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TGID (Thank Goodness It's Dalton!) Newsletters

Our short and sweet TGID newsletters are emailed every Friday to Dalton distributors. Sometimes you'll find a write up on a new cartridge heater or platen heater application, and other times you'll find tried-and-true selling tips. We also take the time to occasionally spotlight one of our many fine Dalton employees.

One thing you will always find in TGID is our Friday Funnies—this is sure to give you an end-of-week chuckle or smile. We invite you to read, learn, and enjoy TGID!

Thank you for your service2019-11-08

Thank you for your service

Dalton Electric thank all the men and women who we depend on to serve and

protect our country. 

Dependability and reliability are the hallmark of Dalton Electric’s Watt-Flex®

revolutionary split sheath heater too.  We warranty it.

Worry-less knowing your equipment is protected against Bore-Seizure and

trust the Dalton Difference to deliver service that is dependable and reliable.


Friday Funnies


The military has a long, proud tradition of pranking recruits.

Here are some favorites:


• Instructed a private in the mess hall to look for left-handed spatulas


• Sent a recruit to medical-supplies office in search of fallopian tubes


• Had a new guy conduct a “boom test” on a howitzer by yelling “Boom!”

down the tube in order to “calibrate” it


• Ordered a private to bring back a five-gallon can of dehydrated water

(in fact, the sergeant just wanted an empty water can)


And finally a funny story that will keep you in stiches:


During basic training at Fort Leavenworth, our sergeant asked if anyone had “artistic” abilities.

Having been an architectural draftsman in civilian life, I raised my hand. Then the sergeant

announced that everyone would get a three-day pass … except me. I would stay behind and

neatly print each soldier’s name onto his Army-issued underwear.


Trick or Treat2019-11-06

Trick or Treat

It’s no trick, nor magic slight of hand – it’s old good old fashioned, fast, reliable

service and heaters that can be depended to work the same way that puts a

smile on maintenance managers. 

The next time your customers are facing scary downtime, trust the

Dalton Difference to deliver service that is a treat to behold.


Friday Funnies

What started as an age-old European tradition originating with the Celtic festival of Samhain,

when people would wear costumes and light bonfires to scare away spirits and ghosts is now

probably the most celebrated day of the year called Halloween. Enjoy the jokes!

What do you call a dancing ghost? Polka-haunt-us

Which ghost is the best dancer? The Boogie Man!

Friend: What are you gonna be for Halloween? Me: Drunk!

What do you call a cheesy Halloween dance? The muenster mash!

When do ghouls and goblins cook their victims? On Fry Day

What's a monsters favorite desert? I-Scream!

How do you write a book about Halloween? With a ghostwriter.

Continuous Coil = Even Heat2019-09-27

Continuous Coil = Even Heat

Unlike conventional heaters, Watt-Flex® continuous coil produces uniform temperature

profile over the length of the heater.  Package sealing, platen presses, other tooling

benefit from Watt-Flex even heat profile. In these applications, even heat translates to

improved sealing performance, higher part uniformity, increased throughput and lower scrap. 

Trust the Dalton Difference to deliver these performance enhancing benefits to your customers.

Friday Funnies

Surgeon Talk...

Five surgeons were talking about the best patients...

First surgeon says, "Accountants are the best to operate on because when you open

them up, everything on the inside is numbered."

Second surgeon says, "Nah - librarians are the best. Everything inside them is in

alphabetical order."

Third surgeon responds, "Try electricians, man! Everything inside them is color coded!"

Fourth surgeon intercedes," I prefer lawyers. They're heartless, spineless, gutless,

and their heads and butts are interchangeable."

To which the fifth surgeon, who has been quietly listening to the conversation, says,

"I like engineers. They always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end."

The Ties That Bind2019-09-27

The Ties That Bind

Over the last month, I have had the pleasure to visit with a few of our great

channel partners, I appreciate the warm welcome and the heartfelt words of

condolences extended to the Dalton and Whitney families. 


