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MAY
14

Dyplast Products Facilitates LNG Projects

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Dyplast Products ISO-C1® Polyisocyanurate Rigid Foam for Pipe Insulation in LNG facilities

Numerous energy-sector articles are reporting significantly reduced energy demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the historic fall in oil price. As a result, Financial Investment Decisions (FID) on LNG projects are delaying decisions on dozens of proposed projects.

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APR
28

Dyplast's Role in the Lot 11 Skatepark in Miami

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Dyplast was very pleased to participate in the recently completed Lot 11 Skate Park in Miami. This skatepark was made by converting an old parking lot beneath the I-95 corridor into 45,000 square feet of a vibrant and free place for skateboarders, skaters, and non-motor scooters to practice their tricks.

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APR
07

Dyplast Operations Amidst COVID-19

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This is a brief reminder that Dyplast remains open and functional as a designated Essential Business with inventory of all the ISO-C1® and ISO-CF® polyiso and Dyplast EPS.

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MAR
17

Dyplast's Latest

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Dyplast wants to recognize and congratulate employees who have recently earned a promotion, and remind you to subscribe to our newsletters to stay up-to-date with the lastest announcements, technical documents, and more. 

Dyplast quiere reconocer y felicitar a los empleados que recientemente obtuvieron una promoción, y recordarle que se suscriba a nuestros boletines informativos para mantenerse actualizado con los últimos anuncios, documentos técnicos y más.

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MAR
03

Hope to see you at the 2020 IIAR Conference!

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The 2020 IIAR Conference is right around the corner and we can’t wait for the opportunity to foster connections, learn from others, and show what Dyplast has to offer.

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FEB
11

Dyplast Updates its Qwik Guide: Polyiso vs. XPS

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We have recently updated our Qwik Guide comparing Polyisocyanurate (polyiso, or PIR) and Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) for mechanical insulation applications. 

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JAN
31

2020 VEX Robotics Competition a Stem Education Initiative Success

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For years, Dyplast has supported local STEM education initiatives with staff commitment as well as dollars, and now takes great pleasure in congratulating the Tournament Champions.

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JAN
07

Series Part 3: Life Cycle Assessment of Polyisocyanurate

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This is the third in Dyplast’s series on energy, and we will next consider the sustainable life cycle (“cradle-to-grave”) of Dyplast’s polyisocyanurate insulation, including the ISO-C1®, ISO-HT®, and ISO-CF® product lines. 

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JAN
07

Life Cycle Assessment of Polyisocyanurate (Copy)

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This is the third in Dyplast’s series on energy, and we will next consider the sustainable life cycle (“cradle-to-grave”) of Dyplast’s polyisocyanurate insulation, including the ISO-C1®, ISO-HT®, and ISO-CF® product lines. 

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DEC
17

Series 2: Insulation's Potential Impact on Energy Consumption

In Dyplast’s previous blog, we briefly discussed advanced insulation systems and explained the different sections of the energy value chain. In today’s blog, we will dive deeper into the potential impact insulation can have on energy consumption.

If advanced insulation systems offer so many benefits, why would the value of energy not be realized? Here’s why:.

  • Insulation is not sexy! While the next innovation, for instance, in refrigerant compressor efficiency may be of interest to engineers and retailers, the end-user is often not made aware that a very modest amount of insulation (at a much lower cost) may be far more cost-effective, particularly as a retrofit.
  • It is challenging to compare alternative insulants due to differing ASTM standards for various insulant materials.
  • There is a considerable amount of misinformation, disinformation, and lack of full disclosure by insulation suppliers.
  • End-users rarely select their insulation systems, and rather depend on their contractor/engineer/specifier who often consider insulation systems as an after-thought. They incorrectly decide these systems are more of a cost than an asset, or even simply a delay in a construction schedule that is already behind.
  • As mentioned in Dyplast’s prior blog, whether considering reductions in energy consumption or impacting climate change, the issues are inextricably linked. The vast majority of energy consumed comes from fossil fuels, with only 17% of electricity coming from renewable resources. Global energy consumption continues to rise as “petroleum and other liquids” lead all sources, even over natural gas, and with coal consumption leveling off but not decreasing significantly. Even though the linked EIA Report expects non-fossil fuels (renewables and nuclear) to grow faster than fossil fuels, fossil fuels will still account for more than three-quarters of world energy consumption through 2040.


