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2024 Top Trends Impacting Commercial Building Products Manufacturing

Stay Ahead with These Trends

The commercial building products manufacturing industry is continually evolving, driven by technological advancements, sustainability demands, and changing market dynamics. As we progress through 2024, several key trends are shaping the landscape, offering both challenges and opportunities for manufacturers. Here’s a look at the top trends impacting the industry this year.

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Security Features of Commercial Floor Doors

Protecting Your Assets

In the realm of commercial spaces, security is paramount. Businesses invest significant resources in safeguarding their assets, whether it's inventory, sensitive information, or equipment. Among the myriad security measures available, commercial floor doors stand out as a discreet yet highly effective solution. These doors not only offer functional benefits like space optimization but also integrate robust security features, ensuring comprehensive asset protection.

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Understanding and Specifying Product for Rooftop Openings

In the intricate world of construction, precision is paramount. Every aspect of a building must be meticulously planned and executed to ensure safety, functionality, and compliance with regulations. When it comes to essential elements like roof hatches and smoke vents, understanding and specifying their openings correctly can make all the difference in the success of a project. In this guide, we'll dive deep into the nuances of these crucial components, equipping you with the knowledge needed to navigate their specifications with confidence.

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The Role of Commercial Stair Treads and Nosings in Building Maintenance

Maximizing Efficiency

Efficient building maintenance is essential for preserving the longevity, safety, and aesthetic appeal of commercial properties. While often overlooked, commercial stair treads and nosings play a critical role in ensuring smooth and cost-effective maintenance procedures. In this blog, we'll explore how these elements contribute to maximizing efficiency in building maintenance practices.

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Understanding Photoluminescent Pigments

A Guide to Glow-in-the-Dark Technology

Photoluminescent pigments are materials that absorb energy from light and then re-emit that energy as visible light, creating a glow-in-the-dark effect. These pigments are commonly used in safety applications, such as emergency signs, and can be mixed with various materials like paint, plastic, ceramics, glass, and fibers. The pigments are not radioactive or toxic, making them a safe and sustainable choice for a wide range of applications.

How Photoluminescent Pigments Work

Photoluminescent pigments contain inorganic chemical compounds, typically composed of aggregated crystal elements. When exposed to light, these compounds absorb energy and then release it over time as a glowing effect. The pigments can absorb a wide spectrum of visible light and re-emit it, allowing them to "charge" under different lighting conditions and glow in the dark without the need for electrical power.

A Brief History of Photoluminescent Pigments

Photoluminescent technology has evolved over the decades. In the 1970s, phosphorous pigments were used to create safety markings, but they had limited absorption capacity and required electric power to boost their glow. In the 1980s, stronger pigments made of zinc sulfide crystals were developed. However, the real breakthrough came in the 1990s with the introduction of strontium aluminate powder, which could fully charge in about 20 minutes and provide light for more than 10 hours. These advancements have made photoluminescent pigments more efficient and effective in various applications.

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Key Terms and Definitions in Photoluminescence

To understand how photoluminescent pigments perform, it's helpful to know a few key terms related to light and brightness:

  • Lumens: This measures the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source in all directions. A 60-watt incandescent bulb, for example, emits between 500 and 700 lumens.
  • Candle Illumination / Foot-Candles: This measures the brightness of light one foot away from the source. A typical living room might need 10-20 foot-candles of brightness.
  • Candela: This refers to the amount of light emitted by a lighting device in a specific direction. A common candle emits about one candela of light.
  • Millicandela (mcd): This measures the amount of light striking a single surface from a given angle. It's a common measurement for high-brightness LEDs.

Lumens are typically measured using an integrating sphere, which calculates the total light output in all directions. Millicandela, however, is highly dependent on the angle at which the light is emitted, which is why high-brightness LEDs designed for illumination are typically measured in lumens, while indication LEDs are measured in millicandela.

Top Lighting Options for Photoluminescent Materials

The type of light used to charge photoluminescent pigments affects their performance. Fluorescent, LED, and halogen lights are more effective than incandescent bulbs because they produce more light and less heat. Sunlight can also be used, but it may cause signs and labels to fade over time.

Proximity to the light source also plays a role in how effectively photoluminescent materials charge. The closer the material is to the light source, the more light it absorbs, resulting in a brighter glow. As few as 5 foot-candles of light (equivalent to a 15-watt bulb) can be used to charge photoluminescent labels and signs.

Photoluminescent Safety Standards

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires that photoluminescent exit enclosures be continuously illuminated for at least 60 minutes before a building is occupied. This ensures that the markings have time to fully charge and provide adequate illumination during emergencies.

Under typical stairwell lighting, photoluminescent signs and labels can take 30 to 60 minutes to fully recharge and then emit a steady glow for about eight hours. This provides a reliable source of illumination during power outages or emergencies, enhancing safety and compliance with building codes.

Photoluminescent pigments offer a versatile and energy-efficient solution for glow-in-the-dark applications. Their ability to gather energy from light and re-emit it without the need for electricity makes them a valuable resource in safety and other industries. Understanding how they work and the factors that affect their performance can help you make informed decisions about using them in your projects.

Photoluminescent egress path marking systems are an important life safety requirement in current building codes. These systems allow for the safe and quick evacuation of buildings in the case of an emergency. They provide a routing system that is not dependent on electrical power that can easily be followed in dark and smoke-filled exit pathways. Nystrom offers a full line of photoluminescent products. For more information, please visit our website or contact our Sales & Customer Support team.

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The Cost of Non-Compliance in Fall Protection

Financial and Legal Risks of Fall Protection Violations

When it comes to workplace safety, fall protection is one of the most critical areas, particularly in industries like construction, manufacturing, and maintenance. Despite its importance, many businesses still overlook or downplay the risks associated with non-compliance with fall protection regulations. The consequences of these violations can be severe, ranging from financial burdens to legal repercussions. We will explore the various costs associated with non-compliance in fall protection and why adhering to safety regulations is crucial.

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Designing Effective Joints

A Guide for Construction and Engineering

In modern building construction, joint design plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, functionality, and longevity of structures. Properly designed joints accommodate movement due to thermal changes, seismic activity, and other forces that could reduce a structured lifespan. Early integration of joint planning into the building design process is essential to avoid costly surprises and ensure seamless coordination between architectural and engineering components. Here's how to approach designing effective joint product solutions.

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Must Reads for Specifiers

A Comprehensive Guide to Blogs & Websites

As a specifier, you play a crucial role in the design and construction industry. Whether you're specifying materials, creating project documentation, or researching building standards, it's essential to have reliable resources at your fingertips. To help you stay ahead of the curve, we've compiled a list of the top blogs and websites for specifiers based on our opinion, listed in alphabetical order. These platforms offer a wealth of information, from technical specifications and industry news to design inspiration and community engagement.

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Understanding the Differences Between Fire Safety Cabinets

In industrial and commercial environments, ensuring safety is paramount. Fire safety cabinets play a crucial role in protecting flammable and hazardous materials from fire risks. However, not all fire safety cabinets are created equal, and choosing the right one for your needs can be daunting. This guide will help you understand the key differences between fire safety cabinets to make an informed decision.

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