • Gear Oil
  • Grease
  • Heavy Fuel Oil
  • Honey
  • Hydrofluoric Acid
  • Ink
  • Mercury
  • Methanol
  • Mollasses
  • Citric Acid
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Pentane
  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • Toluene

How to Decrease Viscosity

As mentioned above, viscosity in fluid materials will decrease if one of two measures are taken. Causing friction, such as stirring, mixing or shaking, will keep the material fluid enough to flow correctly. Applying heat to the material will also increase fluidity and protect it from damages that occur when settling.

If it’s supposed to flow but you can’t take it out of its container, ensure low viscosity by using a heating wrap or heated box cover. Evenly distributed heat can be used to warm up material and keep it stable at a specified temperature.

Powerblanket Viscosity Control Solutions

drum barrel heater

Powerblanket makes it easy to lower viscosity of fluids. Powerblanket offers various ready-to-ship viscosity products, from bucket and drum heaters to IBC tote heaters. Each Powerblanket product guarantees the following: 

  • Deliver safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning while lowering viscosity.
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution.
  • Increase the performance and efficiency of your processes—decrease viscosity.
  • Safety certified to UL and CSA Standards. Class1 Div2 hazardous location products also available.
  • Energy-efficient technology lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs.
  • Decrease and prevent product waste among temperature sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations.

Powerblanket also produces custom solutions for most applications. If you need help with viscosity reduction, Powerblanket has you covered.

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*Do not heat honey much above 100° F (38° C) to avoid nutritional loss.

Source

“Viscosity Tables and Viscosity Charts.” Viscopedia. 30 December 2016. http://www.viscopedia.com/viscosity-tables/

 

How Can I Prevent My Propane Tank from Freezing?

Propane tanks will freeze up when the ambient temperature drops below -44°F. This is because propane has a boiling point of -44°F. If the temperature is not greater than -45°F, your propane will not vaporize, and your tank will freeze. However, as the temperatures drop, and the volume of propane in your tank drops, as will your pressure. If you do not have a heating source, it is important to keep your propane tank as full as possible at all times, to avoid freezing.

Pressure RatesPropane tank temperature efficiency

Another situation that can cause a propane tank to freeze up is pressure rate. Drawing more pressure than your tank is designed for, or pulling large amounts of pressure in a short amount of time will result in freezing.

Keep It Full by Keeping It Warm

You can prevent your tank from freezing by keeping it full, which means filling your tank more often. This option may be expensive and annoying.  Or, you can look into heating systems. When researching ways to heat propane, safety is key. Try to find a heating method with safe heat, such as a heating blanket, or an insulated blanket, depending upon the amount of pressure needed. It is important to know how many watts are necessary to obtain the PSI levels desired or required.  If it is not possible to calculate this yourself, you will want to look for a solution that can provide that information for you before you make the investment.  Look for a heating solution that offers consistent heat and complete coverage.

Remember This

  • If possible, protect your tank from the elements
  • When the temperature drops, the pressure drops
  • The molecules in propane move rapidly as temperatures increase and slow down as temperatures decrease
  • Maintain a desirable tank pressure and avoid freezing with a heating source

No Open Flames

It is always important to remember when searching for a solution, to avoid open flames. Do not, under any circumstances, warm your propane tank with an open flame.  Propane is a highly flammable gas and heating it can be extremely dangerous. Also avoid products that are not temperature controlled, overheating a propane tank can cause the pressure valve to blow, which will create a leak in your tank.

Freezing Temperature Solutions

Cold weather often has adverse effects on equipment and materials, especially when the job requires everything to go smoothly. Without an effective solution to these freezing temperature problems, projects stop, time and money are lost, and jobs suffer. Powerblanket is driven to provide the best heating and cooling solutions no matter the industry or project.

Powerblanket drum and barrel heaters keep materials viscous.  Powerblanket concrete curing blankets ensure that the pouring season will go well into winter, preventing improper curing. And Powerblanket heated propane wraps and blankets maximize the efficiency and longevity of your resources. Our goal is to provide total temperature control for every process and every project, enabling you to do what you do best, regardless of the temperature outside.

Need to protect your propane tank from freezing? Give us a call and talk to a Powerblanket heating expert today. 888-316-6324, or visit our Propane Tank Heater page HERE.

 

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Powerblanket® 400 Insulated Band Heater: The Better Way

 

Traditional band heaters are a mess, and by a mess we mean a safety hazard, an inefficient tool, and an unnecessary means of heating material. While old band heaters have their many limitations and setbacks, the Powerblanket 400 Insulated Band Heater does not.

 

powerblanket400 Band heaterA New Kind of Band Heater

Our primary motivation for writing this blog isn’t to disparage traditional band heaters, but we do feel it’s important to tell people about their shortcomings.  Frankly, no one should be using traditional band heaters anymore.

Perhaps many years ago, these devices were the best means for heating metal barrels and drums (and even then, you had to balance their limited benefits with their risks and inefficiencies). But nowadays, there is far better technology available to answer the same need, and it does so in a much better and safer way.

The problem with old band heaters is this: strapping an exposed, heated, band around your storage container leaves room for fire hazard and burn potential. If anything touches that band on accident, well, it’s going to wreak havoc. Depending on what it is, it could start a fire, and if it happens to be a hand, leg, or arm…you can cringe a little when imagining the result.

 

The Better Answer – The Only Answer

After talking about the woes of traditional band heaters, let us introduce you to the Powerblanket 400 Insulated Band Heater. Our insulated band heater answers the same need for heating and warming as traditional band heaters do, only ours doesn’t come with the negative side effects. To start with, our band heaters are insulated, which means you don’t have the hazard of a really hot, exposed strap. If something were to touch our insulated band heater on accident, big deal. It won’t cause a fire, and it won’t burn…and that goes for human flesh too.

Additionally, our insulated band heaters can provide integrated temperature control for the heating process, when coupled with our auxiliary controller. You can heat from low to rather high temperatures. And get this, these insulated band heaters can be used on metal and poly containers. So imagine a band heater that is safe, efficient, and versatile, and you just imagined the Powerblanket insulated band heater. No imagining is necessary though. It’s real. See for yourself.

