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Gary Fiedtkou

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The value of fabricated mineral wool insulation for piping applicatons

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Oct 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The processing of industrial materials, gases, or liquids through pipelines across the globe requires careful thought in determining what is the best insulation choice, especially when it comes to piping.

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Topics: Fabricated Pipe Insulation

Polyisocyanurate Insulation: A Must-Have for Refrigeration and Food Lines

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Oct 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

When it comes to insulating refrigeration and food lines, choices range from Polystyrene XPS, Cellular Glass, Mineral Wool, or Polyisocyanurate. Each solution has its own pros and cons, but in the end cost and thermal efficiencies gained will typically play a major role in determining the best choice.

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Topics: Fabricated Pipe Insulation

Cellular Glass value in underground piping applications

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Sep 22, 2015 12:26:00 PM

Insulating underground industrial piping is no easy task. Direct burial and underground applications can be very demanding, and everything from moisture and corrosion to vermin and compression must be considered when protecting your investment. Cellular Glass fabricated pipe insulation not only provides superior insulating capabilities, but protection from these harmful environmental factors as well.

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Topics: Fabricated Pipe Insulation

Mineral Wool's Benefits Beyond Insulation Properties

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Sep 2, 2015 10:01:00 AM

Mineral wool is one of the top four fabricated pipe insulation materials available on the market today for industrial insulation applications. With a wide range of thicknesses and facings available, mineral wool can be found in a number of applications such as protect pipes, tanks, vessels, and personnel.

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How to Accessorize Your Insulation System

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Jul 30, 2015 12:05:08 PM

No, we’re not talking about pairing the right belt with the right boots. In the context of insulation, accessories are devices or materials intended to serve one or more variety of functions. Improper accessory design or application can be a significant factor in the failure of insulation systems. 

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Topics: insulation

SDS 101: Safety Data Sheets and their applications

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on May 27, 2015 9:28:00 AM

In the United States, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is requiring all chemical suppliers to provide GHS-compliant labeling, and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on all chemical products beginning June 1, 2015. There appears to be some confusion on what the new regulations touch on and what impact it will have on products purchased from GLT Products.

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Topics: insulation

Acoustic Insulation for Lagging Applications

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on May 15, 2015 3:03:46 PM

A well designed lagging system will provide effective noise reduction. Key components include materials that block sound and those that absorb sound.

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Topics: insulation

Waste Not, Want Not: 3 Proven Methods to Insulate Above Ground Storage Tanks

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on May 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Storage tanks are used extensively in the United States for above ground and below ground applications, and trust me, nothing wastes energy more than a storage tank that has no insulation. While there are many options available when it comes to insulating your storage tanks, it is important to understand the differences and choose the solution that best suits your specific needs.

Manufactured steel tanks serve many purposes. The primary use is the storage of heavy fuel oil, liquids, compressed gasses, resins or asphalt binders. Storage tanks vary in type and sizes based on the product being stored and the volume involved. What they have in common is that they require an insulation solution.

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Topics: insulation

Types of Insulation for Mechanical Systems

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Apr 23, 2015 8:56:00 AM

Mechnical systems are often in need of insulation. These systems include such components as boilers, HVAC systems, piping and ducts. They are primarily found in commericial and industrial facilities where the goal is energy efficiency and emission reduction.

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Topics: insulation

Tek vs. Self-Tapping Screws

Posted by Gary Fiedtkou on Mar 26, 2015 9:52:00 AM

One of the more frequently asked questions of our sales organization is "What is the difference between a Tek screw and a self-tapping"? It seems like such a silly question, but in the industrial insulation world it actually does matter. Confusion does exist on such a simple question. These screws are used in numerous mechanical insulation projects. Both types of screws are used for securing metal jacketing, aluminum and stainless elbows, along with T-Covers. 

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Topics: insulation

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