Jargon-Busting Glossary

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Acoustics
Acoustics is the science of sound, including its production, transmission and effects.

B

Brush Seals
A construct of looped filaments around a core wire which is encased in a formed metal channel, creating a flexible effective seal in doorways.

C

CAD
(Computer-Aided Design) Using computers to design products.
Ceramic Bake
A paint applied finish giving a durable permanent coating when baked in an oven.

D

Deflection Head
Interlocking sections which create a telescopic chanel utilised at the top (or head) of the partition to absorb structural movement (deflection).
Demountability
The ability of the product to be dismantled for future reuse offering near-total salvage ability of all components.
Demountable
A product with the ability to be dissassembled for future reuse offering near-total salvage ability of all components.
Dry Jointed
A method of glazing a partition without using conventional 'wet' silicone.
Drywall
A wall constructed of a pre-fabricated material, such as plasterboard or paneling.

E

Energy Efficiency
Refers to products or systems designed to use less energy for the same or higher performance than regular products or systems.

F

Flush Aluminium Joint
An aluminum extrusion used to connect two panels of glass which once fitted does not pertrude beyond the face of the glass panels.
Flush Glazing
Doors and systems where the glazing is flush with the frame surface.
Futurewall
A hung panel system utilising horizontal and vertical articulation specific panel finishes and custom trim profiles.

G

Glazing
Refers to both the type of glass used in a partition and the actual process of installing glass.

H

Hinges
A jointed or flexible device that allows the turning or pivoting of a part, such as a door, on a stationary frame.

I

Intumescent Joints
A fire-retardant medium, utilised as a seal, which foams, forming an insulating barrier when exposed to heat.

J

Joggled
Process applied to the top end of drywall studs to form a tapered, narrower end.
Joint
A connection between two adjacent panels or parts.

L

Laminated
A sandwich of two pieces of glass with a plastic-like material between them. In this type of safety glass, it is difficult to penetrate the glass even if both layers of glass break.
Landfill
The permanent disposal of waste into the ground, by the filling of man-made voids or similar features.

M

Manifestation
A film applied to glass, obscuring the vision through the glass or applying a design/artwork to the glass.
Microflush
A minimalist appearance door frame, manufactured by Optima, with a constant width of 54mm, flush on both sides.
Microline Frame
A development of the microflush frame designed for minimal appearance when used within a framed glass partition system
Mistral
A partitioning system manufactured by Optima (supplied for many years under the Unilock brand), ideal for those projects requiring a combination of high performance, elegant detailing at low cost.
Monobloc
A single structure without interchangeable parts.
Mullion
A vertical bar or divider in the frame between windows, doors or other openings that supports and holds such items as panels or glass.

N

NebulaTM
A patented, revolutionary, silicone free, virtually invisible joint used to hold glass panels together by friction.

O

Optima 117 plus
A silicone free, single glazed partitioning system which can be combined with many common designed components within the Optima range. Minimal head and base channels and discreet glass to glass joints create the illusion of vast areas of unsupported glass.
Optima 217 plus
A high performing double glazed system manufactured by Optima offering a unique hidden mullion to achieve a frameless appearance.
Optima 97
Recognised as the most advanced drywall system available on the market today. Using unique tapeable aluminium sections and tapered joggled studs it ensures a perfectly true, distortion free solid wall, unachievable with traditional drywall systems.

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Partitioning
A structure that divides a space, e.g. a drywall built to make two rooms out of one.
PETG
Glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate, is a copolyester that is a clear amorphous thermoplastic. PETG sheet has high stiffness, hardness, and toughness as well as good impact strength.
Pivot
A rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.
Pivot Bar
A shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.

R

Rebated Flush Timber Doors
A door where the leading edge is stepped allowing the door to sit flush within the frame.
Relocatable
Movable, but not functional/usable while being transported.
Revolution
The Optima range of high performance glazed partition systems.

S

Studs
The vertical framework sections around which a solid partition is constructed.

T

Tapered
The vertical edge of a sheet of plasterboard (which is slightly thinner than the rest of the board and forms a shallow recess where two boards abut each other) which is taped and filled to a flush finish.
Transluscent
Transmitting light but causing sufficient diffusion to prevent perception of distinct images.

V

Veneer
Extremely thin sheets of wood. Also a thin slice of wood or brick or stone covering a framed wall.