Mud is Mud …

9 March 2016,

Many people view refractory as dirt in a bag. It sure looks like dirt, right? If you can lay brick, you can lay firebrick, right? If you can cast concrete, you can install refractory, right? And many believe any laborer can install castable. In redbrick, a bricklayer not laying proper joints will be “run off” the job. However, we’ve seen…Read More ›

Workarounds to Keep the Production Line Running

2 March 2016,

Our culture is built around doing the job right so our customers get lasting value from our work. And we don’t just do it for our customers; we take pride in doing the job right. In most instances, “doing the job right” in a vacuum means shutting the line down for repairs or a rebuild. But the reality of today…Read More ›

Case Study: A Quick Response for Our Customer’s Heat Recovery Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO)

8 January 2016,

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTOs) are combustion devices that control VOC, CO, and volatile HAP emissions by combusting them to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water. In regenerative heat recovery, hot exhaust gases and cool inlet gases are alternatively passed through a fixed bed, typically employing ceramic media. Important design and operational factors for RTOs include temperature (a temperature high enough to…Read More ›

There’s a Crack in My Refractory

18 December 2015,

If your refractory is cracked, is it failing? Cracks certainly don’t look good. And they don’t instill confidence. But the reality is that most cracks are not necessarily bad, detrimental or indicative of failure. A casual look at a street, sidewalk or your garage floor makes the point. Monolithic refractories will crack for a variety of reasons: Heating stresses Volume…Read More ›

A High Tech Application of a Low Tech Refractory

11 December 2015,

“Fire brick is a thing of the past.” Have you ever heard that from your refractory contractor? Or maybe said it yourself? We hear it often. Many new high-quality refractory materials have come into the marketplace over the past 10 years, and it’s natural to want the cutting-edge technology in your plant. Who doesn’t want the latest and greatest? But…Read More ›