Kirchdorf/Haag (Germany), March 18, 2021. The international solar installation manufacturer Schletter Group is launching a pitched roof system that has been completely redeveloped from scratch: The “ProLine” system is lighter, more load-bearing and easier to install than its predecessor, thanks to its new profile geometries and connecting elements. The new product line is available now in Europe and will be appearing in the international markets in the next few months.
“Improving yields continues to be the driving force in the PV sector. For installation systems, this means: less material with the same or better load-bearing capacity, and simpler planning and handling on site to give shorter installation times,” explains Manuel Schwarzmaier, Sales Manager Roof Products at the Schletter Group. “With these goals in mind, we have developed a new pitched roof system from scratch.”
Light and highly durable: the new profile geometry
At the heart of the system lies the newly developed installation profile. Its optimized geometry means that less material is used than with the existing Schletter standard profiles. At the same time, the profile can cope with higher loads. The profile is available in three versions: 35 mm high for lower spans, 50 mm high for medium and large spans, and 70 mm high for large spans.
Simply clip in: the EcoA and RapidA roof hooks
The new “EcoA” and “RapidA” generation of roof hooks provide the connection to the roof. What makes them special: Only one Torx T40 plate head screw is needed to fix them to the rafters. In the first place, this fixes the base plate to the roof rafter. The base plate has cross ribs on the underside that effectively prevent twisting. If necessary, spacer plates under the base can be used to adjust the height.
In the next step, the roof hook is clicked in with a unique mechanism. The position of the roof hook can be adjusted on the cross-axis if necessary. In this way, the hooks can be affixed to the roof structure flexibly and quickly.
One size fits all: the universal RapidPro module clamp
The “Rapid Pro” module clamp, which is matched to the new profiles, is also characterized by its simple, fast installation. Following the principle of “one size fits all”, it can be used in future to fix all standard module sizes with frame heights of between 30 and 47 mm. The completely preassembled clamp is clipped into the upper groove of the profile and then fixed with an M8x40 screw. The clamp is available in natural aluminum and black anodized.