Lower Viscosity and Flow Control in Colder Temperatures

LOWER VISCOSITY AND FLOW CONTROLLower Viscosity

Viscosity is a complicated and sometimes confusing topic and achieving lower viscosity is a challenge during cold winter months.

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.  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.  A pro 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.

Now 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.

LOWER VISCOSITY AND TEMPERATURE

A fluid’s viscosity strongly depends on its temperature. 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 a decrease of 1°C (1.8F) already causes a 10 % increase in viscosity.

FLUIDS REQUIRING LOWER VISCOSITY

Acetone

Automatic Transmission Fluid, Antifreeze, and Brake Fluid

Aviation Fuels

Benzene

Bunker Oil-Marine Fuel Oil

Chloroform

Crude Oil

Diesel Fuel

Ethanol

Gear Oil

Heavy Fuel Oil

Honey

Hydrofluoric Acid

Ink

Mercury

Methanol

Mollasses

Citric Acid

Paraffin Wax

Pentane

Sulfuric Acid

Tetrahydrofuran

Toluene

 

Powerblanket® Viscosity Control Solutions

Powerblanket makes it easy to lower viscosity of fluids. Powerblanket offers various ready-to-ship products, from bucket and drum heaters to ibc tote heaters. We can also produce custom solutions for most applications. If you need help with viscosity reduction, Powerblanket has you covered.

  •   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.

 

LOWER VISCOSITY

 

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

Source

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

 

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-revised (1)A 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

 

 

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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 Barrel HeaterThe 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

 

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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.

 

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The Vulnerability of Drums and Barrels

Let’s face it; drums, barrels, and other similar canisters or storage units are as versatile as Tupperware®. You can store all kinds of products in them. But there’s another fact about them that’s also worth mentioning; drums and barrels are pretty vulnerable when it comes to temperature maintenance.

 

Keeping Your Food Hot 2Barrels, Drums, and Cold Weather

Most of the time, when we store liquids or other material in drums or barrels, we do so because we intend to store a lot of it. With this reality in mind, it’s not often that you see drums and barrels sitting in the same climate-controlled spaces we live and work in. No, they’re usually left in drafty warehouses or outside. Whatever the case, drums and barrels, plus the products inside of them, are often left to the mercies of their surroundings, and that can be a real problem if their surroundings are cold.

This is especially true for metal drums or barrels. So if you’re storing temperature-sensitive materials in your drums or barrels, then you could have a real problem on your hands when cold weather rolls around…that is unless you have the proper solution in place.

 

Powerblanket® Drum and Barrel Heaters

  • Our barrel heaters work with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures good heat distribution
  • Drum warmers deliver safe 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

 

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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 heatersInsulated Band Heaters vs Traditional Band Heaters

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.)
Hazardous (fire hazard 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’ll let you do the math from here.

 

 

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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.

 

UMA AwardUMA 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.

 


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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)

 

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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.

 

Product Spotlight- Hot BoxGood Better Best

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.

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Viscosity Maintenance With the Proper Heating Solutions

Though the beginnings of winter are still a ways off, it’s certainly a matter on all our minds already, especially if you need temperature regulation through the winter. However, drum heaters and barrel heaters aren’t only good for the cold months. In fact, they’re equally important for viscosity maintenance year round.

 

Maintaining Viscosity Levels With the Proper Heating Solutions

Drums Heaters and Barrel Heaters: Year Round Uses

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.

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.

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.

Regardless 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 viscosity maintenance a snap. What’s more, Powerblanket patented technology offers the most efficient heat distribution on the market. To make a long story short: if you’re in need of viscosity maintenance, look no further than Gordo Sales. 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

 

More About Gordo Sales

Gordo Sales has been in business since 1989. We are a small family-owned company with a very specialized line of products. We only sell high quality products that involve Industrial Process Heating and the control of such heaters. By being so specialized, we are able to provide a level of help and expertise that we could not otherwise provide. THE NEEDS OF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE OUR FIRST PRIORITY, if we know of a product or solution that is best for our customers, and we do not handle that solution ourselves, we will send them where they can find it, rather than trying to sell them something that is not as good for their application.

