Your Reliable Heat Trace Manufacturer in China

Jiahong is a Chinese heat trace producer with 25 years of experience in both ODM and OEM. As the only listed manufacturer (870541) In China, we focus on mass production of commercial, residential and industrial heating cables, and Our annual export ratio exceeds 80% of China’s total heating cable exports. Most of the American and European brands, Distributors, and other importers have always been sourcing from Jiahong.

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    All the products have been approved by both the Europen and American Testing institutes.

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    Self-regulating Heating Cables have 10 years super long warranty.

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Heat Trace Cable

Heat Trace Cable, always called Heat Tracing Cable, is a kind of special industrial cable which provides outward thermal compensation. Also, used for different purposes like maintenance of industrial processes, in pipes, and vessels’ protection from freezing, melting of snow and ice in gutters and dams respectively. Generally, the heat trace enhances industrial productivity while protecting pipes from bursting. Jiahong is always dedicated to providing a safe heat tracing solution.

Complete Heat Tracing Solutions

Since 1993 to date, the Heat Trace manufacturer uses the OEM and ODM technologies to produce heat tracing cables for both the local and the international market. You get the most common trace cables especially in America and Europe.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C:  11, 17, 25
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 8
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

HTM is a civilian low temperature self-regulating heating cable; Bus Wire Gauge is 20AWG. When the ambient temperature is between minus 40 degrees Celsius and 65 degrees Celsius, the Heat Trace Cable can automatically radiate heat outward to maintain the free flow of liquid. This HTM Cable is commonly used for heat tracing on water pipes, the Valves, and Flanges. Depending on the actual installation environment, Jiahong can provide three different types of heating cables without the sheath, thermoplastic sheath, and fluoroplastic sheath.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 11, 17, 22, 25, 37
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 6, 8, 10
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

HTLe is a low-temperature self-regulating heating cable for civilian and commercial use. Bus Wire Gauge is 16AWG. When the ambient temperature is between minus 40 degrees Celsius and 65 degrees Celsius, the heat trace tape can automatically radiate heat outward to maintain the free flow of liquid. Such cables are commonly used for anti-freezing of fire pipes and snow melting, deicing and the like. Depending on the actual installation environment, Jiahong can provide three different types of heating cables without the sheath, thermoplastic sheath, and fluoroplastic sheath.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 11, 17, 22, 25, 44
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 8, 10, 12
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: CE, CSA, ATEx, UL, ETL, EAC, IECEx.

HTR is a low temperature self-regulating cable specially designed for industrial pipe heating. Bus Wire Gauge is 16AWG. When the ambient temperature is between minus 40 degrees Celsius and 65 degrees Celsius, the automatic electric heat cable can automatically radiate heat outward to maintain the free flow of liquid. This HTR cable is mainly used in industrial pipes, water tanks, and Valves. Depending on the actual installation environment, Jiahong can provide three different types of heating cables without the sheath, thermoplastic sheath, and fluoroplastic sheath.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 17, 30, 45, 60
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 5, 10, 15, 20
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, CE, IECEx, CE, and ATEx.

HTP is a medium temperature self-regulating cable used in the industrial field; Bus Wire Gauge is 16AWG. HTP’s operating temperature is minus 40 degrees Celsius to 110 degrees Celsius. This type of cable can generally be used for industrial pipe antifreeze and production process maintenance. Can be installed in hazardous areas and non-hazardous areas. Depending on the actual installation environment, Jiahong can provide three different types of heating cables without the sheath, thermoplastic sheath, and fluoroplastic sheath.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 17, 30, 45, 60
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 5, 10, 15, 20
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, CE, IECEx, CE, and ATEx.

