From simple, single circuit frost protection systems, to a complete manufacturing process plant with advanced control and monitoring, Diamond Controls provide complete trace heating management systems which match the diverse requirements from a vast range of industries.
A trace heating system application will require a sequence of carefully managed processes to get from the original customer’s requirement to a fully commissioned system. We are able to utilise our vast expertise and experience to guide our valued clients through these processes to deliver a safe, efficient and reliable system.
As part of Diamond Controls commitment to safety, when installing trace heating in hazardous areas (defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as areas where there is potential for dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres), equipment needs to be selected carefully and systems designed within the constraints of these areas.
Our trace heating system designs for hazardous areas are carried out by qualified designers qualified to CompEx EX12 (Application Design Engineers Core competence certification). Used in conjunction with Raychem’s design software package, we are able to provide full heat loss and design calculations which demonstrate to our valued clients that their specifications have been interpreted correctly. Installation and commissioning of our trace heating in these zoned locations are executed by our CompEx (EX1-4) electricians and fully documented within the requirements of BS EN 60079-14
Extensive insurance covers us for the design and installation of our trace heating and leak detection systems in hazardous areas as we have the experience, training, knowledge and processes in place to prove our competence, another reason to give our clients the confidence they need when operating in this environment.
We have invested in being able to give you the peace of mind that you need when solutions in these locations are called for.
Frost protection is the most common application for trace heating. A trace heating cable replaces the energy lost through the insulation to maintain the pipe or vessel fluid temperature above the freezing point of the liquid, but each application has different considerations and restrictions. Our installations take into account these factors and are delivered to the client as a low maintenance, reliable system.
When water freezes in pipework, in the least, is inconvenient and can prevent systems from working, but when this happens in a situation that is critical to the operation of a process, this can cause downtime and expensive delays. In a more disruptive scenario, freezing water can cause pipework and fittings to break, causing costly water damage to machinery and equipment. Even more seriously a frozen water pipe to a safety shower could seriously jeopardize the safety of site personnel in the event of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Our complete heat management system approach incorporates Raychem frost protection trace heating cables with varying technologies, control systems and components and accessories that are appropriate to the location where they are needed.
Process Temperature Maintenance
A well designed trace heating temperature maintenance system will maintain a fluid at the client’s specific temperature, or range of temperatures either within a pipeline or a vessel, using the correctly applied cable heating technology, controls and components.
There is a massive range of industries and manufacturers that utilise the advantages of trace heating systems, from food and beverage processing, agro chemicals, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and many other manufacturing processes. These all require process lines and storage vessels to be kept at a specific temperature and in many cases, within hazardous areas.
Many manufactured liquid products require a method of maintaining temperatures, in order that it can be transported from one point to another within a plant, or prevented from degrading or solidifying as the temperature drops from heat loss through the thermal insulation.
Correctly maintained pipeline and vessel temperatures can also assist in making processes more efficient and prevent additional wear and tear on pumps, and prevent blocked filters when the viscosity of a product is maintained at the correct level.
Our proven track record in total heat management systems approach gives our clients the confidence that we can deliver the required solution.