It would be absolutely ridiculous to assume that all tanks come in the same shapes and sizes, whether they hold water, gas, chemicals, or some other matter. We all know that this simply isn’t the case. While there are certainly standard measurements for specialty gas tanks, water tanks, and others, the range of variance between size, construction, and purpose is vast enough that there simply isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for tank protection. That’s why Powerblanket® Custom Tank Heaters are the perfect approach to the need for a heating solution.
Customized for Your Tanks and Needs
Regardless of the size of your tank, the purpose it serves, or its shape, Powerblanket can help you protect it against cold weather and keep it running at the ideal temperature year round. Our custom approach to providing tailored heating solutions to a myriad of industries and applications has allowed hundreds of customers to protect their precious assets from the ravages of cold weather.
In addition to freeze protection, our custom tank heaters enable increased efficiency in gas and other kinds of tanks. Anywhere flow rates and extraction rates are affected by temperature, Powerblanket custom tank heaters can ensure the flow of liquids and extraction of gas is always at its best. Take, for example, the nature of a gas such as propane.
When gases are stored in tanks, they are stored under considerable pressure. Due to this fact, they reside in the tank in both a liquid and gaseous state. Extracting a gas means you must evaporate some of the liquid and that evaporation process requires an input of heat energy. If the gas extraction rate is fast enough, it could cause the tank to frost up and the extraction to be impeded. However, with a custom Powerblanket propane tank heater you can keep the extraction flowing fast and full, without the side effect of frosting or icing.
What’s more, whether a tank holds gas or liquid, freezing temperatures pose big problems. Using a custom tank heater allows you to fully insulate and heat your tank to whatever temperature is best, regardless of the surrounding climate.
Getting a custom tank heater from Powerblanket is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Contact us with the details of your application.
We’ll design a custom tank heater for your application, based on your information and feedback.
We’ll build your custom solution and ship it to you within two weeks. (Sometimes, we can even turn a project around in as little as one week.)
In the end, there’s no reason to leave your tank out in the cold. Powerblanket can cover it and keep it safe and functioning well through the most inclement weather.
Need Custom Heating for Your Equipment? Answer These Questions
Do you need custom heating for a specific and unique application? Although there are various standardized heating solutions available, to determine the right solution, either standard or custom, a few initial questions need to be understood. The first of the discovery questions is to identify the desired result of the application which is generally one or a combination of the following:
Freeze Protection: Generally to protect from the elements or cold climate
Temperature Maintenance: Maintain a specific, constant and optimal temperature
Added heat or Increase Temperature: Add heat and Increase temperature higher from starting point
For example, a pipe heating application may require higher energy/wattage to thaw a frozen pipe and then settle to a moderate power/wattage for continual freeze protection and flow control long term.
An epoxy/composite curing application may require pre-heating at higher temperatures prior to the epoxy being applied and then maintained at a higher temperature for optimal curing.
Begin with These Steps
Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
The dimension needs to be as built, not a CAD drawing .ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.
Custom Application Questionnaire
Once we understand the problem, these types of questions reveal the best solution:
Which of these best describes the system requiring Cooling: drum/bucket, tote, tank, gas cylinder, pipe, flat surface (vertical or horizontal?), other?
Can you provide drawings and/or photos?
What are the critical dimensions of the system?
What material is the container or surface made of (i.e. tank wall, drum wall)? How thick?
What is the substance being Cooled (i.e. water, oil, pipe contents, concrete, frozen ground)?
Is this a flowing system? If so, what is the flow rate (include units, gpm, cfm, etc.)?
What is the expected ambient temperature (include units, °F, °C)?
What is the maximum expected wind velocity (include units, mpg, km/h, etc.)?
Are there other environmental conditions that may be relevant?
What is the beginning temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)?
What is the desired final temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)?
What temperature range is acceptable?
Are there upper or lower temperatures where the substance or contents will be damaged?
Is there a time frame requirement for the initial cool down?
What power source is preferred (120, 208, 240, DC)?
How far away is the power source (cord length)?
Do you require UL/CSA certified products?
Is your location considered hazardous (Class I Division 2)?
How many units do you need now and in the future?
What is the required delivery date?
Custom Heating Case Study
Powerblanket completed a project for a large chemical company to solve freeze protection problems. The company stores a chemical solution in large 4,000 to 8,000 gallon stainless steel tanks. Their customers live in various climates throughout North America. This solution is water based and freezes at roughly 32°F. This company needed freeze protection and to maintain regular temperatures between 40°F -70°F.
The question became, “How do we provide a ‘one size fit all’ customized solution for various climates?” Powerblanket created a modular custom design, adjustable by region and tank size, that came in two pieces.
Powerblanket engineers calculated the amount of heat and insulation required to combat freezing temperatures and wind chill to maintain optimal temperatures in these various climates. What appeared to be a complicated application turned into a simple and effective custom solution.
So many industries need heating solutions, and not just during the cold months either. Epoxy curing, chemical storage, viscosity maintenance, food preparations, concrete curing, and much more all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round.
Custom Heating vs. Ready to Ship Products
Powerblanket manufactures an extensive line of ready-to-ship products designed and engineered for a myriad of purposes. For example, if you store temperature-sensitive materials in drums, barrels, or totes, then our ready-to-ship barrel and drum heaters or tote heaters will accommodate your heating needs perfectly. If you store DEF, then take a look at our DEF heaters. If you have palletized product you need to keep warm, check out our Hot Box.
Along with all these great product offerings, however, one of Powerblanket’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is custom process heating solution for any project under the sun.
Often “custom” connotes extended lead times and a lot of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but Powerblanket’s customization process is fluid and effective. We turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. Expect to be wowed.
Whether you need a heating solution for a large or oddly shaped propane tank, truck-mounted water cylinders, valves, manifolds, instrumentation, large scale epoxy curing, or any other specific application, Powerblanket is ready to help.
Custom Heating Solutions from Powerblanket
A reasonable window for completion
The ability to answer varying levels of customization
Certification to universal safety standards
Easy installation and use
Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time. Need custom heating for these vessels?
Drums / Barrels / Pails
Totes to include Diesel Exhaust Fluid Totes
Gas Cylinders to include Propane and Specialty Gases
Specialty Tanks to include Frac Tanks
Water Transfer Trucks
Water Storage Tanks
Hydraulic Fluid Tanks
Industries Powerblanket Serves
With Powerblanket, equipment lasts longer, projects stay on track, and fluids flow smoothly. Use Powerblanket technology year round to achieve total temperature control. Some of the various industries we serve include: