Takes a Bite Out of the Big Peach?
Glass Companies Journey to Atlanta for Annual Event
There’s plenty to keep visitors busy in Atlanta, the gateway of
the South—and from September 30–October 2, GlassBuild America 2009 will
be one more attraction. The exhibition, scheduled to take place at the
Georgia World Congress Center, will house nearly 200,000 square feet of
exhibits and more than 9,000 industry professionals.
On Thursday, October 1, after spending a full day looking at glass products,
attendees will get a chance to look through the glass, as Atlanta’s own
Georgia Aquarium will close to the public and open only for event attendees
from 5-8 p.m. Guests will get the opportunity to explore the world’s largest
indoor aquarium, which house more animals than any other aquarium. Glass
industry visitors may be curious to know that Gardner Glass & Glazing
installed glass supplied by Viracon for the more than 500,000-square-foot
Although Viracon is one more fabricator missing from this year’s exhibitor
line-up—last year most of the primary glass manufacturers and several
of the largest glass fabricators were absent from the show floor—show
organizers remain optimistic about the event. Indeed, over the next 32
pages, USGlass has a packed preview of products expected to be at the
show. (And for more brand-new products to incorporate into your next project,
see our Showcase department on page 86.)
Holding the Record: 33
Years and Counting
Dan De Gorter, vice president of De Gorter Inc. in Monroe, N.C., has been
a part of the glass industry since 1976 and a part of GlassBuild America,
formerly known simply as the NGA Show, at least that long.
“We have been an exhibitor or co-exhibitor since the association first
started its trade show, or at least since I have been working,” De Gorter
says. “That would mean De Gorter Inc. has exhibited in 32 consecutive
shows and this would be our 33rd show as an exhibitor.”
Few other exhibitors at the annual exhibition can make that claim. Over
the course of 33 years, this exhibitor has seen a number of changes.
“We have seen the growth of the show from being a small local/regional
trade show—where participants were strictly members and selective suppliers—to
what is now considered one of the top four trade shows of the world where
participants now come from all over the world,” De Gorter says.
This year De Gorter Inc. will spotlight the Model FPS-50M3B from Schiatti
Angelo S.r.l. in booth 1037. “Because of the current market situation,
we are showcasing our most popular and user-friendly 14 spindle miter
machine,” De Gorter says.
Booth #35: JEB Exhibit to Support Two Architectural Glass Products
At this year’s event, JE Berkowitz of Pedricktown, N.J., will spotlight
its SentryGlas® Expressions™ decorative laminated glass and Invisiwall™
point-supported glass systems.
The decorative laminated glass uses a proprietary process that prints
directly onto the plastic interlayer. The process enables photo imagery,
textures, patterns, company logos and other images to be incorporated
into a variety of laminated glass applications. JEB says SentryGlas Expressions
meets all ANSI Z97 specifications for safety glass.
The point-supported glass wall and canopy systems are custom-engineered
to fit many locations, such as entrances, wall facades, partitions or
canopies. According to the company, low-iron, silk-screened, acid-etched,
tinted or insulating glass, and even SentryGlass Expressions, can be fabricated
to connect with the specified hardware for a project. The fully tempered
glass can be heat soak-tested and the system can be engineered to use
full height or cantilevered fins.
Booth #1601: Pavia Satin Finish Glass by Vitro
Memphis-based Vitro America will have on-hand its PAVIA satin-finished
glass. Pavia is produced using a special acid treatment process, which
may be applied to either one or both sides of the glass. The versatile
and aesthetic architectural glass allows light, color and texture to blend,
creating privacy and functional design.
Pavia is available in a variety of thicknesses from 2- to 12-mm in clear,
tinted and design options. Applications for Pavia include glass walls,
partitions, shelving, tabletops, shower enclosures, lighting, furniture
and more. It may be used for interior or exterior applications, and may
be tempered or laminated to meet safety requirements.
