Cold Weather Safety for Construction

Cold Weather Safety for Construction

The construction industry is a high risk industry, regardless of the time of year.  But when cold temperatures, snow and ice, and wind are added to the mix, precautions must be in place to protect your workforce, your equipment and materials, and the job.

Taking precautions and educating your employees on cold weather winter safety best practices can reduce the rate of illness, injury and dangerous accidents. Always emphasize “safety first.”

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Winter Construction

    1. Know the forecast and pay attention to changing weather conditions.  Today we enjoy the benefit of real time updates on our phones and computers.  When the weather outside is unsuitable for outside work, reschedule.  
    2. Limit exposure to the elements. Wind chill can take an existing temperature from workable to downright miserable.  And when wind and low temperatures are combined, it can be hard to reduce exposure for workers. Your employees were not made to be outdoors in these elements for long periods of time.  Schedule outside work in shorter durations. Break up larger projects into smaller tasks.
    3. Establish a warm break area. Outside work is absolutely unavoidable for the construction industry, but workers need a place away from the elements to take a break. A heated trailer or a tent with portable heaters and appropriate ventilation works great. Educate supervisors and workers on proper safety procedures with heating devices.
    4. Emphasize proper hydration.  We forget that our bodies sweat, even when it is cold outside, and especially when we are wearing extra layers of clothing.  Keep plenty of water on hand.  While many workers think caffeinated drinks will get them through, water is what the body really needs.  
    5. Require clothing that will keep workers warm and dry.  Boots with non-slip soles, heavy coats, gloves, and hats are all essential for protecting the body from severe cold weather.  Proper clothing is the first step in preventing hypothermia and frostbite and for cold weather protection.
    6. Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Even when employers do everything they can to protect workers, issues can still arise. Supervisors and workers need to know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite so that if anyone shows these signs, they can receive immediate medical attention.
    7. Remove snow and ice. Check the job site early each day, before the work begins,for snow and ice accumulation and for any additional hazards.  Be prepared with salt or sand and remove large patches of snow and ice.  Snow and ice removal, if left to the crew, will slow down the job and deplete their energy.  
    8. Winterize and prepare vehicles. Before heading into the cold season, inspected all vehicles and equipment to determine if they are prepared for cold weather construction. Top off fluids, check tire tread and air pressure, and change filters.  Equip all vehicles with winter kits that contain an ice scraper, snow brush, shovel, tow chain, flashlight with extra batteries, emergency flares, a blanket, snacks and water.  Also, educate workers on what to do and who to call if they are stranded in a vehicle.
    9. Prepare and protect equipment. In addition to preparing vehicles for winter safety, smaller construction equipment also needs attention.  Air compressors work best in well-ventilated areas with an ambient temperature in the  ompressor system’s optimal range, typically 40-95°F. If the temperature around your compressor becomes too hot or too cold, the compressor may not start or may exhibit performance issues.  Moisture control also becomes a factor.  Moisture that becomes ice can accumulate and affect the way the system runs, blocking drainage and preventing efficient compression.  
    10. Protect Critical Materials.  Adhesives, concrete, shingles, paint, caulk, resins, epoxies, and other construction materials need additional protection during cold weather  construction.  Winter safety also includes keeping these materials at proper temperatures for application.  Failing to protect critical materials could result in shoddy work that affects the overall finished product.  

 

 

Put It in the Box

Hot boxes are ideal for cold weather construction safety, freeze protection, transporting, job site heating, remote location use, and winter roofing. Standard Hot Boxes hold product between 100°F and 120°F (38°C and 49°C) –optional adjustable thermostatic controllers allow precise temperature control.

Powerblanket Hot Box Benefits

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  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Easily transport from job to job
  • Preserve temperature sensitive material
  • Heat materials and palletized products: adhesives, shingles, paint, caulk, resins epoxies, etc.
  • Access doors on two sides.
  • Certified to UL and CSA standards

Hot Boxes and Cold Weather Construction Safety

  • Preserve temperature sensitive materials
  • Quickly and effortlessly install the compact portable design
  • Localize heat and save money by not heating a warehouse or building
  • Lower energy-related costs with the highly efficient design

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Winter Road Maintenance and Winter Road Construction

Winter Road Maintenance

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Typically, it is unwise to do any major structural winter road maintenance in the cold winter months.  Many professional paving companies joke that the best time to do winter repairs is in the summer.  Winter road construction is not so much dictated by the season, but rather by the temperature.  Warmer states have much longer active road construction periods than states with cold winters.  Without special engineering permission, most states prohibit paving in conditions below 45-50°F (for example asphalt conditions must be 50° and rising in Utah).  Never install asphalt or concrete on a frozen subbase; this will only ensure additional work for you when the conditions improve and you have to redo the job.  

