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Thermal bridging through structural steel connections and concrete framing can have a significant impact on a building’s energy performance. Reducing heat flow within a building’s thermal envelope reduces energy consumption as well as potential condensation issues.

Armadillo Structural Connections group has developed Armatherm™ TIM (thermal insulation material) that significantly reduces the amount of energy lost from thermal bridging in structural steel and façade connections and improve building envelope performance by helping to meet ASHRAE 90.1 energy code compliance.

Armatherm™ FRR and series 500 thermal break materials can be used anywhere a penetration or transition exists in the building envelope creating a thermal bridge. Solutions using Armatherm™ structural thermal break material to minimize heat loss include balcony, canopy, parapet, masonry shelf angle, cladding/ Z-girt and curtain wall mullion connections. Improve the effective U value of wall assemblies by 60%

ARMATHERM™ TIM (thermal break material) Minimize building energy loss and improve building envelope performance.


Bearing pads are used in construction mainly to distribute and transfer loads and eliminate stress concentrations that would otherwise promote failure and fatigue.  They are used to accommodate construction irregularities such as uneven mating surfaces and also allow for horizontal (shear) and rotational movement at structural connections.

Expansion bearings or slide plates are designed to provide movement in structural connections that is greater than the allowable shear capacity of bearing pads.  This omni-directional movement is most often created by temperature extremes (thermal expansion) or certain load conditions. Armadillo designs and manufactures expansion and fixed bearing solutions to AASHTO and state DOT specifications and standards.

Applications include; pipelines, heat exchangers, concrete plinths, bridges, walkways, vessels

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Tico Slide Bearing units accommodate large movements in pipework installations as well as many other types of structure. They are usually comprised of two separate components that act together to provide a plane sliding surface with a low coefficient of friction.

Typical application for a Tico slide bearing is as a pipe support where its low friction characteristics cater for pipe movements, e.g. due to thermal expansion and contraction, without a build up of stress. Tico slide bearing units can also be used as guide stops to restrain movement in one or more directions.

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The TICO brand name has always been associated with quality and service in the field of machine mounting materials. Our experience also covers the design and production of custom made elastomeric bearings for use on bridges, buildings and the railway industry. Drawing on this wide range of experience, we now offer LOADTECH our Load Bearing Technology Service.

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