Milestone-Proposal talk:Self-regulating Trace Heater

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Support of proposal from IAS Chair -- Administrator4 (talk) 17:11, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

IEEE Historical Committee It has come to my attention there is an effort to place an IEEE Milestone at the first commercial manufacturing location for self- regulating electrical heat tracing in Redwood City. I have long been a member of the IEEE PCIC, a committee under IAS, which sponsors a significant number of IEEE Standards. Two of these (IEEE 515 and IEEE 844) are critical to the design and use of electrical heat tracing in the process and power generation industries. At the PCIC annual event, there are a number of technical papers with the subject of heat tracing and standards meetings for IEEE 515 and 844. These standards are referenced in NFPA 79, the National Electrical Code.

Electrical heat tracing has been a great advancement for process temperature control and freeze protection of piping system. The self-regulating heater has become the technology of choice because of its reliability and cut to length installation in the field. Historically steam tracing was the standard and now electrical has replaced it. Electrical tracing provides energy efficiency, better reliability, and environmental improvements by not creating a toxic waste. The site of the proposed Milestone Plaque has continuously produced self-regulating heat tracing since 1972. I have seen a press release from 2008 that announced over a BILLION feet of this electrical heater has been manufactured at this site.

I give my full support for the placement of this IEEE milestone in Redwood City. It is rare a product like this can significantly improve the design and operation of process plants, and even rarer that the IAS can participate in a Milestone Project. If you need more support from our Local Chapter of IAS or more information, please contact me. Regards, Roland Engle 2018 IEEE IAS Chair, San Francisco Section and 2018 IEEE Section Chair

Citation wording change -- Allisonmarsh (talk) 19:48, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

  • Please note that this is a re-post of information I attempted to post last month. I do not know why it didn't save properly. Very frustrating for all involved. I am trying to remember all that I wrote.*

In general, I am supportive of this technical achievement being a Milestone. However, I am concerned that the current citation reads like an IEEE-endorsed advertisement for Raychem and AutoTrace. I propose we change some of the wording to focus on the technical achievement and less on the brand names.

I also wondered if process piping had to be defined. As someone unfamiliar with the term, I stumbled over the wording in the original citation. I added a few words of explanation based on a google snippet definition. Please correct if necessary.

In trying to remove the passive voice from the last sentence, I wondered who the manufacturer actually was in 2008. Was it Raychem or Pentair or another iteration of the company? It would be good to be able to specify. As a casually observer, I am not sure why the billionth foot is an important marker except that it seems like a big number. I do not know how that compares with the amount of general piping produced.

There is room for more text if you want it.

Here is my suggestion: On this site in 1973, Raychem Corporation began commercially producing an electric self-regulating heater, invented the prior year. It revolutionized the temperature maintenance of process piping, such as those installed in refineries or chemical plants, and made freeze protection of water pipes simple and energy efficient. Thirty-five years later, they manufactured the 1 billionth foot of this heater.