Heat Tracing

Heat tracing is used when plant processes require a minimum critical temperature, especially in cold weather conditions, and thermal insulation by itself is not sufficient to maintain this critical temperature. For heat tracing to be affective, it is necessary to apply thermal insulation covers or hard insulation over the installed heat tracing. The thermal insulation provides a dual benefit, protecting personal from potential burns and preventing heat loss into the environment.

ThermoHelp engineers will work with you to integrate heat tracing into your existing plant. ThermoHelp provides two types of heat tracing: steam or electrical heat cable. For steam heat tracing, ¼” to ¾” stainless steel or copper tubing is used. If heat tracing is applied to equipment located outside, 2” thick insulation is usually applied on top of the heat tracing. If the equipment is located inside, 1” thick insulation is usually sufficient.

ThermoHelp uses thermal insulating covers designed for application with heat tracing. These covers contain inner loops to hold the tracing and evenly distribute heat. The covers also aid in the ease of installation and removal for inspection or maintenance.