Aerogels are a diverse class of porous, solid materials that exhibit an uncanny array of extreme materials properties. Most notably aerogels are known for their extreme low densities (which range from 0.0011 to ~0.5 g cm-3) and thermal insulating properties. Silica aerogel is the most common type of aerogel, most frequently seen in photographs and what people generally refer to when using the word “aerogel” without an adjective in front (although there are many other types of aerogel). Read more.
On November 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm in San Francisco, CA Thermaxx CEO Philip J. Johns will speak at the annual Salesforce conference, Dreamforce. The topic, “How A Custom Manufacturer Automates Production Processes With Salesforce” will highlight the ways in which Thermaxx Jackets has led the insulation blanket industry by maximizing efficiency with technology, & more specifically Salesforce. Read more.
HVAC (heating, ventilation, & air condition) systems provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality through mechanical engineering. Industrial HVAC systems are an important part of structures such as apartment buildings, hotels and senior living facilities, medium to large industrial and office buildings such as skyscrapers and hospitals, vehicles such as trains, airplanes, ships and submarines, and in marine environments, where safe and healthy building conditions are regulated with respect to temperature and humidity, using fresh air from outdoors. Read more.
The Garfield Building in San Francisco, located in the heart of the theater district, is a beautiful 28 unit building built by the Reid Brothers in 1908, and the infrastructure was totally gutted and remodeled in 2008. Dave Pritchard, the Garfield’s HOA President, reached out to ThermaXX in the Spring of 2018. Dave was passionately looking at all possible ways to become more energy efficient, and wanted to look at the potential cost effectiveness of techniques he had seen used commercially in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industry applied in a residential application. Read more.
Managing dozens or hundreds of mechanical components like steam traps, valves, and pipes operating throughout many buildings can be a daunting responsibility. Locating, identifying, and keeping the components tagged and in working order is difficult enough, let alone optimizing their energy efficiency by ensuring the best insulation is installed in the right places and is in good condition! Read more.
On September 3rd, 2019 Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes, and over 80 environmental advocates convened the Governor’s Forum On Climate Change to discuss issues related to mitigating climate change, specifically as their administration prepares its package of legislative proposals for the 2020 session of the General Assembly, which begins in February. Read more.
The entire Thermaxx Jackets team pitched in to clean up our outdoor areas on Friday August 16, 2019. The team did it the old fashioned way, picking up each piece by hand using garbage bags and boxes to collect the debris. It was a beautiful & fun day for the team to get out of the office, and now our outdoor spaces are cleaner for all to enjoy! Read more.
Traditional stay-in-place thermal insulation for piping and other components is rigid, and if it’s partially or fully removed for inspections or maintenance it usually can’t be replaced. Insulation that isn’t flexible, or rigid insulation, doesn’t work for every application. There are some cases where insulation blankets, like Thermaxx Jackets, are a better solution because they can be made with alternative insulation materials that are flexible. This allows for components of irregular shape to be insulated effectively. Read more.
The engine room (or ER) of a large marine vessel such as a tug boat, fire boat, or mega ship houses the vessel’s prime mover, usually some variations of a heat engine – diesel engine, gas or steam turbine, or some combination of these. On a large percentage of vessels ships and boats, the engine room is located near the bottom, and at the rear or aft end of the vessel, and usually comprises few compartments. As shown in this video tour of a mega ship’s engine room, there are numerous components within the engine room including boilers, generators, fuel pumps, exhaust manifolds and more. Many of these marine engine room components benefit from the installation of insulation blankets. Read more.
Today is our 2019 summer interns’ last day at the Thermaxx Jackets offices in West Haven, CT. It’s been a great privilege having these smart and talented students work for Thermaxx Jackets, and we’ve loved getting to know them as well. They brought their own skills and interests into our workplace, and made it a better and more successful place of business.