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AEC Daily – AIA Accredited Online Course

Polycarbonate Sheeting Solutions

This one hour program is  taken at any pace and offers CEUs with the completion of a small test. This course provides an overview of how multiwall polycarbonate is manufactured, the advantages over other building products, and its multiple architectural applications.

Take this free course anytime through AEC Daily.

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What is Aerogel?

Samuel Stephens Kistler, the inventor of aerogels, was born on March 26, 1900. Kistler’s invention of aerogel in 1931 is a notable event and has led many to declare March 26th as “Aerogel Day”. Over 80 years later, aerogels are still considered the lightest solids and are being used in a remarkable number of uses.

Safe mass-production of aerogel was not possible until the start of the 21st century. As with many products, it is this mass-production process and common use that has shown the real value of aerogels. For example, Lumira® aerogel, a silica aerogel, is now available for any building project. No longer is aerogel only for NASA and government research labs.

Through the Lumira® Consortium, AmeriLux International fills multiwall polycarbonate panels with Lumira® aerogel for use in skylights and high performance glazing. The unique characteristics of Lumira® aerogel, such as natural light diffusion, high thermal resistance, and light in weight, make it ideal for daylighting.

  • The natural light diffusion and glare elimination provided by Lumira® aerogel-filled panels helps light reach deep into the corners of a space.
  • The high thermal resistance means there is no longer a need to choose between daylight and high R-Values.

While we don’t get this day off, the achievements of Steven Kistler are impressive none the less. And even though the chemistry and significance of this discovery may be above most of us, we all experience its benefits. The combination of polycarbonate panels and Lumira® aerogel is proving these are still high performing products decades after their invention.

Lumira® aerogel is a high performance product that is now available in many ways that would make Steven Kistler proud. If you would like more information on daylighting with Lumira aerogel®, please click here to visit our website or email to tech.service@ameriluxinternational.com.

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A “Can-Do” Attitude

At AmeriLux International, a “can-do” attitude is an important part of the company culture. The positive working attitude found at AmeriLux, along with product pride and genuine respect for customers, has helped the company grow and achieve success in these uncertain economic times.

Why the focus on a “can-do” attitude? It is at the heart of building solid customer relationships and loyalty as well as attracting new customers. Having a “can-do” attitude is about looking for solutions. At AmeriLux, we welcome the opportunity to work with you to find a polycarbonate daylighting solution that fits both your project needs and budget. Please feel free to call us at 888-602-4441 or email us describing your project to tech.service@ameriluxinternational.com.

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Featured Project: UIUC Small Studio – Wash Pack Station

The SMALLStudio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture puts emphasis on hands-on learning with an ongoing series of teaching and research projects that focus on detail and tectonics. This provides many great opportunities for companies, like AmeriLux International, to meet and mentor students in projects related to their field.

In the spring of 2012, Jordan Buckner, a Master of Architecture graduate candidate, contacted AmeriLux about a SMALLStudio design-build project he was part of at UIUC. While doing research, the team of students working on the project discovered the large assortment of AmeriLux polycarbonate and PVC products available at their local Menards® store. The students decided the products offered by AmeriLux would be the perfect material choice for their project, a Washing and Packing station, both in design as well as functionality. Believing these students are the next generation of architects and engineers on sustainability and green initiatives, Tim Fikkert, AmeriLux’s Staff Architect, took on the point role of working with the students.

So far, the SMALLStudio team has completed: 1) graphics and master plan concepts for the farm, 2) a pair of Portable Deployable Farm Stands to transport, and 3) the Washing and Packing station, an open-air, wooden frame structure with polycarbonate and PVC corrugated cladding. The station is part of the Student Sustainable Farm, which supplies locally grown, sustainable food to residence halls. To view additional photos of the Washing and Packing Station, please click here.

In January 2013, the SMALLStudio received the 2012 Honor Award for Sustainable Design from the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q: How are multiwall panels cut?

A: Use a razor knife or a circular saw with a fine tooth blade that has at least 10 teeth per inch. (The saw blade that has worked the best for our guys in the warehouse cutting multiwall panels is the Diablo blade for Laminates & Laminate Flooring, Plastics & Non-Ferrous Metals. Key Features: Teeth – 84 TCG on a 10″ blade, Max 7000 rpm, Triple chip design, 5 degree hook angle, .098″ kerf)

Note: This is only a general guideline. Exact requirements are project specific.

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Leading the Warehouse with a “Can-Do” Attitude

Employee Spotlight: Craig Cutcher

A “can-do” person is someone who knows that anything can be done as long as you put your mind to it. This can-do attitude can be found in Multiwall Cutting Table Foreman, Craig Cutcher. Craig doesn’t have the word “can’t” in his vocabulary. He’s always thinking of creative ways to tackle the challenges that arise in the daily operations of the warehouse.

Bringing over 20 years of machine shop, building, and construction experience, Craig joined AmeriLux in February of 2011. Craig is competent in the operation of warehouse equipment and the fabrication of multiwall polycarbonate orders. He is also a skilled forklift operator in loading, unloading and moving inventory. This skill set makes him a valuable asset to the warehouse A-Team.

The “can-do” positive work attitude exemplified by Craig and the rest of the warehouse A-Team benefits all of those who do business with AmeriLux. The warehouse team is focused on the efficient and effective execution of  key warehouse operations initiatives: improving the customer experience, delivering value and controlling costs.

Craig’s “can-do” positive work attitude was recently recognized with the AmeriLux March Employee of the Month Award.

To learn more about the products and services we offer, CLICK HERE to visit our website.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate

101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #3 Recognition Board

Customized Wall-Mounted or Freestanding Award Display

Multiwall polycarbonate is a great alternative product to use when designing a business, school, or club recognition “award” display board. Available in various widths and lengths, multiwall polycarbonate panels can be fabricated to any size to create either a customized wall-mounted or freestanding display.

With many color and structure choices to choose from and the option to direct print on polycarbonate, you can create a professional display board that blends beautifully with your facilities environment.

If you would like to learn more about our multiwall polycarbonate products, please visit our website at www.ameriluxinternational.com.

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