Thermal pour-and-debridge services enhance energy efficiency and comfort

Aric-Dave-3-2017-lowresContributing to commercial and residential properties’ energy efficiency goals, high thermal performance has become an expectation when selecting window, skylight, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. Polyurethane pour-and-debridge systems are formulated for these exacting applications and suitable for withstanding the most demanding climates and conditions with the highest performance in impact resistance, sheer strength and heat distortion.

At Linetec, we use a three-step pour-and-debridge process, which can include an Azo-Brader or Lancer method mechanical lock. When needed, we also offer skip debridging and double debridging services. Our process results in thermally improved aluminum frame that helps building owners save energy and keeps building occupants comfortable.

Building owners and architects do not need to compromise performance for aesthetics if they want a radius instead of a rectangle, We offer a full pour-and-debridge of radius material, both structural and non-structural. We have no restrictions on the degree of curvature in aluminum framing members, including 90-degree corners.

As always, our finishes may be specified in nearly any color of liquid paint, in decorative wood grain finishes, or in anodize including our no-patina copper or brushed stainless finishes.

For more information on our thermal improvement and finishing services, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Protecting Aluminum Finish During Building Construction

RichmondCtyCourthouse-1In the November issue of Glass Magazine, Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder shares tips on “Protecting Aluminum Finish During Building Construction.”

High-performance paint and anodize finishes for aluminum add durability and color flexibility to meet architectural requirements. To ensure a resilient finish, the article offers 11 points to consider during storage and installation.

Click here to read the full story.

In addition to the 11 tips, Tammy reminds us to extra care to protect finished aluminum material after installation and prior to the building’s final acceptance as most damage to aluminum work will occur during this time.

Significantly reducing the opportunity for damage, Linetec partners with customers from the earliest stages of their projects through final completion. Please contact us for personalized service.

Linetec participates in the ’22 Push Up Challenge’

Linetec participated in the 22 Push Up Challenge to raise awareness for Veterans.
When the statistics came out that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide it was almost unbelievable. Read more about this statistic from CNN.

The goal of the 22 push-up challenge is to draw attention not only to the high number of veteran suicides, but to the mental health issues that affect the community as well.

Thanks to Veteran and Linetec’s 3rd shift Anodize supervisor, Phil Mleziva for counting off the push-ups!

 

The #22PushupChallenge was started by the veteran empowerment group Honor Courage Commitment. The group’s 22KILL movement works to build a community of support for veterans and raise awareness for mental health challenges they face.
The #22PushupChallenge is one way to put a little sweat behind the always-nebulous motive of “awareness.” The ultimate goal of the project is to reach 22 million push-ups. For more information on how your push-ups can count visit activeheroes.org/22pushups/ 

Linetec People to Know: Colleen Hruska

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAQ:  Tell me about your job: 

A: My job involves many different responsibilities, including health promotion, management and prevention of illness and injury, and consulting on medical matters and health related issues. I oversee the Linetec First Responder program, which involves recruiting, training and ongoing support for a wonderful group of associates who have stepped up to serve the company in matters beyond their normal job responsibilities. In addition, I manage Linetec’s medical case management program through collaboration with other health professionals and community agencies to meet the health needs of the workforce.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to my position here at Linetec, I worked as the Director of Staff Development for many years at various Skilled Nursing Facilities. I also have many years of experience in the hospital setting in both medical and surgical areas, as well as the Intensive Care Unit.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  The best part of my job, without a doubt, is the fact that I have the opportunity to interact with the associates here at Linetec and assist them in matters of health and life. I am always very touched by the idea that co-workers come to me with issues, and value my experience and expertise. I truly enjoy all components of my job. The variety of responsibility keeps the days fresh and never boring.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  The biggest challenge I face is being able to touch base with all the associates working here. I generally work during the weekday, so associates working varied shifts – nights and weekends – do not have as much contact with me. I try to be very accessible to all associates by giving out my phone and email, and encouraging them to contact me day or night if they have matters that I can help with.

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Photo from 2016 5K

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years of doing your job?

A:  The biggest change in my job over the years here at Linetec is the fact that we have grown so much and I no longer know all the associates by name. I have also noticed that Linetec associates are becoming increasingly more interested in Wellness and realizing the importance of being active and eating well. Linetec has a Wellness Committee whose members plan fun activities, while promoting healthy living for associates and their families. We recently had our 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk. It was well attended and a great event. Planning is already underway for next year’s race.