Eli would say to me, explaining how to introduce and position our Dalton

Watt-Flex® heater, “It’s about reducing the total cost of heating”.  Nothing more,

nothing less.  What I have also come to know is that Bore-Seizure is the biggest

headache and the biggest driver of higher heating costs.  The patented

split-sheath design of the Watt-Flex® cartridge heater reduces your heater

change-out costs by preventing heater bore seizure.

What causes conventional heaters to warp and bind?

In conventional cylindrical heaters, temperature can vary from one side of the

heater diameter to the other. These differentials are caused by heat deflection

within a close fitting bore, and are the most frequent cause of heater warping

and binding during removal.


How the Watt-Flex Split-Sheath prevents bore seizure:

With the Watt-Flex heaters' unique split-sheath design, each half of the heater

expands and contracts independently.  When energized, the heater expands to

make intimate contact with the bore wall. When de-energized the sheath contracts

for ease of removal:


Dalton Electric's standard warranty covers the removal of Watt-Flex Heaters from bores,

provided that the bore fit is a minimum of 0.005" and there is no bore contamination to

cause seizure. 


Creating and delivering the reasons to Trust in the Dalton Difference – is the cornerstone

of our operating philosophy created and nurtured by Eli.  We proudly honor and uphold

these values and know we need to earn your business and trust every day.


    Friday Funnies

Not necessarily funny but sure to bring a smile...


Natural disasters have a way of making people depend on their neighbors in a

way nothing else does and the results can be incredibly moving—as six-year-old

Jermaine Bell proves. The boy had been saving money with his family for a dream

trip to Disneyworld when their neighborhood was suddenly ordered to evacuate

before Hurricane Dorian hit the South Carolina town. Immediately the first-grader

decided that he’d rather use his hard-earned cash to help his neighbors fleeing

the storm than for a vacation. Jermaine stood alongside a nearby road handing

out hundreds of chips, hot dogs, and bottles of water to evacuees. He even

stopped to pray with neighbors who were scared or worried. “I wanted them to

have some food to eat, so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re going

to stay." 



Bye Bye Bore Seizure

What causes conventional heaters to warp and bind?

In conventional heaters, temperature can vary from one side of the heater diameter

to the other. These differentials are caused by heat deflection within a close fitting

bore, and are the most frequent cause of heater warping and binding during removal.


How the Watt-Flex Split-Sheath prevents bore seizure:

With the Watt-Flex heaters' unique split-sheath design, each half of the heater expands

and contracts independently.


When energized, the heater expands to make intimate contact with the bore wall.

When de-energized the sheath contracts for ease of removal:

Trust the Dalton Difference and don’t get stuck with conventional bore seizure.

Big Bore - No Problem2019-08-30

Big Bore – No Problem


The unique bi-lateral expansion of Watt-Flex cartridge heaters

eliminates the need for tight fits and makes them well-suited for

use in oversized bores where conventional cartridge heaters

cannot be used effectively - especially after heaters were drilled



Cartridge heater fit is measured as the difference between the

inside bore diameter (I.D.) and the outside dimension (O.D.) of

the heater. The suggested fit for a Watt-Flex Cartridge Heater is

0.010" greater than the nominal heater diameter.


For example, the ideal bore diameter for a 1/2" diameter Watt-Flex

heater (0.495” nominal) would be (0.502” to 0.505").


At the maximum tolerance dimension of the heater (0.497”) and the

minimum bore diameter (0.502), the heater would have a 0.005" fit,

allowing easy insertion and removal.


Generally, smaller diameter heaters benefit from a tighter fit and fit

can be loosened for larger diameters and as length increases.





Friday Funnies


Things that make you go…hmmm…


Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?


How do a fool and his money GET together?


Why does Hawaii have interstate highways?


How is it that a building burns up as it burns down?


If a train station is where the train stops, what is a workstation?


Why do they put Braille on the drive through bank machines?


If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?


Why do hot dogs come 10 to a package and hot dog buns only 8?


What was the best thing before sliced bread?


Why do we park in driveways and drive on parkways?


Best Strain Relief Solutions!2019-08-13

Best Strain Relief Solutions

We were talking about a custom “Anti-Flex” terminal solution that we do for one

of our customers and I asked why we do it and what problem does it solve. 

