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PVDF-Coated ACP Panels: Meaning, Applications, and Benefits

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In order to boost the corrosion and abrasion resistance of ACP cladding, surface treatment should be applied. A variety of surface treatment methods are available, including electrophoresis, anodizing, and electrostatic coating. It is possible to classify electrostatic coatings as powder coatings and fluorocarbon coatings (PVDF Coating).

Our topic for today’s blog is PVDF coating and its advantages. So let’s get straight to the point.

What is PVDF Coating?

PVDF stands for Polyvinylidene Fluoride. A PVDF coating, or KYNAR500 coating, is a pure thermoplastic fluoropolymer that is non-reactive and contains a long list of coating benefits. It is a factory-applied resin-based liquid coating system. The distribution of metal particles in fluorocarbon coatings has a direct impact on the appearance of the coating.

A short fluorine-carbon bond is formed in the chemical structure of the paint, which forms the strongest bond with the hydrogen ion. Fluorocarbon coatings are therefore characterized by certain physical and chemical properties, which we will discuss in a bit more detail later on.

PVDF coatings are sold under several brand names, including Kynar, Hylar, and Solef, but VIVA’s ACP panels are made of 70% KYNAR 500 certified PVDF (Fluorinated polyvinyl) paint which conforms to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and EN (European Nation) standards. We procure PVDF paints from Nippon, PPG, Bergers, Akzonobel, Monopol & many other paint companies.

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What is the most suitable application of PVDF-coated ACP panels?

PVDF coatings are widely used for projects that require an extremely durable coating that resists weathering, chalking, fading, and UV rays while offering excellent protection to the substrate.

PVDF coatings are especially recommended for exterior locations with strong sunlight or moist and humid areas, such as coastal locations and beaches.

The outer aluminum sheet of the ACP panel meant for exterior application is usually coated with PVDF paints.

ACP panels with PVDF coating can be used to decorate storefronts, shopping malls, industrial facilities, educational institutes, bus stations, advertisement screens, signage, display systems, hospitals, and curtain wall cladding of buildings.

What are the Advantages of using ACP cladding with PVDF coating?

PVDF coating properties such as low melting point, high dielectric and mechanical strength translate into the following advantages. Here is a quick glance.

  • Excellent resistance to acids, solvents, bases
  • Superb resistance to abrasion and wear
  • High peel-off strength
  • Outstanding color and gloss retention
  • Coats surfaces with an appealing matte finish
  • Exceptional color consistency (resists fading)
  • An alternative to dip coatings, which contain organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Thermo stable both at low and high temperatures
  • Highly inert and stable, providing excellent resistance from metal weathering over time.
  • Anticorrosive and non chalking
  • Ensures long-term durability with minimal maintenance
  • Anti-frosting and anti-air pollution (acid rain, etc.)
  • High brightness despite the thin coating (.020″ – .030″ )
  • Can withstand atrocious Weather
  • Anti-UV and anti-nuclear radiation
  • Two hours of resistance to boiling water (good adhesion effect)
  • Low smoke generation and self-extinguishing capabilities in case of fire

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Conclusion

The type of coating you should use may depend on your exact applications, but if you require highly durable, environmentally friendly, and long-lasting ACP panels, PVDF coatings may be the ideal choice for you.

VIVA’s PVDF-coated ACP panels are free of lead, mercury, chromium, or any other heavy metal compounds since these elements are anything but ecosystem-friendly. Moreover, the PVDF coatings we use impart anti-ageing properties to the ACP cladding.

Using Technical Education As A Solution To A Flawless Installation Of ACP Panels

Using Technical Education As A Solution To A Flawless Installation Of ACP Panels

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Widely used in residential and commercial architecture, ACP panels are a new generation construction material that is well-known for their convenient installation and the durability they impart to the building’s infrastructure.

The rigidity, lightweight, and versatility of ACP panels allow them to be fabricated and clad on flat or curved surfaces. ACP panels provide you with the luxury to work on diverse projects like custom panels such as column coverings, drill panels, pillars warps, canopies etc.

Apart from heightening the aesthetic appeal of your interior and exterior landscape, ACP cladding offers impressive weather-proofing, thermal and sound insulation, and weather-resistant properties to the building.

But even though ACP panels can easily be processed and are fabrication-friendly, that is, they are easy to cut, weld, bend, and rivet, not knowing the correct installation procedure can defeat the purpose of their application.

So allow us to first walk you through the installation process of ACP panels following which we shall discuss why such technical knowledge is imperative. Let’s dive in right away.

