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Here’s How You Can Keep Your Refractory Performing at a High Level

Here’s How You Can Keep Your Refractory Performing at a High Level

Refractory Inspections and ServicesDo you want to make sure the refractories in your industrial facility are operating at a high level at all times? It’ll be important for you to get into the habit of maintaining and repairing them. Refractories play a key role in protecting furnaces, boilers, and incinerators from sustaining thermal damage in many factories. They also play a part in manufacturing things like cars, buildings, roads, and more. Here are some ways to maintain your facility’s refractories in tip-top shape.

Follow guidelines for heating furnaces up and cooling them down.

When you’re heating a furnace in your facility up or cooling it down, you should always follow the guidelines given to you by the manufacturer. When you heat a furnace up properly, it’ll distribute heat evenly and prevent refractories from getting damaged. However, if you don’t follow the guidelines, it could lead to your refractories wearing out on you sooner than they should.

Understand why cracks are sometimes created in refractories.

Cracks will often form in a refractory. It’s important to note that while this can be a bad thing in some cases, it can also be a result of the cooling-down process. These cracks will usually disappear once you heat a refractory back up. If you fill these cracks in, that’s where the problems can set in. Refractories won’t be able to expand when a furnace is heating up when those cracks have been filled.

Work with refractory experts to prevent problems with your refractories.

Unless you have a wealth of experience when it comes to working on refractories, it’s best to let the professionals tend to them for you. They can inspect refractories, suggest maintenance and repairs that should be done, and work on them for you. By calling on the pros for help on a regular basis, you’ll be able to avoid running into any major issues with refractories.

At R.G. Smith Company, we provide our commercial clients with a wide range of services, including general contracting and design build, industrial sheet metal, mill maintenance, and more. We also specialize in working on refractory projects. Call us at 330-456-3415 (Canton) or 419-524-4778 (Mansfield) for more information on how we can help you.

Signs You Need Boiler Refractory Repairs

Signs You Need Boiler Refractory Repairs

If your boilers aren’t running as efficiently as they should or if you’re experiencing boiler breakdowns on a regular basis in your industrial facility, your boiler refractories might be to blame. To keep your boilers operating properly, it’s important for you to keep an eye on your refractories and have them repaired by a professional… Continue Reading

An Overview of Refractory Material

An Overview of Refractory Material

Commercial boilers are constantly subjected to high heat, pressure, and chemicals. This combination of stresses can quickly result in damage or even failure of the boiler. The refractory helps to protect and strengthen commercial boilers and high-temperature furnaces. Here is an overview of refractory material that is used in these boilers and furnaces. A Closer… Continue Reading

Spalling – Signs of Refractory Failure

Refractory systems are complicated, heavy-duty machines and equipment that help make a wide range of products. In addition to containing the fire and protecting wall tubes, refractory chimneys are a vital part of the process, not only allowing out any smoke, steam and other excess heat, but also saving facilities on fuel costs when correctly… Continue Reading

Refractory Repairs? No Problem!

We understand that not every company has the in-house experience and resources need to perform refractory repairs. Fortunately, the team at R.G. Smith Company can take care of everything for you. We have years of experience providing specialized repair services across a wide range of industries, and we’ve worked on projects both large and small.… Continue Reading

Choosing the Right Materials for Refractory Work

Choosing the right materials for constructing refractory products is incredibly important, and all of them share a few of the same characteristics. There are a few different categories of refractory products, including specialties like plastics as well as refractory linings. The final form of a refractory product can vary wildly, and they include everything from… Continue Reading