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Frequently Asked Questions About Insulating Products

Unlike most removable insulation systems, ours are standard, readily available off-the-shelf components to meet any custom fabricated requirement. Virtually any component in our product line, can be modified to fit your needs. Whether your needs are simple or highly complex, Services For Plastics can help. Contact us at 800-627-1033 or email us at

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Q: Where to use barrel insulation products?

A: Insulation systems have become critical to the processing capabilities and efficiencies of all plastic and rubber processors.
We provide systems in a variety of configurations to accommodate your needs. From customized blankets for sheet dies, blown film dies and thermoset molds to insulation boards for low and high compression applications. Each system allows for maximum efficiency and control of tool/mold temperature, faster start-up times and reduced strain on plant cooling systems. Barrel insulation can be customized to a specific barrel or generalized to adopt to a variety of barrel sizes and configurations, and are designed with convenience in mind with access for all adjustment areas and quick connect hardware for easy removal and replacement.

Q: Why should I use removable and reusable insulation products instead of permanent insulation?

A: Insulation Jackets are designed with a straps-and-buckles fastening system. This makes the removal and installation process significantly quicker and easier for routine or periodic maintenance inspections.

Q: My mechanical/boiler room is very hot. If I insulate my applications, will that lower the ambient temperature in my facility?

A: Yes. You should notice an immediate and significant drop in temperature. Over the years, we have seen a diverse group of people – across a number of industries – experience that same result when they installed our products in their facilities.

Q: Will adding insulating products to my heater bands cause any problems?

A: No. Using these products in conjunction with your heater bands and controller will actually allow your equipment to operate more efficiently and effectively than before.

Q: Are insulating products difficult to install?

A: No. Our products do not require any extra tools to install and can be up and running in just a few minutes. Go to for more information.

Q: I do not know where to start when it comes to ordering removable and reusable insulation. What would you suggest I do first?

A: Insulation systems is a unique, standardized line of removable and reusable insulation products. They have been designed to fit a wide range of shapes and sizes. We have an extensive line of products to accommodate a variety of applications. Go to for more information.

Q: When I first installed an Insulation Jacket on my machine, it gave off smoke when powered it up. Is this a cause for concern?

A: The insulation materials used to manufacture a Jacket contains organic materials that will burn off with the initial startup. Once the machine is up to the correct temperature, the smoke will stop.

Q: Once I install an insulating blanket, how hot will the outside of the blanket be, and will it be touch safe?

A: The insulating product line meets OSHA’s touch safe temperature requirements of 120°F.

Q: What type of fastening system is available?

A: The insulating products use a straps-and-buckles fastening system that is sewn onto the jackets. Straps are carefully spun using fiberglass yarns, and the buckles are made of nickel steel. This allows for easy adjustment and/or added extension.
In addition to the straps-and-buckles fastening system, magnets are available to be used in conjunction with Throw Blankets. As per specification, Throw Blankets are manufactured with or without magnets to better suit your needs. Magnets can be purchased separately as well.

Q: How durable are the Straps & Buckles?

A: Straps & Buckles are resistant to most chemicals and can withstand temperatures up to 1000ºF.

Q: Can your insulation blankets be used for outdoor applications?

A: Yes. SFP provides a complete, weather-resistance insulation system for exhaust systems. Our insulation blankets/covers are UV-stable, water resistant and can be easily removed and reused.

Q: Are there any harmful or hazardous materials in these high-temperature insulation products?

A: No. We use materials that are safe for you, as well as the environment. All products are asbestos free.

Q: What role does insulation play in emissions reduction?

A: Properly insulated exhaust and emissions reduction equipment is crucial if you are to ensure that emission reduction targets are met. Removable insulation blankets are an excellent way to provide the required insulation in a cost-effective manner.

Q: How do I know what size of Jacket I need?

A: To find the appropriate size you require, you need to know the following measurements:
1. The Circumference
2. The Width measurement of the object you wish to insulate
Once you have these measurements, contact an SFP sales associate at 800-627-1033 or email at sales@servicesforplastics.

Q: I am having trouble finding the specific insulation blanket large enough to fit my needs. Does that mean you cannot help me?

A: No. One of the greatest advantages of the Insulation Systems Line is that you have the ability to order any of our jackets to fit any custom fabricated requirements. There are more than 2 million possible combinations and configurations for an Insulation Jacket. That way you can create what you need by simply using any of the products in the Insulation Systems line. Customers now have the ability to do any of the following:
1. Extend the reach of an Insulation Jacket.
2. Use multiple Insulation Jackets together.
3. Fasten Throw Blankets to any surface for added stability.
So even if you can’t find a particular Jacket that fits, this does not mean it’s impossible for you to use a Jacket on your particular application. Remember, the possibilities are endless with the Insulation Systems Line. It’s as simple as customizing your own design and using any product within our standardized line.

Q: What is the product warranty for the Insulation Systems line?

A: Every model of the Insulation Systems line comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase, when used under normal operating conditions.

Q: Want proof of cost savings?

A: Contact us at Services for Plastics, Inc., we will provide savings information for various machines, if not yours specifically, at least enough information will be provided for you to see the value of using barrel insulation blankets to convince you to make the right choice.

Q: What are the first-aid measures, when handling Fiberglass insulation?

A: Follow these safety measures:
Eyes: If eyes become irritated, wash immediately with large amounts of lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes. Eyelids should be held away from the eyeball to ensure thorough rinsing. Do not rub eyes. Seek medical attention if irritation persists. Know that you should always wear safety glasses when handling fiberglass.
Skin: If skin becomes irritated, do not rub or scratch exposed skin. Wash area of contact thoroughly with soap and water. Using a skin cream or lotion after washing may be helpful. Change into clean clothing.
Ingestion: Relocate affected individual to an environment of clean, fresh air. Drink plenty of water, and seek medical help if symptoms persist.
Inhalation: Remove the affected individual to a dust-free place, and seek medical help if irritation persists.

Q: Proper care of Insulation Jackets.

A: Here are five easy tips to help you ensure the proper performance and longevity of your Insulation Jackets:
1. The fastening system is more than suitable to hold the jackets in place. Brute force is not necessary when tightening straps. (DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.)
2. For the best performance, all Jackets should be kept clean. Use wet sweeping or high efficiency vacuum to remove dust. Do not use compressed air.
3. During after-service removal activities, wet exposed material frequently to minimize airborne dust.
4. Inspect Jackets regularly, like any machine part, to make sure outside damage has not occurred.
5. Do not cut or damage the fabrics of the outer protective cover with sharp instruments.

Q: Safe Handling Recommendations

A: When installing or measuring, please follow all safety precautions and use proper and adequate protective safety aids. That includes protective gloves, suitable protective clothing and safety glasses. Keep metal objects away from heater bands at all times. And never use a metal tape measure for measuring purposes. Failure to follow this recommendation may result in injury.
Protective shields, protective barriers, or insulating materials shall be used to protect each employee from shock, burns or other electrically related injuries. While that employee is working near exposed energized parts, which might be accidentally contacted or where dangerous electric heating or arcing might occur, it is necessary to provide protection. When normally enclosed live parts are exposed for the maintenance or repair, they shall be guarded to protect unqualified persons from contact with the live parts.

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