Visit Powerblanket at CAMX 2016

Don’t miss Powerblanket (Booth J103 near University Pavilion)  at CAMX September 27-29, 2016, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.  

 

We are excited to announce that Composites One will be hosting demonstrations that feature Powerblanket products near their booth on Tuesday at 1:15 pm and Wednesday at 2:15 pm. They will also have a demo of their processes and equipment on Thursday from 9 am until close.

 

Visit the Composites One demonstrations and the Powerblanket booth to learn more about total temperature control:

Curing & Process Heating Blankets

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to see Powerblanket’s heating products  for curing and process heating applications.  We will be showing off the latest  technology to help you save time and money and achieve total temperature control with ease.Controllers

 

Programmable Logic Controllers

Stop by to experience our PLC technology (Programmable Logic Controllers) that gives you the ability to continuously monitor the temperature of Powerblanket products and control them based upon advanced custom programming.

 

owerblanket400drumPOWERBLANKET 400 Blankets  – for Higher Temperature Applications

Do your jobs require oven-like temperatures?  Meet the Powerblanket 400 line of products.  These new blankets offer higher temperature heating capabilities for industries that need extreme heat application.  Powerblanket 400 heating blankets are able to reach temperatures as high as 400° F! That translates into 300 watts per square foot of surface area, allowing for increased heat transfer throughout the entire application.

 

BEACON SMART CONTROLLERS

In today’s connected world the “Internet of Things” (IoT) allows you to see who is at your front door from your desk at work, turn your lights on and off from your smartphone or get an alert when your garage door is left open. Powerblanket has teamed with Beacon Controls to develop a connected temperature controller. This new, smart controller allows you to monitor and control PowerblaSmart Temperature Controllernket products (or any other device that would benefit from temperature control) from your smartphone or computer. More importantly it allows you to receive text, email or push notifications when the temperature goes outside limits that you specify, so you can set the temperature and walk away with complete peace of mind.

 

Powerblanket is ready to arm you with the latest in total temperature control and improve your bottom line by increasing efficiencies and eliminating downtime.

 

Beacon Smart Controllers: How Would You Use Beacon?

Beacon Smart ControllersFor many years Powerblanket has offered Johnson Controls A419 temperature controllers with our products that require adjustable or precise control, like our drum and tote heaters. Now, we are excited to introduce a new smart controller with all of the temperature control functionality of the A419 PLUS internet connectivity, which gives our customers the ability to do a lot of interesting things. Remote control and monitoring, temperature logging over time, and customer defined alerts are just a few features included in this new line of smart controllers.

With Beacon Smart Controllers, you can control and monitor multiple devices in one place via our web portal (browser) or mobile app. You can also group the Smart Controllers together, with the ability to change the settings and notifications for entire groups or individual devices. Beacon Smart Controllers make Powerblanket heating solutions state of the art and take your processes to the next level.

Now the question is: how would you use a Beacon Smart Controller? Leave your comments, ideas, and questions. We want to hear from you!

 

Standout Features of Powerblanket Smart Controllers:

  • Check in on your devices remotely; see temperature, electrical current, setpoint, differential and other values and how they have changed over time.
  • Make changes without being physically at the device. Change setpoint, differential, anti-short cycle delay and other settings from your smartphone or computer.
  • Provide notifications and alerts via text message, email or push notifications(i.e. temperature out of range; settings changed by other user, cold boot-power reset; heartbeat-“alive” notifications; electrical current and temperature samples; relay status [on/off/changes]; keypad activity)
  • Set it and forget it. Be confident that you will receive a notification when temperature or other values go outside thresholds that you define, no need to constantly verify operating conditions.
  • Offer connectivity to WiFi, or Cellular networks.
  • Easily restrict access to settings both at the device and remotely. Lock the keypad to be sure your settings aren’t changed.
  • Allow for multiple user accounts with local logins, providing read-write and read-only access options for more refined access restriction
  • Offer electrical current measurement and tracking over time (Beacon Smart Controllers give you the ability to measure current consumption and estimate cost of operation.)
  • Each controller has 2 temperature probes, control and ambient, and provides control algorithm choices using one or both temperatures.

 

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Custom Heating Solutions for Welding Prep

Prepping pipes and other surfaces for welding can be a real challenge regardless of the ambient temperature. The surface needs to be hot for welding, and that’s why Powerblanket has created custom heating solutions for welding prep, to enable preheating for just about any welding job.

 

Heating Solutions for Welding PrepWelding Prep: Bringing the Heat

When it comes to prepping any metal surface for welding, specifications may require the surface to be hot before you begin. If it’s not, you’ll run into problems. If the metal isn’t hot enough before you start welding, it will affect the cooling rate of the weld, and if the weld cools too quickly the metal could go into shock and cause fabrication hydrogen cracking.  When you preheat and postheat the metal it allows for better hydrogen diffusion, as much as 1000 times more diffusion at 250 °F (121 °C) versus room temperature (68 °F, 20 °C). As more hydrogen diffuses after the weld is complete,  the risk of cracking is significantly reduced.

