Used in conjunction with a heat-tracing system, an advanced control system centralizes operations, allowing a user to control and vary the heating cable output to achieve the desired temperature. An added monitoring feature provides real-time feedback on the status of the heat-traced system, which helps deliver data for scheduling predictive maintenance and alerts you if the system is malfunctioning.
Many control and monitoring systems include an auto-cycle feature that turns on the heat-tracing system at preset intervals year-round (every 24 hours, 48 hours, etc.). This helps ensure that the system is still functioning properly throughout the warmer months.
Once winter hits, the monitoring system continues to keep the user updated to help reduce the chance of an unexpected pipeline freeze or burst. The early alarm reporting allows users to begin troubleshooting and remedying an issue before it is serious enough to cause a complete shutdown.
Control and Monitoring of a Heat-Tracing System
September 1, 2012