As part of an urban water management project, the City of
Garden Grove here in Orange County, California constructed a
new reservoir and water pump station. Situated in a
residential area with the reservoir and pump house designed to
blend in with the surroundings, the facility also serves as a
public park. Shortly after this new plant was put into
service, the municipality noticed that the three large
Waukesha engines housed in the sound-absorbing pump house were
generating excessive heat. In addition to extreme heat
emanating from the exhaust stacks, the ambient temperature
inside the building was reaching elevated levels and heating
equipment surfaces beyond the safe-to-touch recommendations.
Our team here at Orange County Thermal Industries was called
in to provide an immediate solution. Along with reducing the
ambient heat within the building, we needed to eliminate the
risk of workers burning themselves through contact with the
high surface temperatures on the exhaust piping.
Our design engineers examined the exhaust configuration and
developed a single-piece, removable heat blanket to wrap the
piping. Using our Summus 1500 material, we cut and assembled
three heat blankets that fit this unique pipe arrangement.
Along with reducing surface temperatures, the precise fit of
the thermal blankets also served to diminish the level of
noise within the building and promote a higher degree of sound
abatement for the building structure.
With our innovative products and materials and versatile
manufacturing methods, we completed the project within a
one-week timeframe. Constructed to UL 723 and UL 2200
standards, our products effectively remediated the situation,
and the municipality was exceptionally pleased with our
performance. To learn more about this project or our thermal