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For applications where there is 3/8" of clearance above the panel, Monarch recommends our MF250 .25" Lift Off Aluminum Z Clip. MF250

For applications where there is 1/2" of clearance above the panel, Monarch recommends our MF375 3/8" Lift Off Aluminum Z Clip. MF375

For applications where there is >3/4" of clearance above the panel, installers can use either the MF375 3/8" Lift Off Clip or the MF625 5/8" Lift Off Clip. The MF375 Clip may be slightly more forgiving to install and the MF625 gives a longer length of engagement which can be beneficial to acoustic panel installations. MF375 MF625

For applications where there is 3/8" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling, Monarch recommends our MF250 .25" Lift Off Aluminum Z Clip in combination with a shim. Please contact a Monarch representative at 631-563-8967 for further details. If you have the flexibility for a longer lift off, you may want to consider the MFSTR-050 system. MF250 MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 1/2" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling, Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system. MFSTR-050

For applications where there is >3/4" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling, Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system. MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 3/8" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a projection of >1", Monarch recommends our MF250 .25" Lift Off Aluminum Z Clip in combination with a shim. Please contact a Monarch representative at 631-563-8967 for further details. If you have the flexibility for a longer lift off, you may want to consider the MFSTR-050 system. MF250 MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 1/2" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a projection of >1", Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system with a shim. If you have the flexibility for a lift off of 3/4", you may want to consider the MFSTR-1125 system. MFSTR-050 MFSTR-1125

For applications where there is 3/8" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling, you would need a custom fabricated hanging system. If you have 1/2" of clearance above the panel during installation, we would suggest our MFSTR-050 system. GET A QUOTE MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 1/2" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a heavy duty system, Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system. If you need something even stronger, you could consider our MFSS Heavy Duty system. MFSTR-050 MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is >3/4" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a heavy duty system, Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system. If you need something even stronger, you could consider our MFSS Heavy Duty system. MFSTR-050 MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is 3/8" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling where a heavy duty clip is required, you would require a custom hanging system. Please contact a Monarch representative at 631-563-8967 for further details. If you have the flexibility for a longer lift off, you may want to consider the MFSTR-050 system. GET A QUOTE MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 1/2" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a heavy duty hanging system, Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system. If you need something even stronger, you could consider our MFSS Heavy Duty system with a shim. MFSTR-050 MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is >3/4" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a heavy duty hanging system, Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system. If you need something even stronger, you could consider our MFSS Heavy Duty system with a shim. MFSTR-050 MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is 3/8" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a projection of >1", where the application requires a heavy duty hanging system, you would require a custom hanging system. If you have the flexibility for a longer lift off, you may want to consider the MFSTR-1125 system or our MFSS-CHAN stainless steel system. GET A QUOTE MFSTR-1125 MFSS-CHAN

For applications where there is 1/2" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a projection of >1", Monarch recommends our MFSTR-050 system with a shim. If you have the flexibility for a lift off of 3/4", you may want to consider the MFSTR-1125 system or our MFSS-CHAN stainless steel system. MFSTR-050 MFSTR-1125 MFSS-CHAN

For applications where there is 3/4" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you desire a projection of >1", Monarch recommends our MFSTR-1125 system or our MFSS-CHAN stainless steel system. MFSTR-1125 MFSS-CHAN

For applications where there is 3/8" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, you would need a custom fabricated stainless steel hanging system. Call 631-563-8967 for engineering assistance. If you can accommodate a lift off of >3/4" then the MFSS Heavy Duty system is your best bet. GET A QUOTE MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is 1/2" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, you would need a custom fabricated stainless steel hanging system. Call 631-563-8967 for engineering assistance. If you can accommodate a lift off of >3/4" then the MFSS Heavy Duty system is your best bet. GET A QUOTE MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is 3/4" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, we recommend the MFSS Heavy Duty system. MFSS Heavy Duty

