Electro Plastics, Inc. released a brand new product to its offering of radiant heat systems. The new STEP® Heat Trace is a line voltage system used for radiant heat, snow melt and deicing in industrial and commercial buildings. STEP® Heat Trace is a heating solution for interior and exterior applications, specifically in large concrete installations, including manufacturing facilities, warehouses and garages.
STEP® Heat Trace is available in different widths and lengths, and if applicable, can be grounded with an optional STEP® Sheath. Unlike other STEP® heating elements, the STEP® Heat Trace is designed for larger projects and does not require a transformer. The STEP® Heat Trace system connects to the STEP® AC Controller, available in 120V or 230V, and includes the STEP Touch® thermostat and external sensor.
“Customers love our self-regulating technology, and we knew we had to look into another offering for those larger projects,” says Monica Irgens, president, Electro Plastics, Inc. “Instead of needing dozens of transformers in a large warehouse, STEP® Heat Trace doesn’t require any. It operates right from the STEP® AC Controller.”
The STEP® Heat Trace elements are made of homogeneous, semi-conductive polymer. This self-regulating nanotechnology allows the element to heat with maximum power in cold environments and uses less electricity as the temperature increases. This minimizes power consumption and reduces operating costs compared to conventional electric cable systems.
The element is protected by a chemically, inherently inert and dielectric insulation. This liner protects against physical damages and aggressive materials to allow the heating element to be installed under concrete or other non-combustible material in industrial and commercial applications. Other features of STEP® Heat Trace include:
- Flat, thin and flexible line voltage heating element
- Includes two connected wire lines, six feet each; wire lengths can be made to fit customer specifications
- Durable and versatile
- Energy efficient, self-regulating technology – as the material gets warmer, less electricity passes through the plastic
- The element acts as a sensor and cannot overheat
Also, STEP® Heat Trace may be used for snow melt and/or deicing. In addition to being used under concrete to eliminate the need for shoveling snow, this product could be used in bridges and overpasses to prevent accidents due to slippery roads.
“We designed this based on the feedback from our customers,” says Irgens. “We are so proud to continue inventing elements and STEP® systems that allow our customers to stay warm at home and at work.”
Electro Plastics, Inc. offers a range of radiant heating solutions for residential and commercial floor heating, snow melt, and roof and gutter deicing. All products are ETL listed, have the CE marking and conform to ANSI/UL. For further information, contact Monica Irgens at 1-314-426-3555 or visit http://www.warmfloor.com.