The Ames Corporation Blog

The Ames Corporation Converting Solar Roofing Membranes

Posted by Laura Ali on Sun, May, 19, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

There are more solar slip sheets being converted today than a year ago as more and more requests come for purely cut to size, converted roofing membrane material.  The Ames Corporation Solar Slipsheet division makes it easy for integrators, solar roofing installers and manufacturers to be more profitable on each solar roofing installations providing exceptional quality to their clients. 

Here are some reasons to outsource your slip sheet headache:  

Lower Labor Costs - Our automated converting process saves money and valuable time.  We can convert protective membranes with or without the adhesive backing. 

Comply to existing Roof Warranties easier - Ames can source the necessary slip sheet material to comply with warranty requirements ie: EPDM, TPO, PVC etc., often at a great savings to you. 

Ability to pre-adhere slip sheet to tray - We can deliver slip sheet of the proper material with adhesive coating & release film allowing slip sheet can be adhered at your convenience. Our customers find this greatly simplifies the installation process, eliminates additional step of managing placement of slip sheets.

Let us manage your slip sheets for your flat roof ballast jobs. Whether it is to convert large rolls into smaller size rolls or to provide an additional cut into individual pieces. . . .realize the full efficiencies pre-adhering the slip sheets to the trays can give you and your clients!

You can visit us at www.amesslipsheets.com for more information!

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Topics: protective coatings, rubber technology, solar roofing, epdm, tpo, performance coatings, solar

Precision Molding Capacity available at The Ames Corporation

Posted by Laura Ali on Tue, Apr, 02, 2013 @ 14:04 PM

precision moldingDue to government sequestration, we now have extra capacity to help customers with their injection molding, precision molding and complex molding requirements.  Please let us know if we can work with you in that capacity.  We do some amazing things, and this could be a great opportunity for you to explore new developments.  Call us today at 973 827-9101 or email us at laura.ali@amesrubber.com

 

 

Topics: injection molding, precision molding, rubber molding

The Ames Corporation is now AS9100C Compliant

Posted by Laura Ali on Tue, Jan, 08, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

AS9100c compliance 
Quality, compliance to requirements and continuous improvement are key in all that we do at The Ames Corporation. We are excited to announce Ames is now AS9100C certified!

What does this mean to you?

1. The AS9100 ISO Standard is considered a World Class Quality standard and it builds on Ames' pervious registration to the ISO 9001:2008. In fact, the AS9100C registration includes ISO 9001:2008 as a foundation.

2. By adding the AS9100C Standard to Ames' Quality Business Management System we have developed a Project Management process and added a more structured Risk Management review to our business systems.

3. Ames has also added a Configuration Management process that ensures that changes to products or processes are done without compromising the original Key Characteristics.
4. Ames has also developed a process that addresses Work Transfers (i.e. from one facility to another, or from one supplier to another supplier) to insure that the transfer does not result in a change in quality or supply.

5. The AS9100C Standard also made Ames take a close look at our Design & Development process and make changes to insure that all customer requirements were met before proceeding to the next phase gate. The Design and Development process includes transition to production.

Call us today so we can tell you more! Looking forward to a great year!

Topics: protective coatings, performance coatings, injection molding, coatings, the ames corp, ice phobicity

Nanoparticles Technology and The Ames Corporation

Posted by Laura Ali on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

nanoparticle resized 600Ames is looking for strategic development partners in the field of nanoparticles and nanotechnology.  Our main competency is providing ice-phobic, thermo-conductivity and electro-connectivity technology advances. Nanoparticles have one dimension that measures 100 nanometers or less. The properties of many conventional materials change when formed from nanoparticles. This is typically because nanoparticles have a greater surface area per weight than larger particles which causes them to be more reactive to some other molecules. 

There are many benefits in the high tech manufacturing process when utilizing nanoparticles.  Some examples of capabilities are:

Silicate nanoparticles can be used to provide a barrier to gasses (for example oxygen), or moisture in a plastic film used for packaging. This could slow down the process of spoiling or drying out in food.

Zinc oxide nanoparticles can be dispersed in industrial coatings to protect wood, plastic, and textiles from exposure to UV rays.

Silicon dioxide crystalline nanoparticles can be used to fill gaps between carbon fibers, thereby strengthening tennis racquets.

Silver nanoparticles in fabric are used to kill bacteria, making clothing odor-resistant.

Please contact us if you want more information or are interested in co-development with Ames.

Topics: coatings, the ames corporation, icephobic, erosion resistent, rollers, EMI, electroconductivity

High Performance Coating Webinar Coming Up

Posted by Laura Ali on Thu, Oct, 04, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Please join us for an informative webinar on Ames High Performance Coatings on October 18th at 1pm EST.