Preheating pipe can be achieved through various means. Some of these include: furnace heating, torching, electrical strip heaters, induction heaters, and radiation heaters. Whatever you do to preheat your metal, it’s imperative to do so properly. Having the needed monitors and controls in place will allow you to maintain the necessary interpass temperature to make certain the surface doesn’t drop below the necessary preheat range.

Can you do this with traditional preheat methods such as torching and induction heaters? Well, it’s not impossible, but it is tedious and tricky. That’s why we eliminated all the guess work at Powerblanket to bring you an innovative heating solutions for welding prep. With the Powerblanket 400 custom heat blanket, we can build you a quick and easy-to-use preheat product that you can use for your specific welding needs.

 

Powerblanket 400:

  • Up to 300 watts per square foot
  • Temperatures up to 400 °F (204 °C)
  • Durable silicone-coated, fiberglass shell
  • Utilizes high efficiency aluminum heat-spreading technology
  • 120/208/240 VAC options available
  • Ideal for epoxy curing, welding prep, manufacturing processes, and much more
  • Integrated temperature control, for precise control ask about our temperature control options

 

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Custom Heating Solutions Don’t Take as Long as You Think

Custom Heating BlanketsOften times when we think of customization, or taking a custom approach to something, the first thing that comes to mind is time. “How long is that going to take?” we ask ourselves. Well, in the case of Powerblanket custom heating solutions, not too long at all. Our custom approach to heating solutions doesn’t take as long as you might think. In fact, in most cases, Powerblanket can turn around a custom project in one to two weeks.

 

Custom is the Way to Go

Many applications can be adequately covered by our ready-to-ship product line, but there are equally as many projects that need a custom solution. Powerblanket works with many companies in a myriad of industries to supply custom heating solutions to a wide range of needs. So what does a custom heating solution process look like when working with us? We’ll show you.

Powerblanket’s custom heating solutions can be tailored to fit just about any application. If you can build it, produce it, or store it, Powerblanket can cover it. What’s more, completing a custom project with us can be summarized in three easy steps:

 

  1. Contact us and tell us the details of your application. (Many of our custom projects start with a simple phone call to one of our reps. From here, you can send any and all information we’ll need to form the proper heating solution for you. Additionally, we do offer what we refer to as the white glove treatment. In other words, we can come onsite and get all the details on our own.)
  2. We’ll design a custom heating solution for your application, based on the information and feedback we gather or you deliver to us. (Whether you choose to send us information or want us to come onsite, we will get all the details we need.)
  3. 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.)

 

Case In Point

When Enduraplas’s plastics manufacturing process needed heating assistance, Powerblanket was able to deliver a custom tank heater that increased efficiency beyond expectations. Enduraplas’s manufacturing process uses propane extensively—making their large propane tanks an invaluable asset. However, cold weather threw a real damper on the whole thing, impeding the flow of propane significantly.
With the Poweblanket custom heating solution in place, however, Enduraplas was able to run their manufacturing processes through the coldest of weather.

 

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Gold Coast Yachts is another great example of how Powerblanket custom heating saved immense amounts of time and money. Gold Coast Yachts builds custom, carbon-fiber yachts, and the curing process for the large sections of carbon-fiber frames needs high-temperature exposure for long periods of time. Previous to implementing the Powerblanket custom curing blankets, Gold Coast had to architect, build, and utilize large custom ovens for every cure. In other words, they had to build a large shed around every frame in order to pipe heat into the enclosure and cure the resins at the proper temperature. This process, as you can imagine, took a whole lot of time, manpower, and money. With Powerblanket, however, Gold Coast Yachts was able to save thousands of dollars and hours of time on each project.

 

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When Cenovus turned to Powerblanket to design a custom valve and transmitter heating solution, Powerblanket was able to turn the product around with ease and speed. Powerblanket set out to create a custom heating system that eliminated the risk Cenovus had of losing money to freezing valves and transmitters. After Powerblanket completed the project, Cenovous no longer had to worry about the cost associated with downtime and the thawing of frozen instrumentation and valves.

 

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Heating and Hazardous Locations

Working in hazardous locations means you have to exercise serious caution regarding procedure, protocol, and equipment usage. What’s more, heating in hazardous locations takes all the more care and detail to make certain you aren’t adding fuel to a potential fire. This is why Powerblanket offers products certified to national safety standards.

