Wifi Temperature Sensors

Wifi Temperature Sensors

Isn’t it amazing what technology allows us to do? New developments elevate and simplify daily tasks and open doors to new possibilities. Toady, WiFi technology allows us to connect with essentially any device or appliance that turns on and off and control and monitor it remotely. A popular example of this application is wifi temperature monitoring. In a personal setting, we can control and monitor our home thermostat from our smart phones. This remote, direct control over home temperatures allows for increased efficiency and reduced cost in home power.smart freezer controller

Save Time and Money

In an industrial setting, WiFi temperature transmitters (also called WiFi temperature sensors, monitors or loggers) save time and prevent down time and money loss by simplifying temperature control and preventing damage caused by extreme temperature fluctuations. The Smart Temperature Controller from Powerblanket connects with temperature control devices and allows users to monitor and control temperature settings from a smartphone or tablet. Users receive notifications when temperatures rise or fall outside of specified limits; this means you can address temperature issues before they lead to costly damage. Additionally, the Smart Temperature Controller features the Beacon Controls Portal, a simple to use interface that makes temperature monitoring from a computer, iOS or android device fast and easy (try it here with username “[email protected]” and password “1234”).

If you are looking to simplify and make the use of your temperature control devices more efficient, consider using the Beacon Smart Temperature Controller from Powerblanket.

Wifi Temperature Sensors

What Temperature is Too Cold to Pour Concrete?

What Temperature is Too Cold to Pour Concrete?
What Temperature is Too Cold to Pour Concrete?

What Temperature is Too Cold to Pour Concrete?

Experts agree that the best temperature to pour concrete is between 50-60 °F. The necessary chemical reactions that set and strengthen concrete slow significantly below 50 °F and are almost non-existent below 40 °F. Even when daytime temperatures are within the satisfactory range, winter concrete setting creates risks that could result in weak, inadequate concrete. If nighttime temperatures are below freezing, the water in the concrete will freeze and expand, causing cracks. Additionally, if temperatures reach below 40 °F (but not freezing) during set time, concrete will take much longer to reach required strength. However, if the correct measures are taken, concrete can still be successfully placed during even the coldest months of the year.

Before embarking on a cold weather concrete project, it’s important to determine any special strength requirements or considerations. This will help as you schedule your pouring and determine which strategies you will use to keep your surroundings and materials warm. The predominant challenge you will face during a winter concrete project is ensuring that the concrete sets before it is exposed to freezing temperatures. You might take the following suggestions into consideration as you plan your upcoming project:

  • Use heaters to thaw frozen ground, snow or ice.
  • Use hot water to mix cement.
  • Keep dry materials in a dry, warm location.
  • Use products designed to set quickly. During cold weather, these products will not set as quickly as the instructions may indicate, but will set faster than conventional materials.
  • Use additives that accelerate set time. Use caution; if additives contain calcium chloride, any rebar or metal wire mesh in concrete will rust and cause concrete to crack.
  • Use extra cement (typically 100 lb/ cubic yard) to make the reaction hotter and cause concrete to hydrate more rapidly.
  • Remember that you still need to wait for bleed water to evaporate. Incorporating the water into the surface during finishing will weaken the surface. Bleeding starts later and takes longer during cold weather; you can use squeegees or a vacuum to remove water quickly.
  • Wait until concrete has reached desired strength to remove any framework. If the framework is removed too early, the concrete will be damaged and the surface could collapse.

After implementing the above suggestions, It’s important to consider how you will keep concrete at the correct temperature during the curing process. Concrete must maintain a temperature above 50 °F for approximately 48 hours for the correct chemical reactions to take place. Two popular options used during cold weather concrete curing are heated enclosures and insulated blankets. If using an enclosure, ensure that the structure is both wind and waterproof. Additionally, ensure that there is proper ventilation for the space heater. Heaters cause an increase in carbon dioxide that could cause carbonation in the surface of the concrete.

Powerblanket® concrete blankets are an extremely effective option for attaining and maintaining the correct temperatures for concrete pouring and setting. Powerblanket® concrete blankets can be used to thaw ground before pouring concrete and again after finishing to keep concrete from freezing. Utilizing Powerblanket concrete blankets will ensure that concrete is kept at the correct temperature for the necessary reactions to happen quickly and the desired strength to be reached. With Powerblanket, it’s almost never too cold to pour concrete!

Compressed Gas Sizes

Total Process Cooling with Powerblanket ICE

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At the end of the day, it is important to know that the cooling solution in place will do it’s job.  Powerblanket’s world-class engineers create total process cooling systems that are reliable, efficient, and effective.