Colleen-MaggieQ:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A: I am looking forward to spending the upcoming holidays with my family. I also look forward to spending time with my dog, Maggie, who loves to play and take long walks.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you? 

A: One thing that people don’t know about me is that I am quite into sports – both playing and watching. If I was not a nurse, I would like to be a sportscaster or sideline reporter. I like playing softball, tennis and working out at the gym. I also have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

How do you clean anodized aluminum?

CherryAirport09Anodized architectural finishing gives a tough and long-lasting surface to aluminum. This is particularly useful for high-traffic areas of a building, where hardness and abrasion resistance is vital. While anodize is as hard as sapphire (the second hardest substance in the world), it still requires regular maintenance and care.

Although anodized aluminum is exceptionally resistant to corrosion, discoloration and wear, it can be marred by harsh chemicals, abuse or neglect. Periodic maintenance inhibits long-term accumulation of soil, which can accelerate weathering of the finish.

It depends on the weather

The environment of the building will influence the cleaning frequency your anodized surfaces require. Factors such as smog, condensation or low rainfall areas can contribute to a surface needing more frequent cleanings to remove salt and dirt build-up. Areas that have seasonal rainfall to help remove water-soluble deposits and soil will require cleaning less often.

TampaMuseumofArt-close-up-webIt depends on the placement

Regardless of climate, recessed and sheltered areas usually become more heavily soiled because of the lack of rain-washing. Overhangs, bottoms of fascia panels and sheltered column covers are particularly susceptible to soil build-up. If not addressed, this can lead to accelerated weathering of the anodized finish. Integrating this as part of the building’s overall maintenance schedule is the most efficient and economical way to make sure soil and salt build-up is kept in check.

It depends on the build-up

The severity and tenacity of the soil build-up will determine progressively stronger cleaning procedures that can help maintain a building’s anodized surfaces. Be cautious. Experiment on a small area of the building, using stronger methods until you find the one that works.

  • For light soil, flush the surface with water using moderate pressure. Let it air dry and check to see if the build-up still remains.
  • If the build-up remains, move to scrubbing with a brush or sponge while spraying with water.
  • If, and only if, that does not remove the build-up, then add a mild detergent cleaner to the scrubbing.
  • If heavy surface soil persists, add an abrasive cleaning pad to the mild detergent washing. Be sure to always scrub in the direction of the metal grain.
  • If detergent is used, rinse the surface thoroughly, multiple times, with clean water after scrubbing, to avoid detergent residue building up in place of soil.

It depends on the cleaner

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) or similar solvents should only be used to remove oil, wax, polish or similar material from your surface. Extreme care must be exercised to keep MEK from damaging any organic sealants, gaskets and finishes around anodized surfaces. If the anodize is protected with a clear, organic coating, do not use MEK solvent, as it may deteriorate or remove the coating completely. Do not use aggressive alkaline or acid cleaners on or near anodized aluminum.

It depends on deterioration

Even if well maintained, architectural finishes, including anodize, could eventually need repair. There are solutions for both minor and major damage and deterioration of anodize, so plan accordingly. For small scratches and rub marks, minor touch-up paint can be used. The paint should closely match the color of the factory-applied anodize finish. Use caution when applying touch up paint to the damaged area. Be aware that the touch-up paint will not be as hard as the original finish and is not intended for areas larger than a few square inches.

harsh-chemical-damage-webWhen larger anodized areas are damaged beyond what a simple touch-up can fix, it is time to call in a professional. Large, full-service finishing companies often employ field service workers who are able to prepare and apply architectural paint finishes in the field. The coating used should meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 specification and be tinted to match the existing finish. This can be a difficult goal, particularly if only a portion of the existing surface is being refinished or the finish has already experienced some fade. Be certain to ask for an onsite sample to approve of before the full project begins.

Learn more about anodizing and its care and maintenance by clicking here. For personalized assistance in selecting or repairing anodize finishes for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Is antimicrobial protection the right choice for my project?

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Bacteria cells

When looking through the options available for architectural finishes, it sometimes can be difficult to know if certain choices are appropriate for your project. One such decision may be whether or not to include antimicrobial protection.

What threatens buildings on a microscopic level?

Microbes (or microorganisms) are living cells that are only visible once they have multiplied to the millions. Types of microorganisms include bacteria, algae, fungi and mold. Once microbes have multiplied to a large enough number on a surface, they may begin to cause stains, odors and even deterioration of the metal surface.

Unfortunately, by the time you can see an area of microbe build up, the damage is already underway, so prevention is the best form of protection.

germ-hand-webWhat areas are the most vulnerable?