HTS is a kind of High Temperature self-regulating heating cable, and its maximum maintains temperature is about 120 degrees Celsius. This SR trace cable is typically used for industrial pipeline heat tracing and industrial processes maintenance. The HTS Cable’s working temperatures are ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees Celsius. For example, to promote the flow of oil in the pipeline. At present, Jiahong provides HTS cable with no outer sheath and fluoroplastic outer sheath. For More Details, please contact us.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 15,  30,  45, 60
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 5,  10,  15, 20
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

The maximum maintenance temperature of the HTU cable is 190 degrees Celsius. This type of heat tracing cable is typically used for industrial pipeline heat tracing and industrial processes maintenance. HTU Cable’s working temperatures are ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 190 degrees Celsius. Can be used in hazardous and explosive environments. At present, Jiahong provides HTU high-temperature self-regulating heating cable with no outer sheath and fluoroplastic outer sheath. For More Details, please contact us.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 11, 17, 25
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 8
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

FCW is a constant wattage heating cable with parallel structure, which has similar characteristics to the self-regulating heating cable: Cut to any length. At the same time, due to its economy, the FCW Cable can be used as an alternative to self-regulating heating cable. The FCW’s working temperatures are ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 205 degrees Celsius, which makes it can be used for long distance pipe heating.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 11, 17, 25
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 8
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

ESF is a constant wattage heating cable with a series structure. This series-resistance type heating cable can be used for continuous circuit lengths to 12,000 feet(3659m), powered from a single source. Jiahong can produce single-, Twin-, and Tri-conductor ESF heating cables according to your actual needs. The ESF’s working temperatures are ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 205 degrees Celsius. For more information, please contact us.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 11, 17, 25
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 8
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

The skin effect system is a safe, non-direct heating tracing system. The system can be used for temperature maintenance, anti-freezing, heating, and other areas. The skin effect cable can be used for continuous circuit lengths to 20,000 meters, powered from a single source. Jiahong can provide customized wires and other corresponding accessories for the system. For More Details, please contact us right now.

Maximum maintaining Temperature: 65°C (150°F)W/M @10°C: 11, 17, 25
Maximum Exposure Temperature: 85°C (185°F)W/FT @50°F: 3, 5, 8
Voltage: 208-277V, 110-120VApprovals: EAC, UL, CE.

SLL is a low-temperature self-regulating heating cable customized to the needs of Russian Markets. The Working temperature is between minus 40 degrees Celsius and 65 degrees Celsius. Can be used in civil and commercial areas. For More Detail, please Contact us.

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    As an authoritative Canada Testing Institute, CSA organizes explosion-proof testing and regular testing for heating cables.

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    ETL Certificate is a basic safety testing report in the U.S. and widely accepted by any big super brands and importers in whole North America.

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Jiahong is a leading Heat Trace Manufacturer in China, producing 40,000 meters of Heating Cables in a Day.

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Heat Trace Cable: The Ultimate Buying Guide

Heat Trace CableHeat trace cables have become a standard option for providing heat compensation in pipes and vessels, and have several benefits to add over some of the other options that are available, such as thermal insulation. Industrial, commercial, and residential settings can all benefit from the use of a high-quality heat tracing system, due to the various purposes that such a system can fulfill.

Even though a typical application for home use, commercial use, and also for industrial setups, many companies, and even homeowners do not thoroughly understand the benefits that they can obtain from using a heat trace cable system.

We decided to compile this guide as a way of providing an extensive overview of how heat trace systems work, what type of applications these systems can be of assistance with, and how individuals can go about setting up such a system in their home, office building, or even a manufacturing plant.

We will look at what heat trace is, how these systems work, how they are designed, and also consider which option is best for different types of applications with heat trace systems.

Chapter 1: What Is Heat Trace

Heat Trace

Heat trace is a term that refers to the use of specific cables that have been designed to assist in regulating the heat of substances that flow through a pipe. Even though the original design was implemented to help in the regulation of water, as well as other types of liquids in a tube, these systems are now used for other purposes as well, such as de-icing and the prevention of snow building up on a driveway in residential areas.

Different types of heat trace cable systems have been developed to provide more specialized functions. While industrial facilities and setups have initially made use of heat trace cables and heat tracing systems in cases where freeze protection, temperature maintenance, and the prevention of cavitation was needed, commercial and residential systems have also been developed in more recent years.

Today, there are also different ways that heat trace systems can be installed, ranging from DIY installation systems to more professional systems that need to be established by individuals who are highly trained and experienced in the field of heat trace cable management.

