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  • August 30, 2017

    What you need to know about pipe and equipment insulation when disaster strikes.

    Pipe and vessel insulation has two critical roles in refineries and chemical processing plants in addition to saving energy, controlling process temperature, and protecting workers. Insulation failure can result in injury, fire danger, material waste and equipment damage. If your plant was shut down or damaged by flooding, natural disaster or fire you need to be sure the insulation is still functional before restarting.

    Here is what to look for and what to do about it:

  • August 30, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey on Friday slammed the epicenter of Texas' refining industry, which processes about a third of America's oil.

    Companies including Exxon Mobil and Valero Energy have shut down their facilities in the area and evacuated workers.

    Goldman Sachs estimates that the hurricane has taken 3 million barrels a day — or about 17% — of refining capacity offline, and that's likely to increase the overall level of crude-oil inventories over the next couple of months.

    Read more about the lasting impact of Hurricane Harvey on the oil industry in the U.S.

  • August 30, 2017

    In a long-awaited study of electricity markets and grid reliability, the Department of Energy has called out natural gas as the No. 1 reason for retirements of coal and nuclear plants, breaking from the Trump administration’s prior talking point blaming regulations and renewables for the nation’s shrinking coal and nuclear fleets.

    The report attributes four factors to the increase in coal and nuclear retirements: low-cost natural gas; low growth in electricity demand; an increase in variable renewable energy (VRE); and regulatory compliance.

  • August 9, 2017

    Did you know there are two “new” ASTM standard specifications for metal jacketing?  If you haven’t heard this, don’t feel bad – you aren’t alone.  Our very own regional technical managers at JM IIG have commented that they have rarely met an owner, engineer, distributor, or contractor that has heard about these two new specifications, even though these standards have been in the industry for close to 5 years.  Despite their lack of notoriety, these standards are now available from ASTM, and they are worth reading and considering for your specifications to ensure that the jacket

  • August 9, 2017

    Insulation jacketing consists of an outer covering that is wrapped around tubing or pipe insulation to protect the insulation from moisture, wear and mechanical damage. The jacket also serves to provide support for the insulation and establish the system emissivity and appearance. Insulation jacketing plays an important role in the efficiency of the insulation.

    The type of jacketing used depends on the mechanical, chemical, thermal, and moisture conditions of the installation as well as cost and aesthetics requirements.

    Read more about the details and benefits of various types of jacketing.

  • August 9, 2017

    Insulation is rarely installed as a stand-alone item. Instead, insulation material is part of a system that includes the insulation; the securement; a vapor barrier, in the case of low-temperature applications; and an outer layer that might be referred to as the cover, jacket or lagging.

  • August 9, 2017

    Jacketing applied over mechanical insulation can serve several purposes. Regardless of the type of jacketing and insulation, jacketing is used to ensure both the short-term and long-term performance of the insulation in the particular application. Assuming the jacketing is specified, manufactured, supplied, and installed correctly, over time it will only perform as designed if properly maintained.

  • July 26, 2017

    Johns Manville Industrial Insulation Group (JM IIG) offers two high-temperature industrial insulation products with exceptional compressive strength: Sproule WR-1200®, hydrophobic expanded perlite, and Thermo-1200™, water resistant calcium silicate. These materials have a number of similarities that make them ideal for many of the same applications, but there are some unique differences between the two that designers should consider when specifying either of these insulations.

  • July 26, 2017

    You've no doubt seen or heard a lot of discussion these days about the terms "digitization" and "digitalization," as well as some disagreement as to the difference between the two. Digitization seems to be the easier to define - basically taking an analog "thing" like a paper diagram or material safety data sheet (MSDS) and scanning it to make it digital. But, digitalization encompasses so much more than simply scanning paper documents.

  • July 26, 2017

    Advanced nuclear technology brought to fruition could produce electricity at an average levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) roughly 40% lower than conventional pressurized water reactors, according to a July 25 study by the Energy Innovation Reform Project and Energy Options Network (EON). “At these costs, nuclear would be effectively competitive with any other option for power generation.