• Looking at Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports

    One of the most significant concerns for any plant engineer is how to save energy and operating costs. One way is by utilizing the appropriate pipe support components within the plant’s piping system. Choosing the wrong type of pipe supports can lead to extremely high costs, heat loss, corrosion under insulation (CUI), and a host

  • An Overview of the Structure of Insulated Pipe Supports

    When people ask me what I do for a living my response is, “Go inside any commercial building or garage and look up.” It may not be glamorous, but it is extremely important. The primary reason for insulated pipe supports is to support the weight of the pipe. The secondary reason is to provide continuous

  • Maintaining Insulation Integrity at Pipe Support Locations in Commercial Buildings

    Design engineers have utilized various methods to ensure the integrity of pipe insulation systems at pipe-support locations. The success of these methods depends heavily on the engineer’s foresight and understanding of the variables acting on the support location over the life of the system. In addition to the system requirements, optimal design and specification will

  • Understanding Passive Fire Protection and the Potential Growth Opportunities to the Mechanical Insulation Industry

    The mechanical insulation industry has a long history of understanding and promoting the safety, process, and environmental benefits of properly designed and installed insulation systems on piping, vessels, and equipment. However, one area of relatively untapped demand is the use of non-combustible thermal insulations within industrial applications to provide what is referred to as passive

  • A Tactical Approach to Insulation System Design

    Understanding Pitfalls that Can Slow Down the Installation Process

  • Zombie Specifications

    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.

  • Possible System Failures: Intermittent (Spike) Temperatures

    Understanding Your System’s Limits The term “spike temperature” tends to be brought up in the insulation industry when users are trying to discern whether a material can be used on a system that experiences temporary spikes in operating temperature that are outside the usual operating range of either the system, the insulation material, or both—intentionally

  • Insulation Helps Produce Award-Winning Beer At a Northern Virginia Brewery

    In March of 2015, Coast Guard veteran Casey Jones opened Fair Winds Brewing Company with one goal in mind: to create exceptional craft beers for flavor-conscious customers. One year later, Mr. Jones is proud to say that Fair Winds has made a name for itself in the craft brewing world. They have already won a regional award, a national award, and became the first large-scale packaging brewery in Fairfax County, Virginia.

  • Preventing Damage to Insulation Systems

    On the design table, many insulation materials can work for a variety of piping and tank applications; design considerations often include insulating value, fire safety, resistance to corrosion, and other factors. However, planning must also take into account real-world conditions that may be likely to occur, such as freeze/thaw cycles, system movement, potentially crushing loads