We strive to ship items we have in our inventory the day they are ordered. The vast majority of orders ship same day, sometimes even within 15 minutes of placement. We know you, our customers, require and deserve a level of service that requires us to do ALL WE CAN to make your transaction with us a pleasant one.

We are here to serve you; just let us know how we can do that.

 

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Protect Your Agricultural Assets With Custom Heating Solutions

Forbes ran an article yesterday from Thomas Landstreet about the potential collapse in agricultural pricing. These estimations come at the cost of corn, pork, and beef especially. But whichever way the pendulum swings in the near future, one thing’s for certain: those in agriculture will need to safeguard their precious assets, and this could mean applying the proper custom heating solutions to help keep operating costs low.

 

The Agricultural Outlook

Protect Your Agricultural Assets With Custom Heating Solutions

According to Thomas Landstreet’s article on the matter, we should expect to experience a considerable drop in prices for the agricultural sector (that’s bad news) something Mr. Landstreet refers to as a retrenchment. So why the retrenchment, you ask? Well, according to Landstreet, there are two major factors that will contribute to the impending slide of the agricultural industry. One of them is something its faced time and time again, and that’s drought. Apparently the drought we passed through back in 2012 has created what Landstreet calls a bubble, one that he thinks will pop soon.

The second factor that is set to cause problems in the agricultural space is the ethanol mandate that allocated 40% of corn to creating an alternative fuel to petroleum. The effect of less corn going toward food supply has also contributed to the nearly bursting bubble. Whether the bubble bursts anytime soon or not, one thing is pertinent for the industry, and that is asset protection.

 

The Powerblanket® Contribution

If prices are to drop in the agricultural sector, then those involved in the industry are going to need to save on operating expenses where ever they can. Additionally, it’s going to be imperative to safeguard capital and resources. In the spirit of such, Powerblanket offers a myriad of possibilites in custom heating solutions for the agricultural space. So whether you need to keep large water tanks from freezing, propane storage at the ideal temperature, or DEF storage working in cold weather, Powerblanket has you covered.

Powerblanket custom heating solutions offer the most cost-effective and efficient heating solution on the market. With our patented approach to heating, we can ensure even heat distribution over the entire service area of application. What’s more, in case of temperature-sensitive storage maintenance, Powerblanket heating solutions actually add efficiency to the equation, such as in the case of ourpropane tank heaters. Add to this our revolutionary smart controllers and our new 3D scanningcapabilities, and Powerblanket becomes the clear choice.

 

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Product Use Case: Drum and Barrel Heaters for Viscosity Maintenance

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

 

Product Use Case- Drum and Barrel Heaters for Viscosity Maintenance

From Freeze Protection to Heating Applications

One of the primary concerns we hear of from individuals and companies ordering our drum heaters or barrel heaters is the need for adequate protection against freezing temperatures. While this is a huge part of what our solutions offer, it’s not the only trick in the hat. You might actually be surprised to find that Powerblanket technology is used for a myriad of heating needs. And one of those has to do with viscosity maintenance.

Regardless of what you’re storing in your drums or barrels, if it needs to remain at high temperatures to maintain a certain level of liquidity, then you need to pile on the heat. The problem is that often times manufactures 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. We’ve got you covered.

 

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 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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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.

 

The Perfect Candle Wax Heater

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.

 

Product Use Case- Drum and Barrel Heaters for Viscosity Maintenance

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.

 

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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…

 

Winter Preparation- Now’s the Time

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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How To Keep Your Liquids From Freezing With Drum Heaters

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Regardless of what you’re storing, if it’s in a barrel or drum, then you’re storing a lot of it. With such a high quantity, your liquid is probably important to your business. If one barrel goes bad, you’ve lost a considerable amount of product or material.

