TPSX-12 Calsil Insulation

A Resource For Calcium Silicate Industrial Insulation

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.

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.

TPSX-12 Calsil Insulation Size Offerings

Our motto is TPSX-12 is calsil, only better….

One of the many reasons is the unprecedented offering of different sizes of filter pressed calsil insulation pipe cover and block. In addition to our vast assortment of International Pipe Standard (IPS) and heat traced pipe sizes, we also offer legitimate COPPER tubing sizes that will actually fit on copper pipe ranging from 5/8 to 4 1/8 in 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3″ wall thicknesses!

Please click on the link below to view all of the various pipe sizes and wall thicknesses. If you would like the actual spreadsheet emailed to you, please contact TPS directly.

Multi-Layer Configuration Tool

Due to increased requirements for higher levels of thermal efficiency and safety on high temperature industrial piping and equipment, many calsil insulation projects are now being specified with thicknesses greater than the maximum 3″ wall for pipe cover in a single layer. This industry standard ensures the individual sections do not become too heavy for an installer to handle on the job site. Installing in 2 and 3 layers with both horizontal and circumferential joints staggered is becoming the norm, not the exception to the rule. Multi-layering should be considered a best practice to ensure as the hot metal pipe grows in length and to a lesser extent diameter, that joints between the insulation sections do not open up.

Many of our customers have asked us to create a reference tool that allows them to quickly build multiple layer configurations. We listened and are happy to share this new tool with the market. TPSX-12 is produced in accordance with ASTM C533 type I for physical properties AND ASTM C585 for pipe sizes and dimensional tolerances. This sizing specification allows for the “nesting” of congruent sizes in order to provide total thicknesses greater than 3″.

Please note this chart demonstrates just ONE possible way to build multi-layer assemblies. Due to our unprecedented assortment of pipe sizes and wall thicknesses, there are many other permutations to achieve the same result based on what sizes are in stock at any particular time and location. TPSX-12 is available in 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3″ wall thicknesses for ALL pipe sizes from 3/8″ iron up to 126″ diameter.

Please click on the link below to view the tool and contact TPS directly if you would like a copy of the spreadsheet emailed to you.

Expanded Exclusivity Agreement Announcement

Thermal Pipe Shields and BEC Industrial recently reached agreement to expand our joint partnership contract for all BEC calcium silicate products to include the entire North American continent including Canada, the United States and Mexico. This formal and binding agreement includes the cessation of any BEC sales to independent brokers that may have sold BEC calsil insulation to North American customers. Please see attached announcement signed by the President of BEC. Thermal Pipe Shields is ready to provide unsurpassed service to all North American customers and unite the entire continent under a single strategy focused on bringing real competition to the market under the trademarked brand name TPSX-12.