Heating Gasses with New Technology

Optimax The Optimax ® Solution

Your money is important.  The products that you choose to spend your capital on should perform at the highest level to produce the greatest return for your investment.

Electric in line or circulation heaters designed to heat gas streams have not changed in their technology for over 80 years.  There is a good chance that the in-line heater you own today for heating your gasses is identical to the same heater 50 years ago. This technology is not as productive as the new technology offered by Valin Thermal Solutions…so why invest in old technology?

Valin now has the most efficient electric fired gas heater on the market.  The Optimax heat exchanger combines new advanced flow technology that helps to drastically improve heat transfer rates.

What does that mean to you?  A heater that runs cooler, last longer and is smaller than other units using older technology. Over 5000 hours of laboratory testing as well as CFD/FEA modeling have validated the design. Designs up to 3MW of electric heating of gas streams in a 3 to 48” ANSI/ASME design.  ASME Section VIII Div 1 or Section IV Code, and 3rd party rated by CSA, IECEx…rated for Class 1 Div 2 areas too.

  • A heater that runs cooler
  • A heater that is up to 50% smaller
  • An electric heater that runs longer in your gas heating application

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For more information, please call (281) 351-4328 and speak to one of our application specialists



Valin Corporation Acquires Thermal Solutions of Texas

Valin CorporationAcquisition adds to Valin Corporation’s comprehensive process heating capabilities

San Jose, Calif. (Aug. 24,2016)— Valin Corporation, a leading technical solutions provider in San Jose California, announces it has acquired Thermal Solutions of Texas located near Houston, Texas. The acquisition further expands Valin’s process heating portfolio and was made effective on August 15, 2016.

“We’re excited to announce that Valin has acquired Thermal Solutions of Texas,” said Joseph Nettemeyer, President and CEO of Valin Corporation. “Our process heating solutions portfolio was one that we’ve paid particular attention to over the past few years. Thermal Solutions has always had a strong reputation in the industry and maintains an experienced and accomplished technical staff with extensive field experience on both a domestic and international scale.”

Thermal Solutions of Texas provides comprehensive service and superior heating systems. Its 11,000 square foot location houses a UL508 certified manufacturing/warehouse facility. With diverse custom fabrication abilities, it also provides ample space for its Inventory Stocking Program.

For more information about Valin’s process heating services, visit: http://www.valin.com/process-control/services/process-heating-services


A New Drexan Partnership

DrexanIn the Gulf Coast, Drexan has now partnered with an industrial heat trace representative firm called Thermal Solutions of Texas (TSOT). They are based out of Tomball, TX ( in the North Houston area) and their territories include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Alabama and Georgia. TSOT will supply both Industrial and Commercial Drexan products.

Thermal Solutions of Texas is a complete solutions provider for: parts, custom design heaters and control panels, start-up, rentals, and all turn-key solutions to manufacturing companies around the world. Their corporate headquarters serve the international manufacturing market with TSOT Thermal Solutions control panels and Thermal Systems and a more concentrated area of the southern US with all product lines.

Outside sales representatives are located throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi and are ready to assist with any questions or inquiries. For complete details, go to https://www.thermalsolutionsoftexas.com/


Watlow’s F4T Controller with Intuition®

F4T ControllerIntroducing Watlow’s NEW F4T Controller with INTUITION®!

With a wide range of field removable I/O modules for maximum design flexibility, Watlow’s new F4T controller configurations can be custom tailored to meet the scaling needs of a tremendous range of equipment and applications while providing exactly the hardware types required for compatibility. The F4T controller also features a 4.3 inch, color, graphical touch screen panel. Combining power, flexibility and functionality, this new controller offers unmatched versatility, and its best-in-class ease of use could very well make user manuals a thing of the past!

