MetalWorks Blades

MetalWorks Blades
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MetalWORKS Blades
I n s ta l l a ti on I nst ruc t i ons
1 . Ge n e ral
1 . 1 P r o d u ct D e sc ri p t i o n
MetalWorks Blades are vertical profile aluminum panels
designed to be suspended from a Prelude® XL® Heavy-duty
or Prelude 360° Painted Heavy-duty 15/16" suspension
system. MetalWorks Blades are available in three
configurations: 95" x 4" x 1" with two end caps,
96" x 4" x 1" with one end cap, and 96" x 4" x 1" with
no end caps. Alignment devices are available so multiple
blades can be joined together.
1 .3 S it e Co ndit io ns
Areas to receive ceilings shall be free of construction dust
and debris. Panels should only be installed in closed and
acclimatized buildings. Interior systems cannot be used
in exterior applications where standing water is present or
where moisture will come in direct contact with the ceiling.
1 .4 P re c aut io nar y Me as ure s
Edges of metal parts can be extremely sharp! Handle metal
carefully to avoid injury. Always wear safety glasses and
gloves when working with metal.
1 .5 F ire Pe rf o rmanc e
Item #7201
MetalWorks Blades may obstruct or skew the existing or
planned fire sprinkler water distribution pattern, or possibly
delay the activation of the fire sprinkler or fire detection
system. Designers and installers are advised to consult a
fire protection engineer, NFPA 13, and their local codes for
guidance on the proper installation techniques where fire
detection or suppression systems are present.
1 .6 HVAC De s ign & Ope rat io n
Item #7202
Proper design for both supply air and return air, maintenance
of the HVAC filters and building interior space are essential
to minimize soiling. Before starting the HVAC system, make
sure supply air is properly filtered and the building interior is
free of construction dust.
1 .7 P le num
Item #7203
1 . 2 S to r a g e a n d H a n d l i n g
MetalWorks Blades should be stored in a dry interior location
and shall remain in their original cartons prior to installation
to avoid damage. The cartons should be stored in a flat,
horizontal position. Proper care should be taken when
handling the blades to avoid damage and soiling.
Note: MetalWorks Blades are wrapped with a plastic
protective barrier that is to remain on the product until
installation occurs.
Since panels are installed from below, MetalWorks Blades
require minimal clearance above the suspension system.
Panels never need to travel into the plenum space during
installation or removal.
2. In s tall at io n
Not to
exceed 30"
2. 1 S u s p en s i o n S y s t e m
The suspension system must be installed to meet ASTM
C636 standards and International Building Code and seismic
installations as required by local authority. Use 12 gauge
hanger wire to suspend. MetalWorks™ Blades are only suitable
for flat installations.
MetalWorks Blades install on a Prelude® XL® Heavy-duty or
Prelude 360° Painted Heavy-duty 15/16" suspension system
consisting of main beams and 4' cross tees laid out in a
48" x 48" module.
Not to
exceed 30"
The top of each Attachment Clip is swiveled 90 degrees and
snapped onto the flange of a Main Beam.
First, determine the direction of the blades. Prelude
Heavy-duty main beams are installed perpendicular to the
blade direction. The main beams should be installed 24" from
the desired starting location of the blade end continuing 48"
on center across the field of the installation. Hanger wires are
located 48" on center along the main beams. Install the first row
of 48" cross tees, tying the main beams together, in the center
of the installation continuing 48" on center in both directions to
complete the installation of the suspension system.
48" Prelude Cross Tee
Prelude Main Beam
96" Blade w/End Cap
96" Blade
96" Blade w/End Cap
2. 2 Ge n e r a l
Each Blade is shipped from the factory with a protective
barrier applied to protect it from damage. This should remain
on the product until installation occurs. MetalWorks Blades
require two people to align and install each Blade safely.
Blades cannot be used to support any other material.
Always attach the Clip to the flange of a Main Beam and not
to the flanges of intersecting cross-tees where this condition
occurs. Make sure that all four corner tabs of the Clip
securely snap into place over the Main Beam flange.
Clip spacing may have to be modified to achieve desired
layouts. It may be necessary to install supplemental grid to
achieve some layouts. The recommended minimum spacing
between Blade runs is 6".
For blades installed individually, select blades with
factory-installed end caps on both ends.
Installations should be accomplished with full sized blades –
due to aesthetic and safety reasons we do not recommend
that they be field cut. If a project requires special length
blades, consult Architectural Specialties for custom sizes.
Each Blade is attached to the suspension system by means
of two MetalWorks Blades Attachment Clips (Item #7204).
Without the use of tools, snap each Clip to the upper flange
of the Blade by hand, making sure that all four corner tabs
of the Clip securely snap into place over the flange. Clips are
typically attached 24" from each end of the Blade and are not
to be attached more than 30" from each end of the Blade.
For runs of multiple blades installed end to end, select blades
with factory-installed end caps on one end for the first and
last blade in the row. Select blades without end caps to be
installed in the interior of the row. Interior blades are tied
together using the MetalWorks alignment device (Figure 1).
The alignment device (Item #7205) is placed in the open end
of the installed blade (Figure 2).
2 .4 S e is mic Re s t raint
(Item #7203)
(Item #7205)
(Item #7205)
Figure 1
Figure 2
The adjacent blade is installed and slid into place against the
last blade, allowing the alignment device to engage the open
end and align the two blades.
For installations required to conform to Seismic Design
Categories C, D, E, and F, a low profile framing screw should
be installed through the pilot holes on the attachment clip.
After installing the blade (or a run of blades) to the suspension
system, add one screw through a pilot hole on the clip,
through the suspension system to secure the clip to the
suspension system. (NOTE: The use of a long shaft adapter
may be necessary to install this screw.) Next, add a screw
through a pilot hole on the clip to the blade. This will secure
the clip to the blade. This is only necessary on one of the two
clips per blade. Screwing of Attachment Clips should be done
progressively as each Blade or run of Blades is completed,
allowing adequate access from above to install the downward
facing screw.
2. 3 A c c e s s
For installations with spacing that does not allow for easy
access to the plenum where it is desired, install blades with
factory end caps on both sides so they can be individually
removed for access without disturbing the rest of the
installation. To remove blade for access, disengage all four
Attachment Clip corner tabs from Main Beam Flange on both
clips. Clips should remain attached to the blade during
de-installation. In Seismic Design Categories C, D, E and F,
the screw attached to the Main Beam must be removed before
Attachment Clip disengagement can occur.
Please reference the “Seismic Installation and Armstrong
Ceiling Systems” BPCS-4141-313 brochure for installation
3 .Cl ean ing
An abrasive or strong chemical detergent should not be
used. A mild detergent diluted in warm water, applied with a
soft cloth, rinsed, and wiped off with a chamois will maintain
the blades in good condition. Oily or stubborn stains, if
not removed by washing, can be wiped with products like
fantastik®, but care is necessary to avoid affecting the gloss
level of the paint finish.
Use 95" x 4" x 1"
Blade for Access
mo re i n fo rm at io n
For more information, or for an Armstrong representative, call 1 877 ARMSTRONG.
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installation information, and many other technical services, call TechLine services at
1 877 armstrong or FAX 1 800 572 TECH.
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