Spec Formliners, Inc. News



The World of Concrete came and went and we enjoyed the opportunity to put same faces and names together with the people who have made 2009 a success.

We look forward to implementing the new strategies and product ideas in 2010 and eagerly look forward to catching up with you all again at World of Concrete 2011.

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It’s not every day you meet a 12-year-old who not only knows what she wants to be when she grows up, but is also actively pursuing that goal. This January, Spec Formliners enjoyed the privilege of a visit from Sophie, a bright and focused middle-schooler who knows exactly what career lies ahead for her: Sophie is going to be an architect. Through help from her school, family, and friends, Sophie is taking amazing initiative in submerging herself into the architectural world, soaking up as much knowledge as there is to offer.

When we first heard she wanted to see architectural engineering in action, we couldn’t wait for her visit. Sophie had never before seen a full set of blueprints, and she was new to CAD software. The timing of her visit couldn’t have been better. We had just delved into the CAD/CAM layout of two complicated and beautifully artistic murals over 38 feet wide. Sophie had the opportunity to see from the very beginning what steps go into the production of a mural of this scale. With 6 inches of positive relief in the concrete, these strawberry and artichoke murals are going to make a big impression on Salinas Road Overcrossing, as they already have with Sophie.

The highlight of the visit for Sophie was when we produced her own 3D nameplate. Using the skills and techniques we had demonstrated in the CAD software, Sophie was able to create her very first design. We sent the data from the CAD software to the CNC machine to produce a physical part from her design. Seeing her name being carved out before her eyes on precision machinery from a design she created may have been the highlight for Sophie,
but it was the inspiration and excitement in her eyes as she held up her first masterpiece that made her visit most memorable and rewarding for us.

Thank you, Sophie, for brightening our day, and best of luck with your architectural career!

Cast-in-place architectural concrete usually requires a mix which has very good workability. Proper vibration will reduce the risk of air bubbles, honeycombing, and surface blemishes. Architectural concrete should be placed using a pump and an elephant trunk to avoid mix separation splatter and trapped air. Most form liners cannot withstand a pour rate in excess of 4 to 5 feet per hour. Generally, the more texture and relief on the form liner, the slower the concrete must be placed. If a plasticizer is used, the rate of pour may have to be reduced to limit form pressures.

In placing concrete for tilt-ups, make sure that all joints are sealed and/or taped and avoid stepping on the form liner as much as possible. All dirt, debris, and water should be removed before placing concrete. Follow ACI recommendations for the vibration of the concrete.

For more information on the application process:
Plastic (PDF)
Urethane (PDF)

Spec Formliners, Inc., is excited to provide you with a sneak peak of it’s newest budding creation, Spec Release: Form Release for Use with Concrete Form Liners!

We have engineered a form release that is designed to work specifically with our form liners and will be offering it in pails, drums, and totes for your convenience.

Stay tuned for updates on the availability of Spec Release: Form Release for Use with Concrete Form Liners.