 

Powerblanket 400 Band Heater Features:

  • Increases your heating capacity, up to 350 ° F
  • Made with a durable and safe silicone-coated, fiberglass shell
  • Provides an insulated layer to keep heat in and offer safety
  • Provides more even heat and more precise control over the heating process (when you purchase our control system)
  • High efficiency aluminum heat-spreading technology spreads heat efficiently
  • Comes in 120 V and 240 V options

 

The Powerblanket® RR-80 Barrel Heater: Product Spotlight

Whether you need to maintain temperature for chemicals, food product, paint and other coatings, water, or any other temperature sensitive material, Powerblanket Barrel Heaters are the ideal solution. What’s more, if you need to keep a liquid or other solution just above room temperature, our RR-80 Barrel Heater is just the thing you need.

 

The Powerblanket RR-80

The Powerblanket RR-80 is the perfect heating solution for keeping your barrel storage just above room temperature. With 120 Volts and 400/800 watts, the RR-80 rapidly ramps up to a max temperature of 80° F—give or take a few degrees of normal variance. (In case you’re wondering, the fact that this blanket Rapidly Ramps up to a fixed 80° F is the reason we call it the RR-80.)

Powerblanket® Rapid Ramp technology provides an accelerated heating time that quickly raises the temperature of fluids to 80° F. This rapid ramp happens in the initial phase, while the blanket is pumping out all 800 watts of heat. Once the blanket reaches 80° F, however, it brings the power consumption down to 400 Watts (or 3.33 Amps) in order to merely maintain 80° F. You see that’s one major benefit our technology has over traditional band heaters. Most band heaters will just keep heating your product until it’s far hotter than it needs to be. And even band heaters with thermostats are less than reliable, applying heat to only a small area of a  barrel.

On the other hand, the Powerblanket® BH55RR-80 Barrel/Drum Heater allows you to safely and efficiently control the temperature of whatever you’re storing in drums or barrels. Additionally, our barrel and drum heaters work with both steel and poly containers, you can use the same unit on both types, whereas, you usually need different silicone band heaters for  different barrel types

 

Powerblanket® BH55-RR-80 Barrel Heater Benefits

  • Cinch straps ensure a tight fit
  • An ideal solution for storing polyurethane spray foam
  • Energy-efficient
  • Safe for indoor and outdoor use
  • Water-resistant
  • Works on both poly and steel containers
  • Prevents product waste by safely maintaining consistent temperatures
  • Patented heat spreading plane eliminates hot and cold spots from forming

 

 

Heating and Hazardous Locations

Working in hazardous locations means you have to exercise serious caution regarding procedure, protocol, and equipment usage. What’s more, heating in hazardous locations takes all the more care and detail to make certain you aren’t adding fuel to a potential fire. This is why Powerblanket offers products certified to national safety standards.

 

CID2Class I Division 1 and Class I Division 2

We understand that hazardous location heating is nothing to take lightly. And we understand that heating products should be engineered to the highest standards of quality and safety. We’ve based our business on this simple reality and are able to customize our safe and innovative heating solutions to a myriad of industries because of it. In fact, our custom heating solutions can be designed and certified to Class I Division 1 (CID1) or Class I Division 2 (CID2) safety standards. We are certified for all four gas Groups, A, B, C, and D and up to a T4 Temperature Classification.  Many people who work in hazardous locations are familiar with these terms. For everyone else, here’s an explanation.

The classifications referenced as CID1 and CID2 regard the operation of electronic equipment in hazardous locations. CID1 is the identifier used for locations where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, mists or vapors could possibly exist under normal working conditions. This classification also covers locations where the same gases, mists or vapors may exist frequently due to repairs or maintenance in the area. It also includes potential scenarios where gases, mists or vapors could be leaked by faulty or damaged equipment.

CID2, on the other hand, represents all locations where concentrations of flammable gases and/or vapors and/or mists are present in the air under operating conditions outside of the norm. So CID1 covers areas where such hazards are normally present, and CID2 covers areas where such hazards aren’t normally present but certainly could be under abnormal circumstances. Most importantly, if a product is CID1 or CID2 certified, it means that product is safe to use in locations that are CID1 or CID2 rated hazardous locations.

Powerblanket provides products that are certified to either of these hazardous location equipment safety standards. So when it comes to heating in hazardous areas, Powerblanket is both an efficient and safe choice. In addition to these ratings, Powerblanket products are also certified to UL, and CSA standards. Our innovative approach to providing industry-specific heating solutions has helped our customers save a lot of time and resources to safeguard and increase efficiency among the assets that keep their businesses running. So whether it’s freeze protection, viscosity maintenance, curing assistance, or some other heat-related dilemma, Powerblanket can help, even if you operate in a hazardous location.

 

Just Heat It: The Vulnerability of Drums and Barrels in Cold Weather

Drums, barrels, canisters, and storage units are as versatile as Tupperware® in terms of what you can store in them. However, they are pretty vulnerable when it comes to cold weather. Best option for temperature maintenance? Use drum and barrel heaters to ward off the cold and protect your products.

Barrels, Drums, and Cold Weather, Oh My!

man wrapping powerblanket barrel heater around a barrelDrums and barrels take up a lot of space. You don’t see them sitting around your office; you usually find them in drafty warehouses or outside. The products inside are often left to the mercies of their surroundings, which can be a real problem if those surroundings are cold. They run the risk of thickening or freezing completely. This is especially true for metal drums or barrels.

BEWARE: Barrel Band Heaters

There has been a bandaid for this problem for a long time called the band heater. You just strap it around your barrel and: presto! You have a completely unregulated, half-scorched, half-frozen barrel of liquid. Let’s be frank, this hasn’t solved your problem at all; it only creates a new one. Unfortunately, band heaters don’t provide temperature control, they only heat up some of your product. So if band heaters are not the solution, what is?

Powerblanket® Drum and Barrel Heaters

Drums and Barrels Electric Blanket Heater and Temperature Controller PowerblanketYou could move your drums and barrels into your toasty office, but you probably don’t have space. You could even risk using a spotty band heater. But how do you keep your products from spoiling without the risk? Powerblanket’s drum and barrel heaters can save your products from ruining or freezing in the cold.

  • Our barrel heaters work with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures excellent heat distribution
  • Drum warmers deliver safe heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Drum heater design decreases and prevents product waste among temperature-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient technology and design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

Learn More About Drum and Barrel Heaters

Powerblanket Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from UMA

If you haven’t seen this headline somewhere else on the web by now, we’re happy to tell you all about it here. Utah Manufacturers Association recently awarded Powerblanket something we’re pretty happy about. Read on to learn more about the UMA Manufacturer of the Year Award.