Booth #401: Guardian Softens with Satin
Guardian Industries, based in Auburn Hills, Mich., will highlight its
new acid-etched design ShowerGuard SatinDeco glass—although from within
Coastal Industries’ booth at the show. According to information from Guardian,
the surface of the diffused privacy glass is sealed through an ion-beam
process during manufacturing, to help resist corrosion and discoloration.
The glass is also offered in clear and ultra-white.
Booth #1301: Sheer Excitement for PPG’s New Glass
Pittsburgh-based PPG will introduce several new products at its booth.
Pacifica and Solarblue glasses, two new blue tints, will be available
with reflective and subtly reflective coatings. The Sungate 400 and Solarban
65 glasses give window manufacturers additional options for meeting Energy
Star® guidelines, the International Energy Conservation Code and the
new .30/.30 ARRA criteria. The company also will introduce Clarvista shower
glass, a durable, corrosion-resistant product.
Booth #603: Goldray Gets Decked Out
Goldray Industries in Calgary, Alberta, will display its new magnetic
marker boards, as well as several types of decorative glass in a variety
of applications, including signage, countertops, railing and flooring.
The glass marker boards are made using an opaque coating or interlayer
applied to an unexposed surface of glass, resulting in an easy-to-clean,
writable surface. This product is available in standard or magnetic, with
either polished or framed edges, in virtually any color or custom artwork.
Among its decorative product offerings is a technographic interlayer—a
high-resolution printed polyester interlayer—and its DecoTherm® digital
ceramic frit glass decoration capabilities.
Booth #409: LMCI Forum Heads to Vegas
The Painters and Allied Trades (LMCI) will be exhibiting in Atlanta to
inform the glass industry of another upcoming event. The fifth annual
LMCI Finishing Industries Forum will be held at Caesars Palace in Las
Vegas from November 15-19. The event, made up of plenary sessions and
industry workshops, will be conducted by experts in the field addressing
current issues. Along with social networking opportunities, the highlights
of the conference include speaker Dr. James Canton, a business and technology
futurist and author; workshops on registered apprenticeship programs and
workers’ compensation; sessions on new LEED AP standards; an LMCI project
management update; a seminar on the Finishing Contractors Association;
and a workshop held by Mark Breslin addressing labor and management mutual
Booth #610: Pres-On Handles With Care
Addison, Ill.-based Pres-On Inc. offers a line of adhesive and non-adhesive
separator pads to protect fragile glass during shipping and handling.
The pads, used for transporting, packing, storing and installing glass
products, absorb vibration, maintain position and prevent breakage.
The non-adhesive pads are self-sticking and will not leave residue on
glass or metal, while the company says its adhesive-backed pads are non-marring
and easily removed. Separator pads come in die-cut sheets or on rolls,
as well as in various thicknesses, colors and sizes. Combinations of cork
or foam can be varied for added stability and firmness.
Booth #1723: Bond, CRL Glass Bond
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) is introducing a new glass
bonding system that includes a complete line of UV and UV/visible light
adhesives, fixation devices, UV curing lamps and glass display and furniture
With the advanced UV adhesives, glass can be bonded firmly to a wide variety
of substrates, including laminated glass. The fixation devices keep glass
parts from moving during set-up. Many of these feature adjustment screws
to raise and lower the glass parts with precision for proper application
of high and low viscosity UV adhesives. Other devices have marked dimensions
for fixing glass parts at virtually any angle.
The UV/visible light cure adhesives come in seven different formulations,
and in colors as well. CRL also offers a wide selection of UV curing lamps
that emit the correct UV wavelength of 365 nm for curing.
All of these products are available from the GB10 Glass Bonding Catalog.
To get fabricators started, the company is offering basic and professional
glass bonding starter kits.
Booth #615: Bohle Gets A New Grip
Charlotte, N.C.-based Bohle America offers the Xtragrip Green, a new adhesive
for installing and fixing mirrors. Its features include high tack and
fast grab formula; bonding strength and suitability for unprimed surfaces;
and hybrid sealant technology to meet countrywide environment compliance
standards. According to the company, the solvent-free solids formula has
low VOC and odor.
