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What is Swarf? [Video]

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jun 20, 2019 9:31:11 AM

Swarf are the shavings of metal debris produced during machining. These chips or filings can also be produced during woodworking, grinding and other manufacturing processes. Metal, wood, plastic and stone can all produce this debris which is often called “swarf”.

At S-5 Manufacturing, the small chips and shavings created during the cutting, milling or drilling of stainless steel, aluminum and brass parts could be called “swarf”, but we commonly call them “saw chips” or “turnings” and produce tons of them each month. In that case, they are automatically collected at their source by special equipment and recycled regularly. We recycle approximately 40 Cu. Yd. or 14,450 lb. of aluminum chips every month. That amounts to over 7 tons per month of “swarf”. There are additional shavings produced when machining our brass and stainless steel clamps and brackets, but that volume is much lower than the aluminum.

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Tags: PV array, solar PV, trapezoidal, rust, exposed fastened, gavalume, Swarf, galvanized

Metal Roof vs Asphalt Shingles Comparison: 9 Tips for Choosing - 2019

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Mar 18, 2019 11:59:16 AM

Pop quiz. Should you install a metal roof or asphalt shingles? Asphalt shingle roofs are everywhere. But metal roofs have been in use for almost three thousand years. They have come a long way from the simple, yet functional corrugated or standing seam metal roof design usually associated with barns or sheds. So, which is the best choice for you? To answer this, let’s take a deeper look under the hood, or the roof, as it may be.

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Tags: standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, rail mounted, solar PV, solar technology, rooftop equipment, non-penetrating, manufacturing, maintenance, green, asphalt shingles, recycling, durability, environment

What is a Corrugated Metal Roofing Panel?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 28, 2019 11:21:47 AM

A corrugated panel has a repeating wavy or rippled pattern across its design. It was the first mass-produced metal panel design in the United States. These panels can be used for roofing, siding, decking, and flooring. Corrugated panels are connected by overlapping the sheets, and then securing them in place with exposed fasteners. 

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Tags: Solar, Roof Clamps, pv modules, metal roof clamps, Brackets, metal roofing, exposed fastener, solar PV, rooftop mounting, rooftop equipment, rooftop utilities, load tested, non-corrosive, stainless steel, corrugated, EPDM, UV Exposure, butyl sealant

Visit S-5! at IRE

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 11, 2019 11:57:08 AM

It’s time! IRE – the International Roofing Expo has started in Nashville, TN. It officially runs February 11-13 in Music City Center. The exhibit hall in the Center is located in downtown Nashville – incredible roofing products and within walking distance to restaurants and local music venues. What could be better?

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Tags: Solar, Roof Clamps, pv modules, Snow Guards, sliding snow, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, Brackets, metal roofing, standing seam metal roof, snow stopper, snow bar, exposed fastener, roof panels, PV technology, direct mount, PV array, photovoltaic, rail mounted, rail less, solar PV, solar technology, rooftop mounting, rooftop equipment, maintain roof warranty, rooftop utilities, load tested, holding strength, aluminum, stainless steel

How Do Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Work?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 23, 2019 10:22:15 AM

Photovoltaics (PV) is the process of converting light into electricity. PV technology converts sunlight (otherwise known as solar radiation) into direct current electricity. This process uses semiconductors, (the most common semiconductor material being crystalline silicon), so when the sun hits the PV, the electrons are released and form an electric current.  Photovoltaic technology is commonly attached to a panel; and these solar panels are connected to one another and mounted onto a frame. This PV assembly is called a module and you can wire these modules together into an array. Rays of sunlight (photons) are absorbed by the solar panels. This power then gets converted into Alternating Current (AC) to be used in the house - or sold back to the centralized city grid.

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Tags: Solar, pv modules, metal roofs, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, Brackets, solar attachment, exposed fastener, PV technology, PV, direct mount, PV array, photovoltaic, rail mounted, solar PV, solar technology

Updated - Solar and Exposed Fastener Metal Roofs - 2019 Best Practices

Posted by Rob Haddock on Mar 8, 2018 1:48:02 PM


Upon reading the Solar Power World article Metal Roofs are No Problem for Solar Installations, my reaction was, "Well, I suppose that is true—if (and only if) it is done 'the right way.'" There are so many materials, profiles, gauges, metallurgies and corrosion behaviors to consider; not to mention effective waterproofing methods, sealant chemistries, thermal cycling characteristics, weathering behaviors, strength of materials, structural engineering principals and relevant test methods. It is anything but a simple science! 

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Tags: Solar, pv modules, solar mounting, Brackets, solar attachment, exposed fastener, PV technology, PV, direct mount, PV array, photovoltaic, rail less, solar PV, solar technology, rooftop mounting, maintain roof warranty, load tested, holding strength

Cost Savings Best Practices for Solar Mounting on Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Posted by Dustin Haddock on Aug 24, 2017 1:24:58 PM

Best design and installation practices when using seam clamps to structurally attach PV systems to standing seam metal roofs

Standing seam metal roofing (SSMR) is the most convenient of any roof type for mounting PV modules, either crystalline or thin-film. The seams of SSMR are beam-like elements that not only add stiffness and flexural strength to the roof panels, but also provide expedient attachment points for a PV system. Joining PV modules to this roof type can be done with or without continuous mounting rails using aluminum seam clamps.

Seam Clamps and Mechanical Compression

These clamps anchor to the roof seam by pinching it within the clamp body with round point set-screws that are in no way invasive to the roof. The setscrew forces the metal of the standing seam into a recess in the opposing clamp wall, permanently deforming it in order to establish a mechanical interlock. The clamp body is machined with threaded holes to facilitate anchorage of PV modules or racking components to the clamp.

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Tags: Solar, Roof Clamps, pv modules, thermal movement, direct mount, PV array, rail mounted, rail less, solar PV, corrosion, maintain warranties, non-penetrating, load tested, UL Listed

   

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