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5 Essential tips for install Heat Trace System

5 Essential tips for install heat trace system

  • Do not exceed the circuit limit, the heat trace circuit load has to be balanced, and the inrush current has to be considered before installing a any type of heat trace cable/system, you need to consult Canstal heat trace engineering team to help you size the heat trace circuit/zone.
  • Without proper heat loss calculation, proper amperage calculation and inrush current calculation you are facing a risk of failing to energize the heat trace system.
  • Allow around 3 feet extra for the power and end side of the heat trace zone.
  • Sizing the power distribution cable is one of the most important thing to do before hooking up the heat trace system to the power cable, need to follow the electrical code, sizing the power cable based on the load, amperage and breaker size.
  • Protect the cable from any physical damage, need to follow the instruction in the design guide for any possible  banding radius.

What is Self-Regulating Heat Trace Cable (SR)?

What is Self-Regulating Heat Trace Cable (SR)?

Self-Regulating Heat Tracing Cable (SR) is a selfregulating heating cable that provides maximum freeze protection for pipelines and vessels. it can be used for other applications for a snow melt and de-icing such as roof, gutter and downspouts. The selfregulating heating cable automatically varies its heat output as the surrounding temperature changes. The cable it operates in the only following voltages, 120,208,220,240,277.

What are the heat trace temperature control methods?

What are the heat trace control methods?

There are three recommended methods of heat tracing control Sensor:

    • Manual Control: No temperature controller or temperature sensor available in this option, the Heat Trace system can be manually turned ON/OFF  using a switch or from the break panel.
    • Ambient Control: Heat Trace system will be controlled and sensing using one sensor (RTD) placed near by the controller to read the ambition temperature, this method mainly used for a freeze protection for pipe heat trace.
    • Line Sensing: This method used applying heat using temperature controller and temperature sensor for each line to maintain a specific required temperature mainly used on critical pipes in refiners and chemical plants, The line sensing Heat Trace system must be a proved by Professional Engineer.

What is pipe heat trace?

Pipe Heat Tracing is a service provided using several types of heat trace cables for different types of applications such as pipe freeze protection and pipe maintain high temperature. The heat tracing cable can be controlled by a temperature controller using a temperature sensor. often pipes must be insulated after installing the heat trace to reduce the heat loss in the pipes and to protect the heat trace cable from the physical damages.

What is heat trace cable? what it can be used for?

What is heat trace cable? what it can be used for?

The heat trace cable, is a heating cable with unique features controlled by temperature controller, Heat Trace cable it can be used for several reasons but the most common use is for freeze protection, snow melting and maintain temperature. There are several types of heating cables available in the market such as Self-regulating heat trace cable, Mineral insulated heat tracing cable, constant watt heat tracing cable. Some heating cables must be selected by engineers due to the cable’s higher temperature.