The Latest Plibrico Refractory Products

19 July 2017,
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Plibrico is one of the top refractory product manufacturers in the United States. Founded in 1914, Plibrico has a complete line of high alumina- and alumino-silicate monolithic refractories for use in a variety of applications. Over the past 12 months, Plibrico has introduced some new products that we wanted to share with you. F.S. Sperry is the exclusive supplier of…Read More ›


A Special Veneer Coating to Preserve Ladle Preheaters

4 April 2017,
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If you’re in the steel industry, especially the melt shop, you know how difficult it can be to get several heats from your ladles, much less from your ladle pre-heat covers. What do you do when your ladle pre-heat cover develops hotspots, loses its efficiency and runs hotter than normal? Instead of replacing the cover or the refractory lining, there’s…Read More ›


Considerations for Keeping Your Wood-Fired Boiler Running Efficiently

13 December 2016,
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Environmentally conscious manufacturers are always on the lookout for effective ways to use renewable energy sources. There has been a lot of research in this area over the past few decades. Modern biomass, especially bio-fuels and wood pellets, are increasingly being used for heat and power generation, alongside traditional biomass sources such as agricultural by-products. Bio-power is now the 4th…Read More ›


Top 5 Refractory Mistakes to Avoid

8 November 2016,
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While refractory material is critical to protecting and maintaining the efficiency of your heat processing equipment (and more importantly, keeping your people safe!), it’s not always a priority for many of today’s industrial plant engineers and managers. Refractories are a complex field, heavy on both science and art. The idea that “mud is mud” is dangerous thinking that can end…Read More ›


When Hot-Gunning Refractory Is a Better Option Than a Cold Cleaning Patch

5 October 2016,
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As a full service refractory contractor who prides ourselves in doing the job right, we always strive to create the best cost-effective long-term solution when it comes to protecting your people, production schedule and heat processing equipment. But sometimes, the realities of your production schedule justify short-term fixes instead of the best “long-term solution.” On a recent job, our customer…Read More ›


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