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Important Standards & Codes for Process Vent Duct Systems

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 29, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Explanation of "Class 1" Building Materials

ASTM International (ASTM), originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. 

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Topics: class 1 duct

PSP® Acid Exhaust Duct Shines at Sandia National Labs

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 10, 2021 6:57:34 AM

Sandia National Laboratories Bldg. 858N SW Acid Exhaust

A recent acid exhaust project where we supplied our PSP® to JB Henderson for an installation at Sandia National Labs was recognized for "outstanding specialty work" in an occupied and operational facility.

The project called for more than 2,000 linear feet of PSP fluoropolymer coated stainless steel duct to replace the existing weathered and contaminated FRP duct system.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, acid fumes, acid exhaust

From Fab Safety to Lab Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 4, 2020 2:27:32 PM

PSP® Coated Metal Fume Exhaust Duct Excels Across Industries

Operational demands and safety requirements have driven a clear need for more chemically resistant and fire resistant fume exhaust systems among advanced process facilities. Exhaust duct systems in these environments must be able to chemically withstand highly corrosive process fume exhaust, not contribute to smoke or flame-spread in the event of a fire, and still stand up to any external environmental conditions or aggressive cleaning agents to which they may be exposed over the course of their lifecycle.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab safety

Wastewater Odor Control: FRP Duct and the Circular Economy  Part 1

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 24, 2019 9:40:46 AM

Coated Stainless Steel versus FRP Duct On Sustainability

We are entering a new age, one where people are realizing that it’s possible to meet and exceed business financial goals and to still make progress in preserving our environment. This concept is taking hold in new and diverse ways 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, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Odor Control in Wastewater Sludge Dewatering

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 18, 2019 12:26:00 PM

MULTIPLE METHODS FOR SLUDGE DEWATERING BUT ONLY ONE ODOR CONTROL SOLUTION

Sludge dewatering is the process of removing as much water as possible from wastewater and sewage sludge. The output of this process includes untreated water that will continue to be cleaned and purified (before being released and reused), and biosolids with drastically reduced liquid content, volume and mass.

The reduced mass and volume of the biosolid end-product makes it far easier to store or transport, being both lighter and with a far smaller footprint. It is then either land applied as agricultural fertilizer or sent to a landfill.

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Topics: wastewater treatment plant odor control, sludge dewatering

Biosolids Management and Wastewater Odor Control

Posted by Mike Baranski on Oct 21, 2019 8:01:41 PM

Importance of Ventilated Odor Control in Wastewater Biosolids Areas

Biosolids are a nutrient-rich organic material produced when sewage sludge is extracted from wastewater and treated with several processes, including one to reduce pathogens. It can have an organic matter content of up to 50% and is often used as an alternative to conventional fertilizer.

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Topics: biosolids management, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Wastewater Odor Control Technology & Methods

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 11, 2019 10:30:00 AM

4 Considerations for Wastewater Odor Control Technology

When odors from wastewater treatment facilities become problematic for surrounding communities, they have the potential to cause more headaches than simply an unpleasant smell. Depending on the severity of the foul air, locals may contact plant management to complain, or in more severe cases they may even reach out to local government or the media to make their complaints be known. If these odors begin to garner political or media attention it could hurt the reputation of the plant. Moreover, severe odors can impact job satisfaction and even the safety of on-site employees.

So, what can be done to control problem odors?

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Topics: wastewater treatment plant odor control, odor control technology, odor control systems

Fab-Tech at Semicon West 2019, Booth 5972, North Hall

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jul 1, 2019 8:04:00 AM

What: Semicon West 2019

Where: San Francisco, Moscone Center

When: July 9th-11th

Fab-Tech will be exhibiting at Semicon West 2019 in San Francisco. We will be attending along with our sister CPS Group company, Diversified Fluid Solutions. Come meet our team at Booth 5972 in the North Hall to discover how our fume exhaust duct systems can translate to 60 to 70%+ installation labor savings, superior fire safety, and virtually zero lifetime maintenance compared to FRP duct. Our experts will be on hand to answer these questions and more.

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Topics: semicon west

5 Avoidable Laboratory Ventilation Costs

Posted by Mike Baranski on Feb 4, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Why Lab Ventilation Systems Should Use PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Fab-Tech’s proprietary fluoropolymer coated stainless steel fume exhaust duct carries clear benefits across an array of industrial and scientific research applications.

Given its status as the material of choice for venting corrosive fumes in semiconductor manufacturing, laboratory owners in private and university settings have taken note and are now following suit.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, laboratory ventilation

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

Why AE Firms Prefer PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

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

Differentiate Your Firm in Your Next WWTP Pitch 

The AE marketplace gets more competitive every day. AE firms competing for the larger and more valuable WWTP projects must stay ahead of the competition or become commoditized.

It's not every day that an advanced process solution presents itself in the wastewater treatment market which provides so many benefits to operators and allows specifying engineers to stand out.

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

Containing Acid Exhaust 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 convey highly corrosive acid exhaust 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: frp duct, 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 Wastewater Treatment Plant Odor Control

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

5 Advantages of A PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Installation

Today, savvy wastewater treatment plant 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 odor control systems of a wastewater treatment plant.

When it comes to exhaust duct installation, some materials like FRP duct may require a deep investment of time, money, and specialized labor. 

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Topics: frp duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Optimize Research Lab Safety with Proper Equipment Selection

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

Wet scrubber Systems and lab Fume Exhaust

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

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

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