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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.  

Signs Your Immersion Heater Needs to be Replaced

One way to lower equipment costs for businesses is to make sure that each piece of equipment functions to its full potential. When it comes to heating elements this can be quite a challenge. Such equipment does indeed have a limited life. However, when an immersion heater fails it is not always due to age. There are other factors that can lead to failure. 

Common Element Failures

Elements that are poorly maintained will eventually create poor heat transfer and inevitably fail after a period of time. However, before replacing, check the heater and the system to make sure it is not simply a buildup of sludge or sediment causing the issue. Sometimes the fix can be as easy as cleaning away debris from the element. Here, we outline some of the most common reasons why this happens and how to know when replacement is necessary.

Missing thermal protector: This could be caused by the protector being removed during installation or prior to servicing. WARNING: Do not operate heaters without thermal protection. 

No power/electrical fusing: This is often caused by the main disconnect being in an off position; open protector(s) or defective circuit breaker on main; loose or disconnected wiring. 

Thermostat not turning heater on (new installations): This will occur when the thermal protector is not connected to terminal blocks in control.

Heater blowing electrical protectors: The protector size must be consistent with the rating information stamped on heater nameplate/installation tag. 

Repair or Replace?

The main consideration businesses must make when deciding whether to repair or replace an immersion heater is the costs and benefits of repair vs. replacement. Depending on the situation you can either repair or replace the heater. If the damage is severe then replacement might be the better option. A second thing to consider is the value. It is not always viable to constantly repair an older unit even if it is possible. A newer immersion heater will simply give you greater value and last longer than your present unit which has probably seen better days. 

In the final analysis, no heating element lasts forever. However, when certain precautions are taken your immersion heater can have a life that is as long as any other vital equipment you own. Moreover, our custom cartridge heaters are also made to fit the needs of all kinds of businesses. Check out our models and the specs and you will see how they can be an asset to your company. 

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