Archive for March, 2012

AGAM SEG Frame Used as a Display Solution for Company of GORE-TEX®

Jay Wallace, Owner of of j wallace, LLC worked with AGAM for a custom display solution.

Jay Wallace, Owner of of j wallace, LLC

Jay Wallace, owner of j wallace, LLC, located in York, Pennsylvania recently used AGAM for a successful project and was kind enough to share his   experience with us.

His customer, W.L. Gore & Associates was recently named on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” They are well-known for their GORE-TEX® fabrics used in outerwear and footwear.

In the lobby of their Capabilities Center, they needed to deliver a positive and lasting first impression for their visitors.  W.L. Gore preferred something unusual, low profile and that didn’t emphasize a frame as much as an image.  There was also a little technical constraint, a need to cover existing metal brackets that were drilled into a brick wall.

Jay’s solution was to use two 125″ x 128″ AGAM aluminum frames with stretch fabric inserts.  This was not exactly what W.L. Gore had in mind at first. But in front of a six person committee, Jay used a 2’ x 3’ mini-prototype frame to demonstrate AGAM’s superior capabilities, including powder coating. The group quickly approved the customized solution that used extrusion FH451 with components being no longer than 6’ for the facilitation of shipping and handling.

Seth, Project Manager at AGAM, worked with Jay on the design and engineering of the custom frames.  A CAD drawing supported a detailed cut list, outlining the hidden ‘bracing’ system to prevent sagging of the frames.

Assembly was a breeze because with AGAM all components are cut to size, drilled, punched and only requires a set of hex keys. The frames were installed over the existing horizontal metal braces so Jay’s customer did not have to go through the hassle of removing anything.

Elegant, frameless and suspended off the wall, Jay’s work fulfilled the customer’s objectives who kindly shared photos with us.  One of their displays features a partial view of the globe while the other is a summary of W.L. Gore’s mission statement.  Jay said, “the cool thing about these frames are that they look like they are standing off of the wall a little bit, making it look even more 3 dimensional.”  Even a month after installation, Jay’s customer says everyone is still raving about them!

AGAM parts used to build 125″ x 128″ aluminum frames with stretch fabric inserts:

8  FH451, length of 64″
8  FH451, length of 62 1/2″”
8  PH1005, length of 60 11/16″
12 PH1005, length of 40 1/4″
8  FH Angle Bracket
8  Miter Connectors for the PH1005
12 In-line Connectors for the PH1005

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Customer’s drawing of the cube structure they wanted to build that would require grudging of extrusion VO108 to accomplish a seamless connection to extrusion VR188.

AGAM has created a team infrastructure that we believe best serves the needs of our customers: providing superior client service, as well as design in the aluminum modular system industry. Moreover, with many of our product lines, AGAM continues to develop and refine our system to better suit customers’ wants and needs. The most recent being a new fabrication technique: grudging extrusion VO108 to fit seamlessly around extrusion VR188.

New Fabrication Techniques at AGAM

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Extrusion VR188

Sometimes, AGAM requires its employees to learn new fabrication techniques in order produce the designs submitted by our customers. Having creative minds, our clients come up with some of the most innovative ways of using our system in their designs.

For instance, a customer sent us a drawing of a 20 x 20 booth that used the VR188 extrusion for the verticals and VO108 extrusion for the horizontals.

Although most of the extrusions in the AGAM system connect seamlessly together, to connect these two extrusions we needed to think outside of the box. As you can see below, one is a round extrusion, and the other is an oval extrusion.

If we were to use the traditional approach, the result would be functional but not aesthetically pleasing.

AGAM Solution: Grudging Extrusions

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Extrusion VO108

The solution was to grudge the VO108 so that when it is connected to the VR188, the result is a seamless connection. Grudging is shaping the end or ends of an extrusion neatly to fit the contours of an adjoining member. We had done this numerous times with our smaller round profiles shown below:

Even though we had never done a grudge with the larger VO108 extrusion, AGAM made it possible. The Project Coordinator discussed it with the Industrial Designer, who was excited to give it a try, so he drew the concept using AutoCAD, and it looked possible.

With only one round of testing, we were able to grudge the extrusion VO108 successfully, so it connected correctly with the extrusion VR188. A custom CBX connector was needed to ensure a proper fit and secure connection.

Although most of the extrusions in the AGAM system connect seamlessly together, to connect these two extrusions we needed to think outside of the box. As you can see below, one is a round extrusion and the other is an oval extrusion. If we were to use the traditional approach, the result would be functional but not aesthetically pleasing.

AGAM Solution: Grudging Extrusions

The solution was to grudge the VO108 so that when it is connected to the VR188, the result is a seamless connection. Grudging is shaping the end or ends of an extrusion neatly to fit the contours of an adjoining member. We had done this numerous times with our smaller round profiles shown below:

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

This what the connection looks like without grudging the extrusion VO108, so that it fits seamlessly around the surface of extrusion VR188. As you can see,there is a space between the two extrusions.

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

This is what the connection looks like with extrusion VO108 grudged so that it fits seamlessly around extrusion VR188.

The Process at AGAM

Even though we had never done a grudge with the larger VO108 extrusion, AGAM made it possible. The Project Coordinator discussed it with the Industrial Designer, who was excited to give it a try, so he drew the concept using AutoCAD, and it looked possible.

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

These are the typical smaller profile extrusions that are grudged to accomplish seamless connections to round extrusions.

With only one round of testing, we were able to grudge the extrusion VO108 successfully, so it connected correctly with the extrusion VR188. A custom CBX connector was needed to ensure a proper fit and secure connection.

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Top view drawing of extrusion VO108 that is grudged to fit seamlessly around extrusion VR188.

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Top view of extrusion VO108 that is grudged to fit perfectly around extrusion VR188.

Creativity at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With AGAM Systems, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you are looking to make improvements to any environment, such as a conference room (as in our case), AGAM has a solution for you. Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Side view drawing of extrusion VR188 grudged to fit around extrusion VO108

Grudging Extrusion VO108 to Fit Seamlessly Around Extrusion VR188

Side view of extrusion VR188 that was grudged to fit around extrusion VO108

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