Why removable insulation mattresses or flexible textile insulation covers are great insulation solution for your industrial projects?
If you are asking yourself this question it probably means that you want to use some insulation mattresses at one of your industrial projects. Whether it is a power plant, ship or a brewery, insulation mattresses also called textile insulation jackets or covers can bring a lot of technical and commercial advantages to the plant or ship owner and operator.
Removable insulation covers are easy to install
First of all, insulation mattresses are much easier to install than traditional insulation materials with metal sheet jacketing. We all know that even components of high quality sometimes break down or require some sort of maintenance or inspections. Very often these parts are covered with insulation. Someone needs to remove it before engineers can do their work on mechanical components. Thermal or acoustic insulation with metal sheet jackets can be fragile if not handled with care. Sometimes you not only need specialist tools, but also specific skills of thermal insulation engineer. Once your remove insulation you need to pay a lot of attention in storing and re-installation of these materials. Insulation mats can fall off and even require full replacement.
In such cases textile removable insulation jacket is more “user friendly”.
Insulation mats are enclosed within the textile cover. Even after removal these mats will not fall off and will not get damaged easily. Usually working with insulation mattresses does not require any specialist tools. Most frequently Velcro straps are used as a fixing method. These straps can be fixed manually. Even if you use removable textile insulation covers in vibrating environment and fix them with more robust method of fixing like for example steel wire, this operation only requires set of pliers.
Removable insulation blankets can sustain harsh and corrosive environment
Secondly, textile insulation does not corrode. Flexible insulation jackets are produced from high quality and durable textile materials covered either with Teflon or silicone coating. Thanks to these specialist coatings insulation mattresses have an advantage over metal sheet cladding which can be subject to corrosion. Teflon or silicone coating stops water, oils or acids from reacting with the textile material. More importantly it creates a barrier to protect insulation inside from soaking in any liquid. Even if you use stainless steel metal sheet jackets there is always a risk that these can be scratched or hit. Even a tiny damage to the surface may result in corrosion some time in the future.
Removable textile insulation jackets provide faster return of investment for the plant or ship owner or operator
Last but not least, it is cheaper in the long run to use flexible insulation covers. It may seem that removable insulation mattresses are more expensive when compared directly to the insulation mats or boards with metal sheet jacketing. However, we need to take into consideration a few other factors in order to make honest comparison. For example, installation time which also costs money is shorter with insulation mattresses. What is more, due to higher lifetime, easier maintenance and low risk of damage textile insulation jackets pay for themselves within a couple of years from original installation. Insulation mattresses sustain more frequent removal and re-installation programmes. Therefore they are more economic solution for power plant, brewery or ship owners or operators. You do not need to replace insulation mattresses so often as traditional insulation with metal sheet cladding.
Of course these are not all the benefits of using textile insulation covers, however, these are the three most important that you as the procurement and technical team member should consider when purchasing insulation material for industrial projects.
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