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Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

20 Jun 2022 by Fairview

A look at the unique production and testing – ensuring quality, strength, durability, and light weight performance.

In achieving a high performing façade with Vitracore G2, adequate quality controls as well as leading edge production facilities are critical to success.

The production facilities that manufacture Vitracore G2,

  • source A-grade aluminium,
  • audits incoming raw materials to actively seek, isolate and eliminate defects in raw materials,
  • has developed standardised and repeatable production processes,
  • ensures staff are appropriately trained,
  • employs a Quality Assurance function that is accountable to senior management,
  • as well as conducting checks of production stock at regular intervals. 

The factory used to produce the Vitracore G2 is also independently assessed and audited by CodeMark to ensure the systems Fairview and its manufacturers have in place are adequately geared to produce a quality product.

Fairview’s Vitracore G2 has been engineered to offer the highest in performance in areas including flatness, resistance to out of plane buckling, rigidity, resistance to compressive loads, lamination strength and weight advantage over other façade products.

These advantages are thanks to the core of the G2 – made from a profiles 3mm core, expanded to 2.8mm and working together with the skins like a honeycomb structure to increase strength while keeping the weight down.

To create this high-performance façade, an advanced manufacturing process is used to create each component in the make-up of the G2, then combine the four elements in a banded laminate structure that enables the G2 to offer a high performing façade solution that meets and exceeds all Australian building requirements.  

What makes up Vitracore G2?

Components of Vitracore G2 include:

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

Manufacturing Vitracore G2 is a careful engineering process to assemble the components of the G2 into a bonded laminate façade that yields outstanding performance.

Manufacturing Process

Vitracore G2 is manufactured using a continuous lamination process where the three aluminium layers (face skin, profiled core, and rear skin) are bonded together into a complete panel. This enables a precise and durable façade product. The rigidity of Vitracore G2 alleviates oil canning and panel deflection, proving it to be an exceptionally durable façade product for decades to come.

The stages of manufacturing include:

1.Dow Bynel adhesion film:

The adhesive used to bond the three aluminium layers is extruded in a thin film with an overall thickness of 0.04mm. This is cooled, trimmed to width then rolled onto a core ready to be applied.

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

Vitracore G2 Extrusion Process

During the extrusion process, quality control checks are performed to ensure that the film is uniform in consistency and thickness.

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

Vitracore G2 Adhesive Film – Quality Control and Application to Coil

2. Application of Dow Bynel film:

Prior to the manufacture of G2, the film is applied to the surfaces of the three aluminium components. The film is applied to the underside of the face and rear skins as well as both sides of the core.

During the lamination process, heat and pressure is applied to activate the bond. Given the pressure and nature of the profiled core this creates very slight variations in the thickness of the film in the finished panels but does not affect the overall consistency of the adhesive film. 

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

Vitracore Adhesive Application to Aluminium Coil

Overall, two layers of Dow Bynel film is used with a total thickness of 0.16mm, which represents 8% of the allowable thickness as stipulated in the National Construction Code.

3. Assembly of the G2 panel:

Vitracore G2 is manufactured using a continuous lamination process where the three aluminium layers (face skin, profiled core, and rear skin) are bonded together into a complete panel using a pre-applied Dow Bynel adhesive film (hot melt glue).

  • Profiling of the core: The 0.3mm aluminium used on the core of the panel is processed through a profiler and expanded to a 2.8mm profiled core.
  • The profiled core then progresses to the lamination stage where the face and rear skin are placed on either side of the profiled core then placed under heat and pressure to activate the bond between the tree components.
  • The result is a panel with superior flatness and laminations strength whilst having the lowest adhesive content of any decorative metal cladding apart from solid materials.

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

Vitracore G2 Manufacturing Process

Batch Testing

To ensure a quality product, batch testing is conducted with each production of Vitracore G2. Through each production run, at each 200mt of produced stock, a sample is cut for testing to check:

  1. Colour conformity to a master sample
  2. Panel gloss level against a master sample
  3. Peel strength to confirm the strength of the adhesion of the 3 components that make the G2. 

-The Peel is carried out at the time of installation, then at the 2-, 4- and 6-week mark post manufacture.

-In between the test intervals, the sample is left outside, exposed to the elements, tested regularly, and cycled through hot and cold.

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

Refer to the article titled “Vitracore G2 Core Engineered for Performance” for in–depth information on the testing conducted to engineer a high performing façade solution

Ongoing Quality Control and Testing

360 VIEW is the highly unique, quality control process Fairview developed to govern our rigorous approach to design and sourcing, material testing, regulatory compliance, and product warranty.  