Along with the Xtragrip, the company also will present its new range of
consumable supplies, cleaning agents, silicone adhesives and a new, comprehensive
Booth #513: Capital Tape Highlights Selection
Capital Tape in Cleveland, Ohio, will be spotlighting its full line of
glazing, mirror mounting and high-performance attachment tapes at the
event. Company officials say their products meet industry performance
standards for residential glazing and structural silicone glazing. The
company also supplies materials for weatherstripping and sound and vibration
Booth #523: Technoform Pops the Champagne
Twinsburg, Ohio-based Technoform will feature a new warm-edge IG spacer
color, champagne, as well as the Bautec structural insulating strut, at
its booth. The warm-edge insulating glass spacer’s new color is designed
for wood window frames as well as beige and brown windows of any material.
According to the company, the spacer is a hybrid of stainless steel and
advanced polymers for superior warm-edge performance. Standard colors
include white, light gray, black and bronze.
The strut, constructed of polyamide 6.6 with 25-percent glass fiber content,
achieves low U-values. It features an expansion/contraction rate equal
to that of aluminum and thermal conductivity rates lower than aluminum.
Booth #1031: Fenzi Adds to Show Display
Toronto-based Fenzi North America will display its complete line of insulating
glass components. This year the company will have a new addition to its
product base with its Hotver hot melt butyl. Along with the their Molver
desiccant, Alu Pro and Roll Tech spacer profiles, company representatives
will be on-hand to meet attendees’ IG component needs.
Booth #1731: Truseal Goes Green
For Truseal Technologies in Solon, Ohio, the focus will be on energy efficiency.
The company will highlight several products and programs that meet and
exceed Energy Star® Phase 1 criteria for 2010, as well as American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 .30/.30 tax credit requirements.
The products include the company’s warm-edge spacer system, Duralite and
the Envirosealed Windows program.
In accordance with the green theme, the booth itself will be made of environmentally
Booth #2219: Edgetech University is Back in Session
Cambridge, Ohio-based Edgetech will bring back its Edgetech University
(ETU) booth theme for a second semester this year. ETU will focus on educating
customers about upcoming Energy Star changes, IG certification and practices
for meeting the stimulus bill’s .30/.30 requirements. Edgetech also will
sponsor an energy efficiency seminar. The highlights of ETU’s campus will
be the new SustainaBLOCK™ setting blocks and the enhanced Super Spacer®.
The setting blocks can be used to position, cushion and support glass
in a window frame or opening and are compatible with most sealant types.
The blocks are available in a variety of sizes, profiles and materials.
The blocks also can be customized based on color, material, packaging
and self-adhesion needs.
The enhanced Premium and Premium Plus silicone warm-edge spacer systems
help customers achieve low U-values and improve condensation resistance.
Booth #1019: Glasslam Goes All Out
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Glasslam N.G.I. will exhibit its full line of
architectural glass products at its booth. According to the company, the
increased global demand for warm-edge foam spacer has compelled it to
expand its production capacity and capabilities to include silicone products
as well as EPDM. Glasslam also is introducing its new patent-pending Air-Clip
non-metal muntin key program for any and all foam spacer systems. The
booth also will display the company’s line of spacers, sprayed glass systems,
laminated glass products and decorative doorlites, windows and glass.
Booth #15: Solar Innovations Stacks Up
Pine Grove, Pa.-based Solar Innovations Inc. has introduced two new stacking
glass wall systems. According to the company, the systems utilize stainless
steel trolley bearings developed to withstand a high-load capacity and
the longevity required for large architectural applications.
The standard glass wall is designed for relatively heavy residential and
commercial projects and may be used for exterior applications primarily.
