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Technoform Bautec, YKK AP Develop Polyamide Pressure Plate System
Technoform Bautec collaborated with its long-time customer, YKK AP America Inc.. to co-develop a new polyamide pressure plate system that significantly increases thermal performance compared with most traditional aluminum systems. The recently introduced non-aluminum pressure plate is offered for 2- or 2.5-inch-wide systems.
“YKK AP needed a non-aluminum pressure plate solution that would increase the thermal performance of its pressure-glazed systems. Together, we developed a solution that yields performance increases of up to a 20 percent gain in U-Factor and a 10 percent gain in condensation resistance,” said Chad Ricker, Technoform Bautec market team manager. “This new polyamide pressure plate offers similar improvements for all aluminum-framed curtain wall systems, including YKK AP’s YCW 750 XTP system.”
"While most of the time our aluminum pressure plate meets customers’ expectations, there are times that the need for greater thermal performance can only be achieved with a non-metal solution. Working with Technoform, we were able to devise a solution that gave us both the structural and the thermal performance needed,” said Don Pangburn, curtain wall engineer for YKK AP.
Ricker added, “YKK AP says the polyamide pressure plate is a superior alternative to competitive fiberglass products that require special handling and equipment during fabrication The combination yields best-in-class thermal performance with U-Factors as low as 0.17. Exceeding not only current codes, the solution also meets or exceeds the most stringent green building codes and standards in the industry today.” In addition to the polyamide pressure plate, YKK APs YCW 750 XTP high-performance curtain wall features its MegaTherm structural polyamide struts with an additional thermal barrier.
Technoform Bautec’s polyamide composition creates a thermal barrier that helps insulate better than aluminum. Because it expands and contracts at a rate similar to aluminum, Technoform Bautec’s insulating profiles deliver long-term durability and water-tightness in a properly assembled profile. It also resists heat distortion and withstands most chemicals used in the construction industry.
Beyond thermal performance metrics, Technoform Bautec’s insulating profiles also can contribute to building teams’ wellness and sustainable project goals, such as the daylighting and material health ingredient criteria detailed in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEEDv4. Demonstrating its commitment to these practices, Technoform Bautec’s insulating profiles were awarded a Gold Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Technoform Bautec’s catalog contains more than 600 available product designs. Ricker elaborated, “Beyond our wide range of standard profiles, every day we partner with customers like YKK AP to imagine and develop new ideas designed exclusively for optimizing facade systems. We are constantly looking for ways to maximize a system’s thermal performance, while maintaining the design aesthetics and performance requirements.”