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We are excited to introduce our 2 new tools in our line-up. First is our Buckaroos Pipe Caliper. The initial launch of this product came to a halt a few months ago when labeling errors were brought to our attention. Those issues were resolved and the result is a pipe caliper that combines the best traditional features with an innovative new design. The highlights include:
• Perfectly measures IPS, CTS and CPVC Pipe.
• Measures up to a 12” IPS
• Features an IPS to CTS conversion chart.
• Simple, easy to read fractional to decimal chart
• Bright red color and lines make reading easy
• Extends to a 14” at ruler
• Lightweight for carrying in a pocket
• Great giveaway tool for contractor clients
• Ideal for plumbing, HVAC, insulation, refrigeration industries
• Available in convenient 10 pack packaging
Safety is the BUZZWORD in the mechanical insulation industry today, and Buckaroos is introducing another new product to meet this need. It’s new Roundup Plus Saddle’s, the first pipe insulation saddles that feature an aggressive peel and stick tape to bond the Saddle to the pipe insulation. It also features an Easy Lift Edge to lift the liner. Best of all, the tape makes it so fast and easy to install.
Pipe movement on cold and hot piping is a big problem in the industry. This movement can cause the Saddle to slide out of the clevis hanger, and be in a position to fall to the ground below. For years contractors have used cable ties, stainless steel banding, or a dab of adhesive or mastic to secure the Saddle to the pipe insulation.
Roundup Plus alleviates all of these methods by giving the engineer a product that not only has the new SSL Tape, but also rounded corners for safety, and a partial center rib that secures the Saddle inside the clevis hanger or strut system.
For more information, visit www.buckaroos.com.
We are pleased to welcome Doug Stant, our new Customer Service Representative. Doug will be working closely with Dennis Martin and our marketing team to process orders quickly and efficiently. Doug graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN and has strong experience in Customer Service working with Stryker Orthopaedics and Roche Diagnostics prior to joining Buckaroos. He hopes to provide a superior experience to our customers and expand his knowledge in the industry. Please join us in welcoming Doug to the Buckaroos team.
As the Buckaroos team continues to grow, we’re thrilled to be able to offer our customers the best pipe insulation saddles, insulated saddle systems, sliding saddle systems, and more. Since our company began, we’ve been focused on providing our customers with the highest-quality support for pipe insulation at hanger locations.
With 2015 quickly approaching, the entire Buckaroos team is looking forward to another great year of growth and working with our valued customers. We hope you have a great holiday season and a happy New Year!
Since our company was started in 1990, we’ve been well known for our innovative pipe insulation saddle systems, tools and equipment, and other quality manufactured products. We continue to focus heavily on insulation products and accessories that provide energy conservation, safety oriented products for insulator safety and true value products. We’re also interested in our nation’s current manufacturing climate and how it has vastly impacted our country in recent years.
Many people may be surprised to hear that American Manufacturing is actually growing, positively impacting our economy, education, and workforce. For example, in 2013, manufacturers contributed approximately $2.08 trillion to our nation’s economy, an increase from the $2.03 contributed in 2012. Furthermore, manufacturing companies and organizations employ and support about 17.4 million jobs in America; paying them about $77,506 annually, more than the $62,546 that other industry workers earn.
Education is also an important aspect of our nation’s current manufacturing sector. Manufacturing and engineering companies, schools, and other organizations are actively promoting STEM subject areas, or the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This massive push is aiming to persuade young students in school to study these rewarding and enriching subject areas. We feel that by promoting STEM, the American manufacturing sector will only improve, positively impacting our nation’s economy and workforce in invaluable ways.
As a manufacturer of pipe insulation saddle systems and other related products, we’re excited to see what the future holds for American manufacturing. We’ve noticed an increase in the number of people interested in the manufacturing industry and hope that this continues for many years to come.
The ASPE (American Association of Plumbing Engineers) held their 50 year Anniversary Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago on September 22nd and 23rd. This convention and exposition featured numerous events for plumbing industry professionals, engineers, designers, specifiers, and contractors.
Buckaroos had a booth showcasing their CoolDry Insulated Saddles for chilled water and cold lines, along with their Patented Roundup Saddles and Sliding Saddles. The CoolDry product is a 25-50 Rated Insulated system that has excellent water and moisture resistance, excellent thermal resistance and good compressive strength.
