Why does Laminators Incorporated use a polypropylene core?

Polypropylene (PP) was discovered by Italian and German scientists in the mid-1950s, and is currently the second leading plastic product produced and used throughout the world.  Today, Polypropylene is surpassed in production volume only by polyethylene (PE), discovered a couple decades earlier.

Grenfell Tower Fire (London, England) – The Use of ACM and Code Requirements


Laminators Incorporated wants to send our sincerest condolences to all involved in the recent tragedy of the fire located at the Grenfell Tower residential apartment building on June 14, 2017 in London, England.  As responsible members of the ACM community, our due diligence relies profoundly on assisting and educating design professionals when specifying ACM panels and architectural installation systems for their projects.

Sticking with Correct Sealant Application

Learning how to properly seal building penetrations will help prevent the permeation of air, gas, noise, dust, fire, smoke, or liquid from one location through a barrier into another.  "Although representing less than 1 percent of the structure, sealants' correct application is critical to the water and airtightness of the building. Since metal substrates expand and contract with changes in temperature, sealants (they consist of polymers that allow flexibility) aid metal panel joints that experience dynamic movement." Mark Robins, Senior Editor, Metal Construction News.

Importance of Using Tested ACM Systems


What is testing?

  • Testing is the process used to compare a product (in this case an ACM panel system) to an industry established benchmark for a given set of performance criteria
  • In general terms, testing is used as a measure of quality and performance

What is the purpose of testing?

Things to Consider When Specifying an ACM Panel

Once a building is clad with ACM panels, it’s pretty difficult to know which panel manufacturer was specified and installed. Let’s face it, for all intent and purposes most ACM panels look and perform the same… or do they?

Here are a few things you should consider when specifying ACM panels on your next project:

NFPA 285, Architectural Design and Energy Performance

For many involved in the building industry, NFPA 285 is a major topic. Are your products and/or install systems NFPA 285 compliant? If not, do they need to be?

The article "NFPA 285, Architectural Design and Energy Performance” by Richard Keleher in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences explains the codes and standards within the building industry when it comes to NFPA 285.

The Impact of Thermal Conductivity on Building Enclosure Durability

When choosing building materials, do you factor in the climate? Does it get really cold? Really hot? Frequent rain storms? Or snow storms? Analyzing the climatic conditions is important when specifying certain building materials. 

Class A Office Projects


Written By: Mike Mantione, Architectural Building Products, NY

To keep up with increased competition from new Class A office projects and to reposition themselves for today’s workforce, it is essential for owners to find value-added solutions for their outdated commercial office assets.

Large Missile Impact Test on Omega-Lite ACM Panels in a Dry Seal System

Laminators Incorporated hurricane-tested their Omega-Lite ACM panels in their Dry Seal installation system.
This video shows testing done for Large Missile Impact during a hurricane, which is one of the tests Miami-Dade County requires to obtain a Notice of Acceptance (NOA).
Watch the video here!

ACM Panels vs Flat Sheet Aluminum

When it comes to consistency and precision, aluminum composite materials are among the best metal construction products the industry has to offer. ACM panels are flat when manufactured and stay flat even after installation. There is no "oil canning" or wrinkling because the skins are bonded to the core under tension, which produces a balanced panel.