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Research LabThe planning of renovations to laboratories can be time consuming, expensive and disruptive to end users. Most academic institutions and corporate research organizations respond to the legitimate demands of individual researchers to make improvements. Qualified laboratory design architects and engineers need to provide valuable advice on casework to achieve good performance and flexibility for the future.

Sometimes because of capital budget constraints or convenience, facilities engineers only treat the symptoms. They sometimes lose sight of the causes that can adversely affect the health of all occupants. For example, poor ventilation and chemical leaks/spills can corrode metal laboratory casework. Rusty hinges and hardware can create safety issues. Cabinet shelves and doors can fall and create additional chaos. Once chemicals have corroded metal casework shelves, they are almost impossible to keep clean and can create hazardous conditions.

To minimize the above issues, ASST has now partnered with TMI Systems as a dealer for their line of casework. Based in North Dakota, TMI is a leader in high quality plastic laminate modular casework fabrication. Their modular casework products feature rail-mounted overhead cabinets and forward-thinking reconfigurable base cabinets. Laboratory planners and engineers can now specify casework that can achieve good performance and flexibility for the future. With Autodesk 3D BIM software, design professionals are able to more thoroughly document planning decisions in drawings used in the approval process. With cutting edge computer 3D renderings, end users can understand the proposed designs even better. With the new TMI/ASST alliance, design professionals are providing solutions that can truly evolve with end user needs.


Let us assist you with your next lab casework project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Penn State Health Children's HospitalIn both healthcare and education projects, flexibility is a prime concern. Design professionals are often being asked to utilize casework products that incorporate modular features. Features that allow casework to be reconfigured to meet the evolving needs of healthcare and educational end users. Design professionals need a reliable casework resource to address these design challenges.

Most casework today is manufactured for a permanent installation. Even with an AWI Premium or Custom grade casework, cabinets are not usually designed to be reconfigured. This puts a huge constraint on the design professional who needs to provide for future end user flexibility. Reinstalling casework that is not meant to be reconfigured can cause product damage and may even void the casework warranty.

To minimize the above issues, ASST has now partnered with TMI Systems as a dealer for their line of casework. Based in North Dakota, TMI is a leader in quality plastic laminate and wood modular casework fabrication. Their modular casework products feature rail-mounted overhead cabinets and forward-thinking reconfigurable base cabinets. With the new TMI/ASST alliance, design professionals can now provide solutions that truly evolve with end user needs. With newly created Autodesk BIM models for all cabinet types, all of the specifier tools are available to facilitate the design process. Because of ASST’s depth of experience, we can provide a wealth of knowledge for your next casework project. We can share creative ideas and best practices on incorporating solid surface into your next project. Whether you are looking for solid surface vanities or plastic laminate casework, ASST can help. We can provide you with the project inspiration and technical details to make your project a success!


Let us assist you with your next casework project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Translucent Resin SignagePublic spaces require clear and coherent wayfinding signage. Design professionals are under pressure to develop signage programs that successfully enhance the visitor experience. This is particularly critical in large public assembly spaces such as airport terminals. Directing large groups of pedestrians in a terminal is no easy task. Design professionals are increasingly looking for ideas to create signage with solid surface. Ideas that capture the attention of visitors to provide visual cues to keep pedestrian traffic flowing.

Many times typical “off the shelf” cheaper plastic signage solutions are not distinctive enough to grab the attention of pedestrians in a busy public space. With signage from multiple vendors competing for attention in an airport terminal, it can be a struggle to stand out. Most signage fabricators can’t provide creative design assist experience to design professionals. Design professionals need fabricators with demonstrated knowledge of LED lighting, solid surface and translucent resin sheet materials. The fabricator’s ability to CNC machine various graphic font types and experience with handcrafted dimensional letters is critical. Backlit signage requires careful attention to the finer details of the finishing process.

Because of ASST’s depth of experience we can provide a wealth of knowledge for your signage project. We can share creative ideas and best practices on incorporating solid surface signage into your next project. Whether you are looking for opaque solid surface dimensional letters or translucent backlit resin letters, ASST can help. We can provide you with the project inspiration and technical details to make your wayfinding strategy a success!


Let us assist you with your next solid surface signage project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.



Krion

Custom solid surface Porcelanosa Krion wall cladding with lighted thermoformed bump-outs in NYC. Mancini Duff is the Architect. ASST is the fabricator. At ASST we are Going Beyond the Surface Level. www.asst.com


Solid Surface Public SeatingPublic seating in high traffic applications can take quite a beating. Design professionals are under increasing pressure from clients to provide seating solutions that are both durable and comfortable. Many are unaware of the flexibility solid surface provides to create seating that conforms ergonomically. The inherent performance characteristics of thermoformed solid surface materials provide an amazing opportunity to increase the longevity of public seating.

