Anchor Products Develops Permanent Attachment System for Lightning Protection Equipment

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Anchor Products, LLC, has introduced a permanent, non-penetrating solution for attachment of lightning protection equipment to low slope roof membranes.

The Anchor LP-800 and Anchor LP-400 offer non-penetrating attachment to roof membranes and can be quickly installed at a rate of 20 per man hour. Each attachment system is light weighing and provides permanent attachment to all traditional roofing materials.

The products include the Anchor LP-800 (Air Terminal Base) and the Anchor LP-400 (Cable Clamp Base). The Anchor LP-800 is a 3 inch stainless steel base plate with a ½ “ – 13 by 2 inch bolt weighing less than 6 ounces. The Anchor LP 400 is a 2 inch stainless steel base plate with a ¼”– 20 by 1 inch bolt weighing less than 4 ounces. Each plate is heat fused to an 8” by 8” single-ply membrane target.

The Anchor Products lightning protection products provide a simple peel and stick installation to TPO, EPDM, ASPHALT, Metal and other traditional roofing materials. PVC and TPO lighting protection anchors can also be hot air welded to the roof membrane. The Anchor LP-800 and LP-400 meet all the common code body requirements for lightning protection rooftop attachments.

Anchor Products, LLC, of Grapevine, Texas, has developed non-penetrating, ballast free rooftop attachment solutions for a variety of equipment found on today’s commercial buildings.  Anchor Products attachments are designed to be installed without fasteners and are highly wind-resistant enhancement.  The attachment systems have passed rigorous testing to the ASCE 7-05 and the ASTM E330-02 (2010) standards.

In addition to lightning protection equipment, Anchor Products attachment systems can secure, solar modules, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, antennas, and mechanical system components, among many others. For more details, please contact us.

U-Anchor 2000 Holds up to "Super Storm" Sandy on 1 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Project in Yonkers

YONKERS, NY – The U-Anchor 2000 solar racking attachments for low-slope roofs held firmly during Hurricane Sandy on a nearly completed 1 Megawatt photovoltaic installation in Yonkers, according to the project’s roofing contractor.

“That was one good part of that project, the anchors held,” according to Tim Kraft of Kraft Roofing Company in Fairlawn, New Jersey. Kraft and his crew had installed 90 percent of the U-Anchor 2000 solar rooftop attachments for the project and most of the solar racking before the storm struck.

According to Joel Stanley, President of Anchor Products, “Contractors have reported installation times of eight times faster than the competition, without the need for penetrating the roof membrane or adding ballast.”

The roof membrane receiving the U-Anchor 2000 attachments was a fully adhered, reinforced 60 mil EPDM membrane. The 16 inch targets of the U-Anchor 2000 attachments were adhered to the roof membrane with seam splice tape. The Schletter Solo5 solar racking system was attached to the rooftop with the U-Anchor 2000 solar attachment system from Anchor Products. The Schletter Gator Clamp held the racking system to the posts of the U-Anchor 2000 attachments.

The U-Anchor 2000 attachment system has passed rigorous testing to the ASCE 7-05 and the ASTM E330-02 (2010) standards. The independent testing lab at Trinity ERD found the U-Anchor 2000 to have approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load capacity. The test results demonstrated the product can perform in wind events exceeding 180 mph due to the U-Anchor 2000’s high tensile strength and shear strength.

Weather warnings for Yonkers reported hurricane force winds and extreme wind gust were recorded in the vicinity of the 1 megawatt solar project. The multi-story building on which the photovoltaic panels were installed are in the vicinity of the George Washington Bridge where Highway 7 crosses the Hudson River. Winds speeds recorded on the George Washington Bridge exceeded 90 mph during the worst of the storm.

The roof project did sustain damage due to flying debris and building materials which punctured the EPDM roof membrane, creating more than 32 holes that will need to be repaired. But neither the U-Anchor 2000 nor the Schletter solar racking system were damaged by Super Storm Sandy, according to Kraft.

Anchor Products, LLC, of Grapevine, Texas, developed the U-Anchor 2000 rooftop attachment product for ballast-free, non-penetrating roof membrane attachment of solar module racking systems. The U-Anchor 2000 is a lightweight equipment attachment system consisting of a weatherized steel plate with a 3/8” by ¾” tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO) target. The U-Anchor 2000 attachment is designed to be installed without fasteners and is a highly wind-resistant enhancement for solar panel racking installations.

The U-Anchor 2000 can also attach lightning protection equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, antennas, and mechanical system components, among many others. For more details, please contact us.

Schletter VP of Engineering Gives Positive Review of U-Anchor 2000 for Attachment of Solar Racking Systems

Schletter, Inc has thoroughly reviewed the performance and testing data of the U-Anchor 2000 and gave the solar racking attachment product a positive review.