Commercial Buildings

If 10% of Commercial Buildings upgraded from existing insulants to polyiso the U.S. could reduce electricity consumption at the end-user-level by 6%, or 270 Terawatt-Hours (TWh). Doesn’t sound like much? Assume an average coal plant has a 600-Megawatt (MW) capacity, operating at an average capacity factor of 53%, can produce almost 2.8 Million Megawatt-Hours (MWhr) annually. Average transmission losses are 9%. This means 104 coal-fired power plants could be closed (almost 24% of coal generation) and not replaced with another source of generation. Let’s assume we were overly optimistic by a factor of 10; that still means 10 coal plants could be closed - so in other words, each investment in Insulation Systems would have its own Return-on-Investment requiring no federal or state subsidy.


Mechanical Pipe and Equipment Insulation

Dyplast’s primary focus has been on Industrial/Commercial Mechanical Insulation Systems which encompass lower-temperature pipe, equipment, and tanks. [Lower Temperature Insulation Systems range from low-temperature steam (<350°F) through hot water, chilled water, refrigeration, and down to cryogenic.] Almost every power plant, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, liquid natural gas, ethylene plant, etc. has a considerable amount of pipe and equipment operating at temperatures close to low-pressure steam down to cryogenic. Such systems include steam system condensation, lube oil cooling, chilled water, gas compression/expansion, and cold liquid distribution, among many others. Indeed, virtually all commercial buildings have significant HVAC systems operating at below-ambient temperatures, as do industrial food processing and storage facilities.

“Industry” consumes roughly 24% of U.S. electrical generation. A conservative assumption is that 30% of this energy goes toward mechanical system “building” and “room” heating/cooling, and 70% toward “process”. Again, conservatively, empirical audits point toward at least 25% of energy consumption going toward lower-temperature processes (<350°F) with mechanical equipment that requires insulation. The average net R-value per inch in insulation around pipes and equipment is at best 3.5 per inch. Polyiso, at an aged R-value of 5.6, could thus increase thermal efficiencies by 60%. Again, we do not expect all industrial facilities to retrofit to new insulation next year, so let’s assume a reasonable 10% do (motivated by increasing realization of a positive < 3-year ROI). This results in a reduction of electricity consumption by 4.2%. Considering transmission line loss, this could be 5% “at the fence” of the power generation plant. This once again results in a positive ROI for the end-user.

This reduction in electricity consumption is equivalent to 20% of the coal generation.

As previously stated, increased utilization of Advanced Insulation Systems has the highest likelihood of having a material impact on regional, national, and indeed global energy consumption with integral impact on climate change and sustainability. Dyplast is working to reverse negative trends by offering aggressive, full-disclosure of information, while working hand-in-hand with the industry and standards organizations use to enhance the abilities of end-users to readily select their optimal insulation systems.

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DEC
04

Series 1: Insulation's Role within the Energy Value Chain


Advanced Insulation Systems are the optimal near-term and dynamic path to energy reduction and life-cycle cost management - with the added benefit of reduction in greenhouse gases and improved sustainability.

  1. Relatively low-cost investments (new projects and retrofit)
  2. With positive Returns on Investment in the vast majority of cases
  3. With the potential for electricity reductions equivalent to the permanent shut-down of multiple fossil power plant facilities, thereby materially reducing carbon and other emissions.

