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Silicone drum heaters: An efficient and reliable solution for heating liquids and viscous materials

Silicone drum heaters: An efficient and reliable solution for heating liquids and viscous materials

Silicone drum heaters are heating elements designed to fit around the exterior of a drum or container to heat its contents. They are made of silicone rubber, which is flexible and durable. They are typically used in industrial settings to heat liquids, viscous substances, and chemicals stored in drums.

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Also, they are energy-efficient and provide uniform heat distribution. Making them an ideal solution for applications where precise temperature control is needed !

 

What are the specificities of viscous liquids ?

Viscous liquids are characterized by their thickness and resistance to flow.
What are the specificities of viscous liquids ?
What are the specificities of viscous liquids ?
Some of the specific properties of viscous liquids include:
  1. High viscosity. Viscous liquids have a high viscosity, which makes them thicker and slower-flowing than less viscous liquids.
  2. Non-Newtonian behavior. The viscosity of viscous liquids can change depending on the amount of stress or shear applied to them. Making them exhibit non-Newtonian behavior.
  3. Inertia. Viscous liquids have a high degree of inertia, meaning that they take longer to start flowing and to respond to changes in flow rate.
  4. Shear sensitivity. Viscous liquids are highly sensitive to shear forces, meaning that they can change their viscosity and flow rate based on the amount of shear they are exposed to.
  5. Reduced heat transfer. The high viscosity of viscous liquids can reduce heat transfer. Making it more difficult to heat these substances efficiently and effectively.
  6. Tendency to settle. Viscous liquids have a tendency to settle and separate. Which can make it challenging to maintain a uniform mixture and prevent product spoilage.

These properties of viscous liquids can make it challenging to handle and store these substances, which is why heating solutions such as drum heaters can be useful for maintaining a consistent temperature and preventing product spoilage.

 

How do drum heaters work ?

Drum heaters work by surrounding the drum with heat generated by an electric heating element. The heat is transferred to the drum and its contents, raising their temperature.
A temperature control device, such as a thermostat, is often used to regulate the heating element. Maintaining the desired temperature and preventing overheating.
Some drum heaters also have insulation to reduce heat loss and improve heating efficiency. They can be powered by AC or DC power. And are available in different sizes and wattages to accommodate drums of different sizes and heat requirements.

What are the different parts of a silicone drum heater ?

A silicone drum heater typically consists of the following parts:
  • Heating element. This is the component that generates heat. It is usually made of a heating wire or a heating pad.
  • Insulation. This component helps to reduce heat loss and maintain the temperature of the heating element.
  • Thermostat. This device is used to control the temperature of the heating element and maintain a consistent temperature for the drum contents.
  • Power cord. This component provides power to the heating element. And allows for connection to a power source.
  • Mounting straps. These are used to secure the drum heater to the drum. Ensuring that it remains in place during heating.
  • Over-temperature protection. This device is used to prevent overheating and ensure safe operation of the drum heater.
  • Control panel. This component allows for the temperature to be adjusted and monitored. It provides access to the power cord and thermostat.
What are the different parts of a silicone drum heater ?
What are the different parts of a silicone drum heater ?

Overall, the different parts of a silicone drum heater work together to provide efficient and effective heating for viscous liquids and substances stored in drums.

 

Silicone drum heater technology

Silicone drum heaters are a type of heating technology that uses silicone rubber as the primary material of construction. This material is flexible, durable, and able to withstand exposure to a wide range of substances. It does not require direct contact with the contents, helping to minimize contamination. Making it ideal for heating viscous liquids and substances stored in drums.

The heat is regulated by a thermostat, which controls the temperature of the heating element. Ensuring consistent temperature control, and reducing the risk of product spoilage.

Silicone drum heaters are also designed for easy installation and minimal maintenance. They are simple to secure to the drum using mounting straps. And the control panel provides easy access to the power cord, thermostat, and temperature control.

Overall, silicone drum heater technology provides a simple, clean, and efficient solution for heating viscous liquids and substances stored in drums. It is a cost-effective, durable, and energy-efficient alternative to other heating methods.

 

What are the ideal uses of drum heaters ?

