9 Things to Consider in Epoxy Curing Solutions

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When you’re dealing with epoxy during less than favorable weather, it’s not always about freeze protection. In fact, some epoxies will only cure properly in conditions above room temperature. This makes it nearly impossible to cure epoxy in cold weather, unless you have the proper solution, that is.

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9 Things to Consider When Curing Epoxy

A good majority of epoxy resins and hardeners require high temperatures in order to cure. Since ambient temperatures are almost never high enough, even in an Arizona summer, epoxy needs assistance to cure fully and properly. If the epoxy resins are not heated high enough and evenly enough, the chemical, mechanical, and heat-resistance properties become compromised. In fact, some epoxy resins require heating in steps to prevent overheating from exothermic reactions.

With all of this in mind, there are several matters you should consider when choosing a solution for your epoxy-curing needs. Here are nine specific guidelines that will help you find a product that will enable proper curing in all the areas concerned:

  1. Prevent uneven gloss and poor inter-coat adhesion by finding a solution that evenly heats over the entire surface area. When dealing with a heating solution, it’s easy to discover any number of methods or products that will heat the respective surface. However, merely heating the surface isn’t all you need. You need to be able to apply an even distribution of heat to the entire surface area in order to ensure that you get the proper gloss and inter-coat adhesion. So in short, spotty heating applicators won’t cut it.
  1. Since the warmer the resin and hardener, the lower the viscosity, find a heating solution that will maintain the proper application temperature. Some products and methods of heating surfaces are like stove top ranges, meaning there aren’t a whole lot of options. If you come across a solution that only has the choice of hot and extra hot, there’s no way you’re going to be able to maintain the ideal temperature for your epoxy curing. You need something you can bring to the ideal temperature and keep there for the duration of the epoxy resin process.
  1. Since a cool epoxy resin is more difficult to meter and mix with a hardener, find a customizable heating solution that will properly fit the size and shape of your application to maintain maximum control. Not only do you need heating capabilities for the curing process, but you need them for proper application too. This is where a handy heating apparatus able to fit the bucket, drum, or barrel your mixing in becomes invaluable. And again, it has to do more than just heat. It has to maintain temperature.
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  2. Ensure less maintenance downtime by finding a heating product with a track record of performance. No one wants to chance wasting time and money on an experimental solution. You need something that you know will work time and time again.
  3. Ensure that the epoxy resin and hardener will flow through dispensing pumps easily by maintaining the appropriate heat. This goes back to the third point mentioned. In order for you to push a cool and viscous epoxy resin through any applicator without a hitch, you need first to heat it and bring the viscosity down.
  1. Ensure more cross-linking by warming the materials while mixing to initiate a better chemical reaction. Back to mixing again—for the proper chemical bond, you need ideal temperature. Thus, the ideal solution would work both for the curing and mixing process, and would have a positive effect on cure time.
  2. Prevent air bubble entrapment and safeguard the strength and effectiveness of the epoxy by having the right heating solution. If your epoxy isn’t mixed at a high enough temperature, it could bubble and compromise the strength and longevity of the finished product.
  1. Prevent contamination by not using kerosene or propane heaters, since they can inhibit the cure as well as contaminate epoxy surfaces. There are numerous reason why kerosene and propane heaters don’t work well as heating solutions for epoxy curing, and the possibility of contamination is only one of them.
  1. Prevent under-curing, as it can cause de-laminations and product failures. This can only be done by finding an evenly-heated and temperature-controlling solution. Lastly, if your epoxy doesn’t fully cure because of temperature lows, it’s simply isn’t going to last, or look right—for that matter. To prevent this, you need to find a solution that applies the previous 8 guidelines.

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Thankfully, with Powerblanket patented heating technology, you don’t have to worry about the challenges epoxy poses on itself anymore. As far as the curing process is concerned, Powerblanket offers epoxy curing blankets that provide a temperature-regulated, even-distribution of heat that will enable your epoxy to cure under ideal conditions. The standard high watt density epoxy curing blankets cure and post cure epoxy resins at temperatures up to 180° F and 80 watts per square foot. 

Benefits of a Blanket

Powerblanket’s epoxy curing blankets offer many benefits to your business:

  • Even heating: heat put out by an epoxy blanket is equally spread across the blanket.
  • Effective in any environment: works in any weather, any time of year.
  • Save time and money: epoxy blankets are cheaper than other epoxy curing solutions and are quick to assemble and takedown.
  • Safety certified: employees won’t get burned if they need to move the blanket while in operation.
  • Easily installed an operated: just lay it down, plug it in, and watch the magic happen.
  • Remote monitoring options: combined with Beacon control technology, epoxy curing blankets can gather curing and temperature data while being controlled offsite.
  • Custom solutions available: if you don’t see the size available for your needs, talk to us about a custom solution for your epoxy curing project.
  • Peace of mind: don’t sit and fret over temperatures and curing times. Epoxy blankets made by Powerblanket are built to let you be at ease and focus on more pressing issues. Temperature control is important, so let us handle it while you do what you do best.