 

Brent Reddekopp  receiving UMA Award for PowerblanketUMA and Manufacturer of the Year

Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), recently awarded Powerblanket the prestigious award  of Manufacturer of the Year. This award is given annually to the Utah-based manufacturer that proves to be the most innovative contributor to their space. There’s even more to it than this, but we’ll get to that.

UMA has been around since 1905. The organization prides itself on offering the “voice of industry” in the state of Utah, and they’ve been doing so for over 107 years now. UMA has clearly been talking Utah economy for a long time, but talking isn’t all they do. UMA is a trade association, and their goal is to enhance and improve the business climate in the state. UMA doesn’t only offer insight and expertise in the business of manufacturing, but the organization also has considerable experience in the legislative processes of state government. This is how they can do so much to vie for the interests of Utah businesses and the overall economic prosperity of the state.

UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award embodies the mission of UMA in multiple ways. By awarding the company that not only proves innovative in their respective markets, but also offers leadership in their industry, UMA’s award encourages and rewards the same idealism by which their organization operates. Powerblanket was chosen to receive this award for 2015, based on the embodiment of these characteristics and more. In fact, why don’t we just give it to you in their own words. According to UMA, Powerblanket received the award “for their outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

Powerblanket is honored to receive such accolades from a high quality establishment like UMA. The credibility of UMA and the Manufacturer of the Year Award lends a great addition to our own image and ethos as a company devoted to “operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

So, from all of us here at Powerblanket, thank you, UMA for this great privilege.

 

Product Spotlight: The Powerblanket 400 Insulated Band Heater

Remember the recent blog post on the new Powerblanket 400 series? Well, whether you read that post or not, it’s time to highlight a specific product offering from that family: the Powerblanket 400 band heater. And yes, it’s a hot item.

 

Powerblanket 400 Band HeaterPowerblanket’s Approach to Band Heaters

If you’ve read much about our technology, especially as it relates to our drum and barrel heaters, then you’ve probably come across some mention of the inadequacies of band heaters. We often talk about how superior our heating blankets are to the traditional band heater. And it’s for good reason too. The traditional band heater simply can’t produce the same efficiency as your industrial heating blankets can. With that said, it may surprise you to learn that Powerblanket produces its own band heaters.

In reality, when we say Powerblanket band heaters, particularly the Powerblanet 400 insulated band heater, there’s no reason to be surprised. This is because we don’t produce traditional band heaters using traditional heating technology. No, instead, we’ve created a unique and innovative approach that will outperform any other band heater on the market.

The problem with a normal band heater is that they heat inconsistently. The use of a common band heater will produce hot and not-so-hot regions of heat in your drum or barrel. Because they have no thermostatic controllers band heaters just keep on heating, and this can easily scorch or burn the product you’re trying to heat. This isn’t the case with the Powerblanket 400 band heater, however. Our patented blend of technologies offers even and regulated heat distribution.

Additionally, traditional band heaters are also unsafe. The hot metal band that is a band heater is exposed to everything around it, which means if anything touches it accidentally, it’s going to burn—including human flesh. Powerblanket 400 band heaters, on the other hand, are fully insulated with a durable silicone-coated, fiberglass shell that keeps the heat where it needs to be and nowhere else. This means they’re safe, even if you were to touch it on accident.

 

Powerblanket 400 Band Heater Features:

  • Increases your heating capacity, up to 400° F
  • Made with a durable and safe silicone-coated, 2nd generation fiberglass shell
  • Provides an insulated layer to keep heat in and offer safety
  • Provides more even heat and more precise control over the heating process
  • High efficiency aluminum heat-spreading technology spreads heat efficiently
  • Comes in 120 V and 240 V options
  • Easily setup with our programmable logic controllers (PLC)

 

 

The Hot Box Now Comes in 3 Options

If you know about our Bulk Material Warmer (also known as the Powerblanket Hot Box), then know how handy it can be when it comes to keeping your materials warm and protected from freezing temperatures. However, what you may not have known is that this savvy product now comes in three different performance levels.

 

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We recently expanded on our tried and true Hot Box heating solution in order to provide variable offerings for varying use cases. We realize not every job needs the most robust, durable, and powerful product in order to offer efficiency and economic heating capabilities. So with this in mind, we set out to create a good-better-best approach to the Powerblanket Hot Box product line.

The Powerblanket Hot Box (also referred to as a Bulk Material Warmer) is now available in three different performance levels to accommodate a wider range of heating needs. When we first introduced their Bulk Material Warmer, it was immediately implemented among our customer base as a viable and helpful solution for bulk material prep and protection.

Take Vern Fiehler, of Quick Road Repair in Alaska, for example. Vern was one such individual who benefited substantially from the Powerblanket Hot Box. Prior to the inception of the Hot Box, Vern was using a forced-air, ceramic heater to bring his Instant Road Repair (IRR) product up to working temperatures. But the use of this heating solution burned his product during a presentation in front of a group of decision makers for the Juneau Alaska International Airport. Shortly after this setback, Vern discovered our Hot Box and has used it ever since.

Whatever bulk material warming you may be in need of, you can benefit from the security, efficiency, and safety of our Hot Box heating solution, just like Vern did. Whether you need a little or a lot of heat, whether you need durability or extreme durability and regulatory heat, we have the right box for you. With our Powerblanket Lite, Powerblanket, and Powerblanket Premium options, you can get portable, storable, and reliable heating to protect your assets, whatever they are.

Higher Temperature Powerblanket® Products Now Available

Have you been awaiting increased heating capabilities in the Poweblanket line? Well, if so, your wait is over. The new higher-temperature, Powerblanket 400 line is now available!

 

Powerblanket 400 Band HeaterWhat 400 Offers

So what makes Powerblanket 400 different from the standard line of Powerblanket products? Increased heating capabilities, that’s what. The Powerblanket® 400™ industrial heating blankets offer new high-temperature abilities for industries that need higher heat application.

Powerblanket 400 heating blankets are able to reach higher temperatures than the standard Powerblanket product line. How high, you ask? If you guessed 400° F, you’d be right. The increased heating capabilities of the Powerblanket 400 heating blanket come as a result of increased wattage and high temperature aluminum heat spreading technology. With 300 watts per square foot of surface area, these blankets deliver a lot of heat.  These blankets offer high-powered, high-temperature heating for jobs that need oven-like temperatures.

