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Fastener choice underpins curtain walling success


Robin Szymura, SFS intec’s specialist advisor for aluminium fastening systems and member of the CAB’s technical committee, presenting at the recent CAB technical conference

SFS intec is helping aluminium systems companies, fabricators and installers achieve successful curtain walling installations by offering full technical support for one of the most critical elements – the fastener.

According to Robin Szymura, SFS intec’s specialist advisor for aluminium fastening systems, having the right fasteners used in the right applications is vital in high quality aluminium curtain walling installations which are guaranteed for longevity.

Robin, who sits on the CAB (Council for Aluminium in Building) technical committee, was invited to present SFS intec’s fastener expertise to fellow CAB members at their recent technical conference to help bring all those involved in aluminium curtain walling up to speed with the latest issues and solutions.

“Without careful consideration of how the fastener will perform, given its specific role within the curtain wall, installations could end up being sub-standard,” says Robin. “Ultimately, this could lead to premature failure and run the risk of structural collapse or at the very least incur the hefty cost of emergency repair.

“The key message remains the same - not all fasteners are the same. Fastening systems for aluminium curtain walling can be custom made to deal specifically with the application. For example, installations in coastal and heavily polluted industrial environments face aggressive climatic conditions, the effects of which can be countered by using a fastener of the correct grade of stainless steel and manufacture.”

SFS Intec’s high performance fastening solutions are guaranteed to perform. They are used to secure many of the world’s leading aluminium curtain walling systems, including Sapa, Kawneer and Technal.

SFS Intec’s precision engineered fasteners are produced in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered production plants in Europe and are backed by industry-leading customer service. The company regularly achieves delivery reliability of over 99% and it has in place an unrivalled range of logistical and ordering solutions to directly benefit window and door fabricators large and small, as well as systems companies.

A range of self-drilling and standard fasteners for aluminium curtain walling are available from SFS intec, featuring a purpose designed threadform to ensure installations are secure, reliable, durable and stand the test of time.

Through ongoing investment in state-of-the-art technology, SFS Intec has optimised the process of fastener manufacturing. It has the capability to produce screws to a consistently high quality standard in large volumes, complete with the right threadform for aluminium for reliable installations in the long term.

For further information on aluminium fastening systems please contact SFS intec



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SFS intec has been manufacturing high performance door hinges in Europe since 1980 and offers one of the industry’s most advanced ranges to suit PVC-U, composite, timber and aluminium entrance doors, plus internal doors.

SFS intec’s hinge division has been accredited by the UK Police flagship initiative - Secure by Design – a scheme which focuses on crime prevention at the design, layout and construction stages of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products.

With its headquarters in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, SFS intec also has manufacturing operations in, France, Italy, America and the UK.

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