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Gary Fiedtkou

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How PVC Changed the Insulation Industry

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Feb 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

PVC DemoPVC fitting covers and jacketing are innovative materials that have found a home in piping applications for the industrial insulation industry. PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride and is a widely used plastic that is vital to our everyday lives.

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Topics: insulation installation, PVC Jaketing, insulation system, Fabricated Pipe Insulation

Insulation for a Sanitary Environment - Food & Beverage Industry

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Apr 16, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Food and beverage plants contain numerous below ambient water systems and below ambient equipment such as pumps, heat exchangers, vessels, and extensive refrigerant piping. These systems all need a thermally efficient, highly moisture resistant, and long-life insulation system.

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Topics: Food and beverage industry, industrial insulation, insulation for a sanitary environment, closed-cell material, water resistant

Is Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) Effective at Blocking Sound in Windows?

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Feb 28, 2018 9:55:00 AM

Our sales email is often filled with some interesting questions. Recently we received an inquiry on whether or not mass loaded vinyl (MLV) is effective at blocking sound through windows. The short answer is that it could potentially work, but there could be some drawbacks. Let’s dive into those drawbacks for this application.

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Topics: Mass loaded vinyl, MLV, noise pollution, mlv curtain

Oil Prices and Industrial Insulation

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Dec 27, 2017 10:17:00 AM

Crude oil prices have been low for quite some time now and according to the NYTimes, “Executives say they think it will be years before oil returns to $90 or $100 a barrel, which was the norm until prices collapsed in late 2014.”  Oil prices have been edging up and are currently trading in a range from $50- $62 a barrel.  

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Topics: oil prices, high oil prices, low oil prices, industrial insulation, the affects of oil prices

Tell Your HVAC System to “Cool It” with the Noise Pollution

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Jun 1, 2016 11:12:05 AM

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are a crucial part of any building. Whether it’s a small house, a medium-sized office building, or a large manufacturing facility, HVAC systems play an integral role in providing much needed airflow and temperature regulation throughout the structure. However, HVAC systems often generate unpleasant noise pollution, typically in two distinct ways.

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Topics: Acoustics, HVAC Noise Reduction

Sounding Off: Is Your Industrial Generator Generating too Much Noise?

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Apr 18, 2016 11:30:13 AM

Certain things in life are inevitable, such as death, taxes, and power outages. By now, most manufacturers have realized that nothing kills productivity like a loss of power. Fortunately, industrial generators can provide the electricity needed to keep the job going when the main power supply goes offline. However, one of the often overlooked drawbacks, noise pollution, can present a significant issue.

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Topics: Acoustics

What's In Your Sandwich? Contents of Industrial Insulation

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Feb 24, 2016 10:50:35 AM

The types of insulation used in commercial and industrial settings usually contain one or more of the following materials. Our industrial insulation specialists know the importance of having valuable information before making a choice. The materials featured here are used extensively across a number of industrial and commercial insulation applications.

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Topics: insulation

Protective Coverings and Finishes for Mechanical Insulation

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Jan 11, 2016 12:39:35 PM

Maintaining insulation’s efficiency and extending its service life often depends on protecting it from moisture intrusion and mechanical and chemical damage. Consider the installation’s mechanical, chemical, thermal and moisture conditions, as well as cost and appearance requirements when specifying jacketing and finish materials.

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Topics: Industrial Mechanical Insulation

Temperature Differences on Threads for Removable Insulation Blankets

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Nov 12, 2015 2:18:39 PM


When designing or fabricating removable insulation blankets, one must consider which thread to use, as this will have an impact on the longevity of the blanket. The thread you say? Yes, the thread.

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Topics: insulation

Two Industrial Applications for Fiberglass Insulation

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Nov 6, 2015 11:19:28 AM

Fiberglass, aka glass fiber or glass wool, is one of the most widely used fibrous insulation materials. It is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, strong, lightweight, nonflammable, and has several practical applications. One of those attractive feature is that it does not change shape or mold under high temperatures, the way plastics tend to behave. These characteristics have made fiberglass a popular choices in the insulation world in both residential and industrial applications.

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Topics: Fabricated Pipe Insulation

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