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Schlüter-Systems chosen for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Facility

Schlüter-Systems have been selected to maintain and control floor movement in a £60million, state-of-the-art purpose built research, design, development and manufacturing facility for Aero Engine Controls (AEC) part of the Rolls Royce Group.

Aero Engine Controls (AEC), provides a single solution for the design, manufacture, procurement, testing and support of high-integrity, harsh environment control systems. The new 28,000 sqm facility, in Solihull, Birmingham replaces their two existing AEC sites to produce engine control systems for a range of applications, including Rolls Royce engines.

Schlüter-Systems has been the market leader in essential accessories for tile and stone since it was founded in 1966. Consultants are always on hand to assist with specification projects from conception right through to installation along with a first-rate technical support team to help with the design process including NBS specifications, CAD and BIM support together with on-site support for architect, contractor and main installer.

Schlüter-Systems Ltd were specified at the design stage by CPMG Architects, an AJ100 practice, and worked closely with contractors BAM Construction Ltd and Birmingham Tile & Mosaic Co. to supply their market leading products which included, Schlüter®-DILEX-AKWS movement joints and Schlüter®-DITRA-25 matting and to also deliver technical advice when needed.

Commenting on Schlüter-Systems, Rob Meechan from Birmingham Tile & Mosaic Co. explains;

“Schlüter products are so easy to install and you can trust that once they are in, if installed correctly, they will provide lasting protection.

For this project we knew that using the Schlüter®-DILEX movement joints along with using Schlüter®-DITRA uncoupling matting would prevent the risk of the covering cracking and guarantee a lasting installation. Not only are their products reliable, they are always on hand to answer any queries and the support really is great, we would always recommend them to others”

Industry standards state that all tile and stone installations should include the use of movement joints. The question, however, is how do you provide the movement joints necessary to ensure a durable installation and what movement joints should you use?

Movement joints need to follow from the screed to the tile and stone covering and therefore need to be designed into the specification. Understanding the types of movement that can occur, namely drying shrinkage, differential movement, deflection movement, structural movement, moisture movement and thermal movement, will help when deciding which type of movement joint will best control the resulting stresses.

Pre-formed movement or control joints, such as Schlüter®-DILEX can accommodate roughly 15-20% of their movement zone. The extensive Schlüter®-DILEX range of movement joints offer complete protection and are available to specifiers in a wide selection of materials, colours, and movement capability.

Schlüter®-DITRA is the unsurpassed uncoupling membrane for tile and natural stone installations. The geometry of the membrane allows for the absorption of lateral movement in each direction.

What makes Schlüter®-DITRA such a success is its ability to be used in a variety of applications, even on problematic substrates. It has been chosen by tilers, contractors and specified by architects for over 25 years due to its unparalleled success in installations worldwide. The key features and benefits include;

• Uncoupling – neutralises tensions between surfaces
• Crack Bridging – prevents movement and debonding
• Waterproofing – CE marked waterproofing system
• Vapour Management – interconnected air channels to help moisture evaporate
• Load Distribution – provides high resistance

Schlüter-Systems Ltd., has worked in partnership with architects and specifiers for over 20 years, providing trusted advice for projects both large and small, and educating on the specification of tile and stone installations and associated solutions through RIBA Approved CPD seminars.

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Units 3-5 Bardon 22,
Beveridge Lane, Coalville,
Leicestershire, LE67 1TE
Phone: +44 (0) 1530 813396

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