 Microbes are prevalent in high-traffic areas. Anti-microbial protection may be a smart choice if your project is an office building, hotel, school, retail center, senior living facility, apartment, hospital or clinic.

Antimicrobial finishes can protect high-touch surfaces of metal products, such as doors, windows, curtainwalls, entrances, panels and column covers. The treated finish discourages microorganism build-up, while protecting the metal product beneath from damage and deterioration. This treatment is not meant to replace regular cleaning practices. When standard maintenance is combined with a resistant finish, microbe build-up and damage will be one less worry.

How can a finish stop microbes from causing odors, stains and even deterioration to metal?

Mitigating an invisible, destructive threat requires solutions on a chemical level. Antimicrobial protection begins with the composition of the finish itself. Starting with a 70% PVDF-resin based fluoropolymer coating, an ion exchange mechanism is infused into the coating’s chemistry. This small adjustment allows the finish to protect itself when the conditions are right for microbe build-up.

The most prevalent microbial threats to surfaces – bacteria and mold – need moisture to flourish. The ion exchange mechanism in the antimicrobial finish is activated by the presence of moisture, causing it to release silver cations. The silver disrupts microbes’ metabolism and reproduction. If a microorganism can no longer eat or reproduce, it cannot grow or damage the architectural metal products.

This protection can be added to PVDF-based finishes that meet AAMA 2605 requirements. The protection still allows you to select nearly any color option. Standard and custom colors, mica and metallic coatings are available with antimicrobial protection.

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Whitepaper: Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications

Linetec and J & D Tube Benders honored at Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Wausau ChamberWAUSAU – A pair of businesses received awards at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards held on Tuesday, October 17. The Chamber honored manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in their practice at the event held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild.

WausauChamberAward-2017-LinetecLinetec received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category and J & D Tube Benders Inc received the award in the small to medium manufacturer category. The large manufacturer category included those businesses with more than 300 employees, while the small to medium manufacturer category included businesses with less than 300 employees.

“Linetec feels very honored to receive this award, especially considering the number of distinguished manufacturers that are based in the Wausau area,” said Rick Marshall, President of Linetec. “We would like to thank the 570 employees of our company. They are the ones that drive our positive culture and our core values, enabling Linetec to perform well and consistently for our customers.”

“J & D Tube Benders would like to thank the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our company as the recipient for 2017.” said Tom Felch, President/Owner of J & D Tube Benders Inc. “It truly is an honor to be recognized for this award. The efforts of all of our employees is what makes our company what it is today. We encourage involvement from our employees at work, as well as in the community that we operate in. Our management team believes our responsibility reaches far outside the walls of our building.”

Roxanne Baumann, Director of Global Engagement with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was the keynote speaker at the event.

WSAW/WZAW’s Jeff Thelen served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

The event was part of the Chamber’s celebration of Manufacturing Month. The recipients displayed excellence in contributing to the growth in the region’s economy, operations, innovation, workplace culture, quality jobs, supply chain management and commitment to the region.

The finalists were:

Small to medium manufacturers (1 – 299 employees):

AROW Global Inc

FreMarq Innovations Inc

J & D Tube Benders Inc

Wilson-Hurd A Division of Nelson-Miller

 Large manufacturers (300+ employees):

County Materials Corporation

Domtar Paper Co LLC

Linetec

Watch video profiles, produced by US Workstories, for both the finalists in the Small to Medium category and Large category on the Chamber’s YouTube channel.

Customodal was the presenting sponsor for the event. The platinum sponsors were Ellis Construction and Ruder Ware LLSC,  the gold sponsors were Marshfield Clinic Inc, River Valley Bank and Wipfli LLP, the silver sponsors were Greenheck, M3 Insurance, MBE CPAs and MCDEVCO Inc and the bronze sponsors were The Boson Company Inc, The Dirks Group LLC, Newmark Grubb Pfefferle, REI Engineering Inc and RMM Solutions Inc. WSAW/WZAW was the media sponsor and US Workstories was the video sponsor.

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats and Greenheck received the award in 2016 in the small to medium and large categories respectively.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) encourages manufacturing employers to host tours as October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. For more information on statewide events, visit wmc.org.

Caption for Linetec.jpg: Linetec received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category. Mike Schauls, from left, Tammy Schroeder, Rick Marshall and Jane Kessel represented the business at the program.

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The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is the source for business information in the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). We strengthen member businesses and enhance the region by building business success. For more information on the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, visit us online at www.wausauchamber.com or call 715-845-6231.