 

 

6 Ways To Use A Barrel HeaterIdeal Temperature

Most liquids that are stored over any period of time require that a certain temperature always be maintained. If this is the case with your liquid containers, then temperature regulation is an important part of product maintenance. Stored indoors in rooms or buildings already heated for other operational reason, the regulations on your liquid storage may not be a problem. However, most companies that are in the business of storing a liquid in barrels don’t keep them next to the cubicles or front desk. This means that warehouse storage is often the case with most companies.

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, and if your company does have a heated warehouse, it’s likely costing you a lot of money to keep a certain temperature maintained. Nonetheless, if the product you store in your warehouse needs to be at a particular temperature, well, you don’t have a choice…or do you?

Barrel Band Heaters

Actually, there has been an answer to this problem for a long time (not the same as a solution). They’re 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’s only created a new one. Unfortunately, band heaters don’t provide temperature control, they only heat up your product. So if band heaters are not the answer or the solution, what is?

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Powerblanket® Barrel and Drum Heaters

Unlike band heaters, Powerblanket barrel anddrum heaters apply an even distribution of heat that 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 quite the cost savings—whether we’re talking about the alternative of heating your warehouse or 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.

 

 

 

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Spray Foam Heating Technology

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Spray Foam Heating TechnologyI attended the ICAA Trade Show and Convention this past weekend in Tucson, AZ. It was like a quick getaway to ‘summer’ as we are enveloped in the fast approaching autumn season here in Utah. I feel like the ICAA did an excellent job of bringing together representatives from all facets of the insulation industry. There was everybody from the large corporate insulation and equipment manufacturers down to the one-man band spray foam insulation installers.

The overall feeling I walked away with is that there are two very polarizing sides within the exact same industry. There are those (both individuals and corporations) who have been a part of this industry since the beginning of mankind that are content, almost to a fault, with the status quo. “My great, great, great granddaddy did it that way. If it worked for him, it’ll work for me!”  Hmmm. I’ll check back with you in 10 years and see if you’re still in business.

On the other hand, there are the innovators, the movers and the shakers striving to eliminate the status quo. Why? Because that is what they do. They are the Steve Jobs of the industry. Their desire to create something new flows through their bloodstream. They can’t help but bring new ideas and products to a market that is ever changing and yet stale at the same time.

I would like to applaud 2 companies that presented innovative ideas at this tradeshow. First, Graco, the worldwide leaders in fluid handling technologies. Their partnership with 2-track in bringing the industry a remote reporting technology is forward thinking and hinges strongly on the highly adopted use of smartphone technology. This will provide tighter job site monitoring and cost control, resulting in quicker project turnaround time and more money to the bottom line. I applaud you.

Second, I applaud Powerblanket, the industry leader in heat spreading technology. Why would you want to continue to heat your spray foam that same way your grandaddy did? These must be the same people that still use the bow drill to start a fire instead of matches! Instead of hanging out in the stone ages, Powerblanket now provides heating solutions for the spray foam industry using its GreenHeat technology. This is an energy efficient, uniform heat spreading technology that provides even, consistent heat across your product. This means you don’t need to be concerned about hot spots or overheating of your product. Good bye band heaters, Hello Powerblanket!

 

Thanks again, ICAA, for a great convention!  See you next year.

Epoxy Curing With Heating Blankets

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How Can I Evenly Cure My Epoxy Without Burning ItEpoxy 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.

How to Install Spray Foam

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IBC : Tote Heaters 2Congratulations! You’re a contractor or home builder. You’ve succeeded in helping the homeowner understand the benefits of using spray foam insulation vs. old school fiberglass batts. They understand the economical benefits to their budget by using spray foam; it creates an airtight seal keeping warm air inside during the winter and blazing hot air outside during the summer months, thus reducing their overall energy bill.

Now, the job falls on your shoulders to make sure they receive the high quality insulation they are expecting. As the popularity of spray foam has quickly increased, so has the need for contractors to adapt their services to include spray foam installation. This quick change has proven detrimental in many ways to the overall quality of the resulting spray foam insulation.

