Conversion Kit for PaceCart Is an Economical Option

The Pace Cart Conversion Kit can help contractors dispense more OlyBond 500 Adhesive per hour.

The Pace Cart Conversion Kit can help contractors dispense more OlyBond 500 Adhesive per hour.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced a Conversion Kit for the PaceCart that enables contractors to use 15 gallon drums (30 gallon sets) of OlyBond500, rather than 10 gallon Bag-in-Box sets. The Pace Cart Conversion kit (patent pending) is designed for use on PaceCart 2B and PaceCart 3 equipment, and provides contractors with an economical option compared to purchasing new equipment or other retro kits on the market. Once installed, the Conversion Kit can help contractors dispense more OlyBond 500 Adhesive per hour.

Some Assembly Required

Assembly of the 15 Gallon Drum Conversion Kit onto a PaceCart can be completed by one person in about 10-15 minutes. Tools required for the assembly include an Allen-wrench (provided), screw gun with 5/16-in. bit (5/16-in. bit provided), and screwdriver. Assembly on a PaceCart 3 also requires an adjustable wrench.

After installation, contractors have a choice of applying OlyBond Adhesives from either the Bag-in-Box sets or from 15 gallon drums. OMG 15 Gallon Drum Conversion Kits are in-stock and available. In addition, written and video installation instructions are available and on-line here.

New Two-Part Polyurethane Adhesive Cures in Minutes

DUOTACK 365Manufactured by Soprema, DUOTACK 365 is a new low-rise, two-part polyurethane adhesive for adhering insulation boards, cover boards or thermal barriers. It is a higher-performing formulation of the company’s standard DUOTAK and will be universally accepted for use anywhere that the standard formulation was used. According to the manufacturer, DUOTACK 365 meets FM, UL and FBC regulations. The new product can be stored more easily and cures in minutes. The adhesive contains no VOCs and comes in two-part cartridges, 10-gallon container sets, and 50-gallon drums.

Multi-Purpose Structural Adhesive and Sealant Designed for Wide Range of Uses

M-1 Structural AdhesiveChem Link, formulator and manufacturer of high-performance adhesives, sealants, coatings and related products for application throughout the building envelope, introduces the benefits of the M-1 multi-purpose structural adhesive and sealant. M-1 is designed for bonding and sealing a wide range of construction materials.

M-1 offers 400 psi shear strength, 575 percent elongation, and a Class A fire rating. M-1 is most often used for flashing, coping, skylights and HVAC applications, as well as an emergency repair sealant for temporary repair of leaks.

“We work closely with our customers to develop products that combine high performance with safety,” said Jeff Piotrowicz, product manager, Chem Link. “We’re proud to offer M-1, which provides versatility for the industry with its ability to form a tough, waterproof seal on most roofing materials.”

OMG Roofing Opens Two International Warehouses

To support a goal of accelerating international sales growth in Asia and Europe, OMG Roofing Products has established warehouses in Rotterdam in the Netherlands as well as in Shanghai, China.

The two warehouses are centrally located within their regions to enable OMG to supply products to roofing contractors and OEM partners in each of these markets. Both warehouses will stock a range of products sold locally, including OMG Fasteners and Plates, RhinoBond Tools and Plates, OMG Telescopic Tubes, OlyBond500 insulation adhesives, OlyFlow Drains, and EverSeal Roof Repair Tape.

“OMG Roofing Products has continued to grow and expand beyond U.S. borders,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing. “By adding these warehouses we are building a foundation on which to accelerate our international growth by improving our service and expanding our distribution into new countries throughout Europe and Asia.”

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a global supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, roof drains, pipe supports, emergency roof repair tape as well as productivity tools such as the RhinoBond Induction Welding System. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

Henkel Offers Recycling of Anaerobic Adhesives Program

Henkel is partnering with TerraCycle to offer a recycling solution for anaerobic adhesives. Through the Adhesive Recycling Program, Henkel customers can purchase a postage-paid recycling box that they fill with used LOCTITE adhesive containers and send to TerraCycle for processing. TerraCycle will thermally treat the containers and turn them into new plastic products.

“As a company with a commitment to sustainability, we think this is a great way to offer an environmental solution to our customers,” said Simon Mawson, senior vice president general adhesives, North America. “We hope they will appreciate the option of recycling used LOCTITE containers instead of sending material to landfills and incinerators and use it to achieve their own sustainability targets.”

Sustainability is one of Henkel’s core corporate values. By the year 2030, the company aims to triple efficiency by reducing their products’ environmental footprint at every stage of the product life cycle. The Adhesive Recycling Program aligns with that initiative, diverting used LOCTITE containers from local landfills and incinerators.

“We are breaking ground with our Henkel partnership,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “This is the first time we have recycled this anaerobic adhesives and we hope it will be an eye opener to an industry that has previously not had an option to recycle adhesive containers.”

Henkel sales reps will be reaching out to customers about the program. Interested companies can also contact their local LOCTITE distributor for more information.

