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.