Also in the October 2016 Issue:
Is your boilerplate language up to date? When was the last time that you reviewed the insulation materials and system design that you recommend to clients? All too often in mechanical insulation system design specifications, the boilerplate language goes unrevised for long periods of time, even years.
Preventing Mechanical Insulation Systems Nightmares
Before starting a discussion of the issues associated with mechanical pipe insulation system failures (nightmares), it is important to note that the vast majority of insulation applications function as designed, meaning they provide 1 or more of the following: energy savings, process control, personnel protection, emission reductions, noise reduction, condensation control, and plant operating efficiencies for the life of the application.
What Lies Beneath?
Facility managers may assume that mechanical insulation on equipment and systems will remain intact and perform indefinitely; however, this is not always the case. Factors like damage, neglect, and aging, can dramatically impact the integrity of mechanical insulation. Periodic inspections can detect these unfavorable conditions and allow you to diagnose potential problems.