 

CID2Class I Division 1 and Class I Division 2

We understand that hazardous location heating is nothing to take lightly. And we understand that heating products should be engineered to the highest standards of quality and safety. We’ve based our business on this simple reality and are able to customize our safe and innovative heating solutions to a myriad of industries because of it. In fact, our custom heating solutions can be designed and certified to Class I Division 1 (CID1) or Class I Division 2 (CID2) safety standards. We are certified for all four gas Groups, A, B, C, and D and up to a T4 Temperature Classification.  Many people who work in hazardous locations are familiar with these terms. For everyone else, here’s an explanation.

The classifications referenced as CID1 and CID2 regard the operation of electronic equipment in hazardous locations. CID1 is the identifier used for locations where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, mists or vapors could possibly exist under normal working conditions. This classification also covers locations where the same gases, mists or vapors may exist frequently due to repairs or maintenance in the area. It also includes potential scenarios where gases, mists or vapors could be leaked by faulty or damaged equipment.

CID2, on the other hand, represents all locations where concentrations of flammable gases and/or vapors and/or mists are present in the air under operating conditions outside of the norm. So CID1 covers areas where such hazards are normally present, and CID2 covers areas where such hazards aren’t normally present but certainly could be under abnormal circumstances. Most importantly, if a product is CID1 or CID2 certified, it means that product is safe to use in locations that are CID1 or CID2 rated hazardous locations.

Powerblanket provides products that are certified to either of these hazardous location equipment safety standards. So when it comes to heating in hazardous areas, Powerblanket is both an efficient and safe choice. In addition to these ratings, Powerblanket products are also certified to UL, and CSA standards. Our innovative approach to providing industry-specific heating solutions has helped our customers save a lot of time and resources to safeguard and increase efficiency among the assets that keep their businesses running. So whether it’s freeze protection, viscosity maintenance, curing assistance, or some other heat-related dilemma, Powerblanket can help, even if you operate in a hazardous location.

 

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Powerblanket Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from UMA

If you haven’t seen this headline somewhere else on the web by now, we’re happy to tell you all about it here. Utah Manufacturers Association recently awarded Powerblanket something we’re pretty happy about. Read on to learn more about the UMA Manufacturer of the Year Award.

 

UMA AwardUMA and Manufacturer of the Year

Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), recently awarded Powerblanket the prestigious award  of Manufacturer of the Year. This award is given annually to the Utah-based manufacturer that proves to be the most innovative contributor to their space. There’s even more to it than this, but we’ll get to that.

UMA has been around since 1905. The organization prides itself on offering the “voice of industry” in the state of Utah, and they’ve been doing so for over 107 years now. UMA has clearly been talking Utah economy for a long time, but talking isn’t all they do. UMA is a trade association, and their goal is to enhance and improve the business climate in the state. UMA doesn’t only offer insight and expertise in the business of manufacturing, but the organization also has considerable experience in the legislative processes of state government. This is how they can do so much to vie for the interests of Utah businesses and the overall economic prosperity of the state.

UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award embodies the mission of UMA in multiple ways. By awarding the company that not only proves innovative in their respective markets, but also offers leadership in their industry, UMA’s award encourages and rewards the same idealism by which their organization operates. Powerblanket was chosen to receive this award for 2015, based on the embodiment of these characteristics and more. In fact, why don’t we just give it to you in their own words. According to UMA, Powerblanket received the award “for their outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

Powerblanket is honored to receive such accolades from a high quality establishment like UMA. The credibility of UMA and the Manufacturer of the Year Award lends a great addition to our own image and ethos as a company devoted to “operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

So, from all of us here at Powerblanket, thank you, UMA for this great privilege.

 


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Powerblanket Programmable Logic Controllers

As innovative as our industrial heating blankets are on their own, how cool would it be if you could monitor them all from a central location? Well, you can. With the new Powerblanket Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) you can keep track of all your blankets and see exactly what’s going on with each.

 

These PLCs are the Bee’s Knees

What makes these PLCs so great is the monitoring capability you have with them. A programmable logic controller is an industrial computer control system that continuously monitors the state of input devices and makes decisions based upon a custom program to control the state of output devices. Sounds pretty wow, right? But just in case that was a little too much tech talk for you, here it is in plainer English…

Using Powerblanket PLCs on Powerblanket products simply means that you can monitor and regulate all the temperatures in all your blankets (both the temperature inside the blanket and the temperature on the surface of the blanket). What’s more, you can make needed adjustments on various blankets or various zones of a single blanket too.

However, like all your products, these PLC systems aren’t just a one-size-fits-all solution. They’re entirely scalable. This means you could set your system to measure just one temperature zone, and set it to switch only one blanket based on that temperature. Or you could have your system set to measure 200 temperature zones for 100 different blankets. There’s no upper limit to the number of temperatures or blankets you can monitor and switch with these PLC systems.

