Electro Plastics, Inc. Introduces a Line Voltage System – STEP® Heat Trace

Electro Plastics, Inc. released a brand new product to its offering of radiant heat systems. The new STEP® Heat Trace Line Voltage is a line voltage system used for radiant heat, snow melt and deicing in industrial and commercial buildings. STEP® Heat Trace Line Voltage is a heating solution for interior and exterior applications, specifically in large concrete installations, including manufacturing facilities, warehouses and garages.
STEP® Heat Trace Line Voltage 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 Line Voltage is designed for larger projects and does not require a transformer. The STEP® Heat Trace Line Voltage system connects to the STEP® AC Controller, available in 230V, and can be used with 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 Line Voltage doesn’t require any. It operates right from the STEP® AC Controller.”
The STEP® Heat Trace Line Voltage elements are made of homogeneous, semi-conductive polymer. This self-regulating PTC 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 Line Voltage include:

  • Durable, flat, thin and flexible line voltage heating element
  • Factory-wired with two extension wires, ten feet each; wire lengths can be made to fit customer specifications
  • Energy efficient, self-regulating PTC 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 Line Voltage 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 developing elements and STEP® systems that help our customers solve problems.”
Electro Plastics, Inc. offers a range of radiant heating solutions. 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 www.electroplastics.com.

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Electro Plastics is a proud sponsor at the “Proud Green Home of St. Louis”

Maryland Heights, Missouri – February 21, 2015

Hibbs Homes, a nationally renowned green construction company in St Louis, announced the completion of their “Proud Green Home” construction project, located in the Wildwood area of St. Louis County, Missouri.

The high performance five-bedroom, 3,700-square-foot Prairie-style home – built in partnership with Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, and the High Performance Buildings Research Center (part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia) – is the third high performance showcase home Hibbs Homes has built in the St. Louis area. It was constructed to provide the homeowners with better indoor air quality, lower energy costs, and better durability. This “Proud Green Home” will also educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

This “Proud Green Home” features many green-inspired products throughout the home, including STEP Warmfloor. This electric radiant heating system is installed in the master bathroom.

“We are so thrilled to be a part of this project,” says Monica Irgens, president of STEP Warmfloor. “Not only does this home represent our same living green values, it’s right here in St. Louis, home of our headquarters. To see St. Louis adopting more and more of these practices is truly gratifying.”

In conjunction with the home’s completion, Hibbs Homes hosted a two-day open house at the new “Proud Green Home” of St. Louis for professionals and consumers on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, 2015. Despite freezing rain and snow, more than 100 interested parties attended the open house over the weekend to learn more.

Electro Plastics, Inc. is an engineering and design company manufacturer of a unique and efficient electric radiant heating system – STEP Warmfloor®.

Our main product STEP Warmfloor® is a strong, flexible, homogeneous, flat and thin polymer heating element. The plastic is electrically conductive and because of resistance in the material, heat develops. Most important, the element is self-regulating, which means that when the ambient temperature increases, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases. For these reasons the heating element is safe, cannot overheat and is very energy efficient.

All products are designed and manufactured in the USA with quality and durability in mind. Our mission is to provide value to our customers through delivery of sustainable, safe and energy efficient heating solutions.

Learn more about STEP Warmfloor and the Proud Green Home of St. Louis project.

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St. Louis Welcomes Proud Green Home

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 2015 14:04

Going green isn’t just a trend anymore. Building a sustainable home is becoming a more common practice, and they are starting to sprout in St. Louis.

Proud Green Home partnered with us and other contracting companies to build a five-bedroom, 3,700 sq.-ft. home in Wildwood, Mo., that is expected to meet a number of green building standards.

“We’re so excited not just to be a part of such an environmentally-friendly project, but to do it right here in our hometown,” says Monica Irgens, STEP Warmfloor president. “Our projects bring us all over the world, from the South Pole to Norway, and I couldn’t be happier to bring this green solution right next door.”

The house will feature the STEP Warmfloor heating elements in the master bathroom. “This is a common place for our product,” Monica says. “Who wants to get out of a warm shower and step onto cold tile? With STEP Warmfloor, this new house will offer heated floors so this lucky home owner doesn’t have to face that.”

This project is expected to be complete this year. Stay updated at ProudGreenHome.com.

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Free AEC Course

STEP Warmfloor Offers Free AEC Daily Online Course

STEP Warmfloor is pleased to offer a free online learning course, brought to you by AEC Daily. This course provides one hour/credit for the state and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and it qualifies for the Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) training.

“We partnered with the AEC in order to provide architects a better understanding of the radiant heat market, as well as the installation techniques and customer benefits of our PTC [positive temperature coefficient] technology,” says Monica Irgens, STEP Warmfloor president.

The green market is heating up, and more and more new construction projects are looking for LEED certification. STEP Warmfloor is a certified Greener Product, complying with the LEED, LEED for Homes and NAHB standards.

“I don’t know of any radiant heat providers who offer a truly green product like ours,” says Monica. “When the AEC Daily approached us, we were eager to partner because the architects weren’t aware of any options for electric radiant heat that are as energy efficient.”

The course, “Floor Warming, Primary Heating, Snow Melting & Roof De-icing with PTC Heaters” outlines the following objectives:

  • discuss the underlying principles of heat transfer and the advantages of radiant heat
  • compare the operation and installation of radiant heating systems
  • explain how self-regulating polymer technology works and identify specific applicationsacross a variety of construction sectors
  • discuss the energy efficiency and performance of PTC (positive temperature coefficient)heaters, and
  • discuss the advantages of using PTC heaters for floor warming, primary heating, snowmelting and roof de-icing.

 

View and sign up for the course online.

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ONE THERMOSTAT TO RULE THEM ALL

Electro Plastics, Inc. released its new thermostat, STEP® Touch. The thermostat may be used for any and all of the Electro Plastics, Inc. products, including STEP Warmfloor™, STEP® Roof Deicing and STEP® Snowmelt systems and even STEP® Marine.

The new STEP® Touch thermostat is perfectly suited and designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with all STEP® products. It features:

  • Clean, simple two control design for ease of operation
  • Interfaces to an external temperature sensor
  • Displays in Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • Capable of interfacing with smart home systems
  • Three digit auto-dimmable LED Display
  • Touch sensor controls that are maintenance free
  • Clear, totally flat acrylic surface for a clean contemporary look that works well with any decor
  • Elegant stainless steel perimeter housing
  • No batteries needed. All settings are stored in permanent memory for
  • instant recovery in the event of a power failure
  • STEP® logo is lit when system is heating
  • Green friendly low power design

STEP TouchThe STEP® Touch thermostat collects the temperature information every 1.5 seconds for 10 minutes before deciding to add or reduce heat. This cycle continues until the operator turns it off. The thermostat is operated by two touch buttons only; up or down or press both buttons simultaneously to switch the heating off.

The low-voltage thermostat uses only 24 volts and connects to the power supply using a 3-conductor cable. It may control up to 20 power supplies or 20 DC controllers.

The STEP® Touch thermostat can be used in conjunction with all the EPI-LX-R power supply series and the STEP® DC Controller, too.

“This thermostat is another step towards building a STEP system, not just another product,” says Monica Irgens, president of STEP Warmfloor. “We started with our heating elements using our Patented technology, followed by our transformers, which can be used with any STEP product, and now we have our thermostat.”

Electro Plastics, Inc. d/b/a STEP Warmfloor® offers a range of radiant heating solutions for residential and commercial floor heating, snow melting, 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 www.warmfloor.com.

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

New Liner Resistant to Water and Chemicals

For the past 30 years, STEP Warmfloor® has maintained electronics working in the Antarctic, de-iced tugboats in Alaska, and heated houses all over from Norway to Ushuaia. Our product was resistant to either water or chemicals. Now, it’s resistant to both. We introduced a new liner to add to our STEP Warmfloor® heating elements to resist water and chemical damage, so that they are better protected in all types of installations.