Like so many other Poweblanket models, the new Powerblanket 400 products come in both 120 volt and 240 volt models. Our Powerblanket 400 band heaters are the safe and efficient alternative to traditional silicone band heaters, and our Powerblanket 400 custom options allow for a tailored approach to your specific project.  Our proprietary blend of technology has long set us apart from our competition and has enabled us to provide the best, most even heat distribution on the market. Now, with the Powerblanket 400 product in the arsenal, we’ve added to our technological heating approach. The Powerblanket 400 series makes use of high-efficiency aluminum heat-spreading technology, creating increased heat density and a completely even distribution of heat.

But it doesn’t stop there either. These new heating blankets also include silicone-coated, 2nd generation fiberglass shells. These fiberglass shells are extremely durable and flame retardant. Where other silicon heat solutions are known to be somewhat unsafe in hazardous conditions, Powerblanket 400 heaters are as safe as all our other products. Since the silicone shells are insulated, there’s no risk of burns or flames if they’re touched by a hand or an unexpected spark. All these features have allowed us to create a solution fit for many heave duty projects, such as resin curing, welding conditioning, manufacturing processes, and much more.

Product Use Case: Drum and Barrel Heaters for Viscosity Maintenance

Powerblanket® drum and barrel heaters have uses beyond freeze protection. Viscosity maintenance, a year-round problem, is easily handled by one of our ready-to-ship or custom built solutions.

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From Freeze Protection to Viscosity Maintenance

A primary concern we hear from individuals and companies ordering our drum or barrel heaters is the need for protection against freezing temperatures. Dropping temperatures can lead to frozen and ruined products, and ultimately, lost profits. While freeze protection is a huge part of what our solutions offer, it’s not the only trick to save you money.

One of Powerblanket’s variety of uses apply to viscosity maintenance.

Some products need to maintain a certain level of liquidity and require heat. Even when temperatures outside are temperate, it still might be too cool for some products to have optimal flow. The problem arises when manufacturers or operators don’t have a simple means of adding heat to their storage. The procedure, then, usually involves moving the stored liquid from a storage unit to a heating unit. However, this extra, time-consuming step is NOT necessary if you have a good drum or barrel heater.

Powerblanket drum and barrel heaters are easily installed, removed, and reinstalled for convenient storage and transportation. What’s more, Powerblanket technology evenly distributes a regulated flow of heat, preventing the problems associated with band heaters. So if you’re in need of viscosity maintenance, look no further. 

Powerblanket Features:

  • Our heaters work with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution
  • Drum warmers deliver safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Drum heaters design will decrease and prevent product waste among temperature-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient technology and design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

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The Perfect Candle Wax Heater

In the wax industry, heating applications aren’t used merely for freeze protection. In fact, more often than not, the most valuable aspect of a good candle wax heater is the ability it has to enable proper viscosity maintenance.

 

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Viscosity and Its Challenges

When it comes to storing large amounts of wax in barrels or drums, vats or large baths, there is one matter that is of considerable importance and warrants plenty of time and attention. The matter we’re talking about is viscosity maintenance. Heating wax during manufacturing processes is essential for molding and purification. Though there are different stages of wax heating, it is important that the wax remain at certain levels of viscosity for reasons of workability.

Imagine the ease of use that could be created from a solution that would keep your candle wax at the proper viscosity both in storage and during manufacturing. Of all the wax heaters on the market, there are few, if any others at all, that can do what the Powerblanket® solution can do.

Powerblanket custom heating solutions enable equal and efficient heat distribution throughout the entirety of the application. In addition to this, Powerblanket heating blankets are equipped with thermostatic controls that allow you to set the proper temperature and walk away. There’s no need to babysit the heating process. With easy installation and simplified use, our heating solutions make viscosity maintenance a snap.

 

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Standout Features of Powerblanket Drum Heaters

  • Works with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution
  • Delivers safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Design decreases and prevents product waste among temp-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient GreenHeat Technology™ and design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

 

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A Drum Blanket Done Right

Of all the heating devices out there for the protection of drums and barrels, there’s one drum blanket that’s done right. With even heat distribution and temperature regulation, Powerblanket has a solution fit for any occasion.

 

A Drum Blanket Done Right

The Powerblanket Difference

Storing materials in drums is a simple idea. They hold a lot and offer a durable storage structure for liquids, chemicals, food product, and so much more. However, when it comes time for temperature regulation, they don’t provide any capabilities on their own. For this reason, some manufacturers have created elaborate insulation blankets to ward off the effect of cold temperatures. As much as these insulation blankets may seem to be a good idea, or as much as they might be able to help with a mild difference in temperature, they can’t adequately protect against extreme winter cold.

In addition to inadequately protecting your materials against savage cold, traditional insulation blankets also lack the ability to bring material to working temperature. Take, for example, the need for bringing certain types of product to temperatures above the ambient air around it. A typical insulation blanket has no way to accommodate this.

However, Powerblanket has created a drum blanket that can work in a myriad of applications. It can protect your most temperature-sensitive products against the coldest cold. What’s more, the Powerblanket drum heater also has the ability to bring your product up to working temperatures. With a thermostatic controller and innovative heat-spreading technology, you can wrap your drum and forget about it.

The ability to automate your freeze protection is a huge benefit once the cold weather rolls around, and the capability of bringing liquids and other products to higher temperatures for viscosity maintenance, chemical-property enablement, or characteristic integrity is of equal importance. So whether you need a drum blanket for insulation, temperature regulation, or a combination of the two, Powerblanket is the clear answer.

Winter Preparation: Now’s the Time

As the temperatures around the nation rise into the hundreds, cold-weather preparation may be the furthest thing from your mind. What’s more, there are plenty of warm-weather applications that Powerblanket technology is used for. But we would be completely remiss if we didn’t say enough of proper winter preparation. After all, when it comes to preparing for winter, you don’t want to be a grasshopper…

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the old fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper from Aesop. If you’re not (and even if you are) we’ve recited it here. Below follows the most popular English renditions of the story:

“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

‘Why not come and chat with me,’ said the Grasshopper, ‘instead of toiling and moiling in that way?’

