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Faster, Easier and Less Expensive to Install than FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 15, 2018 7:12:58 PM

Video Comparison of PSP® Vent Pipe and FRP Duct Assembly

A common belief among engineers and facility designers is that coated stainless steel vent pipe is more expensive than FRP duct alternatives. While the upfront material costs of fiberglass may appear slightly cheaper on estimates, it is most important to compare equivalent systems, such as the resin and service type of FRP duct, and to include an evaluation of system installation time and cost.

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Topics: vent pipe installation, frp duct, duct installation

Process Industry Growth and Positive Developments at Fab-Tech

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Aug 23, 2018 11:35:31 AM

Chad Whittemore is Promoted to Director of Operations

Fab-Tech and Pure Guard are looking to experience some exciting times during the next two years. We have been living in a digital world where semiconductors have been taken for granted. But, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing everything – and bringing semiconductors back into the spotlight. AI’s potential market of hundreds of zettabytes and trillions of dollars relies on new or refurbished chip manufacturing facilities. 

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Topics: company announcement

4 Advantages of PSP® Vent Duct for AE Firms

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 19, 2018 8:39:04 AM

Helping AE Firms Deliver on Value, Safety, Sustainability, and Style

Architects and Architectural Engineers are known for their expertise in designing spaces and structures that are both beautiful and functional. Their work blends the aesthetics of their client with a design that's appropriate for the type and purpose of the space. As difficult as this may seem, and while it's a job best left to expert AE firms, there are certain building materials that can give these designers an edge up on their competition.

So, how can adding PermaShield Pipe to an AE firm’s toolbox help them stand out and stay innovative?

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Topics: vent duct, facility design

Fab-Tech President Receives Vermont ESGR Patriot Award

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Jun 8, 2018 1:42:09 PM

Awarded for Service and Support of Vermont National Guard and Reserve Members

Colchester, Vermont - Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech Inc., has been recognized by Vermont ESGR for his service and support of Vermont's Guard and Reserve members.

During their annual banquet held recently in South Burlington, Vermont, ESGR recognized Scott Fine as one of more than "40 employers who provided outstanding support to their citizen warrior employees over the past year. Guest speaker for the event was Major General Steven Cray, Vermont’s Adjutant General. State of Vermont Governor Phil Scott also participated in recognizing employers and providing brief comments. The event, hosted by Jean O’Sullivan, Vermont State ESGR Chair, was attended by several other senior uniformed Guard and Reserve members as well as key business and community leaders." [1]

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Topics: awards and recognition

Containing Acid Fumes with Fluoropolymer Coated Vent Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 5, 2018 12:19:01 PM

PSP® Vent Duct Safely Handles Hydrochloric Acid Fumes

Belvidere, NJ - During the manufacture of a pilot run of innovative Vitamin C products, Roche Vitamins set out to solve a long standing problem that many pharmaceutical manufacturers and research labs face with their process ventilation systems.

That is, how to contain and exhaust highly corrosive acid fumes without having to perpetually replace the vent duct system.

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Topics: vent duct, acid fumes

21st Century Evaluation of U.S. National Lab Design

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 23, 2018 1:22:52 PM

5 Lab Design Criteria for the Future of U.S. National Labs

Governments around the world rely on their national labs to conduct research that will keep them at the leading edge of scientific and technological advancement.

Considering that U.S. national labs were developed during the middle of the 20th century and their management model is only recently showing signs of change, a major concern is that our national lab system may be many times inadequate to keep pace with modern day research initiatives.

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Topics: lab design, national labs

Cutting Edge MIT Nano-Lab Design Merges Function and Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:59:09 AM

PSP® Enhances lab Safety in State Of The Art MIT Nano-Complex

MIT is currently constructing a 200,000 square foot center for nanotechnology and nano-science at their campus in Cambridge, MA.

Nicknamed MIT.nano, the facility will follow an open lab design concept to bring faculty, researchers and students together on a grand scale of collaboration. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety

The Numbers Behind PermaShield's Superior Class 1 Fire Rating

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:56:24 AM

A Closer Look At The Class 1 Fire Rating And ASTM E-84 Results of PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Prior to the appearance of 300 series fluoropolymer coated stainless steel, the most common materials for process ventilation were galvanized steel, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene and FRP duct.

In today's high-cost high-tech process facilities, strong regulations and higher standards for fire-safety are turning the attention of facility owners, engineers, and underwriting insurers alike toward PSP® fluoropolymer coated fume exhaust duct. 

To understand why, let's take a look at how PSP® gets its superior Class 1 fire rating.