 

Emergency Pothole Repair

For temporary repairs such as potholes use cold mix asphalt.  If the temperature is below the recommended level and it is an emergency, cold mix asphalt will work.  During this cold weather repair, remove all ice, moisture, and debris from the affected area using a heat source.  Keep in mind, this repair is meant to be temporary and should be permanently remedied when conditions improve

 

Winter Road Repairs: Crack Sealing

Crack sealing is actually preferred in colder months because pavements expand and contract with seasonal temperature changes. Consequently, cracks and joints are expanding and contracting when the pavements move. Crack sealing is a preventative winter road maintenance practice meant to extend the life of pavement. Since cracks on the pavement surface allow water and incompressible materials such as sand, dirt, and other debris to enter the pavement structure, these cracks can dramatically accelerate deterioration and weakening. Sealing cracks prevents further deterioration of the pavement and, when properly executed, can extend the life of the pavement anywhere from 6 months to 4 years. 

 

 

Crack Sealing Tips

  1. As recommended with the pothole repair, clear the crack of moisture, dirt, debris, vegetation and chemical deicers to make the sealing more effective, use a heat lance and/or compressed air.  If using a heat lance take care not to burn or scorch the pavement and the place the sealant before the pavement in the crack cools to allow for the best adherence of the crack fill materials.
  2. Seal all cracks from 1⁄4 inch to 1 inch in width the entire length of the crack. Cracks smaller than 1⁄4” will not retain sufficient sealer to flex in the cold. Cracks greater than 1” will sag and possibly prematurely fail without the installation of HMA or backer rod.
  3. When repairing cracks, fill the entire crack and level any affected area to ensure a smooth and level pavement surface.
  4. Apply the sealant or repair material only when the sealant or repair material is within the manufacturer’s recommended application temperature. Special care must be taken to assure that the sealant temperature does not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations; otherwise the polymers may be destroyed therefore reducing the sealant performance.
  5. Keep in mind that more sealant is not always better. Over applying sealant material can lead to problems when paving over with HMA or bleeding up through the seal or paving application.
  6. New sealants are not designed to be “road glue”. They are very sticky and have tremendous bonding power; however, they were not made to “hold the road together”. Crack sealing has one objective: to prevent water from further damaging roads. Sealing “buys time” and saves money by delaying the expense of major reconstructive pavement work.

 

Powerblanket can help with Winter Road Maintenance

Whether you need a means for protecting temperature-sensitive materials in storage, or you need a heating solution for onsite temperature maintenance, the Powerblanket Hot Box will do the job.  This versatile heating solution accommodates remote-location use, job site heating, the transporting of temperature sensitive materials.  The revolutionary design of Powerblanket Hot Boxes provides uniform heat to all materials stored inside. This reduces the chance of having any hot and cold spots. If stored properly; chemicals, industrial products, and temperature sensitive materials will last longer and be more effective.

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Roofing in Cold Weather: Keep Asphalt Shingles Warm

ROOFING IN COLD WEATHER

If you live in the United States, it’s likely your roof has asphalt shingles. American homeowners use asphalt shingles more than any other roofing product. Proper installation of this material will provide many years of protection. Unfortunately, if you are roofing in cold weather, you will need to take some extra precautions.

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As temperatures decline, shingles become more brittle, and are easily cracked and broken. Cracks lead to one thing: water leaks.

Years ago it was common for shingles to crack and blow away in wind storms. Manufacturers solved this problem with a self-sealing compound that cements one shingle to another (a thermoplastic compound). Introduced in the mid-1960s, it is a common ingredient of virtually every asphalt shingle manufactured.
The sealing compound is activated by the heat of the sun. This sealing can happen in colder temperatures, but direct sunlight is required. North sloped roofs may not get the necessary sunlight until spring/summer. When the bonding process is complete, the shingles are less likely to develop wind-related leaks and failures.