‘I am helping to lay up food for the winter,’ said the Ant, ‘and recommend you to do the same.’

‘Why bother about winter?’ said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.’ But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”

Of course, the implications of this story can go far deeper than the need for good winter preparation. But for the sake of comparison, the story’s plot is rather poignant for the industries we serve. When cold weather does hit, it’s best to already have the systems and products you need in place to brave the effects of winter. So if you have assets to cover come late October, now’s the best time to start getting together the protection you’ll need.

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Product Spotlight: Drum and Barrel Heaters

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What’s the best way to heat large amounts of liquid? What’s the best way to keep large quantities of your product at the ideal temperature? Do you use steel or plastic barrels to store chemicals, food stuff, water, or any other type of sensitive material? Then you know how difficult it can be to maintain the proper temperature in drums and barrels. Drum heaters and barrel heaters are your simplest, most cost effective solution.

Powerblanket Drum Heater With External Temperature Remote

Outdated Technology for Drum Heaters: Ovens and Bands

Whether it’s chemicals, food product, oil, admixtures, or any other temperature-sensitive substance, storing your product in the typical drum can be problematic if you need to heat what’s inside. Especially if you use traditional or antiquated approaches to the problem.

Think about employing large ovens to keep your drums and barrels at the right temperature. Not only are these ovens costly to run, cumbersome, and non-mobile, but they also limit how many drums you can store simultaneously. At best, you may have a large oven that keeps three to four drums at their ideal temperature. But what happens if you need to transport those drums while still maintaining the proper temperature range? What if you have forty drums? You can see how limited this approach can be.

Another old and inadequate method of heating drums is the use of band heaters. Band heaters work on the principle of spreading heat through a metal drum as a hot band is attached to it. However, band heaters can’t regulate their own temperature and often end up spreading heat very unevenly, causing hot spots to scorch the product. In addition to this, what happens if you need to heat a high-grade, plastic drum? You can’t use a band heater unless you want to disfigure it or burn a hole right through. Thankfully, there is a much better option.

Barrel and Drum Heaters: Their Real Value

When dealing with temperature-sensitive materials it is vitally important to maintain a constant and reliable temperature. Powerblanket® state-of-the-art barrel and drum heaters are superior to band heaters, and to any other type of heating system for that matter. For one, the Powerblanket heaters wrap the barrel or drum entirely, providing overall convection to the drum/barrel – no hot or cold spots; you won’t have to worry about uneven heat distribution. You also can rest knowing Powerblanket has high quality insulation, which will keep any plastic barrel from melting and will still provide an even heat.

Man wrapping blanket heater around metal drumFurthermore, Powerblanket heaters come equipped with an external thermostatic control. Comparing Powerblanket heaters to drum ovens offers a clear advantage too. Powerblanket heaters are mobile and easy to install and remove. They offer extreme cost savings when compared to how much you’d be spending on an oven, while also saving space. In addition, Powerblanket barrel/drum heaters can be much more cost effective than trying to maintain a steady temperature in a large storage facility or warehouse, for example.

Featured Highlights:

  • Work with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution
  • Delivers safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Design decreases and prevents product waste among temp-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

Powerblanket BH55-Pro Standout Features

  • 3 Individual Heat Zones
  • Automatically Adjust to Varying Fluid Levels
  • Adjustable Thermostatic ControllerHeats from ambient temperatures up to 145º F
  • Heats from ambient temperatures up to 145º F

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Drums, Totes and Barrels: Protecting Your Bulk Storage

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Is cold weather ruining your product? Is your warehouse cold and drafty? Are your materials becoming too thick to flow? Do you live in Boise, Idaho? Scratch that last one. Whether you’re storing food, paint, chemicals, or spray foam, keeping your assets in bulk containers can have major limitations. Depending on the specific characteristics of your materials, some storage options have to be chosen very carefully. Let us help you get started.

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Bulk Storage in Drums, Totes, and Barrels

IBC totes, barrels, and drums have something in common: they’re containers for storing bulk materials. Wahoo! Let’s look into some specific product cases that might require some extra thought when storing.

Food Storage

In the case of food stored in drums, freeze protection might not be a real concern for some. After all, some foods must be refrigerated until they are ready to be consumed (cue Ben & Jerry’s). However, other foods thicken or spoil if they get too cold. Heating for large quantities of food may be a matter of consideration for you.

Paint and Chemicals

On the other hand, if you’re storing paint or sensitive chemicals in barrels, then freeze protection might be one of your main concerns. In the case of spray foam stored in IBC totes, maintaining an ideal temperature is vital. These solutions, which go beyond heat, will help you maximize your storage and application efficiency.
Whether it’s for freeze protection or preparatory heating, drum, barrel, and tote heaters will keep your storage at an ideal temperature for application. Some heating products for bulk storage only offer insulation for drums, barrels, or totes. Others offer both insulation and heat transfer. In the case of temperature sensitive materials, the latter is preferable. So what is the best option?

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The Powerblanket Solution

Powerblanket focuses on offering a simple, easy-to-use solution that will protect your material from the ravages of cold weather. The effective drum, tote, or barrel-heater will eliminate product waste and lost profits. The longevity of your material will increase drastically. 

All Powerblanket heaters are manufactured with patented technology in order to provide an even distribution of heat throughout the entire surface area. This is more than a nice convenience; it’s a necessity if you’re going to avoid hot and cold spots and the potential scorching of your product. In addition to this, Powerblanket® technology also enables the proper heating necessary for foods or temperature sensitive chemicals.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safe Epoxy Storage

How to Store Epoxy

If you are not familiar with the appropriate measures, epoxy storage can be just as precarious as epoxy application. Powerblanket is here to help you understand how to store epoxy in large quantities, such as in drums and barrels.

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Epoxy Storage Conditions

If storing epoxy in large quantities, and this goes for other resins similar to epoxy, make sure that you are storing these chemicals both safely and efficiently. Storing epoxy for long-term warehousing means that you’re going to be storing it in large containers, probably barrels or drums. In fact, bulk distribution of epoxy is often accommodated by storing the chemicals in 55-gallon drums.

How to Store Epoxy Tip #1:  Temperature

Store two component epoxy resin systems between 65°F – 90°F. Refrigeration will not enhance the storage stability of two component epoxy resin systems. Use cooling measures if ambient temperatures exceed those recommended above.  Most two-component epoxy resin systems are naturally susceptible to crystallization, especially at temperatures below the recommended storage temperatures.  Containers placed near outside walls or on the floor will often be at a lower temperature than room temperature.

