EPIC assures project success and provides a distinct advantage over other industrial electric heat trace system providers through a:
- Robust efficiency review from experienced engineers before system design
- Complete system designand installation, prior to shipment of modular systems
- Savings of time, money and construction hours in the field
- Higher quality system through assembly and installation in our state-of-the-art shop
- Proprietary Front End Engineering (FEE) system to establish a thorough quote addressing process, electrical, insulation and equipment needs
- Complete project responsibilityfrom concept development through installation and commissioning
Selected Case Studies: Industrial Electric Heat Tracing Systems
A consumer products company approached EPIC with the need to maintain temperatures through 250 feet of piping for a hot-fill product. A power-limiting heat trace system was used to regulate voltage below 30 amps and control product flow. Read the full power limiting heat trace case study…
Key features: Powerlimiting heat tracing design and installation, 250 feet of process piping, multiple circuits, insulation
A utility company approached EPIC with a need to prevent pipe freeze-ups for over 3500+ feet of piping in a complex piping system. Heat tracing was installed during assembly of the modular pipe-racks in controlled shop conditions, which decreased on-site installation time. Read more about how the heat trace system prevents pipe freeze-up…
Key features: Self-regulating industrial electric heat trace, 3500+ feet of piping, pre-assembled modular pipe-racks, RMD welding
EPIC redesigned and implemented a heat trace system for a peak power plant to replace an inefficient and failing previous heating system. Pipe freeze-ups were eliminated with system upgrades. Read more about EPIC revamping the self-regulating heat trace system…
Key features: Self-regulating heat trace, circuit re-design, harsh environment
“With EPIC, we get an Engineer who can handle the job, and we deal directly with him. We have always had more than qualified Engineers from EPIC that could handle the work. Over the years, we have developed close working relationships with several of their people. I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing EPIC.” – Engineering and Operations Manager for the VVF, Illinois Services Company
Types of Heat Trace Systems
Industrial electric heat trace systems maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels through a heating element (example: heating cable). This feature compensates for lost heat from process system equipment or the environment. EPIC calculates heat loss for the process to design and apply the correct heat tracing, optimal thermal insulation and temperature control for your project.
We begin with a robust efficiency review from an experienced process engineer. Specifications are determined for: maintenance, ambient, start-up and maximum exposure temperatures. We utilize our Front-End Engineering (FEE) process to select the correct industrial heat trace solution, establish a thorough quotation, and determine process, electrical, insulation, and equipment needs.
Heat Trace Systems we provide, include:
- Self-Regulating – This is most commonly used for freeze protection. It usually consist of two parallel bus wires, which carry electricity but do not create heat. Self-regulating heat trace systems are separated and encased in a semi-conductive polymer, loaded with resistance materials. Voltage, usually 120 volts or 277 volts, is applied to the heat tracing. As the voltage is activated, the resistant material is heated, which causes its own resistance to rise. The higher resistance limits the current that can pass through the material and causes the heat level to decrease.
- Power-Limiting – Works similarly to self-regulating industrial electric heat trace systems but can be used for applications requiring high power output or exceed the temperature ranges of self-regulating cables. The most common power-limiting application is for maintaining heat in processes or temperature maintenance in process systems.
- Parallel Constant Watt – Normally used for maintaining process temperatures. Parallel constant watt systems are comprised of a series of heating circuits which produce a constant heat output through resistance.
- Mineral Insulated (MI) Cable – Used for higher temperature operations such as condensate piping and steam applications. Typically used for systems over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. These cables must be designed and ordered in a specific length because they cannot be cut or altered
- Heating Panels – Heating panel spread heat evenly in a blanket over their entire surface. Heating panels are most commonly used in process applications. Used for larger pieces of equipment, such as storage tanks, filter housings, etc. They come in various sizes and can be used in various combinations to heat large areas.
We work with a variety of brands, including:
Applications that may require heat tracing include:
- Pipe freeze protection
- Process heating maintenance
- Temperature regulation
- Long-line heating
- Tank heating
- Temperature control and monitoring
- Hot water temperature maintenance
- Safety shower freeze protection
Why an EPIC Industrial Heat Tracing Systems?
We are experienced at fully extracting your technical, operational and commercial specifications. We combine those with our knowledge of process capabilities, scale-up, and modular design/build to make it happen. Our process for building complete modular process plants includes:
- Utilizing Front-End Engineering to ensure the proper steps are taken during project scope development
- Modular design/fabrication that reduces traditional downtime through parallel construction and results in cost-savings, increased safety and faster project delivery. Learn more about the benefits of modular…
- Maintaining an open door client policy to promote innovation and communicate. We invite clients to visit EPIC throughout projects
- Imparting a transfer of knowledge, not just basic training, for the systems and equipment we provide
For a better solution, contact EPIC today.