Create a Fire-rated Roof/Ceiling Assembly

USG Corp. has unveiled its USG Securock Brand Concrete Roof Deck Panel.

USG Corp. has unveiled its USG Securock Brand Concrete Roof Deck Panel.


USG Corp. has unveiled its USG Securock Brand Concrete Roof Deck Panel, a durable structural panel that can be combined with other noncombustible materials to create a one- and two-hour fire-rated roof/ceiling assembly. Designed with great uplift ratings and to carry gravity and lateral loads, USG Securock Concrete Roof Deck Panels are mechanically fastened to cold-formed steel joists or framing members, and roof membranes or insulation attach directly over the panels. The panel meets the criteria of ASTM E136-04 for use in all types of noncombustible construction.

PVC Resembles Metal Roofing

SOPREMA Inc. has developed SENTINEL PVC, a high-performance roof membrane.

SOPREMA Inc. has developed SENTINEL PVC, a high-performance roof membrane.


SOPREMA Inc. has developed SENTINEL PVC, a high-performance roof membrane that is manufactured using processes that provide rooftop performance, including SOPREMA’s Acrylic Shield surfacing. SENTINEL integrates silver and copper metallic powder in its Silver Art and Copper Art products, providing enhanced aesthetic appearance and weathering capabilities that are identical to metal roofs. The PVC is chemical-resistant, making it well suited for buildings that are prone to grease and oil exposure or factories with exhausts on the roof. SENTINEL PVC is also fire- and wind-rated by Underwriters Laboratories and FM Approvals.

Stone-coated Metal Protects Buildings

Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard.

Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard.


Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard, a Headwaters Roofing brand, are available in a broad array of colors—three of which are ENERGY STAR approved—and profiles, including shingle, shake and tile. Constructed of 26-gauge Galvalume steel panels, Gerard roofing systems include a Class A fire rating, a 2.5-inch hailstone warranty and a 120-mph wind warranty. Although Gerard stone-coated metal roofing systems can be installed direct to deck, the optimum energy-saving method is to install on top of a batten or counter-batten grid.

Asphalt Shingle Offered in Pearl Color

Atlas Roofing has introduced its Pinnacle Pristine shingle in a Pearl color.

Atlas Roofing has introduced its Pinnacle Pristine shingle in a Pearl color.


Atlas Roofing has introduced its Pinnacle Pristine shingle in a Pearl color. A white asphalt shingle, the Pinnacle Pristine Pearl, featuring Scotchgard Protector, is rated at a 0.25 SRI, helping to reject solar heat and reduce energy costs for homeowners. To see how it would look on a project, download Atlas Roofing’s Shingle Visualizer application on your iPad.

UV-resistant Polycarbonate Panels Are Designed to Match Metal Sheet Profiles

UNITREX 2.67- by 7/8-inch and 4.2- by 1-1/16-inch polycarbonate panels are impact-resistant and provide long-term protection against denting, cracking and peeling.

UNITREX 2.67- by 7/8-inch and 4.2- by 1-1/16-inch polycarbonate panels are impact-resistant and provide long-term protection against denting, cracking and peeling.

UNITREX 2.67- by 7/8-inch and 4.2- by 1-1/16-inch polycarbonate panels are impact-resistant and provide long-term protection against denting, cracking and peeling. UNITREX polycarbonate panels are UV-resistant, offering an advantage compared to other siding and roofing panels. UNITREX polycarbonate panels have a non-combustible flame spread rating of 6; less than other non-metallic panels.

UNITREX polycarbonate panels offer:

  • Long-term weatherability.
  • Virtually unbreakable strength.
  • Lightweight for easy installation.
  • Operating temperature range: -40 F to 212 F.
  • Optical clarity.
  • Impact resistance.

UNITREX 2.67- and 4.2-inch polycarbonate panels are clear as glass and more resistant to breakage. In addition, 2.67- and 4.2-inch panels offer more impact resistance compared to acrylic panels. The panels are half the weight of glass and thus easy to handle and install, durable, energy-efficient and easy to fabricate.

