In the U.S., the main body developing the design standards of kilns, furnaces and ovens is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), through NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces. But the ceramic industry has misconceptions about NFPA 86, and no wonder.
Industrial furnaces and kilns rely on high-temperature insulation materials to optimize production yield and minimize energy costs, which can rise rapidly if excessive heat escapes from the point of operation. Insulating castable refractory materials are key to this energy-saving process due to their inherent low heat conductivity, as well as advantages derived from ease of placement and structural strength.
A new stiff extrusion plant is enabling Triangle Brick to serve the growing construction industry in new markets in Texas and the surrounding states.
August 1, 2016
Triangle Brick is a leading U.S. manufacturer of high-quality face brick. Incorporated in 1959, the company, which has belonged to the Roeben Tonbaustoffe group for 35 years, was one of the first brick manufacturers in the U.S. to incorporate a completely automated manufacturing process. Today, with a total of five plants, Triangle Brick sells brick to customers in over 30 U.S. states.
Ceramic manufacturers should take steps to ensure their facilities meet safety guidelines for industrial control panels.
August 1, 2016
“Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” (NFPA70E) was recently updated by the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA). It primarily addresses fire and explosion hazards caused by arc flash in electrical equipment. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to eliminate these events, thereby mitigating risk to facilities and—most importantly—injury to humans.