Heat tape and heating cable

As a global provider of electrical heat tracing solutions, eltherm offers a wide range of heating tapes, heating cables and trace heaters for various industrial applications. In most cases these are actually for freeze prevention or temperature maintenance. Due to the different designs of the outer jackets, we can cover temperatures of up to 900 °C with our heaters.

Which insulation covers which temperature range?

  • FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) up to 200 °C
  • PFA / PTFE (Perfluoroalkoxy Alkane / Polytetrafluoroethylene) up to 260 °C
  • E-glass (E-Gglass fibre) up to 450 °C
  • Quartz glass (Quartz glass fibre) up to 900 °C

Series Resistance Heating Cables, fluoropolymer-insulated

  • Highly flexible
  • Small bending radius
  • High operation temperatures
  • High chemical resistance
  • Moisture proof

Constant wattage heating cables with resistance wire

  • Single end power input
  • Can be cut off the roll
  • Constant power output per meter
  • High chemical resistance (ELP-PFA and ELP-FEP)
  • UV resistance (ELP-PFA and ELP-FEP)

How does a heat tape work?

The heat is generated by allowing an electric current to flow through a specifically adapted conductive material with high electrical resistance, which is then heated up. According to Ohm's law, the heat performance depends on the resistance level (as a function of the specific resistance of the material, its cross section and length) as well as the electrical current flow and thus on the voltage applied. The electrical current flow must not be so high that the melting temperature of the conductor material or the limit temperature of the insulating carrier is reached. For power output regulation purposes, several resistances can be connected in parallel or in series.

Constant wattage heating cable with parallel resistance wires, serial heating cable or heating tape?

Parallel heat cable

Parallel constant wattage heating cables with resistance wire (for example ELP/Si) consist of 2 supply conductors embedded in a first insulation. Wrapped around with the heating conductor, which is surrounded by a second insulation. The corresponding protective braid and the outer jacket provides maximum safety. For example: Typical applications are food industry for heating various pipes, vessels or valves as freeze prevention or temperature maintenance. The required nominal power output is calculated on the basis of various specifications, such as supply voltage, minimum and maximum ambient temperature and maintain temperature. Feel free to contact us!

Series heating cable

Series resistance heating cables can be cut to length (e.g. ELKM-AG-L). The design of this heat cable type is based on a stranded or spirally wrapped heat conductor which is covered by the insulation. On top of this this insulation is a protective braid (e.g. ELKM-AE). To ensure a higher mechanical protection, there are variants with an additional outer jacket available (e.g. ELKM AG-L). Series heating cables are highly flexible and designed for temperatures up to 900 °C.

Heating tapes

Heating tapes are mainly used for applications that require high flexibility and power output. The design is similar to the series resistance cable, with the difference that they are placed double inside an additional insulation and can therefore also provide more power output. Due to their design, heating tapes are more resistant and optimally protected while at the same time being particularly flexible. They are often used for electrical trace heating on tanks and vessels.

In general, each heating cable and heating tape is operated with appropriate measuring and control technology. As an alternative without temperature control, we can also offer various self-regulating heating cables. We will be happy to advise you in order to find the best solution for your application!

What (among other things) must be taken into account when assembling and installing heating cables and heating tapes?

  • Remove any sharp irregularities (burrs etc.) from the surface to be heated and clean and degrease the surface.
  • Installation of the heating circuit should be carried out with original eltherm accessories. The trace heaters should be attached to the surface by means of self adhesive aluminium tape (approx. one patch every 300 mm).
  • Attach heater to pumps, valves and other components in a way that these components are still accessible for maintenance or exchange without major mechanical stress to the heater.
  • The given max. operating temperature of the components to be heated as well as the maximum trace heater temperatures must not be exceeded.



3D rendering of heating cables and heating tapes in hazardous areas.

Pipe Mounting Fitting

Temperature Controller


Insulation Bushing

Warning Sign

Splice Connecter

Kits Ex-Con

Temperature Sensors


Self-adhesive tape and foil

Temperature Controller


  1. Pipe Mounting Fitting
  2. Temperature Controller:


  3. Insulation Bushing
  4. Warning Sign
  5. Splice Connecter:

    Kits Ex-Con

  6. Temperature Sensors:


  7. Self-adhesive tape and foil
  8. Temperature Controller:


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