Join us for the 39th Annual ILTA Trade Show from June 4th and 5th. Straight Line Industrial Services will be in booth #219
George R Brown Convention Center Exhibit Halls A & B
1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston Tx
Tuesday, June 4th 1:30pm to 6:00pm
Wednesday, June 5th 9:00am to 2:00pm
Founded in 1974, the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) is an advocate and key resource for the liquid terminal industry. With headquarters in the Washington, DC, area, ILTA advocates on behalf of the liquid terminal industry in Congress and at the federal agencies. ILTA also maintains close working relationships with other organizations that interact with the tank storage industry.
Visit us, speak with any member of our team to see how SLIS, Inc can best serve you.
At the 32nd Annual Safety Excellence Awards, Straight Line Industrial Services takes Second in Soft Crafts Category
The Houston Safety Excellence Award is annually presented to a contractor or subcontractor in the Texas Gulf Coast Area who has achieved an outstanding record of on-the-job safety promotion and performance at a site or as a business during the year completed. The true purpose of the award process is for the participants to learn through observing and sharing of best practices.
A unique feature of this award process is the requirement that the “Best in Category” Contractors come to a “Best Practices” seminar and present the best practices identified by the evaluation teams the they reason for their excellent achievement. All other companies are encouraged to take these ideas back to their own companies to improve their own performance. Through the sharing of best practices the entire industry improves its safety performance. There is an attitude that is prevalent among the owners and contractors that outstanding safety is not proprietary and must be shared with others.
Straight Line Industrial; Services has been nominated for the 32nd Annual Safety Excellence Award by the Houston Business Round Table (HBR).
This award is for contractors or subcontractors in the Texas Gulf Coast area who have achieved an outstanding record of on the job safety at a site or as a business during 2018.
SLIS is pleased to invite you to be a part of this celebration. Come join us at us this upcoming Friday at the Pasadena Fairgrounds for the Annual Tailgate Extravaganza, where they will announce the finalists who will go on to Houston Safety Excellence Awards in May.
In the refining industry, people are always on the lookout for the next big cost-saving practice or safety product that will make their refinery safer and more efficient. Many new items come along with promising benefits, but many times they fall short or are too expensive to implement. The one element that has withstood the test of time and is an all-around workhorse is industrial insulation.
To insulate means to cover, line or separate with a material that prevents or reduces the passage, transfer or leakage of heat, electricity or sound. Storage tanks, process pipe lines and vessels are all items that can benefit from the addition of insulation. This can be accomplished using many materials. Some in the industry would know them by the names Trymer, fiberglass, mineral wool and foamglass, which are the most typical materials used. Each one has its own benefits and qualities that make it suitable to certain areas of the refinery. Whether it is a cold or hot system, there is an insulation type that will work for it.
Industrial insulation can be implemented in many ways throughout the refineries to help save money. Its cost-saving capabilities stretch from lowering energy costs by conserving energy in hot and cold areas to lowering maintenance costs on tanks and piping. Not only does it save money, but, more importantly, it is also an additional safety measure most people do not take into account. This alone is an immeasurable amount if it keeps personnel safe during their work day.
As mentioned before, insulation can help reduce costs in and around the refinery. It does so by conserving energy by reducing heat loss or gain. A properly designed and installed insulation system immediately reduces the need for energy, which is a costly expense for every product made. If a tank or pipeline is poorly insulated, the plant would have to spend more money on trying to keep the product at its required temperature.
Another feature most people do not realize helps save money is the maintenance aspect of insulation. When you install an insulation system to a particular area, you are adding an extra layer of protection to the pipe or tank. Over time, this will lower the maintenance costs to the paint and integrity of the pipe/tank. This is especially helpful in the salty air down on the Gulf Coast.
Finally and most importantly, insulation provides a safety facet that is a cost saving that cannot be measured. Safety is the most important matter we should all be focused on. Insulation provides safety from hot lines that could cause burns and also provides a softer edge should a worker bump into a valve or overhead line. It also provides a visual cue the line or tank is in use and can be a potential hazard.
Not only does it physically protect personnel, but it can also be used as a sound dampener. Some units and turbines are extremely loud. A blanketed insulation system can greatly reduce the noise and keep the working environment safe by enabling all parties to communicate in the area.
Insulation also protects from exposures to fire or corrosive atmospheres. When used in combination with other materials, fiberglass and rock and slag wool insulation help provide fire protection in fire stop systems. These can be installed where people are working as an extra protection in a hazardous area.
Insulation is an old product that has been around for a long time. It often is overlooked and forgotten about during the construction phase, but its benefits speak for themselves. It has been around a long time, and we foresee it being around as long as refineries need to be kept at certain temperatures and keep people safe.
Please ensure your facility checks out the benefits of insulation, and if you have any further questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact Straight Line Industrial Insulation for your heat trace system needs.
Straight Line Industrial completes 2 year Maintenance/Insulation Project with Stolthaven Houston Inc. (Terminal)–Houston
Straight Line Industrial Services, a full service industrial services company, recently completed a major maintenance project in conjunction with Stoltahaven Houston Inc. The project spanned over 2 years and completely utilized all of Straight Line’s services offered. Stolthaven called on SLI to use their expertise in Scaffold, Pipe Insulation, Tank Insulation repair, Electrical Heat Trace Systems, and Tank insulation to complete the project.
Over 3000ft of 9” and 8000ft of 8” pipe were steam traced and insulated throughout Stolthaven’s facilities. As mentioned earlier, to complete the work, SLI had to provide their expertise in scaffolding to support their field insulators. In addition to standard industrial insulation systems, there was over 1000ft of EHT installed in various Electrical Heat Trace Systems at Stolthaven. The job culminated with SLI being asked to provide Strong Seam Panels® to cover 4 newly constructed holding tanks.