In this archive you will find back issues of announcements made by EMSEAL through email to our network of architects, engineers and owners, who over time have come to rely on EMSEAL as a component of their buildings' integrity. Many of these announcement reflect technology or practice innovations in keeping with our mission of working to provide trouble free building joint seals.
In 1990 EMSEAL received a letter from a major national design and engineering firm. In every one of the thousands of luncheon seminars since our specification development engineering team have opened our presentations with a paraphrase from that letter:
"[We have come to realize that our] projects show more problems with expansion joint seals than all other product categories combined. Yet, expansion joint seals are a miniscule part of most of our projects in terms of construction costs. ...How can we work together to produce trouble-free expansion joint seals?"
Working with engineers, architects, general contractors and subcontractors in the shared goal of providing owners with trouble free joint seals, EMSEAL has made the realities and wisdom of this quote the de-facto mission of the entire company.
Through espousing an approach based on:
- ownership of responsibility for our respective aspects of the work;
- development of 3-dimensional joint layouts that have been adopted as a new page
in the bid documents by numerous firms nationally;
- emphasis on continuity of seal and thinking, designing, detailing, bidding, constructing, manufacturing, and installing in three dimensions;
- working with designers to have the courage to advocate for better technologies and to justify to owners
these recommendations as in their economic interest;
- the invention of shear pockets to handle perpendicular movement in extruded glands;
- and through the R&D process previously described, EMSEAL is working together with like-minded firms all over the world to produce projects with trouble-free joint seals.
Watertight by Design:
"Innovate, don't imitate,"
is the slogan that drives our R&D
philosophy and we are arguably the only expansion joint manufacturer that is consistently challenging existing paradigms, including our own, to bring improvements and innovations to the field.
Our invention of a breakthrough microsphere-modified acrylic impregnation in 2005 provided the platform for the development and release of evolutions of our previous technologies in subsequent years that include:
- DSM SYSTEM
joint-face adhered expansion joint for decks;
These innovations join our long list of other industry-standard products: COLORSEAL
, SEISMIC COLORSEAL
, in establishing EMSEAL as the leader expansion joint innovation.
Thank you for your consideration. The evolution of the building sciences is inevitable and evident all around us. EMSEAL is working continuously to bring evolution to the tiny portion of building science that is structural movement joints.
EMSEAL's 20+ year mission to elevate structural expansion joint technology and practice has been deliberate, conservative, and dogged in its single-minded pursuit and ask that you will acknowledge this effort through the adoption of our joint systems as the "basis of design" in you base spec on current new and retrofit projects.