Roofing In Cold WeatherThe ideal temperature range to install shingles is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 and 27 degrees Celsius). If temperatures are colder than 70 degrees, the adhesive will not reach the ideal elasticity and will not create a perfect seal.

If roofing in cold weather is unavoidable, most asphalt shingle manufacturers require that a specialized adhesive is manually applied to each shingle for temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). Failure to apply the special adhesive in adverse temperatures will void the manufacturer warranty.

POWERBLANKET HOT BOXES AND PALLET WARMERS

Powerblanket has a solution for roofing in cold weather. The Powerblanket® Hot Box will maintain the desired temperature of your shingles and adhesive on site. Roofing in cold weather is not ideal; however, Pbulk material warmers for cold weather roofingowerblanket makes it much easier than it has been in the past.

KEEP IT WARM IN COLD WEATHER

Powerblanket Hot Boxes save you money by keeping your products from freezing without the risk of overheating. Hot Box pallet warmers are easily assembled and taken apart. Hot boxes are ideal for cold weather storage, freeze protection, transporting, job site heating, remote location use, and roofing in cold weather. Standard Hot Boxes hold product between 100°F and 120°F (38°C and 49°C), and optional adjustable thermostatic controllers allow temperatures to be precisely controlled.

  • Heat materials and palletized products: adhesives, shingles, paint, caulk, resins, epoxies, etc.
  • Preserve temperature sensitive material.
  • Assemble quickly and easily.
  • Access doors on two sides.
  • Certified to UL and CSA standards.

 

Sources

“Cold Weather Roofing”. ProRoofing.com. 14 November, 2016. www.proroofingwisconsin.com/cold-weather-roofing.html.

Carter, Tim.  “Special Care Is Needed When Roofing in Cold Weather.”  Chicago Tribune. 2 January 2017. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-12-16/news/0012160249_1_shingles-nails-roofing-materia

5 Helpful Tips for Winter Construction Efficiency

5 Tips for Winter Construction

Working outside during the cold winter months presents many obstacles; however, some jobs will not wait for better circumstances. Below are some tips and solutions to improve winter construction.

1) KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES SAFE

Train your employees in proper winter construction precautions.  Encourage everyone to wear layers of loose-fitting clothing, to stay dry, and to protect from the wind and sun with gloves, hats and sunscreen.  If conditions become too cold/dangerous, employees should have access to shelter.

On the work site, remove ice and snow regularly to prevent slips and falls.  This can be a full-time job depending on the weather.  The act of shoveling snow can also be extremely strenuous, especially for those individuals who do not engage in regular cardiovascular activity. According to the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 11,000 people seek shoveling-related hospital treatment each year for injuries (93%) or cardiac issues (7%). To save time, energy, and your employees health, use Summerstep heated safety mats to keep the walkways on your construction site clear.

Summerstep Snow Melting Mats

  • ,  Protect personnel from winter weather conditions and keep stairs, doorways, walkways, and ramps free from snow and ice
  •   Prevent slips and falls
  •   More convenient than shoveling snow
  •   More effective for snow and ice melting than harsh chemicals (less damaging to the environment, reusable, won’t damage concrete or other flooring surfaces)
  •   Will melt approximately 2 inches of snow per hour when operating
  •   40 Watts/Sq ft heated area
  •   The ONLY snow melting mat product made in the USA

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2) MAINTAIN INTEGRITY OF CONCRETE

Winter construction cold-weather operations aren’t just about safety. While most construction tasks can be carried out in cold weather, some operations, such as concrete work, can take much longer and even fail without proper precautions.

 

If concrete is to reach necessary strength levels, it can’t be allowed to freeze for the first 24 hours after being poured or placed. Sheeting the concrete can ensure the required temperature and moisture necessary for curing, if the weather isn’t too severe.  In severe conditions, supplemental heating systems or enclosures must be brought in to maintain the integrity of the concrete.

 

Powerblanket Concrete Blankets provide a manageable way to cure concrete in the cold weather months, save you time and money, and come in various lengths and sizes. We have you covered.

