03/22/2016
EPDM mounting pad improves solar racking system

To optimize a solar panel mounting system, an EPDM dual-durometer seal delivered anti-slip properties, durability and improved compression.

To optimize a solar panel mounting system, an EPDM dual-durometer seal delivered anti-slip properties, durability and improved compression.

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An EPDM dual-durometer seal delivered anti-slip properties, durability and improved compression helps to optimize solar panel mounting systems.

A solar racking company approached Lauren’s engineers to redesign the non-slip mounting pad which had been made from a thin extrusion of dense EPDM.

With this competitor’s pad, customers had experienced height clearance issues between the racking system and roof-top.

This meant there was inadequate space for water and debris run-off, which could lead to excess weight and possible roof-top damage.

To avoid changing the aluminum structural design, the racking company approached Lauren Manufacturing to develop a new mounting pad that could resolve these issues.

The extrusion needed to solve the height problem, but still possess non-slip properties and remain compatible with roof-top regulations.

Our Solution

Lauren’s roof mount pad was designed completely out of EPDM, due to its excellent UV ozone and weathering properties. Our engineers determined the proper combination of EPDM sponge and dense material needed for anti-slip properties and durability.

The added sponge material was significant in adding height to the extrusion, while also creating better compression properties, which further supported the anti-slip requirement.

Our Mounting Pad Results
• Compatible with Roof-top regulations
• Durable
• Exaggerated height for water and debris clearance
• Hit Price Point
• Improved Compression with Roof-tops
• Non-Slip Performance
• Polymer Compatible with Environment

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