Properties Of Heat Trace Cables

Heat trace cable systems are somewhat different than your traditional thermal insulation systems. It is crucial to understand these differences to know when a heat trace cable will be a more appropriate solution for a setup where heat regulation features are needed within pipes, as well as in other applications where heat trace cables may be utilized.

The properties of a heat trace cable tend to depend on the specific type of cable system that will be used. To determine the most appropriate cable type that should be utilized, a variety of factors will need to be taken into consideration. The purpose of the system’s installation would be the primary factor that should be accounted for in cases where you wish to determine the best heat trace solution for your setup.

When freeze protection is required, a different setup will be needed than cases where you would like to utilize a heat trace setup for reducing the risk of gas condensation, or when requiring a temperature regulation in a system where certain chemicals are transferred through pipes, such as phosphoric acid or sulfur.

In cases where a custom system is developed for tracing pipes and vessels, the first step would be to consider the current loss of heat suffered by the system. This would have an impact on the specific properties that the heat trace cable will present.

Generally, a heat trace system will include an appropriate heat cable, which can be constructed with a tinned copper grounding braid, a polyolefin overjacket, or a fluoropolymer over jacket. Insulation will be applied to areas where the heat trace cable will be utilized – this will help to prevent a loss of heat during operations further.

The cable may feature different types of insulation materials, depending on the specifications of the system and the kind of heat regulation features that are required. In some cases, a standard pipe strap system is used. In other cases, however, fiberglass tape, nylon cable ties for interlocking, and aluminum tape may be used instead.

A heat trace cable system will also feature a control system that will ensure appropriate heat regulation is achieved with the cable and the entire setup. The control system plays a crucial role as it provides the temperature does not rise too high but also ensures the temperature does not become too low, which would ultimately void the actual function of the heat trace system that was installed.

The control system may sometimes include a thermostat as well, allowing for the temperature to be detected and monitored at all times. The thermostat can also provide the added functionality of temperature control to the system. Modern control systems, such as the IntelliTRACE Control modules, allow for more precision in terms of controlling the heat trace cable, due to the inclusion of a microprocessor.

Advantages Of Heat Trace Cables

Several advantages are provided to specific applications over other options that may be available for heat regulation. Business owners, homeowners, and individuals in charge of setting up systems within manufacturing plants are advised to be aware of the potential advantages that are offered by heat trace cables to make a more informed decision in terms of the specific system that should be installed.

To truly understand the advantages of heat trace cables, you would have to consider the different types of these cables that are available on the market. Each has specific properties that should be taken into account that will ultimately add to the list of benefits that can be achieved.

For example, with a constant wattage heat trace cable, you get the advantage of having a single power input, along with the fact that the cable can be cut off at an appropriate point without any issues. These systems also offer an extended life cycle compared to some other thermal insulation systems, and they come with built-in UV resistance. They are also able to resistant high and robust chemical substances, and they are appropriate for heating pipes in hazardous areas.

Chapter 2: Types Of Heat Trace

Types Of Heat Trace

Over the last few decades, different types of heat trace cables have been designed to provide more specific functionality in specific sectors. While some of the more traditional options that were used in the 1900s are still available, more advanced systems have been developed to assist in the heating of pipes, tanks, vessels, and other objects where a heat trace system can be implemented.

Three of the most common heat trace systems that are used in the modern-day include:

  • Self-regulating heat trace cable
  • Series constant wattage heat tracing cable
  • Parallel constant wattage heat trace

In this chapter, we are going to take a look at the most common kinds of heat trace cables and systems that are used today, and also consider the most appropriate applications and uses for each type. When it comes to implementing such a system, whether in a residential, commercial, or industrial setting, it becomes crucial to understand how each model operates thoroughly, the pros and cons of each type, and what the most appropriate uses for each heat trace system would be. This way, a business or property owner can be sure that they will choose the most suitable option for the setup that they require, whether it is to melt ice on the driveway or to heat asphalt.

