The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) releases a document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update is a clarification to the requirements for outdoor or accelerated weathering testing. The document Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Solar Reflective Finishes was originally released in 2013.
“Advances in coatings technologies for architectural products have provided the opportunity to expand the use of solar reflective coatings,” says Manny Mayer, architectural products manager at Tiger Drylac. “Selecting high-performance coatings with these solar reflective attributes can positively impact the energy efficiency associated with all exterior coated building components. The primary purpose for utilizing coatings with solar reflective properties is to keep the coated surfaces cooler than they would be with standard coatings.”
This specification is a supplement to the existing specifications (AAMA 613, 614, 615, 623, 624, 625, 653, 2603, 2604 and 2605) and does not in any way supersede the performance requirements contained in those documents, particularly the weathering requirements.
AAMA 643-16, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.
The six-page color brochure provides descriptions of Englert’s line of four ACM panels, including:
- The Englert CWP 200, a sequentially installed rainscreen system that employs an integral, accent strip and adjustable attachment method.
- The Englert CWP 400, a non-sequentially installed flush caulk joint wall panel system that employs a staggered sliding clip attachment method.
- The Englert CWP 600, a sequentially installed, gasketed wall panel system that employs integral weather stripping and hidden fasteners.
- The Englert CS 500, a continuous edge grab system with a 1/2-inch depth.
The new brochure features performance and testing data, line illustrations, CadCad depictions of each panel configuration and application features and benefits.
Located in Hatfield, Pa., Laminators Inc. is a family-owned and operated business now in its third generation. For more than 50 years, the Thompson family and the Laminators Inc. team have been building a company that is known for its ACM products and turnkey services.
According to SmartCEO: “More than two-thirds of privately held businesses in the U.S. are family-owned firms. They are driving the local and national economy and fueling job growth.” Laminators Inc. is committed to providing value through high-quality products, innovative application solutions and superior customer service.
Read SmartCEO’s full article on Laminators Inc. and CEO, David Thompson. Thompson was also featured in a video created by SmartCEO.
SmartCEO’s article on Laminators Inc./David J. Thompson:
- The American Dream: Laminators Inc. manufactures decorative metal wall systems for commercial construction building exteriors, and rigid panel substrates for sign makers. President and CEO David J. Thompson says an entrepreneurial mindset and a willingness to reinvent the company has kept his firm thriving for more than half a century. “Each new product offering was developed because a market dried up or major customers went out of business,” he says. “We’re focused on recognizing opportunities and overcoming adversity.”
- Passing the Torch: After leaving school with a 10th-grade education to support his family during the Great Depression, David Thompson’s grandfather started a handyman business that evolved into Laminators Inc. When David Thompson became president, he transitioned the company from an entrepreneurial leadership focus to a professional management team. David’s three brothers also joined the company, each finding a niche that fueled the firm’s growth.
- Quick Tip: “You can’t hold others accountable unless they have clear, written, mutually set expectations with regular, consistent feedback. Too many employees think they are doing a good job because they haven’t been yelled at lately. We think that’s just wrong.”
- Perfecting Processes: At Laminators, every potential hire, including family members, must go through the interview process. “We want our family members to be qualified and bring skills and education they learn outside our business to create ‘lift’ for the organization,” Thompson says. “It also helps each of us earn the respect of the rest of the employees.”
- Building a Legacy: Thompson believes you build a strong reputation by doing the right things the right way. “It almost always comes back to us later in repeat business and new projects,” he says.