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NFPA 285, EN 13501-1 & ASTM D1929 Certification On Viva’s ACP

NFPA 285, EN 13501-1 & ASTM D1929 Certification On Viva’s ACP

NFPA 285, EN 13501-1 & ASTM D1929 Certification On Viva’s ACP 1200 600 Viva Composite

Even though ACP sheets have been very popular as a facade cladding material, it has been criticized for its fire safety properties. Therefore, Viva has taken the initiative to make their products fire retardant as per international fire safety code. This is what makes Viva as top ACP sheet manufacturer in India.

In this case study, we will discuss the Technical properties of FR Grade ACP sheets.

The certifications that ensure completely fire safety

Different standards of production ensure the manufacturing of ACP sheets being fire-safe. The best part is Viva, concerned about their customers’ safety and have certified their fire retardant products from International Consultant Thomas Bell Write.

The standards maintained by Viva are-

1. NFPA 285 – 2019 Edition

The test was conducted on Viva 7 Star FR B1. The result of this test came out as ‘Passed’. The parameter of the test was that the flames should not reach on the second floor and 5 feet distance from the centre of the window vertically, the flames should also not reach the second story testing room and the thermocouple temperature should not cross 1000 Degree F.

2. EN-13501:2018 & ASTM D1929-16

In order to test the reaction to the fire test, a few other tests are conducted for ensuring a fire-free product. EN 13501-1-2018 was conducted as a product test on single burning and the reaction to fire. It passed with B-s1,d0. Whereas, the ASTM D 1929-16 was conducted on the product for determining the ignition temperature of plastics. The results showed a spontaneous ignition temperature of STI: 452℃(842℉) and a flash ignition temperature of FTI: 429℃(824℉). These tests were done on the same product as the NFPA 285’s system test i.e. Viva 7 Star FR B1.

The test results showed that there was low flammability which will help in evacuation and help save lives. Further, Viva 7 Star FR B1 generates low smoke, has zero burning droplets, delays the flame to spread, and releases no toxic fumes in the atmosphere. Therefore, this product minimizes the losses in case of fire, thus making it a fire retardant ACP sheet that is safe for use.

Viva as The top ACP sheet manufacturer in India

Viva has become one of the best ACP sheet manufacturer in India. The only reason that was possible is that they are continually modifying their products for customer ease. This typically means that Viva acquired the standards of NFPA 285, EN 13501-1 & ASTM D1929 that makes their product entirely fire retardant.

Additionally, the products manufactured at Viva are easy to clean, anti-bacterial, scratch resistance, and environment savvy. If you are planning to purchase fire-retardant ACP sheets then, I suggest you go with the best- and it is Viva- you know it.

Metal Vs Metallic ACP

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Enhancing the aesthetics, whether exterior or interior, there are several options to choose from. But structural integrity for the sake of good looks cannot be overlooked. Metal solid panels and Aluminum Composite Panels have been used for a long time to embellish the modern architecture. Viva ACP Panels have gone a step above in creating the urban chic look for commercial, residential and industrial spaces that are looking forward to a futuristic design, both in terms of aesthetics and structural integrity.

In this article we discuss the why and how of creating bespoke facades and interiors.

Looks: – Using a combination of textures, colours and designs is key in creating a unique appeal. If you go with plain metal cladding, you would be limited in these choices as exact colour shades and customization are not easy to obtain. But with Viva ACP cladding, you would be spoilt for choice. By using a combination of wood, rustic, plain and metallic textures, you can take your facade looks to the next level. Moreover, with VIVA you get more than 50 metallic colours, making it the ideal choice. VIVA has a also released a range of Corten finish ACP that are next thing in design, be it interior or exterior – a rustic burnt orange with shimmers of silver give it an especially outstanding look. Our expertise in ACP, allows us to give you a 15* year warranty of the colour of any ACP, making for a purchase with peace of mind. Contrary to popular belief, the soft core in sandwiched panels ensures similar formability as metallic panels. ACP can also be used for interior application unlike metal panel as it is flexible, scratch-free and has anti-microbial properties.

VIVA you get more than 50 metallic colours, making it the ideal choice.