The Basics

When it comes to industrial process cooling, materials make all the difference.  Powerblanket ICE blankets are made with a rugged white vinyl that provides robust insulation.  The white reflects the sun’s rays and other heat to keep the contents cool.  Along with the rugged outer shell, these blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to pull the heat from the contents and the container and then transfer it into the blanket. Powerblanket ICE total process cooling solutions are portable, requiring only 120VAC for operation.

Industries

Keeping critical materials at safe temperatures has never been so easy.  Powerblanket ICE industrial process cooling works especially well for transportation, manufacturing, spray foam, motor, fermentation, welding, and biomedical industries with products ready to ship for tank, drum, and tote cooling.  

Pair it with a Chiller

When the Powerblanket ICE circulation blanket and North Slope portable chiller are used together,  you can achieve precise temperature control, down to 20 °F.  This combination is ideal for industrial process cooling because it is small and portable while still doing the job at hand.

Consider This

Your state-of-the-art system is producing unacceptable high heat along certain areas of the process.  You have already invested a substantial amount of money into the system and are, in no way, interested in pulling the whole thing out to solve this high temperature dilemma.  When materials or systems overheat, you are risking damage to the materials and/or the equipment itself.  Industrial cooling solutions can be big and expensive.  Powerblanket specializes in retrofitting systems to solve high temperature dilemmas.  Total process cooling is no longer a daunting endeavor.  You can do it with Powerblanket ICE.

Total Process Cooling

Beer Keg Chiller

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Enjoy all of your spring and summer festivities with a Beer Keg Chiller from Powerblanket ICE

Spring Fever

Spring fever is a real thing.  As the sun brings out the green in the grass and the tulips from the ground, it also brings out an anticipation and excitement in us to get outside and enjoy some vitamin D.  Spring Break, Easter break, and the weekend all call for a picnic, a barbecue, or a good old fashioned party in the backyard.  Getting outside with food and drink requires some planning, and when beer is one of the libations–you need to know how to keep a keg cold outside.

Portable Beer Chiller

There are many simple ways to keep a keg cold outside, but we would like to recommend a means for achieving the perfect chill that you can use over and over with no mess or stress.  Even on the hottest summer days, the Powerblanket ICE portable beer keg chiller can keep a keg cold outside (50°F)  for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.

True Story

To prove the effectiveness of the Keg Cooler, we ran an experiment.  We started with a 40°F keg of beer, wrapped the Powerblanket ICE beer keg chiller around the keg, placed it inside a 95 °F environmental chamber and recorded the beer’s temperature for 24 hours.  After 6 hours the beer was 43 °F and had only increased 3 degrees, and after 12 hours the temperature had only increased 10 degrees to 50 °F, which is still considered optimal temperature for consuming beer.

Powerblanket ICE Beer Keg Chiller

  • Highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell reflects solar radiation to help keep a keg cold.
  • Many insulated keg wraps are made from ¼ inch neoprene.  Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps contain a ½ inch thick sheet of closed cell industrial grade foam insulation that will keep your keg cool on even the hottest days.
  • Designed with 12 internal pockets to hold standard, reusable 12 oz 6” x 6” x 1” ice packs.  These ice packs are affordable and easy to find, making replacement a breeze.  Keep an extra set in the freezer for continuous or frequent use.
  • The whole system is easily portable
  • Low cost and reusable beer keg chiller solution

Protecting Materials from heat

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat with Powerblanket ICE

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat

Under certain conditions and with certain materials, heat is the enemy: ruining epoxies, and interfering with the brewing process.  You can, however, protect critical materials from heat when the effects of heat are understood and proper precautions are in place.

Epoxy

Epoxy are many types of resins with similar properties and chemical structures. Typically used for adhesives, protective coatings and molds, epoxies are hard and notably inert after curing. Before curing epoxy is more fluid. The chemical reaction that results in epoxy is exothermic, meaning the reaction when epoxy is mixed creates heat. Adding more heat to this reaction makes the reaction advance faster. More heat, whether ambient temperatures or heat accelerators, will speed the chemical reaction.

In general, temperatures below 50°F/10°C are too cold for epoxy to cure properly. Temperatures around 70°F/21°C are ideal. If epoxy is kept in a container or spread in a thick layer, the heat from the reaction dissipates slower, and the heat of the chemical reaction can speed its own curing process (Legget).

Heat speeds everything about the curing process of epoxy.  If there is a need to store the epoxy, some plans for cooling must be in place.

Fermentation

protecting materials from heatHeat is an important part of the fermentation process; however, if heat enters the process at the wrong time, or lasts for too long, it can result in undesired flavors and aromas that compromise the quality of the spirit.  Spirits spend years locked inside barrels during the aging process, undergoing a series of seasonal climatic changes that trigger chemical changes. Controlling the temperature of actively fermenting wort (the sweet infusion of ground malt
or other grain before fermentation, used to produce beer and distilled malt liquors)
can have a major impact on the flavor of the finished beer. Fermenting above the normal temperature range may produce excessive fruity-flavored esters or harsh-flavored fusel alcohols (Stika).

Normal ale fermentation temperatures range from 68-72 °F/20-22 °C and lager fermentation temperatures from 45-55 °F/7-13 °C. The heat generated by an active fermentation can warm a typical 5-gallon batch of beer by 10 to 15°F/5.5 to 8.3°C (Stika).

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat with Powerblanket ICE

The key to protecting critical materials from heat is to prevent external heat from reaching your product.  An effective cooling solution should be able to remove as much heat as the environment is sending into the material you are trying to protect against the heat.  

FEATURES:

  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • White vinyl reflects heat rather than absorbing the sun’s rays
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use
  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling/process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.

Protecting Materials from heat

Works Cited

Legget, Rochelle. “The Effects of High Temperature on Epoxy”. Sciencing. 13 March 2017. http://sciencing.com/effects-high-temperature-epoxy-8590977.html

Stika, John. “Controlling Fermentation Temperature:  Techniques”. Brew Your Own, March/April 2009. 14 March 2017.  https://byo.com/bock/item/1869-controlling-fermentation-temperature-techniques

 

Keep Perishables Cool with Powerblanket Ice

Perishables and Temperature Control

Transporting perishable goods has advanced dramatically.  But how do you keep perishables cool if you do not have large scale refrigeration resources?

Understanding Ethylene and Respiration

Ethylene, often referred to as the ‘death’ or ‘ripening hormone’, is an odorless, colorless gaseous plant hormone that exists in nature. Not easily detectable, in nature the largest producers are plant and plant products (ie. fruits, vegetables and floral products) which produce ethylene within their tissues and release it into the surrounding atmosphere.

Ethylene plays a regulatory role in many processes of plant growth, development and eventually death.  The common practice of placing a tomato in a paper bag to speed ripening is the classic example of the effect of ethylene on produce. Increased levels of ethylene contained within the bag serve as a stimulant and initiate the production of more ethylene, which is then reabsorbed by the tomato and repeated over and over (Flower).

Flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables remain alive by respiration. High respiration rates rapidly deplete stored carbohydrates and create more ethylene, shortening the produce life. Respiration increases as temperature increases (Benkeblia), and therefore temperature control during transport is critical.

Flowerskeep perishables cool

A flower held at 86°F/30°C will age/respire up to forty-five times as fast as a flower held at 36°F/2°C.  When cooler temperatures are applied and the cold chain is maintained, the vase life of cut flowers is greatly extended (Reid).

Food

Produce temperature is the most important factor affecting its quality. For fruits and vegetables, respiration increases by a factor of two to five for each 18°F/10°C increase in temperature above the recommended holding temperature. For example, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, have a shelf life of seven days at 32°F/0°C, but only one day at 68°F/20°C. Longer-lived produce such as green beans, mushrooms, and green onions last only two to three days at 68°F/20°C. Above 86°F/30°C the produce will die or lose quality rapidly (Benkeblia).

All the way through the cold chain, produce should be held at its lowest recommended storage temperature. Keeping temperature in check is vital.

Bananas are a prime example for the need for temperature control of perishables in transport. To obtain maximum shelf life, harvest comes before the banana is mature but not ripening. The fruit requires careful handling, rapid transport to ports, cooling, and refrigerated shipping to prevent the bananas from producing ethylene.  “To bring this tropical fruit to distant markets and have it be edible is kind of amazing,” says Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida. “It’s pretty much a science” (qtd. in Dawson).

Keep Perishables Cool with Powerblanket ICEkeep perishables cool

How do you keep perishables cool and safe without investing in a reefer truck?  Your operation needs cooling; however, you do not have the resources to support large-scale refrigeration. Powerblanket offers innovative industrial cooling systems that will keep your assets safe. With the new Powerblanket ICE industrial cooling product line, you can efficiently regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions. Transporting perishables and other heat sensitive materials is no longer a major challenge.   

  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling / process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.
  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • When materials are delivered too hot, waiting for the material to cool can mean lost hours/days
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use

Keep Perishables Cool

 

Works Cited

Benkeblia, Noureddine.  “Transportation of fresh horticultural produce”. Post harvest Technologies for Horticultural Crops, 2009, Vol. 2. 8 March 2017. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-1291.pdf

“Flower Care”. Grower Direct. 9 March 2017. http://www.growerdirect.com/flower-care-ethylene-gas

Reid, M.S. “Handling of Cut flowers for Export”. 8 March 2017. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-1906.pdf

 

Process Heating Engineering: Tank Heaters

Process Heating Engineering: Tank Heaters

Powerblanket® Engineer Favorite #2


The second installment of the Powerblanket Engineer Favorites comes to us from Coastal Drilling.  Coastal Drilling is a drilling company serving the South Texas drilling market, providing both daywork and turnkey contracts along with operating inland barge rigs in the shallow waters of the Gulf Coast.

An Oily Problem

In the winter when the three phase horizontal separator used during drilling operations was not being used, or the contents weren’t constantly flowing, the dirty oil water froze, consequently plugging the pipes. This halted operations until they could melt the blockage with torches.

The Need for Custom

Previous to discovering Powerblanket, Coastal Drilling used torches as the best possible solution because nothing premade could resolve this frozen dilemma.  A blanket for this kind of tank required multiple cut outs in order to fit properly and to apply heat to as much surface area as possible.  Powerblanket engineers had an immediate hurdle to jump, as there were no technical drawings of the tank to help create the design.  Instead, the team scanned the tank with a 3D scanner, which allowed for the correct location of each cutout.

Powerblanket Solution

Powerblanket provided Coastal Drilling with custom made heating blankets that wrapped the tank with the necessary cutouts. The size of the tank required two separate heating blankets. Two heating blankets allowed for an easier installation, and it allowed the designers to put more power into the blanket to ensure enough power to keep up with the cold winter temperatures.  Now, operations did not have to stall for the water to thaw, consequently saving Coastal Drilling time, money and headaches.

Custom Solutions:  Tank Heaters

Powerblanket Tank Heaters maintain temperature, heat, provide freeze protection, and/or optimize flow for viscous and temperature sensitive materials.

Why Choose Powerblanket Tank Heaters?

  • Maintain optimal temperatures for temperature sensitive materials
  • Custom designed to fit any tank and/or process heating engineering projectprocess heating engineering
  • Provide ultimate freeze protection
  • Available in 120, 208 or 240VAC
  • Enjoy the peace of mind that your valuable materials are protected

Keg Wraps for Any Occasion

KEG WRAPS

Whether a homebrewer or purchasing your keg from a commercial brewer, you know that beer temperature is critical to the overall experience.  Consider  keg wraps for keeping a keg cold during transport and when outside in the summer sun.keg wraps

Hypothetical #1

You are hosting a party and picking up a keg for the first time.  The distributor has limited hours and you have to pick the keg up before noon, but the party doesn’t start until later that evening.  How do you keep the keg cold so that it is ready to tap as soon as guests arrive?  Ice it in a garbage can?  Create an ice bath in your tub? Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a keg wrap that could maintain a cool temperature?

Hypothetical #2

You are catering a beautiful wedding in July.  All of the festivities are outside.  You have to set up early in the day and somehow guarantee that the beer is ready when the guests are.  You obviously cannot keep the keg out in the open in an unattractive fashion.  How do you achieve cool in temperature and appearance?

Hypothetical #3

Everyone is going to the lake for the weekend.  It’s time to unplug and enjoy the sun and sand.  You volunteered to bring a couple kegs for everyone.  Do you hope that the lake is somehow cold enough to keep the keg cold, but warm enough for your body?  Do you bring an additional giant cooler to ensure the keg stays cold?  What’s the convenient secret to keeping a keg cold?  WIsh you had a keg wrap?

Serving Guidelines

Regardless of where or when your keg is going to make an appearance, here are some general guidelines for serving:

  • All beers should be served between 38-55° F.
  • Lagers are served colder than ales.
  • Stronger beers are served warmer than weaker beers.
  • Darker beers are served warmer than lighter beers.
  • Macro lagers are served as cold as the Rockies.
  • Serve beers a few degrees colder than the target temperature, to accommodate for warming from the glass and the drinker’s hands.

Keg Wrap

There are many simple ways to keep a keg cold, but we would like to recommend a means for achieving the perfect chill that you can use over and over with no mess or stress.  Even on the hottest summer days, the Powerblanket ICE keg wrap can keep a cold keg of beer below 50 °F for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.  Whether you are a professional caterer, or are just throwing an outdoor party for your friends, keeping your beer cold is critical to the success of your event.  

