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Whacky Alberta Weather Calls for Wise Winterizing

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 15:10 PM / by Katie Reid posted in winterization, Steam, Downloads

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Low temperatures can mean ruptured tubing and other problems. Here are four free resources to help you winterize... and avoid crises.


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We have tips to help you prep your facility for cold weather, including three videos (described and linked to below) and a new PDF flyer.

Winterization Checklist


Record heat, record cold, record precipitation, and more

Headlines about unusual weather are common these days, as record after record is broken for heat, cold, snow, and other meteorological events. And while we can't predict weather, we can help you cut risk by taking proven steps to winterize your operation.

"People understand they have to winterize, but most of the time it becomes a reactive procedure rather than proactive," says Tristian McCallion, local field service advisor for Edmonton Valve & Fitting. "People just sort of forget about it, then all of a sudden October hits and they say, 'Oh yes, we meant to do that.' But really, you should already have the work done by the time you start thinking about bringing your winter jacket out."

New PDF provides winterization tips at a glance

If you aren't sure where to start when you are beginning your winterization process at your plant, look no further than our "Fluid Systems Winterization Checklist." This document will help you with your initial sweep of your facility and what you key indicators you should be looking for in determining your needs. Download your free copy here and get started!

Winterization tips by and for pros

Three videos feature McCallion discussing winterization best-practices: The first one, "Tracing," covers the basics of using heat tracing systems to keep pipes from freezing. The second one, "Steam Tracing Trap Stations & Trap Testing," looks at steam trap stations for tracing. And the third one, "Unit Heaters," addresses unit heaters and different applications. 

Which is better, jacketing or tracing?

Tracing is based on a simple principal: The amount of heat energy that needs to be added to process fluids must equal to the amount of heat energy that is being lost due to low surrounding temperatures. That can be accomplished in a couple of ways. Process valves and other components can be jacketed. That gives a large heat-transfer area, and they are relatively easy to install. But the installation costs are relatively high and the jacket makes it harder to see failure points.

One alternative is to use a bare tube attached to the line. They are easy to install and maintain, and they are reliable. What you sacrifice is the amount of heat transfer surface area.

In the "Tracing" video we cover material selection and design. For instance, condensate is drained from steam tracer systems by gravity. A good design will be free of low spots in the tracer run, and not wrap around the tubing.

We also will cover system startups. Even with the best steam system design, starting it up improperly can create water hammer.

What is best way to test steam traps?

Steam systems need to trap any condensate. Most industrial plants have some type of steam traps, but they get caught in a dilemma: The technology is so reliable that companies don't think much about it. As older workers retire, they may not pass along their knowledge to younger workers. Then when a problem does arise, the staff is stumped. In the "Steam Tracing Trap Stations & Trap Testing" video you'll get a look at the essentials, such as the best way to test steam traps.

How do we maximize a unit heaters' efficiency?

The third video, "Unit Heaters," covers unit heaters. While they are simple devices, people sometimes have misconceptions about how to get the best performance from them. For instance, a higher temperature setting doesn't actually mean you'll get warmer, McCallion says. He explains how to maximize efficiency and goes into their component parts, such as whether propeller fans or blower fans are better for a particular application. (Blowers are generally quieter, by the way.)


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To Slay Ice, A Steam Lance Is The Weapon Of Choice

Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 15:02 PM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Steam, Custom Solutions, winterization

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It's also great for eliminating solidification of asphalt, heavy oils and plastics


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The Steam Lance, pictured above, is an unique product that comes pre-assembled and ready to use and install at your site. For all the product's highlights and benefits, download your copy of the Steam Lance info sheet.

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When you need to fight ice buildup on equipment and you don't want to shut down your system, it's time to grab a steam lance.

The basic construction is simple: A length of insulated tubing, heat-shrink boots to seal the insulation, and a steam-rated ball valve at the end. Hook it up to a steam line, and you are ready to clear out plugged piping, remove ice from the exterior of structures, and get frozen drain valves flowing again. You can use it on tubing runs, steam-assisted gravity drainage, containment vessels and ice-coated instruments.

The lance can also be used to eliminate solidification of asphalt, heavy oils, plastics and more.

Variation on the theme

Edmonton Valve & Fitting offers a couple of variations that make the steam lance even easier to use. We put a 12-inch piece of insulated pipe upstream of the valve, giving the operator something to hold on to other than the steam hose itself. We also insulate the valve to further protect the operator.

And we now offer the option of a handle on the other side of the valve, so that you don't have to hold the valve itself while using the lance. That can be especially desirable when you're wearing thick hand protection in cold weather.

We can make our lances to the length you want, too. (We've made them as long as 22 feet, but the jacketed tubing is available in even longer runs than that.)

Click here to get a free information sheet.

Easy to order, easy to use

There's no need to cobble together some do-it-yourself equipment that might cause a safety hazard. When you order a Swagelok steam lance, you get an assembly that already has been pressure tested and comes ready to use right out of the box. It has a single part number too.

Edmonton Valve & Fitting is an expert on steam, and we know all about dealing with cold weather. Put that combination to work for you by calling 780-437-0640 to ask about steam lances, or send us a note through our website.


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Freezing Weather's Almost Gone, But It's Not Forgotten

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 09:04 AM / by Alecia Robinson posted in Tubing, winterization

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Start planning for next winter now with our insulation and tracing packages


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Edmonton Valve is your single source for tracing products, equipment, and training. To find out more about our line download the Pre-Insulated Tubing Bundles Catalogue.


Now that the weather is warming up around Edmonton, it's tempting to forget about the cold-weather hassles we're leaving behind. But you know better. You know that this is the time to start thinking about how you'll make improvements before next winter comers.

Edmonton Valve & Fitting makes it easier because we can be your single-source supplier for heat tracing and insulation packages. It starts with the tubing itself: bare coil tubing, traced tubing, and insulated tubing. We also have pre-insulated tubing, banding and clips, heat transfer compounds, steel tags, heat shrink boots, fluid distribution headers, valves, and of course all the tube fittings and unions you need to complete a job.

A dual stage tube straightener is available for rental to complete your job.  This will help get all the kinks out of any bare coil tubing size. 

Whether yours is a glycol, steam or electrical application, you don't have to go to 10 different suppliers, because this is one area where we go beyond Swagelok's product offerings to make sure you have what you need.

Why worry about this now? Because you need to think about coordinating with your planned shutdowns, facility upgrades and capital projects. Most of our clients go for two to five years between shutdowns. If you need to replace steam lines, proper tracing and insulation can't be a last-minute add on.

Get it right

Components can't do their jobs well if they aren't properly installed. Proper training also increases safety and decreases costs. For people who don't spend a lot of time installing and upgrading tracing packages, such as crews for insulating contractors and construction contractors, it's smart to get a refresher. We're here to help on that score as well.

We offer a full-day class each month on tube fitting installation training, a mix of classroom lecture and hands-on practice. The seminar emphasizes choosing correct tubing and fittings for the site, proper handling, preparing, and installing components to specification. Each participant gets to assemble tubing and fittings, then see how their work holds up under pressure in our burst chamber. Pass the class, and you get a certificate of completion that is ABSA recognized. 

Whenever you need to jog you memory, we also have detailed installation instructions in printed form, with reference photos.

So while you are enjoying the warm weather, make plans to keep everything running smoothly when it turns cold again. Call Edmonton Valve & Filling at 780-437-0640 or contact us through our website, and we can help you put together the insulation and tracing packages that you need.


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