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Adhesive is easy to apply

IKO Industries Ltd. now offers IKO Millennium Adhesive, a foamable adhesive for commercial roof systems.

Millennium Adhesive bonds approved roof system insulations to a building's structural roof deck, base sheets and insulation boards. It requires no mixing and reportedly is easy to apply with IKO Industries' OneStep™ applicator and sets quickly.

Telephone: (888) 766-2468

Liquid-applied roof system is durable

American WeatherStar (AWS) now offers Ure-A-Sil, a liquid-applied urethane and silicone roof system.

Ure-A-Sil contains AWS Urethane 520 base layers coated with AWS Silicone 410 and reportedly is durable and waterproof, especially when used for low-slope applications. Its blend of single-component products is said to be durable enough to handle ponding water while offering adhesion and ultraviolet stability.

Telephone: (800) 771-6643

Technology maintains granule color

3M's Industrial Mineral Products Division has introduced DREW, a granule treatment technology that helps maintain granule color consistency.

DREW granule treatment technology reportedly helps reduce shingle staining caused by asphalt leaching when shingles are stored in bundles for long periods of time and in extreme heat.

Telephone: (888) 364-3577

Fastening system evenly distributes wind load

Carlisle SynTec Systems has introduced the RhinoBond Fastening System for its mechanically fastened Sure-Flex® PVC roof systems. RhinoBond, developed by OMG Inc., Agawam, Mass., is an alternative insulation and membrane attachment system that uses hot-melt fastening plates to secure the insulation and Sure-Flex PVC membrane to the roof deck without penetrating the roofing material.

RhinoBond Fastening System's benefits include a more evenly distributed wind load and less membrane flutter. The system reportedly allows large roof areas to be dried-in quickly and can save 3 inches of material with no inseam fastening when using 81-inch-wide or 10-foot-wide sheets.

Telephone: (800) 479-6832

Fall-protection harness is lightweight

Honeywell Safety Products has introduced its Miller AirCore™ Harness, a lightweight, full-body fall-protection harness designed with breathable, open-core padding technology that provides airflow while reducing heat and moisture entrapment to keep the wearer dry and cool. The padding also features a contour design that minimizes contact around the wearer's neck, lower back and inner thighs to reduce chafing and irritation.

The harness features DuraFlex® stretchable webbing, which stretches with each movement the wearer makes, providing flexibility and comfort. It can hold up to 400 pounds.

Honeywell Safety Products also has made available its Miller Fall Clearance Calculator to help workers know their fall clearance whether they use a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Workers can access their fall clearance and swing fall calculations from a desktop, smart phone or tablet. The calculator is designed for use with Miller fall-protection products but also can be used with any brand of fall-protection equipment.

Additionally, Honeywell Safety Products has introduced Miller MightyLite™ Leading Edge (LE) Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL), designed to protect a worker in the event of a fall over an edge. MightyLite LE SRL features a shock absorber integrated into the lifeline, which lowers fall-arrest forces. It is designed for use with a leading edge or traditional over-head anchorage and features a dual-swivel design said to minimize lifeline twisting during use.

MightyLite LE SRL is made of stainless steel and aluminum and reportedly is corrosion-resistant. The SRL is available in 20-, 30-, 50- and 65-foot wire rope lengths. The 50- and 65-foot lengths feature a carrying handle for easy transport. It can hold a worker weighing up to 310 pounds in leading edge applications and up to 400 pounds when mounted overhead.

Telephone: (800) 873-5242

Impact driver provides durability

PORTER-CABLE has introduced its PCE201, a 1/4-inch Hex 4.3-amp impact driver for deck builders, steel roof system installers and other tradesmen who complete numerous fastening applications in challenging workplaces.

PCE201 features a 4.3-amp motor and a metal gear housing that help dissipate heat buildup caused by the impacting mechanism, allowing for durability during heavy-duty applications. PCE201 delivers 1,450 inch-pounds of max torque, reportedly enabling professionals to complete a wide range of fastening tasks, and up to 2,900 revolutions per minute for control and fast application speed. The impact driver also features an electric brake for control, 1/4-inch hex chuck for quick accessory changes and external brushes for servicing. It also includes a belt hook that can be attached to either side of the tool.

Telephone: (888) 848-5175

Color added to roof membrane line

Duradek™ has introduced Duradek Ultra Forest Floor Ash to its Forest Floor line of 60-mil waterproof vinyl roof membranes. The color reportedly offers a naturally inspired design in a blend of neutral shades.

Telephone: (800) 338-3568

Color collection is expanded

Parex USA Inc. has introduced a new color collection composed of 75 standard colors for use on all acrylic and elastomeric finishes, coatings and primers.

The color collection features an enhanced color chart, which represents the top-selling colors from Parex USA's Parex, Teifs and El Rey brands plus 43 new colors, including soft, warm beiges; cool greens; blues; and reds.

To complement the color chart, Parex USA also has introduced its color fan decks designed for façade finishes, coatings and primers. Parex USA's color fan deck presents a palette of 940 colors in six groups: off-white, pastels, clear hues, midtones, shaded and accent colors.

Telephone: (866) 516-0061

Solar rooftop attachment is wind-resistant

Anchor Products LLC has introduced its U-Anchor 2000™ rooftop attachment product for ballast-free, nonpenetrating roof membrane attachment of solar module racking systems. It is a lightweight equipment attachment system consisting of a weatherized steel plate with a 3/8- by 3/4-inch-tall stainless-steel stud and is designed to be installed without fasteners. It also is said to be a wind-resistant enhancement for solar panel racking installations.

