Basalt fiber products showcased at the International Foundry Trade Fair

Basalt fiber products showcased at the International Foundry Trade Fair
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The manufacturers from China and Germany offered solutions based on basalt fiber in Dusseldorf.

During the five days, the world’s most important trade fair for metallurgy and casting technology became a mecca for professionals from various sectors.

Quadrennial GIFA 2019 united a trade fair quartet GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST under the common title The Bright World of Metals.

Approximately 2360 exhibitors and about 72500 visitors from 118 countries learned about new technologies, materials, processes and solutions. The key trends of this top metallurgy event were in tune with time requirements: additive manufacturing and industry 4.0, energy efficiency and resource savings.

Metallurgy is a high-temperature industry so, refractory and thermal-resistant solutions were sure to be demonstrated. A few manufacturers brought over their basalt fiber based products.

Ningguo BST Thermal Products (China) is a thermal protection and refractory materials producer (BSTFLEX brand). They showcased BSTF Needle Math, which can be used for filtration and air purifying systems, as a heat-acoustic insulation material.

High Heat Insulation Thermal Proteciton Basalt Fiber Tape is used to provide protection of industrial wires, cables, hoses, tube and pipes. Basalt Fiber Tape can also provide thermal insulation and personnel protection and is used as a gasket or seal.

The insulating gasket is used to insulate engine parts, exhaust pipes and components, as well as pipelines of industrial equipment and machinery. In particular, for diesel engines, such as power generation, off-highway and on-highway vehicles, and marine often require insulation blankets to manage the heat that these engines generate.

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High Temperature resistant thermal protection removable heat insulation jacket blanket is used to insulate engine parts, exhaust piping and components, and industrial process piping and machinery.

It is a perfect solution for diesel engines, such as power generation, transportation vehicles, and marine ships that require insulation blankets to manage the heat that these engines generate. It is convenient that this removable insulating “clothing” can be custom-made according to customer’s drawings. To get it sized, as they say.

The manufacturer also offers special silicone coated basalt fire sleeve. It designed to protect hoses,wires and cables from the hazards of high heat and occasional flame. Silicone Coated Basalt Fire Sleeve protects continuously to 740°F and will withstand a molten splash at 1200°C/2200°F.

Resistant to hydraulic fluids, lubricating oils,and fuels, Silicone Sleeve insulates against energy loss in piping and hosing; protects employees from burns;and allows bunding of wires, hoses, and cables.

VIGOT Industrietechnik from Germany (part of Schauenburg Group) featured its novelty: The silicone-coated fire protection hose F88 Basalt eco made of natural basalt fibres. The product was developed for extremely heat-exposed workplaces, e.g. induction furnaces.

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The fire sleeve is made of braided or knitted basalt fibres with special silicone coating that is self-extinguishing, without halogenated fire-resistant substances, and therefore safe even in overheating conditions. The F88 Basalt eco is oil and solvent resistant, exhibits high mechanical strength and is wear resistant. Due to the combination of inner material and coating properties, the sleeve maintains its functional integrity when exposed to the maximum constant temperature and increases the service life of the protected equipment.

Luyang Energy-Saving Materials, another thermal insulation and retardant materials producer from China showcased stone wool insulation. According to the company, it annually produces basalt fiber products in amount of over 100 000 tons.

Moreover, basalt fiber offers high figures of thermal stability, does not emit harmful substances when heated and doesn’t conduct electricity that is extremely important when insulating conductive parts, it can also help to solve pipeline corrosion issue. The innovative development from Rockwool to fight corrosion under insulation has already received recognition and award from corrosion experts.

All the interested will be able to visit the Bright World of Metals only in June 2023, says Messe Düsseldorf organizers.

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