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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.

Is There a Plugin -Pre-terminated Heat Trace Cable?

Yes, Canstal Heat Trace solutions offers the pre-terminated plug in heat trace cable that can be plugged-in directly to a regular plug in outlet, Canstal’s plug in heat trace cable is already pre-terminated-uniquely molded to a GFIC-Ground Fault Protection Device.

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 freeze protection and maintain 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. 

Can a PVC pipe be heat Traced

Yes, most important factor to consider is to keep the heat trace high setpoint temperature for the temperature controller below the PCV pipe exposer temperature. any type of Heat trace cable can used to heat PVC pipes. its recommended to use the self regulating heat trace cable, The SR heat trace cable is safe to install only without a temperature controller, this is mainly used for the freeze protection application. 

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. 

Can heat trace touch itself?

All types of Heat Tracing cables must not touch themselves, and the only exception is the Self-regulating heating cable used for gutter and roof snow melting. 

What is a heat trace system?

A heat tracing system is called for connecting the Heat tracing cable to the temperature controller with a temperature sensor. 

Does self-regulating heat trace need a thermostat?

Self-regulating heat tracing cable needs a thermostat only when there is a need to maintain a certain/specific temperature. 

What is the difference between self-regulating and constant wattage heat trace?

Generally, the self-regulating cable has variable wattage/heat output, the constant wattage heating cable provide constant heat output. The constant wattage heating cable is used for higher temperature applications. The constant wattage cable provides a longer circuit length comparing to the self-regulating heating cable. The self-regulating heating cable has a higher inrush current. generally the SR heat trace cable can have water proof jacketing,  the self regulating cable can be placed inside water lines, gutters and downspouts.

How hot does self regulating heat tape get?

The self-regulating heat tracing cable has different types,  there is a warm heating cable that can reach a maximum of 65C(150F) using a temperature controller. The Hot self-regulating heat tracing cable can reach a maximum of 250C(482F) using a temperature controller. 

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