• October 4, 2017

    Power plant noise control and the principles of acoustic engineering apply universally to virtually every type of facility. The approach is all the same. Noise control becomes a driving factor when having to meet some regulatory or environmental noise requirement. In critical facilities and control rooms it is imperative to have effective communications, which requires a low-noise environment; noisy environments can be quite fatiguing and adversely affect production.

    Click here to read more about how to address industrial noise control. 

  • September 21, 2017

    High-temperature, industrial insulations operate in hostile environments that would melt, shatter, or otherwise destroy other types of insulating materials such as plastics, fiberglass, or foam rubber. These environments not only reach extreme temperatures, but they can also be rigorously demanding as a result of heavy vibration caused by the proximity and concentration of motors, valves, and high pressure steam.  In these kinds of environments, higher than normal levels of vibration are part of the design equation that engineers or specifiers must consider.

  • September 21, 2017

    Excessive equipment vibration is a common issue experienced in industrial processes and facilities. Excessive vibration is most often caused by misalignment of equipment or components, unbalanced rotating equipment, or loose components (e.g. bolts). If not addressed, prolonged vibration can result in damage to equipment and may even cause system failure. Fixed, rotating, and structural assets are all susceptible to problems caused excessive vibration.

  • September 21, 2017

    Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has used computational fluid dynamics (CFD), an analytical simulation tool for studying fluid mechanics, to determine possible causes of and solutions to flow-induced vibrations (FIVs) in a waste heat-recovery steam generator (WHRSG) of the residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit at its 53,000-b/d Capuava refinery (Recap) in Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • September 21, 2017

    Vibration is both necessary and a nuisance. In various applications we need vibration for parts to work correctly. Even sound is nothing more than vibration. But, if the vibration becomes excessive or does not follow the correct path, machines can break and the people who are using the machine can become fatigued. In all applications from personal comfort to delicate aerospace applications, vibration reduction is both a comfort and safety consideration. There are many applications that should be considered when choosing a vibration reduction system.

  • August 30, 2017

    We recently hosted a live webinar with ITW Insulation Systems, Combat CUI: How to Combine Insulation & Jacketing to Inhibit CUI. For those of you who missed it, don’t worry! You can watch a recording of the webinar here.

    Our presenters, David Shong, Regional Technical Manager from Johns Manville, and Kelly Weiss, Insulation Product & Operations Manager from ITW Insulation Systems, explored how insulation and jacketing work together to ensure your system is best positioned to inhibit CUI.

  • 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