Industrial plant engineers struggling with increasing energy expenses while trying to maintain profitable production have new hope for plant construction and maintenance cost reductions. Plant managers have long understood that mechanical insulation is at the heart of engineering design efficiencies for lowering energy consumption. The formula for greater efficiency in industrial plants has long been known -- the better the insulation, the better the process output. The challenge of "more is better" must be balanced in today's industrial world with two basic questions:
1. The first is the thermal performance -- Is the insulation material proper for the application?
2. The second always -- how much more will it cost?
The installed costs of a high performance material can often close the door to plant engineers attempting to adopt methods that really improve the total production bottom line. This challenge has been ongoing for many years and is expected to continue.
New technology initiatives from Pittsburgh Corning have created a new perfect balance of "more is better" with an innovation that simply costs less. Pittsburgh Corning recently announced production of a new 36" long block size that is allowing industrial firms to recalculate insulation costs at potentially significant installed cost savings.
Osclia explains: "Pittsburgh Corning understands the pressure our customers are under with increased production demands and the need to curb their sharp rise in energy costs. In response, the company has been deep into product innovations which are designed to bring increased value to our clientele.
"Recently, we increased the thickness of FOAMGLAS® insulation which was a benefit to our fabricators, and now the new size of 36" footprint makes our block 50% longer. This bigger footprint translates into very attractive savings for our end user customers on the cost of product installation, especially on long straight pipe lengths. Thermal properties remain the same with the new size, and like all FOAMGLAS® insulation products our new 18x36" product features an all glass closed-cell material which exhibits all of the performance results our customers have come to expect from us.
"Anyone who has spent any time in our industry knows of the superior performance of FOAMGLAS® insulation, but the real breakthrough is our being able to reduce the installed price on pipes and vessels. Facing performance and process challenges in design and construction is nothing new at Pittsburgh Corning -- it's what we do. The new 18x36" FOAMGLAS® insulation is simply a way we are responding to our customers' needs with expected performance with lower costs."
Oslica added, "The new FOAMGLAS® insulation innovation size is just another example of Pittsburgh Corning ongoing effort in Protecting Companies and Their People Worldwide™."
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