2.67- by 7/8-inch panels are available in clear and green translucent. 4.2- by 1-1/16-inch panels are available in clear, green translucent and opaque white. The panels are designed to match the profiles of metal sheets in the steel building industry.

Snips Provide Durability and Longevity

Stanley's FATMAX Snips feature extended-life cutting blades compared to previous FATMAX Snips, providing a new level of durability and longevity.

Stanley’s FATMAX Snips feature extended-life cutting blades compared to previous FATMAX Snips, providing a new level of durability and longevity.

Stanley launches its robust line-up of FATMAX Snips for professional construction markets.

Stanley is offering 19 FATMAX Snips which include aviation, tin and specialty HVAC snips. They feature extended-life cutting blades compared to previous FATMAX Snips, providing a new level of durability and longevity.

Aviation Snips have become popular recently because the linkage on the snips increases the mechanical advantage without increasing the blade length of the snips. Previously known as compound-action snips, they were developed for the aviation industry in the construction of aircraft, but are widely used in many construction trades today.

Research shows that pros want snips with high-longevity and durability of cutting edges for fast and precise cutting. In fact, pros who use snips frequently will buy new ones up to once a month.

To achieve cutting longevity, the FATMAX Snips are manufactured with forged Cr-V steel blades and induction-hardened. They are also rated for 18 gauge cold-rolled steel and 22-gauge stainless steel, which meet ANSI specifications. The FATMAX Bulldog Snip is rated for 16-gauge cold rolled steel or 20-gauge stainless steel, also meeting the ANSI specifications.

The 1/4-inch blade markings offer quick, precise cutting, eliminating the need to measure and mark the cut. Spring-loaded external latches provide quick one-handed operation and allow for quick and easy access in and out of work pouch. FATMAX Offset Snips have offset angled blades to provide clearance between the snip and the material while cutting.

Low-profile hardware includes a slim bolt that helps provide strength, while keeping a low profile for access. Flush-mount hardware also helps prevent catching on materials or opening in the tool pouch versus external hardware as found on others. Slim bi-material grips provide comfort for a full day’s work.

These snips are backed with a limited lifetime warranty. If the product fails during its useful life due to any deficiencies in material and product, they will be replaced. A person must contact customer service or send damaged tool to Stanley Tools, Quality Assurance, 1000 Stanley Drive, Concord, NC 28027.

Thermal Spacers Create Continuous Insulation for Metal Buildings

SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed “N” Safe are a cost-effective and easy-to-implement thermal bridge system between the outer shell and the inner frames of a metal building.

SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed “N” Safe are a cost-effective and easy-to-implement thermal bridge system between the outer shell and the inner frames of a metal building.

SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed “N” Safe are a cost-effective and easy-to-implement thermal bridge system between the outer shell and the inner frames of a metal building. Because the SNS Thermal Spacers reduce HVAC operating costs by as much as half or more, the return on investment is between 12 and 18 months. SNS Thermal Spacers are proven safe and effective, tested per AISI, ASTM, ICC and U.S. Energy Codes and structurally sound and watertight. The company provides solutions for architectural panels, standing seam panels, through-fastened panels, wall panels and complete building envelope systems.

Overhead Crane Can Be Tailored for a Variety of Lifting Applications

UNITON from Konecranes

UNITON from Konecranes


Konecranes latest advancement in its equipment offering for heavy-duty lifting and process industries, is a robust overhead crane that can be tailored for unique lifting applications.

Using a rugged construction concept with multiple trolley configurations and proven components, including Konecranes Core of Lifting (motor + gearbox + control system), UNITON delivers a crane that can be tailored to customers’ unique needs.

Standard features of the UNITON from Konecranes include fabricated box end trucks with 90-degree MCB-type bearing housings that are easy to replace and promote long life. UNITON’s robust design also benefits from Konecranes two-point drum suspension, which inhibits deflections of the rope drum from causing misalignment in the connection between the drum and gearbox.