Design professionals today are bombarded with a plethora of furniture seating solutions. Unfortunately, many of these “seating systems” are poorly manufactured with planned obsolescence. Constructed of cheaper plastics, many of these systems fail soon after warranty expiration. This is hardly a strategy for clients looking to be environmentally responsible. Design professionals need to provide smart ergonomic seating solutions addressing both performance and value. These challenges seem insurmountable when industry standard public seating systems don’t fulfill your specified requirements.

ASST has the capability to help. With a state-of-the-art thermoforming studio we can create ergonomic seating to your exact design specifications. We can share past solid surface project case studies to inspire your creativity. Working in concert with your team, we provide design assistance and credible information to present to your clients. Tailored services to meet busy design professional’s needs are what we do!


Let us assist you with your next solid surface seating project!  Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Middle School Solid Surface Casework - Frederick County, VASolid surface is beginning to be specified by more design professionals for interior classroom educational environments. Durable exterior materials for schools are usually brick masonry. Today, we see an evolving similar logic with solid surface interior surfaces. Durable solid surface is gaining strong momentum in educational interior applications because of it’s demonstrated lasting value. School districts are seeing the wisdom of utilizing solid surface on the interior to future proof their buildings.

Design professionals struggle with balancing surface material design, budget and performance characteristics. Class A fire rated solid surface materials are ideal for educational classroom environments. Both the antimicrobial properties and ease of cleaning outperform lesser quality surfacing materials. Unfortunately, solid surface can be easily value engineered out of a project. It can be substituted by plastic laminate which has a shorter lifespan and lacks any antimicrobial properties. Many solid surface fabricators are unable to provide project information on lifecycle costing to help design professionals make a strong case for keeping their solid surface educational project specifications intact.

ASST is able to assist design professionals with information on project lifecycle durability and performance. Our educational project history can provide an experienced voice for a wide variety of applications. From vertical surfaces to casework and countertops ASST can help. For twenty years, we have provided design professionals with relevant information to support your vision. We invite you to contact us for your next education project!


Future proof your next solid surface educational project with ASST!  Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Childrens National Medical Center - solid surface interiorProper care for solid surface should always follow the guidelines set by each individual manufacturer. Manufacturers have their own recommendations. Follow these guidelines to avoid incorrect cleaning procedures that could potentially void a warranty. It is also important to first identify the specific finish level that was applied to the solid surface before you start any cleaning procedures.

Commercial facility maintenance crews may not realize that determining the finish level is the most critical part of the cleaning process. Solid surface can be finished to four different sheen levels: matte, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. Each finish level has specific requirements for care. Matte finish is the most popular because it has a low sheen and requires the least maintenance. Satin requires a bit more care and semi-gloss and gloss require a certified fabricator to maintain the finish. If manufacturer guidelines are not followed by facility maintenance personnel, costly refinishing may be required by a certified solid surface fabricator to correct the problem.

ASST takes the maintenance of our solid surface product seriously. We supply manufacturer maintenance recommendations to all customers to ensure clear communication with regard to specific product care. As a general guideline, regular daily cleaning can be done with warm soapy water, ammonia-based household cleaner, or a dedicated countertop cleaner. Be sure to use a soft cloth lint free cloth especially for semi-gloss and gloss finishes. To prevent hard water marks, rinse and wipe completely dry after cleaning; clean up spills before they dry. To remove hard water marks, use a product formulated for this task. Lime-A-Way is one such product that can remove these stains. For disinfecting surfaces, diluted bleach (5 Tbsp. of bleach to 1 gallon of water) is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for disinfecting surfaces. Removing blotchy appearance or fine scratches can be achieved with an non-abrasive cleanser such as Softscrub with a wet sponge, buffing in a circular motion. Semi-gloss and gloss finishes can be cleaned with liquid soap and water. A white Scotch-brite pad can be used to remove stains using circular motions. Semi–gloss and gloss finishes however may require a certified fabricator to remove serious scratches and whirl marks. Remember that working with a certified fabricator like ASST means having access to experienced professionals who will assist in keeping your solid surface investment looking great!


First impressions always count. Be sure to call us for your next project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.



20 Years

 

We started this journey in a warehouse in Hanover, Pennsylvania, doing small solid surface countertop projects. Today, we are located in a 70,000 SF facility with state-of-the-art equipment and ship our unique fabrication work across the country and around the globe. The fabrication industry has changed dramatically since we started. ASST has consistently worked hard to stay ahead of the competition with the latest technologies and proprietary methods. We are fortunate to work with some of the top Contractors and Architectural Professionals in the country. Our employees are our most valuable asset and we would not be where we are today without them.

We look forward to Going Beyond™ for the next twenty!

Over the next three months we will be rewinding the past with some highlights of our history to date. Below are the first five years:

Timeline of ASST's first five years