New Line of Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines

Malta Dynamics introduces its Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines. According to the manufacturer, the Edgehog line meets ANSI standard Z359.14-2014 for a worker capacity range of 130-310 lbs. Boasting a compact and lightweight design, the Class A Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines feature durable housing, a quick-action braking system, an integral shock absorber and a swivel top connection point.

“A leading edge self-retracting lifeline can be critical,” Malta Dynamics President Chris Holland said. “If a worker goes over an edge, as the self-retracting lifeline contacts the edge and comes over, there is a potential the cable could break if it’s not specifically designed for leading edge use.”

 “A condition we see very common with a lot of our customers is what we call foot level tie off,” Holland continued. “This means the self-retracting lifeline’s directly attached to the deck, often because there is no overhead anchorage available. If you were to go over the edge and fall, the leading edge self-retracting lifeline is designed exactly for this scenario.”

The Malta Dynamics Edgehog units contain shock packs on the end. When the cable becomes isolated over an edge during a fall, the shock pack engages to reduce arresting forces. This puts less force on the worker who has fallen and also doesn’t damage the cable.

According to Malta Dynamics Fall Protection Engineer David Ivey, the presence of a shock pack alone does not make a self-retracting lifeline a leading edge unit. For a self-retracting lifeline to be used in a leading edge situation, it must be tested and marked by the manufacturer for leading edge use.

The two new Edgehog product lines include standard style self-retracting lifelines as well as personal units. The standard units feature a convenient carry handle while the personal units have built in back padding.

“Our personal Edgehogs actually attach to the back of your harness,” Holland said. “In the case of a fall the shock pack is actually built into the padding. All day long while you’re wearing it, this is padding your back but in the case of a fall it works as the shock pack.”

Dual personal units are also available for work sites where mobility is important. “Dual units provide optimum safety when transitioning from one anchor point to another,” Ivey said. “They allow for 100 percent tie-off without compromising on mobility.”

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Standing Seam Roof Clamp Accommodates Variety of Seam Profiles

Dynamic Fastener offers the Standing Seam Roof Clamp, which installs over the clip on a completely seamed, attached roof section a minimum 4 feet or further from the edge with no damage to roof panels or finished seams and no roof penetrations. The clamp accommodates seams up to 1 inch wide, and the unique “flip” design of the DFSSRC-03 allows for fit on both the Butler MR24 and Butler VSR-style seams just by removing the bolts, turning one side of the clamp around the ring and replacing the bolts. According to the company, any roof that meets similar loadings, specifications, and codes of the Butler styles will accept these anchors for safety tie off. 

A safety lanyard, of a maximum length 6-foot length, with a deceleration (shock absorber) device and full body harness should be used with the clamp. Clamps have been tested to meet and exceed the following OSHA standards: 1926.502 (d) (2), (3), (4) and (15): Anchorages for attachments of personal fall arrest equipment.

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

Concrete Tile Lines Available in New Suite of Colors

Boral Roofing LLCintroduces the Vista Collection. The new concrete roof tile options include five new varied neutral shades introduced to meet specific architectural, lifestyle and color trends emerging within the state of Texas. The new suite of hues is available with two of Boral Roofing’s most popular tile styles in the region – Saxony Country Slate and Shake. The shades include Charcoal Brown Blend, Chestnut Burnt, Dark Bordeaux, Weathered Cedar and Weathered Greige. The collection launch is a direct result of extensive research conducted into consumer lifestyle and home design trends happening within the state.

“We have been closely examining Texas and have found that, as with many other key regions across the country, home design within the state is trending toward sensorial relief in both home interiors and exteriors,” said Shannon Delgado, senior marketing manager with Boral Roofing. “This concept manifests itself in an aesthetic where ornamentation is reduced and calming neutral color palettes prevail.”

Boral Roofing’s research in Texas also points to specific architecture styles. “We are witnessing a shift in homeowner preference for Trans-contemporary home design,” said Delgado. 

Transitional home designs reflect the clean lines of contemporary residential architecture while drawing heavily upon the details and style of traditional homes. Contemporary homes are characterized by a distinct preference for clean lines, open concepts, minimal exterior decoration, ample light sources with large windows and a lack of rounded edges. “These newly introduced colors perfectly align with this architecture, which blends farmhouse origins with a more modern aesthetic happening into Texas’ urban centers,” says Delgado.