There are many alternative insulants utilized in mechanical pipe and building envelop applications. The selection of the optimal insulant can appear daunting, but it doesn’t need to be! Dyplast offers that we can demonstrate that Polyisocyanurate is ideal in the vast number of applications from cryogenic to 350°F due to its:

  • Dramatic life-cycle energy cost savings
  • Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
  • Superior Life-cycle Carbon Footprint

This and subsequent Blogs will address each of these issues, and more. Stay tuned!

But for the first blog in this series, let’s start by asking the question: “If advanced insulation systems are such an obvious solution to major global energy and environmental challenges, why haven’t they already been implemented?” Let’s find out!

The Energy Value Chain

Energy has a long and complex value chain from origination through end-user consumption. In addition to minimizing the loss of energy along the chain, issues related to pollutants, emissions, and of course costs are inextricably linked. Each of the multiple chains includes a role for insulation in both hot and cold applications to varying degrees. 

Chain 1 - Root sources of energy

This includes the extraction/origination of oil, coal, natural gas, plus energy originating from nuclear power, wind, hydropower, geothermal power, and wave sources. During the origination of energy, it is also important to look at:

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NOV
01

Dyplast Supports STEM Initiatives

Dyplast Products is primarily recognized for its customer relationships, diligence, and quality control in the mechanical insulation and composite core industries. While our customers and products are extremely important to us, we also feel it is important to invest in STEM education - particularly related to the advanced manufacturing industries.

We have multiple corporate and employee initiatives that focus on regional high schools and universities as we’ve built ongoing relationships with students in such areas as: 

  • Robotics
    • Dyplast donated a competition field and competition elements to the robotics programs at local high schools which allowed the teams to have multiple practice, programming, and skill development activities in preparation for this year’s competition cycle.
    • An award to the students was presented during a summer robotics presentation at Dyplast.
    • Building and programming skills were demonstrated to middle and high school students during the summer session.
    • Dyplast also utilized these connections with schools to advocate for the manufacturing community and the jobs they offer.
    • Dyplast partnered with the South Florida Manufacturing Association (SFMA) to leverage a multi-thousand-dollar grant from SFMA and a few of its members to support high school and middle school robotics.
  • Solar-powered cars
    • Dyplast worked with the University of Minnesota, donating ISO-C1 polyiso blocks milled and polished to the sleek shape of the car, and then used the polyiso blocks as the rigid shape to the mold for a solar-powered car. This car, named Daedalus, competed in Australia's World Solar Challenge, an international solar-powered car race beginning in the northern city of Darwin and racing 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) across the Australian Outback through the center of Australia. 
  • Apprenticeship programs that support STEM initiatives
    • Dyplast hosted the U.S. Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, and his staff to address apprenticeship programs and how on-the-job training can be designed to be more skill-focused, and provide hire-ready individuals with relevant skills 
    • To further knowledge of the southeast manufacturing community, Dyplast focuses on developing knowledge, soft skills, and general knowledge in manufacturing while also promoting manufacturing jobs.
  • Manufacturing Education (More information coming soon in a subsequent blog)
    • Dyplast is currently working with Miami-Dade College, the SFMA, and its members to develop a formal curriculum in Manufacturing Education.
    • This proposed certificate program will educate individuals who are unable to attend college in the industry essentials required in all manufacturing jobs.
We take pride in being directly involved with these initiatives. We would like to thank our employees and partners who dedicate time and effort to these worthy causes.

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OCT
10

Dyplast Releases a One-Page Qwik Guide for ISO-HT Installation

ISO-HT is, of course, Dyplast’s polyisocyanurate mechanical insulation for higher temperature pipe and equipment applications - - for temperatures from -297°F to 350°F (-183°C to 177°C), and up to 375°F (190°C) intermittent. While Dyplast’s detailed, multi-page Installation Guide is aimed at installers and contractors, we are now releasing this one-page Qwik Guide on installation that may be helpful to owners and engineer/specifiers who need the basic do’s/don’ts. For instance, an abbreviated excerpt follows:

  • Never install insulant to a hot pipe
  • Pipe should be clean and dry
  • Temporarily secure insulant segments with tape
  • Joints/seams should be butted and offset
  • Outermost joints/seams should be buttered with sealant
  • A zero-perm vapor barrier is highly recommended in most cases
  • A qualified engineer should design expansion joints and vapor stops.

