Process Heating Engineering: Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beansProcess Heating Engineering:  Vanilla Beans

Often, when your industry is unique, there is not a ready-to-ship solution for your specific process heating needs.  Powerblanket’s process heating engineering uses ingenuity and Powerblanket technology to solve the temperature needs of many different companies throughout many different industries.

Powerblanket is currently working with Tahitian Gold, vanilla producer of choice for master chefs and culinary institutions, gourmet cooks and food connoisseurs, to find the best process heating engineering solution for their vanilla beans.

The Heating Problem

Tahitian Gold has vanilla beans that require heating before processing, and they do not currently have an effective means for consistent, safe heating. Right now, Tahitian Gold is testing various Powerblankets for buckets, barrels, totes and even a flat blanket to determine which process heating solution is most effective for their current temperature needs.

While this is not an overly complicated process heating dilemma, the mass of the beans and uncontrolled air gaps, along with awkward sizes and complex temperature and wattage requirements cause problems with consistent heating.  Hence, the reason for testing multiple Powerblanket options to ensure optimal results.

Each Powerblanket option provides concentrated heat to help consistently heat the beans throughout each container.

Powerblanket will approach your process heating needs with creativity built around your heating requirements.

 

Process Heating Engineering: Heat Tape

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.

 

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
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Heat Trace: What You Should Know

When you think of the phrase “heat trace” or “heat tape,” what images come to your mind? Perhaps you haven’t ever heard of these terms before, and now you’re curious. When it comes to heated pipes for protection against the ruthless cold of winter, trace heating is the system by which the warmth you need for your pipes flows. Read here to learn more about the uses and value of trace heating.

 

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Understanding How it Works

Trace heating does just as its name implies: an electrical surface or wiring is linked to some other surface (whether it be a pipe, flooring, etc) and traces its way along that surface’s path. This, in turn, provides and maintains heat where it’s most needed. Thermal insulation is wrapped around both the supplier of heat and the recipient of heat to ensure stable, permanent warmth. The apparatuses involved with heat trace (also known as heat tape) can vary in size and surface area, depending on the physical dimensions of the application.

 

What Are the Benefits of Heat Trace?

Think of the value of trace heating as twofold—accommodating functionality and increasing throughput. While its prime purpose is to protect and insulate against undesired invasions from the elements (i.e. keeping substances flowing that can solidify or slow in cold temperatures), thus accommodating functionality, it can also be utilized to increase the efficiency of operations. For example, heat trace can drastically improve the throughput of gas transportation and extraction by increasing tank and pipe pressure—being that gas slows as it cools.

Drawing upon the fundamentals of heat trace, Powerblanket uses a patented blend of technologies as a highly efficient and less expensive means of distributing heat evenly over the surface of any application. Whether you need to protect a piping system, valves, manifolds, instrumentation, gas tanks, liquid storage, or anything else from cold weather or depreciation in efficiency, Powerblanket technology can enable you to do so with greater ease and dependability.