2.1 Self-Regulating Heat Trace

In the modern-day, self-regulating heat trace systems have become one of the more commonly used options in terms of producing heat in a variety of settings. Thus, we will start by looking at what a self-regulating heat trace cable is and how such a system work, as well as the different practical uses for this type of heat trace system.

2.1.1 What Is Self-Regulating Heat Trace?

The term “self-regulating heat trace cable” was given to these systems by the original inventor. The term is really used to describe how the cable works – a self-regulating heat trace cable can regulate the power running through the bus wires to produce an appropriate heat, based on factors such as external temperature that affects the cable. In some cases, a thermostat and control system may also be added to self-regulating heat trace cable system to help the user gain more accurate control over the temperature of the cable.  In the majority of cases, such additions are added to a heat trace cable system when used in industrial settings. The majority of residential and commercial policies do not necessarily require such accessories.

Temperature limitation helps to prevent the cable and the entire system from reaching a certain temperature. The specific maximum temperature that each wire is capable of depends on the specifications of the cable and the whole system. The idea behind this limitation that is placed on temperature is to help avoid the heat trace cable from overheating – in cases where a heat trace cable overheats, it may become damaged. By limiting the temperature to a heat level that will not cause damage to the cable, the risk of damaged cables due to overheating can be effectively prevented.

These cables can achieve this goal by regulating the flow of electricity through the system. While the cable is heating up and while it remains at a specific temperature, power will continue to flow through the cable. At the point where the temperature becomes too high, the flow of electricity is halted. This occurs before the cable reaches a temperature that is hot enough to cause damage to any part of the heat trace system.

2.1.2 Structure Of Self-Regulating Heat Trace

A standard self-regulating heat trace cable consists of four essential components and, in some cases, an additional fifth material that provides added protection and helps to prevent moisture, which could interfere with the functionality of the cable.

The four primary materials that need to be part of a self-regulating heat trace cable include bus wires in the center, surrounded by a conductive core, plastic insulation, and metal braid. In addition to these four essential materials, some of the self-regulating heat trace cables that are available on the market tend to include an addition outer lawyer, which is often referred to as the plastic outer jacket.

Each of these layers plays a different part in ensuring the cable can function normally and provide the adequate temperature limiting features that are required from a self-regulating heat cable; thus preventing overheating and potential complications from occurring due to such an event.

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Let’s take a look at each of these layers to understand better how a self-regulating is constructed and how exactly such a system tend to function.

  • Bus Wires: The bus wires are located at the center of a heat trace cable and are an essential part of such a system, as these wires are what connects the heat trace cable to a power source, ensuring that electricity can run through the cable to produce the required heat.
  • Conductive Core: The conductive core surrounds the bus wires and plays a crucial part in the functionality of any self-regulating heat trace cable. This particular layer is what contributes to the “self-regulating” features that this type of trace heating system offers. The conductive core is made from a specific kind of plastic material that is known to be electrically conductive when the surrounding temperature is low, but when temperatures rise too high, it becomes an insulating material. The material is sometimes referred to as PTC, also known as “Positive Temperature Coefficient.” Basically, with this type of material, resistance increases along with the temperature. As temperature rises, less electricity is conducted through the cable.

Apart from the bus wires and the conductive core, the rest of the layers that make up a self-regulating heat trace cable are added for protection. The plastic insulation that is located between the conductive core and the metal braid, for example, helps to provide insulation between the outside of the cable and the live-current that is constantly running through the cable.

2.1.3 Practical Uses For Self-Regulating Heat Trace

There are several types of applications and scenarios where a self-regulating heat trace cable would be the ideal type of heat tracing system to be used. As with any setup that requires a heat trace cable, it is essential to consider the pros and cons of each type and to match a specific type to the functions that need to be performed by the system.

In case of a self-regulating heat trace cable, one particular factor about these systems are very beneficial – and that would be the fact that these cables tend to become more conductive in colder temperatures – remember the fact that the conductive core can adjust according to the heat?

One of the ideal uses for self-regulating heat trace cables is in environments where freeze protection is required. Many scenarios may require freeze protection – in residential and commercial