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  • 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.

  • July 26, 2017

    Any surface which is hotter than its surroundings will lose heat. The heat loss depends on many factors, but the surface temperature and its size are dominant. Putting the insulation on a hot surface will reduce the external surface temperature. By insulation, the surface will increase on circular pipes or vessels, but the relative effect of temperature reduction will be much greater and heat loss will be reduced. A similar situation occurs when the surface temperature is lower than its surroundings. In both cases some energy is lost.

  • July 12, 2017

    Industrial insulation contractors have their work cut out for them. As with many facets of industrial facility construction, operation, and maintenance, orchestrating the variables at play is critical to ensuring that projects are completed safely, on time, and to specification. For contractors, this effort can be complicated by coordinating timing with unforeseen project delays, space constraints, difficulty finding skilled installers, material storage limitations, and, most notably, inclement weather.

  • July 12, 2017

    Many pain-points of the subcontractor have been around for years, while many are just now surfacing. No matter the age of these issues, they are here and will effect the way subcontractors conduct business. Subcontractors face both internal and external pressures during their job and must react to both. They are responsible for their team and the general contractor as well as any outside pressures such as the environment, the law, and the government. Click here to read more about the challenges contractors face every day. 

  • July 12, 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) brings digital connectivity to everything. Sensors and software use analytics to process the data in a manner that generates alerts when appropriate. This technology is rapidly being applied to many application on the construction jobsite.

  • July 12, 2017

    Contractors are an eternally optimistic bunch and never seem to allow for any weather related impacts on construction projects. What, are you really going to work on a twelve month long project and think you won’t encounter rain, winds, summer, and winter at some stage in the course of your project! Click here to read more about how to prevent weather delays from stopping you in your tracks. 

  • June 27, 2017

    Earlier this month, we hosted a live webinar with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) about the latest advancements in corrosion under insulation (CUI) research (click here to watch a recording of the webinar).

    After the webinar, we sat down for a one-on-one interview with our co-host from SwRI, Leo Caseres, to get his insights on the leading issues we face pertaining to CUI and what he sees for the future of CUI research.