Sebring, Ohio (July 28, 2010)Refractory Specialties, Inc. (RSI) is pleased to announce the availability of their new lightweight insulation panels specifically formulated to exhibit superior infrared reflection properties. The two new products have been tentatively named AmorSil™ and Q-Board™.

New test equipment was constructed to evaluate the infrared reflective properties of these two products. Infrared reflection measurement has been traditionally difficult, to the point where some labs have abandoned the pursuit. The Infrared Reflection Comparative Test Station, or IRC, was designed to compare the amount of infrared energy reflected from the surface of rigid insulation panels. A full disclosure of the IRC, along with typical data, is available in the RSI technical papers area of their website, “Infrared Reflection Comparison Apparatus and Methods”.

“We decided to take a comparative approach to understanding how one material compares with another for infrared reflection. It is producing values that apply well to how the panel will function in the real world. It is important that the values we are seeing have good repeatability”, says Greg Gorby, R&D Manager for RSI.

Using these methods, AmorSil™ has returned values averaging 92%, and Q-Board™ has returned values of 96%. These compare favorably with samples of Quartzel®, a well known product of similar purpose, which returned values of 90% under identical testing. (Quartzel® is a registered trademark of Saint-Gobain Quartz, a business unit of the Saint-Gobain group).

“The information we are acquiring allows us to give solid advice to our customers about how the infrared reflective properties of one insulation panel compare with another, backed up with real numbers”, says Suhas Patil, Manager of Engineering and Business Development for RSI.

“We are excited to introduce these two new materials. They offer an excellent solution for engineers and designers requiring rigid lightweight insulation boards and shapes that have very high reflection in the infrared.”

AmorSil™ is a proprietary blend of chemically and thermally treated amorphous silica fibers and inorganic binders. To learn more visit

Q-Board™ is a proprietary blend of fused quartz fibers and inorganic binders that is 100% made in North America. To learn more visit

About Refractory Specialties, Inc.

For over forty years, Refractory Specialties has supplied industrial insulation components as a part of Ferro Corporation’s Refractories Division, until 1992, and then as a privately owned corporation. RSI continues to expand the use of high temperature insulation and refractory products to satisfy new applications in these industries: Appliance, HVAC, metals, fuel cell, solar energy, fire protection, petrochemicals, industrial process furnaces, food industry, solid fuel appliances and high temperature gaskets. Contact us to learn more about Refractory Specialties, Inc. and industrial insulation

Contact Information:
Suhas Patil, Manager of Engineering and Business Development
Greg Gorby, Research and Development Manager
230 West California Ave,
Sebring, Ohio 44672
Phone: 330.938.2101