Insulation Innovation Blog

Vapor Barriers 101

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Nov 16, 2017 10:25:00 AM


Vapor barriers are extremely important when insulating mechanical piping, especially cold systems, particularly in high humidity conditions such as the gulf coast. Proper insulation of these pipes will help avoid massive failures that could lead to liability exposure. Also, consideration should be given to joint sealing, as this is also critical to long-term quality and function of the mechanical pipe system.

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Topics: Vapor barrier, Vapor Retarder, Permeability, Common Materials

What is the Outer Layer of a Removable Insulation Blanket?

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Nov 8, 2017 9:49:00 AM


When it comes to the material makeup of a removable insulation blanket, there are a number of material combinations that can be used for the outer facing. Fabricators turn to high-temperature fabrics because they offer strength, durability and heat resistance.

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Topics: Outer Layer, Removable Insulation Blanket, High-temperature cloths

How to Eliminate Noise in an Industrial Environment

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Nov 2, 2017 10:02:00 AM


Mechanical piping systems can produce significant noise if they are not properly insulated. A well designed acoustical lagging system, will provide effective noise reduction and also block noise. If the reduction of noise is required, Vinaflex™ VP is the answer.

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Topics: noise reduction, Mass loaded vinyl, lagging system, MLV

Properties of Glass Fiber

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Oct 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Glass fiber has become a popular material utilized throughout several industrial industries such as oil and gas, marine and chemical, just to name a few. Glass fiber also plays a role in many industrial insulation processes and end products such as fabrics for high-temperature applications.

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Topics: glass fiber properties, fiberglass fabrics, industrial materials

Stone Wool is a Viable Alternative to Calcium Silicate

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Oct 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Calcium silicate is considered a thermal insulation and is composed of hydrous calcium silicate, which contains reinforcing fibers and has a natural white color. It is supplied in block form for the fabrication of insulation for mechanical piping applications. It is often commonly used as a safe alternative to asbestos for high-temperature insulation materials.

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Topics: Calcium Silicate, Fabricated piping insulation, mechanical piping applications

When do I need a Safety Data Sheet?

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Oct 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Safety data sheets are an essential component of product stewardship, occupational safety and health. However, they are not required for every product or material.  

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Topics: Safety Data Sheet, OSHA, Hazardous

A New Look for Our Sister Company: Volunteer Metal Systems

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Oct 5, 2017 2:06:35 PM


We are proud to announce the release of our sister company, Volunteer Metal Systems’ (VMS) newly designed website. VMS is a leading supplier of engineered systems and metal products for the industrial insulation industry.

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Topics: New site release, Volunteer Metal Systems, Website design

10 Factors to Consider Before Selecting a Jacketing System

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Oct 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Insulation jacketing consist of an exterior covering that is wrapped around a tubing or pipe insulation to protect the insulation from moisture, wear and mechanical damage. The jacketing plays a significant role in the effectiveness of the insulation.


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Topics: Jacketing systems, insulation jacketing

Quick Facts About Cellular Glass

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Sep 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Sustainable design in industrial insulation systems is an important factor to take into consideration, and the demand for feasible insulating products with an eco-friendly impact continues to grow. Cellular glass insulation offers exceptional physical characteristics that in the end benefit the user.

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Topics: Fabricated Pipe Insulation, Cellular Glass, Foamglas®

Pressure Sensitive Tapes

Posted by Carly Wiegand on Sep 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Previously we discussed the difference between FSK and ASJ facings. Products that play a large role with facings are tapes and mastics, which ensures that the facing remains crisp and seamless.

Pressure sensitive tape or insulating tape is an essential component of any installation, repair and manufacturing project. Insulation tapes can help reinforce your work for years of worry-free and maintenance-free service.

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Topics: Pressure senstive tapes, tapes and mastics

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