Weather-resistance:- When choosing anything metallic, there’s two things to consider – wind resistance and corrosion. On both counts, Aluminium panels are the safer choice. ACP composites come with high wind-resistance with lighter weight which is making it ideal for signage and cladding at high rises. When it comes to corrosion (which is of high consideration in polluted, humid, salty and dusty environments), ACP sheets perform really well, and ensure longevity. Weather-resistance is especially important in a country like India, where it has been mandated by official authorities.

Convenience and maintenance:- As a lightweight component, Aluminum Corrugated Panels can be installed very easily. They require minimum maintenance to ensure shine. On the one hand, metal panels are heavy and costly. They also take more time in installation due to the added weight. Whereas ACP panels are much easier to install and take much lesser time. Maintenance services are also easily available and don’t require usage of any special materials for care. Despite being lightweight, VIVA aluminium plastic composite panel are strong and sturdy.

Fire retardant:- FR panels are of high consideration when it comes to commercial high-rises. Metal panels may have a low melting point, and may reduce time for evacuation during emergencies. FR grade ACPs have the ultimate fire safety rating and you can never go wrong with them. However, VIVA panels are certified for A2 and A2+ for fire retardant and very safe for use in public infrastructure.

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Cost effectiveness:- The last and sometimes most important consideration is the one-time investment, maintenance costs, longevity and appeal against the purchase. ACP panels are very forgiving in this front and are the favourite choice among designers, because of the variety of textures, colours and choices available. VIVA ACP is very affordably priced and fit easily into the budget of most projects. There is also immense saving in transportation for ACP compared to metal panels.

As a leading ACP Manufacturer, VIVA takes special care in bringing the best quality product forward. Viva’s metallic series comes in a wide range as well. VIVA has you covered on all the latest trends with premium series like wooden, galaxy, stone, marble, corten steel, desert, brush, mirror, sparkle and many more! What’s more, you can even have your colours and designs customized! So explore your creative side, and give your pet project the best cover with Viva Aluminium Composite Panels.

How to choose the right Aluminium Composite Façade (ACP) for your next innovative project

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Given than ACP is widely used in interior and exterior spaces that require the usage of fire retardant, wind-resistant materials, it is very important that the purchased panels are of good quality. Unfortunately, due to the rising popularity of ACP sheets, many companies are procuring Chinese products that are sold saying they have manufactured products at cheap or equivalent rates in the market. It is very important that customers stay wary of fakes in the market for the sake of safety and quality. The below checklist allows you to easily identify between fake and good-quality ACP sheets:

  1. According to international requirements, the inner panel of ACP must be 3mm, the outer wall panel must be 4mm or more, and the thickness of the aluminium must be 0.5 mm in thickness. To check this criterion, measure against the cross-section of samples provided to you, using a Vernier calipers. They can also be tested by a third-party testing laboratory such as Thomas Bell Wright
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Viva – Thomas Bell Wright

ACP sheets must have ripple-free, bubble-free smooth surfaces that don’t scratch or indent easily. Use a key to check the same. Ensure that the surface does not show any obvious defects. Good quality ACP sheets must have a scratch resistance of up to 4H.

Try to fold the corner of the ACP sheet. If the ACP – PE breaks very easily, it is not of good quality and uses non-standard cores. It can also show whether the adhesive used between the PE-core and Aluminium is of good quality or not. If you are going for large quantities, ask for a sample and smash against a table. If it breaks easily, don’t buy it.

Good quality ACP sheets are coloured using the hot-pressing process so that the paint doesn’t peel off easily and the surface is scratch and indent free. Try to rub two ACP sheets against each other along the surface. If the paint comes off easily, the ACP is of inferior quality and uses substandard materials.

To check the paint on the panel, you can also perform a drip test. Butanone exposes the Fluorocarbon coating on the exterior panel and xylene does the same for the inner coating. Wipe the reagent after 5 minutes and see if the bottom is exposed, so that you are sure that good quality paint is being used.

Use a lighter to burn the sheet on one corner. If real PE is used, there will no impurities left behind. If some soot or other materials are left behind after burning, fake or shoddy PE material is being used.

