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the modules in high-density blankets are greatly compressed, they can become unwieldy and harder to handle. Pyro-Bloc however mitigates this problem with a specifically designed lubricant in the module’s fibres.

This lubricant greatly eases compression, therefore reducing the amount of installation time needed and overall labour costs.

Superwool Plus vs. Refractory Ceramic Fibres

For many years, Refractory Ceramic Fibres (RCF) have been the lining of choice in the industry, due to its ability to withstand extremely high temperatures. Some RCFs have even shown they can withstand temperatures up to 1,650°C (4,000°F).

However, RCF has in recent years been reviewed for its environmental, health and safety (EHS) concerns.

market, Pyro-Bloc modules also vastly reduce labour installation costs. This is due to the fact that horizontal ‘batten strips’ to install the modules in the side walling are not required, as the modules are compressible in all directions.

Instead, Pyro-Bloc can be installed in a ‘parquet’ style module orientation, which is ideal for the roof and arch sections of the unit.

Easily customisable

As all RTOs are different in size and shape, it is necessary to modify and cut the insulation lining’s modules to properly insulate the entire unit. It is inevitable that fabricators and installation teams will encounter ‘odd geometry’ sections inside the RTO.

Pyro-Bloc modules, due to their monolithic nature, provide the greatest ease of modification to meet this requirement, while still maintaining their fibre structure.

Compared to Pyro-Bloc modules, high-density blanket-based modules come with more installation challenges and require more time overall. As

Results from a number of studies showed that high doses of respirable fibres could cause lung cancer and fibrosis. This has led to RCF being classified as a category 1b carcinogen in Europe and being placed on the ‘candidate list’ as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

Finding alternative solutions has been a high priority for manufacturers of high temperature insulation fibre around the world. Under the EU Carcinogens Directive, substitutes to RCF should be used where technically possible.

This is where the Superwool® low biopersistent insulating fibre has been leading the charge.

As well as being exonerated from any carcinogen classification under Nota Q, Superwool also offers 15-20 percent better thermal efficiency versus RCF linings. This is because Superwool fibre material has less ‘shot’ content by weight percentage. This means more fibre mass used in the insulation module contributes to preventing heat loss.

Ultimately, Superwool offers less heat loss per equivalent lining thickness/ density and less fuel expense for the end user.


Messe München starts a new conference format and reduces the waiting time until the next ceramitec trade show: ceramitec conference will celebrate its premiere at the newly inaugurated Conference Center Nord of Messe München on September 19 and 20, 2019. The focus of the new event will be on ceramic materials and, in particular, the possibilities for their industrial use. Today, the ceramic industry is highly innovative due to new manufacturing processes, changed raw material qualities and the solution-oriented development of individual orders. Ever shorter innovation cycles make ceramics attractive for a great number of industrial uses in the automotive and chemical industries, electrical engineering, the health sector, biotechnology, aerospace, mechanical engineering, the pharmaceutical industry, and in the world of design.

In a program set up in a matrix form, ceramitec conference will lay the ceramics segments known from the ceramitec trade show – Technical ceramics, Additive manufacturing, Powder metallurgy, Raw materials and Refractory materials – over the user industries. This gives attendees the possibility of compiling their own individual program specifically tailored to their requirements. As a result, the event facilitates access to the ceramic

March 2019 Issue industry for new fields of application.

“While having an age-old tradition, ceramics offer an enormous innovation potential. Thus, the materials find their way into a growing number of application fields and industries”, states Gerhard Gerritzen, Member of the Board of Management of Messe München. “Therefore, we provide orientation by the creation of the new ceramitec conference as an addition to our trade shows. At our events, users learn which contribution ceramics and the associated new manufacturing processes can make to coping with the present and future challenges they are faced with.” As traditional venue for the ceramitec trade show, and with its strong and varied industrial landscape, Munich provides a suitable setting for the new conference.

With ceramitec conference, Messe München broadens its portfolio for industrial ceramics. Besides the annually held Indian Ceramics Asia, it features the international key trade show ceramitec as a lighthouse. The latter is held every three years in Munich, and its next edition will take place in 2021. 15,000 people from 93 countries took part in ceramitec 2018 last April.




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