That prompted a discussion of terminal strain relief protection and prolonging

heater life by protecting against premature lead wire failure. 


Most people think headers offer strain relief, but without potting, a header offers

little to no strain relief.  Selecting “Anti-Flex” option increases the size of the wire,

for example moving from a 16g to 14g wire.  The larger diameter wire provides

additional protection from bending forces.  Our AFX terminal option, is a step up

over “Anti-Flex”.  Here we weld a pin into the terminal and attach a longer terminal

that is flared to go over the lead wire insulation allowing us to crimp the lead wire

and place an additional crimp onto the insulation.  The ultimate strain relief is our

clip support system.  This option consists of welding the base to the heater and

crimp the clip on and around the lead wires.  The photos below show each of

these configurations.


Strain Relief Solutions:

  • Fully Potted Headers
  • Anti-Flex
  • AFX terminal
  • Clip Support

Helping customers reduce the total cost of heating is the foundation of our

strategic Dalton Difference and the reason we believe customers keep

coming back to us year after year.




Friday Funnies


For the math whiz…there is a probability they may laugh out loud!


What happens when you put a root beer in a square glass?

It just becomes beer.


What do you get when you divide a bovine circumference by its diameter?

A cow pi.


Why should you never mention the number 288?

It’s two gross.


What do you call a number that can’t keep still?

A roamin’ numeral.


A Farmer counted 196 cows in her field. 

But when she rounded them up, she had 200.


What’s the best way to woo a mathematician?

Use acute angle.


Stop Bore Siezure2019-08-13

Stop Bore Seizure

before it stops you!


A maintenance supervisor spent the better part of the night searching for a solution

for his shut down plastic extruder.  His night time “Google” search was the result of

seized conventional heaters along their extruder barrel. He was rewarded when

he came to Dalton and was delighted to find our split sheath technology

stops bore seizure – his specific problem.


The time stamp on the request registered it was well past 11pm in his local time zone.

“I was not expecting a call”, said the surprised Maintenance supervisor who answered

my call.  “That’s part of the Dalton Difference – we are unconventional in a good way,

it’s part of DNA to go the extra mile for our customers.” I replied.


We then went on to have a fruitful conversation on how and why our heaters won’t

Seize. We also discussed ways to connect the heaters – making it easier and

faster to disconnect, remove and replace heaters in the future.


Hubble connectors easy on/off solution...


Stop the cycle of Bore Seizure and downtime at your customers by introducing Dalton’s

Watt-Flex® heaters and you too will be rewarded with a lifetime of loyalty.

Jesse Fox comes aboard2019-08-13

Jesse Fox comes aboard

Jesse Fox, Dalton’s new Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast and Western US and Canada and will begin this Monday August 5, 2019. Prior to starting with Dalton, Jesse served six years in the Marines where he excelled in the deployment of various radar jamming technology.

He leveraged that knowledge into a career at KHRONE and later at Hawk, where he sold and serviced measurement systems used in the petroleum, chemical, water treatment and pulp & paper. Jesse is a quick learner and will apply his hands-on style to help customers with specifying the best heating system for the application.

Jesse and his wife and two daughters live in Massachusetts North Shore where they enjoy the outdoors and helping out in their community. There is no doubt that Jesse will bring this same dedication to service and learning to his new Dalton community too.

Jesse’s contact information is below for your convenience,

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 978-356-9844

Cell: 978-290-0894

Please join me in welcoming Jesse to Dalton Sales Team - Hurrahh!



Closely sealed, fastened, or fitted so that no water enters or passes through.

"a watertight seal" – according to Google.


That’s exactly what we now have with our new extended header/convolute

assembly.  This option seals out water from the platen/tooling back to the

junction box.  We do this through a combination of welding and brazing all

three assemblies to form a watertight seal and is depicted in the photo below.

(keen observers will note the parts are fitted together and neither welded

or brazed)


This new configuration opens new opportunities for Dalton in extreme water/oil

environments like those found in baking, packaging and pulping operations.  Finding

new ways to help customers solve heating problems and run longer is what

the Dalton Difference is all about!