It is offered in three different stiles, as well as clad, veneer or standard
The clear glass wall, while still intended for residential and commercial
uses, is designed for interior or light exterior applications. It incorporates
a clear gasket on the panel verticals for a nearly-uninterrupted sightline.
tools and equipment
Booth #1111: Options Added to Glass Carrier Line-Up
Glassboro, N.J.-based Myglasstruck.com has added to its aluminum value-line
of glass carriers new standard features and optional equipment that will
reduce breakage by improving how glass is secured and transported. The
new features include an integrated vertical rubber padding that runs
all the way from the top to bottom of the carrier’s frame posts. This
protects smaller lites by supporting edges that extend above or below
the carrier’s horizontal padding.
In addition, computer designed load-bearing under-body mounts provide
added protection against bumps and vibration. Aircraft-grade Huck®
locking mechanical fasteners secure all load-bearing connections between
the carrier’s 1/8-inch-thick extruded 6061 T6 aluminum posts and slats.
Each carrier also now features three fully adjustable T6-Adjust-A-Poles
per side as standard equipment.
Booth #702: The Latest Powr-Grip Lifter Helps in Tight Spots
The low-profile design design of Laurel, Mont.-based Wood’s Powr-Grip’s
newest vacuum lifter, the MRTALP611LDCS, was inspired by customers who
requested a way to lift glass between scaffolding and buildings during
high-rise window installations.
This below-the-hook lifter combines a thin vertical profile, mechanically
assisted tilt mechanism, reduced lifter weight and high lifting capacity.
With its movable and removable pads and extension arms, the lifter is
able to accommodate a variety of load sizes and shapes.
Booth #1247: Salem Polishes Product Lines
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Salem Flat Glass and Mirror will spotlight its
BOVONE diamond tools, the Nova Felt synthetic polishing wheel and TWINBOX®
autoclave-free laminating systems.
According to the company, the line of diamond tooling offers a high-speed,
maximum operational life and a quality finish. The polishing wheel’s base
construction is polyester fiber infused with bonding agents and polishing
enhancers using polymer technology. The fiber architecture yields to an
open pore structure that will readily accept a cerium charge but resist
loading and glazing.
The integrated laminating systems incorporate the oven and PVB, EVA and
TPU storage into a single unit that features a small footprint. The system
is approved to laminate glass with Saflex foil according to EN-365 drop
ball testing, making it suitable for class P2A security glass.
Booth #2017: Measure Up with EDTM
Electronic Design To Market Inc. (EDTM), based in Toledo, Ohio, is growing
line of instruments and sales kits, including the Glass-Check Pro meter
and “Window Energy Profiler” SK1740 sales kit.
The new digital meter can measure the glass and air space thickness of
single-, double- and triple-pane windows from a single side. The new laser
device offers improvements and features over the previous model, including
applications involving tinted and reflective glass and triple-pane windows.
The meter also can accommodate expanded thickness ranges, accuracies and
the ability to identify suspended film applications in windows.
The company’s new sales kit for promoting energy-efficient windows features
an energy profiler that tests windows in-frame. The kit also includes
heat lamps and surface temperature guns.
Booth #1511: Doralco Splices Up its Exhibit
Alsip, Ill.-based Doralco will showcase its glass splice plates. According
to the company, the plates provide a strong joint solution, from structural
glass fin walls to glass wall panels, with a contemporary industrial design.
Each plate is made to fit the application and can be accessorized with
any hardware, including bullet bolt covers.
Booth #2621: Decon Anchors a New Line
Decon® USA Inc. is the exclusive representative of Jordahl in North
America and that company’s new anchor channel product line. The hot-rolled
anchor channels are imbedded in concrete and used to securely transfer
high loads. Their main application is for flexible connections of glazing
panels to high-rise buildings.
According to information from the company, the products allow for anchoring
without damaging the concrete structure and reinforcement. No welding
or drilling is required. It allows for an increased load capacity near
reinforcement and a high load capacity for static and dynamic loads, as
well as time-efficient onsite installation.
Booth #2602: Blast Off with Acurlite
Having completed several projects that require extreme blast pressures
resulting in extreme loading, Berwick, Pa.-based Acurlite will focus on
its line of blast and impact skylights. The blast skylights have been
engineered and manufactured for requirements from low standard UFC to
high GSA/ISC extreme blast requirements.