  • 4.3-inch, color touch panel with high-resolution, graphical user-interface allows channels, profiles, alarms, inputs and outputs to be personalized with user defined names, shortening the learning curve and reducing operator errors
  • Temperature PID, over/under-temperature limit, power switching, math, logic, timers and counters combined into an integrated system lowers ownership costs, eliminates the need for separate discrete components and simplifies design, ordering and installation
  • Robust algorithms for temperature, cascade, altitude, humidity and compressor improves process control, offers 40 ramp and soak profiles with real-time clock and battery backup and offers one to four channels of control
  • COMPOSER® graphical configuration PC software speeds up and simplifies commissioning, archives and documents controller setup and connects with controller easily via Ethernet
  • Many communications options available including Ethernet Modbus® TCP and SCPI and EIA-232/485 Modbus® RTU Modular design adapts quickly to evolving requirements with numerous types of field pluggable modules for maximum flexibility and easiest compatibility; delivering scalable input/output quantities from 1 to 36
  • Agency certifications include UL®, FM, CE, RoHS, W.E.E.E., NEMA 4X/IP65 ensures high quality and reliability, verifying performance in installations worldwide
  • SERIES F4S/F4D/F4P backward compatible to provide easy retrofit with minimum pain and disruption, ensuring proper fit in existing SERIES F4 panel cutout

Watlow Distributor Dispatch

Article courtesy of Watlow Distributor Dispatch ( a distributor newsletter)

Jeff Peterson with FamilyThermal Solutions of Texas (TSOT) was established in 2009 by Jeff Peterson and four colleagues after they all departed the same Texas-based manufacturing company.

“I had to make some very difficult decisions in a short amount of time to get this company started, but I had the right team, support from family and friends and a lot of faith that gave me the confidence to take the plunge and start my own Thermal Solutions distributorship,” said Peterson.

The professional plunge worked out well because TSOT has averaged 30 to 40 percent growth each year, and recently purchased three acres adjacent to the current location, which will provide an additional 15,000 square feet of manufacturing to more than double the current 10,000 square foot facility.

“Our mission is clear… we are here to serve our customers,” said Peterson. “Along with our new manufacturing space, we are continuing to develop online search engine optimization (SEO) efforts and have a dedicated, in-house, web site and marketing employee who is building our online store. We also participate in blogs, e-mail blasts, social media such as Facebook and Twitter and have our own YouTube channel – all of this allows us to stay connected with and better serve our customers.”

Currently, TSOT employs 18 full-time employees and six contract employees. Because of its location just north of Houston, the company is largely involved in the energy processes market, but also deals with aspects of the manufacturing sector including research firms, engineering contractors and OEMs. TSOT concentrates mainly on Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi but sells products and manufactured systems worldwide.

TSOT offers a variety of products, services and custom capabilities. For energy processes customers, they can design, engineer and provide turn-key ASME vessels, tanks and heater skid assemblies. They also repair immersion heaters and offer complimentary services such as insulation, calibration, international field service and start up.

“Along with our custom solutions, I attribute much of our success to our engineering and technical support staff and our incredible customer problem-solving services,” said Peterson.

Peterson continued, “Our group is extremely pro-active and we work really well together. We enjoy what we do and love to solve difficult applications. Our customer service and dedication to quality are of high core value. Everyone in this company is an integral part of our successes and the reinvestments are evident in our growth.

Peterson’s father has worked with Watlow for over 30 years and currently serves as vice president of TSOT. He is responsible for the company’s sales group and excels at doing what he loves.

“Because of my dad’s experience, I am fortunate to have seen the culture of Watlow and how it was “back in the day” and how it is transforming to accomodate today’s markets. TSOT has been flexible enough to have adapted to the changes at Watlow, and yet grow our business despite a challenging economic environment. Watlow is a key part of TSOT and we can attest that future developments with all our partners will result in collaborative alignment and will serve our customers well,“ said Peterson.

TSOT is not Jeff Peterson’s only passion. He is an extremely dedicated family man and loves spending time with his “amazingly patient wife” of 14 years and his two children, Logan who is 10 and Anna who is six.

