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Armacell Launches Next Generation Aerogel Blanket

Armacell recently announced the release of ArmaGel HT, a next generation flexible aerogel blanket for high-temperature applications, made in South Korea on the new aerogel blanket production line within Armacell’s existing Cheonan facility. As part of the company’s new ArmaGel range, ArmaGel HT is optimized for high-temperature applications up to 650 degrees Celsius. It has exceptionally low thermal conductivity, offering equal thermal performance at a fraction of the thickness. It will introduce new sizes of aerogel blankets to the market providing the customer with more choice. 10mm thickness is available today, with 5, 15, and 20mm thicknesses available later in 2018.

The product offers a multitude of benefits. It is light-weight for improved handling and easier transportation. For maintenance purposes, product removal is made simple reducing both downtime and the need to purchase replacement insulation during regular maintenance cycles. It cuts easily and conforms to preferred shapes. It is hydrophobic and breathable, thereby keeping mechanical equipment drier for longer and enhancing protection against corrosion under insulation. It also offers best-in-class acoustic performance and designed thicknesses reduced by up to 40%. Effective insulation is a key factor in tackling climate change, as it is one of the simplest, fastest and most cost-effective means of improving energy efficiency. Our new product is environmentally safe, chloride-free and landfill disposable. In addition, it features Armacell’s innovative dust-reducing technology, LoDust.

“We are excited to launch the next generation aerogel technology, enabling us to deliver a complete portfolio of thermal and acoustic insulation solutions. In combination with our core elastomeric flexible foam offering and design capabilities, the enhanced performance parameters of ArmaGel deliver state-of-the-art solutions to our customers around the globe with an excellent quality/cost ratio,” said Patrick Mathieu, President & CEO of the Armacell Group. For more information, please visit www.armacell.com.

Armacell is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and has been a member of NIA since 1956.


Johns Manville Launches the Source

Johns Manville has launched The Source, an online resource designed to help professionals in the mechanical, HVAC, and industrial insulation industries stay up to speed on the latest information. It is a resource built specifically to aid in professional development, and it houses JM’s webinars, product specifications, blogs, and more.

The 3 portals of The Source (mechanical, HVAC, and industrial) house content that is unique to each industry. There are up to 6 content categories available on The Source: webinars, specifications, blog, tools, products, and online training. As Johns Manville is focused on bridging the knowledge gap and contributing to the education of engineers, specifiers, contractors, and facility owners, these resources deliver highly relevant topics, including the latest research results, codes and standards, and product information.

At a glance, here is what The Source contains:

Webinars: Johns Manville’s professional development webinars are designed to help professionals in the commercial and industrial industries stay up to date with the latest information. Each webinar is offered with a Certificate of Completion that may be submitted for credit toward Professional Development Hours (PDH), and they cover topics like industry trends, product updates, and emerging research. The webinars conclude with an open question and answer forum where the hosts field your questions live. All the webinars are recorded and posted on The Source, enabling people to watch them on-demand.

Specifications: As many engineers need to be able to compare specifications side-by-side, JM has aggregated all their product performance specifications in a single page. Specifiers and contractors can use The Source to compare the product performance of each mechanical and HVAC insulation offered by Johns Manville.

Blog: The JM blog is a single resource that pulls information from numerous sources across the industry, including original content from the technical experts at JM. This is a great tool for anyone looking for specific, detailed information on critical industry topics.

Tools: JM offers a variety of tools designed to make specifying insulation easier than ever. They have a custom app that gives you instant access to all their data pages, they have partnered with NAIMA to create a custom 3E Plus® tool, and they even do on-site technical presentations and demonstrations.

Products: The products tab is a high-level glance at the products Johns Manville offers. These short descriptions are ideal for anyone looking to determine exactly what differentiates similar products.

Online Training: Johns Manville offers free, online training modules based on their HVAC and Mechanical insulation solutions. These modules make up the Johns Manville Academy, and cover topics like the very basics of insulation systems and how to sell and install JM HVAC and Mechanical products.

The Source is a versatile tool that can be instrumental in educating the up-and-comers in the industry. For more information, or to sign up to receive updates about the blog and webinars, please visit  www.jm.com/en/mechanical/the-source/.

Johns Manville is based in Denver, Colorado, and has been a member of NIA since 1958.


Johns Manville Advances EPDM FIT Product Line with Tape-to-Tape Offering

Johns Manville (JM), a manufacturer of commercial roofing products and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced today the availability of a new reinforced EPDM membrane sheet with tape-to-tape technology (JM EPDM R FIT). This next-generation product, designed to work on the single ply waterproofing membrane, is field tested and proven to speed up installation by as much as 4 times, leading to lower labor costs. The expense and time involved when using other membranes—field-fabricated or one-sided tape—that require primer is also eliminated since no primer is needed, leading to lower installed costs. The initial bond between tape-to-tape membrane sheets has been measured to be up to 20% stronger compared to field-fabricated seams. The water-tight seam is never exposed on the roof-top so the risk of contamination during installation and post installation is minimal.

JM EPDM R FIT enables a longer window of application time since the 10’ x 100’ rolls are completely pre-taped. This means there is no waiting on primer to flash off to get to the next step. “Our field tests demonstrate that this product will go down up to 4 times faster than anything already on the market,” said John Quante, JM EPDM Product Manager, Roofing Systems. “The tape-to-tape creates a stronger initial bond, making the installation more robust from day one. This product evolution will allow roofers to bid more aggressively and no doubt architects and specifiers will see the benefits too.” For more information, please visit www.jm.com/roofing.

Johns Manville is based in Denver, Colorado, and has been a member of NIA since 1958.


Unifrax Launches Next-Generation Insulfrax Ltx Products

Unifrax I LLC recently unveiled its next-generation Insulfrax® LTX Products with enhanced physical properties to improve both thermal performance and product handling. These lightweight needled blankets combine innovative proprietary technology with Insulfrax proven performance to create the best low-biopersistent Insulfrax blanket available from Unifrax today. Insulfrax LTX blankets outperform both Insulfrax LT and S blankets in a variety of thermal management industrial applications.

The new Insulfrax LTX products help customers reduce costs. The enhanced LTX fibre performance helps companies reduce their energy costs and meet increasingly strict carbon emission targets, without increasing the amount of insulation required. Alternatively, customers can save on material costs by using less insulation to achieve the same performance as standard AES blankets. Customers can save money by reducing their lining thickness up to 25%, freeing up valuable space in furnaces and ovens.
Insulfrax LTX Blankets are inorganic and binder-free with less dust and have a noticeable improved surface finish. The blanket is easier to handle and cut resulting in faster installation, with less skin irritation and reduced waste of material. The blankets are also printed for easier identification of material and installation tracking on the job.

“Unifrax is very excited to launch this next level of quality to our customers using Insulfrax blankets. This superior new product has been designed to offer significantly lower thermal conductivity than our current Insulfrax S blanket product, and as much as 20% lower when compared to other “standard” insulation wools,” explained Phillip Armstrong, Product Manager at Unifrax Rainford in the UK. Insulfrax LTX blankets are manufactured and available today throughout Europe, with a limited availability in the USA. The new Insulfrax LTX products will be widely available in the USA beginning in July 2018. For more information, please visit https://tinyurl.com/y79xm737.

Unifrax is based in Tonawanda, New York, and has been a member of NIA since 1990.