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Topics: class 1 fire rating, astm e-84, class 1 duct

4 Tips for Optimal Lab Fume Hood Performance and Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:52:16 AM

Fume Hood Safety Protocols Should Be In Lockstep with a Safe Lab Design

Fume hoods serve as the literal and figurative birthplace for next generation research and scientific discovery. Within these clean, confined spaces, our world is discovering new ways to improve the quality of life for all.

Thomas Edison was known to utilize his fireplace chimney as a fume vent. Without it, chances are his work would have ended prematurely. 

These days, fume hoods are better ventilated, more chemically resistant, cleaner, and perform better than Edison’s fireplace, but they still require basic care and planning to ensure that lab safety is not compromised. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety

Exhaust Duct Joint Technology Differences

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:50:09 AM

Here’s what it takes to make an exhaust duct joint on FRP Duct

Joints on FRP duct are traditionally accomplished by means of a labor intense "butt and wrap" procedure. Duct ends are ground smooth, exposed ends are sealed with catalyzed resin, and the duct or fitting is "buttered-up" and overlaid with several layers of resin and reinforcing fiberglass.

Adhesive curing at an ambient temperature of 70°F would take at least 24 hours to complete, so electric heating blankets are often required to accelerate the time to cure each joint.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, duct installation

An Easy Choice for WWTP Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:48:40 AM

4 Advantages of A PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Installation

Today, savvy WWTP owners, engineers, and managers are paying close attention to the potential risks and unforeseen costs of the materials that are being used in their facilities and systems. 

One area where material consideration can have both immediate and long lasting impacts is in the corrosive fume exhaust systems of a WWTP.

When it comes to duct installation, some plastic and FRP products may require a deep investment of time, money, and specialized labor. PSP® vent pipe, on the other hand, is stainless steel duct that's easy to install, easy to maintain, and easy on the bottom line.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, duct installation

Wet Scrubber Systems and Lab Fume Exhaust

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 9:29:38 AM

The Role of Wet scrubbers and vent duct in research lab safety

Laboratories are becoming increasingly necessary as more and more products require the controlled conditions that only labs can provide. For the purposes of advanced manufacturing, every process from research, to testing, to development, to cleaning must be conducted with precision and accuracy.

Within these environments, lab fume hoods serve as an integral safety feature to help maintain facility air quality. While fume hoods are typically the first line of defense against hazardous vapors in these settings, they're by no means the only defense.

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Topics: vent duct, research lab safety

Fab-Tech Hires Northeast Regional Vent Pipe and Duct Sales Manager

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on May 15, 2018 12:41:29 PM

Fab-Tech Hires Jim DeAngelis To Manage PSP® Vent Pipe and Duct Sales In The Northeast

Colchester, Vermont - Fab-Tech Inc., has hired Jim DeAngelis as Northeast Regional Sales Manager

“Jim’s decades of experience in construction and biotechnology make him an ideal person to cultivate and strengthen our relationships with companies and governments in the water treatment sectors,” said Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech.

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Topics: Fab-Tech, vent pipe, hiring announcement

Why Process Industries Want PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 1, 2018 3:20:15 PM

Fluoropolymer Coating and Stainless Steel Fume Exhaust Duct Are a Perfect Combination 

There's no shortage of corrosive fumes and vapors generated by process industries which need to be safely and successfully vented.

Common exhaust duct materials that are tasked with this responsibility include stainless steel, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). While special glass linings, metal alloys, and a wide range of polymers may be used individually or in combination to help meet particular demands, none seem to solve the breadth of corrosive application challenges like PermaShield Pipe (PSP®) with its proprietary fluoropolymer coating.

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Topics: fluoropolymer coating, fume exhaust duct

Air Quality In Multi-Use Clean Room and Research Lab Design

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 23, 2018 4:30:33 PM

5 Lab Design Fundamentals For Dynamic Air Quality demands

In the face of exponentially changing technology and consumer demands, advanced manufacturing industries are driving research lab and clean room design trends to accommodate multiple production flows.

Naturally, such facilities must contend with a wider spectrum of air-quality requirements, including increased air supply, dynamic airflow patterns, room pressurization, and high-efficiency air filtration versus that of traditional clean room and lab design.

In this article, we cover 5 fundamental considerations that should be factored into every advanced manufacturing clean room or research lab design.

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Topics: Clean Room Design, lab design

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Hot Tap Installation: Part 2

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 4, 2018 4:19:00 PM

Hot Tap Installation Using a Pressurized Glove Box

We all know that change is the only constant. Therefore, it stands to reason that process systems should be designed with adaptability and the eventuality of change in mind. As process intensive facilities grow, there usually comes a time when air-handling and fume exhaust systems need to be expanded or adapted to meet operational demands.

