Electric trace heating , also known as surface heating, was initially developed in the 1930s when mineral insulated cables were used to produce heat. Since then, the technology has been continuously extended, with control systems appearing in the 1970s. Nowadays, trace heating typically comprises a heating element running along a length of pipe, which is then thermally insulated to reduce heat loss. Read More

In winter, buildings often fall victim to frozen pipes, which can cause the pipe to burst. Trace heating offers frost protection by maintaining the temperature of the pipe. Similarly, this type of system can be employed to de-ice gutters, roofs and doorframes.

Trace heating can also be used to maintain the temperature of hot water service pipes, as well as process pipes that transport fluids that may congeal at low temperatures, in industrial applications such as food processing, chemical industry or power plants.

Typical system components include heating cables, jackets, mats and tape. Components are manufactured in accordance with IEEE standards 515 and 622, BS 6351, and IEC standard 60208.

Trace heating can also be used for underfloor heating. However, dedicated underfloor heating systems can be found elsewhere on the website. 

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Trace heating- helping you find the best companies for your project.

  • Flexelec: FLEXDRUM drum heaters - TCF - TCF/TV
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    Flexelec: FLEXMAT - T - TA -TV silicon and aluminium heating mats

    Flexelec

    Trace heating

    FLEXELEC has been designing and producing flexible heating elements for all kinds of temperature maintenance for more than 25 years. As well as their own production facility, Flexelec offers a high level of customer service to ensure the best solution for each project, from the design stages through to the production of prototypes. FLEXELEC...
    Unit 11, Kings Park Industrial Estate, Primrose Hill, Kings Langley, WD4 8ST
    Phone: 01923 274477  Fax: 01923 270264  Visit website
  • Chromalox UK .

    Trace heating

    Manufactures heat and control systems for process applications. Screwplug immersion heaters screw directly through threaded openings in tank walls to heat liquids, viscous fluids, forced air and gases. A 360° rotatable housing is available on most models to facilitate easy conduit connections. The heaters have an output of up to 40kW. Flanged and...
    Unit 1.22 2 Purley Way , Lombard House, Purley Way, Surrey, CR0 3JP
    Phone: 0208 665 8900  Fax: 0208 689 0571  Visit website
  • Cochran

    Trace heating

    Designs, manufactures and installs steam and hot water boiler systems, combustion equipment and ancillary equipment for industrial and commercial applications. A full range of support services is provided, including turnkey boilerhouse supply, installation, project management, international commissioning, maintenance and spare parts supply. Boiler...
    Newbie Works, Annan, DG12 5QU
    Phone: 01461 202111  Fax: 01461 205511  Visit website
  • Cross Electrical (Nottingham)

    Trace heating

    Design, manufacture, supply and installation of industrial and commercial electrical trace heating systems. Heating cables range from high resistance cables for short to medium length requirements at temperatures up to 230°C to single conductor, mineral-insulated cables in three different metal sheaths for temperatures up to 800°C. Also offers...
    Trace Works, Debdale Lane, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5HN
    Phone: 0115 937 5121  Fax: 0115 937 5116  Visit website
  • D3 Manufacturing

    Trace heating

    Supplies drum heating jackets for industrial applications. Drum base heaters and metal and silicone rubber band-type heaters can be supplied to order. Immersion heaters, spiral nozzle heaters, tubular heaters and plate heaters are also available, together with thermocouple sensors and controls....
    156 Bordesley Middleway, Stratford Street North, Birmingham, B11 1BN
    Phone: 0121 772 0033  Fax: 0121 772 6856  Visit website
  • EXHEAT Pte

    Trace heating

    Manufactures industrial drum heaters, including a silicone rubber insulated, side drum heater for applying heat to 25-200 litre drums. Used for the melting of low melting point solids such as paraffin, resins, chocolate, soaps and fats, or for increasing the flow of thick viscous liquids such as syrup, honey, paint and varnishes, the heater has a...
    Threxton Road Industrial Estate, Watton, Thetford, IP25 6NG
    Phone: 01953 886200  Fax: 01953 886222  Visit website
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