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Fig. 1. Producers, petrochemical companies and processors have a continuing need to insulate pipelines, valves, electromechanical equipment and storage facilities in order to control temperatures.


As energy costs drive up the demand for insulation, automated profiling systems give insulation fabricators the ability to deliver customised pipeline and equipment coverings on a just-in-time basis. Ed Sullivan reports.


Mientras los costes energéticos hacen que aumente la demanda de aislamiento, los sistemas de perfilado automatizado dan a los fabricantes de aislamiento la posibilidad de ofrecer revestimientos para conductos y equipos personalizados y en el momento justo. Informe de Ed Sullivan.


Da die Energiepreise die Nachfrage für Dämmmaterial in die Höhe treiben, bieten automatisierte Profilierungssysteme den Herstellern von Dämmmaterial die Möglichkeit, maßgeschneiderte Pipeline- und Geräteabdeckungen auf bedarfsorientierter Grundlage zu liefern. Ed Sullivan berichtet.


Meeting insulation requirements: ‘on demand’


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s energy costs continue to spiral upward, so does the demand for rigid polyurethane-type insulation for the oil and


gas industry. However, as the demand grows, the requirements for supplying insulation to those sectors in some ways become even more stringent. For example, producers, petrochemical companies and processors of all sorts have a continuing need to insulate pipelines, valves, electromechanical equipment and storage facilities in order to control temperatures. And when new pipelines or structures are under construction, there is usually a tight delivery window for insulation suppliers to provide the large volumes of materials that are often required. “Tose types of installation, whether


offshore or at a processing plant, usually have firm delivery requirements,”


says Daniel Desbiens, co-president and director of marketing at Pol R Enterprises, Inc, a Montreal-based distributor/fabricator that specialises in insulation products for commercial and industrial installations throughout eastern Canada. “Tey also require quality insulation products - such as pipeline, valve and equipment coverings - that are competitively priced, uniformly precise in dimensional tolerances, and are consistent in density,” he adds. Oil, gas and petrochemical applications


often require miles of pipe insulation at a single installation. Tey usually require rigid insulation in specific shapes, sizes and densities. To meet those requirements quickly and efficiently, the fabrication of rigid insulation such as foam products has evolved into an automated production business that can satisfy customer delivery schedules on demand.


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