• Power and Energy’s Impact on the Insulation Industry

    There’s a great deal happening throughout the energy industry, including the greater adoption of digital technologies to increase performance—all of which spell increased opportunities for the insulation industry. Oil and Gas, including LNG While global energy demand will continue to increase, growth will be slower—an average of about 0.7% a year through 2050—compared to an

  • Insulation Plays Critical Role at Food-Processing Facility

    For more than a century, Faribault Foods has delivered a spectrum of canned goods to consumers, steadily building a brand portfolio that includes household names such as Butter Kernel, Luck’s, Chili Man, and KC Masterpiece. In 2014, the company merged with Arizona Canning Company as a result of being acquired by La Costeña, a Mexican

  • A Different Perspective: Double Layer vs. Single Layer on Boiler Walls

    Boiler insulation practices have moved from a single layer to a dual layer of the same total thickness in recent years. However, this dual layer trend has a downside: higher installation costs and the potential for inexperienced contractors or self installers to cut corners when installing insulation. It’s time to return to using single layer

  • Duke University’s Steam Systems Get New Insulation

    The History of Steam Power Steam power has a long and important history. It has powered an industrial revolution, supported the growth of our largest cities, and shaped the political maps of our world. Yet, for many, it goes unnoticed.  Steam warms our homes and workplaces in winter, and even cools us in summer. Steam

  • Obama Administration’s Environmental Rules to Leave Lasting Legacy on Power Sector, Markets

    Witnesses at a Congressional hearing raised concerns about the complexity, costs, legality, and feasibility of the 3,900 final rules published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Obama administration.

  • Why Is Insulation Important In Steam System Thermal-Cycle Efficiency?

    A proactive insulation-management program is critical to overall steam system thermal-cycle efficiency. Furthermore, because steam systems operate above 212°F (100°C) and as high as 1200°F (649°C), the negative effects of uninsulated components can be dramatic and are unacceptable in today’s industrial steam system operation.

  • A Different Perspective: Refractory Materials for the Power Generation Industry

    Refractory has always been an integral part of boiler design. However, because it is one of the smallest of the boiler components, it sometimes does not get the attention it deserves. Paying attention to the refractory material selection on new or existing boilers can and will help ensure efficient boiler operation and contribute to energy

  • A Further Understanding of Boiler MACT for Area and Major Sources

    This article is a follow-up to the piece that appeared in the November issue of Insulation Outlook. The U.S. national elections appeared to have the expected, definitive effect on the high-profile Industrial Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulation. As discussed in November’s article, the regulation’s two subparts have undergone many changes and much scrutiny

  • Understanding the Boiler MACT Regulation for Area and Major Sources

    Rarely is it that a specific environmental regulation becomes so high profile as the recent Industrial Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Boiler MACT) regulation, which has been the subject of myriad bills that have come before the U.S. Congress. The Boiler MACT has been cited as a clear division point between the two major political

  • Five Tips for Achieving Furnace Lining Efficiency

    An efficient furnace lining is key to reducing overall maintenance costs and ensuring that facilities run smoothly without undue revenue loss due to downtime. Follow the five tips below to keep your furnace lining running efficiently. Tip 1: Evaluate the furnace liner by using infrared (IR) thermography inspection. Infrared (IR) thermography scans are an essential