 

Powerblanket Concrete Curing Blankets

  •   Cure concrete 2.8 times faster than conventional insulated blankets
  •   Produce cold weather concreting strength of 3,925 psi in 72 hours
  •   Maintain moisture throughout hydrating process
  •   Easily installed and removed
  •   Maintain ACI compliance for cold-weather concreting  Certified to UL and CSA standards

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3) DON’T LET FROZEN GROUND SLOW YOU DOWN

When it’s cold and the ground freezes, the job suffers.  Often prep for winter construction takes longer than the actual job.  Some industrial companies try heating the ground with massive coils or large heating systems, which become expensive and cumbersome. This approach requires rental fees and transporting equipment.  

Powerblanket has considered the difficulties and delays associated with winter construction and cold/freezing temperatures and has created a solution.  With Powerblanket’s patented heating technology you can prep the ground with little to no effort or supervision on your part.

Powerblanket ground thawing blankets have a higher power density and hotter temperature than our concrete curing blankets. The higher power is iideal for ground thawing applications and curing epoxy or resins.

Why Powerblanket Ground Thawing Blankets?

  •   High power density thaws frozen ground quickly
  •   Remove frost prior to concrete pour
  •   Melt snow and ice from roofs, walkways, and construction areas
  •   Easily placed and removed for repeated use in harsh winter weather
  •   Can be used to cure epoxy and resins
  •   Certified to UL and CSA standards

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4) KEEP MATERIALS WARM

Masonry, roofing, paint, and plaster/stucco materials are all sensitive to cold weather.  Maintaining the integrity of these materials is critical for their success in winter construction.

Powerblanket Hot Boxes save you money by keeping your products from freezing without the risk of overheating. The Hot Box pallet warmer is easily assembled, taken apart. Hot boxes are ideal for cold wea
ther storage, freeze protection, transporting, job site heating, remote location use, and winter roofing. Standard Hot Boxes hold product between 100°F and 120°F (38°C and 49°C) and optional adjustable thermostatic controllers allow temperatures to be precisely controlled.

Powerblanket Hot Boxes:

  •   Quick and easy assembly
  •   Preserve temperature sensitive material
  •   Heat materials and palletized products: adhesives, shingles, paint, caulk, resins epoxies, etc.
  •   Access doors on two sides.
  •   Certified to UL and CSA standards

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5) USING A PROPANE HEATER

Winter construction professionals often use temporary, propane-powered heating equipment on the jobsite, making it easier to finish projects on time and on budget. In addition to providing more comfortable working conditions, propane-powered heaters can also maintain the ambient temperatures necessary for common tasks like drywall installation or painting. However, like any portable heating device, propane-powered heaters must be used and maintained properly.

When temperatures get too low, the propane will not flow consistently or effectively, and you may lose your heat altogether. Propane-tank efficiency will fall substantially as the temperature drops. As the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your propane tank, and the pressure in your propane tank directly affects the volume of propane you have to work with. Your extraction rate (how quickly and smoothly you can extract propane from the tank) will suffer as well. Without a heating source to assist in the pressure maintenance of your tank, you will have to keep it as full as possible in order to keep it working, even if temperatures are mildly cold.

Powerblanket Propane Tank Heater

Powerblanket has the best propane tank heating solution on the market. These heating blankets will help maintain pressure and efficiency on just about any size tank. All Powerblanket heating blankets are certified to UL and CSA safety standards

Benefits of Powerblanket Propane Tank Heaters:

  •   Increase performance and efficiency of propane tanks
  •   Eliminates unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather
  •  Even heat distribution in the areas where it is needed most
  •   Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  •    Certified to UL and CSA standards

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Winter Roofing

WINTER ROOFING AND POWERBLANKET HOT BOXES

Winter is full of fun activities: skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are just a few. You’ll notice roofing did not make the list. Winter roofing is not at the top of anyone’s list, especially since low temperatures complicate the application process; but it becomes a necessity when your roof is damaged. Read on for some winter roofing tips.

HERE COMES THE SUNWinter Roofing

Most roofing materials utilize adhesives that require warm weather (or an artificial heat source) to cure and fasten. This means the best time to replace a roof is during the warmer months. Usually, radiation from the sun would soften the adhesive, allowing it to seal the shingles together properly. Colder than 70 degrees and the glue stays too viscous, leading to weathering and erosion. Installing a roof in the winter, without the proper precautions, will lead it to fail quickly, if not immediately. In warm weather, the sun’s heat will properly bond most roofing materials: asphalt shingle (also known as composition shingle), EPDM (rubber) single-ply membrane, roll roofing, peel and stick roofing, and modified bitumen. It becomes more expensive and more difficult to apply these materials in cold weather.