Never store epoxies where temperatures are close to freezing. Learn more about epoxy warming blankets here.

How to Store Epoxy Tip #2:  Clean and Dry

Store epoxy (and epoxy hardeners and curing agents) in clean dry areas with adequate ventilation. Because heat is the catalyst of epoxy curing, do not store near heat sources. Securely fasten all lids to prevent foreign matter contamination and moisture entry.

Sometimes sealed containers and dry environments can be easier to provide than an ideal temperature range. Epoxies are very temperature sensitive, and maintaining the ideal temperature for storage can be tricky when you’re keeping the chemicals in bulk storage units during winter months. This will either necessitate a nice and toasty warehouse, or else additive measures for storage efficiency—such as drum insulators and drum heaters.

How to Store Epoxy Tip #3:  Clean Up

Here are the proper steps to take when in contact with epoxy, whether accidentally or as a simple byproduct of application procedures.

  1. Wear protective gear. Whether you’re handling epoxy in drums for storage purposes or are applying it as a coating or resin, you need to always wear your protective gear.
  2. Thoroughly clean or dispose of tools and empty storage drums.
  3. Wash any clothes that have come in contact with the epoxy and shower if needs be. 

How to Store Epoxy Tip #4:  Disposal

Dispose drums legally and safely once you are done with them. If you finish a job and you still have some epoxy left in the can, consider whether you really need dispose of it.  Unused resin and hardener both have a long shelf-life. A considerable amount left in the drum could be useful on future projects.

However, if it is time to get rid of it, here’s how to dispose of PRO-SET or WEST SYSTEM epoxies safely:

HOW TO DISPOSE OF EPOXY RESIN SAFELY

  1. Mix epoxy correctly. If the resin and hardener are combined at the right ratio, cured epoxy is not hazardous.
  2. Ensure unwanted epoxy is cured and containers are empty. If you want to get rid of a used epoxy container, make sure it’s as empty as possible – ideally containing no more than 3% of the total capacity.
  3. Dispose of cured epoxy and containers with your normal garbage. Once you’ve followed steps 1 and 2, everything should be able to go in the garbage can.  (Regulations on hazardous waste differ depending on where you live, so be sure to check with your local government for more detail.)

 

Epoxy is a strong material with as many sensitive qualities as it has potent characteristics. However, when handled appropriately, epoxy is a very handy and valuable material.

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How To Keep Your Liquids From Freezing With Drum Heaters

If you’re storing product in a barrel or drum, there’s a lot of it. With high quantities of liquid or material, the stakes are higher if you accidentally ruin your product. If one barrel goes bad, you have a considerable amount of product to pay for. Don’t let lack of temperature control lead to major losses in your business.

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If you store your liquids in places that are already heated for operational reasons, temperature regulations might not be a problem for you. However, most companies that store liquids in barrels don’t keep them next to the cubicles or front desk: hence warehouse storage. Most liquids require that a certain temperature is maintained which be difficult in chilly warehouses. If this is the case with your liquid containers, finding a solution for temperature regulation is important for maintaining your products.

When the winter months roll around and you have to start heating the rooms in your facilities, the warehouse isn’t going to take high priority, if it gets heated at all. In many cases warehouses are left without any temperature regulation for the cold months. If your company does have a heated warehouse, it’s likely costing you a fortune to keep a certain temperature maintained. Nonetheless, if the product you store in your warehouse needs to be at a particular temperature, you don’t have a choice…do you?

Beware Barrel Band Heaters

There has been a bandaid for this problem for a long time called band heaters. You just strap then around your barrel and: presto! You have a completely unregulated, half heated, half frozen barrel of liquid. Let’s be frank, this hasn’t solved your problem at all; it only creates a new one. Unfortunately, band heaters don’t provide temperature control, they only heat up some of your product. So if band heaters are not the solution, what is?

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Powerblanket® Barrel and Drum Heaters

Unlike band heaters, Powerblanket barrel and drum heaters apply an even distribution of heat: it can be set to peak at whatever temperature is needed, thus providing temperature regulation and not just heating your product to a boiling point.

Additionally, Powerblanket barrel and drum heaters also provide savings—whether we’re talking about the alternative of heating your warehouse or the cost of using band heaters. Powerblanket’s patented design allows for an economic and efficient distribution of heat within an insulated vinyl shell. This means less energy is needed to maintain the same temperature level. So take a sigh of relief at your storage conundrum and give use a call.

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Heating Solutions Are Sometimes Your Best Option

Custom Heating BlanketsWith months of winter conditions and cold weather upon us much focus and attention in many industries turns to the need for heating solutions. And while standard products are often the first line of defense, custom heating solutions often present your best option.

As mentioned earlier there is no question that there are standard product alternatives readily available on the market.  This includes products like barrel heaters, tote heaters, concrete heating blankets, and ground thawing blankets. However, when your application challenge calls for specific heating requirements “standard” may not provide the optimum result you’re in need of. There are several factors that influence the need to seek out a custom solution:

  • The unique nature of the application
  • The design and specifications of the tank/vessel/container to be heated
  • The specifications and heating requirements of the material to be heated
  • The customer expectations relative to desired results

 

One of the primary factors mentioned as having influence over whether or not a custom solution would provide the best results are the design and specifications of the tank, vessel, or container that houses the material needing to be protected. To clarify this here are examples of some of the tanks, vessels, and containers we’re referring to:

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

 

There are numerous industries that have an ongoing need for heating products and are not necessarily influenced by the seasonal or cyclical temperature fluctuations. On the other hand there are those industries where heating and freeze protection needs are part of their pre-planning strategy. Their businesses can suffer work stoppages, shutdowns, critical material installation delays, reduced or halted productivity, equipment breakdowns, product failures, missed deadlines; all impacting profitability and the bottom line. These industries include:

  • Concrete & General Construction
  • Oil & Gas Services
  • Oil & Gas Production
  • Pipeline
  • Chemical & Coatings
  • Lubricants
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid
  • Railroad & General Transportation

 

The point to be made is that there are a number of industries whose business can be affected by cold weather. There are several sources of heating solutions that offer the benefits associated with protecting products and equipment to include freeze protection. Perform the due diligence; do the research. Keep in mind that among those who offer these solutions there are a few reputable sources who offer both standard products as well as custom solutions to include application advice, engineering expertise, and technical support. Use discretion in making your purchasing decision, your business depends on it!