“My family had an amazing event happen to us that has changed us forever,” said Peterson. “My house burned down years ago when my son was just one year old. My wife had been bugging me for months to install a smoke alarm in his room, since his room was upstairs and our room was downstairs. After six months of the smoke alarm sitting on my desk, I decided to install it. My house was all steel frame and hardy plank and I felt confident that it was indestructible. Three hours (1:30 a.m.) after we put our son down that same night, our hot water heater adjacent to my son’s room caught fire and we heard the one smoke alarm I had just installed beeping through our baby monitor downstairs in our bedroom. His ceiling was on fire and crumbling around us as we made it out safely, only to watch our house burn to rubble on December 1 in the freezing temperatures. This miracle of timing and our life after the fire with everything we had lost was something that has prepared me for a lot. This rebuilding of our life and the challenges financially, personally and spiritually will forever stand out as a reminder of what is truly important in my life.”

Peterson continued, “A few years after the fire, Kidde smoke alarms (the manufacturer of the alarm just installed) featured our experience in a commercial that is still airing nationwide. I tell this story as often as people will hear it – first, to remind people to check / install your smoke alarms in every room; and second, as a reminder that in a moment, everything can change. My family was very lucky, blessed, anointed… whatever you call it… that night to get to live on and raise a couple of incredible kids and start a heater company.”

These same lessons learned rebuilding his life and home helped Peterson when starting TSOT. Once again, unforeseen circumstances had forced quick actions and resulted in a new message to be delivered. “We had to start with the basics to get back on our feet with this company, but we have quickly and consistently grown to expand our products a

nd services. I have great people around me and I am confident in knowing that our future is bright.”

Watlow logo“We want other Watlow distributors to know that we have invested significantly into our capabilities such as custom built heater assemblies and control panels for a variety of industries, and private labeling programs for distributors and OEMs. We are an honest group who understands different market segments and can work with you and share our capabilities to help you better serve your customers,” said Peterson.


Inventory Management Program

What is this Inventory Management Program, anyway?

Inventory Management ProgramRecent Live Chat Transcript:

TSOT Live Chat: Thermal Solutions, how can I help you?
Customer: I need a heater.
TSOT Live Chat: I would happy to assist you. What type of heater are you looking for and how quickly will you need it?
Customer: It is a 6-piece band heater that is 87” in diameter and has 15 holes in it and I needed it…yesterday.
TSOT Live Chat: Thank you, I can help you expedite this – but have you heard about our IMC (Inventory Management Control) program? Implementing this program can help prevent this from happening again.
Customer: No, I haven’t heard of it. What is this program about?

Glad you asked!

Thermal Solutions of Texas and our manufacturers build and stock hundreds of thousands of special configured parts available for same day shipment, however some items can take up to 12 weeks or longer to manufacture. With a little preparation it is very easy for us to itemize your parts. Instead of having to measure a partially working hot heater on line or in a vessel, wouldn’t it be easier to know that we have the item number of our parts located on the shell, face or leads of all your items and with one quick phone call we can pull up a digital picture and measurements, and either have it in our stock or get it on order.

Many years ago we established an IMC (Inventory Management Control) program that will allow us to better manage your inventory needs, both stock and special products and this is how it works: Thermal Solutions of Texas team members come into your facility and work closely with your tool room supervisor to look at your quantities on hand as well as the high quantity usage and long lead time items. We catalog and measure every part that we provide and take a digital picture of each item and keep it on file. We assign your internal part number and our internal part number to each item; documenting usage to ensure you don’t get stuck in a downtime situation. Our 24-hour Emergency heater hotline number is available to have your previously decided stock items delivered from our climate-controlled warehouse. We will be glad to stock your “hard to get items” at our Corporate Headquarters in Tomball, Texas. For more information regarding this program, or to schedule an individual analysis, contact a Thermal Solutions of Texas Team Member at (866) 351-4328 – or email us anytime at sales@thermalsolutionsoftexas.com. You can view our sample Stocking Program Agreement form here.