  Measurement: It’s pretty much essential to measure the panel before you install it. The result of a small mistake in this step can ruin your efforts in the following steps.
•  Fabrication: ACP panels can be cut, folded, or drilled with the help of special cutting tools. This stage also involves the installation of fasteners and extrusions.
•  Waterproofing: The weather barrier is installed prior to applying the panels to the walls. During this step, the plywood is sprayed with a high-quality primer, and the weather barrier is applied or bituminous paint is applied on the wall to ensure the panels do not leak water.
•  Mounting system: The mounting system ensures that panels are installed in a straight line. Upon installation, the panels are arranged in a fixed order. The order will vary depending on some factors, such as the priority given to corners and particular shaped areas.
•  Installing ACP panels: This step entails, attaching the ACP panels to the mounting system. It is common to have a gap between the panels after installation. ACM panel manufacturers usually conceal gaps with matching strips of silicone. A final step includes using shims for leveling the panels and clips for attaching them.

Why the proper installation of ACP cladding is imperative?

The installation and fabrication of ACP cladding is no easy feat. ACP panels should be installed keeping in mind the elevation of the structure and the wind condition. Equipment expertise, strict deadlines, and excellent workmanship are some of the prerequisites to make the process a success.

Why does technical education matter for ACP cladding?

•  The thickness, shade, grade, framework of ACP panels ought to be selected meticulously as per the load applied to ensure sustainable performance.
•  Accurate measurements facilitate the appropriate grade and thickness to be used to suit varying projects.
•  To determine the thickness of the ACP panel, it is necessary to calculate the wind speed that the facade experiences.
•  The thermal movement caused by temperature fluctuations must be prevented by weatherproofing the ACP panels. If not, the ACP panels will bow, and the fasteners will lose their strength to an unacceptable degree.

Conclusion

What you choose to adorn your spaces defines your style and taste.

VIVA’s ACP panels perform uncompromisingly well when installers apply the correct and expert-recommended Fabrication techniques. Thus, if you want to leverage the zero undulation, unmatched flexibility, and exceptional weather-proofing capabilities of VIVA’s ACP panels, a careful approach to installation is a must.

Also, do not keep the knowledge to yourself. Instead, we urge you to circulate this blog to anyone you know who is contemplating the use of ACP cladding.

Viva fire-resistant ACP sheets: Here's everything you need to know

VIVA’s Fire-Resistant ACP Sheets: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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There is an ancient saying that “A storm can arise from a clear sky”, which implies that risk is a part of our lives. However, another expression says that it is “Better to be safe than sorry.” which implies that being prepared for the worst in advance does not harm.

While aesthetics are important, the real question is how well-equipped is your architecture to stand tall and strong in times of adversity?

With high-rise buildings clustering the city skylines and new infrastructures sprawling across cities, fire safety has become an issue of utmost concern worldwide. This is owing to the fact that fire mishaps can occur out of a clear sky, endangering the existence of the building and those residing within it.

Thus, using certified fire retardant construction material has become the need of the hour for every modern infrastructure.

To combat the dangers of a fire outbreak, VIVA is the first to come up with FR-grade Aluminium Corrugated Composite Panels in India.

VIVA’s fire retardant ACP sheets are offered in three grades – Class B, Class A2+, and Class A2. The FR class B comprises 70% Mineral & 30 % Polyethylene recycled Core, whereas the FR class A2 includes 90% Mineral & 10 % Polyethylene recycled Core.

What is a Fire-Resistant Aluminum Composite Panel’s working principle?

What empowers fire-retardant ACP sheets with self-extinguishing property is the ultra-modern technology used to build the Core that comprises minerals like AluminiumTrihydroxide& Magnesium Dihydroxide. It is this inorganic mineral-filled, polymer-bonded halogen-free core that is responsible for preventing combustion and ignition from taking place.

Viva has introduced FR class A2+, also known as ACCP (Aluminum core corrugated panel), which was the first of its kind in India. It has honeycomb core sandwiched between two aluminium coils. It does not contain any polyethylene core, the fire triangle is broken by eliminating the fuel element.

What are the benefits of using Fire-Resistant ACP sheets?

Statistics unveil that about 80% of fire-related casualties are linked to the emission of toxic smoke, which is a dreadful combination of CO and CO2. Thick black smoke emitted from combustible materials like furniture acts as a choking hazard for the victims. Moreover, the dense smoke distorts the vision and makes it even more difficult for them to flee from the escape routes.

