Reason You Need an Oil Tank Heater Blanket

Fall is here and winter is fast approaching. For facility managers, this can be a difficult time of year as cold weather is often challenging and they must keep equipment and personnel operating despite the lower temperatures. What can oil and gas companies do to ensure their product is kept safe from winter weather? One solution is to use an oil tank heater blanket. Here are some of the main reasons why you should consider purchasing one for your company. 

 

  • Heater blankets can help maintain proper oil flow: In the oil and gas industry, winter means frozen pipes and faulty equipment. It can also mean that the flow of oil from your tanks and into its pipes can be greatly slowed down as the cold weather increases the viscosity of oil. In fact, under certain circumstances oil can run more like sludge than oil. An oil tank heater blanket can keep fluids at optimum flowing temperatures, letting your oil move through pipelines as it should.

  • Heater blankets increase with storage capacity: Natural gas and propane both naturally condense in cold weather. The result can decrease the pressure in the tanks in which they are stored. This reduction decreases the amount of gas you will have to work with. An oil tank heater blanket can resolve this problem by preventing your tanks from getting too cold. Thus, they will be able to maintain the right amount of pressure. This will stop gas from dissipating in the form of vapor.

  • Heater blankets help prevent valves from freezing: The oil inside tanks is not the only thing that a heater blanket can protect. It can also protect valves which often freeze up during the winter months. Additionally, keeping valves open and in good operating condition can help you avoid serious safety issues. 

To wrap things up, there is no need for your plant to be less productive during the winter simply because you do not have an oil tank heater blanket. Take the necessary precautions now to protect products, men and equipment so that you do not encounter an emergency situation that ends up shutting down your operations. Browse our site for cartridge, band and immersion heaters too. Our products can help to improve your facility’s safety and efficiency.  

Molding Machine Maintenance Tips

One of the most common uses of our heating elements is in molding machines. Although preventative molding machine maintenance seems like it should be a no-brainer, some owners take these machines for granted. This is when problems occur that can affect a business. To prove that the importance of preventative maintenance isn’t a mystery, here is some information about molding machines and how to keep them in tip top shape.

 

  • Conduct a maintenance check before and after every cycle: The whole idea of machine maintenance is to catch problems before they develop. By conducting a check with every cycle, you will be able to keep parts to spec and ensure that no debris or other foreign matter can damage the mold.

  • Clean mold cavities with a gentle solvent: One drawback to mold machines is that residue can begin to accumulate within the cavity affecting the shape of your parts. The solution: Clean your mold using a gentle solvent so that you can avoid this problem from occurring and potentially damaging your machine and your products.

  • Use compressed air to blow out dust, debris and water: Sometimes a gentle solvent alone is not sufficient to clean out more complex molds. In these cases, compressed air is usually enough to clean out molds before they can cause damage during the production cycle.

  • Be sure that the entire mold dries before storing: Water can damage metal molds. Be sure that you dry your mold if you choose to clean them with water as rust can develop and result in a large proportion of rejected pieces.

  • Note when maintenance was last performed: Make sure that you know when maintenance was last performed on your machine(s) and who conducted the inspection. This will let you know when the next check is needed and will help to keep employees accountable for regular maintenance.

Different machines and different businesses have different thermal demands. Moreover, optimizing your machine components performance should never be an afterthought. Choose one of our heaters and be assured that their manufacturers have behind them a wealth of industry knowledge. We sell a variety of products from oil tank heater blankets to strip heaters.  

 

Coil Heaters: Types and Uses

Heater coils are mostly resistive elements that consume whole active power and dissipate the same as heat. It uses the Jule effect (H= I2 x R x t), in order to produce this heat. Overheating is the main cause of heater failures since every heater has a certain power dissipation capability beyond that it can fail. Knowing the options available and the common uses for each electric coil heater type can help you, as a businessperson, choose the best coil heater for your needs. Let’s look at various kinds of coil heaters and their uses. 

  • Flat coil heater: This kind of heater is relatively simple in design. It is a heater that is wound around a flat coil. Thus, it is easy to place inside a variety of objects due to this flat shape. Uses: This kind of heater is most often used in injection molding machines for plastic and metal of varying sizes. Warning: Do not use this coil for temperatures exceeding 1000 F for extended periods of time.

  • Maxi coil heaters: These have larger physical dimensions (10mm wide x 3.8mm high) and are suitable for increased wattage and robust working condition requirements. Their bigger size makes them ideal for large injection molding machines or large die casting machines and metal molding equipment.

