Process Heating Engineering: Vanilla Beans

Process Heating Engineering Vanilla Bean Case StudyProcess Heating Engineering:  Vanilla Beans

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

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

The Heating Problem

Tahitian Gold vanilla beans require heating before processing, and Tahitian Gold did not have an effective means of consistent, safe heating. They tested various Powerblanket products for buckets, barrels, totes and even a flat blanket to determine which process heating solution would be most effective for their current temperature needs.

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

After experimenting, Tahitian Gold and Powerblanket’s engineers teamed up to create custom tank heaters.  These tank heaters applied evenly distributed heat that consistently warms all of the beans regardless of air gaps and awkward sizes.  In addition to the custom tank heaters, Tahitian Gold also uses Powerblanket 55 Pro Drum heaters and select bucket heaters for specific heating during their processes.  Tahitian Gold was thankful for the opportunity Powerblanket gave them to experiment, and for the Powerblanket engineers who helped point them in the right direction.

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

Powerblanket will approach your process heating needs with creativity built around your heating requirements.  To learn more about custom heating solutions and what Powerblanket can do for you, click here.

 

Valin Corporation Teams Up With Powerblanket

Valin Corporation is a leading technical solutions provider for the technology, energy, life sciences, natural resources, and transportation industries. They came to Powerblanket with a process heating engineering dilemma, and our world-class engineers came up with a solution.

What was the heating dilemma?

Valin’s problem centered around their work within the oil and gas industry. Pumps were getting too cold and shutting down, slowing production and wasting time and money. They had tried to use electric heat tape to solve the problem. Unfortunately, electric heat tape products do not allow for temperature regulation. Consequentially, the tape got too hot and melted the rubber portion on the pump.

They were in great need of a heating solution that contained self-regulating thermostats, and that was certified to comply with C1D2 safety requirements. In addition, this process heating solution also needed to be tailor-made to cover the pumps’ varying shapes and sizes.

What is C1D2?

Class 1, Division 2 is an OSHA classification that includes locations where volatile flammable liquids, gases, or vapors are used but are typically confined in closed systems or containers. C1D2 locations are only considered hazardous if there was an accident or breakdown. Within all Class 1 locations there is a possibility that there are ignitable substances in the area’s air.

What Can Be Used In a C1D2 Location?

The National Electric Code sets forth strict requirements for any electrical equipment being used in a C1D2 area. In order for an electric device to achieve a C1D2 certification all components, circuitry, cables, and wires must be in non-incendive enclosures. This means that under normal conditions, the electrical components are encased so they are incapable of igniting a flammable gas/air mixture. This includes internal electrical components, wiring that is leaving or entering a piece of equipment, and the power supply.

Powerblanket Heating Solutions

So the Valin field site sales manager provided Powerblanket engineers with the necessary information and measurements. They then set to work to create a solution with a good fit for each pump. Next, Valin tested the initial heating blankets for form and fit and Powerblanket made minor modifications for the final order. We provided a pricing level that fit within Valin’s budget. As a result, each pump now has a custom made, C1D2 certified, heating blanket, with a self-regulating thermostat.

Time, Money, and Stress Averted

Valin found wintertime peace of mind with Powerblanket. They no longer have to worry about pumps and stators freezing and shutting down operations. The blankets heat evenly without getting too hot or damaging rubber rings on pumps. Because of this process heating engineering solution, Valin can install their blankets and rest easy about the efficiency and safety of their operations.

Powerblanket will keep you running all winter long and save you time, money, and hassle. We have the fastest lead times on the market for custom orders. We provide custom quotes with 1-3 days and ship custom orders within 1-3 weeks. Learn more about our custom heating blankets that are tailor made to fit your equipment. Contact us at 855.977.9657 or [email protected]ket.com.