Rooftop Attachment Anchor Is Compatible with All Commercial Roof Systems

PowerGrip Universal reduces the need for ballast in solar racking systems, requiring less material handling and labor on the roof.

PowerGrip Universal reduces the need for ballast in solar racking systems, requiring less material handling and labor on the roof.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced PowerGrip Universal, a rooftop attachment anchor for mounting solar racking systems and other products to virtually any commercial roof. PowerGrip Universal is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for ballast in solar racking systems, so there’s less weight, material handling and labor on the roof.

PowerGrip Universal is designed with wind performance in mind and offers up to 3,300 lbf. (13.34 kN) of tensile strength, 2,500 lbf. (11.12 kN) of shear strength, and 2,000 lbf. (8.9 kN) of compressive load strength.

Made of cast aluminum, PowerGrip Universal units are designed with a base ring that gets secured through the roofing cover and into the structural roof deck, and a waterproof cover plate to keep water from infiltrating the roof assembly.

PowerGrip Universal units are easy to install, saving both time and labor when compared to alternative options. The system is designed to transfer the load to the structural roof deck, and does not require any membrane welding. PowerGrip Universal units are typically installed in less than five minutes.

In addition to commercial solar rack systems, PowerGrip Universal can be used for other roof mounted items such as pipe supports, step crossovers, raceways, satellite dishes, small antennas and HVAC applications.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a manufacturer of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, edge metal systems, drains, pipe supports and productivity tools. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance. For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at (800) 633-3800 or visit OMGRoofing.com.

DCE Rooftop Solar Racking System Receives Class A Fire Rating

DCE, a sister company of Daetwyler, a globally recognized provider of industrial equipment and services, precision machinery, and mechanical and engineering consulting has announced the designation of Class A fire rating for its Eco-Top rooftop solar racking system. The company voluntarily submitted their assembly for testing through Underwriters Laboratory (UL) fire testing as part of the firm’s proactive approach to safety and quality. “Throughout its entire 40-year history in the US, the Daetwyler brand has been driven by a desire to be the best at what we do for our clients,” says Bill Taylor, President of DCE. “Our solar energy company has been committed to achieving the most stringent testing to now include UL classifications for fire safety and other compliance considerations from our very first day in business.”

The Eco-Top racking system was awarded the Class A distinction in accordance with various UL requirements. Specifically, the system meets the standards set forth in UL 1703 (2014) Section 31.2 and UL 2703 (2012) in compliance with UL 790 (2004) “Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Covering” for low slope applications. These test results will be used to further certify the Eco-Top line as fully UL2703 compliant – a standard required in some States like California for 2015 but that will be nationwide requirements by 2016. “The UL-certification process is very detailed and takes time for testing and evaluation,” explains Taylor. “We firmly believed in obtaining this certification sooner, rather than later, so that our clients could move forward with new installations without worrying about compliance or reinstallation in the future. If we are really going to support the growth of solar in a meaningful way, the worry-free safety aspect simply must be in place for everyone we serve.”

The immediate benefit of the new UL Class A Fire Rating is that all contractors, developers, installers, and other solar industry stakeholders will have a clearly recognizable standard of quality to look for when choosing racking and mounting products. The Eco-Top line is one of the most rigorously tested and most reliable systems available, while still offering competitive up-front costs and long-term savings on installation and maintenance.