Chemical Tank
(Hydrogen Fluoride, i.e., Etching Gas)

Chemical storage tanks that contain temperature sensitive chemicals require roVa Shield thermal insulation solutions. Chemicals such as hydrogen fluoride, often times called etching gas as it is used in the semiconductor industry, require such thermal protection. Coating roVa Shield on the tank’s outer surface allows easy application and saves cost and time of installation.

Factory Dyeing Machine

Factory is an ideal place for roVa Shield. In the textile industry, dyeing machines consume large amounts of energy to heat the units. In contrast, these units are poorly insulated and often times not insulated at all. By applying roVa Shield on the outside of the dyeing units or chambers, the heat is kept inside and not given off to the factory floor. Much less energy is needed than before to run the dyeing machines and this saves energy costs! Unlike conventional insulation materials, roVa Shield do not deteriorate in insulation performance due to water or dye spills. Traditional insulation such as rock wool or glass wool will absorb water and not only deteriorate in insulation performance but also detach from the unit due to the added weight from the absorbed water.

Automobile Factory Dry Oven (Furnace)

Factory dry oven is a great place to observe the performance and energy savings of applying roVa Shield. In manufacturing factories and especially in automobile production lines where finished vehicles are coated and oven-baked numerous times, dry ovens consume large amounts of energy but are often poorly insulated. Also, surface temperature of the oven itself pose a safety risk to workers. Applying roVa Shield solves both problems at once. roVa Shield insulates the oven surface while taking up minimum space. Insulated chambers are much better at keeping the heat inside the dry oven. Far less energy is needed to warm the oven than before, and as a result, this keeps the energy cost down. At the same time, the dry oven’s outer surface temperature is lowered to a level that is safe to touch for workers. “Safe Touch” is another important aspect of using roVa Shield in factories.

A typical dry oven surface temperature is around 65°C (149°F). After applying 3 coats of roVa Shield Black, surface temperature is lowered to below 40°C (104°F). Shielding the heat from the dry oven greatly improves the working environment inside the factory and saves air conditioning cost to keep the production area cool enough to work comfortably. Automobile production lines worldwide are the major customers of roVa Shield.

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO)

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) in factories is another place where roVa Shield can help save energy and cost. In factories, exhaust fumes are processed in RTOs as a final step in air treatment. The combustion heat inside the RTO needs to be maintained at very high temperatures. Primary insulation inside is provided by materials that can withstand very high temperatures. roVa Shield is applied as the last layer to the outer shell of the RTO and thereby keeping the heat inside much better than before. Like the dry oven case, much less energy is needed to maintain the heated condition inside the chamber. Less energy translates to lower energy cost! Since most RTOs are housed outside, applying roVa Shield Aerogel Top Coating as the finishing layer on top of roVa Shield helps protect against weather and extreme conditions.

Chilled Pipe

Pipes carrying chilled liquid can cause condensation to occur on the pipe surface. The accumulated water may drip and pose a risk to other parts of the factory, or even freeze on the pipe surface. Applying roVa Shield or roVa Flex on chilled pipes insulates the pipe surface to prevent condensation. For areas where painting and drying is difficult, roVa Flex Aerogel Insulation Tape provides a convenient option. roVa Flex is extremely flexible and soft and can be cut and molded into various shapes for easy form fitting.

Heated Pipe

Pipes carrying heated liquids require insulation to prevent heat loss as the liquid travels along the pipe line. Also, when the heated pipes cool down, condensation can occur and over time, this may shorten the lifetime of the pipe due to corrosion. roVa Shield and roVa Flex are both great solutions to tackling problems with insulating heated pipes. roVa Flex is especially ideal for pipes in tight spaces because of its flexibility. For consistent operating temperatures at or below 120oC (248oF), roVa Shield Black Label is ideal. For consistent operating temperatures above 120oC (248oF), roVa Shield Black HT will insulate pipe surface temperatures up to 190oC (374oF).

Printing

Printing machines and 3D printers have heated parts exposed without much insulation. Insulating the part with roVa Flex improves energy efficiency and shorten warm up period.

Freezer

Industrial freezers are well insulated but are not perfect, especially along the edges of the doors and walls. Applying roVa Shield or roVa Flex can provide added insulation on these “hot spots” and prevent condensation.

Optical Fiber

Fiber optic cables, connectors, and sensors dealing with extreme cold temperatures is a significant problem. When temperature drops below freezing, water around the fiber turns to ice, bending and deforming the fiber. This causes signal degradation and reduces bandwidth, even causing a possible break in data transmission. Using roVa Flex at critical junctions can help thermally insulate the area and minimize data loss due to freezing temperatures. With thickness ranging from 500um and up, roVa Flex is the ideal thermal solution for the tightest spots.

Battery Case

Batteries, especially rechargeable Lithium ion batteries, are susceptible to cold weather conditions. Battery cases insulated with roVa Flex provide the thermal protection needed to keep the batteries working well below their normal operating temperatures. These come very handy when enjoying outdoor sports during Winter time.

Coffee Machine Boiler

For every drop of tasteful espresso, there is a hard working boiler inside the espresso machine. Both for home and cafe alike, these heated boilers are the essential part of the espresso machine. The boiler unit must be heated to reach a designated temperature before use, and this consumes a lot of energy and time. Applying roVa Shield and roVa Flex to the boiler unit and surrounding pipes and hoses can help shorten the warm up preparation time, lowers surface temperature, and saves energy, which in turn saves energy cost!

Drone

Flying and video capturing using drone has become a popular hobby and an integral part of filming outdoors. These drones run on rechargeable batteries and they are very susceptible to cold weather. When temperature drops to near or below freezing point, they tend to work less efficiently or stop altogether. Under these conditions, maximum current levels drop drastically which means advanced maneuvers cannot be done and must resort to steady flights. Also, capacity reduces dramatically and therefore flight time is drastically reduced.

To combat this problem, often times the batteries are covered with thick insulation materials. However, these materials are heavy and their weight itself is a drain on the batteries. Sometimes the batteries are “heated” before use, and this buys time as the batteries take longer to cool down. However, heating batteries is a dangerous task.

Using roVa Flex to form a covering case for the batteries helps to insulate against cold temperatures while keeping the weight gain to a minimum. This solution applies not only to drones but to all remote control devices operating outdoors with rechargeable batteries as its power source.

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