UNITON cranes are available from Konecranes in a wide range of load options, hoisting speeds, lift heights, trolley gauges, frame sizes and capacities, from 6.3 to 160 tons with a single trolley and up to 320 tons with two trolleys. UNITON cranes can be built to meet CMAA duty requirements up to Class F.

The inverter controls for UNITON from Konecranes comes standard in all motions (bridge, trolley and hoist). Inverter drives provide a smoother lifting experience and reduce wear on mechanical components when compared to contactor-controlled cranes. As an optional feature, Extended Speed Range Plus (ESR+) allows for higher lifting and lowering speeds when loads less than the rated load are handled. When the load is less than 10 percent of the rated load, the hoist can be operated at up to 250 percent of the nominal speed, minimizing peak power and energy consumption for a more economical operation.

Optional load control features available on UNITON from Konecranes include Sway Control, Inching, Microspeed, Hoist Synchronization, and Tandem Drive, which links the actions of two cranes.

Konecranes designs and builds each UNITON crane for the ambient conditions of the customer’s operation, defined by the application and environment in which the crane will operate. So factors like temperature, humidity and corrosive elements are anticipated during manufacturing, which helps extend the lifetime of the crane.

Portable Power Transformer Provides Low-voltage Power in AC or DC Forms

The TX-40-120-1224-WP portable power transformer from Larson Electronics provides a reliable source of low-voltage 12 V or 24 V power in AC or DC forms.

The TX-40-120-1224-WP portable power transformer from Larson Electronics provides a reliable source of low-voltage 12 V or 24 V power in AC or DC forms.

Manufacturer and supplier of explosion-proof lighting equipment, Larson Electronics, released a portable power transformer that converts 120 V AC to 12/24 V DC or 12/24 V AC to power low-voltage lighting and equipment.

The TX-40-120-1224-WP portable power transformer from Larson Electronics is built to provide operators with a reliable source of low-voltage 12 V or 24 V power in AC or DC forms. This compact power distribution transformer is designed for portability and convenience as well as durability and includes an elevated base platform for protection from standing water and weatherproof construction. With overload and short circuit protection, this unit safely allows operators to power equipment up to 500 watts from a standard 120 V or 240 V AC power source. In the instance of circuit overload, the unit automatically shuts down to protect the transformer from damage.

This portable low-voltage transformer features four L5-20 twist lock receptacles that provide sealed and secure connections. This power distribution system is built with a carrying handle that can easily be used as a cord wrap for storing and transporting. To connect devices, the operator must insert the plug and twist it until it locks into place in order to energize the plug. This design provides a secure and safe connection that prevents arcing and accidental plug pullouts. Larson Electronics can build transformers to customer specifications.

Clamps Accommodate Metal Roof Panels With a Horizontal Seam

S-5-H clamp and S-5-H Mini clamp

S-5-H clamp and S-5-H Mini clamp

S-5! introduces two clamps for metal roof panels. The S-5-H clamp was developed to securely and cost-effectively accommodate metal roof panels with a horizontal seam. The S-5-H allows for attachment to a horizontal seam on the vertical leg of the seam.

The clamp’s two-piece design allows it to be installed anywhere along the length of the rib, simplifying installation. Just place the clamp on the seam, slide the insert piece into place and tighten the setscrews. After the clamp is installed, affix ancillary items using the top stainless steel bolt provided. The S-5-H can be used with the S-5! ColorGard snow retention system and other heavy-duty applications.

The S-5-H Mini is a bit shorter than the S-5-H and has one setscrew rather than two. The mini can be used for attaching a variety of rooftop accessories, including signs, walkways, satellite dishes, antennas, rooftop lighting, lightning protection systems, solar arrays, exhaust stack bracing, conduit, condensate lines and mechanical equipment. S-5! mini clamps are not compatible with S-5! SnoRail/SnoFence or ColorGard snow retention systems.