The company offers single-glazed and insulating skylights, which have
been tested for large- or small-missile impact and have Florida building
approval or Miami/Dade NOA. The skylight is tested for most geometries
required and can be offered as a fully tested system.
Booth #2623: Glasstech Introduces the CRB-S 1900 for Fabricating CSP
Glasstech in Perrysburg, Ohio, has introduced the CRB-S 1900 for the concentration
solar power market. The CRB-S 1900 is the newest addition to the company’s
CRB-S technology for solar parabolic trough glass shaping and strengthening.
It precisely shapes 1.6- to 5-mm low-iron glass up to the increased width
of 1.9 meters with the advantage of strengthening or fully tempering parts,
depending on the thickness. The system also consumes less energy than
more traditional forming methods.
Booth #2141: Tekna Introduces TK444
Tekna in Crystal Lake, Ill., will introduce the TK444 four-axis machining
center for the fabrication of aluminum extrusions. The TK444 features
all-welded steel fame construction, linear guides, clamps that are positioned
automatically, a high RPM electrospindle and extremely fast axes travel
speeds. Users have the ability to choose from 3D CAM programming, conversational
graphical user interface or seamless integration with third-party software.
Booth #909: J&S Rolls with the Pinches
J&S Machine in Ellsworth, Wis., is introducing the CR148 RIMW, a PC-based
CNC double pinch storefront material roll bender utilizing the CNW333
control. The control, a Windows XP-embedded CNC, consists of an industrial
PC with 40GB hard drive, USB ports, 17-inch color monitor, wired mouse
and keyboard. It can be operated manually by push button or programmed
to run automatically. The control also allows users to download information
directly from a DXF drawing file to create a new program and create a
network connection to interface with other PC’s for exchanging data.
Booth #2133: Quattrolifts Looks Toward a New Horizon
Look out attendees: Australia-based Quattrolifts will be showing off its
new Horizon lifting machine and a new attachment for the Nomad glass transporter.
The lifting machine can lift, tilt and transport 144- by 96-inch lites.
The machine also allows the operator to rotate the glass 90 degrees, which
helps with edgework machines.
The new 11-inch all-terrain wheel attachment for the company’s glass transporter
allows the machine to transport glass over difficult jobsite terrain.
Booth #1717: Sommer & Maca Cleans Up
The Sommer & Maca Machinery division of C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. will
showcase the VHDW60, its new heavy-duty, 60-inch vertical open-top glass
washer, as well as a heavy-duty directional glass transfer table section.
According to the company, the motors of the washer can move large lites
through low-E brushes and air knife dryers at speeds up to 18 feet per
minute. Glass up to 60 inches tall and ¾-inch thick can be cleaned
in one pass. The re-circulating detergent and miser rinse feature is standard,
while a final rinse water saver solenoid also is included.
With the transfer table, glass is introduced from one side on powered
rollers and then lifted to another set of rollers by a pneumatically controlled
belt section. The 90 degree directional move is down without having to
be physically rotated, reducing the risk of scuffs, smudges or breakage.
The transfer table can also be built in any width to fit new or existing
Booth #1831: Glaston Features One-Stop-Booth
Through its Bavelloni, Tamglass, Uniglass and Albat+Wirsam brands, Finland-based
Glaston will demonstrate its one-stop-partner (OSP) product portfolio,
designed to give glass industry customers the best combination of machinery,
tools, software solutions and services from one supplier. OSP includes
Glaston’s latest technologies for the architectural and solar markets,
as well as its innovations for environmental sustainability.
At the show, visitors can see the benefits of the OSP concept at work
through the Virtual Factory, a video projection system showing the special
integrated solution, which combines machinery, tools, software and services.
Attendees also can learn more about the company’s solar energy business,
which provides solutions for producing bent and flat top quality glass
for solar panels.
