AMD SPECIAL SECTION
Each year, DWM/Shelter highlights products and news from members of the
Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD). These are featured below.
Tecton Offers Fiberglass Door Frame
Tecton Products offers its door frame, which is made from durable fiberglass
and is offered in several sizes, according to the company. The frames
are pre-finished with the company’s patented Durion® acrylic and are
available in a selection of colors to match common window colors.
CMI Extends MiraTEC Trim Warranty to 50 Years
CraftMaster Manufacturing Inc. (CMI) has increased the warranty period
for its MiraTEC® Treated Exterior Composite trim from 30 years to
50 years, as a result of independent weatherability testing. The new 50-year
warranty took effect late last year and continues to cover hail damage,
delamination, decomposition due to fungal growth, splitting and cracking,
excessive swelling and buckling, as well as damage from termites, according
to the company.
The MiraTEC warranty does not require registration with CMI, and it is
valid for the original purchaser plus two other homeowners of the structure
to which the trim was applied.
“A strong warranty is a critical factor in the selection of exterior trim
products, and the new 50-year warranty for MiraTEC trim provides builders,
remodelers and homeowners with peace of mind that their purchase decision
is backed by a comprehensive performance guarantee,” says Bob Merrill,
president and CEO.
DMSi Introduces Visual CAFE
Officials from DMSi say they have simplified configured unit ordering
with the company’s new Visual CAFE tool. Visual CAFE is a web-based product
configurator aimed at providing DMSi’s Agility ERP accounts with a customer-facing
self-service quote and order tool. The system features wizard-like prompting
with rich graphical images that allows users to understand easily what
they are selecting for configuration. Visual CAFE currently is available
to Agility customers in a beta mode and company officials expect it to
improve customer service and streamline business processes.
WoodWare and Pacsoft Team Up to Provide Pre-Hanging Door Solution
WoodWare Systems has announced that it is now working with Pacsoft, a
Portland, Maine-based software developer, to market and sell a solution
for lumber and building materials retail locations that also pre-hang
“Over the past several years, we have run into numerous
situations where a retail building materials dealer had opened a door
pre-hanging division to serve the needs of their customers,” says Nick
Carter, president of WoodWare Systems.
He adds, “We were approached by a large Do-It-Best retailer in the northwest
last year who said that he had to have WoodWare regardless of any interface.
[The company] introduced us to Pacsoft, [its] POS provider, and we quickly
determined that it would be in the best interest of numerous companies
in this situation for us to tightly integrate our systems.”
Peter Stoops, president of Pacsoft USA, adds, “WoodWare assured us that
they had the tools available through their relational database to tie
in almost seamlessly with Pacsoft’s Optemizer™. Within a few months, both
companies completed the development and successfully installed WoodWare
and the interface. Our joint customer now uses WoodWare’s Var-I-Frame™
and Configured Order Entry to easily manage the door shop.”
ProVia Door Introduces Coastal Impact Products for Residential Use
ProVia Door has added a line of Coastal Impact products, a series of steel
and fiberglass entry doors that company officials say meet Florida Building
The product line is available in Signet® or Heritage™ fiberglass options
or Legacy™ woodgrain textured or smooth steel varieties. This includes
door systems with one sidelite, two sidelites and French (double) doors,
which have been tested and approved for coastal use in Florida.
Pilkington Debuts Low-E Fourth-Surface Technology
Pilkington has introduced its low-E fourth-surface technology with its
Pilkington Energy Advantage™ low-E glass, which company officials say
allow a double-glazed insulating glass unit (IGU) to achieve 12-percent
improved thermal performance over a triple-pane IGU.
According to the company, adding a pyrolytic low-E coating to the No.
4 surface reflects infrared heat back into a home, reducing the amount
of radiant heat loss through the glass.
Company officials say that in cold weather conditions, a low-E coating
on the No. 2 surface inhibits room heat from transferring across the air
space toward the outside, and that adding a second low-E coating to the
No. 4 surface further improves insulation.
John Evans’ Sons Inc. Offers “Constant Force” Balance Systems
John Evans’ Sons Inc. has introduced two “constant force” balance systems
to meet a variety of needs. The company offers the Curve Balance System®
for tilt-in sashes.
The Curve system features an asymmetric design, low operating forces,
and 3- to 9-pound stainless steel springs. In addition, the assembly is
simple and requires no screws, according to information from John Evans’
Roto Frank to Distribute Angel Ventlock™ in North America
Mighton Products Ltd. has selected Roto Frank of America to become the
exclusive distributor of the Angel Ventlock (AVL) throughout North America.
Mighton designed and developed the AVL as a child safety product for hung
and sliding windows to limit the opening in order to help prevent accidental
injury. The product can be installed at the time of window fabrication,
or in the aftermarket with the retrofit versions. The AVL is available
in multiple finishes.
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