Fortunately, hot tapping with PSP® is a versatile solution that allows users to retro-fit new PSP® components to a variety of host duct systems without costly, time consuming, or disruptive shutdowns to the system.

This instructional demonstrates the relative ease and simplicity with which a hot tap installation can be performed with a zero-leak glove box on PSP® fume exhaust duct.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, hot tap installation

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Hot Tap Installation: Part 1

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 4, 2018 4:18:00 PM

Hot Tap Installation Without A Pressurized Glove Box

As process systems and facilities grow, there usually comes a time when new fume exhaust components need to be added to existing vent duct configurations.

For most facilities, it can be extremely costly and disruptive to take systems offline in order to make such upgrades. Fortunately, PSP® exhaust duct systems are capable of remaining in-service (hot) while saddle tap installation procedures are performed.

The instructional below focuses specifically on how to perform a hot tap installation on PSP® fume exhaust duct without the use of a glove box. For hot tap installations using a pressurized glove box, please follow this link.

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Topics: vent pipe installation, saddle tap

Why WWTP Owners Prefer PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 28, 2018 11:40:00 AM

PSP® Exhaust Duct Carries Proven Performance And Cost Advantages

Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are sites where corrosive, flammable, and toxic chemicals are used and generated on a daily basis. As facilities are faced with an ever growing list of chemical pollutants and water and air-quality issues, advancements in fume exhaust duct technology have been sought to help manage these challenges and concerns.

This article examines some of the leading reasons why PSP® fluoropolymer coated stainless steel duct stands out as the preferred choice for WWTP fume exhaust applications.

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Topics: wastewater treatment, coated vent pipe, wwtp

How Fluoropolymer Coating Improves Stainless Steel Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 16, 2018 10:30:24 AM

10 Benefits of Fluoropolymer Coating on Stainless Steel Duct

Corrosive fume exhaust systems and vent duct products should be just that... corrosion resistant. For decades, wastewater treatment facility owners (and engineers) have faced a major pain point with plastic and FRP systems that degrade and need regular repair or replacement.

Compounding this pain is the fact that many plastic and FRP exhaust duct products are highly combustible. In the event of a fire, or gaseous ignition, such systems will likely be rendered useless if not completely destroyed. In short, wastewater facilities with these types of systems face the pain of higher fire insurance premiums; and those that self-insure face catastrophic losses.

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Topics: coated stainless steel, fluoropolymer coating

Lab Safety Goes Beyond the Fume Hood

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 7, 2018 2:43:47 PM

OSHA AND Lab Safety Standard 29 CFR 1910.1450

Research laboratories are vital to the advancement of technology in many industries including semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical, fiber optics, and nanotechnology, to name a few.

In the United States alone, more than a half a million people work in laboratory settings and are faced with the potential dangers that come with this line of employment.

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Topics: fluoropolymer coating, fume exhaust duct, lab safety standard 29 CFR 1910.1450

4 Big Advantages of PermaShield Pipe Over FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Feb 15, 2018 8:37:29 AM

4 More Reasons to Use Coated Stainless Steel Duct

It's always nice to discover that little advantage or edge-up which makes our lives easier, safer, cheaper, or more productive. It's even better when that advantage is not so little, and when it improves our lives across all categories!

This article takes aim at four big advantages of PSP® coated stainless steel duct and how it surpasses FRP duct in quality, safety, cost, and convenience.

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Topics: frp duct, coated stainless steel

Demand For PermaShield Vent Pipe Is Creating New Opportunities

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jan 4, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Fab-Tech Hires Mike Mulcahy To Manage PSP® Vent Pipe Sales In The Midwest

Colchester, Vermont - Fab-Tech Inc., is excited to announce it has hired Mike Mulcahy as Midwest Regional Sales Manager

“Mike brings more than a decade of sales management and account development experience in the water and wastewater industry to our team,” said Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech. “He’s a solid fit for our goals and initiatives. We are pleased to add such a key person to our roster.”

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Topics: Fab-Tech, vent pipe

How To Identify True Class 1 Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 18, 2017 1:23:04 PM

Understanding Class 1 Duct Regulatory Criteria

Building codes and regulations stress lower flame spread and low smoke generation for many materials. The Steiner Tunnel Test (ASTM E-84) is frequently referenced as a method to assess these burn characteristics and is a mandatory test for many commercial building materials.

While such standards and mandatory tests are indeed important, it is also critically important to understand their parameters and tolerances.