Friday Funnies


Why did the Chicken cross the road?

Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.

Timothy Leary: Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.

Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.

Howard Cosell: It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the

annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such

an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable


Jack Nicholson: 'Cause it (censored) wanted to. That's the (censored) reason.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered2019-07-26

“Signed Sealed Delivered…”


Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your hard-earned profits go down the drain. 

Bad things can happen when water and other contaminants infiltrate heaters. 

Even the best heaters will fail if not protected.  Worse, the impact often takes time

to manifest – there is not always a direct cause and effect – adding precious time to

the final solution.  Fear not – for we have the options and solutions.


Packaging applications are often exposed to chemical or water wash downs and

food processing normally has an added element of release agent/oil in the process

to contend with.  These types of applications are difficult but not impossible for us. 


We have innovative ways to combat contamination – water, oil and debris!


Option 1:  Cost-effective solution that specifies a full weld around header,

RTV potting with MW transition and FX wire, (see photo 1).

Photo 1


Option 2:  A more intensive that incorporates a “sealed collar” with full weld around

header, RTV potting with Teflon or FX wire, (see photo 2). 

Photo 2


Option 3:  For ultimate containment and protection from water to caustic and even

high-pressure wash downs, we offer our BX-5 convolute solution.  Specify

BX-5 convolute and fully potted header to form a completely sealed unit, (see photo 3).



Friday Funnies



On his way to Saturday evening Mass, a priest is stopped by a state trooper for speeding.

The trooper smells alcohol on his breath and sees an empty wine bottle on the floor.


The trooper asks, “Father, have you been drinking?” And the priest says, “Just water.”


The trooper says, “Then why do I smell wine?” And the priest looks down at the bottle and says,


“Good Lord, He’s done it again!”


Stars & Stripes Need You!2019-07-05

Stars & Stripes Need You!


This Sunday, in a steamy stadium in Lyon France, the US Women’s national team,

aka Stars and Stripes, will be taking on Netherlands to decide the 2019 World Cup

title.  Ever since the New England Patriots began their dynasty in 2001, it has

warped the way fans view the NFL. Every action is, in some way, an effort to best

the Patriots. The same has been true with US women’s soccer.  The USWNT is the

best team in the history of the sport – period.  They are expected to win every

tournament they enter: Anything less than a trophy is a failure.


After breaking the tournament’s scoring record in a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand, and

sailing to the top of the group stage, TEAM USA had to claw their way past top

contender and host France, then narrowly escaped with a victory over England to

earn a spot in the finals.


Are the Americans’ grip on the sport loosening? The Orange squad’s talented young

legs are a big advantage in the sweltering heat of this year’s World Cup.   No doubt,

the gap between the U.S. and its competition is closing. It’s not that the United States

is less talented than in years past—they’re still the most skilled in the game—but that

the rest of the world is catching up.


Tune in this Sunday at 6:00 PM GMT / 11:00am EST to cheer them on!



Friday Funnies


Q:        Where will the US Women’s World Cup soccer team go to dance?

A:        The Futball


Q:        How will women’s team USA cool off in Lyon France this Sunday?

A:        Stand in front of the fans


Q:        Where do women’s US World Cup soccer team shop for uniforms?

A:        New Jersey


Q:        What runs around World Cup Soccer fields but never moves?

A:        The fence


Q:        Which women’s World Cup player has the biggest cleats?

A:        The player with the biggest feet


Teach'em to Fish2019-07-05

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you

feed him for a lifetime.” The ancient Chinese proverb perfectly describes this

week’s TGID.


A newly converted customer was using a short high watt density heater and

wanted to go from 100C to 200C.  The customer asked, “What temperature

will the heater get to?”  My reply, “1500 – 1650F”.  “Impossible.” the customer

stated, “my thermocouple readings don’t go above 100C”. 


Convinced our heater was deficient, the customer was adamant something was

wrong the heaters. My attempt to seek additional details about the application

and tooling was thwarted due to its proprietary design. The impasse was finally

broken after sending the Engineering Data page below. 