Powerblanket Heating Solutions: Driven By Patented GreenHeat Technology

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At Powerblanket® our brand and innovative technology have always gone hand-in-hand.  Our patented graphite-based heat spreading technology known as GreenHeat Technology™ is found in every electrically powered heating solution we manufacture today.  GreenHeat Technology provides many benefits that have driven the demand for the products we build.

In addition to standard products serving construction and industrial markets, a high percentage of the heating solutions we manufacture today are custom applications.  The following are some of the various markets and industries Powerblanket serves today:

 

As mentioned earlier, the benefits provided to the markets and industries Powerblanket serves have driven the demand for GreenHeat Technolgy. The ability of Powerblanket heating solutions to either make or save our customers money is the driving force behind our success.  The following are a few of the product benefits we are capable of providing:

  • Cold Weather Concrete Curing Capability
  • Accelerated Cure Times & Strengths (PSI Levels)
  • Freeze Protection
  • Temperature Control
  • Reduced Down Times
  • Sustainable Productivity
  • Meeting Production Schedules
  • Enhanced Flow Rates
  • Maintain Accurate Pressure Readings
  • Lower Cost of Installation & Maintenance
  • Chemical & Lubricant Integrity / Protection

 

We have always prided ourselves on listening to our customers.  Making a concerted effort to truly understand the application requirements and desired results is what allows us to translate product features into deliverable expectations.  Our commitment to producing innovative heating solutions is what has allowed us to diversify our product offering; both standard and custom.  Our people are truly our greatest asset; our customers and their many application challenges are our greatest source of motivation and success.

Industrial Heaters: Out With The Old – In With The New

Band heaters vs. full coverage drum heatersWhen it comes to freeze protection and heating technology, not all solutions are created equal when it comes to industrial heaters. In fact, some heating solutions are extremely outdated with technology dating back several decades. Today’s consumers are demanding products to be higher quality and they want them delivered faster than ever before.

With this increase in standards, businesses can’t afford to be stuck with old heating technology. Businesses that use older heating technology deal with uneven heating, dangerous heating elements, and the inability to customize for specific tasks.

Uneven Heating

One of the biggest complaints about older heating technology is uneven heating. Older technology uses a centralized heating unit that emits a lot of heat in one or two locations. The hope is that the heat will spread and keep the entire unit from freezing. This process doesn’t work if you have sensitive materials or a large area to heat. The centralized heat source gets really hot in one location, often burning product and materials. So if your business has sensitive materials and products, older heating solutions are not an option.

Electrical heating blankets with GreenHeat Technology™ are a newer heating solution that evenly distributes heat across the entire surface area. Blanket heaters eliminate hot and cold spots and safely regulate the temperature to keep materials and products from burning. Whether you’re looking for a drum heater, bucket heater, tote heater, pipe heater, tank heater, or valve heater; it’s important that the heat is spread out evenly.

Not Customizable

Businesses are scrambling, trying to keep up with a demanding marketplace. This means businesses need to find quick and adaptable solutions to their problems. Old heating technology like band heaters and space heaters are not able to meet the needs of modern industrial businesses. The dated technology of band heaters and space heaters limits their use to a few applications. If your business has odd shaped tanks or large surface areas to heat, older style heaters are not the answer.

The flexibility of electric blanket heaters allows them to be customized for almost any heating application. Custom heating solutions are needed more and more because standard heating products are unable to meet the needs of today’s industrial businesses. If you need to closely regulate the temperature of your products and materials or need to heat a large or uneven tank, electric heating blankets can be customized to solve your heating problem..

Dangerous

Older style heaters can be dangerous. Band heaters have an extremely hot surface area that will burn you if touched. The problem with this technology is once it’s turned on, it’s almost impossible to remove it without getting burned.

Heating blankets are a new heating technology that can be easily added or removed at anytime of the heating process. Electrical heating blankets use reliable, internal thermostats so once they’re turned on, you don’t have to worry about them over heating. Just plug them in and forget about them. When it comes to a safe heating technology, electrical heating blankets are a great heating solution.

Epoxy Curing With Heating Blankets

How epoxy cures - graphEpoxy consists of two components, resin and a curing agent.  Many epoxies have an initial cure that results as the two components are combined and the cross-linking occurs to provide the desired material characteristics.  In order to achieve the desired material characteristics, many epoxies require a heated cure cycle.  During the cure cycle there are key elements that are necessary to meet the requirements of a good cure to provide the qualified properties of the epoxy for its specific intended purpose. Unfortunately, most available heating solutions for curing epoxy are expensive and ineffective.

 

Effective Epoxy Heating Solutions Require:

  • Even heat applied across the epoxy
  • No elevated temperature or hot spots
  • Precise temperatures
  • Proper time and temperature at each phase of the cure cycle

 

In order to meet proper cure cycle requirements many companies rely on extremely expensive ovens, high temperature and costly autoclaves. These types of facilities and tools are not only significant capital investments, but are also expensive to operate. Additionally, these types of heating solutions require a significant amount maintenance and calibration.  For lower temperature epoxy cures, heat blankets provide a very reliable and efficient method of curing.  Technology now exists in some heating blankets on the market, especially with Greenheat technology that provides even heat distribution, tight temperature control, and programmable temperature controls. These heating blankets are very economical to operate.

This new technology is ideal for the epoxy curing process because it’s so critical to provide even, consistent heat to help the epoxy cure properly. Large operations with loads of cash to spend, may like some of the standard heating solutions.  However, most businesses operate on a budget and closely watch their expenses. These businesses will probably find some of the newer technology, like heating blankets to be the ideal choice.

Goodbye Band Heaters

Powerblanket drum heaters vs. traditional band heatersDon’t Get Burned By Band Heaters

Let’s face it, nobody likes band heaters. Nobody! When it comes to solving heating problems, band heaters are not the answer. In fact, they’re part of the problem. Band heaters are designed to provide a lot of heat in one, centralized location. This concentrated heating approach requires an extremely high watt density, which can overheat and burn whatever is stored in the drum.