  • Axial clamp heater: Axial clamp mini coil heaters are a proven performer for high cavitation applications including pre-forms, caps and closures, and razors. This kind of heating element is suited for high caution applications.

  • Formable coil heater: As the name implies, a formable coil heater is a heater that can conform to a variety of shapes without damaging the heating elements contained within. Because this element is so flexible, it is excellent at heating challenging objects.

  • Round coil heater: Round coil heaters are simple in design and are capable of heating a variety of tricky objects. 

So, which coil heater you use depends on your business needs. We can provide you with powerful and efficient radiant heaters as well as a Watlow cartridge heater and coil heaters. We also sell temperature sensors and accessories to meet your commercial requirements. Our manufacturers are the top names in the business including Watlow, Osram Slyvania, Chromalox, Next Thermal and others. 

Tips for Effectively Cleaning and Maintaining both Your Factory and its Equipment

There has been much interest lately in the safety and cleanliness of manufacturing companies in light of the COVID19 crisis. We’ll walk you through four effective methods of cleaning and maintaining your equipment so that you can avoid expensive downtime, keep your crew and the public safe and meet your goals on schedule.

  • Train and educate employees: Your employees are the most important partners there are in your company’s efforts to keep the factory and your machines safe and clean. Dedicate some time each week towards employee training them so that they know to observe sanitation protocols such as distancing, mask and glove wearing, hand washing, etc.
  • Employ pressure washers and water cannons: Where applicable, use pressure washers to clean off certain types of equipment. Pressure washers are small-scale, limited to about 510 gallons per minute. Water cannons are far more powerful, and their flow is around 20-150 gallons per minute or more.
  • Schedule regular lubrication: Regular lubrication will help your machines run more efficiently and it will help keep dirt and grime from building up inside of them. 
  • Set up sanitation stations: Set up stations where employees can wash their hands with soap or where they can disinfect them with hand sanitizer. Set them up all throughout your factor and not just in or near restrooms.
  • Keep accurate records: Maintain records of when each major piece of machinery was serviced and/or cleaned. By using this method, you will be able to spare yourself from doing more work than you have to do and you will avoid neglecting machinery you thought you’d already managed. 
  • Monitor air quality: The main way that COVID19 spreads is via the air. Monitor and maintain the air quality in your facility and you will help reduce the spread of this and other viruses.

In short, a clean, safe working environment is vital to the packaging of certain items ranging from food and beverage to personal hygiene products. It is also important for manufacturers to purchase high quality custom cartridge heaters for their packaging machines. We sell a variety of custom cartridge heaters and hot air heaters from leading manufacturers like Watlow, Chromalox, Marathon, NexThermal, Tempco and others.  

Good Thermocouple Practices: 4 Tips for Extending the Life of Temperature Sensors

Thermocouples are dependable temperature measuring devices that will provide trouble-free service and long life under the proper conditions. However some problems may be encountered resulting from improper application or operation. While many factors contribute to thermocouple life expectancy, the following are simple guidelines than can help you get the most out of these sensors

  • Selection of thermocouple type: The first rule of thermocouple use is to choose a type that matches your operational needs. For example, low temperature, high accuracy requirements, requires the use of a type “T” thermocouple. On the other hand, with high temperature metals processing and heat treatment, a platinum metals type “S” is more appropriate. 
  • Avoid tip deformation: Make sure that the probe fits securely into the bore that it is meant to go into. Temperature sensors should not have to be forced into place. If the sensors are not easy to install then you may deform the thermocouples. 
  • Account for the effects of heating cycles: K type thermocouples are designed for use at a single or progressively higher temperature. Thus, they are their most accurate under these circumstances. With a continuous cycle of temperatures, errors may begin to occur. Thus, you should make sure the thermocouple stays in optimum condition and you should conduct regular checks of the equipment. 
  • Periodic checks: This may seem an obvious point to most of you but it is important that you check the condition of your thermocouple on a regular basis. Ideally, this should be done monthly. Doing so will put you on notice for signs of excessive corrosion, oxidization, general wear and tear and physical damage. If any of these conditions are excessive, you should consider replacing the part immediately.

If you would like to find out more about thermocouples and how to maximize their life expectancy, please feel free to contact us. Our team of experts, here at Jobco Supply possesses strong knowledge and experience in this area. Not only can they advise you on the best thermocouple for your needs, they can also offer useful tips and advice on its maintenance. Additionally, we sell quality coil heaters and custom cartridge heaters that we can help you to get the most out of your new equipment. Give us a call today at 479-424-1300  

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 JobcoSupply.com 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.

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