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SEP
04

Hurricane Dorian Update

Dyplast is thankful that Hurricane Dorian turned North before hitting Miami; neither our employees, operations, nor inventories have been affected. Our thoughts are now with our clients and friends in The Bahamas - - and then potentially points North! Dyplast stands ready to assist our clients and friends as soon as water and air traffic is again restored.

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MAY
01

Secretary of Commerce Visits Dyplast

United States Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross visited Dyplast last Thursday bringing together 9 South Florida manufacturers, the South Florida Manufacturer’s Association (SFMA) and FloridaMakes to discuss ways in which apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training can be designed to be more skill-focused, and provide hire-ready individuals with relevant skills needed to be gainfully employed in the manufacturing industry.  South Florida is home to approximately 19,000 Florida manufacturers that are thriving in this economy despite the lack of workforce talent available that can read a ruler or possess the language or soft skills needed to fill jobs. 

The event was hosted by Dyplast at its Miami facility as part of a Manufacturers Industry Roundtable Event sponsored by the South Florida Manufacturing Association. Opening remarks were presented by Ted Berglund, President & CEO of Dyplast followed by Matt Rocco, President of the SFMA who shared insights on how collectively the association and its members are handling the talent shortage and skill training revamp that’s needed.

The interactive discussion led by Department of Commerce Secretary Ross invited manufacturers to share ways in which manufacturers could use existing resources, that with some fine-tuning, could be expanded to impart the greatest impact in workforce development.   Secretary Ross also asked about activities that the industry could partake in to attract younger talent in manufacturing.  Among the ideas offered, the dialogue centered around creating a manufacturing-focused certification program, establishing an open house forum for counselors and parents to attend manufacturing facilities, streamlining the time in takes to have an apprentice program approved from eight-months to two-months, and even considered the possibility of expanding the already federally funded Job Corps program to establish a machinist apprenticeship program within their purview.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to represent our perspectives on the workforce development within our industry, not only within the Southeast but Nationally.

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About Dyplast Products:

Headquartered in Miami, FL, Dyplast has been a leading manufacturer of polyisocyanurate (a modified polyurethane) and expanded polystyrene products - - including innovative and cost-saving pipe and equipment insulation, sheet/block insulation, and leading-edge products for the composites industry. Insulation solutions include an array of low temperature applications such as cryogenic, chilled water, refrigeration, low temperature steam, and hot process lines. Additionally, our insulation sheets are ideal for insulated metal panels, architectural panels, and specialty applications.

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APR
18

Robotics during Spring Break? Yes!

As some background, Dyplast sponsors the Robotics Program at the Rockway Middle School in Miami - - part of our larger general program to support STEM in schools. Our philosophy, as espoused by many others, is that Elementary and Middle Schools can be the primary formative influence in a young student's life. The best way to instill a lifelong interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is to provide a fun, engaging, and hands-on opportunity to explore and experience it for themselves. By its nature, the study of robotics inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM - - and it’s “cool”.

Our assistance at Rockway is aimed at sparking a curious mind before the students decide that engineering "isn't cool". And please note these robots do not destroy each other or mow lawns!! Rather, the student teams must imagine, create, design, build, and program robots built that compete against other robots in activities that may include moving objects, stacking pieces, going up stairs, and executing more strategic maneuvers. Some robots, depending on level of competition are “remotely controlled” by the team; others may include more “autonomous programming” - - which may earn them more points.




We are so proud of the achievements of all the nine teams from Rockway, but in particular Rock-G-Bots (an all-girls team) and RockBots 2929-A (6th graders). Team 2929A qualified for World Competition & won 2 awards (Sportsmanship & 2nd Place in Teamwork) at the South FL VEX State Championship! VEX Rock-G-B got to finals at US Open CREATE Robotics Championship in Iowa. They teamed up with Team 8193C from Shanghai China (yes each team must team with another), to compete against the 80 best teams from China &USA.

