Technical Insulation Performance Check -

energy efficiency pays off

Issues such as climate change, resource shortages, energy efficiency and CO2 savings are all impacting every modern industrial company to an increasing extent. However, while consumers have long been used to seeing energy labels on appliances, there are no such standards for industrial systems - a field in which huge potential savings could be realised via simple means.

Energy efficiency through insulation

Suitable insulation is a simple, effective and yet inexpensive means of improving energy efficiency: insulation measures in technical plants often repay their investment costs within just a few months. In addition, comprehensive modern insulation also offers the following benefits:

  • lower energy costs
  • identification of safety risks, e.g. protection against accidental contact

TIPCHECK potential and risks analysis

As part of the Technical Insulation Performance Check process, TIPCHECK for short, we highlight weak areas and the untapped potential of insulation or uninsulated components, and offer solutions in the form of appropriate insulation measures. We check the following, among other things:

  • signs of damage in existing insulation
  • possible "hot spots", i.e. uninsulated components such as flanges, valves or wall brackets where energy is lost as heat.

Typical TIPCHECK process

1. Discussion with the plant operator

Relevant details about the plant are requested, contact person within the plant is named, specific safety measures are clarified.

2. Recording of the current situation

Current insulation on pipes, vents and containers including thermal bridges is recorded directly in the system. Measurements are taken using a thermal imaging camera, surface sensors, and in refrigeration systems a humidity sensor.

3. Evaluation of information recorded and calculation of current heat losses

Operating parameters and the data measured are transferred into our thermal calculation program and a report is created for each component of the plant inspected, including a report on thermal bridges. Summary of results and list of the total heat loss measured.

4. Development of proposed improvements

Proposals for optimisation such as subsequent insulation, disassembly and reassembly of insulation with changed insulation strengths, or reduction of thermal bridges through appropriate insulating systems are checked and evaluated. Amortisation calculations then follow.

5. Handover and presentation of results

The TIPCHECK report is handed over and explained in detail. This means that a TIPCHECK does not merely include the determination of the current status, but also provides a reliably calculated forecast that indicates the savings that could be made through optimised insulation.

Heat measurement during the TIPCHECK

When insulating makes economic sense

The economic thickness of insulation is decisive in the economic decision to commission insulation services.  This is composed of:

- The one-off investment costs of installing the insulation

- The achievable annual reduction in heat loss costs across the lifetime of the plant

The economic strength of insulation arises from the minimum of the sum of the investment and heat loss costs.