Thermal strut supports energy efficiency, curves and corners, dual finishes

strut05-webAdding insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to aluminum framing members separates the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances a window, door, skylight, storefront or curtainwall system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

At Linetec, we offer a fully crimped thermal strut system. We have no restrictions on the degree of curvature in aluminum framing members. For corners, our 90-degree thermal strip process not only saves time and labor, but also minimizes inconsistencies and waste, holds customer-specified tolerances for U-Factor and shear testing, and delivers a high-quality finished product.

two-tone2-webOur thermal strut also presents a cost-effective opportunity for dual finishing options, where one finish type or color is used on the exterior and another on the interior. 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 dual finishing services, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

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.

Linetec’s painted finish and thermal improvement services boost energy-efficiency of University of Pennsylvania’s New College House

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse25-72dpiThe University of Pennsylvania’s $127 million New College House opened for the 2016-17 academic year as the first new student residence on campus since 1972. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) in collaboration with the University, the first purpose-built College House brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students in a shared suite-style community. The 198,000-square-foot, 350-bed building promotes sustainable, 21st century living and learning, and is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

Supporting the project’s energy-efficiency goals, Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ curtainwall, windows and sun shades were installed with painted finishes and thermal improvement systems by Linetec, a long-standing leader in environmentally conscious practices, paint finishing and thermal improvement services. These services were key contributors to the window systems’ energy-efficiency, visual appeal and durability.  read more

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse31-72dpiNew College House’s large, vertical transparent towers frame the views of Penn’s surrounding campus community and Center City Philadelphia. Bounded by Woodland Walk and 34th and Chestnut streets, the seven-story building with a publicly accessible, lifted lawn serves as a pedestrian gateway to campus.

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse39-72pdi“In this city of neighborhoods, we sought to embrace the many scales of community that define the collegiate experience unique to Penn,” says Frank Grauman, design principal from BCJ. “The New College House is, therefore, both inviting and secure, open and private, embodying the comfort of home, and the power to form a campus gateway worthy of this place.”  read more

 

Thermal improvement matters for energy efficiency in both warm and cold climates

SHORE MEM INT NJModel Energy Codes adopted across the U.S. are directing buildings to achieve more efficient performance. Whether trying to keep the warmth inside in cold climates or trying to keep the heat outside in warm climates – Linetec helps optimize aluminum architectural manufacturers’ systems to meet thermal requirements in all climate zones.

Thermal Barriers

Linetec enhances the thermal performance of architectural metal products, such as window, skylight, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems.

Using a thermal barrier system improves performance by separating the aluminum profile into two parts, while maintaining the structural and long-term durability of the unit. The two methods for doing this are:

While both methods achieve high thermal performance, thermal strut also simplifies dual finishing, where the interior and exterior surfaces may be finished in different colors and formulations.

Curves and Corners

SONY DSCThere’s no need to sacrifice creative design for thermal performance or condensation resistance. Beyond linear extrusions, thermal improvement services are available for

Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been formed helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified.

Linetec performs all these services in the proper order, to industry-leading quality assurance standards, and in the same location to retain the full warranty.

Learn More

Learn more about thermal improvement and finishing services by clicking here. For personalized assistance in selecting the optimal performance for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

If you’re attending the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national conference and Architecture Expo, please visit us in person at booth #3353 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The exhibit hall is open April 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; April 29, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

 

Linetec’s expansions continue: adding 70 more employees

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3-year associate, Scott Yang, and 30-year associate, Rodney Sloan, prepare flat sheet order for customer delivery

Linetec continues to expand capacity and add new jobs to support the market’s increased demand for high-quality finishes and high-performance architectural metal products.

“In the last 24 months, we expanded capacity in both our paint and anodize lines, and added more than 200 new jobs. This year, we already have an immediate need to fill 70 positions, particularly in the paint and thermal services departments. We’re looking for more to join our team of good, hard-working people across all production areas,” says Jane Kessel, Linetec’s vice president of human resources.

Part of the latest job growth is a $3 million investment to double the capacity of the thermal services department. “Continually increasing energy codes are driving our customer base to develop more products that incorporate these thermal services,” explains Andy Joswiak, Linetec’s vice president of operations. “The other driver of the latest job growth is painting volume.”

