Trace heating is used in many different industries and offers a practical solution too many common heat related issues. Trace heating is most commonly used in chemical plants, food and beverage production and storage, pharmaceutical settings, domestic, construction and water and utility industries. People may also know trace heating as electric surface heating but both terms refer to the same thing. In trace heating heat tape is applied to an object or a pipe and this maintains the temperature of what is stored inside. There are a number of different types of heat tape to choose from and which one you will need will depend on its intended use. The most common type of heat tape used in trace heating is known as self-regulating heat tape.
Trace heating systems offer one of the most effective methods for maintaining a certain temperature and are also one of the safest methods.
In situations where pipework is outside or in other areas where it is at frisk of freezing trace heating along with heat tape can prevent the pipes freezing up. Water and other fluids in pipes will freeze in cold weather and companies need a means of preventing this from happening. The trace heating cable will be run along the bottom of the pipes and taped in place. When this is energised the self-regulating cable will ensure that the pipes temperature in maintained above freezing. Trace heating pipes and heat tape should always be insulated to help protect them from frost also.
Trace heating and heat tape are not just used in cold conditions to prevent pipes freezing they are also used in many industries just to maintain the temperature of certain fluids for various purposes. Trace heating is very effective as it directs heat directly at the pipes which are then insulated to ensure this heat doesn’t escape. Trace heating systems using heat tape are designed to only ever reach a certain temperature that is specific for the purpose of their use. This is what makes them very safe as they can never overheat offering a very safe part of the heating system.