This new customer was new to cartridge heaters and unfamiliar with how they

worked.  Walking them through the heat study calculation and determining the

required power, they saw for themselves that more heaters were needed.

We at the School of Dalton proudly graduate another student.

Doug Doane retires2019-06-21

We will miss you Doug!

Everyone remembers what it was like in early 2009, so I won’t dredge

up the imagery.  It was our unwavering faith in US manufacturing that

Dalton hired Doug Doane on June 1, 2009.  It is in this back drop, that

Doug began his career at Dalton Electric.  Doug has proven to be an

excellent sales professional, with a nuclear reactor supply of energy

and desire to help his customers, distributors and fellow Dalton

co-workers to remove any obstacle in his path to solve problems.  

He is mighty, fearless, and tireless in his support and advocacy of his

customers and channel partners.  Doug has aggressively pushed the

organization to achieve and perform the formerly unachievable.  In his

10 years at Dalton, Doug has been single minded in his pursuit of new

customers, new applications and new business in general.  Doug’s

enthusiasm and energy will be sadly missed in the halls of Dalton.


But he is on another mission now.  Since buying his retirement home in

Downeast Maine, Doug and his wife Julie have been on a non-stop

Migration, moving bits and pieces of their home and life “up to Maine”. 

Doug is an avid fisherman and in between caring for the mammoth

draft horses at his brothers rescue farm, he intends to spend more

time casting his line in the pursuit of landing another big fish. 


Doug and Julie have one grown son, Jonathan.  He and his wife Kristen

have 7 year old daughter.  The love and devotion of a grandchild cannot

be understood unless you have one.  Doug and Julie have been deeply

involved in helping shape her young life and are both excited about the

prospects of being able to spend even more time with their family.


Doug, you have left a lasting legacy here that will live on.  Our doors

and hearts will forever remain open to you and your family.  Until then,

we bid you a fond farewell, arrivederci, adieu, adios, auf wiedershen,

goodbye dear friend.


     Friday Funnies

The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does. —Author Unknown
A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job. —Ella Harris
A lot of our friends complain about their retirement. We tell ’em to get a life. —Larry Laser
When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues present him with a watch. —R.C. Sheriff
Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home—forever. —Gene Perret
My retirement plan is to get thrown into a minimum-security prison in Hawaii. —Julius Sharpe
He who laughs last at the boss’s jokes probably isn’t far from retirement. —Author Unknown
My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that's the law. —Jerry Seinfeld
I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So, I do it three or four times a day. —Gene Perret


St. Louis Wins the Stanley Cup!2019-06-12

Singing The Blues

This weeks’ TGID is dedicated to the St. Louis Blues and our friends at

TEMTRON INC, “Process Heat and Control since 1976”. 


It’s been a long time coming for sports fans in St. Louis – especially when it comes

to championship games against Boston franchises.   Boston is the only city to have

had teams that beat every ‘big four’ St. Louis sports teams - The St. Louis Hawks

lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals in 1961, the Blues lost to the Bruins in

1970, the St. Louis Rams lost to the New England Patriots in 2002 and the Cardinals

lost to the Red Sox in 2013.


May 10, 1970, Bobby Orr slipped the puck into the Blues goal, capturing the victory,

the “cup” and hearts of Bruin fandom ‘fah-evah”.  It also marked the last time the

Blues, one of the most revered and feared franchises in the NHL, made the Stanley

Cup finals.


49 years, 1 month, 2 days later, the curse was lifted, the drought over, the St. Louis

Blues gave the mighty Boston Bruins everything they had and a that little bit more to

claim Lord Stanley’s Cup.  A series that featured hard nose and “jaw” play on both

sides. To my friends at TEMTRON and St. Louis Blues fans across the country,

I raise my cup in solemn salute.


A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at their job.  So they each go

into the woods, find a bear, and attempt to convert it.  Later they get together. 


The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and

sprinkled him with holy water.  Next week is his First Communion.”


“I found a bear by the stream,” says the minister, “and preached God’s holy word.

The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.”


They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney with wounds from head to

foot. “Looking back,” he says, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.”

Bore Seizure

Uneven Heat

Cost of Heating