Industrial facilities such as processing plants or refineries that use pipes, tanks or steel have a new insulative coating choice for thermal efficiency, workplace safety and longer equipment life.

Tnemec Co. Inc., Kansas City, Mo., has introduced Aerolon, a coating that provides insulation made with Boston-based Cabot Corp.’s aerogel, an insulating solid. As an additive, aerogel often is selected for formulations in which ultra-low thermal conductivity is needed. Compared to traditional materials used in insulative coatings such as glass and ceramic spheres, the Enova aerogel has the lowest thermal conductivity on the market, according to Cabot.

Aerolon contributes to worker safety because it provides a burn-protection barrier that helps prevent serious worksite accidents. Its ultra-low heat transfer offers energy savings. The hydrophobic coating bonds directly to material, preventing gaps where corrosion can begin, making the product corrosion-resistant. Aerolon users benefit from fast application, in which it takes less time to achieve higher-build, contributing to lower labor costs and a quick return of equipment to service.

“Enova aerogel enables a new class of highly thermally insulative coatings to be produced that deliver the performance of traditional insulation and the flexibility of a coating in a single product," says James Pidhurney, global commercial manager of Cabot’s aerogel coatings business.