Navigation
  • May 1, 2019

    Johns Manville recently supported the National Insulation Association (NIA) in developing their new Thermal Insulation Inspection Certification Program. This is a robust program designed to help fill a growing need in the insulation industry. We recently sat down with Ron King, one of the principle developers of NIA’s new program, for an interview to learn a little bit more about the Thermal Insulation Inspection Certification Program, who it’s for, and how it can help.

  • May 1, 2019

    Johns Manville (JM), a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced today it will host the fourth annual Johns Manville Industrial Masters Course, along with six other major manufacturers, contractors, and engineers in the industrial insulation industry.

  • May 1, 2019

    The US economy is amid one of the longest expansions on record, with June marking 108 months of sustained economic growth. The June employment report recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed a 4.0% unemployment rate, which is up slightly from 3.8% in May. However, this is down remarkably from nine years earlier at the outset of the current recovery in June 2009, when unemployment rose to 9.5%. Employers have added to payrolls for 93 consecutive months, extending the longest employment expansion on record.

  • May 1, 2019

    In business-speak, a skills gap is the difference between the skills required to perform a specified job, and the actual skills that employees possess.  When a company or industry says they are suffering from a skills gap, this means that they are experiencing difficulties finding workers to hire who have the skills the job requires.

    What Is the Manufacturing Skills Gap and How Does it Affect the Industry?

  • March 27, 2019

    When installing industrial insulation, dust is almost always a given– regardless of what type of material is being used. For this reason, most manufacturers have personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines they recommend for installers who handle their insulation products. These guidelines usually include long sleeves, pants, safety glasses, gloves, and a dust mask, and they are in place to help prevent nuisance dust from causing temporary, mechanical irritation for the installers.

  • March 27, 2019

    Clean and tidy work facilities lead to better morale in manufacturing environments, according to a new study from Tork, an Essity brand.

    A recent survey conducted by the hygiene brand revealed the manufacturing employees cite operational efficiency; safety and hygiene; and organization of the workplace as the top three factors influencing happiness on the job.

    Click here to read more about the results from this survey and what it means for your facility. 

  • March 27, 2019

    When it comes to chemical exposure protection for employees and downstream users, companies must be compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. In 1970, OSHA created permissible exposure limits (PELs) that remain the rule of law to this day, though knowledge regarding exposure and toxicity has continued to evolve since then.

  • March 27, 2019

    More than 40% of the OSHA compliance officers who inspect America’s workplaces are industrial hygienists (OSHA.gov). Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the practice of regulating, anticipating, evaluating and participating in the prevention of hazards within the workplace that will affect the wellbeing of workers.

    Health and safety hazards cover a wide-range of physical, chemical and biological stressors which may cause sickness, impaired health or significant discomfort among workers or citizens of your community.

  • February 25, 2019

    Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a hot-button issue for the industrial industry, and rightfully so. Studies have shown that CUI is the cause of 40-60% of the money spent on piping maintenance in the oil and gas industry1. That’s no small sum, and that’s why many minds throughout the industry are working to find new solutions to help prevent or inhibit corrosion.

  • February 25, 2019

    Equipment often found in refineries may be enveloped in insulation and weathering jackets to maintain internal processing temperatures. In many cases moisture from the environment will penetrate the weathering jacket and infiltrate the insulation, leaching corrosive ions to the surface of metal equipment, effectively creating a corrosion cell. The goal of this project is to investigate different insulating materials for their ability to inhibit corrosion under insulation (CUI).