 

Contractors need to focus on:

  • Quality Control – You must have at least a simple quality control program to ensure consistency across insulation projects. If your focus doesn’t start here, your business won’t succeed.
  • Good Form – Consistent spray control must be used to avoid large gaps in spray foam.
  • Correct Mix – Proper care should be taken by frequently checking the mix ratio of your proportioners, pumps and sprayers. Incorrect mix ratios can diminish the R-value, performance and longevity of the spray foam.
  • Temperature Control – Just as the correct mix is critical, the correct application temperature must also be maintained in order to ensure high performance. However, that’s not the only reason to pay attention to temperature control. The yield of your spray foam can decrease if the foam is too cold. Inconsistent and excessive localized heat can result in burned product. This affects your bottom line and the profitability of your projects.

 

There are several spray foam training programs available to contractors to help. I recommend finding one in your area or attending an industry conference. Whether you’re brand new to the industry or a veteran, there is not a better time than now to increase your knowledge and techniques.

For temperature control, I recommend an insulated heating blanket. Some advantages of the insulated blanket over the “strap” or “band” type heaters are:

  • Lower energy usage (heats your product not the air)
  • More even heat (more surface area for your product to absorb the heat)
  • Heats the entire drum which means less heat damage to your product
  • The ambient conditions have less effect (more effective in cold climates)

Tank Heating: Choosing the Right Solution

The Benefits of Investing in a Custom Tank Heater 2Tank heating and the general protection of tank contents is a serious business. Frac tanks, fluid heating systems, totes, vac trucks, and specialty tanks all have heating and freeze protection issues in cold climate conditions. These applications represent ongoing challenges for those whose livelihoods are dependent on the sustainable utilization of these fluids. Production and servicing operations thrive on economic efficiencies. Having a reliable and sustainable tank heating solution is just common sense. In some instances, you may use multiple heating solutions.

 

The economic impact of production delays and shut downs associated with cold weather can be devastating. This is a concern in a wide range of industries and applications such as:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Oilfield Services
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Water Transfer & Storage
  • Chemical Systems Management
  • Portable Fluids Heating Systems
  • Groundwater Remediation
  • Manifold & Pipe Freeze Protection

 

The prevention of costly delays and preservation of economic efficiencies is critical. Having access to a viable heating solution is often the answer. As mentioned earlier, having alternative heating solutions at one’s disposal is essential. Good planning during the preliminary stages of any project is always a best practice.

 

There are various means of providing heat and freeze protection. Among these are:

  • Electrical Heat Trace
  • Hydronic Systems – Glycol
  • Portable Fluid Heating Systems
  • Immersion Heaters
  • Hot Oilers
  • Steam
  • Electrically-Powered Heated Blankets and Wraps

 

When determining the right heating solution, there are a number of factors to consider.  The following are just a few of the issues that can influence the choice of a tank heating solution.

  • Environmental Conditions
  • Fluid Chemical Characteristics & Specifications
  • Logistics & Site Accessibility
  • Job Site Safety Regulations
  • Hazardous Location Certification Requirements
  • Specific Application Needs
  • Client Expectations
  • Production Schedules
  • Previously Used Methods

 

Heating solutions and technology have come a long way and will continue to make progress. It’s important to look at and evaluate the options available.  Keep in mind that specific applications may require customized solutions. Not all heating solutions have that versatility.  Do the research to determine the method that best meets your needs and expectations.  Don’t judge the solution only based on its features and cost. Consider the value of the benefits the solution provides.

What are Storage Options for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)?

Mobile Transport and DEF Protection 2Diesel Exhaust Fluid or DEF is a high purity chemical solution containing 32.5% urea mixed with high purity deionized water. It’s used to stay in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stringent emissions requirements mandated in 2010. DEF is used in conjunction with a technology called Selective Catalytic Reduction (SRC) as an injection to reduce harmful NOx.

