Case Study: Using No-Cement Castable Instead of Firebrick to Prevent Rapid Expansion in Rotary Kiln

8 May 2014,

Firebrick is a versatile product, but since refractories are not a commodity, there are applications where firebrick is effective… and applications where it’s ineffective. Recently, a project was completed to correct damage caused by the failure of firebrick installed by another refractory contractor. Our client’s process was super-heating EAF dust to extract the pure zinc that’s contained in the dust….Read More ›

Deciding Between a Sole Proprietor or Full-Service Refractory Contractor

25 April 2014,

If you’re a plant engineer at a large multi-national industrial manufacturer, you probably have the expertise and bandwidth on staff to manage all of the maintenance for your heat processing equipment. It’s common, however, for small to mid-size manufacturers to lack the resources or knowledge to take on maintenance and repair projects by themselves. Because cost is always an issue,…Read More ›

Preventative Maintenance Checklist for Your Refractory Linings

5 March 2014,

We all know that it’s a good idea to perform routine maintenance on important machinery – both in our manufacturing facility and in our personal lives. You change the oil in your car, right? I know that not everybody changes their oil every 3,000 miles, but for those of you that were driving back in the 1970s and 1980s, did…Read More ›

Case Study: Foamfrax Veneer vs. Coating

1 March 2014,

We’re always on the lookout for innovations that improve the performance of refractories and linings. Though it requires a substantial undertaking to evaluate the quality and performance of new products in our industry, we’ve found that the rewards far outweigh the costs. Of course, we’d never use a product that’s untested, but when we find a new product that delivers…Read More ›

When Refractory Contractors Fail to Bid on Complete Project Requirements

28 February 2014,

“I love your proposal, but I love the other guy’s price.” Have you ever heard that before? For those of us who are providing complex services and products in the business-to-business market, this is frustrating to hear. Especially when you hear it often. When I expressed my frustration to another CEO colleague over dinner the other night, he asked me…Read More ›