Jeff Rebholz, Ron Carlson, Craig Walkins and Greg Milam from Buckaroos were on hand at the booth to show the Buckaroos products and answer questions that the engineers had. Overall, the show was a big success for Buckaroos, and should result in Buckaroos premier products like CoolDry Insulated Saddles getting in more and more Specifications. To learn more about our products, check out our website.
We are very proud to announce the release of two new products to our product line. The Dial-A-Miter and our new Digaroo™ Fabrication Tool offer exceptional assistance on the jobsite, and make the insulators job easier.
The Dial-A-Miter is an easy to read wheel chart that will help you when making Long Radius and Short Radius elbows. Just enter in the pipe size and it will give you the proper throat and heel measurements as well as the angle of the cut and the number of miters that will be needed! The wheel provides 19 iron pipe sizes on each side of the card, with one side for iron pipe sizes and the other for copper tubing sizes.
The second tool is our Digaroo™ Fabrication Tool. This simple cutting tool is ideal for refrigeration jobs, or any jobs where extra fabrication is needed to dig out the insulation for various valves. It is also ideal for cutting out the insulation to make room for heat tracing on insulated piping system. The Digaroo™ Tool idea was originated by an insulator, and after we added an ergonomic handle and had it professionally manufactured, we were ready to release it to the world! Best used for light density insulations, such as polyisocyanurate, phenolic foam, bead board, Styrofoam™.
Please call us at 800-969-3113 and ask us for the name of your local Buckaroos Distributor, and don’t forget to let us know how you like them. We always want to hear your feedback.
Pipe insulation support systems—no matter what specific kind—are the sum of many parts; all of the parts come together to create a protective solution for various insulated piping systems. Each part is an important aspect of the support system’s design.
One of these parts falls under the category of insulation finishes: Mastics. They are designed to protect insulation from weather damage, chemicals, water, and other environmental hazards. They come in many different formulations, and the exact right one depends on the specific type of insulation, piping, operating conditions, etc.
Furthermore, mastics can either be applied to the entire surface of the insulation system, or over specific surfaces, such as bends and elbows, flanges or valves, and more. While applications and specifics vary, mastics can be broken down into two categories: Vapor barriers and weather barriers.
Weather Barrier Mastics
General characteristics: Also commonly known as “breather” coatings, they are specifically designed to provide protection from physical abuse and/or weathering.
Within this category are two sub-classes:
1) Water-based synthetic polymers: These are by far the most common of this category. They keep water out of the system and protect against weather conditions while allowing vapor to pass through over hot equipment. They also provide protection against puncture, and are UV-resistant.
2) Water-based asphalt emulsion mastic: These mastics are less common due to their older technology and higher labor cost.
Vapor Barrier Mastics
General characteristics: Mainly designed to prevent the ingress of water vapor into cold insulation systems, they also protect against mechanical abuse, liquid water intrusion, and weather. Permeance varies greatly.
Within this category are two sub-classes:
1) Solvent-based thermoplastic rubber/resins: These mastics are commonly used for cryogenic applications below -40°, as well as in extremely harsh chemical environments. They provide excellent fire resistance and have the lowest permeance of the vapor barrier categories.
2) Water-based synthetic polymers: Used for piping and equipment -40° to ambient, they’re typically used for sealing seams, punctures, and terminations of vapor retarder facings. They meet Class A flame and smoke fire resistance with low toxicity.
Whether you make pipe insulation support systems, as we do, or use pipe insulation, it’s important to stay informed and on top of the latest relevant standards.
As you might know, ASHRAE publishes standards related to all aspects of HVAC equipment, and regularly revises the standards in order to make consistent improvements to energy efficiency. As an example, according to ASHRAE, “the 2013 edition, if followed for a new building design, will result in at least 50% less energy use, by design, than the 2004 edition (with the 2007 and 2010 editions each successively leading to less energy use than the previous edition).”
Standard 90.1, relating to standards for energy-efficient design of high-rise residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, was recently updated, and parts of the revisions refer specifically to insulation. Some requirements were not changed—including the minimum required insulation thicknesses and R-values for pipe, equipment and ducts, which were increased in the 2010 version.