Drum heaters are ideal for heating liquids, viscous substances, and chemicals stored in drums. They are commonly used in industrial settings for applications such as:
  • Adhesives. For heating adhesives to reduce viscosity and improve flow for dispensing or transfer.
  • Oil and fuels. For heating oil and fuels to reduce viscosity, making them easier to pump or transfer.
  • Chemicals. For heating chemicals to a desired temperature to improve their properties or to make them easier to dispense.
  • Food products. For heating food products stored in drums, such as syrups, sauces, and concentrates. To reduce viscosity and improve flow for dispensing.
  • Pharmaceuticals. For heating pharmaceuticals stored in drums to reduce viscosity, improve flow, and prevent product spoilage.
  • Industrial processes. For heating liquids used in industrial processes, such as lubricants, cleaning agents, and process fluids. To improve their properties or to make them easier to dispense.

 

Viscous Fluid Management with drum heaters

Viscous fluid management with drum heaters involves using drum heaters to maintain the temperature of viscous substances stored in drums, improving their flow characteristics and making them easier to dispense or transfer.
By heating the drum, the contents become more fluid, reducing the viscosity, and making it easier to pump or pour. This is particularly useful for substances that become thicker at lower temperatures, such as adhesives, oils, and syrups.

Drum heaters are an efficient and effective solution for viscous fluid management, as they provide uniform heat distribution.

Enabling the entire drum and its contents to be heated evenly. They can be controlled to maintain a constant temperature, ensuring consistent flow characteristics. And reducing the risk of product spoilage. Additionally, they are durable and easy to install, making them a convenient and low-maintenance option for viscous fluid management.

Viscous Fluid Management with drum heaters
Viscous Fluid Management with drum heaters

The benefits of using drum heaters for viscous liquids include :

  1. Improved flow. Heating the drum and its contents reduces viscosity, making the substance easier to dispense or transfer.
  2. Consistent temperature control. By using a temperature control device, such as a thermostat, the heating can be regulated to maintain a consistent temperature, ensuring consistent flow characteristics and reducing the risk of product spoilage.
  3. Ease of use. Drum heaters are easy to install and do not require direct contact with the contents, helping to minimize contamination.
  4. Energy-efficiency. They provide uniform heat distribution, reducing energy waste and increasing heating efficiency.
  5. Durability. Silicone rubber drum heaters are flexible, durable and long-lasting, making them an ideal solution for viscous liquid heating.
  6. Cost-effectiveness. Drum heaters are a cost-effective solution compared to other heating methods, as they are simple to install and require minimal maintenance.

Dimensions of a drum heater

The dimensions of a drum heater vary depending on the size of the drum it is intended to heat. Drum heaters are typically designed to fit specific drum sizes. They are available in a range of dimensions to accommodate different drum sizes and capacities.

Common drum sizes and their corresponding drum heater dimensions include:

  • 55-gallon drum heaters. These heaters are typically designed to fit drums with a diameter of 22 inches and a height of 33 inches.
  • 30-gallon drum heaters. These heaters are typically designed to fit drums with a diameter of 18 inches and a height of 24 inches.
  • 15-gallon drum heaters. These heaters are typically designed to fit drums with a diameter of 14 inches and a height of 21 inches.

It is recommended to measure the dimensions of the drum you plan to heat and select a drum heater that is designed to fit that specific size. This will ensure that the drum heater provides proper coverage and heats the contents of the drum efficiently and effectively.

 

Your silicone drum heater at Ohmvo

Drum heaters typically come in different types based on the heating element used, the material of construction, and the design features. Some common types of drum heaters include:

  • Silicone rubber drum heaters. Made of silicone rubber, they are flexible, durable, and suitable for heating a wide range of substances.
  • Band heaters. Designed in the form of a band, they wrap around the drum. Providing heat to the entire drum surface.
  • Blanket heaters. Similar to band heaters, they are designed to cover the entire drum surface, providing uniform heat distribution.
  • Immersion heaters. Designed to be immersed in the liquid, they heat the contents from within the drum.
  • Pad heaters. Made of flexible silicone or silicone-coated fabric, they are designed to be placed under the drum, heating the bottom surface.

Do not hesitate to contact us directly to find out about the specific types of drum heaters we offer, our features, and suitability for your specific application. We are looking forward to hearing from you !

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