Mica is a critical contributor to many industries, businesses and manufacturing processes because of its natural qualities and benefits as an insulation material. However, before it gets to this stage, mica is a raw material, and in its natural form it must first be sourced and extracted through mining. …
High temperature insulation touches people’s everyday lives. While we serve specialist sectors and industries, such as foundry and steel, automotive and aerospace, we also provide insulation solutions for products that are part of the fabric of how we live today. These products include fan-assisted and convection heaters, microwave ovens, toasters, hairdryers and other white goods.
5 June 2018 is World Environment Day, and while this year’s theme is Beat Plastic Pollution, there are other, critical areas of activity where industries, businesses and organisations can make a difference to the world around us. One of these is industrial insulation.
Industrial insulation is wide-ranging, applied to different sectors in a variety of settings, and here, at Elmelin, we play a key role in supplying high temperature insulation solutions.
These involve mica and mica-based products, and microporous materials and a multi-faceted approach to their application.
Here we look at the general importance of insulation in helping to combat climate change, and how industrial application works in practice in certain key industries.
At the heart of the foundry is the furnace, and furnace safety essentials are at the core of how the foundry industry operates. Furnaces require high temperature insulation to work effectively, efficiently and safely. Foundries involve an inherent degree of risk, because furnace processes involve constant intense temperatures and the movement of molten metal.
Elmelin’s mica and microporous insulation products and solutions are used across a wide breadth of industries, in different industrial and commercial settings and situations. This reflects the sheer adaptability and flexibility of mica’s natural mineral properties, and of our commitment to finding the right solution for the businesses we serve.
Whether by surface or air, transport relies on high temperature insulation for safety and efficiency. Insulation benefits for transportation include heat shields, battery insulation, fire protection and insulation for data recorders.
Elmelin supports the aerospace and automotive industries, alongside other specialised transportation sectors, including the military. Our high temperature insulation solutions provide assurance and ensure safety in situations where extreme conditions are frequently a normal operating environment.
What is mica? Whilst mica may not be immediately familiar to many, however, it is a widely-used mineral in many industrial processes and different products.
Mica has various properties and multiple uses. Due to its high thermal resistance, it is an excellent industrial insulation material. It offers resistance to electricity, light and moisture, making it ideal for a range of applications across different sectors.
A significant aspect of human history and progress is the story of how we have harnessed and channelled what the natural world can offer us. This includes industrial minerals such as mica.
As high temperature insulation specialists, we manufacture different mica-based products, including mica roll and mica sheets, and we use mica in various thermal management solutions and other industrial insulation applications.
Tuesday 1 May is International Workers’ Day, and to mark it, we’re looking at foundries through the ages, their contribution to British manufacturing, and how industrial insulation is helping ensure foundries are fit for the future.
The history of foundries is tied up with the history of human labour, and of finding means to work smarter and better. It is about how we discovered casting as a way of taking elements from nature and bending and shaping them for our use.