Booth #2923: Nordson Delivers Cobalt
According to Westlake, Ohio-based Nordson, the company’s Cobalt™ GR systems
deliver precise meter/mix capability to window fabrication, commercial
glazing and curtainwall production and insulating glass processes. Single
or tandem spur-gear pumps help companies simplify adhesive and sealant
handling and metering directly from their shipping containers to reduce
residual waste. The systems offer PLC controls with touch-screen interfaces
and mix ratio controls and can handle combinations of high-, medium- or
Booth #3131: Billco Saves the Leftovers
Billco Manufacturing is gearing up to introduce its new equipment. The
Zelienople, Penn.-based company’s new products include a remnant storage
system that stores, then redistributes, glass leftover from the cutting
process. This optimizes and reduces waste. Additionally, the company will
debut its new vertical insulating glass line, which features multiple
zones that can be interchanged to accommodate each manufacturer’s unique
processing needs. The line can per perform a range of processes including
washing, edge deleting, gas filling and secondary sealing.
doors and windows
Booth #201: Chelsea Reinforces its Showcase
Chelsea Building Products in Oakmont, Penn., will showcase its Restoration
Pro window series.
The window series, developed for the commercial and premium replacement
market, has a 1-inch insulating glass package, can accommodate simulated
divided lites and is compatible with many combination latch-and-lock systems.
According to the company, the window’s structural performance gives the
series an LC-50 performance rating and has been impact tested. Models
within the system include double hung, horizontal slider and picture window.
Booth #509: Paint the Town with Ramco
Detroit-based Reliable Architectural Metals Company (Ramco) will feature
its new café style doors and windows at its exhibit. According
to the company, the doors and windows were designed specifically for the
entertainment and restaurant industry. The commercial-grade aluminum doors
and windows are custom manufactured to specific size and color needs.
The company also offers new exotic paint colors for its products, including
patterns and designs.
Booth #2331: AAMA to Provide Educational Seminar for Architects
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host
local architects during the Architects of a Better Mind educational seminar,
offered concurrently with the trade show.
The AIA-approved continuing education seminar will include courses related
to the commercial and residential door, window and skylight industry,
and will be held Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1 from
8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The event will focus on up-to-date insights on commercial
and residential fenestration product applications. Architects who attend
the full program will earn eight learning units, all of which qualify
as Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) credits—the full year’s HSW requirements
for AIA members.
Booth #2423: Interlock Takes Hold of New Products
Along with its European partners, Siegenia-Aubi & KFV, Reno, Nev.-based
Interlock USA will present new door and window hardware.
The new concealed hardware solution for Siegenia-Aubi Tilt & Turn
windows features three-way adjustment and an integral adjustable turn
restrictor. The hardware includes low-wear bearings for all moving parts,
an integral turn limiter at 90 degrees and stability at high sash weights.
The HEMISPHERE™ folding door mortise hinges are stainless steel and non-corrosive.
They feature a flush mount application, can accommodate doors that weigh
up to 165 pounds and are available in a range of durable finishes.
Booth #105: RiteScreen Latches On
The Elizabethville, Penn.-based RiteScreen Co. has a new latching window
screen. The newest screen for double-hung windows securely latches into
place upon closing. The screen has a wall thickness of 0.04 inches and
features staked corners to build strength and eliminate gaps at the miters.
Shapes with an integral stop leg, latch and interior wool pile also are
Booth #1203: New Curtainwall Uncovered by EFCO
Monett, Mo.-based EFCO will feature its newest curtainwall series 8700
and 8800 unitized product line. The Pella company’s new wall series feature
a 3-inch sightline and a 4-sided structural glazing option to meet a wide
spectrum of job requirements.
Booth #2722: Groves to Wheel In Latest
Woodstock, Ill.-based Groves Inc. will feature its new six-wheeled fabrication
cart. The two-fixed, four-swivel wheel design gives the cart tight turning
radii to maneuver around facilities. The carts are available in 48- and
82-inch lengths and feature galvanized steel and heavy-duty casters and
wheels, industrial rubber padding and welded construction. According to
the company, the carts were designed with an elevated ergonomic load height
to reduce back strains.
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