Innovative product development and improvement has always been a driving principle at ATS.
In 1981, ATS was the first company in history to pass the stringent FM 4922 duct fire test, preceding all others by 9 years.
ATS’ proprietary phenolic resin system gives its ducts their unique firesafe characteristics. ATS focuses on material development and constantly strives to improve functionality, performance and ease of use of all the components in its product range.
In the early 1990s, ATS developed and patented the ChemBond Resin System, which allowed ATS FXP™ duct to be field connected without sanding and without odors. This resin system can be used in cleanroom environments.
In the late 1990s, ATS developed the StaticSafe Duct™. StaticSafe is conductive, not just static dissipative. Using conductive H-Collars and conductive ChemBond Putty, internal conductivity and corrosion resistance is continuous from the tool to the fan.
In 2000, ATS developed the H-Collar joining system. The H-Collar allows installers to connect the ductwork using only ChemBond Putty. No external glass and resin lamination is required, providing the installing contractor considerable savings on labor costs.
In 2004, ATS developed the ISO (MF & KF) Flange Connection. This system is primarily used for abatement tool exhaust to prolong the life of system where salts from processing can clog the duct interior. The use of the ISO flanges in conjunction with H-Collars allows sections of duct (with ISO Flanges at each end) to be easily assembled and installed. When clogging occurs, the ATS ISO flanges can be disassembled. The duct interior can be cleaned, the gaskets replaced, then reassembly performed with minimum effort, requiring only the re-tightening of bolts.
Recently, ATS has added the Slip Saddle Taps and Bolted Saddle Taps to innovative products list. These taps guarantee a 100% seal and are simple and easy to install.
The latest innovation by ATS is the ATS Van Stone Flange. These are designed for use in the subfab lateral headers. The flanges are desirable because of the “clean” installation, but also, they are a “clean” way to remove the duct if the tool set changes and the new tools require a larger diameter header in the subfab.