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Fintrax is a patented aluminium facade system specifically designed and engineered for large-scale external facades.

 

No Ordinary Fin System

 

Freedom Of Expression

Size, Shape and Space are the specific elements of Fintrax that... MORE

Size, Shape and Space are the specific elements of Fintrax that enable designers to realise their creative vision. 

 

The freedom to be able to combine any of these sizes and shapes into a sequence of their choice, and to be able to dictate their own spacing (consistent or varying), launches the Fintrax system into infinite design territory.

 

Previously, such freedom could only be achieved with the uncertainty and inconsistencyof their designs being custom-manufactured. Fintrax’s modular system removes any surprises: architectural intent can now be met with clear-cut supplier quotes, accurate calculations of on-site installation time, and dependable customer support.

Size

Fintrax profile size options are developed as stackable building blocks that can be combined into virtually any... MORE

Fintrax profile size options are developed as stackable building blocks that can be combined into virtually any sequence, to allow Freedom of Expression™. A total of 21 ‘building block’ profile extrusions gives you 61 size and shape options to choose from. Anything from 50mm x 50mm to 150mm x 300mm in 50mm increments. The graph below shows all the sizing increments.

Shape

Nosing options are available in the following shapes: Peak, Block, Dome, and Flute. By offering a range of shapes,... MORE

Nosing options are available in the following shapes: Peak, Block, Dome, and Flute. By offering a range of shapes, Fintrax frees you from having to default back to conventional rectangular designs.

Space

Fintrax allows you to choose your own spacing between fins (minimum 50mm). This selection is then... MORE

Fintrax allows you to choose your own spacing between fins (minimum 50mm). This selection is then accomplished by typing the sequence and space into our manufacturing software program, which then precisely indexes and rivets the fin connection clips to the aluminium rail. 

 

The spacing you choose can be restricted by the depth of your selected fin. For example, if you have a 50mm x 300mm block fin sequence, your minimum spacing is 100mm. The diagram opposite shows the minimum spacing for each fin depth option.

The Engineering Edge

The Fintrax aluminium clip-and-rail system has been designed to support feature fins for use on external facades at... MORE

The Fintrax aluminium clip-and-rail system has been designed to support feature fins for use on external facades at heights of up to 25 metres above ground within Region A. The 25-metre limit reduces engineering requirements. 

The system has been designed to meet the relevant Australian standards including AS/NZS1170.0/.1/.2 and AS/NZS1664.1. Preliminary testing of critical elements of the system has been undertaken at a NATA accredited testing facility.

Projects with site conditions or geometry that vary from those of typical applications can be assessed by Woodform on an individual basis. 

The Fintrax rails are designed to be used in multi-span applications with recommended maximum spacing of the support structure limited to 1500mm. The system is capable of supporting aluminium fins of varying profiles up to 300mm deep and 150mm wide. 

Additional engineering and certification may need to be undertaken by a qualified building practitioner depending on project requirements and specifics.

How Does Fintrax Work?

• You choose your sequence.

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• You choose your sequence.

 

• We stack fins cut to exact length, install endcaps, and pre-revit clips onto rail in our factory to your desired sequence and spacing.

 

• Fintrax is delivered to site as a flat pack.

 

•  Installers secure Fintrax rail to substrate (perpendicular to the fin orientation–typically two per standard 3.0m).

 

•  Fins are lifted up and clicked into position.

 

Fintrax is a very versatile linear facade system and can be used in a variety of applications. Below are just some of the applications that Fintrax could be used.

 

Carpark Facades

 

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Note:  Fintrax is not suitable for use as a carpark crash rail. Carpark crash rails should be used in addition to Fintrax.

Solid Substrates

Facade Screens

Balcony (slab-edge to slab-edge)

 

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Note: Fintrax is not suitable for use as a balustrade. Balustrade system should be used in addition to Fintrax.

 

 

Typical Set-up And Limitations

To allow for the thermal movement in aluminium, and building movement, measures must be taken to ensure there is no... MORE

To allow for the thermal movement in aluminium, and building movement, measures must be taken to ensure there is no excess tension in the facade. The fins are locked into 
Rail 1(Deadload - fix clip version), however allowed to slide through clip at 
Rail 2(Windload - sliding clip version). This allows the aluminium to expand and contract freely with the temperatures. Additionally, a 25mm gap is required at the butt joins of fins (between each floor) where fins are continuous over multiple levels.