“The U-Anchor 2000 provides a well thought-out and efficient means of fastening our solar mounting system to the roof of a commercial building,” according to Wolfgang Fritz, Ph.D., PE, Vice President of Engineering . “The installation is fast and simple which reduces time spent on site. In states with high labor rates, this can have a significant impact on overall project cost.”

“Anchor Products performed a stringent testing program to ensure the U-Anchor provides a safe alternative to other attachment methods. The results of the testing is used by our engineering department to determine count and locations of roof connections. We have worked with Anchor Products to determine the best way to connect Schletter rails to the U-Anchor. Several different methods are possible, allowing for a variety of instances where we can use their system with Schletter’s.”

“We think the U-Anchor provides a beneficial and convenient method of attaching our mounting systems to commercial membrane roofs without the need for additional ballast or roof penetrations,” Wolfgang said.

U-Anchor 2000™ to Save Significant Time and Money for Attaching Solar Racking Systems

Anchor Products, LLC, recently introduced the U-Anchor 2000™ rooftop attachment product for ballast-free, non-penetrating roof membrane attachment of solar module racking systems.

The patented U-Anchor 2000 is a lightweight equipment attachment system consisting of a weatherized steel plate with a 3/8″ by ¾” tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO roofing membrane) target. The U-Anchor 2000 attachment is designed to be installed without fasteners and is a highly wind-resistant enhancement for solar panel racking installations.

The U-Anchor 2000 comes with an industry standard material warranty. Third-party independent testing of the U-Anchor 2000 by Trinity ERD found the product to have approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load capacity. The product can perform in conditions that exceed hurricane force winds due to the U-Anchor 2000′s high tensile strength and shear strength.

The U-Anchor 2000 does not require roof membrane penetrations and eliminates the need for ballasting of photovoltaic panel racking systems. This saves building owners and project teams from making structural engineering changes due to the weight of ballasted solar racking systems.

The U-Anchor 2000 saves significant installation time lowering labor costs. Cranes and staging areas for hoisting ballast to the roof are also not needed with the U-Anchor 2000, which weighs only 8 ounces and can be easily carried to the roof. The U-Anchor 2000 can be welded to any Thermoplastic surface from flat to vertical with a hot air welder at a rate of 12 attachments per man hour.

The U-Anchor 2000 can also help extend the life of roof membranes with solar racking systems. Ballasted racking systems can shift and rub along the surface of a roof membrane causing an abrasion action and potentially forcing premature failure of the roof membrane.

The U-Anchor 2000 attachment system has also passed rigorous testing to the ASCE 7-05 and the ASTM E330-02 (2010) standards. The U-Anchor 2000 can also attach lightning protection equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, antennas, and mechanical system components, among many others. For more details, please contact us.

U-Anchor – Efficient and effective!

Anchor Products made a big splash at the RCI show earlier in the Month. There was non-stop traffic in our booth. We heard comments from consultants saying, “Finally, a legitimate way of fastening items to a flat roof without penetrating its surface.”

Anchor Products also received a large order for a project in the Caribbean to attach solar racks to a roof. We were told that the U-Anchor saved the project. The cost of pre-pouring concrete slabs to attach the racks to were proving to complex and expensive. Anchor has also received requests for quotes on other projects.

You can look at the testing of the U-Anchor for TPO or PVC roofing membrane on the Anchor Products website by clicking here. See for yourself the phenomenal results coming from this product. There are 1000’s of uses for this product to improve the performance of flat roofs, to make a building more efficient, and utilize its space more effectively. We are waiting for the PE report to be delivered. Once the reports are here we will post them to the site.

…The time will come when the U-Anchor will be as common as the screw in the roofing industry.

Stepping into the Limelight

It has been a busy and exciting time for Anchor Products and the U-Anchor product line; the revolutionary non-penetrating, non-ballasted roof equipment anchor. The only one of its kind in the world.

Final testing has concluded. The U-Anchor exceeded its previous estimates. This removes any hesitancy for other manufacturers to give their endorsements. In addition, this allows roof consultants and solar integrators to pull successful building permits for any roof mounted solar project in connection with PVC or TPO roofing membrane.  You can view the test data and see the videos on Anchor Products website.

Acceptance of the U-Anchor product line is growing fast. Anchor has two major membrane manufacturers that have given their endorsements to use the U-Anchor line with current projects IB Roof Systems and Duro-Last. Anchor Products has also been invited to continue discussions with Firestone Building ProductsCarlisle SyntecSikaSarnafil and FiberTite.

Anchor showed its product at the IRE (International Roofing Expo) and they were overwhelmed with inquiries and immediate interest for current projects. Solar racking manufacturers are also discussing private label agreements so they can integrate the U-Anchor into their system.

All in All Anchor Products is stepping into the limelight of the roof mounting equipment accessories industry.

Anchor Products will be at the 2012 RCI International Convention and Trade Show on March 17 & 18 in Dallas, Texas. Come see us at RCI!