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APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Suggestions and requirements to help assure an efficient and smooth ordering process.

For in-house blendable paint orders, five day advance notice is requested on all purchase orders prior to the arrival of metal in order to best serve our customer. This time is necessary to prepare the paint for your order.

Paint that Linetec cannot prepare in-house must be ordered from the manufacturer. It takes seven to ten days for the prepared paint to arrive at Linetec, therefore this additional time is required after receipt of the purchase order, before your material can be processed.

Linetec expects metal sent from customers to be in ready to finish form. We do not intentionally inspect customer material for flaws in metal or workmanship. It is the responsibility of the customer to control and approve manufacturing tolerance on their material.

Linetec will identify obvious and visible damage to master bundles, skids or boxes to include present or previous water damage to material or packaging. We will identify any freight damage, but there will be no intentional inspection for flaws or imperfections in material.

If questionable damage is identified during processing, the customer will be notified as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of Linetec personnel to determine if the material should continue in the process or be held for customer determination.

linetec damaged material procedure

If questionable damage is identified during processing, the customer will be notified as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of Linetec personnel to determine if the material should continue in the process or be held for customer determination.

LOCATION

NON-LMI MATERIAL

LMI MATERIAL

RECEIVING

Identify obvious and visible damage to master bundles, skids or boxes suggesting further damage may be present inside packaging.Identify obvious and visible damage to master bundles, skids or boxes suggesting further damage may be present inside packaging.
No intentional inspection for flaws or imperfections in material workmanship.No intentional inspection of material, this is done in the pulling process. Identify any obvious damage to material.
Identify the visible and obvious damaged to material.Process a Damaged Material Report if required.
Process a Damaged Material Report if required.

PULLING LMI MATERIAL

N/AInspect material for major and minor aesthetic damage, flaws and poor workmanship. All damage must be reported and customer approval to process must be given. It is the responsibility of the extruder to ensure tolerances are met.
Process a Damaged Material Report if required.

MATERIAL RACKING OPTIONS

Racking is a critical step in the paint process, as it assures good coverage to the exposed areas of the parts. All material processed through the paint line requires some method of racking. Whenever possible, marks left from racking will be in unexposed areas – identification of where your aluminum parts can be racked must be noted on prints.

Always let the applicator know if touch-up of rack marks are acceptable when it is required to rack on an exposed surface. A one half inch border is required for racking of flat sheets. Clipping or hole punch are other options for racking of sheet material. The half inch border must be along the long side of the sheet when the dimension is greater than five feet.

PRINTS & EXPOSURES

Linetec does not intentionally inspect customer material for flaws in metal or workmanship. It is the responsibility of the customer to control and approve manufacturing tolerance on their material.

Linetec will notify the customer of any obvious visible damage to bundles, skids or boxes that may be related to transfer or freight process.

If questionable damage is identified during processing, the customer will be notified as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of Linetec personnel to determine if the material should continue in the process or be held for customer determination.

square footage


Square footage, in most cases, is calculated based on a parts indicated exposed surface.

calculation of a painted exposure


Calculation of a painted exposure, per lineal foot, is calculated using the exposed surfaces indicated on the print.

Exposed surface calculation may vary depending on the type of exposure, such as a single adjacent exposure on one profile or multiple non-adjacent exposures on the same profile. Exposed surface calculation may also vary depending on the material profile or type. Exposure calculations are subject to established minimums.

Primary exposure


Primary Exposure is the exposed exterior and interior surface that must withstand the effects of the environment and normal use and wear. The primary surface must comply with all applicable AAMA specifications.

secondary exposure


Secondary Exposure is the semi-exposed areas requiring paint coverage, but which are not exposed to the direct effects of the environment or use and wear; this would include recessed channels and tracks. Semi-exposed or secondary exposures, requiring paint coverage do not have to be in compliance of the AAMA specification. Minor blemishes such as runs and bubbles may be present and will not be rejected or touched up. Rack marks may be evident in secondary exposure areas and will not be touched up.

faraday cage effect

Faraday cage effect is the electrostatic force that prevents charged particles from penetrating into recessed areas.

Charged paint particles are attracted to the closest grounded surface, as shown. Limitations due to an electrostatic painting system might make it impossible to achieve minimum recommended dry film thickness on all areas of an extrusion. Areas subject to the faraday cage effect are inside corners and recessed areas such as channels and cavities.

The following criterion defines Linetec’s acceptable quality level resulting from faraday cage effect.

  • If recess depth is from 50 – 100% of the width, there will be color coverage within the recess, but less than the specified dry film thickness.
  • If recess depth is from 100 – 200% of the width paint will be present, but the substrate may show through in some areas. The deeper the recess, the lighter the coverage will be within the recess. The substrate exposure will be less noticeable on pastel and light colors, and most noticeable on dark colors.
  • Recess depths greater than 200% of the width may not have any paint coverage at the bottom of the recess.

AAMA MEMBER

American Architectural Manufacturers Association, a material-neutral organization, is the source of performance standards for the fenestration professionals of window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturing companies.
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