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Effective starting February 1, 2018, SCAFCO Steel Stud Company has increased prices on our products. In the interest of transparency, we believe you deserve an explanation for these changes.
Global and domestic factors are both at play. According to a recent AISI report, overall US steel imports rose by 18% in 2017 and held a 27% share of the market; however, partly due to antidumping cases against China, which manufactures approximately half of the worldwide steel supply, we have experienced a reduction in imported cold-rolled and coated steels.
SCAFCO purchases only American-made steel, but this does not mean we are unaffected. Limitations on imports from China and other countries come at a time when producers at home are raising their prices as well. Transportation costs continue to climb, and the ongoing federal Section 232 investigation into the potential national security threat posed by imported steel has driven all major domestic steel mills to announce increases.
Worldsteel forecasts that steel demand will see an increase of 3% (882.4 Mt) in 2018. We at SCAFCO are monitoring domestic and global market conditions, and will continue to keep our customers apprised of our response.
Thank you for your business and your continued support.
As communities become more populated and the increasing amount of airborne noises rise, there is a real need for reducing the noise levels in both business and residential buildings. There are a few traditional sound reduction methods currently available, however, most of these methods are expensive and require extra labor and wasteful square footage.
SCAFCO now offers a revolutionary noise barrier product called SoundGuard™ Silent Steel Framing System. SoundGuard™ has many advantages over all other methods. SoundGuard™ eliminates sound by reducing the vibration transferred through the assembly. The new system is also easily installed and is much more cost effective than traditional sound barrier construction methods.
The SoundGuard™ Silent Steel Framing System is a patented interior framing system specifically designed to easily construct partition walls with high STC ratings. The SoundGuard™ system was created to save labor on construction and accomplishes excellent sound rating numbers.
The control of noise and vibration is essential for health, safety, environment, and quality. SoundGuard™ Framing System is expertly designed to provide a cost effective and practical solution to noise control. SCAFCO manufactures a complete line of acoustical framing studs and track to meet noise requirements and to help solve many noise problems. SoundGuard™ studs and track are quickly assembled to provide complete or partial walls for residential condos, apartments, conference rooms, equipment rooms, hospitals, and more.
The PLC4 is a premium option for bypass curtain wall connections. The PLC4’s advanced design provides secure attachment to the main building structure while allowing seamless vertical deflection. The PLC4 transfers horizontal load into structural members, maintains lateral rigidity, and eliminates bridging within 12 inches of support connection. The PLC4 Bypass Clip has been engineered to provide the greatest allowable loads in the industry. The clip was designed with contractor input to be user-friendly and save labor.
SCAFCO includes custom quarter inch shouldered screws with every PLC4 clip. These self-tapping screws allow superior movement while making installation into the structural support slab quick and easy.
The third-party IAPMO-ER0494 certification report has been finalized, and all the required technical data for the PLC4 is in place. The PLC4 can be used in any area of the country, even in states with the most stringent requirements, such as California and Florida.
The PLC4 has greater load capacity for deflection conditions than previous clips. The PLC4 is versatile and can be used for deflection and secure connections. The PLC4 will also be competitive against the heavier PLC2 option.
The PLC4 Deflection Clip is made from mill-certified steel per ASTM A653 standards. The material is 68 mil or 14 gauge material thickness, 57 ksi yield strength, 65 ksi ultimate tensile strength, and comes standard with a G90 galvanized coating.
Recently, Brett Thompson, SCAFCO Engineering Manager, presented the PLC4 Clip at the Structural Engineers Association (SEA) annual conference in Portland, OR. Brett said that, “Engineers marveled at the load capacities for both compression and tension forces, compared to other clips on the market.”
Structural Testing and Research Inc. (STAR), one of the leading testing laboratories in North America, professionally tested the PLC4 Bypass Clip. Structural capacity tests for both compression and tension proved the PLC4’s ability to handle the most extreme exterior wind loads. Also, IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services (IAPMO) reviewed the third-party testing to meet all applicable codes and standards. After reviewing the testing report and application of the product, multiple licensed engineering professionals have certified the PLC4 and its load capacities to be code compliant.
For more information, visit: http://www.scafco.com/steel/products/deflection-clips/plc4-bypass-slide-clip or contact Brett Thompson, SCAFCO Engineering Manager, at BrettThompson@SCAFCO.com.
Professionally sound tested at Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories, Serenity-RC provides the industry’s best sound performance for both steel and wood framed assemblies.
Serenity-RC is a premium product and the most cost-effective solution for reducing the transmission of airborne sound through walls and ceilings. By separating the drywall from the stud flange, the channel minimizes the direct path by which sound travels through the framing.
SCAFCO’s Serenity-RC has been professionally sound tested at Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories, one of the leading and longest-standing acoustical testing facilities in the United States. Acoustical testing for the STC performance of Serenity-RC proved the product’s ability to provide high-end sound performance for both steel and wood framed assemblies, well above other high-end RC products available.
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