Powerblanket Custom Solutions In Action: A Case Study

 We love getting to use our technology for custom applications. One particular company reached out to us with a problem: they were in a time crunch and needed a heating solution to cure composites. Because the composites were a complicated shape, standard heating blankets wouldn’t work. Fortunately, we were able to provide them with a custom solution that met their requirements. 


The Dilemma

The company we worked with on this project  needed to cure carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites.  They were on a very tight schedule and their current suppliers were unable to react quickly enough to meet their needs. This became a custom project because the composites had a tricky shape that could not be evenly heated/covered with a standard industrial heating blanket.

The Powerblanket Custom Solution

As mentioned, a standard heating blanket would not meet the needs of this company.  Our solution was to use the electrical heating tape normally used inside PB400 blankets. The tape was adhered directly to the composite’s surfaces. We also built a custom power cord and wiring harness that powered several pieces of heat tape at once.  

This company  had their own temperature control system, so our offering was incredibly simple: a plug, a cord, and a wiring harness connected to several pieces of adhesive, high-temperature heat tape (300 F°/149°C rated).  We designed the heat tape to be one-time-use (disposable). The power cord and wiring harness were reusable and easily disconnected from the tape.

Learn more about Powerblanket custom heating here.

The Result

This custom solution allowed this company to quickly and properly cure their composites. We worked around the temperature control system they already had and put a lot of effort into making an easy-to-use, effective, solution. 

Powerblanket Custom Team: Quick Turnaround, High Quality

Our custom engineering team prides itself on creative and effective solutions. We work hard to quickly meet all of our customer’s technical needs. Despite this being a new product category for Powerblanket, we provided a quote within 24 hours of the initial conversation. We built and shipped the process heating product within a week of receiving the PO.

When you purchase a Powerblanket custom heating solution, you will enjoy quick turn-around times and the ability to choose from many levels of customization. Our products are certified to universal safety standards and are easy to install, use, and store.

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.

When you need a custom temperature control solution, Powerblanket is the company to call. With over 30 years of experience, we can solve any heating dilemma you have.


Alex Pacanowsky

Meet Alex, one of our experts in freeze protection and the head of the custom team at Powerblanket! For the past several years, Alex has worked closely with oil & gas pros, medical device startups, and pharmaceutical suppliers (just to name a few) to create weatherproof operations. No matter how cold the weather, or what needs to be heated, Alex knows just what to do! He also loves mountain biking and spending time with his two boys, 5 and 9, and two Labrador Retrievers.

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