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  • 04/02/14
    IIG Editors
    By Hal Shapiro, Sales Team Leader, IIGWith the retirement of some of IIG’s greatest sales and technical players to the Insulation Hall of Fame, we went on a mission to discover new talent. After a productive spring training, the new crew has earned spots on the roster in the area of sales, specifications, and technical support and is prepared for success during the peak of the insulation season. As the new coach in the dugout, I am excited to announce our 2014 lineup.more...
  • 04/02/14
    IIG Editors
    At the beginning of last year, there were a total of 143 operable refineries in the U.S., with the “newest” one located in Douglas, Wyoming, constructed in 2007. However, the newest refinery with atmospheric distillation capacity greater than 100,000 barrels per day began operating in Garyville, Louisiana in 1977. That was 37 years ago.more...
  • 04/02/14
    IIG Editors
    The grim news embedded in the latest report from the United Nations International Governmental Panel on Climate Change points to the increasing likelihood of extreme weather events, food shortages, and civic disorder in the absence of aggressive restraints on greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. But the warnings were also couched in language that promoted the opportunities to mitigate those very risks by various means including improved commercial and industrial energy efficiency.more...
  • 03/19/14
    IIG Editors
    In an earlier blog post (“Corrosion Under Insulation” December 18, 2013), we discussed the conditions necessary for corrosion under insulation (CUI) to occur:WaterOxygenCorrosive chemicalsOperating temperatures in the range of 100°F – 300°F (38°C – 149°C)The article also noted four general areas in which the insulation industry and insulation specifiers direct their efforts in order to control the presence of water:more...
  • 03/19/14
    IIG Editors
    The 3E Plus® Insulation Thickness Computer Program is an industrial energy management tool that makes it easier to calculate how much insulation is necessary to save energy, reduce plant emissions and improve process efficiency.  The app was developed by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and can be downloaded here. Among other things, the program calculates:more...
  • 03/19/14
    IIG Editors
    Perlite is a generic term for naturally-occurring sedimentary rock that contains silicon, aluminum, potassium, sodium and other trace minerals. What sets perlite apart from other volcanic glasses is that when it is heated to its softening range, it expands from four to twenty times its original volume.more...
  • 03/19/14
    IIG Editors
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz confirmed rapid evolution of the nation’s energy mix when he predicted that within 16 years, about one third — or more — of America’s energy would be derived from solar, wind and other renewable sources. He told NPR news, “The growth has been very dramatic. In the last four or five years, we have seen a doubling of wind and solar, and we expect another doubling over the next several years.”more...
  • 03/05/14
    IIG Editors
    Calcium silicate (sometimes referred to as “calsil”) is used to insulate high temperature pipes and equipment and to achieve fire endurance. It is manufactured and sold in three different forms: preformed block; preformed pipe; and board.Today’s calcium silicate manufactured in North America is noted for its high compressive strength, corrosion-inhibiting properties, and high temperature structural integrity. It can withstand continuous temperatures up to either 1200°F (650°C) (more...