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If winter installation is unavoidable, most asphalt shingle manufacturers require that a specialized adhesive be manually applied to each shingle for temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). If shingles are applied below 40 degrees without the specialized adhesive, the manufacturer will void any warranty. This is because a cold climate not only effects the adhesive, but the actual shingles are less flexible and more likely to break if dropped. To help avoid this, try leaving your product in a warm truck bed as long as possible before bringing it up onto the cold roof.

If you plan to do roof repair in winter, you need an artificial heat source to keep your asphalt shingles warm until installation. The best temperature to install a roof is between 70 and 80° Fahrenheit (21 and 27° Celsius). If it’s warmer than 80 degrees, asphalt shingles have the opposite problem of becoming overly pliable. This leads contractors to overdrive nails, and foot traffic to easily erode the roof. Consider leaving your shingles in shaded areas when the weather is too hot.

EPDM

EPDM (rubber) membrane roofing is even more sensitive to its environment than asphalt shingles. Like a composition roof, EPDM requires high temperatures to soften the adhesive needed for curing. Even at high temperatures EPDM can be difficult to work with because it is so thick. As a result, manufacturers recommend it be higher than 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) to install EPDM. This temperature obviously isn’t very practical unless installers have a warm storage area to keep the adhesive pliable until it is used.

THINK INSIDE THE BOX: POWERBLANKET HOT BOXES

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Powerblanket has a solution for your winter roofing needs. The Powerblanket® Hot Box will maintain the desired temperature of your shingles and/or adhesive on site, making the winter install much easier. While winter roofing isn’t ideal, Powerblanket makes it much easier than it has been in the past.

Powerblanket Hot Boxes save you money by keeping your products from freezing without the risk of overheating. Hot boxes are ideal for cold weather storage, freeze protection, transporting, job site heating, remote location use, and winter roofing. Standard Hot Boxes hold product between 100°F and 120°F (38°C and 49°C) and optional adjustable thermostatic controllers allow temperatures to be precisely controlled. The Hot Box pallet warmer can be easily assembled, taken apart, and reassembled. This is useful for contractors that need to easily move the box to different job sites.

Powerblanket Pallet Warmers:

  • Preserve temperature sensitive material.
  • Assemble quickly and easily.
  • Heat materials and palletized products: adhesives, shingles, paint, caulk, resins and epoxies, etc.
  • Access doors on two sides..
  • Certified to UL and CSA standards.

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In depth information about roofing obtained from “Cold Weather Roofing.” ProRoofing.com. 14 November, 2016. www.proroofingwisconsin.com/cold-weather-roofing.html

and “How to Properly Stack Shingles on a Roof.” https://www.iko.com/na/residential/building-professional/how-to-stack-shingles-on-a-roof/

Heating Solutions for Roofing Material

Are you looking for heating solutions for roofing material? Whether you’re roofing in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, you need to keep your roofing material hot and ready to roll. From adhesives to mineral surfaced roll roofing, the Powerblanket® Hot Box can help you keep your roofing materials warm and ready year round with portable, easy-to-use heating solutions.

Powerblanket hot boxesHeating Solutions for Roofing Material: The Powerblanket Hot Box

Research has shown that installing roofing materials in cold weather can negatively effect the integrity of the roof. Cold temperatures lead shingle glues to have a higher viscosity. This means the glue is too hard to set the shingles together properly. The ductile-to-brittle transition seems to happen in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and is usually when manufacturers void warranties for roofing products. With a recommended temperature of 70 to 80 degrees to roof, Powerblanket Hot Boxes and temperature controllers can solve the cold weather roofing dilemma.

Ideal temp for roofing materials graphicIn addition, the Powerblanket Hot Box (also known as the Bulk Material Warmer) is a great for countless applications. You can use the economical Hot Box for tar, adhesives, laminates, mineral surfaced roll roofing, and all other roofing materials. This will not only protect your supplies from freezing in cold weather, but will protect from inefficiency. By using the transportable and easy-to-assemble Hot Box and Beacon temperature controller, you can keep your materials at the ideal temperature regardless of what the weather is like.

