Choosing the Right Cartridge Heater

As you probably already know, there are a number of different kinds of cartridge heaters depending primarily upon your intended use and the environment where they will be utilized. Thus, it is vital that you choose the correct one for your needs since the wrong type can adversely affect your business and even the safety of your workers. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a cartridge heater that you may find useful.

Know the specifications of the heater you need. These include:

  • Overall Length
  • Unheated length
  • Lead Length
  • Lead Type (if different than standard)
  • Diameter
  • Voltage
  • Wattage
  • Additional performance options or end products (ex. Moisture resistance, anti-seize coating, flange, etc.)

Determine the kind of physical environment in which it will be used.

How will the heater you use be mounted in relation to materials that it may be in direct contact with? If it is mounted near dissimilar materials such as aluminum or brass some leakage could occur. You will also have to know whether or not the heater will be exposed to contaminants. Choosing the right cartridge is critical so that you can avoid spending downtime repairing or replacing the mechanism.

Know the temperatures you unit will be exposed to.

Naturally, knowing what degree of heat your cartridge will be exposed to will determine the type of sheathing you will need. Some units are sheathed with 304 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel. Others are sheathed with a super-alloy known as Incoloy®. This will not only determine how your machinery will function, it will also determine the lifespan of your heater. cartridge

We would venture to say that most people have no idea what a cartridge is let alone how one works. That’s fine. We understand that. It just seems funny to us that so many people are clueless about a device that plays such a vital role in food production facilities, chemical engineering plants, fuel cells, extrusion machines, die casting operations and numerous other sectors. We have coil heaters that are suitable for all kinds of machinery and for many different applications. Just be sure that you select the right product. We can also help you there as well. We have a Watlow cartridge heater than can be used in many industries.

Extending Tutco SureHeat Air Heater Life

What are you looking for–Drum Heaters, Barrel Heaters, or  Pail Heaters?

Drum heater blankets are extremely useful for keeping your oil and liquids at the correct process temperatures.  No more frozen liquids or temperature-related viscosity issues, when you are using a Powerblanket barrel heater during icy weather conditions.

With a PowerBlanket drum heater or pail heater, it’s possible to say good-bye to band heaters, blowers, heating belts, and cumbersome heat ovens. You can get rid of them, because PowerBlanket heaters benefit from the patented GreenHeat Technology.  This even heating technology can be found in every heater and is highly effective for low energy consumption results. Powerblanket drum heaters and bucket heaters are also available for fixed temperature applications or adjustable temperature requirements, so your drum materials will never be overheated or underheated again.

Lab studies show Powerblanket drum heaters, bucket heaters, & cylinder heaters to be significantly more effective than band heaters at warming and insulating drums, buckets, pails, gas cylinders, and IBC totes. Powerblanket heaters provide quick heat with a simplified setup procedure, and they are a reasonably priced!

PowerBlanket Drum Heater Blanket Highlights:

  • Use as a heating blanket for metal AND poly drums, barrels, and pails
  • Use as a propane tank heater or a compressed gas tank warmer
  • Provides barrel heating and bucket warming of water, petroleum, chemicals, and food products
  • Maximum freeze protection to -40 deg F/-40 deg C
  • Insulated full wrap design that holds the heat in and provides a barrier to the outdoor Artic temperatures
  • Certified to UL/CSA safety standards
  • New Rapid-Ramp heat technology available on select models for heating in half the time
  • Adjustable thermostat options for accurate temperature control

Why Do We Need Concrete Curing Blankets?

Concrete curing CANNOT take place on a surface, if it is frozen, if it is below freezing temperature, or if it has snow, ice, or frost on it.  So during those bitter cold months, there is no concrete curing without Powerblanket’s electric concrete blankets.  These heat blankets have a proprietary Green Heat technology to speed up the concrete curing time, which results in a better surface hardness and improved abrasion resistance.

More Benefits of Insulated Concrete Blankets

Electric curing blankets also help to prevent concrete freezing, concrete cracking, and rapid concrete drying during a wet cure process.  These concrete blankets can also help to deliver a superior finished product.

Used internationally by contractors during the wintry months, the PowerBlanket heat blankets help to extend the construction work season along with speeding up your schedule for completed jobs.  Concrete insulation blankets can be used for curing bridge decks, precast foundations, and other curing needs during subzero weather.  The PowerBlanket Multi-Duty concrete curing blankets can heat up to 110 degrees F, which makes them ideal for constructions sites in the winter months and the northern states.

PowerBlankets can be used for Ground Thawing, too.

In addition, a concrete curing blanket can be used for thawing frozen ground or as a snow melting mat.  The Extra Hot concrete blankets can heat up to 170 degrees F.

Results can vary due to the temperature outside, the wind speed, the moisture content of the ground, and the type of ground, (i.e. soil, sand, grass, gravel, etc.), but ongoing data suggests that your Powerblanket can thaw the ground with its heated section approximately 12 inches deep in a 24 hour period.  It is important to remember that snow and ice are terrible conductors of heat, so they need to be shoveled or scraped away before applying your Powerblanket to get the deepest penetration of heat beneath your frozen ground surface.

Order your Extra-Hot or Multi-Duty PowerBlanket today to keep your ground thawed by calling to get your PowerBlanket products at 479-424-1300.

Tutco SureHeat (Sylvania) Air Heater Failures Due to Voltage Overshoot or Zero Airflow

Element failures caused by voltage overshoot while airflow was present.  Since the airflow was present, the damage occurred only at the air exit end. download

This element had a voltage overshoot with airflow, but not enough to keep the ENTIRE length of the heater element below 1900F.  Damage occurred at the middle and air exit ends.

Element failure caused by applying voltage when there is zero airflow.  Please note the damage occurs along the entire length of the coiled element.