World first will be hot prospect for firm

A NORTH Shields firm has proved it is hot stuff by notching up a world first.

Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) has produced a flexible fire-resistant insulation jacket able to withstand temperatures of 1,350C for over two hours.

The jacket, the first of its kind in the world, is made up of 13 layers of specialist fire-resistant material.

It is designed primarily for use offshore.

At less than 6cm thick, the jacket is two or three times thinner than alternative fire protection systems, making it easier to fit and transport.

It has an operating capability of -60C to 1,350C, the largest temperature range currently catered for on the market.

It is also the only flexible fire-resistant insulation in the world certified to meet both the relevant international standards.

The jacket will be used to provide jet fire and hydrocarbon fire protection for valves, actuators and associated equipment on offshore platforms and can withstand the extreme temperatures generated by a jet or hydrocarbon fire, protecting equipment from failure and provide workers with over 120 minutes to escape.

Two years of research and development have gone into the making of the jacket.

AIS managing director Paul Stonebanks said: “We are delighted to have received approval for our insulation jacketing system.

“Health and safety is the No 1 priority for the offshore industry, so an insulation jacket which will provide additional protection for workers will be very welcome and has already been given the thumbs-up by the offshore sector.

“The introduction of this new jacket further strengthens our full service portfolio, enabling engineers to quickly install and streamline future maintenance inspections.

“Creating an innovational jacketing system that can withstand the highest temperatures is a great achievement for us and one that we are very proud of.

“We’re now looking forward to the exciting worldwide opportunities that this will create for the company.”