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Metal sheath Tek-Rod® heating elements are available from stock. Three standard lengths in 120V and three lengths in 240V having 13 watts/in2 watt density are ideal for industrial and laboratory applications. The Tek-Rod® (epoxy) seal is moisture proof to 325°F to keep the element dry. The Incoloy 825 sheath provides resistance to corrosion, strength and the ultimate temperature sustainability.

Element construction begins with twin elements, compacted in Magne-sium Oxide (MGO) Leads and Transition on one end Unlike other "rod" type elements, HTS/Amptek® Tek-Rod® tubular heaters are small diameter, with the lead wire transition on one end of the assembly for easy hook-up. Soft annealed for easy bending Tek-Rod® can be easily configured to valves tubes and vessels. The minimum bend radius 1/2 (12mm). Smooth tip (no enlarged diameter end cap) The end termination is isolated and welded closed in a smooth, non-intrusive radius. Moisture Proof Tek-Rod® structures are entirely enclosed and dry, with the single opening epoxy sealed to keep moisture out. The two conductor resistance wires are designed for ohm stability and durable flexibility...10 1000°F, with exposure to 1,382F (750°C). 4ft, 6ft, and 8ft 120v, 12ft and 16ft 240v. HTS/Amptek® Tek-Rod® are proudly manufactured in North America and assembled in Texas.

Do I need to use a thermostat with heating tape?
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.