An Alternative Refractory Hot-face Lining Reduces Electricity Consumption by 10%

21 August 2014,
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This Case Study Outlines How F.S. Sperry Reduced the Electricity Consumption Requirements of the Aluminum Holding Furnace Equipment at a Global Die Casting Company Challenge: It’s no secret that manufacturers have been feeling a constant pressure on profit margins, both abroad and in the United States. In the die cast industry, the ever-increasing cost of electricity has created a downward pressure on…Read More ›


If the Instructions Are Right on the Bag, Can Anyone Install Refractory?

2 July 2014,
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Some people think refractories are a commodity. Why do you need an expert installer when the mixing instructions are stamped right on the bag? After all “mud is mud” right? Wrong! It’s a common assumption, and we field a lot of calls from folks who used to think that way. Here are the typical questions we hear: Why didn’t my…Read More ›


Interpreting a Refractory Technical Datasheet

25 June 2014,
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In our last post, we talked about the role of the refractory technical datasheet in the selection process. Today we’re going to share a datasheet and discuss how we evaluate them. Let’s start out by reviewing a datasheet. This is for Plibrico’s Plicast HyMOR 3100 Special KK. (And thanks to our partner Plibrico for contributing to this post). There’s a…Read More ›


Refractory Technical Datasheets Don’t Tell the Whole Story

16 June 2014,
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Refractory technical datasheets are important. They provide relevant data that should be considered in the overall process of selecting a particular refractory for a specific application. Technical datasheets list the refractory’s physical properties and the pertinent testing results, as well as the chemical makeup of the material. While they are important, technical datasheets should never be considered as a stand-alone…Read More ›


Refractories Primer: 3 Things Every Plant Manager Should Know

8 May 2014,
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If you’re new to refractories, there are a few important things to know before you begin making product selections or installation decisions. The Basics The term “refractory” refers to a variety of materials that are non-metallic and heat resistant. Refractories are used in a number of heat processes and in different types of industrial equipment, including boilers, furnaces, ovens, kilns,…Read More ›