Press Release Summary:
Unlike insulation blanketsÂ that are used to contain heat of component they are covering,Â Fire Blankets are designed to protect equipment from fire damage. Oil/gas and petrochemical industries need to ensure that safety equipment, including safety valves and actuators, can function in event of fire. Goal of Fire Blankets is not necessarily to save equipment, but rather to protect equipment in emergency situations long enough for shut-down procedure to take place.
Original Press Release:
Firwin Fire Blankets - Protecting Critical Components
Removable insulation blankets are often called upon to contain the heat of the component they are covering. Be it for personnel protection, lowering ambient heat levels, protecting nearby heat-sensitive components, heat and energy conservation, or in the case of catalysts, maintaining the heat level within so that pollution control equipment can function optimally – the goal of removable insulation blankets and covers is, more often than not, to lower the amount of heat escaping to the surrounding environment; i.e. keep the heat in.
Firwin’s latest product offering, however, what we call our Fire Blanket, have a different purpose – protecting the component they are covering from fire- i.e. to keep the heat out.
“Certain industries, especially the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical industries, need to ensure that their safety equipment can function in the event of a fire - safety valves and actuators need to shut down systems in such a case. If this equipment is damaged by fire and cannot function as intended, the results can be quite serious”, said Rael Herman, Firwin’s V.P. and Research and Development, who was instrumental in developping the Fire Blanket.
The goal of the Firwin Fire Blanket is not necessarily to save the equipment, but rather to protect the equipment in emergency situations from fire damage long enough for shut down procedure to take place. Even though the blanket itself may be damaged by the fire, it has done its job if it has kept the fire at bay long enough to allow the component being covered to operate properly.
The Firwin Fire Blanket is designed with a special proprietary construction method. “There is a lot that goes into to producing a Fire Blanket, from the construction method to the material make-up”, said Rael. “As such, it is a premium priced product, but it pays for its value many-fold over by preventing potentially huge losses, both in human and monetary terms”, added Rael.
For more information about our Fire Blankets, please contact Firwin directly.