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  • April 4, 2018

    The global cost of corrosion is $2.5 trillion annually1. That staggering number is an aggregate of prevention, maintenance, damage, and recovery efforts for the government and private sector alike. In the industrial industry, the battle against corrosion is an ongoing process that can often be both costly and time consuming.

  • April 4, 2018

    In spite of improvements driven by the U.S. Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 and the added emphasis on integrity management, pipeline failures due to internal corrosion continue to occur. The U.S.

  • April 4, 2018

    The United States population has doubled in the last 60 years—has the mechanical insulation industry seen the same kind of growth? Although the industry was not developing publically-available data 60 years ago, it is fair to estimate that the insulation industry has doubled, if not tripled. Additionally, the forecasts for the next 2 to 3 years are indicating the potential for double-digit growth (10–15%), which is welcome news after the difficulties created by the recent recession.

  • April 4, 2018

    There are a number of effective ways to prevent corrosion under insulation (CUI) on pipes and equipment that operate at above ambient temperatures. Some people think that the best approach is to coat the pipes prior to installing the thermal insulation and not worry about what type of insulation to use. Others believe the best approach is to find the perfect type of insulation—the “silver bullet”—that will never allow CUI.

  • February 27, 2018

    As we move into 2018, the construction industry has its fair share of headwinds to tackle and tailwinds to ride. According to FMI, a forecasting firm dedicated exclusive to engineering, construction, infrastructure, and the built environment, there are a number of trends, ranging from a housing boom to inflation, that will impact the construction industry in 2018. Here is a quick look at what FMI has projected to impact the building industry for the next year1.

  • February 27, 2018

    Nearly 70 percent of the freight shipped throughout the United States travels by truck at some point in its journey.  Understanding how the trucking industry is performing and where it is forecast to go can make a big difference for trucking companies and those who use them for their shipping needs.  Planning is vital for the industry's continued success and it is also valuable to be able to anticipate changes and challenges so strategies to address and combat them can be developed.  In order to better understand the trucking industry forecast and expectations for 2018, informa

  • February 27, 2018

    Prefabricated construction is the practice of assembling a variety of components of a structure at a manufacturing site and transporting those sub-assemblies to the location of the construction jobsite. Prefabricated construction is sometimes thought of as a low-end and mass produced mode of construction. In reality however, it is quite the opposite. Prefabricated construction is becoming more common, improving in quality and has become available in a variety of budgets. Despite the perception of prefabrication, there are numerous benefits to this type of construction.

  • February 27, 2018

    The country’s construction industry may be swamped with work, with spending on new projects peaking at $1 trillion in November. But all the demand, and dollars, in the world can’t seem to fix the industry’s persistent labor shortages.

    The lack of enough skilled workers and a narrow talent pipeline has added extra hurdles, time, and costs to many current projects, according to builders, hindering the current boom time in the industry.

  • February 6, 2018

    Flooding and strong, wind-driven rain events have historically been a thorn in the side of installers, designers, and engineers who specify insulation systems.  Some specifiers choose to approach these extreme weather events by simply specifying a hydrophobic insulation, under the assumption that the hydrophobicity will prevent water ingress.  However, this approach is sometimes too simplistic to appropriately account for the potential for water ingress, as hydrophobic insulations are not a cure-all.

  • February 6, 2018

    International databases such as OFDA / CRED show that floods accounted for more than half of disasters registered for the 1990-2001 period. With consequences of climate change largely unpredictable at local level, future statistics are not likely to show any improvement. As human activities historically developed in river areas and floodplains, industrial facilities are structurally exposed to flooding. Past events witnessed industrial vulnerability to flooding, including direct impact on structure, loss of safety measures, loss of utilities, business interruption, etc.