SOPREMA Acquires Chem Link

SOPREMA, a manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering solutions, announces the acquisition of Chem Link, a manufacturer of high-performance, environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants and coatings.

Chem Link will operate as a subsidiary and it will be business as usual for their customers and for the markets they serve. The joining of companies accelerates access to more technology, products and innovation for existing and new complementary markets.

“We’re proud to be welcoming Chem Link into our company, helping SOPREMA further our commitment to providing environmentally friendly innovations that drive our industry forward,” says Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager, SOPREMA USA. “Adding Chem Link is an opportunity for us to provide greater value for all our customers, suppliers and employees.”

“Chem Link’s business principles and core values align extremely well with SOPREMA’s, and being a part of the SOPREMA Group will provide additional resources to assist the company in attaining its fullest potential,” says Phil Georgeau, founder.

Apply Adhesives with Ergonomically Designed Cart

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced the PaceCart 3, a robust application system for applying OlyBond500 Adhesives packaged with patented Bag-in-Box technology. The PaceCart 3 includes an ergonomically designed, easy-to-use dispensing manifold for applying two-part low-rise adhesives. The manifold does not require greasing, so it simplifies start-up and shut-down procedures. PaceCart 3 also features two pumps designed for use with high-viscosity liquids. A color-coded adhesive tray helps prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 adhesive components, and an easy-to-read voltage meter helps identify power input. PaceCart 3 has been outfitted with a shelf designed to hold a portable generator for improved mobility on large projects (generator not included).

Cold-weather Considerations

During the next several months, it will not be unusual to see roofing crews working hard to complete projects or trying to get an early start on spring projects. Executing roofing projects during the cold months of winter creates a unique set of safety hazards and challenges for designers, contractors and building owners. Not understanding or failing to address cold-weather considerations will impact installation quality and long-term roof performance.

In many cases, designers don’t plan on specifying a roof system specifically for installation during the cold winter weather. However, anticipated funding approval and construction schedules can change, quite often forcing a designer to make changes to accommodate the cold weather. Designers should consider changes related to roof installation methods, as well as adhesive type, to ensure the roof can be installed as designed in colder, potentially snowy, wet weather.

Materials

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This bonding adhesive is not stored properly.

When choosing materials to install, it is important to remember most roofing materials are not designed to be installed in cold-weather situations, especially when ambient temperatures dip below 40 F. Membranes, adhesives, equipment and contractors will perform differently in colder temperatures, so planning ahead and considering how the cold weather will impact material selection, installation time and quality is critical.

Membrane: Storing roof membrane at the job site during warm months is straightforward: Keep the rolls off the ground and protect them from moisture using breathable tarpaulins. As the weather grows colder, the dew point and temperature typically come closer together, increasing the potential for condensation and frost forming on materials. Keep material goods warm and dry by storing them inside a conditioned space or in a heated job trailer. Keeping materials warm and dry will reduce the risk of moisture being introduced into the roof system during construction and minimize the possibility of blisters and other deficiencies in the completed roof system. In addition, material rolls will become more rigid as they get colder, requiring additional time to kick out and relax before installing.

Adhesives and asphalt: When dealing with membrane adhesives, there are generally two main categories to consider solvent-based and waterborne adhesives. Recently, the use of waterborne adhesives has been growing steadily as a result of low odor and VOC code requirements. Both types of adhesives have similar manufacturer recommendations for storage temperature, typically between 60 and 80 F.

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Roof Coatings Professionals Tour ORNL

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), a national trade association representing manufacturers of cold applied protective roof coatings and cements and suppliers of products to the industry, held its Fall 2013 Meeting in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oct. 8-10. The meeting commenced with a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory followed by two days of committee updates and discussions on technical subject matters, codes and standards, VOC regulations, industry research studies and RCMA’s lobbying efforts.

RCMA members were given the opportunity to tour the facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multi-program science and technology research laboratory managed for the U.S Department of Energy by UT-Battelle. Attendees learned about flexible research platforms, building envelope roofing research, and buildings supercomputing, and had the chance to tour the recently completed MAXLAB facility and view the X-10 graphite reactor. Tour participants learned about the ongoing initiatives of the Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) User Facility, which is devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

“The research being conducted on building envelopes at ORNL will help improve many types of building materials technologies, including roof coatings,” says John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “The members were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear insight on the future of the industry and how their businesses might be affected going forward.”

The remaining two days of the RCMA Fall Meeting were filled with presentations on the activities of the association and networking opportunities for meeting attendees. More than 30 roof coating manufacturer and supplier companies were represented at the meeting, which featured updates on the activities of the Member Services Committee, Technical Affairs Committee, and Government Affairs Committee.

Topics of interest included discussions on the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Rule 1168, which regulates volatile organic compound (VOC) content in adhesives and sealants, updates on RCMA research initiatives on solar reflectivity, a strategy session on RCMA government affairs initiatives, and planning discussions for the upcoming 2014 RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC).