Process Heating Engineering: Heat Tape
Powerblanket makes industrial heating blankets; however, for this process heating project, we skipped the outer jacket and went straight for the heat tape on the inside.
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The Heating Dilemma
This company needed to cure carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites. They were on a very tight timeline and their current suppliers were unable to react quickly enough to meet their needs. This became a custom project because the composites had a complex geometry that could not be evenly heated/covered with a standard industrial heating blanket.
The Powerblanket Custom Solution
Powerblanket recognized that a standard blanket could not meet the process heating needs of these complicated composites. So we offered them the electrical heating tape normally used inside PB400 blankets that would adhere directly to the surfaces they wanted to heat. In addition, we built them a custom power cord and wiring harness to power several pieces of heat tape at once.
They had their own temperature control system, so our offering was incredibly simple: a plug, a cord, and a wiring harness used to power several pieces of adhesive-backed high-temperature heat tape (300 F°/149°C rated). We designed the heat tape to be one-time-use disposable and the power cord and wiring harness to be reusable and easily be disconnected.
Powerblanket Custom Team
Powerblanket’s custom engineering team prides itself on creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, quickly dreaming up a solution that met all of the customer’s technical requirements. Despite this being a new product category for Powerblanket, we provided a quote within 24 hours of the initial conversation, and built and shipped the process heating product within a week of receiving the PO.
When you purchase a Powerblanket custom process heating solution, you will enjoy quick turn-around times and the ability to choose from varying levels of customization. Our products are certified to universal safety standards and are easy to install, use, and store.
So whether you need a heat solution for complicated composite curing, tank heaters for your three phase horizontal separator used during drilling operations, or process heating temperature control on your assembly line, our custom approach can provide you with the perfect custom process heating solution. Powerblanket has you covered.