Our Total Quality Control process starts and ends with customer satisfaction: your satisfaction governs how we think, act, and deliver from the design shop to the fabrication floor and from customer relations to product sureties.  

Vitracore G2’s Independent Testing and Auditing 

Vitracore G2 is manufactured in carefully quality controlled and regularly audited factories. This auditing has been undertaken under three separate product and quality control schemes: 

  • UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – UL have been engaged in ongoing auditing of Fairview manufacturing.  
  • ISO 9001 – this is an international standard for product quality, provided and audited by an IAF, QMS Certification and CNAS approved body.  
  • BBA (British Board of Agreement) Approvals – A BBA (British Board of Agreement) Approval is a holistic review of product compliance and manufacturing conducted by the BBA.  
  • CodeMark – this is an ABCB owned scheme with a JAS-ANZ approved body certifying compliance, requiring audits to be undertaken on both the manufacturing quality and the finished product as supplied to the market.  

Fairview guarantees that any Vitracore G2 being supplied to the market is 100% consistent with what has been tested and certified as compliant with the BCA (Building Code of Australia).  

Fairview and affiliates have taken and are continuing to take actions to prove the consistency, reliability, and performance of G2. These include (but are not limited to):  

  1. UoW (University of Wollongong) – UoW were engaged in October 2018 to independently secure Vitracore G2 from various building sites and conducted testing to verify the products compliance.  
  2. RED Fire Engineers – reviewing reporting and testing by University of Queensland. 
  3. Other industry experts – have been engaged to assist with product testing, reviewing the testing methods and fire compliance including further testing labs and engineers from different fields.  

Vitracore G2: Manufactured to Perform

The result of this production process, coupled to strict testing ensures a quality product free from defects and one that will last for the design life of the building.

No other external façade product has had the same level engineering, testing, and compliance assessment as Fairview’s Vitracore G2.

Vitracore G2 is the perfect engineered solution for any cladding application. 

Fairview takes a whole of industry approach, and to that end we maintain a sharp focus on education and resource sharing as the industry continues to steady itself. We engage with a range of experts from fire specialists to technologists and bring that knowledge back to the industry to benefit us all.  

If you would like to see a sample and explore Vitracore G2 product and specification information for your next project, you can request them here. 

Fairview
Australia
With almost 30 years’ experience in the façade industry, Fairview is committed to providing aesthetically pleasing and safe cladding products to the construction industry. Our aim is to consistently facilitate the successful delivery of innovative façades that meet the requirements and vision of every project.With one of the largest stock holds in Australia, we have the ability to ensure a consistent and timely supply to our dedicated installer network. In addition, our flexible and innovative approach allows us to work closely with our clients to deliver the best possible project outcomes.Our HistoryFairview Architectural was developed to primarily service the aluminium composite façade market with our product Vitrabond. After several years, we began manufacturing Ceramapanel pre-finished CFC and soon after, secured the coveted ArGeTon terracotta façade tiles distribution for Australia.Our expansion into the United Kingdom market with our flagship product Vitrabond allowed us to establish a global presence, and this, in addition to growing our suite of façade solutions, indicated the need for a strategic realignment of our brand. In 2015 Fairview Architectural moved to simply be known as Fairview. This new approach allows us to better house the extensive suite of products we now manufacture and distribute and more effectively represents the innovative and professional company we have become.Our flexibility and attention to innovation, allowed us the ability to develop a range of non-combustible aluminium composite panel solutions, as part of our focus on addressing the issue of combustible façades; launching Vitracore G2 in 2015 and Vitradual in 2017.Corporate FoundationOur MissionInnovative and proactive organisation, consistently delivering industry leading façade solutions; renowned for excellence of product and superior customer service.Our VisionTo lead the industry through consistently facilitating the successful delivery of innovative façade solutions.Our ValuesTrust and respect / We work together to create a culture of interdependence built on trust, respect and dignity for all. Each person’s contribution is critical to our success.Achievement and Excellence / We strive for excellence in everything we do; we challenge our thinking and look beyond the obvious.Customer Service / We serve people in a way that is above and beyond what is expected.Meaningful Innovation / We are the Façade Company that invents products and solutions that matter.Uncompromising Integrity / We are open, honest and direct in our dealings.Solutions Minded / We are passionate about developing and presenting solutions for every project.

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