See the related feature article, "How to Select, Install, Operate and Maintain Electric Heat Tracing Cable," for 10 tips on maximizing system industrial heat tracing systems' performance through better maintenance.

Detailed diagrams offer insight into proper heat tracing cable installation.

  • Temporarily position cable on pipe and equipment to ensure proper distribution.
  • Leave a loop of cable at heat sinks such as valves, pipe supports and flange sets. Use fiberglass tape to secure cable to pipe at 18" (455 mm) interfalves using recommended method.
  • Always observe the minimum bend radius.

Heat tracing systems are designed so that the pipe temperature can be maintained at a specified minimum ambient.

A control system composed of RTD temperature sensors and microprocessor control will provide indication of all of the critical heat trace parameters. However, it is important to understand the poper heating cable/sensor location for proper temperature measurement.