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Topics: Permashield Pipe, frp duct

No Flame + No Smoke = Fluoropolymer Coating On Stainless Steel Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 5, 2017 11:19:00 AM

Fluoropolymer Coating - Q&A

What is a fluoropolymer? A fluoropolymer is a fluorocarbon-based substance that contains atoms of fluorine. It is characterized by a high resistance to solvents, acids, and bases. Fluoropolymers were discovered by happen-stance in 1938 by Dr. Roy J. Plunkett as he was working on freon (for the DuPont corporation) and accidentally polymerized tetrafluoroethylene.

The result was PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), more commonly known as Teflon. This material was found to have the lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid and was inert to virtually all chemicals known. Its corrosion resistivity (in almost all applications) exceeds that of glass (borosilicate and enameled glass-steel) and exotic alloys such as Hastelloy, Niobium, Tantalum and Titanium.

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Topics: coated stainless steel, fluoropolymer coating

How Coated Stainless Steel Duct Fits Into The Circular Economy

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 4, 2017 11:19:00 AM

First, What Is The Circular Economy?

We are entering a new age, one where people are realizing that it’s possible to meet and exceed financial goals and make progress in preserving our environment.

This concept is taking hold in new and diverse ways and across many commercial and industrial spheres. It's known as the Circular Economy.

You’ll be hearing this phrase more and more as its influence grows, but what exactly does it mean? 

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Topics: frp duct, coated stainless steel, circular economy

Hidden Costs of FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 20, 2017 3:38:18 PM

5 Things You Should Know Before Using FRP Duct

When it comes to installing hazardous fume exhaust systems in wastewater treatment facilities, one of the many design considerations to resolve is whether to use fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP duct) or coated stainless steel.

Historically, FRP duct has been the more common choice from a cost perspective, but increasingly savvy facility owners and engineers are recognizing that there are hidden costs and strict rules and regulations that come with a decision to use FRP materials.

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Topics: frp duct, coated stainless steel

What Makes These Wastewater Treatment Facilities Happy?

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 14, 2017 3:05:38 PM

Why Leading wastewater treatment facilities ARE Using PermaShield Pipe

Many modern wastewater treatment facilities are moving away from traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP duct) and employing PSP® PermaShield Odor Control Exhaust instead.

Through informed research, facility owners and engineers are learning that PSP® delivers superior performance and that when accounting for the installation savings and zero life maintenance costs, PSP® actually costs less than traditional FRP duct. 

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Topics: wastewater odor control, vent pipe

Standards, Chemicals & Coated Stainless Steel

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 7, 2017 2:24:26 PM

More Reasons To USE Fluoropolymer Coated Stainless Steel Over FRP Duct

When it comes to corrosive fume exhaust systems, process facilities must ensure that their equipment and practices adhere to strict regulatory standards all while remaining as flexible as possible to adapt to future mandates and regulation changes.

In the midst of this balancing act, facility owners and engineers are finding PSP® fluoropolymer coated stainless steel to be a more versatile, affordable, compliant, durable and safe alternative to fiber-glass reinforced plastic (FRP duct).

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Topics: frp duct, coated vent pipe

Vent Pipe Installation Series: How To Install 4" - 14" PSP-EZ Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Oct 24, 2017 4:24:34 PM

4" - 14" PSP-EZ Duct Installation

Time is money, and when you're in the midst of a vent pipe installation or overhaul, reductions in installation time can have a significant impact on the total cost and ROI of your project.

Fab-Tech's PermaShield Pipe (PSP®) is already known to reduce installation labor by a significant margin, but there's an even faster and easier installation option that's available for those who specify PSP-EZ™ duct. 

When you specify PSP-EZ™ for a system joint, a single fastener and band-style clamp configuration is employed in place of companion angle rings with multiple fasteners. The EZ-Clamp joining mechanism provides safe, reliable joints without sacrificing system flexibility or integrity. 

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Topics: vent pipe installation, PSP-EZ duct installation

Can You Join PSP To FRP Duct?

Posted by Mike Baranski on Oct 19, 2017 2:21:47 PM

Connecting Dissimilar Materials In A Vent Pipe Installation

There are many process facilities that require specialty vent pipe systems to handle their hazardous exhaust fumes. Where a facility is expanding or a section of vent pipe needs to be replaced, it is often the case that customers would like to upgrade to FabTech's PSP® to replace weathered and corroded components in their non-PermaShield system.

To put to rest any notion that this presents some kind of engineering challenge, this brief article demonstrates the ease and compatibility with which PermaShield Pipe can be connected to dissimilar types of exhaust vent. 

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Topics: vent pipe installation, frp duct