About Industrial Pipes
Industrial pipes, or process piping, is typically used to transport water, steam, and other gases & liquids of varying temperatures. The term “process piping” generally refers to the system of pipes that transport process fluids (e.g., air, steam, water, industrial gases, fuels, chemicals) around an industrial facility to be converted into a usable product. Industrial pipes also include plumbing systems that carry liquids and gases used for heating and cooling processes, or pipework that leads to plumbing fixtures or waste-water systems. These industrial pipes are generally made of steel, cast iron, copper, or specialty metals in certain highly aggressive environments.
Industrial Pipe Insulation
There are many factors to consider when insulating industrial piping including the touch temperature of the pipe, operating temperature, the ambient temperature, the design and shape, specifications, and more. Each of these factors helps to determine what type of insulation solution should be applied to your piping, from traditional stay in place fiberglass insulation to removable insulation blankets or covers.
Knowing the operating temperature, touch temperature, and ambient temperature of your industrial piping will enable you to make a better informed decision when selecting a material to use. Thermaxx Jackets insulates hot pipes carrying steam and other hot fluids & gases ranging from 100-600°F+ with insulation covers or blankets made of needled fiberglass and a PTFE/Fiberglass composite material. The cover is hand-sewn and includes ventilation to allow any condensation that may form to evaporate. Thermaxx Jackets insulation blankets can be uninstalled when maintenance requires and reinstalled upon completion. This is one of the major advantages over traditional stay in place insulation, which is often damaged or removed entirely when maintenance work must be done on the piping.
Pipe insulation blankets or covers can also be used on cold piping applications to prevent condensation from forming. Condensation forms when a cold surface temperature on the piping comes into contact with contrasting ambient temperatures, forming moisture on the outside of the piping which can damage the pipe, equipment below, or cause workplace hazards. Thermaxx Jackets prevent condensation from forming, and allow the moisture to evaporate through built-in ventilation. Traditional stay in place fiberglass insulation is damaged by moisture and loses its insulating properties, making it a riskier investment. Thermaxx Jackets are backed by a 5 year guarantee.
However, not all piping applications are a good match for removable insulation blankets. In some cases, traditional stay in place fiberglass insulation is a better fit. It is more cost-effective upfront, and can be used to insulate a wide variety of components like pipe fittings and more. Thermaxx offers turnkey industrial piping insulation solutions that include the installation of stay in place fiberglass insulation. If you’re based in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) Thermaxx will install the insulation using our own team of specialists. We also have close relationships with insulation installers across the country that can provide the piping insulation services you need.
Heat Loss Surveys
The first step in determining what should be insulated in your facility is to conduct a heat loss survey with Thermaxx. This will determine how you can save the most energy, and money on energy bills, with insulation on your industrial pipes and other components. To learn more about our products and services, contact us.