In any industrial process or plant,insulation is necessary to control heat gain or heat loss on process piping and equipment. The correct application of thermal insulation can significantly reduce operating costs and may even prevent plant breakdown.It ensures increased worker safety and the avoidance of worker downtime due to injury or shock as insulation reduces the surface temperature of piping or equipment to a safer level.Insulation also helps in maintaining process temperature to a pre-determined value or within a predetermined range by reducing heat loss or gain. Further, insulation conserves energy by reducing heat loss or gain.
However, the whole purpose of insulation will be defeated if proper care is not taken while selecting the insulation material as it is often exposed to extreme operating conditions. The insulation should not only remain physically strong but the insulating properties should be maintained throughout its life span. INSUshield-tubing manufactured by Supreme Industries is an ideal piping insulation material which has been widely used in industrial process industry for insulation.
INSUshield which is also available in tubing form for pipe insulation is a non-fibrous, fire retardant, closed-cell, tri-dimensional chemically crosslinked polyethylene foam. It is certified ‘Class O’ in Fire Propagation and ‘Class 1’ in Surface Spread of Flame as per BS 476 Part 6 & Part 7, respectively. As it is more than 90% closed-cell there is negligible water/moisture absorption. INSUshield is chemically inert thus providing resistance to chemical attack. Prolonged exposure to extreme operating temperatures will not have any impact on INSUshield as it performs well in wide operating temperature range from -40°C to + 80°C.There are no hazards to health during its application, use or removal as it is non-fibrous, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. Further, INSUshield-tubing installation, if removed carefully, can be re-fitted after maintenance operation unlike conventional insulation materials which need to be replaced after each maintenance work.
In short, INSUshield (chemically crosslinked polyethylene foam) is an ideal environment friendly insulation material, with a perfect solution for all your insulation needs for ducts, roofs, pipes, vessels etc. and is a better alternative to conventional Glass Wool insulation material.