As with highway use the EPA has now mandated the reduction of NOx in off road use. Some of which include:

  • excavators
  • construction equipment
  • farm tractors
  • other agricultural equipment
  • heavy forklifts
  • airport ground service equipment

As well as utility equipment such as:

  • generators
  • pumps
  • compressors

With such a large and growing need for DEF product there is also obviously the need to store it properly. Several types of storage container options are available that range from 2.5 gallon buckets to 8500 gallon tanks, and everything in between. Purchasing DEF in the smaller containers is more expensive per gallon and typically used for emergency supply for trucks. The larger containers, or bulk storage tanks, are primarily used with very large fleets.  While the great bulk tanks are more cost effective per gallon (buying in bulk is always a bargain. Just ask the millions of Costco lovers around the world) they can be an expensive initial investment. This is why most DEF storage containers tend to be “mini-bulk” storage containers.

330 gallon totes and 55 gallon drums seem to be the trend with many companies right now. Both can be refilled easily and there are several equipment companies that offer electrical or pneumatic pump and hose systems that work well with these containers. There are also freeze protection solutions available for storage in extreme cold climates.

The important thing to remember is to keep your DEF contaminant free. DEF is not harmful to touch and if you get it on your skin you can wipe if off easily without worrying about chemical burns, but contaminated DEF can cause harmful side effects to your SRC system, which can be devastatingly costly to repair or replace. Proper storage and handling care is essential to prolonging the life of this important material.

 

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How Can I Evenly Cure My Epoxy Without Burning It?

When it comes to curing epoxy, nothing is more important than a constant and uniform heat distribution. With a proper cure, you ensure the integrity and strength of your product. When epoxies are properly cured, they will become solid. The picture below is a good example of how epoxy cures depending on heat and time.

How Can I Evenly Cure My Epoxy Without Burning It

An uneven cure of epoxy can have several negative consequences, including:

  • Discoloration/Yellowing
  • Color Variation
  • Blushing
  • Uneven Gloss
  • Poor Inter-Coat Adhesion

9 Things to consider in an Epoxy Heating/Curing Solution

  1. Prevent uneven gloss and poor inter-coat adhesion by finding a solution that evenly heats over the entire surface area.
  2. Find a heating solution that will maintain the proper application temperature. The warmer the resin and hardener, the lower the viscosity.
  3. Find a customizable heating solution that will properly fit the size and shape of your application to maintain maximum control. A cool epoxy is more difficult to meter and combine with the resin and hardener.
  4. Ensure less maintenance downtime by finding a heating product with a track record of performance.
  5. Ensure that the epoxy resin and hardener will flow through dispensing pumps easily by maintaining the appropriate heat.
  6. Ensure more cross-linking by warming the materials while mixing to initiate a better chemical reaction.
  7. Prevent air bubble entrapment and safeguard the strength and effectiveness of the epoxy by having the right heating solution.
  8. Prevent contamination by not using Kerosene or propane heaters since they can inhibit the cure as well as contaminate epoxy surfaces.
  9. Prevent under-curing, as it can cause delaminations and product failures by finding an evenly heated and temperature-controlled solution.

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How Long Will it Take My Powerblanket Product to Heat My Materials?

How Long Will it Take My Powerblanket Product to Heat My Materials?It’s a great question and one I get asked over and over. You would think that such a consistently asked question would merit a quick answer for it. Unfortunately, we have to ask our own questions first to give a good answer. I realize how odd this sounds but let me ask you this … do you know how temperamental the heat transfer process can be?

Allow Wikipedia to explain: “Heat transfer is a discipline of thermal engineering that concerns the generation, use, conversion and exchange of thermal energy and heat between Physical systems.” What this means to those of us who suffer with a non-engineer-type brain (yes, I do work with a few engineers and I have every right to pick on them once in a while!) is that there are many variable that contribute to how heat is transferred from one object to another. This alters the time frame of heating something to the right temperature.

Here’s a quick review on why the answer is different for everyone on the question of “How long will it take my Powerblanket product to heat my materials?” You see, heat transfers from one object to the next in one of three ways:

  1. conduction,
  2. convection and/or
  3. radiation.

