A simplified approach to developing an industrial heat-tracing system is allowing users to do-it-themselves.

Raychem's do-it-yourself design and quotation software allows users to specify heat tracing using a web-based interface.
A simplified approach to developing an industrial heat-tracing system is so easy that users now can do it themselves.

Raychem HTS, a heat tracing system manufacturer in Menlo Park, CA, has introduced what may be the first web-based design and quotation software for electric heat-tracing.

Displayed at RaychemOs booth at Chem Show O99 in New York, the Industrial Design Wizard lets users design, specify, purchase and install heat-tracing systems easily. By going to www.raychem.com/products/cii/selectn.htm, an engineer can quickly select the correct products for the application, develop a complete bill of materials and request a quote for the items.

"We provide full service capability, or we can make it easy for you to do it yourself," said Chet Sandberg, chief engineer. "We have customers in both groups."

Users of the Raychem site plug in their application details, and the bill of materials automatically will include the length of heating cable required, as well as the amount and type of connection equipment, accessories, tape, thermistors, labels and other items needed, said Carl Landers, director of product marketing.