Regulate Cold and Save this Winter with Electrical Heat Tracing
South African organisations face escalating energy usage and expenditure - during colder months - all in an effort to run operations within prescribed temperature perimeters.
Fortunately, technology innovation has led to some effective solutions that enable manufacturers to keep products at an optimal temperature, lowering viscosity and ensuring that it is easier to transport around the plant during the colder months.
One such solution is electrical heat tracing (EHT) which can assist plant and process managers to alleviate stubborn viscosity sensitive products and processes.
How electrical heat tracing can help you
EHT lowers the viscosity of many processes as it acts as a compensating heat source to maintain or raise the heat in pipes, tanks, surfaces and other vessels. It effectively replaces the heat loss in the process and can therefore be used to prevent product from gelling or freezing, whilst maintaining the low viscosity of the process on plant equipment.
Heat tracing can also provide significant cost reductions and energy conservation as it regulates temperature ensuring that during uncharacteristically cold days, other costly sources such as flange or gas heater don’t have to be used to compensate for unplanned heat loss.
Explains Peter Stone, Managing Director of eltherm South Africa, a global EHT supplier: “Electrical heat tracing can assist plant and process managers alleviate stubborn viscosity sensitive products and processes. This has the benefit of ensuring that pumps don’t malfunction due to cavitation and pipes don’t get blocked, mitigating costly repairs and maintenance.”
Book a Free Heat Tracing Assessment
Eltherm South Africa is a global electrical heat tracing supplier. Together with their team of engineers, they offer turnkey solutions to ensure that you are running at optimum capacity though the winter months.
You can book a free on-site Heat Tracing Maintenance Assessment here or call 011 326-6475.
The benefits of self-regulating heat tracing
Eltherms self-regulating EHT provides a controlled wattage, effectively maintaining a fixed target temperature without external control. This in turn drives down time spent to maintain temperature as well as continuously adjusting the temperature or worse be caught unawares as it becomes colder.
Self-regulating EHT therefore reduces power output as temperature increases and conversely increases it systematically as the temperature lowers which in turn leads to improved energy efficiency.
Prevent freeze damage on water pipes with EHT
Winter not only impacts industry, colder days and the resultant higher viscosity can also impact domestic water supply as well as reliable drainage of rain and waste water, leading to freeze damage and ultimately frozen and burst pipes.
To prevent freeze damage, EHT can be installed on these pipes, preventing them from freezing. Again, a customised, self-regulating heat tracing solution is developed, installed and monitored to ensure pipes are warm enough throughout the winter months
EHT can maintain and lower the viscosity of liquids in many industries and applications such as:
- Petrochemical industry;
- Food & Bev such as glucose, chocolates, fats, vegetable and palm oils and other syrups;
- Automotive manufacturing processes such as glues and oils; and
- Brewing – maltose and dextrose.
- CSP Plants
- Coal-fired power plants
Winter is coming! 4 Easy Steps to prep your plant for winter
Ensure your plant and processes are ready for a drop in temperature.
Download eltherm’s handy Heat Tracing Maintenance Infographic which will help you perform a heat tracing system assessment today, before the cold weather arrives. This preparation is instrumental to avoid costly mistakes of last minute emergencies.
About eltherm South Africa:
eltherm South Africa features a national footprint and includes a highly qualified and experienced team that offers a turnkey solution to many specialist industries such as EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction), Bitumen, Automotive, Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Mining, Food and Beverage and Renewable Energy with specific focus on CSP.
Globally, the eltherm group is regarded as one of the leading providers of electrical heat tracing systems. Notwithstanding the company’s comprehensive manufacturing operations, it retains its core competency as an engineering design company operating from 11 locations across the world with a staff force of 265.