Most important of all, ask your manufacturer questions! ISO certified products are of premium quality and guarantee that you are paying the right price for the product you are purchasing.

For FR certifications, look for tests such as NFPA285, EN-13501, ASTM E119 which assures adherence to nationally and internationally recognized fire standards.

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Viva is one of few Indian companies to be certified by Thomas Bell Wright for FR production

Being an informed customer is extremely important in this day and age. Carry out these simple tests before you pen down your next BOM so that you don’t waste time on subpar materials and manufacturers!

ACP Cladding in kolkata

Combustible ACP Cladding

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The term ‘Combustible ACP Cladding’ has been doing the rounds in the construction sector for some time now. The last two decades have witnessed a few major building fire instances across the globe, and aluminum composite panel sheets were at the center of most of these accidents.

What is ACP sheet?

Aluminum Composite Panel or ACP refers to an external cladding that consists of two aluminum skins. These aluminum sheets have an insulating core placed between them. Thus, they prevent rain and wind from entering buildings by providing sound and thermal insulation. While they enhance a structure aesthetically, they don’t offer much structural strength to the building.

How do I know if my building is vulnerable to combustible ACP cladding?

The State Building Regulations carry out annual audits for all high rise and high-risk buildings that have ACP sheet attached to them. It entails the identification of all potential “at risk” buildings in metro and regional areas. The Building Commissioner then publishes an update of the audit report based on the findings at the conclusion.

Can emerging technologies challenge Combustible ACP Cladding?

Although aluminum panel sheet is a favorite in the construction sector, there is a call from many sections for new ideas to combat the unstoppable emergence of ACP sheet.

One revolutionary idea is using expandable graphite in the construction of ACP cladding. When treated with heat and acid, these coarse flakes split part and enhance the volume by three hundred times. The expandable graphite is already being used as protection against fire and heat in applications ranging from consumer electronics to building materials.

However, the scale at which graphite is being produced globally is nowhere close to addressing the demands. Moreover, the diminishing supply due to the closure of mines in countries like China has added on to this problem. With high worldwide demand, ACP cladding remains miles ahead of any of the potential challenges that it might face.

Conclusion

Viva has become one of the leading aluminum composite panel manufacturers in recent times. With a rich experience of working on multiple national and international projects, Viva aims to become the most sought out supplier of fire retardant ACP to keep any fire hazards at bay. We also have extensive experience in manufacturing high-quality fire retardant ACP with PE, FR, and Aluminum cores.

Go for fire retardant ACP in all your commercial establishments. Every wise step that you take today will prove beneficial tomorrow.

Fire retardant ACP panels and why are they important

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Concrete, steel, and wood is the preferred material for the majority of buildings sprawling through the cities. These buildings, whether residential or commercial, need to demonstrate excellent safety and fitness to preserve human lives during physical distress. Fire is one such threat that takes away thousands of lives in almost the countries annually and results in property damage piling up to billions of dollars. So the question is, do we have fire retardant building materials that can preserve the precious human lives? The answer is fire retardant ACP Panels or Aluminum Composite Panels. We will discuss Kamala Mills Tragedy to explain the benefits of Fire Retardant ACP Panels clearly.

Kamala Mills Tragedy: A Case Study

On 28 December 2017, a fire broke out in the famous compound of Kamala Mills in Mumbai. Kamala Mills housed restaurants and pubs in the building floors, and the place was a hotspot for people who enjoy the nightlife. There were two pubs associated with the fire that resulted in the death of 14 people (Official figure) and seriously injuring dozens of others. The pubs were 1Above and Mojo’s Bistro.

At 12:22 am past midnight, the violent fire spread to both the pubs and to save their lives the guests started running. A few moments later, the wooden rooftop caught fire and collapsed. As per the investigative reports, this event was a significant factor in increasing the death toll. Investigators later revealed the pointers which lead to this weird incident and loss of precious lives. These were:

  • Administrative carelessness and lack of adequate fire safety measures.
  • Building material was another primary reason for spreading of the fire. Also, the rooftop was covered with cloth and made up of wool.
  • The building lacked fire-retardant building material which could have stopped the fire.