Fin to Clip Connection

The back of the fin profile is specifically designed and engineered to engage securely into the clip. This is... MORE

The back of the fin profile is specifically designed and engineered to engage securely into the clip. This is achieved by a simple rotating action. The fin is engaged into one side of the clip and then rotated until a‘Click’ is heard. In this action, a steel barb, which is connected to the clip, digs into the fin profile and creates a non-slip connection.

Fin Removability

The Fintrax connection is designed so it could also be disconnected without affecting the integrity of the... MORE

The Fintrax connection is designed so it could also be disconnected without affecting the integrity of the connection. A lever can be inserted into the connection to remove the fin as shown right. It is important to secure the fin while completing this action to prevent it from falling. 

Note: to achieve removability, the spacing has to be taken into consideration. Your minimum space is limited by the length of yourremoving lever. For example, if using a standard 200mm-long flat head screwdriver, your minimum space is 200mm.

Clip to Rail Connection

The Fintrax clip to rail connection uses the bayonet concept. The clip is inserted into the rail at a slight angle;... MORE

The Fintrax clip to rail connection uses the bayonet concept. The clip is inserted into the rail at a slight angle; once inside, it is rotated and engages into the sides of the rail. This engagement provides strength to the clip. Rivets are put into the clip to prevent it from rotating and disengaging.

If the case arises that some on-site space adjusting must occur, blank rails (no clips attached) and loose clips can be supplied. The installer will need to insert the clip into the rail at the desired position (ensuring the clip is fully rotated and engaged) and install two tek screws into the middle of the clip to replicate the rivet positions. 

Stacking Fins

The Fintrax size and shape options are made up of ‘building blocks’. These building blocks are a set of 21 aluminium... MORE

The Fintrax size and shape options are made up of ‘building blocks’. These building blocks are a set of 21 aluminium extrusion profiles that can be connected together to create a total of 61 variants. The reasons we engineered them this way was to drive down costs for our clients, as extrusion wall thicknesses can be reduced with smaller extrusions, and obviously, to offer designers much more choice. 

The webbed design of the extrusions offer tremendous lateral stability in extreme environments.

The Endcap

The Fintrax endcaps are aluminium and coated to match the fin. They are then screwed onto the end of the fin to hide... MORE

The Fintrax endcaps are aluminium and coated to match the fin. They are then screwed onto the end of the fin to hide the hollow core while preventing the fins from sliding. The endcap screws also act to ‘lock’ the components together to form the integrated fin.

Fintrax Component Specifications

Sequence Examples

Fintrax profile size options are developed as stackable building blocks that can be combined into virtually any sequence, to allow Freedom of Expression™. A total of 21 ‘building block’ profile extrusions gives you 61 size and shape options to choose from. Anything from 50mm x 50mm to 150mm x 300mm in 50mm increments.

Fintrax fins are available in a large range of Powder coat, Anodised, and Woodgrain finishes. The range of colours shown is representative only and has been reproduced as closely as possible. We suggest you request a sample before making final selections. You can download the complete range of colours from our Downloads page

 

Block Profile Range

Dome Profile Range

Flute Profile Range

Peak Profile Range

Powdercoating Range

 

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Note: Refer to www.duluxpowders.com.aufor further information.

Anodising Range

 

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Note: Refer to www.aafonline.com.aufor further information.

Woodgrain Range

 

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Refer to www.decorativeimaging.com.aufor further information.

Rail options

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of a correct specification. A correct specification will ensure you achieve the required level of quality and the desired design outcome. Writing a specification however, can be confusing and laborious process. For a quick and easy specification, we suggest contacting our customer service team who will assist you.

 

Example Specification

 

Product Name: Fintrax Linear Facades

Supplier: Woodform Architectural

Sequence: 50x200mm Dome, 100mm space, 100x100mm Peak, 50mm space.

Rail profile: 50x80mm

Ontrax colour: Electro Black Ace- Dulux

Fin finish: Dulux, Duratec, Appliance White.

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