 

Click here for more information!

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Topics: performance coatings, elastomer, polymer

The Ames Corporation is an Injection Molder

Posted by Laura Ali on Mon, Oct, 01, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

There amoldingre major benefits to Reaction Injection Molding:

What is the Reaction Injection Molding process? A process that uses utilizes low viscosity liquids, low processing temperatures (90 – 105 F°), low mold temperatures (90 – 105 F°), and low internal molding pressures 50psi and up. 

 

Very Large, Lightweight Parts

The flow-ability of the liquid polyurethane components allow for even distribution of the material within the mold allowing for very large parts.

Varied Wall Thickness

Producing significant variable wall thickness within the same molded part is achievable with RIM. Wall thickness ranges between .25 inches and 1.125 inches are possible cross-sections in the same molded part. This is NOT true for thermoplastic injection molding, blow molding, sheet molding compound and other polymers.


Low Tooling Costs

RIM tooling costs are significantly less than that of an injection mold. Because the RIM process incorporates low temperatures and low mold temperatures and pressure, the tool can me made out of less expensive mold materials such as cast aluminum. The choice depends on such factors as the number of parts to be made; dimensions, shapes, and tolerances; the quality and texture of the surface; mold life; required mold cost; and part performance

Freedom of Design

RIM allows for complex mold shapes or highly detailed parts with intricate design features.


Encapsulation of Inserts

Different types of inserts and be placed into a mold prior to injection of the RIM material, and the RIM material can encapsulate many inserts during molding. Inserts such as steel, aluminum, glass, wood, electronic sensors, PC boards and wiring harnesses are some examples of material that have been encapsulated.


Rapid Prototyping

Working prototypes can be developed with short lead times and the RIM process is ideal for shorter production runs of less than 5,000 parts.

Class – A Surfaces

The surface finish of RIM parts allows manufacturers to produce Class A painted parts.Toro Commercial Equipment


In-Mold Painting

With the RIM process, it’s possible to apply gel-coats and two-component polyurethane in-mold paints into the mold prior to injection. The injected polyurethane material bonds to the gel-coat or paint during molding, allowing a decorated part to be produced in the mold. This can significantly reduce secondary finishing costs.

Other Benefits

High strength, scratch resistant, heat resistant, impact resistant, resistant to organic and inorganic acids, and high R Value.

Topics: rubber manufacturing, rubber technology, office automation, elastomer, high temperature seal, injection molding, molding, tooling, tools

Ames Corporation is Expanding with Key New Hire - Derek Eversdyke

Posted by Laura Ali on Wed, Aug, 22, 2012 @ 07:08 AM

derek resized 600FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Laura Ali (973)-723-3084

Ames expands its Management Team and names Derek Eversdyke as New Inside Sales Manager

Derek Eversdyke brings 11 years of sales & marketing experience to new role as Inside Sales Manager.

Hamburg, NJ – August 20, 2012. Ames Corporation, a leader in the rubber industry, specializing in materials and applications technologies and supplying  innovative, high-quality elastomeric products to its customers around the world, has appointed Derek Eversdyke as its Inside Sales Manager.  In his new role, Eversdyke will leverage his 11 years of experience in sales and marketing to help build and maintain relationships with Ames’ growing customers base as well as research new markets into which Ames can demonstrate its ability to create new and innovative product solutions that bring its customers competitive advantage and through this  lead to continued growth.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Eversdyke to the Ames team”, said Charles Roberts, President and CEO.  “Eversdyke’s depth of experience and success in prior sales roles will enable him to support the achievement of Ames’ company growth goals.  We are pleased to add Eversdyke to the Ames Team and to have him as a member of the Ames family.”

Most recently, Eversdyke was employed at Clarion Safety Systems in Milford, PA as Sales Manager, New Business Development.  There, he was responsible for a wide variety of activities including growing existing customers, bringing on new customers, and managing various channel relationships.  Derek holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.  He currently resides in Dingmans Ferry, PA with his wife Evita and their three children.

To learn more about Ames’ products, call Derek at 973-209-3162, or e-mail Derek at derek.eversdyke@amesrubber.com or visit the Ames website at www.theamescorp.com.

About Ames
For over 60 years Ames has been a leading supplier to international, high-tech customers who require elastomeric coatings, dispensed gaskets, moldings, insert molded components and other elastomer products that meet high-quality standards. As one of the very few companies to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for business excellence, Ames is ISO 9000-2000 registered, practices Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, and is well known for its exceptional attention to process and product quality. Ames believes that innovation begins with research and taking a creative approach to the application of manufacturing technologies.

