As foundries continue to evolve, new technology and safety measures are rapidly being adopted. For some time, insulation has been at the heart of the evolution of this technology – with mica-based insulation materials playing an essential role in supporting the foundry processes.
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.
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.
Foundry insulation is vital when it comes to foundry safety basics. Foundries work with extreme heat, using intense temperatures to melt metal and pour it into moulds. Due to the acute and constant levels of heat that they involve, these processes, therefore, carry a large amount of risk.