So, here are the key factors to heat transfer:

  1. When heat transferrers using our products, it is typically happens through conduction. Not always, but most of the time. “Conduction is the transfer of heat between substances that are in direct contact with each other. The better the conductor, the more rapidly heat will transfer.” This means the snugger you apply your Powerblanket wrap –  without adding additional straps –  the better the heat will transfer.
  2. Another variable that will play havoc on heat transfer is wind. Heat hates wind. In almost all cases wind will swoop in and steal heat from just about anything. That is not to say a Powerblanket wrap won’t heat, but only that it could take longer to get it there.
  3. Ambient temperatures also play a determining factor in heat-transfer time. If the desired temperature is 70°F and your ambient is -20°F it will take quite a bit longer to get there than if your ambient was 65°F. Make sense? Of course it does.
  4. And, finally, what are you trying to heat and what is its beginning temperature? Is it thick and viscous or is it thin like water? Does it begin the heat process at frigid temperatures or something reasonable like 50°F? The more viscous the product the harder it is to circulate the heat throughout. (This is called convection.) “Heat energy transferred between a surface and a moving fluid at different temperatures is known as convection. In reality this is a combination of diffusion and bulk motion of molecules. Near the surface the fluid velocity is low, and diffusion dominates. Away from the surface, bulk motion increases the influence and dominates.”

So, now you see that this one simple question, “how long will it take to get hot?” cannot be answered quickly and there is not a one-size-fits-all answer.

Can I Use a Spray Foam Heater Without Burning My SPF?

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Spray Foam HeaterSpray foam applicators spend a lot of money on their equipment and materials and they need to be treated properly to work well. If Spray Polyurethane Foam is not stored and kept within the manufacturer’s suggested temperature ranges the foam chemicals can change viscosity and degrade, thus not allowing them to apply properly.

During the winter months drums of material need to be kept warm to avoid both Freezing and Viscosity Drift. Depending on the formulation, freezing can occur anywhere between 20°F and 47°F. Viscosity Drift is also a result of temperature drop. Every 10°C (18°F) drop in temperature will double viscosity. This change in temperature will thicken systems making it difficult to spray and will also stall pumps. Most spray polyurethane foam is recommended to be maintained around room temperature (70° to 80°F). A blanket style drum heater with heat spreading technology is the recommended spray foam heating solution.

According to the SPFA (Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance), heat blanket style heaters are the recommended solution to cold weather issues, “Low heat flux blanket-type heaters work well to maintain drum temperatures. Avoid the use of band heaters or other high heat flux heaters.” Band heaters are high heat flux style heaters which localize heat, causing damaged product and bulging drums. Additionally, band heaters have unreliable thermostats which can over-heat, also resulting in off-ratio foam, increased density and loss in coverage for the applicator. This all translates into loss profitability.

Our barrel heaters maintain optimal temperatures for cold weather spray foam jobs. Powerblanketdrum heaters completely wrap the drum, top to bottom, offering total protection. Additionally, our patented GreenHeat Technology provides uniform heat throughout the entire blanket surface, thus avoiding hot or cold spots. This innovative technology delivers optimal operating temperature for spray foam applicators in all cold weather conditions. The Pro-style barrel heaters also include a digital thermostatic controller allowing you to select an optimal set point, +/- 2°F.  Also, this innovative barrel heater offers three independent, self-limiting heat zones for ultimate temperature control. Whether conditions are extremely cold or slightly cool, our Barrel Heaters can keep you on the job.

Got Frac Tank Problems?

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Got Frac Tank ProblemsFrac Tanks are huge. This poses a problem when trying to heat them or protected them from the cold. With our custom solutions at Powerblanket®, no heating problem is too big. When asked about the benefits of heating frac tanks, Joel Fillion, Vice President of Engineering, said:

The benefits of heating the frac tank, include greater productivity and efficiency by increasing the viscosity of the contents, whether the contents are water, water with additives, or oil. Standard spray-foam insulation methods are expensive and lack the ability to transmit heat to the product.

Working in a Hazardous Location?

Safety is the top priority with those working in hazardous locations. Because we also value safety, our frac tank heating systems are available for areas designated as CID2  T4.

