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. However, with so many local, national and global manufacturers delivering to market myriad material technologies and products, accurate specification is a highly challenging task.
Customer requirements for higher performance products, and installer needs for easy-to-apply materials, drive the leading refractory manufacturers worldwide to continue to invest heavily in the research and development of next-generation industrial insulation materials. The aim is to bring to market castable products that combine optimum insulation performance with other important attributes, such as strength, operator safety and ease of installation.