 

Problems with band heaters include:

  • Inefficient, non-uniform heat
  • Inaccurate and unreliable thermostats
  • Wasted money by scorching or burning material
  • Leaving much of the drum unheated
  • The high wattage uses a lot of electricity

 

Some businesses store spray foam or other expensive chemicals in drums and buckets. These businesses can’t afford to have their products and materials scorched and burned. Until recently, band heaters have been the only option available to businesses that need to apply heat to their materials.

 

It’s Time To Say Goodbye To Band Heaters

The flawed approach of band heaters has left many business owners frustrated and looking for other solutions to their heating problems. So if band heaters are dangerous and ruin your materials, what alternatives are there? The answer is surprisingly simple: blanket-style drum heaters.

Blanket drum heaters offer businesses a better heating solution because they spread heat evenly across the entire blanket. No product is ruined or wasted because heating blankets eliminate hot and cold spots.

 

Benefits of blanket drum heaters:

  • Deliver safe, uniform heat to temperature-sensitive products and materials
  • Prevent product waste by maintaining consistent temperatures
  • Use energy efficient technology that saves time and money
  • Peace of mind with accurate and reliable thermostats

 

So if your business has been stuck using ineffective and outdated heating solutions like band heaters, it’s time to make a change. Do some research and switch to an economical and efficient heating blanket for bucket and drum heaters.

How to Keep DEF From Freezing In Large Containers

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Powerblanker DEF tote heaterDiesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is an injected additive to a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. SCR is a technology that uses a urea based DEF and a catalytic converter to significantly reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. SCR is the leading technology being used to meet 2010 emissions regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a set of standards that are designed to help alleviate many of the pollutants released into our air by the exhaust of diesel engines. The first federal standards (Tier 1) for new non-road (or off-road) diesel engines were adopted in 1994 for engines over 37 kW (50 hp), to be phased-in from 1996 to 2000. In 1996, a Statement of Principles (SOP) pertaining to non-road diesel engines was signed between Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California ARB and engine makers.

Because of these standards, a lot of companies are now in hot pursuit of DEF for their diesel operations including:

·        Caterpillar
·        Cummins
·        Deere
·        Detroit Diesel
·        Dietz
·        Isuzu
·        Komatsu
·        Kubota
·        Mitsubishi
·        Navistar
·        New Holland
·        Wis-Con
·        Yanmar

 

Companies this size will likely need storage tanks for their DEF that will exceed the standard 330 gallon totes. Many will seek storage tanks in the thousand plus gallon range. In any size tank there are items of relevant interest.

  • If DEF is kept to temperatures between 15ºF and 65ºF (-9ºC and 18ºC), it will last a minimum of 1 year without problems.
  • Big bulk dispensers (1,000 gallons) have internal climate control systems
  • In cold temperature regions it is recommended to store DEF in a storage unit. In warm temperature regions it is recommended to store DEF in a shaded area.
  • New climate control systems specifically for DEF are being developed.

 

How do you keep a large storage tank protected from freezing conditions? There are options on the market that offer solutions. Powerblanket is one of several companies creating innovative solutions for these types of tanks.

Everyone has to have a solution for staying compliant with EPA standards. A SCR/DEF system or an equivalent, equipped with an effective heating solution is a great way to stay compliant.

Heat Curing Epoxy

Is it necessary to have evenly distributed heat for curing epoxy resins?  The simple answer is, yes.   If you are using heat to cure something, having even heat distribution will cure or heat the product evenly.  If heat isn’t distributed evenly, only part of the product will cure while other parts will remain uncured.  Curing epoxy in this manner is doable, however, it is not recommended.

Let’s consider a common heat method for a minute, heat trace (localized heat).  Heat trace is strung out along the material and only heats what it rests upon.  Will it get the object hot?  Sure.  Will it heat the entire surface to the same temperature, regardless of the placement of the heater? No.  It will have hot and cold spots.

Now let’s consider an alternative heating method, GreenHeat Technology™. If you were to place a heated blanket with GreenHeat Technology over the top of an object, it will heat evenly across the entire blanket. The difference is that unlike heat trace , the blanket disburses the same amount of heat simultaneously across the surface of the blanket. This heating method drives the same amount of heat into the substance being heated.

 

Example Above-  Greenheat Technology (left) vs. Common Heat Source (Right)
Let’s take a cookie for an example. If you placed heat trace on cookie dough and turned it on for a few minutes, you would have a partial cookie surrounded by dough on both sides.  If you kept the heat trace on, in an effort to cook the entire cookie, you would eventually cook the entire cookie however, you would have blackened and burnt sections where the heat trace tape was laid.  If you took the same amount of dough and placed the previously mentioned heating blanket on top of it, it would cook the cookie evenly.  There would be no burned spots and doughy spots. Epoxy needs to cure in a similar manner, with evenly distributed heat.

What DEF Storage Options Are Available To Protect DEF?

Keep DEF Tote From FreezingDiesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is an additive used in conjunction with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. It helps reduce harmful pollutants omitted from diesel exhaust. When DEF is used with a SCR, it eliminates 94% of the pollutants identified as being the most hazardous. The two most offensive pollutants are particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

 

  • Particulate Matter (PM) – PM is the term for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. EPA  – Particulate Matter PM
  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) – NOx is a generic term for the various nitrogen oxides produced during combustion. ScienceDaily

 

“On May 11, 2004, EPA signed the final rule introducing Tier 4 emission standards, which are phased-in over the period of 2008-2015.” DieselNet

Staying compliant with the environmental protection agency (EPA) and the Tier 4 Standards are critical for many industry companies to remain operational. The Tier 4 Standards include all off road vehicles as well as the semi-trucks used on everyday highways. By 2015, all vehicles will be required to be compliant with Tier 4 Standards. This means diesel engines will need to find a solution to omit these pollutants.

A lot of questions still remain regarding the new systems developed and how to manage the little things that can cause operational interruptions.

One of the newly identified problems is that DEF needs to be stored in a controlled environment. Many storage options are available including large underground tanks, IBC totes, and one-gallon containers. The shelf life of DEF should be around a year if it is stored between 12°F and 86°F.

Many environmental zones can drop several degrees below 12°F, which requires a solution for keeping DEF from freezing. Fortunately, there are companies who have had the insight and engineering expertise to tackle this problem and have come up with viable solutions.

A few of these companies are:

 

All of these companies have designed storage aids to prevent DEF from freezing and to promote the longevity of DEF shelf life.