|1974||Heat Trace is founded by Neil Malone|
Heat Trace celebrated its 35th Anniversary in May 2009 and remains under the same ownership as from day one, retaining the same philosophy ……… inspiring safety, efficiency, performance and life.
Heat Trace produce the world’s first cut-to-length parallel tracer
Heat Trace’s patented Heat Tracer cable was introduced into the market as the first cut-to-length tracer in 1978. The Heat Tracer remains to this day the most thermally efficient parallel resistance heating cable.
|1982||Heat Trace introduce ‘Longline’, a series tracer for long pipelines|
|‘Longline’ is launched for buried pipelines in New Zealand. Almost 3 decades later, after millions of metres, Heat Trace has never experienced a product failure. ‘Longline’, now re-invented, is the lowest cost solution for long pipeline tracing.|
Heat Trace develops self-regulating controllers
Heat Trace patented PowerMatch in 1986, to convert constant power heaters into self-regulating. The PowerMatch’s air sensing principle remains as the heart of PowewMatch Micro+, launched in 2009, 25 years on, suitable for all generic heater types.
|1998||Heat Trace Limited launched the world’s highest temperature parallel resistance cut-to-length constant power heating cable|
Heat Trace’s patented AHT mineral insulated metal-sheathed heater that can withstand 425°C continuously and has power outputs to 200W/m. Over a decade later it still remains the world’s highest temperature parallel resistance constant power heat tracer.
|2000||Heat Trace become the first UK manufacturer of Self-regulating heating cables|
After partnering for a number of years with LG Cable, Korea, Heat Trace switches the manufacture of semi-conductive self-regulating heating cables to the United Kingdom.
|2003||Heat Trace Limited introduces the world’s highest temperature self-regulating heat tracer|
|Heat Trace’s FSU Freezstop Ultimo has a continuous withstand temperature of 250°C un-energised, may be continuously energised at 200°C and has outputs up to 90W/m – and this remains to this day a higher capability than any other competitor worldwide. |
|2004||Heat Trace can resurrect failed self-regulating tracers (usually those of competitors!)|
Heat Trace patents a method of resurrecting failed self-regulating cables in-situ, with access only required at the cable ends.
|Heat Trace makes series resistance self-regulating heat tracers|
Heat Trace patents series resistance self-regulating heating cables for various applications. Watch this space for future new products, such as LadderMat
|2007||Self-Regulating heaters without high in-rush currents|
Heat Trace patent Soft-Start DiscTM, a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) device, which reduces in-rush current of self-regulating heaters on start-up to levels by up to 60%, thereby improving safety by enabling type B circuit breakers to be used. Soft-Start DiscTM increases product life by up to 300%, improving energy efficiency, and reducing power cable and switchgear sizes.
|2010||Worlds first 300 degrees C self-regulating tracer|
Heat Trace launch AFS FailSafe, breaking the temperature withstand record held by Heat Trace’s own FailSafe Ultimo. AFS FailSafe withstands 300°C energised / unenergised. The patented continuously extruded aluminium jacket and mineral insulation permits temperatures beyond the limits of polymeric materials. Heat Trace's whole range of self-regulating heating cables are inherently temperature-safe.
|2010||Heat Trace invests in unique continuous metal extrusion faciltity|
|Heat Trace is now able to produce its own metal heating conductors and provide its whole range of cables with a metal overjacket for a high degree of mechanical protection. |
|2011||Worlds first heated sub-sea Pipe-In-Pipe System|
24Km of Longline heating cables heat the Islay North Sea oil pipeline.
|2012||Heat Trace continues to spend 10-15% of its revenue in Research & Development|
Heat Trace Limited has a higher R & D spend than its competitors. It currently has over 20 Patent applications under review.
|Heat Trace continues ……………..|
SETTING THE STANDARDS – LEADING THE WAY