According to the company, the concrete tile options within the Vista Collection are durable, lasting, and low maintenance. The concrete tile offers a Class A fire rating. Additionally, it is manufactured sustainably with locally-sourced, abundant, and naturally occurring geologic material and is fully recyclable at the end of its life on the roof. The new concrete roof tile colors are now available within Texas. 

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

New Snow Retention System Designed for Areas of Heavy Snowfall

PMC Industries introduces the Snow Titan. Presented as a heavy-duty alternative to the company’s Color Snap snow retention system, Snow Titan delivers even greater snow-holding confidence, according to the company. 

Jim Bailey, president of PMC Industries, stated, “Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing product but more importantly, Snow Titan was designed for projects in areas that experience the heaviest snowfalls. Homeowners and commercial property owners are all-too-familiar with the terrifying snow slides that can occur as snow begins to melt and suddenly slides off the roof. Roofing Avalanches can occur anywhere there is significant snow, but the dangers and liability to persons and property in these areas can be significant.”

According to the company, the product installs quickly and easily, saving time and minimizing labor costs. The system utilizes non-penetrating AceClamp sliding-pin clamps and snap-in ice flags, and promises to deliver with twice the strength of conventional snow retention systems.

Explained Bob Mercier, head of product development, “Contractors who enjoyed the benefits of Color Snap will now have the opportunity to purchase Snow Titan with the additional security of knowing that it will keep a greater snow load in place. Snow Titan’s new triangular shaped rail-structure is strong enough to tackle up to 48-inch spans, and can be configured in either one or two rail setups depending upon the roofing pitch and expected snowfall.”  

According to the company, Snow Titan’s rails and clamps, along with all of AceClamps products, are manufactured in the United States from all non-corrosive materials. 

For more information, visit www.AceClamp.com

Pipe-Style Snow Guards Designed for Tile Roofing

The three-pipe PP235LS from Alpine SnowGuards is height adjustable to 39 degrees to accommodate varying roof pitches. The bracket is available in aluminum mill-finish, powder coated aluminum and brass. The PP235 system’s base plate is sized to match your tile, and is also available in aluminum and brass. The image pictured here is the PP235LS three-pipe height-adjustable system for Ludowici Spanish Tile. 

For more information, a free sample or to request a quote, call (888) 766.4273 or email info@alpinesnowguards.com, or visit https://www.alpinesnowguards.com.

Skylight Automation System Designed to Make Modern Indoor Living Healthier

VELUX offers VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO to help homeowners by automating their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home.

Indoor air is five times more polluted than outdoor air, and with people spending so much time inside, VELUX recognized the need to help homeowners use natural ventilation to air out their homes on a regular basis.

“VELUX ACTIVE is indicative of our commitment to healthy, energy efficient homes,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Every homeowner deserves clean air, and this automation system will help reduce the risk of health hazards, such as asthma, that are aggravated by poor indoor air quality. This system will automatically open the skylights for fresh air, so homeowners can worry less about the air they and their families are breathing.”

VELUX ACTIVE, which is compatible with Apple HomeKit, allows homeowners to automate their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home. The product supports the growing desire for smart home technology in the United States, with some projections showing the number of connected homes exceeding 35 million by 2021.

In an average home, the pollutant level is normally at a low level when people first enter the home or after effective ventilation. However, after an extended period of time, daily activities can raise the level of pollutants to unhealthy levels that can cause headaches, dizziness and sleepiness. Proper ventilation removes unwanted toxins, lowers CO2 levels and promotes an overall healthier lifestyle.

The system ensures a healthier indoor climate by automatically opening the skylights to air out the house two to three times daily. Here’s how it works: Smart sensor technology monitors CO2, humidity and temperature in the home, while the system also connects to online weather forecasts. It automatically opens the skylights if fresh air is needed inside.

It also automates blinds to help control indoor temperature. For example, the system will extend the blinds to block sunlight during the day in the warmer months or extend them at night during the winter for an added layer of insulation. Homeowners can also use the VELUX ACTIVE smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house.

For more information on VELUX ACTIVE and the federal tax credit, visit whyskylights.com.

