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Product Spotlight: PermaShield 120" Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Fab-Tech Inc on Jun 4, 2019 3:46:06 PM

Merging Size and Safety in PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Production

As part of a corporate wide safety awareness initiative, Fab-Tech recently implemented changes to our manufacturing process to reflect a safer way to perform the fabrication and coating of our vent duct systems. Since our largest diameter exhaust duct was among the first to roll off the production line following the process updates, we decided it was time to take a step back and admire the fruits of our labor. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, careers

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

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

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

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

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

How Coated Metal Duct Improves Wastewater Odor Control Systems

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

10 Benefits of Coated Metal Duct for Wastewater Odor Control Systems

Wastewater odor control systems and vent pipe products not only need to contain foul air but also need to be highly corrosion resistant. For decades, wastewater treatment facility owners (and engineers) have faced a major pain point with plastic and FRP duct systems that degrade and need regular repair or replacement.

Compounding this pain is the fact that many plastic and FRP 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: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Lab Safety Goes Beyond the Chemical 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: fume exhaust duct

Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants That Trust PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

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

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® odor control exhaust duct instead. Through informed research, facility owners and engineers are learning that PSP® delivers superior performance, superior labor savings, superior safety, and lower maintenance than FRP duct. 

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Can You Join PSP® To FRP Duct?

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

How To Join Psp® To DisSimilar Materials Like FRP Duct

There are many process facilities that require specialty exhaust duct systems to handle their process fume exhaust. Where a facility is expanding or a section of vent duct 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 materials like FRP duct.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct

Why This SUNY Nanotech Lab Installed PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 22, 2017 10:07:33 AM

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Provides Solution For Renowned SUNY Nanotech complex

Nanotechnology is not only a rapidly advancing field of study, but a broadening commercial opportunity as well. The ability to observe and manipulate materials at nanoscale, literally at the atomic level, is opening up whole new fields of science and engineering.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, research lab safety, semiconductor manufacturing

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