Not a Hypothetical Experiment

We even ran a controlled experiment so you can see the data for yourself.  We started with a 40°F keg of beer, wrapped the Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wrap around the keg, placed it inside a 95 °F environmental chamber and recorded the beer’s temperature for 24 hours.  After 6 hours the beer was 43 °F and had only increased 3 degrees, and after 12 hours the temperature had only increased 10 degrees to 50 °F, which is still considered optimal temperature for consuming beer.

Powerblanket ICE Portable Keg Cooler

  • Black materials absorb the sun’s energy and get hot fast.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps have a highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell that reflects solar radiation to help keep a keg cold.  
  • Many insulated keg wraps are made from ¼ inch neoprene.  Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps contain a ½ inch thick sheet of closed cell industrial grade foam insulation that will keep your keg cool on even the hottest days.
  • Designed with 12 internal pockets to hold standard, reusable 12 oz 6” x 6” x 1” ice packs.  These ice packs are affordable and easy to find, making replacement a breeze, keep an extra set in the freezer for continuous or frequent use.
  • Easily swap ice packs out with newly frozen units for longer term use or colder temps.
  • Keg wrapt and ice packs are easily portable, along with your keg
  • Low cost beer keg cooling solution

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Source

“Proper Beer Serving Temperatures”. American Homebrewers Association. 3 March 2017. www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/proper-beer-serving-temperatures/

 

Smart Freezer Controller

Imagine the food we could save during the various stages of the supply chain if we used smart freezer controllers to monitor temperatures.

Smart Freezer Controller

smart freezer controllerFood loss and waste is a global issue, with loss/waste occurring at all seven steps in the supply chain from farm to table.  

  1. Farming
  2. Post-harvest and Packing
  3. Process and Distribution
  4. Retail and grocery store
  5. Food service and restaurants
  6. Households
  7. Disposal  

According to a Wall Street Journal article written in 2012, the United States alone tends to waste $165 billion in food each year.  While there are many factors along the way that contribute to this giant loss, temperature control plays an important role.  

 

The Role of Temperature

In many instances, temperature is the culprit in food loss.  When food traveling from the farm to the market is in a truck with unregulated temperatures, food can arrive at the grocery store spoiled and be immediately discarded.  If an industrial freezer/fridge door is left open for too long, the temperature can rise enough to render the food unfit for consumers.  If equipment on a freezer/fridge fails all of the contents can be lost before anyone notices. A smart freezer controllsmart freezer controllerer can warn you before spoilage occurs when used in post-harvesting and packing, process and distribution, retail and grocery stores, and foodservice and restaurants–that is four steps in the supply chain.  Even relatively small differences in temperature can mean loss: up to almost 20% globally. “In developed countries, food losses from the absence of refrigeration account for nearly 9% of total food production, and 23% on average in developing countries” (Shaw).

 

The Cold Chain

A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. An unbroken cold chain in the food industry is an uninterrupted series of refrigerated production, storage and distribution activities and associated equipment which maintain a given low-temperature range.  A functioning cold chain is critical to the protection and delivery of fresh and frozen perishable foods. “In parts of the world where the cold chain is established and run effectively, perishable food loss can be maintained as low as 2%. When applied properly and consistently, a fully functioning cold chain can successfully prevent and reduce food loss” (Shaw).

However, breaks in the cold chain occur due to a variety of issues, including: operator error, insufficient precooling, poor loading practices, inadequate insulation, improperly functioning refrigeration equipment, or even something as simple as cargo or walk-in cooler doors being left open too long. Any of these breaks can cause damage to perishable foods with exposure to conditions that are too warm or cold, all leading to food loss/waste.

 

Save Food Save Money

Powerblanket has teamed with Beacon Controls to develop a connected temperature controller. This new, smart controller allows you to monitor and control your device from your smartphone or computer. More importantly it allows you to receive text, email or push notifications when the temperature goes outside limits that you specify.  Imagine the food you could save with a warning when something goes wrong and time to act before food starts to spoil.  Commercial refrigerators and freezers used in grocery stores and restaurants use controllers.  Replace your freezer/fridge controller with Beacon smart freezer controller and receive a notification when the temperature of your equipment falls out of the assigned threshold.  

