KPS Global® has produced a new white paper covering the optimization of R-values and condensation resistance through a polyurethane foam jacket around a structural core. Benefits of improved R-values and condensation resistance include energy savings and improved life cycle of the walk-in unit.
The new white paper follows the launch of KPS Global’s patented FUSIONFRAME®, a new insulated panel frame system offering more than four times the R-value, 29.30 vs. 6.25, and comparable structural performance to traditional wood-frame systems. This system eliminates thermal bridging and limits heat gain, condensation development and panel joint icing.
“Keeping unwanted humidity and heat from entering walk-in storage units is the name of the game,” said Mike Eakins, CEO, KPS Global. “The wood frames that have come to define the industry have outlived their usefulness, causing excess energy usage and ongoing maintenance issues from condensation.”
In tests of a 5-inch insulated panel against a 5-inch wood-frame panel, FUSIONFRAME reduced heat gain through the freezer envelope by 50%. This system also eliminates thermal bridging found in traditional wood framing. With tangible improvements in energy efficiency and comparable structural performance to wood, this system is cost-effective and environmentally conscious.
“When heat attacks walk-ins from all directions, it is important to eliminate any weak links that allow the elements inside,” James Costanza, Technical Fellow, KPS Global. “After five years of research, we determined that the ideal frame construction could only be achieved through a structural core with a jacket of foam in a tongue-and-groove joint.”
About KPS Global
KPS Global is the industry-leading manufacturer of insulated panel systems, supplier of aftermarket parts and replacement equipment and provider of seamless installation services. The company has five strategically-located manufacturing facilities to serve customers anywhere in the world. The company was formed in December 2015 by D Cubed Group LLC through the acquisition of Kysor Panel Systems from Manitowoc Company, Inc. and the Hill Phoenix Walk-ins Division from Dover Corporation. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, KPS Global is a privately-held company with more than 825 employees.
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