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B&W Fiberglass Industry Spotlight: Medical

Posted by Craig Barry on Mar 21, 2018 9:04:00 AM


The United States has the largest medical device market in the world, measuring over $140 billion. Accounting for more than 40% of the entire medical device market, the sector employs hundreds of thousands of workers in higher-than-average pay manufacturing roles. Fiberglass is a technology critical to the success of the industry and to that of medicine as a discipline.

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Topics: Fiberglass

3 Industrial Applications of Glass Fiber Insulation

Posted by Craig Barry on Mar 19, 2018 9:50:00 AM


Selecting the right insulative material for industrial use isn’t just about performance, it’s about safety. Properly insulating industrial processes decreases the risk of burns and fire, directly impacting safety on the production floor. Additionally, proper insulation increases energy efficiency and reduces heat loss, ultimately saving industrial manufacturers money.

 Fiberglass is an incredibly insulative material with a long history in the industrial space. It’s cost-effective, versatile, and inherently customizable. Glass fibers offer extremely high temperature tolerances and fiberglass itself is flame-resistant.

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Topics: Thermal Insulators, Glass Fiber Threads

How Fiberglass Reduces Flammability in Building Materials

Posted by Craig Barry on Mar 12, 2018 11:26:01 AM

Compared to other composite materials, fiberglass is incredibly durable and resistant to damage. Its thermal capabilities are nearly unparalleled within the construction industry, where accessibility and cost are of paramount importance.

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Topics: Fiberglass, Building Materials

The Future of Recycling Fiberglass

Posted by Craig Barry on Mar 6, 2018 9:28:00 AM

Composite materials aren’t known for their recyclability. For everything they bring to the table in terms of strength and durability, they also bring a significant sustainability challenge. More and more composites are being put into circulation every year.

Can fiberglass, one of the world’s most beloved composites, be recycled? What’s in store for the future of fiberglass recycling as scientists continue to look for ways to make composites as green as they are accessible?

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Topics: Fiberglass, Recycling

B&W Fiberglass Industry Spotlight: Communications

Posted by Craig Barry on Feb 26, 2018 9:20:00 AM

The future of the global communications market is bright. The Unified Communications Market is expected to reach nearly $100 billion by 2023, spurred by the rapid adoption of mobile devices and the continued integration of innovative technologies into emerging markets.

The communications industry is nebulous, encompassing everything from VoIP technology to fiber optic cabling to wireless networks. As the world becomes more and more connected, communications infrastructure will expand in scope; fiberglass is a huge piece of that puzzle.

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Topics: Fiberglass, Telecom, Communications

See How Fiberglass is Improving Fire Safety on Spacecraft

Posted by Craig Barry on Feb 21, 2018 9:18:00 AM

In late 2016, NASA intentionally lit a spaceship on fire.

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Topics: Fiberglass

3 Aerospace Applications of Basalt Fiber 

Posted by Craig Barry on Feb 12, 2018 9:02:00 AM



Basalt fiber is one of the most common alternatives to fiberglass. It’s made from the extremely fine fibers of basalt stone which is itself composed of the minerals plagioclase, pyroxene, and olivine. Because basalt fiber has such high thermal resistance, it’s often used for high-intensity applications such as those found within the aerospace industry.

B&W Fiberglass works with many partners in the aerospace industry, many of whom are heavily invested in the physio-mechanical properties of basalt fiber. Here are three applications in aerospace that make perfect sense for this high-performing material.

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Topics: Uses of Fiberglass, Aerospace, Basalt Fiber

How is Fiberglass Made?

Posted by Craig Barry on Feb 9, 2018 9:44:00 AM



The early 20th century saw the advent of commercial-scale glass fiber manufacturing, but the process of melting and stretching glass fibers had been in practice since the time of ancient Egypt. Today, fiberglass yarn is one of the most widely-used textile reinforcements in the world, and the production process is improving every year.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how glass fiber is produced, read on.

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Topics: Custom Glass Fiber, Glass Yarn, Fiberglass, Glass Fiber Threads

The Thermal Properties of Glass Fiber Thread

Posted by Craig Barry on Jan 30, 2018 9:01:00 AM

The thermal properties of glass thread are what make it such a special material. Glass fibers are the oldest and most widely-used composite reinforcement in the world, and for good reason. In addition to being both impact-resistant and lightweight, glass fibers offer unparalleled thermal capabilities.

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Topics: Custom Glass Fiber, Fiberglass, Thermal Insulators, Glass Fiber Threads

Why Fiberglass is Ideal for Insulation

Posted by Craig Barry on Jan 18, 2018 9:01:00 AM

Fiberglass has been considered one of the premiere thermal insulators for decades. Fiberglass itself was developed in the 1930s and within just a few years became widely used for both residential and commercial applications.

At B&W Fiberglass, we’ve been innovating the myriad uses for fiberglass for over 25 years. Our clients run the gamut, from construction to manufacturing, and they’re always looking for new ways to harness the innate capabilities of fiberglass materials.

So, why is fiberglass so ideally suited for insulation?

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Topics: Uses of Fiberglass, Fiberglass