For applications where there is 1/2" between the top of the panel and the finished ceiling and you require a heavy duty, corrosion resistant hanging system, you would need a custom fabricated stainless steel hanging system. Call 631-563-8967 for engineering assistance. If you can accommodate a lift off of >3/4" then the MFSS Heavy Duty system is your best bet and if an architectural grade aluminum would provide enough corrosion resistance, you may consider our MFSTR-050 System. GET A QUOTE MFSS Heavy Duty MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 3/4" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, we recommend the MFSS Heavy Duty system with shims. If an architectural grade aluminum would provide enough corrosion resistance, you may consider our MFSTR-050 System. MFSS Heavy Duty MFSTR-050

For applications where there is 3/8" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, you would need a custom fabricated stainless steel hanging system. Call 631-563-8967 for engineering assistance. If you can accommodate a lift off of >3/4" then we would recommend the MFSS-CHAN Stainless Steel Hanging system. GET A QUOTE MFSS-CHAN

For applications where there is 1/2" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, you would need a custom fabricated stainless steel hanging system. Call 631-563-8967 for engineering assistance. If you can accommodate a lift off of >3/4" then we would recommend the MFSS-CHAN Stainless Steel Hanging system. GET A QUOTE MFSS-CHAN

For applications where there is 3/4" of clearance above the panel and you need a strong, corrosion resistant system, we recommend the MFSS-CHAN Stainless Steel system. MFSS-CHAN

For glass or phenolic panel applications where there is 3/8" of clearance above the panel, you would need a custom fabricated hanging system. If you have 1/2" of clearance above the panel during installation, we would suggest our MFTAPE system. GET A QUOTE MFTAPE

For glass or phenolic applications where there is 1/2" of clearance above the panel, Monarch recommends our MFTAPE system. MFTAPE

For glass or phenolic applications where there is >3/4" of clearance above the panel, Monarch recommends our MFTAPE system. MFTAPE

For glass or phenolic panel applications where there is 3/8" of clearance above the panel, you would need a custom fabricated hanging system. If you have 1/2" of clearance above the panel during installation, we would suggest our MFTAPE system with a shim. GET A QUOTE MFTAPE

For glass or phenolic applications where there is 1/2" of clearance above the panel, Monarch recommends our MFTAPE system with a shim. MFTAPE

For glass or phenolic applications where there is >3/4" of clearance above the panel, Monarch recommends our MFTAPE system with a shim. MFTAPE

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For a 1/2'” MDF Panel, Monarch recommends using #8-1/2'” Pan Head Phillips Deep Thread Black Oxide Screws to secure the panel clips to the rear side of the panel.

For a 3/4'” MDF Panel, Monarch recommends using #8-3/4'” Pan Head Phillips Deep Thread Black Oxide Screws to secure the panel clips to the rear side of the panel. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 167 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 42 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 24 screws securing 12 panel clips, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For a 1/2" Plywood Panel, Monarch recommends using #8-1/2" Pan Head Phillips Deep Thread Black Oxide Screws to secure the panel clips to the rear side of the panel.

For a 3/4” Plywood Panel, Monarch recommends using #8-3/4” Pan Head Phillips Deep Thread Black Oxide Screws to secure the panel clips to the rear side of the panel. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 167 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 42 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 24 screws securing 12 panel clips, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For a 3/4” Hardwood Panel, Monarch recommends using #8-3/4” Pan Head Phillips Deep Thread Black Oxide Screws to secure the panel clips to the rear side of the panel. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 167 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 42 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 24 screws securing 12 panel clips, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For 5mm phenolic panels, installers should use the manufacturer recommendations. Our MFTAPE panel system is the fastest and easiest system for installing these panels, with high strength 3M double sided 3M tape applied. MFTAPE

For 8mm phenolic panels, installers should use the manufacturer recommendations. Our MFTAPE panel system is the fastest and easiest system for installing these panels, with high strength 3M double sided 3M tape applied. MFTAPE

For 10mm phenolic panels, installers should use the manufacturer recommendations. Our MFTAPE panel system is the fastest and easiest system for installing these panels, with high strength 3M double sided 3M tape applied. Other ways for mounting these panels include pre-drilling holes to within 1/16” of the face of the panel using a drill stop and securing the Monarch Panel Clips to the rear side of the panel using Type F screws. MFTAPE

