Trace heating on pipelines

Trace heating monitoring Simple assurance via current measurement

  • Increased system availability with the early detection of trace heating failures and prevention of system downtimes
  • Increased economic efficiency of your system through the optimization of your energy consumption
  • Low installation and maintenance costs with wireless technology and the elimination of complex cabling
  • Quick and easy installation with a pre-assembled, ready-to-use control box
Trace heating in a processing plant

Reliably avoid unplanned system shutdowns with trace heating monitoring

Monitoring is essential

Pipe trace heating systems are permanently exposed to harsh ambient conditions and age accordingly. Older trace heating systems are often connected to the mains only via a fuse, so failures often go unnoticed.

In the event of a failure, the entire operation usually comes to a standstill, which causes considerable financial losses. For this reason, the individual trace heating systems are examined regularly during a special inspection round. Individual trace heating monitoring for aging equipment provides a remedy.

Status information on a tablet in a processing plant with pipe trace heating

Monitoring pipe trace heating increases availability

Up-to-date status information provides transparency

By monitoring the current of the heating, it is possible to ensure that the medium to be transported arrives at its destination. This method ensures that an open circuit, short circuit, or insulation fault can be identified.

The current of the heating system is measured by our current transducers. These devices are combined with our wireless system to transmit the measuring signals to the control room without the need for complex cabling.

Pipe trace heating in a winter landscape

In processing plants, it is essential that the piping systems are heated in winter

Reduced energy consumption

Often, the trace heating systems are simply turned on at the beginning of the cold season, especially in older processing plants. This happens regardless of whether this is even necessary. By taking the respective outside temperatures into consideration, the costs for many kilowatt hours and, in larger plants, even megawatt hours of electricity can be quickly saved.

A temperature sensor ensures that the heating is only turned on when required via a configurable limit switch. Using a small-scale controller enables closed-loop control to be performed correctly. In this scenario, the heat output is adjusted by means of pulse width modulation.

Trace heating monitoring featuring modular expansion

Benefit from our pre-assembled and ready-to-use control box: The Radioline client can communicate with up to 99 servers. In the server station, the communication module can be extended with any type of I/O module, such as with a 4-channel analog input module. A suitable current transformer is connected via the current transducer, which measures the current in the trace heating system.

Interactive image map: Topological structure of a pipe trace heating monitoring system
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