Benefits of Beacon Smart Freezer Controller:

  • Compatibility with a wide variety of heating or cooling devices
  • Change settings locally or connect remotely so you can keep your operation running smoothly wherever you are.
  • Customizable alerts based on temperature, electrical current,  and voltage give you complete peace of mind.
  • 120/208/240V AC options, directly switch up to 24 amp loads

portable keg cooler

Sources

Gunders, Dana. “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Land ll”. NRDC Issue Paper. August 2012. 1 March 2017. www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf

Plumer, Brad. “How the U.S. manages to waste $165 billion in food each year”. The Washington Post.  22 August 2012. www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2012/08/22/how-food-actually-gets-wasted-in-the-united-states/?utm_term=.5476832ffe73

Shaw, John and Mark Beasley. “IMPROVED COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT IS KEY TO REDUCING FOOD LOSS”. Food Logistics. October 2016. www.sensitech.com/assets/articles/flog10161415coolinsightsrgbz.pdf

 

Powerblanket Engineer Favorite #1

POWERBLANKET® ENGINEER FAVORITE

Over the years, Powerblanket engineers have used their ingenuity and Powerblanket technology to solve the temperature needs of many different companies throughout many different industries.  In the Engineer Favorite Series we will explore a variety of projects with unusual challenges and the Powerblanket solutions that saved time, money, and/or headache for our clients.

#1: No Off-the-Shelf Solution

Often, when your industry is unique, or your product very specialized, there is not an off-the-shelf solution for your specific temperature control needs.  In these cases, Powerblanket engineers take a hands-on approach to creating a custom solution just for you.

THE PROBLEM

Recently, an aerospace company had a carbon fiber mold with very specific heating requirements.  Because of the large mold, they needed to monitor and track the temperature at multiple points across the table to ensure that it did not get too hot.  In addition, this company used a custom-sized table with very specific power requirements.

 

CUSTOM CONTROL AND HEAT

Powerblanket designed and built the heating element and a control system that would monitor and log temperatures at four different spots on the heating element. The controller made it possible for the company to set a desired temperature. A USB memory stick contains the logged temperature data, allowing them to document the process and provide data if required by their customer.

This control system was something they needed, but it was outside of their area of expertise.  On top of that, they needed a large heating element which is difficult to come by. Powerblanket provided the exact and precise control needed, as well as the exact heating element required in the form of a flat blanket.

They can now type in the desired temperature and the blanket will take it up to that temperature. They need no second system for tracking and logging the temperature data. In the end, this Powerblanket custom heating and control solution simplified their process.

CUSTOM HEATING SOLUTIONS

Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time, often in less than 14 days from design to delivery.  

We have created solutions for:

  • Frac tanks
  • Truck mounted propane tanks
  • 500 gallon gravity flow tanks
  • Pipes and manifolds
  • Valves and instrumentation
  • Hoppers
  • Large tanks
  • Wind blade epoxy curing

. . . and many more

IBC Heater Solutions for Sensitive Products

IBC Heater

IBC Heater blankets are an excellent temperature control solution for your sensitive products.

Simplify with an IBC (intermediate bulk container) Heater Jacket

Most chemicals and industrial supplies have stringent storage and temperature requirements. Cold temperatures can be particularly troublesome. If you store chemicals or other industrial supplies in large totes, it’s difficult to find an effective heating solution. How do you keep an IBC/tote tank, full of chemicals, at optimal temperatures? Do you store chemicals and/or other temperature-sensitive materials?  Are you concerned about freeze prevention or temperature control?   Rather than hope that your stacked IBCs keep each other warm, invest in a solution that will save you time, money, hassle, and preserve your sensitive products.

IBC Heater Solutions

Powerblanket has the solution. Powerblanket IBC heater blankets provide safe, consistent heat, ensuring your totes are stored at optimal temperatures. Our standard IBC heater blankets  fit 250 gallon, 275 gallon, 330 gallon, 350 gallon, 450 gallon and 550 gallon totes.

 

Powerblanket IBC Heater Jacket Cross Section

A Powerblanket IBC heater offers consistent, and regulated heat distribution at a fraction of the cost of other IBC heater alternatives.  The advanced insulation prevents heat loss and will protect down to -40°F/-40°C.  The heating element within the blanket allows for more surface area contact, conserving energy and greatly reducing hot and cold spots.  

IBC HEATER

All Powerblanket IBC Tote Heater models come with an insulated top which reduces heat loss from your application.

  • Designed to be durable and weather resistant
  • Safely heat and protect a wide variety of chemicals and materials
  • Includes adjustable digital thermostatic controller
  • Provide an insulated full-wrap design
  • Provide easy access with a removable top
  • Deliver uniform heat to temperature sensitive products
  • Preserve expensive materials without scorching or burning
  • Prevent waste by maintaining consistent temperatures
  • Raise material temperatures as high as 145 ºF / 62 ºC (± 5 ºF/3 ºC), depending on ambient conditions
  • ETL certified to UL and CSA safety standards

IBC HEATER

Process Cooling Systems from Powerblanket

PROCESS COOLING SYSTEMS

PBICE55_withCoolerProcess cooling systems provide solutions where cooling is required at a specific location in manufacturing or some other process.  Taking a product, system, or liquid from a starting temperature to a lower temperature is the purpose behind process cooling systems.

