Process Heating Engineering: Tank Heaters

Powerblanket: An Engineer’s Favorite Product

large storage tankEngineers around the world can’t get enough of Powerblanket’s heating blankets. One example of Powerblanket’s influence in process heating engineering is Coastal Drilling, a large 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 pre-made 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.

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This is the 3D rendering of the tank that needed a heating solution. Powerblanket used this model to design a perfectly fitting tank heater that resolved the issue.

The 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?

Powerblanket is the best in oil and gas line freeze protection. Utilizing the best in insulation and heat element technologies, our heating blankets offer the following qualities:

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

Why settle for less when industries around the world have relied on Powerblanket year after year for the best temperature control solutions available? As the preferred choice of engineers in nearly every industry, Powerblanket can fulfill all of your tank heating needs.

Another Testament of Powerblanket

Coastal Drilling isn’t the only company to benefit from Powerblanket’s tank heaters. McAda Fluid and Heating Services also needed a custom option to outfit their fleet of trucks with a heating solution that would meet the specific needs of their customers. Click below to learn about how Powerblanket made all the difference for McAda’s line of business.

Powerblanket's custom tank heaters provide freeze protection, making your business more sustainable and efficient.


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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