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Glossary of Terms

ANODIZED-A coating on aluminum by chemical or electrolytic means to create a harder surface. Spacewall's omniwall black metal inserts are anodized.

ARBORITE-A brand of high pressure laminate. www.arborite.com

ARREIS-Trade name for Sierra Pine's no-added formaldehyde industrial medium density fiberboard.

BACKROOM-The storage or non-retail area of a retail store; usually in the back of the store where shipments are received and overstock is kept. Often the backroom is outfitted in slatwall paneling for ease of organization.

BREAKOUT-This occurs when slatwall paneling is overloaded and results in the top lip of the MDF breaking. To avoid breakout, use omniwall T metal inserts in the grooves or hand made slatwall.

CARB COMPLIANT-On January 1, 2009, California began regulating the formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products (particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardwood plywood) sold in the state or used to make finished goods offered for sale in the state.  All products containing composite wood products must comply with the new regulation. Also called CC.

CASH WRAP-Checkout counter, where a customer's items are rung up. Also called a checkstand. Many cash wraps incorporate slatwall to display a variety of merchandise at the point of check out.

CC-ABBREVIATION-There are two meanings for CC. The first is a clear finish top coat applied to a wood veneer to protect  and enhance the surface of the material. The second is an abbreviation for carb compliant.

CG-ABBREVIATION-A cg slatwall panel is also called crossgrooved. It is a slatwall panel that is 8' tall by 4' wide with slats in the 4' direction. Also called a vertical panel. Crossgrooved panels are typically used in trade show applications; when wrapping slatwall on interior columns; and in a tall and narrow area.    

CHECK STAND-Checkout counter, where a customer's items are rung up. Also called a cash wrap. Many check stands incorporate slatwall to display a variety of merchandise at the point of check out.

CLEARCOAT- A clear finish top coat applied to a wood veneer to protect the surface of the material.  Also called CC.

COLORGROOVE-Rolls of colored vinyl used to make quick and easy color changes to slatwall grooves. ColorGroove is stocked in white, black, gray, almond, red, blue and silver/gold.

CRATE-Panels shipping common carrier are put on a crate with corner protection, cardboard, , shrink wrap and banding to protect the material in transit.

CROSSGROOVE-A slatwall panel that is 8' tall by 4' wide with slats in the 4' direction. Also called a vertical panel. Crossgrooved panels are typically used in trade show applications; when wrapping slatwall on interior columns; and in a tall and narrow area.  Also called CG Panels.

CUBED-Slatwall with grooves in both directions to create a square or cubed look. This is typically done with 6” cubes; but can also be done in a rectangular pattern as well.

DURAWALL-A solid core plastic material that is completely recyclable. Colors and woodgrains are integral and not just on the surface; and the panels can be used both indoors and out.

ENDCAP-The merchandising space that is at the end of store aisles; generally used for sale items or merchandise to be displayed prominently. Slatwall is frequently used in end cap areas because of it's versatility.

FACEOUT- A slatwall fixture where the merchandise hangs down at an angle to create a tiered effect. Faceouts  are available with balls on the top or J shapes for displaying purses and other hanging merchandise. Also called waterfalls.

FLAKEBOARD-A manufacturer of medium density fiberboard.

FLUSH EDGES-Typical slatwall will have a half slot at the top and bottom of the panel. Flush edges, also called square edges, don't have the half slot. Fixture builders often use flush edges for ease of assembling slatwall fixtures.

FORMICA-A brand of high pressure laminate. www.formica.com

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL- A non-profit organization that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. If a wood product is labeled as "FSC Certified," it means that the wood used in the piece and the manufacturer that made it met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council. Also called FSC.

FOUR WAY-A slatwall fixture holding product on four sides. Also called a pinwheel.

FRONT LOAD PLASTIC-A plastic channel that is installed from the face or front of the panel.

FSC- ABBREVIATION-FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL- A non-profit organization that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. If a wood product is labeled as "FSC Certified," it means that the wood used in the piece and the manufacturer that made it met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.

FREESTANDING DISPLAY-A fixture that is designed to stand by itself. There are a multitude of freestanding slatwall fixtures available for may different applications.

GLUED IN J-METAL-A premium slatwall product which is made by hand; with each strip of wood and each piece of metal individually glued in place. The panels are carefully constructed giving  a tighter tolerance, superior appearance, unmatched strength, and simpler cutting and installation procedures.

GONDOLA-A freestanding fixture that one can walk completely around. Sometimes referred to as an H unit.