Here is an idea of what it looks like to protect and heat your Frac Tanks with Powerblanket custom products:

 

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Five Most Popular Uses for a Custom Blanket

custom blanketA curing blanket is a great tool for those who run construction sites during cold weather. While a curing blanket is generally used for curing concrete, many construction companies and other industrial businesses have found additional applications. Here are some of the most popular:

 

Keeping Concrete Warm During Curing

The most popular application of a curing blanket is what the product was originally invented for—protecting the curing process of concrete in cold temperatures. The curing blanket is typically used at the final stages of concrete curing when the temperature of the concrete is important to achieve maximum strength. Curing blankets can be set at a particular temperature for optimal curing. The blankets have the ability to distribute the heat evenly and efficiently.

 

Warming Pipes in Winter

A frozen pipe can be big trouble. If the problem is not taken care of quickly, it can cause damage to the pipe and the building. Using a curing blanket to warm pipes in low temperatures will keep water flowing and prevent water from freezing in the pipe. Multiple blankets can be used to insulate the length of the pipe.

 

Temperature Control for Industrial Liquids

If you have industrial liquids such as propane that need to be kept or utilized outdoors, a curing blanket can easily help maintain an optimum temperature so that the liquid has an effective vaporization rate. It can also be used for a variety of other liquids that are best stored at a constant temperature, whether outdoors or inside a building with varying temperature.

 

Heating Equipment and Tools on Site

Working in the winter can be tough, especially in areas with low temperatures. Cold tools, scaffolding, and other supplies can be difficult or even dangerous to use. Storing supplies and equipment under a curing blanket will help keep them warm, usable, and comfortable when you show up on site each day.

 

Ice Melt and Prevention

A curing blanket can be used to melt ice and snow from a particular area, or to prevent snow and ice buildup on a particular spot. This can be useful when you want to prepare an area for work the next day. It can also be used to keep snow and ice from forming on tools and supplies left outdoors.

Every construction job has its own challenges, and there are many ways a curing blanket can help. We can turn around custom solutions in as little as 14 business days so you can get on with the job.

Press Relsease – Powerblanket® Launches New SMART Blanket to Reduce Burned Product

Drums Totes and Barrels- Protecting Your Bulk Storage 2Powerblanket® Launches New SMART Blanket to Reduce Burned Product.

SMART Blanket technology automatically controls three separate zones to prevent burned product.

Powerblanket® introduces the new SMART Blanket drum heater, which uses patented GreenHeat® Technology and a three zone automatic shut-off system, which relieves users who worry about burning their product in barrels and buckets.

“Our new SMART technology alleviates a lot of worry,” said Ryan Mecham, Chief Operating Officer. “The SMART Blanket represents our latest innovation to help our customers to maintain a constant temperature without burning their product.”

Powerblanket® SMART Blankets have three specific zones that automatically shut off when needed. This allows the blanket to heat a product in a “smart” way, ensuring that the product is kept at a desired temperature to avoid burning related to overheating that is common with band heaters.

“We designed the industry-leading SMART Blanket to intelligently respond to thermal feedback,” said Joel Fillion, Vice President of Engineering. “This allows the blanket to automatically shut off, which saves energy, to protect product and create a more precise heating solution.”

GreenHeat® Technology is a revolutionary heat-spreading system that is designed to provide a highly efficient and uniform distribution of heat while only consuming low levels of energy.  The SMART Blanket drum heater is certified for Hazardous Locations (Class I Division 2 Groups A, B, C & D – T4 Temperature Classification).

For more information about the new SMART Blanket technology, visit powerblanket.com/smart-blanket.

Powerblanket® engineers provide superior freeze protection and heat maintenance solutions for a multitude of applications, including industrial and manufacturing temperature control, ground thawing, concrete curing, and oil-field services. For more information, contact Powerblanket® by calling 877.398.7407 in the US or 403.262.5770 in Canada; you can also send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit powerblanket.com.