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Linetec painters ensure specified coverage on all aluminum parts

In late 2016, Linetec expanded its painting capacity by going from a five-day operation to a seven-day operation, using new shift structures and adding 40 new positions. Now, with even higher growth rates so far this year, Linetec has initiated further significant hiring in 2017 for more painting capacity.

Examples of Linetec’s immediate job opportunities include positions in production scheduling, packaging, racking, truck drivers, cleaning and maintenance. Starting rates range from $15 to $16 per hour plus premiums and bonuses. Benefits include health and dental, bonus pay, 401k, paid vacation, and tuition reimbursement.

“Once the new openings are filled, we will have well over 600 employees – some of which have been here 30 years,” Linetec’s president Rick Marshall notes proudly. “We listen to and value our employees. Their input helped establish the Core Values we bring to life every day. The jobs in our industry are sometimes demanding, but we more than offset those challenges with a very positive and rewarding work environment. Our culture and Core Values are what make us unique, and that helps us continue to successfully hire in a very tight labor market.”

For more information about Linetec’s finishing and thermal improvement services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com. For interest in employment opportunities visit http://www.linetec.com/Careers/Careers.html 

 

Linetec offers thermally improved, curved extrusions, finished and fully warrantied

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photo by Bill Horsman

Linetec now provide thermal improvement services for curved and radius, finished aluminum extrusions backed with an industry-leading warranty. Linetec’s new processes offer a full pour-and-debridge of radius material, both structural and non-structural, and a fully crimped thermal strut system. There are no restrictions to the degree of curvature, and finishes may be specified in liquid paint, powder coat or anodize.

Durable finishes, thermal comfort and energy performance can be combined with recycled aluminum content, daylight, views and other environmental benefits for recognition by such green building and design guidelines as the U.S. Green Building System’s LEED® certification.

Contributing to commercial and residential properties’ energy efficiency goals, high thermal performance has become an expectation when selecting window, skylight, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. Building owners and architects don’t need to compromise performance for aesthetics if they want a radius instead of a rectangle.

A thermal barrier system improves performance by separating the aluminum profile into two parts, while maintaining the structural and long-term durability of the unit. The two methods for doing this are pour-and-debridge or thermal strut systems. Linetec follows the stringent industry standards of AAMA QAG-2-12, “Voluntary Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Polyamide Thermal Barriers” and QAG-1-09, “Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Pour and Debridged Polyurethane Thermal Barriers.”

Rolled-TB-Extrusion-web2Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been curved helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified. Choosing the thermal strut system provides the additional design flexibility of dual finishing, where the interior and exterior surfaces may be finished in different colors and formulations.

Regardless of the effect the curving process has on the finish, nearly all manufacturer and applicator warranties are voided when extrusions or brake metal are finished prior to curving. When customers ship us their radius-strut-webaluminum, Linetec alleviates this worry and performs all the services in the proper order and the same place to retain the full finish warranty. Utilizing Linetec dedicated fleet of trucks, we also save customers shipping costs and transit time.

Contact Linetec at sales@linetec.com, 715-843-4100, or www.linetec.com.

Linetec enhances its pour and debridge services by adding Azon’s Lancer

Linetec Lancer materialEnhancing our pour-and-debridge thermal improvement services, Linetec has added an Azon Lancer™ to provide mechanical surface conditioning of the aluminum extrusion cavity to ensure maximum adhesion of the thermal barrier polymer to durable, architectural finishes.

Pour-and-debridge thermal barrier systems use a two-part polyurethane that is poured into and cured within a “dog bone” structural cavity in the finished aluminum extrusion.

The channel’s surface is conditioned using the Lancer to pierce the surface creating LancerMachine2lanced, inward curving aluminum lug projections in a staggered formation along the extrusion cavity. This mechanically locks the polyurethane polymer with the finished surface of the aluminum profile to ensure significantly improved adhesion. After the polyurethane has been poured into the cavity and solidified, the metal bridge from the bottom of the channel is removed to produce a true, non metal-to-metal structural thermal barrier. 

As an approved Azo-Brader and Lancer Applicator, Linetec follows the guidelines set forth in the Azon “Quality Assurance Guide” and AAMA QAG-1-09, “Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Pour and Debridged Polyurethane Thermal Barriers.”

Aluminum extrusions that receive mechanical surface conditioning from Linetec using either the Azo-Brader or the Lancer are supported with a 10-year warranty.