Fire-retardant ACP sheets do not release any threatening thermal irritants or toxic fumes that can be detrimental to the health of the respiratory system. Rather, a small amount of water is emitted, causing harmless water vapor and non-toxic smoke to be released.

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The poor thermal conductivity of FR aluminium composite panels leads to a negligible spread of fire for up to 2 hours. Since they do not participate actively in combustion, FR-grade ACP sheets do not release excessive heat onto other materials that can cause a fire.

Instead of melting into flaming droplets, fire retardant ACP sheets transform into harmless dust particles. Moreover, they do not come off the façade when the building is doused with water through a fire hose by the firefighters.

All these factors facilitate hassle-free evacuations of the occupants from the fire-engulfed building and minimize the damage to your dream project.

Why choose VIVA’s Fire-Retardant ACP panels?

Viva’s smoke-free FR-grade ACP sheets are designed to effectively protect high rises beyond 15 meters.

Our FR-grade aluminum composite panels emit negligible heat, so the temperature of the building is kept to an acceptable level.

Lastly, VIVA’s FR Class B ACP sheets are certified by international consultants Thomas Bell-Wright and accredited with NFPA 285, EN 13501, ASTM D1929, and ASTM E84. Our FR Class A2+ and Class A2 comply with EN 13501 and ASTM D1929

Last words

There is no such thing as too much safety, especially against the wrath of fire.

It would not be wise to completely exclude the possibility of a fire accident in a building, no matter how much we hope it never happens. Therefore, installing an FR-grade ACP sheet is a necessity (not an option) for modern structures if you want to enhance the fire security rating of the same.

Aluminum Composite Panel Uses

Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP) Design, Features and Uses

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You might be familiar with Aluminium Composite Panel if you are into construction business or interiors. Also called ACP design panel or ACP Sheet, these are common building materials used in several buildings and signboards. ACP sheet brands are made up of two panels of thin and flat aluminium that is attached to a non-aluminium center. You are likely to counter ACPs several times a day without even realizing it. With the ACP market slated to grow to USD 177 billion by 2021, it is significant that you know a thing or two about aluminium composite panel sheets and its features.

Features of Aluminium Panel

ACP sheet comes in over forty different colors. Also, you can get them customized in design and colors according to your requirements. You can coordinate with sheet designers and architects to create a look of zinc, copper, aluminium, or stainless steel colors with ACPs.

Although lightweight, ACPs have incredible longevity and durability compared to other building materials. Moreover, most ACP sheet brands are environment-friendly and therefore contribute to sustainable development as they are made from over eighty percent recycled aluminium material. You can read this blog to know more about Why Aluminium Composite Panels Are A Cost-Effective Building Material? 

Aluminium panel is also fire resistant as its core is made of fire-resistant materials. This makes this composite panel sheet ideal for the construction of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. Its high tolerance and excellent tensile strength add to its splendid features. ACPs are not only stain-resistant; they are also washable and are therefore easier to maintain.

Uses and applications of ACP Design Sheet

ACP cladding can be used in advertising signboards and wall cladding. Signboards made of ACPs last for an extended period. ACP design partitions and false ceilings are quite popular in the construction industry. Interior ACPs are also used for decorating interiors such as curtain cladding and covering of pillars.

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Benefits of using Aluminium Composite Panels or ACP Sheets

The most impressive elements about ACP design sheet is its low cost and longevity. The affordable price of the aluminium composite panel makes it a favorite for construction purpose. Moreover, the aluminium composite material can withstand high wind pressure. Therefore, it offers the added advantage of safety along with high durability.

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Apart from safety, durability, affordability, aluminium composite panel sheets also come with easy maintenance and give a beautiful appearance to buildings. Since it can be washed and cleaned at any point, they also eliminate unnecessary expenditures like renovating the entire thing again.

Conclusion

ACP design panel has revolutionized the construction sector in many ways and reduced the overall construction cost. With more innovations and improvisations expected to take place in the construction industry, the aluminium composite panel can indeed emerge as a game-changer in the construction business.

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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.

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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 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.

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Aluminium Composite Panels at a Glance

Aluminium composite panels or ACP Panel 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.

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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.

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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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A leader in the world of Aluminium Composite Panels, Viva Composite Panel Pvt. Ltd has come a long way since its inception in 2003. Viva is a premier ACP sheet manufacturer in India making use of state-of-the-art Korean machines with advance technology to ensure top-notch ACP sheets. Viva has 18 warehouses across all the major cities of India and more than 500 dealer network across the country.

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