Moreover, the Powerblanket Hot Box is designed with great structural integrity. Every unit comes with an internal, freestanding frame and can be easily assembled, disassembled, and reassembled. This makes the Hot Box ideal both for long-term storage of palletized product and on-site heating. Additionally, the option for an adjustable thermostatic controller gives you the ability to control the temperature range in order to prevent over or under-heating your product.

hot-box-one-cord, heating solutions for roofing materialPowerblanket® Hot Boxes:

  • Preserves temperature sensitive material
  • Installs quickly and effortlessly, and is compact and portable for storage
  • Heats palletized products: tar, resins, laminate, adhesives, mineral surfaced roll roofing, etc.
  • Features top and side access doors.
  • Is certified to UL and CSA safety standards

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Sources:

Anderson, David, Laurence Lapalu, Mihai Marasteanu, Yann Hir, Jean-Pascal Planche, and Didier Martin. “Low-Temperature Thermal Cracking of Asphalt Binders as Ranked by Strength and Fracture Properties.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1766 (2001): 1-6. doi:10.3141/1766-01.

“How to Properly Stack Asphalt Shingles on a Pitched Roof – IKO.” IKO Global. Accessed October 04, 2018. https://www.iko.com/na/residential/building-professional/how-to-stack-shingles-on-a-roof/.

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.

 

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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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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 possibilities 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 our propane tank heaters. Add to this our revolutionary smart controllers and our new 3D scanning capabilities, and Powerblanket becomes the clear choice.

 

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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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Cold Patch Asphalt Material Warming

Are you in the asphalt business in need of asphalt material warming, or some other industry where you need potable, easy-to-use product heating? Do you need temperature maintenance for sensitive materials? Whatever the case may be, the Powerblanket® Hot Box can help you prep your materials for application or warm your product to the ideal temperature.

 

Cold Patch Asphalt Material Warming 2The Hot Box for Asphalt Material Warming

Powerblanket is proud to introduce the  Hot Box (aka: Bulk Material Warmer) to its innovative line of Eco-Friendly heating solutions.  With the Hot Box, you have a heating solution for remote-location use, job-site heating, transporting temperature-sensitive material, and many other heat-related requirements.

The Powerblanket® Hot Box can save you money and time by keeping your products from experiencing the detrimental side effects of cold weather. However, the Hot Box can also bring your product up to working conditions, when you require temperatures above the ambient degrees. One of our favorite examples to share in regards to this is that of Vern Fiehler, owner of Quick Road Repair in Alaska, and it has to do with asphalt material warming.

Vern had to bring his asphalt repair product up to working temperature before it could be applied. Unfortunately, his previous method of heating the product was very inefficient, and caused some real problems. When Vern met with the field maintenance crew of the Juneau Alaska International Airport in order to demonstrate the product he called Instant Road Repair (IRR), what happened was nothing short of disastrous. For the demonstration, Vern needed to heat IRR. He used a forced-air, ceramic heater to do this. However, the product didn’t perform well at all during the demonstration. Vern discovered that this was due to overheating. In fact, the product overheated 40°F / 22°C past its maximum workable temperature. This ultimately cost him a whole pallet of his product and the embarrassment he experienced in front of the airport staff.

Vern’s product is a great one. And his IRR wasn’t the thing to blame for this untimely setback. Instead, the culprit was merely an unreliable heating solution. Since then, Vern uses the Powerblanket® Hot Box for efficient and regulated heating of IRR.

Like all our products, the Hot Box is very user friendly. It can be easily assembled, disassembled, and reassembled, making it the ideal answer for cold weather storage, freeze protection, job-site heating, remote location use, and many other use cases. Our Hot Boxes come in three performance levels: Lite, Standard, and Premium. Each unit will maintain temperatures between 100°F and 120°F. And in the case of the Premium Hot Box, you have the option of adding an adjustable thermostatic controller, enabling more precise temperature control.

 

Hot Box Features:

  • Preserve temperature sensitive material.
  • Install quickly and effortlessly.
  • Heat bulk materials and palletized products: paint, caulk, resins and epoxies, etc.
  • Side access doors.
  • Certified to UL/CSA/CE standards.

 

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