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When specifying the use of metal for architectural applications designers have two primary choices, perforated metals or expanded metals. Both industries are represented by trade associations which promote the use of their respective products. The Expanded metal Manufacturers Association (EMMA) has been hard at work positioning its products in a favorable light to architects with claims of durability, flexibility and the claim of “no scrap”. read more...

Metal Architecture

This is the March 2015 edition of Metal Architecture. Articles include: 29th Annual Architect Survey; Building Profile: Newport Beach Civic Center; Architect Profile: Edward A. Vance, FAIA, NCARB; and Sports & Recreation Projects. read more...

Choosing the Right Metal for Your Design: A look at the difference between perforated metal, expanded metal and wire cloth

A cover story in Metal Architecture's April issue, written by IPA's Bob Farber, provides the reader with an in depth look at the different architectural applications of perforated metal, expanded metal and wire cloth while at the same time expanding on the aesthetics, acoustics, and ventilation qualities of each. read more...

Perforated Materials in High-Purity IAQ Applications

An IPA member company case study discusses IAQ in hospital operating rooms. The role of air filters in HVAC systems is particularly important in IAQ applications. In the most advances of these systems, perforated metal can act as a cost-competitive and effective replacement in baskets, diffuser sections and downstream discharge grilles. read more...

Perforated Metals: Add Punch to Product Designs

The IPA and association member company Ferguson Perforating offer a closer look at the unique metal-perforating process in Metal Forming magazine's August issue. The article expands upon the process' ability to create thousands of holes per minute without creating a heat-affected zone. read more...

Design Concepts: Perfect Your Punch

Designing with perforated metal? Here's a handy guide, with emphasis on how to accurately specify, the diverse functions of the material, design challenges, material selection, and new technologies. read more...

Punches and Weaves

Perforated metal and metal fabric have overlapping functions and aesthetic components within various applications. Although upfront cost can be a deciding factor for a designer, many other factors go into determining the value of one material versus another. Aesthetics, strength, durability, sustainability, resistance to environmental elements, fabrication costs, and application-specific needs all may play a role. read more...

A Perforation Primer: Fundamental Considerations of Metal Punching

Metal punching may seem like a straightforward process with limited uses. In reality, however, it’s a sophisticated process suitable for a wide variety of applications. read more...

Keys to Incorporating Perforated Metals for Noise Control

Noise reduction is an increasingly important challenge for appliance designers, as OEMs seek to meet rising consumer demands for quieter, less intrusive products for their homes. Members of the IPA offer several tips in Appliance Design’s November issue on how to incorporate perforated metals in overcoming the challenge. read more...

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