We also made the heating elements more attractive and recognizable by using a printed liner with the STEP® logo. This will make it very easy to recognize the original STEP Warmfloor® should anyone try to sell you something else.

New Liner

Our new product comes after years of feedback from you all. A product or system has to include all the components, has to be simple to install for the contractor and easy to use for the end-user. We listen to our distributors, resellers, contractors and end users to learn from them what works and what needs to be improved. This is how we can offer our customers the best product and most efficient installation for their application.

STEP3 We are always looking of ways to improve our heating elements, our transformers and our controls. Please continue to contact us with your comments and success stories.

 

Like Us, Pin Us, Watch Us, Follow Us

fb like Speaking of sharing… help us help you. We’ve joined Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and started a blog so we can spread the word across the World Wide Web about STEP Warmfloor. And we want your help.

We joined these social networks to help get our name out there more, and we want your help. If you or your company is already out there, go and like us on Facebook, pin our pictures on Pinterest, and follow our blog. And in return, we will do the same.

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to sell directly to the consumer. Our marketing and delivery strategy continues to be manufacturer-to-distributor. And the more we link to each other, not only do we increase our online presence, this link-building actually boosts our rankings in search engines. When Google can find us, our customers find us.

Our YouTube channel features some installation videos. Soon, our episodes from DIYnet will be online (hopefully this fall), and we will link to those as well.

So please find us and follow us, and we will follow you right back. If you’re not on any of these sites, email us your stories and pictures, and we will get the word out for you.

 

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Many of you have already viewed and shared our installtion video. Thank you!

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New STEP Warmfloor® Representative for Northern Illinois and Indiana

Please welcome Vince Paukstys from Step Marketing, our new manufacturer’s representative for our neighboring states in Indiana and Northern Illinois. Vince is an experienced engineer in the heating and cooling business, and will be available in our booth at Mechanical Systems Week 2012 this Thursday and Friday (Sept. 20-21) in Schaumburg, IL, near Chicago.

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Change in Sales for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Southern Illinois

Please be informed that Comfort Sales Agency will be in charge of sales of STEP Warmfloor® products for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Southern Illinois. Comfort Sales is a 55 year old company in the HVAC business with an established sales force of engineers that visit and follow up with distributors, wholesale companies, and projects. This allows Electro Plastics, Inc. / STEP Warmfloor® to focus on continued product innovation and development to bring you the best radiant heating systems ever invented.

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STEP Roof Deicing Distribution

When it comes to ice melting systems for roofs and gutters, STEP Warmfloor® has developed the most versatile and energy efficient system on the market today. Although the systems work great, special skills and experience are required to give roofers the confidence necessary to install our system. Warmzone has this knowledge and experience, and have been selling our deicing systems with great success for some time now. Their positive results have led us to appoint them as our distribution agent in the United States for all roof deicing applications, and from this point on, all roof deicing orders will be designed by Warmzone. We feel this arrangement will benefit all parties involved.

As a roofer you can count on their expertise and knowledge for personalized project training to answer any questions before, during, and after the installation, so you can be confident the job is done right the first time.

As a property owner you can rely on their experience and know-how to design the most economical and efficient roof deicing system, with the knowledge that your system is installed properly, and your roof is safe from harmful ice dams and potentially dangerous icicles.

STEP Roof Deicing products are still available from select local distributors, but now they will have the additional knowledge and support of Warmzone behind them.

For questions about roof deicing and ordering information, please contact:

Warmzone
12637 South 265 West, Suite 100
Draper, UT 84020
Toll Free: 888-488-9276
Office: 801-948-7500
Fax: 801-948-7599
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STEP Warmfloor® on DIY Network’s new season of “Sweat Equity”

Get your DVR ready! Season 9 of DIY Network‘s “Sweat Equity” starts in September, and STEP Warmfloor® will be featured in the third episode this season. The episode, titled “Tuck Under Family Room”, is set to premier on September 19th, 2012 at 10PM e/p (9PM cst). Check your local listings for updated times and re-run air dates. For a full description of the episode and additional information/updates, click here.

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