As we gear up for Black Friday, which has rapidly turned into Black November, it’s useful to look at household appliances and how people have come to rely on them being safe to use in the home.
Consumer appliances are at the apex of convenient, modern living, but they can also pose a risk. They should meet rigorous safety standards, and to do this, they require high temperature insulation.
Earlier in 2018, Which? reported that faulty appliances cause 60 UK house fires a week. The most high risk appliances are potentially dangerous white goods such as washing machines and dryers. However sophisticated household appliances have become, safety is still an issue.
With the momentous marking of the centenary of the 1918 Armistice having just passed, we wanted to honour the armed forces by looking at military vehicles through the ages, and examining how, in the modern age of military transportation, high temperature insulation is an essential requirement.
What is high temperature insulation? High temperature insulation is an insulating substance that protects from extremely high temperatures and is used in manufacturing, cars, electrical appliances, and tooling, amongst other things.
Many different industries rely on high temperature insulation to carry out essential processes, manufacture products and components, and ensure optimum, economic performance.
Insulation is vital for preventing the transfer of heat. By doing this, it reduces the amount of energy that is needed to raise temperatures, and it protects that are adjacent to the heat source from damage.
Because of its extraordinary properties, mica is used across a broad spectrum of industries. In its raw mineral form, mica is made up in such a way that it naturally cleaves into thin sheets.
Once processed, these sheets, whether rigid or flexible, form the basis for different products, supporting various industrial and manufacturing processes.
Therefore, when it comes to asking how mica is used, the answers are varied, reflecting the versatility of this mineral. It is associated with furnaces and foundries, but also power electronics, aviation, vehicles, the military, consumer appliances and even in beauty products.
If you look at the end products and applications of mica, they can seem a long way from mica in its natural state. As a product, mica in sheet form is one of the most versatile, widely-used forms of processed mica, and here we answer how are mica sheets made?
Mica sheets come in different grades for a wide variety of applications. They can be either flexible or rigid, and can be composite or pure in composition.
Wondering what are mica shapes? Mica shapes are an example of the sheer versatility of this naturally-occurring mineral. Not only does mica have excellent insulation and thermal conductivity properties, but it is also both adaptable and durable in rigid sheet form.
We can manufacture mica can into different shapes, making it an ideal material for vital parts and components in various processes, devices and machinery.
This means that mica’s technical properties are applicable across different sectors and in diverse settings, depending on individual requirements. Elmelin provides shaped insulation using patterns, moulds, and machine cutting, pressing and stamping processes.
The finished results can be found in machinery, equipment and other devices, and as essential electrical components.
Elmelin’s prototyping capabilities mean that we can provide our varied customer-base with ways to fine-tune their requirements, while bringing down production costs and ironing out any potential problems or issues. Prototyping is both a critical evaluation tool for production, and a means of safeguarding against delays or disruptions which might otherwise be costly and damaging, both financially and reputation-wise.
Here, we look at why prototyping is so important, and the various uses of it. As such, prototyping is a capability with multiple functions, offering an enhanced service to businesses operating in different sectors.
High temperature insulation is not only about helping industries maintain efficiency, or ensuring electrical devices function consistently. It plays a key role in fire protection.
Fire protection is something we specialise in, and our mica-based and microporous high temperature insulation products and technology cut across many industries, providing essential safeguarding against fire risks in various situations and settings.