The industry prepares for Silicone-Modified Polyester (SMP) finishes

Differences between SMP and PVDF finishes

I think we can all agree, the business environment has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as we begin 2022, we’re forced to continue dealing with these challenges. Rising material costs, labor shortages and supply chain issues have added to the complexity of doing business today.

Why does Laminators Incorporated not need a FR (fire rated) core?

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.

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?

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and to reposition themselves for today’s workforce, it is essential for owners to find value-added solutions for their outdated commercial office assets.

Oil Canning in Metal Roof and Metal Wall Systems

Ever wonder what causes oil canning and how it can be minimized? Oil canning in metal is usually seen as waviness or buckling across the flat areas of sheet metal panels. Purely an aesthetic concern, oil canning doesn’t normally affect the building’s structural integrity. This inherent problem is typically caused by uneven stresses at the fastening points. While oil canning cannot be totally eliminated, it can be minimized by panel design, material handling and, most importantly, the installation process.