SBS-Modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Class 4 Impact Resistance

CertainTeed’s NorthGate is an SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene)-modified asphalt shingle that offers Class 4 impact resistance and the dimensional appearance of wood shake roofing. The rubberized nature of NorthGate provides enhanced flexibility and shrinking/cracking resistance, which protects against damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle and makes it install-friendly in freezing temperatures. NorthGate shingles come with a lifetime-limited, transferable warranty against manufacturing defects, 10 years of SureStart protection, 15 years of StreakFighter algae protection and 15 years of 110-mph wind resistance (upgradeable to 130 mph when installed with CertainTeed starter and hip and ridge shingles). 

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

Pipe Flashings for Metal Roofs Available in a Variety of Colors

Dynamic Fastener’s DYNA-FLASH pipe flashings for metal roofs are designed for maximum resistance to all weather conditions. The pipe diameters can be seen clearly for proper fitting. The base is designed to mold to most panel configurations and roof pitches regardless of pipe location. EPDM flashings are available in 12 colors: Brown, Black, Dark Grey, Light Grey, White, Dark Green, Light Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Bright Red, Terra Cotta and Copper. High-temperature silicone flashings are available in Red and Grey. 

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

Self-Retracting Lifelines Designed to Deliver Jobsite Durability

FallTech announced the launch of its DuraTech Personal Leading Edge line of single and twin 9-foot self-retracting lifelines.

“We designed our new family of DuraTech Personal LE SRL’ first and foremost to protect people working at heights from dangerous leading edge conditions. We tested them to meet ANSI leading edge standards to help protect against sharp edge hazards. Also, their innovative design assures that they connect quickly to a harness, are compact and durable,” said Zachary Winters, FallTech Engineering Manager.

Key benefits and features include:

The proprietary integrated dorsal connector provides a quick and straightforward push-button attachment.

  • The exclusive energy absorber design and placement limit user back discomfort
  • This new family of SRL’s are calibrated for typical walking speeds without the nuisance of unintended lock-ups
  • The constant-force main spring produces smooth lifeline payout and retraction operation
  • The lightweight and impact resistant nylon polymer housing ensures durability
  • Designed for overhead anchorage and up to 5-feet below the user’s D-ring
  • 9-foot working length for users weighing up to 310 lbs.
  • Available in single and twin-leg configurations with steel and aluminum snap hook, rebar hook, and carabiner lifeline connector options

For more information, visit http://falltech.com.

Multilayered RF Shield Barrier Provides Next-Level Information Security

As an increasing number of government agencies, military installations, and commercial businesses seek ways to secure sensitive information, Fi-Foil Company is now offering its multilayered RF Shield barrier to block interference and prevent intrusion.

Fi-Foil’s multilayered RF Shield cripples electromagnetic (EM) and radio frequency (RF) interference in sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) rooms where National Security Agency (NSA) TEMPEST specifications are vital. RF Shield has been verified through a third-party independent IEEE-299 shielding effectiveness test at an NSA-approved TEMPEST facility.

The product is designed to keep IT systems secure and information locked down, saving users from the hassles, headaches and expenses that come with breaches, company CEO Bill Lippy said.

“Fi-Foil is proud to bring another quality solution to the building industry once again, this time with its cutting-edge RF Shield SCIF technology. Utilizing the latest scientific and technological advancements, RF Shield is designed to safeguard information of all kinds,” Lippy said. “At Fi-Foil, we understand how important it is to thwart cyberattacks and information leaks before they happen. RF Shield was created with safety in mind, and the applications are rapidly expanding in the commercial sector for inventory control and security.”

RF Shield comes in two variations — solid and perforated. Both are constructed of two outer layers of 99 percent pure aluminum foil with a strong inner layer of reinforced fiberglass scrim and Kraft paper.

Tests, performed at an accredited TEMPEST facility, show that RF Shield meets or exceeds minimum requirements for high-performance testing to 378 frequencies. RF Shield reduces noise impact and provides high-performance frequency shielding at an average RF attenuation of 73 dB.

RF Shield also meets the ASTM E84 Class A flame compliance rating and has Low-e reflective surfaces for thermal protection when exposed to air space.

Each roll of RF Shield, which is 51 inches wide and 118 feet long, covers 500 square feet. It is perfect for applications in the military, government, NASA and retail and commercial businesses. RF Shield, like other Fi-Foil products, is proudly manufactured in the United States.

For more information, visit fifoil.com.