Architectural Panels Education Center

The Use of Exposed Fasteners in Composite Panel Systems

Posted by Joel McKinley on Dec 5, 2016 8:21:07 AM
With the composite panel industry ever changing and rapidly becoming more competitive each and every year, the necessity for ACM fabrication companies to attempt to accelerate the manufacturing processes has become a must to remain competitive and profitable. Unfortunately, one of the shortcomings we have found that's been allowed to take place has been the introduction of self-drilling screws or sheet metal screws into the manufacturing process, as opposed to using conventional structural rivets.

To our amazement, these types of fasteners have recently been utilized by many fabricators as a means of cutting down on manufacturing time and increasing production throughput.

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Topics: Insider, ACM Systems, ACM Installation

What Is The Difference Between AAMA 508-07 and AAMA 509-09 Wall Panel System?

Posted by Joel McKinley on Nov 3, 2016 8:12:00 AM

There seems to be a large misunderstanding in the architectural community of what represents a pressure equalized rain screen system (PER), particularly when specifying wall panel systems. Far too often the pressure equalized rain screen system, or AAMA 508-07, “Voluntary Test Method and Specification for Pressure Equalized Rain Screen Wall Cladding Systems, is referenced, however the AAMA 509-09, “Voluntary Test and Classification Method of Drained and Back Ventilated Rain Screen Wall Cladding Systems is presented in the specification details, which leads to confusion.

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Topics: Insider, ACM Systems, Designing

Putting the Profit into Aluminum Composite Wall Panel Sales

Posted by Joel McKinley on Oct 20, 2016 8:05:00 AM

The Aluminum Composite Material or ACM industry has become very competitive both in the US and Canada over the past 15 years. We can likely attribute this to the large influx of new fabricators now on the scene. The law of averages dictates that with the increase in fabricator base we are also likely to see a number of companies who in an effort to win jobs, will attempt to deplete margins and further commoditize a great product like ACM.

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Topics: Insider, ACM Systems, Designing

Turn-Key Solutions for Fabricators and Installers That Want to Manufacturer Aluminum Composite Panel Systems

Posted by Joel McKinley on Oct 4, 2016 8:10:00 AM

More often than not, when we are contacted by construction industry professionals who may be interested in manufacturing aluminum composite (ACM) panel systems for their own projects, there is usually a degree of apprehension about the risk of altering their current businesses model, to add a new product or service. To address that fear, you must first look at the ACM Panel industry overall.

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Topics: Insider, ACM Fabrication, Designing

What's the Importance of Specifying a Tested Wall Panel System?

Posted by Joel McKinley on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We often get asked this question by people looking to construct a building that will stand the test of time, free from long-term defects.  The importance of specifying a tested panel system is that there are standards that exist (AAMA 508-07, NFPA 285, ASTM 283, 330 and 331) to guide architects and specification writers in how to pick appropriate products that are available to them within the master building specification.

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Topics: Insider, Testing, Designing

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The purpose of the Education Center is to keep you informed about the important issues and trends in the architectural wall panel industry and how they may impact your building project’s design, fabrication or installation. From changes in standards to new production technology, visit this page often to see regularly updated educational articles, videos and infographics, all created with the intention of keeping you on top of things.

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