The 2010 standard requires insulation with a certain K-factor performance to be applied at a thickness of 5 inches on pipes with an operating temperature greater than 350° F, and a diameter greater than 3/4 inch NPS. “In these circumstances,” according to ASHRAE, “meeting this requirement with mineral fiber insulation requires a double layer.”
In general, some of the changes to 90.1-2013 include greater roof and wall R-values, greater use of triple-glazed windows, more tightly sealed envelopes, more efficient HVAC equipment, better control over fresh air ventilation dampers and fans, greater mechanical insulation thicknesses and R-values, and more.
Additionally, ASHRAE has updated chapter 23 of their handbook, which covers “Insulation for Mechanical Systems.” The 2013 edition is the second revision of the chapter, and the changes include increased minimum pipe insulation thicknesses for hot and chilled pipes; an update on minimizing corrosion under insulation (CUI) problems along with recommendations; recommendations on the use of lower permeance insulation systems; findings on a research project testing CHW pipe insulation and the increased thermal conductivity of pipe insulation with a condensed water content, and more.
If you’d like to read standard 90.1-2013 in its entirety, you can find it here, and the handbook, with updates, can be viewed here. If you have any questions regarding these changes, feel free to contact us; as insulation equipment specialists, we’re happy to help.
Water and energy conservation: this is a topic receiving enormous focus around the world, being addressed by politicians, environmental groups, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders on a daily basis. As world populations grow, energy use continues to rise, and clean water is not readily available to people in many nations, conserving these precious resources is critical.
Also known as the energy-water nexus, the use of insulation to save water and energy is a topic that is gaining momentum these days—and for good reason. While it’s only recently been recognized as a significant factor in conservation efforts, the National Insulation Association (NIA) has long known how insulation can and should be used to save water and energy.
The NIA recently discussed the proven benefits of mechanical insulation at the National Institute of Building Sciences. There, they focused on the ways insulation helps, and the efforts that should be made. These efforts include: 1) better design methods incorporating insulation; 2) increasing the use of insulation; 3) clarifying and enforcing existing building codes; 4) adding insulation language to the Shaheen-Portman Bill and the Energy Water Development Act, and more.
The NIA’s recent success includes new International Energy Conservation Code regulations requiring increased use of insulation for all hot water piping in 2015, and they are currently working on developing educational opportunities that encourage insulation compliance in many industries. They aim to increase awareness of insulation’s benefits and make codes easier to understand.
The fact is, NIA’s work and efforts for the cause are based on statistics and real savings. At another recent event, they shared examples of how insulation has led to energy efficiency, lower emissions, the potential for job creation, and proven financial savings. At this same event, one presenter discussed his $90,000 in savings due to mechanical insulation.*
As leaders in pipe insulation support systems, we are obviously great proponents of insulation and its benefits. We congratulate NIA on the work they’ve done to spread the word and bring about real changes, and we look forward to seeing it progress.
In the construction industry, is there anything more important than producing quality work in a timely fashion? Perhaps there is one thing: keeping workers safe.
According to a 2012 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “construction accounted for the highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry sector.” Additional statistics in this report state that fatal injuries in private construction increased by 5% in 2012, and that, shockingly, fatal injuries involving workers under 16 years old “nearly doubled.”
It goes without saying that safety must be the number one priority, because every worker has a right to a safe, healthy work environment. But another aspect of its importance is what safety can do to improve a business overall. In fact, a study looking into safety practices and programs in the construction industry concluded that those who invest in safety programs see significant returns on their investment.
This report demonstrated proven numbers such as these:
- 43% of respondents reported faster project schedules
- 51% reported increases in project ROI
- 82% reported an improved reputation
- 66% reported a better ability to gain new work
- 39% reported decreases in project budgets
- Perhaps most importantly, 71% reported reduced injuries
So while the most important part of a safety program is obviously to keep workers safe, the monetary benefits are also proven. Luckily, statistics in this report point to more companies implementing these programs; there was a 28% increase in implementation between 2007 and 2012.
However, while almost 92% of large construction companies (500 or more employees) have full programs in place, only 48% of those with 50 or fewer employees do. Of course, the smaller firms have much less money to invest in safety programs, but when you look at the overall ROI, and the other distinct advantages that come from investing in a program, it seems clear that the initial investment is well worth it.
Providing a safe workplace for employees is the most important thing, and cannot be overstated—however, it’s not the only benefit to come from investing in safety.