 

Topics: elastomeric coatings, rubber manufacturing, performance coatings, office automation, polymer, clarion safety, the ames corporation

Ames Solar Slipsheets Featured at Solar Power International Show

Posted by Laura Ali on Wed, Aug, 15, 2012 @ 07:08 AM

solarpowerThe Ames Corporation of Hamburg NJ is excited to be an exhibitor at this year's Solar Power International Show in Orlando Florida on September 10 - 13 2012.  Visit Booth #389 to learn more about Ames slip sheet solutions for flat roof ballast applications.  The Ames Corporation is  your premier Slip Sheet outsource partner!  Ames has developed a unique way to have solar tray manufacturers and installers save considerable money in labor and materials.  The Ames Corporation is a NJ headquartered, made in the USA custom contract manufacturer who has been in business for over 60 years. The Ames slip sheet solution is an automated process that simplifies the installation process and saves money by converting rolls of material (epdm / tpo / pvc) into smaller rolls or cut sheet pieces.  We have also developed an optional adhesive where in addition to cutting the material to the correct size, we coat one side with an adhesive and release paper.  By pre-adhering the slip sheet to the tray the installation is greatly simplified since slip sheets don’t need to be handled on the roof during the actual installation – the most expensive part of the project.  We will help you save time, money, reduce waste, require less material and have flexibility in your customers unique installation requirments.  At the Ames Corporation, determination meets innovation and we are developing new state of the art solutions for both commercial and residential solar roofing installations every day.  For more information, visit our website at www.theamescorp.com

 

Topics: rubber technology, solar roofing, elastomer, flat roof, slipsheets, polymer, solar installation

Elastomeric Seals in Fuel Cell Technology

Posted by Laura Ali on Mon, Jul, 23, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

describe the imageThe future of Fuel Cell Technology

A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity by a chemical reaction. Every fuel cell has two electrodes, one positive and one negative, called, respectively, the anode and cathode. The reactions that produce electricity take place at the electrodes.

Every fuel cell also has an electrolyte, which carries electrically charged particles from one electrode to the other, and a catalyst, which speeds the reactions at the electrodes.

Hydrogen is the basic fuel, but fuel cells also require oxygen. One great appeal of fuel cells is that they generate electricity with very little pollution—much of the hydrogen and oxygen used in generating electricity ultimately combine to form a harmless byproduct, namely water.

One detail of terminology: a single fuel cell generates a tiny amount of direct current (DC) electricity. In practice, many fuel cells are usually assembled into a stack. Cell or stack, the principles are the same.

Manufacturers that utilize high temperature seals, MEA seals (Membrane Electrode Assembly) or fuel cell seals face the multiple challenges of improving the seal’s performance and durability, while also reducing costs. This is especially true when dealing with Proton Exchange Membrane seals. The AMESSeal liquid delivery system automatically dispenses and bonds a thin bead of low-durometer elastomers directly onto metal, graphite or polymer substrates. When compared to traditional die-cut or molded gaskets, this process cuts the possible sources of leakage in half.

The Ames Corporation has a patent pending process, where multiple layers of elastomers are applied, allows certain flexibilities. Ames can then adapt the process to meet our customers' specific sealing needs. Commonly, a multilayer gasket combines the compliance and sealing of silicone with the improved chemical and temperature resistance and durability of a fluoroelastomer.

Using the AMESSeal for your Proton Exchange Membrane seals or high temperature seals allows for significant savings. The programmable liquid delivery system applies gaskets in an infinite number of complex patterns, but does not carry any upfront tooling or mold costs. Also, the cost of gaskets is even lower when material waste is eliminated and gasket assembly costs are lowered.

Ames can also utilize its extensive compression and injection molding capabilities to fabricate die-cut or molded gaskets, as suits the client’s needs.

For more information see our website at www.theamescorp.com

 

Topics: elastomer, high temperature seal, fuel cell, fuel cell technology, the ames corp, polymer, seal, membrane

Advantages of using TPO over EPDM in Solar Roofing Installations

Posted by Laura Ali on Thu, Jul, 12, 2012 @ 14:07 PM

commercial solar roofWhen working with solar roofing installers who use our new Ames Slipsheet solution to save time and money on commercial solar installations, we have found that there are many advantages to using TPO over EPDM, if you have the choice of course:
TPO is one of the newer products used in the flat roofing industry. There are some significant advantages to choosing this material for your solar roofing application.
1) Installation – The seams are heat welded and not glued; therefore, are inherently weaker and can only be done in a limited temperature range.
2) Reflection – TPO is light-white and will reflect more of the suns energy. This will help to keep your building cooler.
3) Converting – TPO is easier to convert than EPDM in our proprietary Ames slipsheet conversion process and results in a more cost effective slip-sheet solution.
 

Topics: solar roofing, epdm, tpo, flat roof, slipsheets, solar installation