The variety we see in pipe, duct, and equipment systems is incredible. From fire suppression systems in your local school to chemical and petroleum systems to systems in municipal incinerators to food service freezer systems, the applications and environments are endless. So when it’s time to insulate those systems, it’s critical to be sure you have the right insulation for your specific application.
That’s where R.L. Bondy comes in. Whether you’re insulating your system in a high-temperature or low-temperature environment, sterile, chemical, or combustible, our experts can consult with you to ensure you have just the right insulation material for your needs.
You might be asking yourself, how hard can it be? Insulation is insulation. But the array of available products can be truly daunting. Here is a sample of the kind of variety you’ll find when you start looking at pipe insulation.
Elastomeric insulation is a cellular material used for low-temperature systems such as chilled water and refrigeration in food processing and institutional and commercial building HVAC systems.
Cellular glass is used primarily in heavy industrial applications in which the systems are exposed to extremely low temperatures or extreme temperature variation. It can be used in temperature ranges between -450° F and 800° F and is excellent for underground systems.
The closed cell structure of polyisocyanurate (PIR) material makes it very reliable for applications such as insulating pipe, equipment, tanks, and ducts operating at temperatures below ambient such as commercial chilled water, refrigeration, and liquefied natural gas lines.
The most common and least expensive option for piping, duct, and equipment insulation is fiberglass. Used from commercial to heavy industrial applications, this material can be installed on systems with operating temperatures from 0° F up to 750° F.
Fiberglass Board and Blanket Insulation Products
Mineral fiber pipe
Mineral fiber insulation is primarily used in heavy industrial applications with high operating temperatures (up to 1200° F) such as power plants, refineries, and steel mills.
Extremely efficient per inch of thickness, flexible aerogel insulation is a composite of an amorphous silica-based aerogel cast into fiber reinforcement. Key applications include original equipment manufacturer (OEM), pipeline, vessels, and equipment in commercial and industrial applications.
Granular poured-in-place insulation for underground piping, ducts, and tanks is also available. These are granular materials generally made from engineered blends of inorganic materials or calcium carbonate and require no mixing or curing. The hydrophobic materials provide thermal insulation, corrosion protection, and load bearing properties.
Finish it right: Weather barriers, vapor retarders, and finishes
As you can see, selecting the right insulation is a bit of a science. The right material is critical to getting the job done correctly.
R.L. Bondy experts can help with both. Once we have provided you with a recommendation for the insulation material, we can also provide the appropriate covering or finish material to protect the insulation from damage. Weather, mechanical abuse, water vapor condensation, chemical attack, and fire are all potential sources of damage.
Additionally, appearance coverings are utilized to provide the desired aesthetics, and hygienic coverings are used to provide a smooth, cleanable, surface for use in food processing, beverage, or pharmaceutical facilities.
Did insulation just get a lot more complex for you? Keep it simple. Bring your application specs to R.L. Bondy, and we’ll make sure you have the materials you need, when you need them, to complete your project on time and on budget.
Don’t let insulation become an afterthought. Get the insulation you need along with all your pipe system materials through your full service providers. R.L. Bondy and The Macomb Group will ensure you have all your materials through our full-service, one-stop PVF shop.
Contact The Macomb Group by email at email@example.com or by phone at 888-756-4110, and R.L. Bondy by phone at 248-547-8616.