Freeze Prevention

November 16, 2012 by  
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freeze prevention for IBC Totes

Freeze Prevention – Millions of IBC Totes are found in warehouses, freight cars, loading docks, and trailer beds.  While transporting them may be relatively easy, keeping their contents from freezing is far from a walk in the park.  Millions of dollars annually are lost due to spoiled/frozen IBC products including food, dairy, chemicals, polyurethane, petroleum, and other temperature sensitive materials.

So just how do you keep a tote full of honey or resin or polyurethane at optimal temperatures?  The answer is… IT DEPENDS… depends on several factors like:

1. What are the external ambient temperatures working against you?  Wind?  Rain?  Humidity?

2. What is the material you are trying to heat?

3. Are you trying to increase or maintain temperature?

4. Will you be transporting the IBC Totes?

5. Will the Totes be exposed to snow and ice?

Then there are other factors to consider like viscosity, price, and the list goes on and on.  Generally speaking we recommend two types of devices for heating tote materials although they are very different in application.

The first is an immersion heater.  Immersion heaters have been used for decades to heat liquids inside drums, buckets, totes, and tanks.  Although immersion heaters do heat up quickly, there is a tendency for them to burn product and corrode quickly… both factors you want to avoid when dealing with expensive compounds.

The second is an insulated jacket or electric blanket that wraps around the plastic or metal tote, offering a barrier of warmth and insulation to an otherwise very exposed surface.  The most reliable and efficient tote blanket heaters we observed are manufactured by either Powerblanket , ProMAX or Brisk-Heat.  On the surface they look very similar, but the Powerblanket offers great bang for the buck with their patented Heat Spreading Technology and UL / CSA classification.  The Powerblanket model also includes the removable top cover, which BriskHeat charges $295 as an upgrade.  You’ll save approximately $400 to $500 with a Powerblanket.

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Where To Buy DEF

November 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Freeze Prevention

Where to buy DEF – Whether you’re looking to refill your vehicle with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) or buy an IBC Tote filled with the blue stuff… we provide the locations and solutions to your problem, READ ON.

Where to Buy DEFThe following links of DEF providers and producers is provided to help you located a dealer nearest you.  Many of these companies have location throughout the US & Canada and can be found on their website or by calling them direct.

DEF must be maintained at specific temperatures in order to avoid spoiling or denigrating the product.  For example, Diesel Exhaust Fluid will begin to crystallize at 12°F.  It can also lose its potency if stored for prolonged periods over 86°F.  Great care should be taken to protect DEF from high and low temperatures.  Storing at 60-70°F is preferable.

New to the market is a revolutionary heating system specifically designed to heat & maintain temperature for diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The most efficient DEF Tote Heaters on the market, that we’ve tested, are manufactured by a company called Powerblanket out of Salt Lake City Utah.

At the heart of this new science is Powerblanket’s patented GreenHeat Technology – the most energy efficient method for distributing heat to the entire blanket surface, providing a uniform barrier of insulated heat that protects DEF from freezing or gelling and maintains temperature for maximum pumpability. Powerblanket’s lightweight heated enclosure is engineered to protect the pump housing, hoses, nozzles, valves, and holding tanks from freezing. Filling stations, farmers, fleet managers, and end users now have an affordable heating solution for their DEF products without worry of gelling, spoiled product, or frozen lines.

Freeze protection and temperature control for your DEF in EXTREME COLD locations has never been easier.  The DEF Industry now has a viable solution for heating Diesel Exhaust Fluid and protecting IBC Totes, pumps, and hoses from freezing temperatures in extreme cold weather environments. By teaming with industry giants, Powerblanket has received valuable feedback in the design and manufacturing process, allowing for a complete & effective heating solution for DEF.

Powerblanket does not sell direct to the public.  The most reliable online distributor for their DEF Heater product line is Heat Authority, which we found to have adequate stock on hand and the ability to offer same day shipments.

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