GREEN-Anything with consideration for the environment is called “green.”

H-Unit-A freestanding slatwall fixture, also called a gondola unit that is shaped like an H.

HALF SLOTS-Typical slatwall panels will have a half slot at the top and bottom of each panel for stacking one sheet above another and forming a perfect groove.

HAND MADE SLATWALL- A premium slatwall product which is made by hand; with each strip of wood and each piece of metal individually glued in place. The panels are carefully constructed giving  a tighter tolerance, superior appearance, unmatched strength, and simpler cutting and installation procedures.

HANGROD-A  slatwall fixture that extends from the slatwall and has a horizontal bar attaching to it for hanging merchandise. Typical hangrod is 24”, 36” or 48”. Hangrod is not recommended for use with slatwall without the slatwall having a metal omniwall insert in the grooves.

HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE- A durable plastic laminate substrate made from layers of paper and resin, molded and cured under high pressure. High pressure laminate surfaces are resistant to chemicals and have a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called HPL.

HPL- ABBREVIATION-A durable plastic laminate substrate made from layers of paper and resin, molded and cured under high pressure. High pressure laminate surfaces are resistant to chemicals and have a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called high pressure laminate.

HORIZONTAL-A horizontal slatwall panel is typical with slots in the 8' or long direction. It minimizes visible vertical seams and is easier to install than a vertical panel.

J-METAL-Spacewall's trade name for our metal insert shaped like a J.

KD- ABBREVIATION-knock down display. Displays shipped flat or in component pieces to be assembled on site.

KNOCK DOWN-Displays shipped flat or in component pieces to be assembled on site. Also called KD.

LAMINART-A brand of high pressure laminate. www.laminart.com

LAMINATE STRIPS-A groove treatment for slatwall paneling where laminate strips in matching or contrasting colors are cut for the grooves.Also called P-lam strips.

LIQUID MELAMINE-A roll coated paint pressed onto an MDF board using a color and a fused two stage topcoat. The surface is resistant to chemicals and has a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called LM.

LM- ABBREVIATION- A roll coated paint pressed onto an MDF board using a color and a fused two stage topcoat. The surface is resistant to chemicals and has a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called liquid melamine.

LOW PRESSURE LAMINATE-A sheet of decorative paper impregnated (saturated) with urea or melamine resins that cover an MDF surface. Low pressure laminate surfaces are resistant to chemicals and have a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called LPL or LPM.

LPL- ABBREVIATION- A sheet of decorative paper impregnated (saturated) with urea or melamine resins that cover an MDF surface. Low pressure laminate surfaces are resistant to chemicals and have a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called low pressure laminate or low pressure melamine.

LPM- ABBREVIATION- A sheet of decorative paper impregnated (saturated) with urea or melamine resins that cover an MDF surface. Low pressure laminate surfaces are resistant to chemicals and have a high resistance to heat and mechanical handling. Also called low pressure laminate or low pressure melamine.

LOZIER-A brand of metal shelving used primarily in the grocery industry for display purposes.

MADIX-A brand of metal shelving used primarily in the grocery industry for display purposes.

MEDEX-Sierra Pine's trade name for a no-added formaldehyde MDF for high moisture areas.

MEDITE-Sierra Pine's trade name for their Medium Density Fiberboard.

MEDITE II-Sierra Pine's trade name for no-added formaldehyde MDF with superior properties.

MELAMINE-White paper is saturated with a thermofused melamine and then pressed onto an MDF board.

MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD-An engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers; often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. Also called MDF, it is more dense than plywood; it is similar to particle board but stronger, denser and more moisture resistant. It is typically used for slatwall paneling, cabinets, furniture and moldings.

MDF- ABBREVIATION-An engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers; often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. Also called medium density fiberboard, it is more dense than plywood; it is similar to particle board but stronger, denser and more moisture resistant. It is typically used for slatwall paneling, cabinets, furniture and moldings.

NAUF-ABBREVIATION- No added urea formaldehyde to the MDF panel.     

NEVAMAR-A brand of high pressure laminate. www.nevamar.com

NO ADDED UREA FORMALDEHYDE-Also called NAUF.

OC- ABBREVIATION-On center; commonly used to describe the spacing between the slots of slatwall paneling; a 3” oc slot means from the center of one slot to the next is 3”.

OMNIWALL-Spacewall's trade name for a T-metal insert in the groove. Omniwall is available in mill finish aluminum; anodized or powdercoated black; anodized brass, or other powdercoated colors as custom ordered.

