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.
The thermal properties of glass fiber have long made it an ideal choice for insulation. In industrial settings, glass fiber’s capabilities make it optimal for use in a number of insulative applications, including the following:
- Fiberglass Pipe Insulation
One-piece, molded insulation can be made out of heavy-duty fiberglass specifically for piping applications. These insulated pipes can be used industrially to transfer chemicals, to move hot fluids, or to power processes themselves. Insulated fiberglass pipes can come with or without “jackets,” which can be produced to meet a specific industrial specification. The temperature range for glass fiber pipe insulation is broad, generally spanning anywhere from 0° to 1000°F in capability.
- Insulation Blankets
Fiberglass insulation blankets are typically custom designed specifically for the application they’re meant to serve. Also known as insulation “pads,” they can be used to cover flanges, heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, and any other irregular surface within the industrial environment. They are often found in boiler and stack installations and within industrial HVAC systems. Like insulative piping, blankets can also be made with or without FSK or ASJ jackets and can insulate temperatures to around 1000°F, depending on composition.
- Tank Wraps
Fiberglass wool (and other mineral wools) are ideal for wrapping around large industrial tanks. Designed to keep tanks cool as well as hot, glass fiber wraps are capable of maintaining temperatures ranging from around –60 to 650°F. They are particularly useful for insulating hard-to-cover curved surfaces. These wraps are usually semi-rigid, consisting of multiple fiberglass panels with a connective membrane made of glass fiber wool or other insulative textile.
B&W Fiberglass is a leader in glass fiber technology. Our solutions for industry run the gamut from glass wool textiles to insulative fiberglass panels and more. The capabilities of B&W Fiberglass are expanding every day.
The team at B&W Fiberglass has hundreds of combined years in the industrial glass textiles industry. Our collaborators are on the cutting edge of glass fiber technology; we work hand-in-hand to ensure we meet – and exceed – our clients’ expectations.
For more information on B&W Fiberglass’ industrial solutions or to speak to a knowledgeable representative about the specific challenges presented by your application, reach out to our team today.