PROCESS COOLING METHOD

  1. Heat exchangers transfer heat between a solid object and a fluid, or between two or more fluids. The fluids may be separated by a solid wall to prevent mixing or they may be in direct contact.They are widely used in space heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, power stations, chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, natural-gas processing, and sewage treatment. The classic example of a heat exchanger is found in an internal combustion engine in which a circulating fluid known as engine coolant flows through radiator coils and air flows past the coils, which cools the coolant and heats the incoming air.  The Powerblanket Circulation Blanket is an example of a heat exchanger for drums, barrels, and buckets.
  2. Powerblanket Chillers uses the same principle as a refrigerator, but instead of cooling the air inside of an insulated box, Powerblankets cool the water that flows from the chiller to the object being cooled..  Refrigeration is typically direct expansion, including an evaporator & fan system inside an insulated box, with a remotely located compressor/condenser.  Most fans run continuously to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the controlled space, while the refrigeration process operates intermittently to control the required amount of heat rejection.

 

INDUSTRIES USING PROCESS COOLING SYSTEMS

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“Today, indoor farming is a $500 million industry, and significant expansion is expected [. . .] The future for indoor agriculture looks a lot like manufacturing of the past — maximizing production and minimizing risks. It will play an important role in food security in the United States and around the world” (Kaler).  Maintaining consistent temperatures while balancing humidity can pose a tricky challenge for the indoor farmer.  The temperature differential can be as much as 1°F per vertical foot.  Many indoor agriculture operations are looking to cooling systems that can be incorporated into the existing ventilation system.  Onsite and digital monitoring controls are also improving the management of the indoor environment.

Breweries and Distilleries

A lot of beverage/food industries will use process cooling to maintain temperature while a product cures/processes.  Spirits spend years locked inside barrels during the aging process. During that time, they undergo a series of seasonal climatic changes that trigger chemical changes. In this delicate process, if a spirit ages too long or too quickly, it can result in undesired flavors and aromas that compromise the quality of the spirit. Yet in a stratified space, barrels at the top of the rackhouse age more rapidly — and can easily age too long.

Injection Molding

Process cooling can be directly associated with the process itself.  One of the essential requirements for plastic injection molding is proper cooling of the mold between cycles.  Chilled water is most often the cooling agent of choice because it is low-cost, has excellent thermal transfer properties, and is readily available.

POWERBLANKET PROCESS COOLING

Optimize performance when the heat is high with Powerblanket Ice process cooling systems.

FEATURES:

  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling / process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.
  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • When materials are delivered too hot, waiting for the material to cool can mean lost hours or even days
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use

Process Cooling Systems
Works Cited

Kaler, Mike.  “Don’t Bet the Farm”. Process Cooling. January/February 2017. P 16.
Stoike, Jamison. “5 Ways to Use Fans in Breweries and Distilleries”. Process Cooling, January/February 2017. P 20.

Smart Temperature Controller: Make Your Life Easier

SMART TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER:  Beacon will make your life easier

Smart Temperature ControllerWhether it is monitoring alone, control and monitoring, or automation and monitoring, Beacon is here to help you have a constant link between you and your equipment. The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing all around us. Beacon smart temperature controller gives you the power to automate, remotely control, and monitor your assets. Beacon products are smart and give you peace of mind.  If a monitored parameter goes outside of the limits you set, you’ll be alerted immediately.

 

Take Control

Whatever the industry, whatever the application, Beacon can help you monitor and control your operations with ease and precision. If you need to regulate the external and internal variables associated with technological applications, Beacon’s innovative Smart Temperature Controllers can help you easily and remotely manage those variables from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Eliminate the guesswork and risk associated with your technological assets by using a Beacon Smart Temperature Controller to keep systems operating safely and efficiently.

No Comparison

There are other options available; however, those options are limited and have no remote monitoring controls.  Beacon has remote settings that allow for setting adjustments, scheduling, and location mapping.  You can view the state of your equipment in real time and make changes as necessary right where you are.  The data collected by Beacon Smart Temperature Controller is stored in the cloud for your analysis.  Not only is it smart and convenient, but Beacon is safe.  With various security features, you assign who has access to the controls and can identify who has been making setting changes.

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We are surrounded by devices that allow us to see who is at our front door from our desk at work, turn our lights on and off from our smartphones or get an alert when our garage door is left open.  Now similar technology can help you take control of your equipment and its critical temperatures.