Kamala Mills fire incident case study reveals that had the building premises contained ACP panels at the crucial places like rooftops, exits, and walls, the fire would have kept from spreading. Apart from that, lack of fire-safety equipment in the two pubs is another reason for the rapid spread of the fire.

Aluminium Composite Panels at a Glance

Aluminium composite panels consist of three layers; Two external layers are made up of thin aluminium sheet, while the middle layer is made up of a low-density core. The low-density base is usually made up of Polyethylene foam.

Due to the ‘sandwiched’ foam layer between two aluminium sheets, this type of panel is known as the ‘Sandwich Panel’ or ‘Sandwich Structured Composite.’

ACP Properties and Features

Sandwich panels or the Aluminum Composite Panels possess many excellent properties and characteristics suitable for constructing a safe building. These are:

Thermal Resistance

Aluminum Composite Panels have different thermal conductivity values. These values depend on the sandwich material of the core. ACP panels are often poor conductors of thermal energy, meaning that they do not conduct heat very well.

This characteristic is due to the design of the board itself. The gap between the two outer layers minimises the thermal bridges, hence the poor thermal conductivity.

Mechanical Properties

Aluminium composite panels display great strength, rigidity, structural integrity, and reduced weight when used in buildings.

ACP panels have a high strength to weight ratio primarily due to

1) Aluminium being light in weight.

2) Low mass-density of the fire retardant core material. Usually, the ACP panels weigh close to 4 kg/meter square which is perfect for reducing building efforts and maintenance.

Fire Retardant

Aluminum Sandwich Panels are not fire retardant. To get fire-retardant aluminium composite panels, you’ll have to consult your vendor/dealer. Fire retardant ACP panels are similar to any other sandwich panel regarding design. The only difference lies in the use of ‘Fire Retardant Core Material’ and the thickness of the external aluminium sheets.

All these superior physical characteristics of the panels make them an excellent option to give a beautiful finish to the exteriors and interiors of the building.

How Viva Helps you build a safe, fireproof building?

Viva is an industry leader in providing high-quality Aluminum Composite Panels for buildings. Also, having worked on multiple national and international projects, Viva aims to be an industry leader in providing fire retardant ACP panels to keep any fire hazards at bay.

Our unmatched quality and finish of the sandwich aluminium fireproof panels has helped us earn the trust of global construction players. Additionally, we hold expertise not only in manufacturing but also in fire retardant ACP panels with Aluminum, FR, and PE cores.

Use fire retardant ACP panels in houses, commercial premises, and other civil construction finishing. Nevertheless, a wise step taken today can save a lot tomorrow.

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The strength of team is defined by the individual team members. And VIVA is the place where every team member enjoy... the profession.Learning... Developing and converting into reality is our key to success."We lead.... Never follow "read more
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Now days VIVA just not an ACP company it is a Brand.Quality and operation policy of the company is much stronger. And... always try to give zero defect material to market.Working environment is very healthy and friendly. Management of the company is very supportive.This is the right place where you can implement your skill and knowledge. And learn lots of new things and technologies.read more
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Have been working for 3 years it's been an awesome time .feels good and home like working environment with supportive... management and staff .Direct personal relationship with company directors and quick response for any query and problems and with best approach towards future we are biggest ACP manufacturer in the industry.VIVA provides full after sales support and satisfaction to customer and it's employees.It's great to be a part of something great.read more
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13:52 12 Feb 20
Quality Product !!!
Sudarshan Yadav
Sudarshan Yadav
13:33 12 Feb 20
Viva is one of the largest manufacture of ACP sheet in India. The company have huge range of Exterior and Interior wall... cladding product, like ACP, HPL, Metal series, Natural Stone series, Galaxy series and many more innovative products. This is the first company in India to manufature A2+ FR Grade ACP. The company can provide customoze colour and sizes also. Very soon company will provide 6feet sheets in wirth. Service of the company is excellent.read more
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13:32 12 Feb 20
Viva Composite is the largest Manufacturer of Aluminium composite Panel in India having state of art plant... manufacturing wide range of shades and textures available in FR and Non FR Grades.Viva also offers exciting work environment for its employees.read more
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Professional quality service and superb products for interiors as well as exteriors.. Very well versed technicians and... staff..read more
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