ISSFA Approves Standards for Solid Surfacing

by WOHe

ISSFA Approves Standards for Solid
Surfacing

Henderson, NV The International Solid Surface Fabricators
Association (ISSFA) has approved a formal set of guidelines that
classifies and sets standards for solid surfacing material, the
trade association announced.

The Henderson, NV-based ISSFA said its board of directors
unanimously approved the association’s Solid Surface Standard
(ISSFA-2-01).

The standard had been worked on for the past five years by
ISSFA’s Specification Committee, according to ISSFA Technical
Director Lenny Elbon.

“Of the over 130 standards and accompanying comment forms mailed
out, we received comments in reply from a total of 39 individuals
representing organizations on five different continents,” Elbon
said, adding that comments were compiled and turned over to the
specifications committee in their entirety. “In November of 2001, a
series of meetings of the ISSFA Specifications Committee commenced
that addressed every single comment received,” Elbon added, noting
that no changes were made without unanimous approval.

ISSFA called the standard “an important tool for architects and
specifiers, builders, fabricators and consumers.”

“It differentiates material into types and then sets engineering
and/or performance requirements for those types,” the association
said, adding that ISSFA-2-01 Classification and Standards for Solid
Surfacing Material includes eight unique and original tests. “The
result is a series of standard tests that quantify and define solid
surface in a way that directly relates to its end use,” ISSFA
said.

The association’s Specification Committee was made up of
representatives from major solid surface manufacturing companies,
as well as large fabrication facilities. It included John Snow of
Wilsonart International, Don Hinckley of NBC Solid Surfaces, Elbon,
Mike Banks of DuPont Corian, Dr. Michael Elliott of Avonite, Jorge
Alfonso of Formica Corp., Israel Ungar of Polymon, Jon Lancto of
Solid Surface Products, Gus & Dottie Blume of Blume’s Solid
Surface Products, and Brad Reamer of Wilcor,
Inc.

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