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 ›


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

8 May 2014,
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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,
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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,
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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,
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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 ›