Beacon is the Smart Choice

  • Compatible with a wide variety of heating and cooling systems
  • Change settings locally or connect remotely through Wi-Fi or Cellular networks, so you can keep your operation running smoothly wherever you are.
  •  Customizable scheduling and alerts based on temperature, electrical current, voltage, and resistance readings, give you complete peace of mind.
  • Create multiple users with varying levels of access and control for added security.
  • 120/208/240V AC options, switch up to 24 amps

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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/

 

Beacon Smart Temperature Controller

Smart Temperature Controller

In today’s connected world the “Internet of Things” (IoT) allows you to turn your lights on and off from your smartphone, see who is at your front door from your desk at work, or get an alert when your garage door is left open, among many other things.  The beacon smart temperature controller is ready to give you

 

Meet Beacon

The Beacon Smart Temperature Controller brings the IoT (Internet of Things) to industrial temperature control. It has the same features as many single stage, electronic temperature controllers plus many added benefits made possible by internet connectivity. For example: monitor conditions remotely and change settings remotely through a web portal or mobile app, recieve alerts when temperatures reach user defined thresholds, set alerts to be sent when settings are changed.

 

Remote Control and Monitoring

Control and monitor your system remotely. Check on current conditions and adjust setpoints, differentials, and other details related to your control system.  Control and monitor boilers, chillers, refrigerated warehouses, beer and beverage coolers, tank, valve, drum and tote heaters and many more systems.

 

Peace of Mind

Define your own temperature thresholds and leave the system unattended with confidence. The Connected Temperature Controller will alert you of any problems, whether you’re present or not.

 

Maintain Historic Data

Beacon’s Connected Smart Temperature Controller allows you to keep historic temperature data for long-term reference or process analysis. A log of electrical current lets you analyze the duty cycle of your cooling or heating equipment and the operating cost.

 

Additional features

  • Change settings at the physical device or anywhere with an internet connection
  • Customizable alerts based on temperature, electrical current, voltage, resistance, etc.
  • Connect to the internet through Wi- Fi or Cellular (coming soon!) networks
  • Create multiple users with varying access control for added security
  • NEMA 4x enclosure
  • Optional timer mode: easily set up an operating schedule by day and time (coming soon!)
  • Optionally switch load based on ambient temperature in addition to material temperature, for example, freeze protection applications (coming soon!)
  • Heat or cool
  • Backlit LCD display on device
  • Adjustable short cycle delay for refrigeration equipment
  • 120/208/240V, switch up to 24 amp loads
  • Options for secure interface with existing control systems

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The Beacon Temperature Controller: Automated and Mobile

The technology behind The Beacon Temperature Controller is truly remarkable. And when you pair Beacon’s innovative approach to temperature control with Powerblanket heating and cooling products, you have the best of both worlds. Beacon plus Powerblanket equals total temperature control, and all as an easy and convenient mobile solution too.

 

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The Beacon Smart Controller

Whether you refer to it as the Beacon Temperature Controller or the Beacon Smart Controller, it’s the same innovative solution, an innovative solution that engineers have been developing for over two years now. And get this; the Beacon Smart Controller offers temperature monitoring through a revolutionary mobile system that is both easy to use and compatible with most mobile devices.

Remote temperature monitoring through the Beacon Smart Controller means that you don’t have to worry about babysitting your important, but perhaps time-consuming, temperature needs anymore. Other systems require your presence to monitor the changes and levels of temperature fluctuation. However, with the Beacon temperature controller, you can set alerts that come straight to you via email or text. Additionally, Beacon’s device mapping feature shows you were your temperature device (a.k.a Powerblanket) is in relation to other devices.

The Beacon solution works as a WiFi temperature controller to enable notifications, alerts, and device mapping. In addition to this, every beacon controller comes with the added option of adding a cellular plan as well, affording you even more access to your temperature control information. Beacon control solutions also provide data storage and analytics, the ability to add multiple user accounts, and the option to control your system locally as well as remotely, manually as well as automatically. Oh, and did we mention that you can easily schedule temperature changes and ramping through a simple programmable system. Such a feature makes epoxy curing and other similar tasks a breeze.

When it comes to regulating temperature, Powerblanket and Beacon come together to offer a revolutionary, easy-to-use system that makes total temperature control both easy and painless. Take a moment to consider what Beacon offers and the benefits associated with it.

 

The Benefits of the Beacon Smart Controller:

  • Compatible with a wide variety of heating or cooling devices
  • Offers both local and remote control through Wi-Fi or Cellular networks
  • Enables scheduling of alerts, temperature changes, and ramping
  • Allows for multiple users with varying levels of access and control for added security
  • 120/208/240V AC options, switch up to 24 amps

 

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