Insulation Materials: What are External Cathode Bar Seal Boots?

Primary aluminum smelting is conducted according to the Hall-Héroult process, which describes the reduction of oxidized aluminum (Al2O3) through electrolysis occurring within an industrial cell. The cell comprises a salt bath where liquidized aluminum is extracted from molten mixtures of alumina and cryolite using electrodes engineered from coke. These components penetrate the walls of the […]

Specialty Airbag Fabrics and their Military Applications

Airbag fabrics are typically high-strength woven materials that retain their physical integrity against rapid inflation by an inert gas to cushion impacts. Airbags are typically made from woven fabric, which may be coated or uncoated but must be impermeable to gases and flame resistant. Nylon textiles such as Nylon (polyamide) 6.6 are among the most […]

The New Home of Thermal Insulation Materials: Mid-Mountain Moves to New Office

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. is one of the global players in thermal insulation materials and sealing. We have engineered high-performance products for everyday applications and extreme environments alike, exceeding the expectations of customers in domestic and industrial spaces across the world. For years, we have been catering to the unique requirements of customers from our corporate […]

Refractory Cements and Moldables in the Aluminum Industry

Refractory cement and moldables are highly important across a number of industries.  In the construction of furnaces and large ovens, where there are high-temperature firebricks or refractory linings, castable refractory cement is essential. These are generally formulated from thermally resistant clinker and specialized aggregate materials and are essential to thermodynamic stability in the heating chamber […]

Applications of Tray Pads in Rolling Mills and the Secondary Aluminum Industry

Due to the rapid growth in the use of aluminum by automobile manufacturers, there have been an increased supply demands for aluminum rolling mills. The aluminum industry is buoyant as manufacturers take advantage of the materials strength and lightness in preference to steel. A good example is Ford committing to aluminum for the F-150 pick-up […]

What is Refractory Cement?

High-temperature masonry comes in multiple forms, from thermodynamically stable firebricks to castable refractory cement that are formulated from thermally resistant clinker and specialized aggregate materials. Conventional cements are often used in the manufacturing of fireplaces and furnaces, but they do not exhibit the requisite thermodynamic stability for application within the heating chamber or for direct […]

Specialty Airbag Fabrics for the Automotive Industry

Airbag fabrics are typically high-strength woven materials that can retain their physical integrity against rapid inflation by an inert gas to cushion impacts. Nylon textiles are among the most common fabrics used to weave airbag cushions for general manufacturing and automotive applications. However, conventional component arrangements have significant drawbacks that have forced manufacturers to explore […]

How Do Welding Curtains Work?

Welding curtains are a rounded solution to many of the issues presented by metal joinery procedures, offering protection to process bystanders from the sparks and vibrant light generated as a byproduct from the weld. Conventional welding methodologies involve fusing two or more metal components together through gas flame, electric arc, or other high-temperature joining methodologies. […]

What is a Tadpole Gasket?

Tadpole gaskets are unique thermal sealing solutions comprised of a heat-resistant cover and a durable core material arranged in a distinctive bulb and tail structure. The external material, typically thermally-resistant,  is wrapped around the core material to form a cylindrical bulb. The edges of the tape or fabric are then fused together to form the […]

What are Die-Cut Gaskets?

Die-cutting is the sophisticated process of machining flexible materials for industrial applications. It involves feeding a web of material through a shearing chamber, where cutting components will either perforate shapes into the fabric or cut the material down to size. It is regularly applied in the thermal insulation sector to form sealants such as die-cut […]

Thermal Insulation for Emissions Control

Industry and the environment are antonymic concepts. Energy-intensive industrial processes produce millions of cubic tons of harmful greenhouse gasses every year, notwithstanding their effluent production materials nor potentially damaging extraction protocols. Numerous environmental policies, improved industry regulations, and advanced materials for thermal insulation have been applied to help improve the sustainability of crucial industry sectors, […]

Tray Pads for Secondary Aluminum Plants and Rolling Mills

Metalworking industries around the world are characterized by high thermal and abrasive processes. Molten metals are heated to refractory temperatures in mantles or crucibles, and transported to resistant molds to form coils, slabs, and plate products. These are then cooled and conveyed through further processing equipment to prepare products for final application. Temperatures throughout these […]

Producing Cargo Covers with Heat Resistant Materials

Heat resistant cargo covers are widely implemented in the aerospace industry to ensure the safe and efficient transport of a range of goods. They are designed to maintain optimal product temperatures during transit, and to reduce the risk of catastrophic cargo fires by isolating potentially flammable goods.   This article will explore the production and […]

Using Refractory Cements in High Temperature Applications

Refractory cement is a material that retains its high strength properties at extremely high temperatures. It is often used in applications that require high strength, wear resistance, and thermal resistance. The majority of refractory cements are a combination of clinker and an aggregate material. Clinker is the by-product of sintering in the production of cement, […]

What are Fiberglass Ropes Used For?

