Conti® Thermo-Protect Insulation System Puts an End to Energy Waste

Perfect insulation for complex line and piping systems: ContiTech has enhanced the Conti® Thermo-Protect insulation system. The highly flexible, malleable silicone material now self-vulcanizes at temperatures as low as 80°C. It is available as a sheet, paste, hose, and molded product (Photo: ContiTech)
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- Experts believe that failure to insulate industrial plants costs millions
- Conti® Thermo-Protect even insulates complex line and piping systems
- Reduces heat losses by up to 80 percent
- Efficient and simple, easy to install
- Wide range of applications for all types of industrial plants

Systematically insulating industrial plants could yield enormous savings in energy and costs and lower CO2 emissions. Experts have calculated that in Germany alone, insufficiently insulated industrial plants waste 106 petajoules of energy each year. This is roughly equivalent to the annual output of four medium-sized coal-fired power plants. The cost is estimated at around €750 million a year. And yet, there is a very simple solution to this: Conti® Thermo-Protect, developed by ContiTech. It is a system that insulates even complex line and piping systems easily and efficiently to reduce heat loss.

Huge saving potential thanks to insulated system parts

Whether a company is medium-sized or large, investigations have shown that up to 10 percent of all industrial systems are either uninsulated or have damaged insulation. And yet by insulating system parts, these plants could cut energy consumption by 20 to 80 percent. This is where the ContiTech insulation system comes into play. Conti® Thermo-Protect is the ideal insulation solution for complex or flexible line and piping systems.

Already the winner of several awards, the ContiTech product steps into the breach when conventional insulation materials fail. Conti® Thermo-Protect combats heat loss and cuts energy costs considerably - whether in heating or hydraulic systems, thermal oil installations or vulcanizing presses. The highly flexible, malleable silicone material self-vulcanizes at temperatures as low as 80°C and is available as a paste, hose, or molded product.

ContiTech recently showcased this enhanced insulation system at the ISO in Cologne, the International Trade Show for Industrial Insulation Materials and Technology. "Many companies have learned that energy efficiency does not just mean saving electricity but also, and above all, efficiently insulating all system parts. It was therefore no wonder that our product attracted such huge interest. Many companies from Europe as well as from the U.S., Russia, and Asia have taken a good look at our system," says Hans-Peter Paulsen, in charge of further development and marketing of the innovative insulation system at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings in Northeim.

Now self-vulcanization at over 80°C

Conti® Thermo-Protect is easy to install (even if it is used to retrofit an industrial system); the financial outlay is not excessive and quickly pays for itself. The plastic, ductile mass insulates couplings and valves, even in places that proved to be impossible to insulate in the past. The material can be used within an ambient temperature range of -50°C to +250°C. And using system or machine heat, Conti® Thermo-Protect now self-vulcanizes at temperatures above 80°C. It is self-adhesive, water repellent and self-extinguishing, UV-resistant, and weatherproof. ContiTech Elastomer Coatings is already at work on the next generation, which will target specific temperature ranges.

Pastes, hoses, and molded products added to the product portfolio

The product portfolio was also extended: Alongside non-cured sheets suited for the individual and flexible insulation of flanges, couplings, and complex lines as well as machines and other systems, ContiTech has now added further application variants to its range.

The most recent additions are CTP hoses, already vulcanized hose insulations, which are particularly flexible and robust. The product range includes pre-slit hoses in various thicknesses and closed insulation on reinforced hoses.

CTP molded products are also new to the range. The pre-fabricated molded products are intended for a quick insulation of valves and couplings. Various formats cover the most common standard couplings sizes, special designs are possible on request.

Dispensing the new CTP paste is particularly easy. Available in cartridges, the unvulcanized insulation material is ideal for closing up slits and clearances. The paste is also the perfect addition when using CTP sheets.

Also new to the line-up are CTP accessories. They expand the range of CTP application possibilities. Systems and adhesives for securely sealing molded products are also envisioned.

Sustainable savings

"In this age of climate neutralization and cost optimization, the global demand for insulation materials in all industries will continue to rise. With our Conti® Thermo-Protect insulation system, we not only offer an efficient approach to energy management and to improving your carbon footprint. Over the long term, CTP also helps you curb energy consumption, reduce CO2 emissions, and cut costs," says Hans-Peter Paulsen from Business Development CTP at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings in Northeim.
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