Sudbury International ducting fabric expansion joints: How to store themDecember 2, 2019 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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For a premier selection of ducting fabric expansion joints, wise manufacturers rely on Sudbury International Engineered Products Limited. The company’s non-metallic joints are recommended for ducting and piping systems. Customers want the best possible performance from these expansion joints, so they should take the storage environment and time into account.
The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) in the United States offers this advice on storage ducting fabric expansion joints, including Sudbury International’s line.
Choose cool, dry areas
While the fabric in Sudbury International’s ducting fabric expansion joints resists many kinds of environmental attack, it is still smart to observe recommended storage practices and take note of any deviations from them.
According to the FSA, manufacturers usually specify storage warranty periods according to the joint style. If joints are stored for more than a year, or if the start-up date is more than a year after installation, the manufacturer should be notified. Users should schedule inspections at least 60 days prior to installation. If storage time is abused, warranties may become invalid.
Key tips for indoor storage:
- Store joints in cool, dry areas in temperatures from zero to 65 degrees Celsius.
- Protect flexible elements and pillow insulation from humidity.
- Place unpacked joints on secure bases.
- Keep heat, moisture, dirt, and petro-chemicals away.
- Do not store equipment on top of joints.
- Never store joints in heavy-traffic areas.
- Never remove the joints from their original containers before installation.
- Leave shipping bars on joints until installation.
Similar recommendations apply for outdoor storage. Protection from heat sources, moisture, dirt, and chemicals is a must, and they must be kept out of heavy traffic. It is also wise to store them in their original containers at least one foot above ground, in dry areas secure from flooding. Cover them with heavy plastic or tarpaulins for weather protection, and cover flexible elements and pillow insulation with waterproof shields for protection against rain, humidity, and dampness. Cold air can increase resistance to bending, so store joints inside warmer environments immediately before installation in low-temperature conditions.
To learn more, contact Sudbury International.