Fiberglass ropes combine ultimate flexibility with exceptional thermal resistances. They are manufactured by braiding or knitting fiberglass yarn into tightly-woven textiles in diameters of 1/8” to 2”. Mid-Mountain Materials produces fiberglass ropes from E-glass, which exhibits exceptional dielectric strength, high chemical resistances, and continued tensile strength at extreme temperatures – with a continuous limit of […]

How are Fiber Blankets Made?

Fiber blankets are a category of flexible, insulator materials designed for high-temperature applications. They rely on high strength fiber reinforced polymers that have been spun into strands for their exceptional mechanical properties, including near-absolute flame retardancy, ultra-flexibility, and reusability. Mid-Mountain Materials has developed a range of CERMEX® fiber blankets capable of withstanding operating temperatures of […]

What is an Insulation Material?

An insulation material is one that provides thermal insulation, or the reduction of heat transfer between objects. Heat transfer can be an issue in a range of industries, where two objects are in contact but they have varying temperatures. The heat flow between these two objects is unavoidable, but an insulation material can be used […]

Using Refractory Cements in High Temperature Applications

Refractory cement is a material that retains its high strength properties at extremely high temperatures. It is often used in applications that require high strength, wear resistance, and thermal resistance. The majority of refractory cements are a combination of clinker and an aggregate material. Clinker is the by-product of sintering in the production of cement, […]

The Materials Used to Make Heat Resistant Fabric

Heat resistant fabrics are used for a wide range of applications including welding protection, aerospace safety, and fire prevention. Heat resistant fabrics can be made of a variety of different materials that provide a range of different heat resistant properties. This blog post will highlight a few of these materials and their uses. Silicone Silicone […]

Vertical Integration of Thermal Insulation Products

The biggest challenges our customers encounter is achieving improved process performance and obtaining a higher return on their investment. At Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. we are dedicated to continuously improve and develop our processes and thermal insulation products to help our customers overcome these challenges.   Vertical Integration at Mid Mountain Vertical integration is the ability […]

The Benefits of Welding Curtains

In an area where welding takes place, it can be extremely dangerous if the correct safety measures are not in place. There are various products that can be used for safety purposes within a welding area, but one of the most versatile and successful is welding curtains. This blog post will discuss some of the […]

The Benefits of Using Coated Fabrics in High Temperature Applications

Coated fabrics are used in a wide range of applications, in industries including aerospace, robotics, and welding. Used in high-temperature applications, coated fabrics can be made with varying compositions to provide a range of different benefits. Silicone Silicone rubber provides a wealth of benefits when used to coat fabrics for high temperature applications. The material […]

Thermal Resistant Materials from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. is a global manufacturer of a range of thermal resistant materials for a range of different applications. We have a vast knowledge surrounding diverse material technologies and our engineering capabilities allow us to manufacture innovative solutions. THERMOSEAL® Our THERMOSEAL® range of refractory cements, moldables, and coatings are thermal resistant materials developed specifically […]

Welding Protection Solutions from Mid-Mountain

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-temperature resistant materials for various applications. One of these application areas is welding, and we provide a selection of materials that can be used for the purpose of welding protection. ARMATEX® Our ARMATEX® range of coated fabrics and textiles have a wide range of uses including welding protection. […]

High Temperature Gaskets from Mid-Mountain

A gasket is a mechanical seal that is used to fill any gaps between two or more materials that are bonded together. The typical purpose of a standard gasket is to prevent any gas or liquid from leaking from the materials. In high-temperature applications, gaskets need to be able to withstand extreme temperatures while still […]

Fiberglass Fabrics from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

Fiberglass is a material made of fibers of glass that are woven into a texture that causes it to trap pockets of air.  This results in a fabric with low density and high thermal insulation properties. This thermal insulation property makes fiberglass a useful fabric in applications that require a high level of temperature resistance, […]