As Vincent Fuster, CFO of Dyplast and active supporter of the Robot Teams, summarized in his Tweet “When these young engineers work all season long and experience accomplishments like these, that’s when they realize that perseverance, dedication and discipline really pays off. Top two in the nation in skills and top 12 teams in teamwork...WOW...!!!!”

 

 

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APR
09

Dyplast Products Receives 7th Consecutive Distinguished Safety Award


The National Insulation Association (NIA) announced Dyplast Products as the recipient of its 2018 Theodore H. Brodie Distinguished Platinum Safety Award at its 64th Annual Convention in Nassau, Bahamas.

This will be the 7th consecutive year that Dyplast has been honored with the Safety Award, the last 6 of which have been NIA's highest level---Platinum.

Previously, Dyplast received its first Silver Award in 2012. Congratulations to the entire Dyplast Team on this outstanding achievement!

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MAR
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Dyplast Launches New Datasheet and Qwik Guide for Holey-Board

Dyplast Products has released its new Datasheet and Qwik Guide for Dyplast Holey-Board, its Expanded Polystyrene product for Lightweight Insulated Concrete (LWIC) roofing.

Holey-Board is Dyplast Products expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation specifically designed for user in lightweight concrete (LWC) roof applications. It is a rigid cellular, lightweight, resilient, foam board with excellent physical properties. When structural concrete roofing applications demand high value insulation, Dyplast Holey-Board leads the way.

It cost-effectively provides superior energy efficiency, temperature range, damage and moisture control, low flammability rating, and low moisture vapor permeability. Dyplast's new facility utilizes the latest EPS technology and equipment, producing quality that leads the industry. Holey-Board is lightweight, sturdy, and workable, making it easy for one person to handle and install. 

To read more about our Holey-Board, click the links below to view the pdf's. 

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FEB
21

Dyplast Helps Create Portable Produce Pod with Huntsman Corp and Kroger

“Dyplast participated with Huntsman Corporation, Kroger, and others to create a “Portable Produce Pod” - - much like a big, mobile walk-in cooler for the Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) in Texas.

MCFB collects and distributes food to partner agency food pantries, and aims to have fresh produce make up at least 50% of its total distribution. However, most of their receiving food pantries do not have sufficient refrigerated space to hold and re-distribute perishable products. Hence the need for a refrigerated Pod.

The whole process of designing the Pod and finding manufacturers and suppliers took less than a year. Dyplast is proud to have been able to offer its ISO-CF polyisocyanurate (a modified polyurethane) insulation with the requisite thermal resistance, strength, and other advantageous properties.

To view more detail, click here (Montgomery County Food Bank Press Release). Dyplast views this a just one more example of how technologies can merge to create better products to benefit society-at-large!”
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19

Dyplast Exhibiting at IIAR Conference


Dyplast Products, LLC will be attending and exhibiting at the 2019 IIAR Natural Refrigeration Conference and Expo scheduled March 3-6, 2019 at Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel in Arizona. IIAR is the world's leading advocate for the safe, reliable and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants.  

Dyplast’s exhibits at the IIAR Expo have always been of high interest to attendees since our ISO-C1® family of polyisocyanurate insulation is an integral part of the design and successful operation of refrigeration systems. ISO-C1 has had broad success over many decades as a proven, cost-effective insulation technology in low temperature mechanical and pipe applications.

We invite all attendees - - especially engineers, designers, and owners to stop by our exhibit, meet Dyplast’s staff, and discuss first-hand the economic value that ISO-C1 imparts to their operations. Our exhibit will offer more information on the full product range of polyisocyanurate insulation system products.

Come visit Dyplast at Booth #906 where our industry experts will be ready to answer your questions - - especially how we rank versus other insulations. And call us beforehand if there is a particular issue to discuss or a time constraint we can accommodate.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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