TPSX-12 Calsil Insulation

A Resource For Calcium Silicate Industrial Insulation



The Value of 3-V Scored Block

It is said 80% of all piping within industrial facilities is 8″ or less in diameter. Although TPSX-12 calsil insulation is available from the factory to fit up to 126″ diameter in filter pressed sections, TPS only stocks calsil to fit from 1/2″ to 24″ diameter pipes at our three U.S. locations. If one has time to wait for larger than 24″ diameter sections to ship direct from the factory, then we can order in the sizes and amounts needed for the project. But what if one doesn’t have time to wait and needs something that will fill the bill without the longer lead times?

3-V scored calsil block is a great solution for these very common larger diameter pipes, tanks and vessels. It starts out as flat calsil block in various thicknesses such as 1.5, 2, 2,5 and 3″ thickness. The dimensions of the blocks are 12″ wide x 36″ long to make them easy to handle. The plain flat block is run through a special saw that has custom made dado head saw blades that cut three v-shaped grooves into one of the long sides of the block. This allows the flat block to “snap” once installed and conform to the curvature of the metal asset.

Essentially, 3-V scored block is a ubiquitous configuration that can be installed in one or multiple layers in order to provide the required total thickness specified by the engineer. TPS stocks 4 different thicknesses of 3-V scored calsil block and keeps numerous truckloads of each size on hand due to its popularity amongst contractors.

TPS Opens Third Location in the Gulf Coast!

TPS is excited to announce the opening of our 3rd location in Beaumont, Texas! This warehouse is strategically located between Houston and Baton Rouge and is in the heart of the “Golden Triangle”. Our Las Vegas warehouse Supervisor has been promoted to Warehouse Manager in Beaumont and is joined by two other current TPS employees that relocated to Texas. This new location will be focused on the industrial market and will stock 86 different sizes of TPSX-12 calsil pipe cover and block. Our initial stocking orders constitute 40 truckloads of our high quality filter pressed calcium silicate insulation and several truckloads of our Therma-Phen phenolic foam fabrication bun stock.

BEC Calsil Warehouse Building Complete

Construction of the brand new 3-story warehouse building (left) adjacent to the BEC calcium silicate manufacturing building (right) is now complete. Each floor is 35,520 square feet (3,300 square meters) for a total of 106,560 square feet (9,900 square meters) of floor space. Each floor has 20 foot (6 meters) ceiling heights which provides over 2.1 million cubic feet of storage capacity. The brand new warehouse building dedicated for finished goods storage is estimated to hold up to 150 total 40′ HC shipping containers.

This significant investment will have the effect of reducing overall supply chain lead times for calsil industrial insulation by allowing orders to be shipped from finished goods inventory instead of waiting for each order to be manufactured as was the case with the extremely small BEC Shanghai factory which was permanently closed in Feb. 2021.

New BEC Calsil Factory Now Open

TPS is happy to announce the opening of the first new calcium silicate (calsil) insulation factory capable of servicing the North American market in over 45 years! The new factory is a the most advanced and efficient calsil factory in the world and has fully optimized the new manufacturing technologies and automation developed since the mid 1970’s. The greenfield factory was constructed and financed by BEC Industrial Insulation. The annual production of the factory is 2.5 times the capacity of the previous factory formerly known as “IIG Shanghai” and will be the catalyst that will allow BEC calsil (branded as TPSX-12 in North America) to continue to inject legitimate competition against the incumbent supplier and capture 50% or more of the calsil market over the next 3-5 years.

BEC Manufacturing Building Completed

The new BEC calsil factory building is complete (rear) with all new manufacturing equipment installed. This photo was taken on November 15, 2021. The chief engineer estimates the commissioning of the manufacturing facility will take 30-45 days. In the foreground right is the dried in administration building and the foreground left is the ongoing construction of a 3-story concrete warehouse that will provide over 100,000 square feet with 20 foot ceilings of dry storage space for finished calsil goods. The phased construction was of course focused on completing the manufacturing facility first in order to resume production of the world’s strongest calcium silicate insulation per ASTM C533 type I.

New ASTM Paper Published

The President of TPS, David Shong, recently published a technical paper for an ASTM International Symposium called STP1629 “Performance, Properties, and Resilience of Thermal Insulations” sponsored by the C16 subcommittee.   The symposium featured “nine peer-reviewed papers with state-of-the-art knowledge on topics related to performance resiliency of thermal insulation materials in the built environment.” 

The paper discusses the history of calcium silicate (calsil) “as the workhorse industrial insulation for oil refineries, power and chemical plants, and pulp and paper mills.”   Due to several historical reasons regarding the formulation of first generation calsil, the insulation became associated with higher rates of corrosion under insulation (CUI).  This caused the market for calsil to decline and all producers to exit the market leaving only a single firm by 2002. 

In 2018, TPS launched the first new calsil insulation that could levy legitimate competition in the North American market by meeting and exceeding all physical property requirements in accordance with ASTM C533 type I.  “This paper discusses advances in manufacturing technology and economic influences that fully address the historically cited reasons that engineers eliminated calsil insulation from their specifications.”

Please contact TPS directly if you would like to discuss the paper or your industrial insulation needs. Please click on the link below to purchase the copyrighted document.

https://www.astm.org/stp162920190167.html

Groundbreaking of New BEC Calsil Factory

BEC Industrial Insulation held a ground breaking ceremony for a new greenfield calsil factory on September 22, 2020. This will be the first new calsil factory to be built in over 45 years. Aerial drone footage shows site grading and pile driving operations and footing construction on December 16, 2020.