High-Temperature Seals from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

High-temperature seals have two main purposes; to provide a secure barrier to prevent any gases, liquids, or other matter from entering or exiting the sealed structure, and to ensure that the structure can withstand high temperatures and any pressure without breaking. A successful high-temperature seal will ensure that the structure has a longer lifetime with […]

Providing Protection with Different Types of Welding Fabrics

Welding is the process of joining two materials together (usually metals) to make them act as a single piece. It works by melting the base metal, and a filler material is often added to this molten material, which forms a stronger joint when cooled. Welding is achieved using a gas flame, laser, electric arc, electron […]

Heat Resistant Fabric Solutions from Mid-Mountain

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. are specialists in manufacturing heat resistant fabric for a wide range of industries. We have expertise in diverse materials technologies and our specialized engineering capabilities allow us to manufacture novel fabrics with diverse features. Our Range of Heat Resistant Fabrics Over the years, we have developed a standard range of heat resistant […]

Heat Resistant Fabric: An Overview

What is Heat Resistant Fabric? The term heat resistant fabric covers a wide range of materials with one common property – thermal insulation. A heat resistant fabric will provide protection against extreme temperatures and they are available in a range of configurations depending on the application. Types of Heat Resistant Fabrics There are a large […]

What is a Thermal Insulation Barrier?

Thermal insulation is the process of reducing the transfer of thermal energy between objects, and a thermal barrier is one type of product that can be used to achieve this. This barrier is required in situations where two objects have differing temperatures, and the transfer of heat energy between the two would result in severe […]

Robot Protection Covers from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

Robots are used extensively in industry, from cars to heavy machinery, and they often operate in extreme environments including intense periods of heat, chemical corrosion and harsh emissions. Robots are essential in a lot of these industries as the jobs they perform can be too dangerous for humans. There is the risk that robots can […]

THERMOPAK® Fabricated Parts from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. has been manufacturing fabricated parts for a wide range of industries for many years. The industries we cover include aluminium, aerospace, petrochemical, and many others. THERMOPAK® fabricated parts include seals, curtains, and blankets, which have been developed for use as insulation barriers against high temperatures, emissions, abrasion and chemical attacks. We are […]

ARMATEX® Coated Fabrics from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. are leading providers of specialty coated fabrics and textiles. The ARMATEX® range of coated fabrics uses a variety of blends and coatings with some of the most advanced fibers and specialized weaves. The ARMATEX® range of coated fabrics and textiles includes a variety of fabrics, which all use different materials to provide […]

Coated Fabrics used to Improve Performance and Safety in the Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry requires constant innovation of materials in order for them to provide outstanding performance and reliability in extreme operating conditions. Designing materials for aerospace applications has unique technical challenges, the initial idea should have potential, but also be cost-effective and meet regulations. Coated fabrics and fabricated parts are materials that are widely used […]

The HYTEX® Range of High Temperature Fabrics from Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc.

The first high temperature textiles Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. manufactured were Channel Tapes and Tadpole Gaskets, which were used as seals in pellet stoves and gas fireplaces. Since then, we have developed a wide range of high temperature fabrics for thermal insulation seals and barriers across many industries for moderate to severe environments. HYTEX® High Temperature […]

Reducing Waste and Improving Efficiency in the Aluminum Industry

Problems Faced by Aluminum Smelters in the Production of Seals for Reduction Cells A persistent problem faced while aluminum reduction cells are sealed is creating and maintaining a hermetic seal for the entire service life of the reduction cell where the cathode bars penetrate the side wall of the reduction cells. Failure of the hermetic […]

Advanced, High Performance Insulation Products

When working in hostile environments, investing in high quality insulation systems is a top priority.  Mid-Mountain Materials offers several insulation materials that can be used across a range of industrial settings. Insulation Materials Designed and Produced by Mid-Mountain Materials One of the most adaptive insulation materials offered by Mid-Mountain is its ARMATEX® Coated Fabrics and […]

Robotic Protective Covers: Protecting Your Investment and Reducing Downtime

In extreme environments, tens of thousands of dollars of robotics equipment can be destroyed in an instant.  Protective equipment can prevent damage to machinery and reduce downtime.  Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. specializes in developing novel protective fabrics to keep robotics and related equipment safe. Novel Design Features of ARMATEX® SBN 13-602 ROBOTEX ARMATEX® SBN 13-602 ROBOTEX […]