Here’s an example of just how helpful these PLCs are. A particular blanket could be set to switch based on a specified internal temperature, so it doesn’t damage itself, while simultaneously, it can be set to maintain a certain surface temperature for curing something like an epoxy resin, for example. You could also set a group of multiple blankets to switch based on a maximum combined temperature or even the average of their temperatures.

 

Control Options

Temperature measurements aren’t the only control options these PLCs are capable of, however. Your blankets can be set to switch based on a schedule. This means you can set the temperature to ramp up to a certain level at a certain rate, then stay there for a certain amount of time, and slowly taper off or shut off completely. This allows you to set your blankets to automatically turn on at a predetermined time in order to prepare your material as needed, before workers arrive, perhaps.

In addition to schedule and temperature controls, you can also set alarms to be triggered if certain conditions are met. For example, if you have power failure, reach a temperature outside of your specified limits, experience circuit shorts, or a number of other similar dilemmas, you can set your blanket to automatically shut off, scale back on temperature, or produce an alarm.

In addition to this, all the data recorded in these protocols can be logged for record keeping or future analysis. The temperature, relay state (blanket on or off), current, voltage, etc. can all be recorded and sorted for your data needs. And all these PLCs can be set up for remote monitoring or remote control.

 

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Epoxy Curing For Boats and Other Water Craft

To many people, summer means time on the lake or in the ocean boating or jet skiing. But have you ever stopped to consider how boats and other water craft are built? In almost every case, the high-tech water vessels of today use some form of fiber construction and epoxy curing.

 

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Epoxy Construction on Water Vessels

Not everyone stops to think about how their jet ski was built when their speeding across the lake at 40 mph. Nor do many think about the same sort of thing as they’re sitting in their finely crafted boat, fishing or watching friends or family water ski. But such a thought is certainly worth addressing, even if it’s long before or after all the fun is over.

Unless you’re out enjoying the water in an older, traditional wooden or aluminum boat, you’re likely sitting in a piece of modern engineering, the type that involves high-quality plastics, glass fibers (sometimes referred to as glass-reinforced plastics – aka: fiberglass) and on some occasion, even carbon fiber. Most boats and jet skis these days are built using such composite materials. And where such composites as these exist, there’s also the need for some heavy-duty resins.

Composites such as fiberglass and carbon fiber are bound together using high-grade epoxy resins. These resins both bind and coat the material in a hard, nearly impervious shell—making for very strong construction. For those familiar with epoxy curing, it’s apparent that the primary challenge is temperature. Most epoxies cure well above room temperature, and when you’re dealing with construction as big as boats, such an endeavor becomes all the more difficult.

Some boat manufacturers take a lot of time and resources to construct large ovens or rooms in which they can pump heated air in order to bring the temperature up to the ideal range for epoxy curing. As you can imagine, such an undertaking requires a lot of patients, not to mention it creates a lot of downtime.

This is why Powerblanket is pleased to offer the boat-manufacturing world a much better solution. With Powerblanket curing blankets, a manufacturer can saves thousands of dollars and hours of time just on one boat build. Our curing blankets allow epoxy to cure at its ideal temperature for as long as needed. What’s more, Powerblanket curing blankets are available in ready-to-ship and customizable sizes and shapes.

 

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Curing Epoxy Resin On Wind Turbine Blades

Whether it’s for repair or initial construction, curing epoxy resin on wind turbine blades can be a tricky endeavor. However, with the right technology, this arduous process can be a whole lot easier.

 

Curing Epoxy Resin On Wind Turbine Blades

Wind Turbines: A Large Scale Application

The typical wind turbine blade ranges in length from 116 ft. to as much as 148 ft. That accounts for a big hunk of glass-fiber or carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. Either way you look at it, the curing process involved with such a beast is certain to take a lot of space. That’s why wind turbines are often created in pieces and then secured by joints.

Very strong, high-temperature epoxies are used for this process, but as anyone who’s worked with epoxy knows, the proper curing takes some extra heat. Can you imagine building a hot box around the joint of a turbine blade? Better yet, can you imagine having to stick that huge thing in an oven? The idea sounds ludicrous, and it is when you consider that there is a much better way of approaching the problem.

Instead of being left to the need of a hot box or an oven to properly heat cure epoxy resin on wind turbines, you could apply localized heat to the area that needs to be cured. That’s right, localized heat in the form of a revolutionary heat blanket that evenly distributes heat over the entire surface area of application. In addition to the amazing ability this blanket has of transferring heat, it also has the capability to regulate it.

By using thermostatic controllers, you can use such a blanket to cure epoxy at the ideal temperature. It’s simply a matter of setting the temperature range to the proper level for your application and then waiting for it to work its magic. With customization possibilities, this blanket is available in as many sizes as necessary, so you can cure even the largest cure joint. Shoot, you could even cure the whole blade if you want.

 

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