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  • 05/08/18
    Insulation Outlook
    Insulation systems, like all mechanical systems, require periodic inspection and maintenance. While inspection and maintenance are the responsibility of the owner, the fact is that many insulation systems are frequently ignored. With time, insulation systems can be damaged, and if they are not repaired or replaced, they can become ineffective. Insulation contractors can play a key role in facilitating regular inspection and maintenance programs to prevent this outcome.Click here to read moremore...
  • 05/08/18
    Ronald L. King
    Mechanical insulation in commercial buildings is often hidden behind walls, above ceilings, and in mechanical rooms where only a few have access. In manufacturing or industrial facilities, it is more often exposed to the view of all who venture by. Yet, it seems invisible when energy conservation initiatives are investigated, and it is seldom considered from a return on investment perspective.more...
  • 05/08/18
    Nick Eaton
    For optimum operation, industrial facilities such as power plants require mechanical insulation on pipes, ducts, tanks and equipment. Mechanical insulation in a power plant controls temperature variation to help limit heat gain or loss on surfaces operating at temperatures above or below ambient temperature. An experienced contractor typically manages installation of mechanical insulation in industrial environments.more...
  • 04/04/18
    Kim Melton
    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.more...
  • 04/04/18
    Richard B. Eckert
    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.more...
  • 04/04/18
    Ronald L. King
    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.more...
  • 04/04/18
    Gordon H. Hart
    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.more...
  • 03/21/18
    Michaela Roy, Jaya Dorsey, & Kim Melton
    Fiberglass insulation has a long history in the building industry. It was originally introduced to the market as a building insulation around 1932. Since that time, rigorous testing and standards have been established to ensure that the material performs safely within its intended applications. These tests have included everything from establishing performance characteristics to exploring impact of insulation glass fibers on human respiratory health.more...
  • 03/21/18
    UL Industries
    This month we recognize Fire Prevention Week. This week was originally set aside to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This infamous tragedy destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres1. Over the years, Fire Prevention Week has focused on a range of themes, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” For additional information about NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week, please visit firepreventionweek.org.more...
  • 03/21/18
    Jordan Doria
    Yes. The answer is simple, so this could be the shortest blog ever. However, given the misinformation that is out there it is worth explaining why R-value is in fact a good measure of thermal performance and dispelling some common misconceptions about it.What R-value considers and what it doesn’tmore...