TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND ACCESSORIES
The HTS/Amptek® heating tape and temperature control systems make controlling your heating tape installations simple and safe. A heating system performs best when it can be regulated and controlled, and with our control systems, managing and maintaining your system can be as simple or complex as needed to accurately control your heating components and tapes. Our focus on producing extremely precise temperature control systems allows all elements of your heating system to be carefully regulated, delivering consistent temperatures to achieve consistent results.
Offering power controls, temperature control panels and thermostats, our user interfaces allow precise management and adjustment of all aspects of your heating installation. Our simplest controllers are single-zone bench top (BT) controllers, which can be set to a specific temperature at any time. The controller will automatically adjust the heating equipment it controls to meet and sustain the set temperature. For those systems that require more fine-tuning, we offer many different controllers to meet nearly any temperature regulatory needs. For example, variable power controllers can adjust the voltage transferred into the system, allowing for a greater power level and higher temperature output.
The heating and temperature control systems can be as complicated as you need, and can include many different features, such as dual-digital displays, auto-tuning, programmable sensor inputs, relay alarm output, high-limit alarms, definite purpose contactors, solid state relays, data communication interface (RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet, USB, etc.), ramp and soak, and heat and cool. We can also customize a temperature control system to meet your needs.
For help selecting the right temperature control products for your industrial installation, laboratory setting or other use, or to learn more about custom-designed solutions, call our experts today at 281-340-9800.
CONTROLS & ACCESSORIES
Frequently Asked Questions
Temperature control mechanisms are recommended for all types of heating tapes. We provide temperature controls with heating tape systems to make one cohesive network, and we utilize existing controls. There are a variety of control mechanisms available and the best choice depends on the temperature, voltage, accuracy and output used in your system. A mechanical bulb and capillary thermostat are recommended for temperatures below 325 degrees F. For voltage control a variable transformer or solid-state Triac controller may be used. For precise temperature control you can activate from a bench-top or wall-mount, we recommend the BT-15 or WM-15. We supply a complete list of thermostats and similar mechanisms, and we are happy to help you select the ideal device for your needs.
Can I Leave the Unused Portion Rolled Up?
No, your heating tape will not function properly if it is not touching the heat sink from end to end. Rolled up heating tape can be hazardous, so be sure your heating tape is completely and properly installed.
How Can I Tell Which Side is "Up"?
Heating tape exhibits a uniform temperature on both sides. Either side of the heating tape may be applied to the heat sink.
Can I Cut Heat Tape?
No. Heating tapes utilize constant electric flow throughout and are designed for a fixed resistance at a given length and voltage. The tape is pre-designed to suit your environment and attempting to modify it will destroy the tape.
How Does Heat Tape Work?
Heating tapes utilize a constant watt density at a fixed resistance over a fixed length and voltage to create heat. Heat output is based on a given input voltage. Heat transference to pipes, floors and other surfaces occurs through direct contact with the tape. An insulator surrounding the enclosed heating element stops the heat from escaping and maintains a desired temperature. Temperature controls integrated into the circuit allow you to control the temperature.
Why Is Heat Tape Temperature Different in Some Places?
The materials inside the heating tape determine the operating temperature. Different heating tapes utilize different materials to create and maintain a desired temperature.
Can I Hook Heat Tape Up to a Thermostat?
Heating tapes effectively integrate with a wide variety of temperature control devices such as: thermostats, variable transformers, Triacs, solid-state digital temperature controls, programmable logic controllers (PLC's) or computers.
Why do I need different sized heat tape?
The size of your heating tape is determined by a variety of factors, including a proper mechanical fit, heat output, voltage and temperature rating, among others. Expert installers at HTS/Amptek® Company will help you select the correct heating tape size for your application to ensure optimal energy efficiency, safety and durability.
What heat tape sizes can I choose from?
HTS/Amptek® Company supplies a range of heating tape sizes to give you the best fit. Our heating tape sizes are available on our price list and online store. When choosing your heating tape, be sure to consider the heat output, voltage and temperature rating involved in your application. If you are not sure which size is best for you, contact us and we are happy to assist you.