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]

 

Choosing Process Heating Equipment

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

Choosing a process heating vendor
Many industries require process heating after equipment has been established. Powerblanket manufactures process heating equipment that compliments existing systems.

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

Choosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

Visit the vendor’s production facility

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

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

Visit actual customers in your industry

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

Ask for References

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

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

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

Industries that Benefit from Process Heating Systems

  • Oil/Gas
  • Sprayfoam
  • Coatings
  • Chemical
  • Food Processing
  • Composites
  • Construction
  • Precast
  • Roofing
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Gases
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Mining
  • Concrete
  • Public Works
  • Water Purification
  • Government & DOD
  • Fertilizer
  • Brewing
  • Fermentation
  • Welding

Process Heating with PowerblanketChoosing Process Heating Equipment Vendor

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

Powerblanket is the unrivaled leader in custom temperature control solutions. Whether you need minor modifications to our standard products or a fully customized solution, our world-class engineering team will quickly solve your problem.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO BEGIN YOUR CUSTOM PROCESS

  • Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
  • When you record dimensions make sure they are as built, not a CAD drawing .  ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
  • Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
  • Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.