Putting the Heat on Recession

Putting the Heat on Recession

Putting the Heat on RecessionPutting the Heat on Recession – Thermal Solutions of Texas born out of founder’s desire to provide so much more

by Tanya Rutledge for the Houston Business Journal

While many business owners would be content to experience growth of 2 to 4 percent per year, Jeff Peterson was not.
When Peterson approached his former employer with the idea that the distribution division of the large heating systems manufacturing company he worked for could be so much more, his boss agreed — and even encouraged him to investigate the idea of starting a new company.
Having that support made a big difference in getting the new company off the ground, Peterson said, especially since it was 2009 and the recession raged on in the backdrop.
“When my boss said this could probably be a good thing, that helped me make the decision,” Peterson said. “It was an absolutely horrible time to be starting a business, so having that support really helped and made me feel that I really was seeing a larger opportunity.”
Armed with the blessing of their former employer, Peterson and four employees who were part of his group left to forge out on their own, with Peterson as sole owner of Thermal Solutions of Texas, a heater, sensor and control systems company that originally focused on product distribution.
“I had what I call my ‘Jerry Maguire moment,’ where he carried the goldfish out the door and said ‘Let’s do this,’ ” Peterson said. “We saw a larger opportunity, and we went for it.”
The group left the company on a Friday, and, the following Monday, with just $25,000 of Peterson’s savings in hand, they started Thermal Solutions.
While they were able to take a large part of their customer base with them — with support from their former employer, which got out of the distribution business altogether — Peterson didn’t waste any time diving into the expansion aspect that spurred him to start the new company in the first place.
“We saw the opportunity to provide other product lines and services, but we also saw the opportunity to get into the manufacturing side as well,” he said.
In addition to obtaining new manufacturers and product lines — the company now represents 12 manufacturers, compared to one manufacturer at its inception — Peterson quickly got to work setting up an in-house manufacturing operation that could offer customized solutions.
By the time Thermal Solutions’ 1,200-square-foot lease in a strip center expired a year after the company was launched, Peterson was well underway in setting up manufacturing lines for heating elements and control panels, as well as for services such as heater repair. The company manufactures and supplies a variety of electric heat, temperature-control and industrial automation components.
In 2010, Tomball-based Thermal Solutions purchased a 6,000-square-foot warehouse manufacturing space, adding another 10,000 square feet earlier this summer. And by the end of next year, another 15,000 square feet of space is set to come online at the manufacturing site.
Peterson said his original vision for the in-house manufacturing function — in tandem with larger offerings on the distribution side — has already been surpassed.
In fact, Thermal Solutions has experienced strong double-digit revenue growth every year, a number that makes Peterson much more comfortable than the 2 to 4 percent his division had been seeing as part of the former company.
Peterson said about 60 percent of the firm’s revenue now comes from the manufacturing side, while about 40 percent comes from the distribution business. Service offerings also account for a small portion of revenue.
In addition to the pending roll-out of more manufacturing space, Thermal Solutions, which now has 6,000 customers, is preparing to launch an online store in the next four to five months that will allow clients to make purchases over the Internet.
Technology-focused marketing has been an important part of the company’s growth strategy, Peterson said, largely because it is uncommon in the industry.
And because clients vary across a wide range of industries — including Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries Corp., which uses heating elements to make the plastic film on the top of ice cream cartons; Katy-based Igloo Corp., which uses heating systems in the manufacturing process; and a host of energy companies — Thermal Solutions’ marketing strategies are designed to target a variety of clients across industries.
Those initiatives include online blogs, email blasts and regular Twitter and Facebook posts. Thermal Solutions even has its own YouTube channel it uses for marketing.
“We are a young, dynamic group, and we put a lot of importance on marketing, which is absolutely unique in this industry,” Peterson said. “There is a large gap in the marketplace when it comes to that, and we believe we are really filling that gap.”

Thermal Solutions
2012 revenue: $4.4 million
2011 revenue: $3.8 million
Top Exec: Jeff Peterson, president
Employees: 18, plus six regular contractors
Founded: 2009

Business: Manufactures and distributes a variety of electric heat, temperature-control and industrial automation components, as well as offering other product and service options

Web: thermalsolutionsoftexas.com

TANYA RUTLEDGE is a freelance writer.

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