For 13mm phenolic panels, installers should use the manufacturer recommendations. Our MFTAPE panel system is the fastest and easiest system for installing these panels, with high strength 3M double sided 3M tape applied. Other ways for mounting these panels include pre-drilling holes to within 1/16” of the face of the panel using a drill stop and securing the Monarch Panel Clips to the rear side of the panel using Type F screws. MFTAPE

For applications involving aluminum panels, contact Monarch Metal for a specific adhesive recommendation. You may consider our MFTAPE system which has high strength 3M double sided tape pre-applied. MFTAPE

For GFRC panels, Monarch suggests using 3/16" Dia. Flat Head Tapcon Screw with an adhesive where appropriate to meet necessary structural needs. The installer will need to countersink the stainless z clip for the flat head screw to fit. Contact your Monarch representative for further explanation. GFRC Contact

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For 20 Ga. Metal Studs, Monarch suggests #8 x 2” Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 445 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 111 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 9 screws securing 3 continuous lengths, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For 22 Ga. Metal Studs, Monarch suggests #8 x 2” Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 445 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 111 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 9 screws securing 3 continuous lengths, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For 22 Ga. Metal Studs with 3/4” Blocking, Monarch suggests #8 x 2 1/2” Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 445 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 111 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 9 screws securing 3 continuous lengths, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

There are several alternatives for securing Monarch Z Clips to concrete block, including using concrete anchors and #8 pan head sheet metal screws and using concrete screws with an epoxy. Contact your Monarch representative at 631-563-8967 to discuss your project in detail.

For standard wood studs, Monarch suggests #8 x 2" Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 445 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 111 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 9 screws securing 3 continuous lengths, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For Wood Studs with 3/4” Blocking, Monarch suggests #8 x 2 1/2” Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 445 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 111 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 9 screws securing 3 continuous lengths, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

For Wood Studs, Monarch suggests #8 x 2 1/2” Pan Head Sheet Metal Screws. A third party laboratory conducted testing using our recommended installation (1) and the configuration failed at a load of 445 pounds per screw. Using a 4:1 safety factor, the implied load per screw would be approximately 111 pounds. For a typical panel installation (1) with 9 screws securing 3 continuous lengths, this translates to a failure load of 4,008 pounds and a load bearing capacity of 1,002 pounds using a 4:1 safety factor. It is important to note that the Monarch Z Clip did not fail at this load, but rather the screw sheared or pulled out.

Typical Installation

(1) The Monarch Z Clip testing performed by Qualtim, a third party testing laboratory, were performed using the following installation. The tests were designed to assess the load bearing capacity in installing a 48" x 96" MDF panel vertically in shear. To install a 3/4" Thick, 48" Wide x 96" Tall MDF panel, you would mount three different continuous lengths along the wall parallel to the ground approximately 30’’ apart. These should be fastened to studs at a minimum of every 16" on center with the appropriate screw. Our testing was done with 22 Gauge Metal Studs and Wood Studs and the results would not apply for weaker substrates. Installers often use 3/4" blocking in front of the wall to allow for added fasteners every 8" on center along the wall. Along the panel, installers would typically use 12 panel clips on the back of the panel; 4 panel clips at each height to interlock with each of the 4 continuous lengths. These clips would be spaced 12-15 inches apart and fastened to the back of the panel with (2) #8x 3/4" Pan Head Deep Thread Screws for a total of 24 screws in a typical panel installation.

 

* Disclaimer The tested capacity of the clips as defined herein is merely intended to provide guidance for all end-users on the capacity that is available when #8 x ¾’’ Pan Phillips Deep Thread screws are used to attach clips to MDF panels. This capacity has been developed through testing under a given set of testing conditions that represent typical installations. Decisions made, by the end user, with respect to capacities must take into account installation deviations from the tested application, accuracy of screw placement, any potential for over driving of the screws, panel misuse, improper panel or clip storage, panel and clip handling, etc. The final capacity to be used for any installation is the responsibility of the end-user.

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