ON CENTER- On center; commonly used to describe the spacing between the slots of slatwall paneling; a 3” oc slot means from the center of one slot to the next is 3”. Also called OC.

OVERLOAD-When slatwall paneling has too much weight, it is overloaded and the slot may break out. A solution for this is Omniwall, or Hand Made Slatwall.

PINWHEEL- A slatwall fixture holding product on four sides. Also called a Four Way.

PIONITE-A brand of high pressure laminate. www.pionite.com

PLAIN SLICED CUT-In a wood veneer, it is the classic flame or cathedral shaped pattern. This is the pattern most commonly used to produce veneers for high quality architectural woodworking.

P-LAM STRIPS- A groove treatment for slatwall paneling where laminate strips in matching or contrasting colors are cut for the grooves

PLASTIC CHANNEL-A slide-in channel for a slatwall groove available in a standard color line to match or contrast with the panel. Spacewall slide-in plastic channel is an aesthetic insert and adds no strength to the board.

PLYWOOD-A type of manufactured wood made from thin sheets of  wood. The layers are glued together so that adjacent plies have their wood grain at right angles to each other for greater strength. There are an odd number of plies, as symmetry makes the board less prone to warping.

POINT-OF-PURCHASE-The location of a consumer purchase; most commonly designed for an immediate purchase. Also called POP or POS for point of sale.

POP- ABBREVIATION-The location of a consumer purchase; most commonly designed for an immediate purchase. Also called point-of-purchase or POS for point of sale.

POINT-OF-SALE- ABBREVIATION- The location of a consumer purchase; most commonly designed for an immediate purchase. Also called point-of-purchase, POP or POS.

POS- ABBREVIATION-The location of a consumer purchase; most commonly designed for an immediate purchase. Also called point-of-sale, point-of-purchase, or POP.

POWDER COATING-A dry powder applied electrostatically and then heated to cure. Omniwall metal inserts can be powder coated to achieve a custom color.

ROTARY CUT-The most common form of veneer cutting for softwoods. The continuous piece of veneer has a widely spaced, bold grain marking pattern.

SIERRA PINE-A manufacturer of MDF commonly known as Medite.

SQUARE EDGES- Typical slatwall will have a half slot at the top and bottom of the panel. Square edges, also called flush edges, don't have the half slot.

STRAIGHT RUN-Slatwall panels with grooves in the 8' direction.

STREATER-A brand of metal shelving.

SLOTWALL-A wall display system with MDF or plywood paneling is manufactured with horizontal slots, enabling installation of shelving, hooks and other merchandising accessories to stock products. Slotwall can be used directly on walls, or be modular as well. It can also be used in store fixtures. Slotwall is commonly used for apparel, footwear, gifts, and a wide array of specialty items. Also called slatwall.

SLATWALL- A wall display system with MDF or plywood paneling is manufactured with horizontal slots, enabling installation of shelving, hooks and other merchandising accessories to stock products. Slatwall can be used directly on walls, or be modular as well. It can also be used in store fixtures. Slatwall is commonly used for apparel, footwear, gifts, and a wide array of specialty items. Also called slotwall.

T-SLOT-The shape of typical slatwall as seen in a profile cut.

T-SLOT METAL-The shape of typical slatwall as seen in a profile cut. Also called T-metal or omniwall; and is available in mill finish aluminum; anodized or powdercoated black; anodized brass, or other powdercoated colors as custom ordered.

TRIM STRIPS-Long strips of plastic or metal shaped in a J or U to finish exposed edges of slatwall paneling.

VENEER- A piece of finely sliced wood ranging from 1/16 inch thick to 1/64 inch thick. Unlike traditional wood sheeting, the thinness allows attachment to various surfaces or substrates, such as ply board and other building substances.

VERTICAL- A slatwall panel that is 8' tall by 4' wide with slats in the 4' direction. Also called a crossgrooved or CG panel. Vertical panels are typically used in trade show applications; when wrapping slatwall on interior columns; and in a tall and narrow area.

VISUAL MERCHANDISING-Arranging products in a manner that is considered visually appealing for merchandising effectiveness.

WATERFALLS-A slatwall fixture where the merchandise hangs down at an angle to create a tiered effect. Waterfalls are available with balls on the top or J shapes for displaying purses and other hanging merchandise. Also called faceouts.

WILSONART-a brand of high pressure laminate. www.wilsonart.com