U-Anchor 2000 does not require roof membrane penetrations and reportedly eliminates the need for ballasting of photovoltaic panel racking systems. It can be welded to any thermoplastic surface with a hot-air welder at a rate of 12 attachments per man-hour.

Telephone: (888) 575-2131

Suspension system absorbs road impact

Firestone Industrial Products Co. LLC has made its Lifted R4Tech™ system available for 2011-12 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks.

R4Tech is a hybrid air-over-leaf suspension system featuring Firestone Airide™ air springs, Firestone Ride-Rite™ air accessories and SANLUIS Rassini® suspension technologies. It comprises a high-quality Firestone air spring and SANLUIS Rassini's leaf-spring suspension to create a fully functional system that adjusts for varying load capacities.

The system is available for trucks with 6-inch front lift kits. It reportedly isolates and absorbs road impact for passengers and cargo, delivering an improved ride by using the variable spring rate of the air spring to stiffen when the truck is loaded and soften when it's unloaded.

Telephone: (800) 888-0650

Lifelines reduce falls from tripping

Capital Safety has introduced Nano-Lok Tie-Back Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) and Nano-Lok Arc Flash SRL.

Nano-Lok Tie-Back SRL reportedly is light and compact. It features a quick-connect anchorage connector that attaches directly to the back of most harnesses and does not require a separate carabiner. The SRL includes a tie-back leg with 36 inches of webbing and is available with single- and twin-leg connection options. The 6-foot-long retractable lifeline reportedly reduces dragging, snagging and falls from tripping.

Nano-Lok Arc Flash SRL weighs 1.9 pounds and can support a user weighing up to 420 pounds. The 6-foot-long Kevlar® SRL with NanoSphere® coating is arc flash-rated and is said to reduce dragging, snagging and falls caused by tripping. The SRL features an integrated shock absorber that provides visual indication after damage during a fall.

Telephone: (800) 328-6146

System measures green roof system performance

Onset Computer Corp. has introduced its HOBO® Green Roof Monitoring System, a research-grade system for green roof system performance.

The 15-channel HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System allows users to quickly and easily monitor green roof system conditions, measure storm water runoff, improve irrigation scheduling and maintain healthy rooftop vegetation. The system includes a HOBO U30 GSM-cellular data logger with a one-year service plan, Smart Sensors for measuring rainfall, soil moisture, soil temperature, solar radiation, air temperature and relative humidity, wind speed and direction, as well as mounting brackets and a 6-watt solar panel.

Telephone: (800) 564-4377

Coating helps with ponding water

Sealoflex Inc. has made available Enviroflex, a moisture-cured, 100 percent solids, polymer-based coating that contains no volatile organic compounds and can be applied to damp surfaces.

Once applied, Enviroflex creates a fully adhered 45-mil monolithic membrane that can be used over single-plies, wood, concrete and trafficable walkways. It is said to be ideal for low-sloped roof systems where ponding water is an issue. Enviroflex reportedly cures quickly and is rain-resistant.

Telephone: (800) 770-6466

Post absorbs force from falls

US Fall Protection has introduced the Constant Force Post, which features an energy-absorbing coil that, in the event of a fall, deploys in a controlled manner to absorb the force generated while leaving the roof panel intact. The posts can be used in fall-arrest and fall-restraint systems and can be fixed to most roof system types. It reportedly is quick and easy to install and does not need to be attached to structural steel or purlins.

Telephone: (859) 525-0887

Emergency kit provides backup during outages

MAGE SOLAR has introduced a 3-kilowatt emergency photovoltaic kit designed as a standalone solution to provide reliable power during grid outages.

The kit contains MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules, a mounting solution for steep-slope roofs and Balance of System components. It also includes an inverter with a charge controller unit to charge an existing battery system or directly provide electricity to appliances, as well as other devices and communication equipment to stay connected and operational after natural disasters. The charge controller also regulates the charging of backup batteries.

Telephone: (877) 311-6243

Installation products added to accessories line

Duro-Last® Roofing Inc. has added oval membrane plates, Tubos® pre-fabricated PVC plumbing vent pipe extensions and nonpenetrating anchors offered in two sizes to its product line. The three products reportedly provide more options for authorized Duro-Last Roofing contractors to install a complete roof system.

The oval membrane plates are used to mechanically fasten roofing membranes. The nonpenetrating anchors are lightweight equipment attachment systems consisting of Galvalume®-coated steel plates with integrated stainless-steel bolts heat-fused to a Duro-Last membrane skirt. The bolts are compatible with the support framing of all rail systems, and the anchors provide a nonpenetrating option for securing racks for photovoltaic systems or other equipment to the rooftop. They are available with 12- by 12-inch or 16- by 16-inch skirts.

Telephone: (800) 248-0280

Membrane available in trilingual packaging

MFM Building Products Corp. now offers ShingleStarter™ packaged in a shrink sleeve featuring three languages: English, Latin-American Spanish and French-Canadian.

ShingleStarter is a self-adhering waterproofing membrane that reportedly eliminates the need to cut shingle tabs, saving time, material and labor costs. Each ShingleStarter roll is packaged in the trilingual shrink sleeve that includes product features and installation instructions in each language.

Telephone: (800) 882-7663

Energy design guide released

The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association have released Roof and Wall Thermal Design Guide: Applying the Prescriptive Insulation Standards of the 2012 I-Codes.

The guide provides information regarding the prescriptive thermal value tables in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code and references to the tables in the 2012 International Green Construction Code. It provides the information in simple, straightforward roof and wall R-value tables for the most common forms of commercial opaque roof and wall construction.

Telephone: (866) 928-CEIR (2347)


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