We think so! When it comes to fictional heroes and villains, one of their most coveted superpowers is the ability to change from one form to another – to be a so-called “Shape Shifter.” MPT® Field-Preformed (FPF) is mineral wool that starts out as a flat high density board on the truck and then can “transform” into a rounded insulation that fits tightly around pipe. Believe it or not, a number of industry specifiers, contractors and other end-users have not yet had an opportunity to learn about one of IIG’s most innovative and cost-effective insulations. As a shape-shifter, it’s got superpowers!
Mineral wool insulation is often specified on mid-temperature industrial pipe and vessel applications. It is manufactured in a two-step process by first melting down raw minerals like basalt, limestone, dolomite and coke. The melt is then spun into long fibers, mixed with a phenolic binder and converted into flat boards, blankets or traditional “mandrel wound” pre-formed pipe insulation. It has excellent thermal performance for use up to 1200°F (649°C).
When mineral wool makes sense for a given application, it’s time to consider how the space-saving merits of MPT® FPF can improve the efficiency and profitability of your next project. First of all, it is the same mineral wool insulation that you have always used, but in a form that will make your life easier.
MPT® Field-Preformed is manufactured from flat board that is cut to length based on the pipe sizes you specify. It is next laminated with a facer on one side and then run through a programmable saw-line that cuts precise V-Grooves. The angle of the knife blades that cut the grooves changes each time a specific pipe size is programmed into the control software. The factory finished product will precisely fit your specified pipe size that was entered into the software. A contact adhesive is then sprayed into these grooves at the factory to make the flat insulation stick together when rolled up. These features are the keys to making this product a field-tested shape-shifter! It changes from flat to round with your help.
So here are the advantages of using MPT® Field Pre-Formed Mineral Wool:
- It offers the same thermal protection as traditional mandrel-wound pipe insulation.
- It’s easy to install: The V-grooved surface and factory-added adhesive makes for less effort at the job site.
- It’s engineered for an exact fit. Precision-cut technology ensures the grooves close snugly when wrapped around the pipe.
- Flat shipping means lower costs for transportation, storage and handling.
So, the next time you bid a project that is specified with mineral wool insulation, do yourself a favor and get a quote on IIG’s MPT® Field Pre-Formed Pipe Insulation. Unlike Superheroes from comic books, this material can actually help you save time, money, and hassles. That, in turn, could make a superhero out of you.