 
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14-Day Turnaround for Custom Freeze Protection

Custom Heating Blankets14-Day Turnaround for Custom Freeze Protection and Heat Maintenance Solutions

SALT LAKE CITY — Powerblanket® engineers and manufactures custom products in as little as 14 days to protect products from freezing and to maintain a constant temperature.

“Our patented technology allows us to turnaround custom projects in as little as 14 days,” said Ryan Mecham, Chief Operating Officer. “The benefits of customizing a solution really helps our customers.”

Powerblanket® Custom blankets carry a safety certification for hazardous locations (CID2 T4) and UL/CSA/CE. These safety certifications enable Powerblanket® to handle almost every heating need.

“This specialized certification allows us to serve our customers even better now that we have custom-built blankets with this hazardous location CID2 T4 certification,” said Joel Fillion, Vice President of Engineering. “We strive to create products that will exceed our customers’ needs, and I think we’ve done that with these customizable blankets.”

GreenHeat® Technology is a revolutionary heat spreading system that is designed to provide a highly efficient and uniform distribution of heat while only consuming low levels of energy.

For more information about custom heating solutions, visit powerblanket.com/custom.

Powerblanket® engineers provide superior freeze protection and heat maintenance solutions for a multitude of applications, including industrial and manufacturing temperature control, ground thawing, concrete curing, oil-field services and many more. For more information, contact Powerblanket®, call 877.398.7407 in the U.S. or 403.262.5770 in Canada, send an e-mail to
[email protected], or visit the company’s website at powerblanket.com.

 

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How Powerblanket Technology Works

How Powerblanket Technology WorksPowerblanket® uses heated blankets to keep keep industrial materials within spec, help concrete cure in less time, thaw frozen ground quickly, and much more. Most heating solutions are riddled with hot and cold spots that waste energy and can put your project at risk. What makes us different is that we use our patented GreenHeat® technology to spread heat evenly throughout the surface of the heating products. This eliminates hot and cold spots, conserving energy and ensuring your temperature specific product is kept to spec. To help show why our heating products work so much better than our competitors, we broke everything down to a simple graphic.

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CID2 Frac Tank and 400-BBL Blankets Reach Hazardous Locations

CID2 Frac Tank and 400-BBL Blankets Reach Hazardous LocationsCID2 FRAC TANK AND 400-BBL BLANKETS REACH HAZARDOUS LOCATIONS

Powerblanket® expands product line to include CID2-certified products for hazardous locations

SALT LAKE CITY – Powerblanket®, provider of superior heat-spreading technology through the use of a patented GreenHeat® Technology, announces CID2-certified Frac Tank and 400-BBL custom blankets, allowing them to be safely used in hazardous locations.

“This specialized certification allows us to serve our customers even better now that we have custom- built blankets with this CID2 certification,” said Bruce Starley, Director of Manufacturing. “We strive to create products that will exceed our customers’ needs, and I think we’ve done that with these customizable blankets.”

The Powerblanket® design and configuration may vary depending on the tank type, model, and specification, which in turn can impact cost. Powerblanket® requires a dimensional drawing of the tanks prior to the customization of the blankets; this is done to ensure a perfect fit for every customer’s needs.

“Frac Tanks usually require 14 to 16 blankets total for complete installation,” said Joel Fillion, Vice President of Engineering. “The benefits of not only freeze protection, but also the ability to heat either your Frac Tank or 400 BBL are extremely advantageous. Standard spray-foam insulation methods are expensive and they lack the ability to generate heat to the product. Heating the product (depending on the product: water, water with additives, oil, etc.), will increase viscosity, productivity, and efficiency.”

Powerblanket® custom 400-BBL wraps provide freeze protection, ease of installation, heating to 80°F, low labor costs, and increased product productivity and efficiency. As with Frac Tanks, they are custom built to meet the customer’s needs.

Powerblanket® provides superior heating solutions for a multitude of applications, including industrial and manufacturing temperature control, ground thawing, concrete curing, oil-field services and many more. For more information, contact Powerblanket®, call 877.398.7407 in the U.S. or 403.262.5770 in Canada, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit the company’s website at powerblanket.com.

 

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