How To Choose the Best Refractory Material

26 February 2015,
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We commonly hear engineering and maintenance managers tell us, “I want to use the latest technology” or “I want to use the best refractory material.” It’s a logical request, right? And there’s been some buzz in our industry over the past few years about new refractory materials on the market such as gunite and shotcrete technologies that incorporate colloidal silica…Read More ›


Case Study: Foamfrax RG Instead of a Low-Temperature Board System

18 February 2015,
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It’s not uncommon for the best solution for our customer to be different from what they originally asked for. Our engineers’ high level of experience, knowledge and skills allows us to consider a far wider range of solutions and present options the customer might have not even been aware of. Since real-life examples are always helpful, here’s a case study…Read More ›


An Unusual Way to Get the Lowest Cost for Your Refractory Project

13 February 2015,
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We’ve all heard the term “penny-wise, pound foolish.” This is particularly true when it comes to refractories — sometimes the lowest cost solution means spending more upfront in order to save significant maintenance costs in the near future. It’s common knowledge that margins in U.S.-based manufacturing continue to get squeezed, so it’s critical for our clients to keep construction and…Read More ›


Choosing the Best Refractory Material for an Aluminum Furnace

5 November 2014,
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For our aluminum customers and prospects (primary, secondary, smelters) we’re frequently asked a new, but old, question, “What is the best refractory material for an aluminum furnace?” With over 68 years of experience, we’ve worked with all of the prominent manufacturers for aluminum resistant materials, not to mention the first-hand knowledge of how these products perform “in the field” which…Read More ›


Buying Refractories the Smart Way

5 November 2014,
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What’s the most cost-effective method for buying refractory materials for most OEM and end user customers? Buying refractory products direct from the manufacturer Buying refractory products from a distributor Full disclosure: F.S. Sperry is a refractory distributor in addition to being a refractory contractor. Many of our OEM and end user customers buy refractory materials from us without needing any…Read More ›