For storage and application, Powerblanket also offers barrel, drum, and bucket heaters that allow you to heat your epoxy to the ideal temperature, and in a very economical way too. Every Powerblanket product is ETL certified to the same high electrical standards as other Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories such as UL and CSA.

For more information, call 855.972.2314 or email [email protected]

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What is Powerblanket?

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Welcome To Powerblanket

The Powerblanket family began our journey back in 2005.  Since then, our patented, American-made temperature control products have solidified our expertise the industrial heating and cooling community. We excel at helping the industrial and manufacturing community get back to work. 

With our ever-expanding range of customizable heating during the winter, and cooling during the summer, Powerblanket helps businesses stay operational year-round. By finding new ways to remove temperature roadblocks, Powerblanket empowers companies to preserve workplace safety, prolong equipment life, prepare for emergencies, and get back to work.

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Industrial Heating from Powerblanket

We are the leading provider of standard and custom-designed industrial heating blankets. No matter what industry you’re in, Powerblanket can help you improve your business. We have created custom heating solutions for companies all over the world. Our blankets are extremely versatile and can be used across a wide variety of industries. 

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If you can build it, haul it, or store it…we can heat it. Because pre-fabricated options are not always a good fit, our engineers are at the ready to create tailor made heating to spec. We specialize in engineering custom solutions for even the trickiest of heating problems. Powerblanket has the quickest lead time in the market for custom products. First, our world-class engineering team learns your specific heating needs. Next, we provide you with your custom quote within 1-3 days. Then, we deliver your custom heating products within 3 weeks. 

How Our Products Work

Our heating blankets save you time, energy, and money by putting the heat precisely where it is needed. After a simple installation, you are now harnessing the power of conduction and heating your materials with direct and even heat. Our advanced weather-proof insulation provides a protective barrier from the elements and reduces heat loss. We then combine insulation with efficient heating elements to direct heat downward right into the item that needs heating instead of losing it to the ambient air.

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Powerblanket Product Families

Barrel and Bucket Heaters

Protect your fluid storage during the winter with a wide range of drum, barrel, and bucket heaters.  Direct, evenly distributed heat eliminates hot and colds spots, solves viscosity issues, and prevent your fluids from freezing. We also provide a range of specially calibrated blankets for coconut oil, honey, and wax. These blankets are programmed to stay within the exact temperatures these specific fluids need.

Tote and DEF Tote Heaters

For larger volume industrial fluids, these specially designed tote heating blankets are perfectly sized and shaped for steel, poly, and DEF totes. Our tote heaters protect the chemical composition of your fluids while still giving you pump access during winter conditions.

Gas Cylinder Heaters

When gas tanks drop in temperature, the pressure of their contents drops as well. As a result, it very difficult to get any gas flow from a tank during the winter. Gas cylinder warmers evenly and safely heat the cylinder so that flow rate increases and operations can continue running.

Bulk Material Heaters

How do you heat multiple containers of all shapes and sizes, or bulky pallets of materials? Hot box bulk material warmers provide even heating to anything stored within.

Ground Thawing Blankets

Frozen ground can bring a number of industries to a full halt during the winter. During sub-freezing temperatures, our high powered ground thaw blankets direct heat deep into the frost line to prep ground for digging, utility work, concrete pouring, and more.

Concrete Curing Blankets

Winter concreting is notoriously difficult. Construction heating can have a huge impact on jobs, deadlines, and the overall bottomline. From roofing, to spray foam, painting, and concrete, so many aspects are affected by the weather. Curing problems can derail entire construction projects and cause costly delays. Our concrete curing blankets provide heat, insulation, and cure concrete 2.8x faster than conventional insulation blankets. Electric concrete blankets are hands down the most efficient solution for strong and fast winter concrete curing.

Snow Melting Safety Mats

Free your hands and your time during the winter by setting your snow shovel aside. Simply lay down our Summerstep snow and ice melting mats on your doorway, stairs, and walkways. In addition, Summerstep mats provide traction and reduce injuries from slips and falls all winter long.

Smart Controllers

For an added level of control and automation, our Beacon Smart Controllers put temperature control at your fingertips. With the user friendly app, you have access to continuous remote temperature monitoring. You can also set heating schedules and receive temperature alerts right from your phone or tablet.

Industrial Cooling from North Slope Chillers

Our North Slope Chillers line represents the flip-side of our total temperature control expertise. Our industrial chillers, Fluxwrap fluid channel blankets, Keg Coolers, and Ice Wraps provide the perfect cooling solutions for when the heat is high.

Total Temperature Control

When your business feels the sting of wasted revenue through equipment damage, product loss, or the financial crunch of the “off season” due to unworkable climate conditions, Powerblanket has the solution. With Powerblanket, there is no “off season.” Contact us to find the perfect temperature control solutions to keep your work flowing at 855.993.6294 or [email protected]

 

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