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This area contains 3-inch asphalt piping with channel trace that has been covered with 3-by-1.5-inch and 6-by-1-inch insulation for good coverage. You can see that there are six inline flanges that have been insulated with ERS wrap™, four hoses that have been insulated with the same material, two 90-degree elbows, and a few flange grounds and inline flanges. This is a filter, followed by more flanges, holders, hoses, and another pump. As you can see, it is a rather complex piping system that is difficult, if not impossible, to insulate with conventional materials.
Luis is installing pipe insulation with aluminum jacketing on the 3/4 hot oil piping. He is using 0.16 stucco embossed aluminum and securing it with stainless steel sheet metal screws. The aluminum has a safety edge or hem, which provides a tight finish and eliminates a potential sharp edge. This is both a safety and aesthetic feature.
The thermometer you are looking at measures the temperature of the return oil, which is currently approximately 260-270 degrees Fahrenheit on the return line. The plant operator stated that the temperature of this gauge has increased by almost 100 degrees since we applied insulation. This simply indicates that there is reduced fuel consumption. Hotter oil or hotter asphalt puts less strain on pumps and heating equipment. So, the temperature increase of 100 degrees in the return oil supply is expected.
Luis is insulating a small-diameter hot oil pipe in the video. The pipe is three-quarters of an inch in diameter and made of iron. He has insulated it with one and a half inches of fiberglass pipe insulation. He will then cover it with a 0.16-inch stucco embossed aluminum jacket and secure it with stainless steel screws. This will provide long-term resistance to abuse and the weather. Additionally, there are a couple of 90-degree bends that will need to be insulated as well. The ERS wrap™ is a versatile option for insulating pipes in tight spaces.
The insulation you are looking at is wrapped in ERS Wrap™ with Velcro hook and loop. At this particular point, you can see the difference between one end of the product, which has a sewn finish, and the other end, which was cut to length on site. When we cut something to length, we trim back some of the insulation, pull it over the silicone-coated fabric, and then secure it with staples. This keeps everything concealed and prevents the insulation from being exposed to the elements, resulting in a better long-term finish that is resistant to water damage.
The ERS wrap™ is applied in a watershed position and secured with stainless steel cable ties. This should provide years of long-term insulating efficiency, as well as resistance to wind, water, weather, and other elements. This is a long-term solution for a very difficult installation.
Check out the below videos for ERS Wrap install on pipes and hoses
The ERS Wrap Insulation velcro hook and loop is really quick and easy to use. It's a lot faster than trying to wrap it with fiberglass insulation tape that some insulators use. Additionally, it's a lot more efficient.This installation took about 45 seconds. Now we just need to secure it with outdoor cable ties.
Jesse is continuing to insulate the two-inch hot oil pipe, which has a clearance issue. He is using ERS insulation with Velcro hook and loop, which is already cut to size and fits well. He is now attaching the hook to the loop and will roll the seam around to the back of the pipe. This will make the seam invisible and position it in a watershed position. This application is quick, easy, and efficient. I should then take a surface temperature reading of the ERS Wrap and the hot oil line above it.
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