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Impedance pipe heating. By now, those words probably conjure an image of a long delivery line: a stainless tubing line in a food plant, or a carbon steel line in a production facility. In either case, just a simple delivery line, taking product from a tank or storage area to a use point. Is this the only place to use impedance? Is it relegated to fixed delivery lines and nothing else? Of course not! While it is a simple and effective method of heating pipe, it can also be a flexible one. 

Over the last several newsletters, we have addressed a variety of topics on many different aspects of an impedance system. We have seen how it works, examined the different components of a system, and looked at the maintenance requirements. Now, we will look at a practical application of an impedance system, and the benefits of impedance heating over other methods. 

While impedance heating is an appropriate method to maintain and heat pipes, it is not always the best option. So how do you know when to consider and apply impedance pipe heating? Here are five areas where impedance heating is always an excellent choice: 

Previous articles have focused on specific applications for impedance pipe heating. Now we would like to address a less conventional use: transporting an electrically conductive material. 

Typically people consider using electric impedance pipe heating (IPH) for fluids and oftentimes that is their first application. However, electric impedance pipe heating is not limited to fluids — it can be used effectively to heat gas and vapor phase products as well.