Extrusion & Blown Film

UniVest insulation jackets provide a low-cost solution for reducing energy costs and shortening start-up time between jobs by retaining heat inside barrels, extruders, dies and hoses. This lowers ambient temperature in your facility, lowering overhead costs for equipment operation and air conditioning. The combined benefits of UniVest allow you to save on energy costs while reducing your organization’s carbon footprint.

UniVest insulation systems offer increased control of process temperature, which increases production capacity. Our insulation jackets lessen down time between runs by keeping high-temperature equipment at a steady temperature. UniVest also creates a safer work environment for your employees and increases equipment lifespan by protecting key components from high temperatures.

Big Chief offers off-the-shelf insulation systems or custom solutions tailored to fit any extrusion or blown film equipment. Our unique design technology allows us to create custom blankets with notches, donuts, cut-outs or any other variation required to perfectly fit your equipment.

UniVest blown film insulation jacket. UniVest extruder insulation jacket.

Paybacks & Incentives

Low Investment, High Return Energy Project
Machine insulation is a fast payback and high ROI energy efficiency project: more so than any other energy saving initiatives. The barrier is low to get started and we can provide high temperature insulation systems that fit your needs and budget. The chart on the right demonstrates estimated three year savings by machine tonnage. You can also download an injection molding payback sheet.

Available Rebates & Tax Credits
State and utility programs across the US are offering substantial incentives for energy efficiency projects, offsetting anywhere from 30 – 120% of the purchase price of high temperature industrial insulation. We work closely with these groups to ensure you receive the maximum benefit available in your area.

Low interest financing is also available in most locations. The benefits of financing now versus waiting to purchase later are easily quantified.

Design Components

Blown Film Case Study

A plastics manufacturer for more than 40 years, this industry veteran began with a simple vision: to become the leading packaging manufacturer in the US. That vision has been realized and exceeded, and expanded to a global focus.

The manufacturer has grown to include four divisions. Its Oklahoma facility is a 96,600sq ft Flexible Films plant with 23 blown and cast film lines.

A Pryor, Oklahoma facility wanted to reduce energy consumption and reduce the ambient air temperature near their equipment.

Their maintenance manager turned to Big Chief Insulation Systems to insulate blown film dies and extruders for his 23 lines. Success

The facility has seen a 5% reduction in electricity consumption and also enjoys a 15 degree ambient air temperature reduction in the areas near their machines.

One heat zone of bare metal pipe was drawing 5.4amps before insulation. After Big Chief Insulation Systems were installed that amp draw was 2.2amps – which translates to $500 a year in savings for just one heat zone.