In With the New
The 27th Annual USGlass Guide to New Products
If you’ve finished your “spring cleaning,” then now is definitely
the time to bring in the new—new equipment, new coatings, new components
and more. Take a look at your current product offerings and dated equipment
and then read through the next 12 pages of all new glass industry products,
sure to inspire you to update your stock, upgrade your production—and
reinvigorate your customers!
Solarban® Becomes More Neutral
Solarban® R100, the newest product in Pittsburgh-based PPG’s Solarban
family of solar control, low-E glass, offers a high-performing neutrally
reflective glass option. Based on the same coating technology as Solarban
70XL glass, Solarban R100 glass delivers comparable solar performance
with visible light transmittance of 42 percent. Compared to similar products,
Solarban R100 helps building owners lower the amount of energy required
for heating, cooling and artificial lighting.
Guardian’s New Products are Super Neutral and Ultra Strong
Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., has introduced SunGuard SuperNeutral
(SN) 62, its newest advanced architectural glass product. The glass has
a 62-percent visible light transmission and a low 0.31 solar heat gain
coefficient. With a best-in-class color rendering index, anything viewed
through the glass will show an accurate and natural color, according to
The company also has introduced a scratch-resistant decorative glass for
interiors. DiamondGuard UltraMirror features the DiamondGuard coating
and provides a mirrored look in heavy use applications where scratching,
staining and other damage occurs, such as in tabletops, bathroom mirrors,
display cases and decorative walls. On its back surface, the mirror coating
is protected with a scratch-resistant UV-cured material that is permanent
and durable, not a removable plastic film. A patented technology deposits
a diamond-like protective layer on its front surface that the company
says is proven to be more than 10 times more scratch-resistant than tempered
and chemically strengthened glass.
Solar-E ™ is Now Available in a Variety of Colors
Pilkington in Toledo, Ohio, is expanding its architectural line of
energy-efficient solar control low-E products. The Solar-E™ coating is
now available on a palette of natural colors—Arctic Blue, Blue-Green and
Grey—to complement Solar-E on clear and other lines of pyrolytic low-E
According to the company, Solar-E balances natural light, energy conservation
and sustainability, and provides a combination of aesthetics and performance
values with the same benefits of the on-line hard coat technology. Solar-E
can be bent, insulated, laminated and tempered, and edge deletion is not
required. It can also have a ceramic or frit applied to the coated surface
for spandrels or a silkscreen pattern for the vision lites. It has an
unlimited shelf life.
AGC Introduces Krystal Interiors™ Glass Family
AGC Glass Co. North America in Alpharetta, Ga., has introduced Krystal
Interiors™, a new family of glass using ultra-transparent Krystal Klear™
low-iron glass as the base for the design-focused line.
According to company representatives, the low-iron formula of Krystal
Klear delivers a product that is ultra-transparent and free of the greenish
tint evident in traditional float glass. The virtually colorless appearance
enables Krystal Klear glass to produce clearer clears, truer colors and
distinctive patterns without dulling or distorting the color spectrum.
Its neutral edge color are appreciated most in interiors such as partitions,
railings, frameless doors and shower doors.
Another product in the family, Krystal Patterns™, features a choice of
12 patterns embedded in Krystal Klear glass. Each pattern was created
to allow designers to separate space while sharing light. The company
says the product offers the highest light transmission of any rolled glass
product. The neutral edge color of Krystal Patterns is suitable for frameless
applications such as shower doors and decorative furniture. It is available
in a variety of thicknesses.
Finally, utilizing Krystal Klear low-iron glass as the base, Krystal Kolours™
is coated with a premium quality, technologically advanced enamel to produce
a range of opaque colors. This coating process delivers a uniform finished
product, making it suitable for large areas. Krystal Kolours are available
in 10 colors.
SuperLite X-90 from San Francisco-based SAFTI FIRST is the new 90-minute
vision lite solution that the company has added to its growing family
of SuperLite glazing products.
SuperLite X-90 is an economical fire- and safety-rated glazing that meets
all of the standards for 90-minute temperature rise doors. This non-wired
clear glazing provides visual clarity and is impact safety rated to meet
federal and code requirements. SuperLite X-90 can be used in any
listed vision lite frame and comes with a lifetime warranty from the factory.
Listed and labeled by Intertek/Warnock-Hersey, SuperLite X-90 is manufactured
in the United States for fast lead times and competitive pricing.
TGP’s Latest Protects Buildings While Looking Good
Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Snoqualmie, Wash., has a modern alternative
to traditional aluminum hollow metal frames for fire-rated applications:
the Fireframes® Aluminum Series. The frames incorporate precision
engineering to create narrow profiles and crisp sightlines. The system
combines aluminum frames with Pilkington Pyrostop® glass to provide
a barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer, allowing unlimited
areas of glazing in fire separations. The UL-listed series carries 60-minute
fire-ratings as a wall assembly, and may incorporate 20-, 45- or 60-minute
fire-rated doors. Custom extrusions and colors are available.
For daylighting designs in hurricane regions, TGP is offering Pilkington
Profilit™ Hurricane, the only tested and approved hurricane impact channel
glass system in North America. Approved by Miami-Dade County and the state
of Florida, Profilit Hurricane is approved for 60 psf design loads in
channel glass lengths up to 10 feet. It consists of dual glazed, vertically
oriented, self-supporting, “U-shaped” cast glass channels with a polycarbonate
laminate and a thermally broken perimeter frame. The channel glass is
available in numerous colors, coatings and patterns.
Glassopolis Turns Up the Heat
Glassopolis in Toronto is offering a new UL-listed wire glass that is
labeled with both fire and impact-safety ratings. It is available with
Cat II Impact-Safety ratings, making it a fully code compliant fire-rated
option for high traffic applications.
In addition, the company has announced that the PYRAN Platinum fire-rated
glass it offers is now Cradle-to-Cradle certified, qualifying it for LEED
points. This achievement is the result of a re-engineered manufacturing
process that eliminates the use of heavy metal toxins in glass-ceramic
production. According to the company, this is the only glass-ceramic in
the world with this certification, and can help contribute up to 5 LEED
points to a project. The certification also makes it an EPA environmentally
preferable purchasing product.
A New Vision in Fire-Rated Glass Walls
InterEdge Technologies in Sausalito, Calif., is offering an entire fire-rated
wall uninterrupted by framing. The Vision 60 System™ is a fully glazed,
60-minute transparent wall with no intermediate framing. Each panel of
Pyrobel-60® fire-rated glazing is separated by a slim silicone caulking.
With numerous framing options available, this system is suitable for locations
where uninterrupted viewing is desired.
Coral Offers a Range of Fire-Rated Products
The FireVision collection from Coral Industries in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is
designed to meet the challenges of fire and impact safety ratings with
a glass for each level of protection and clarity. The collection includes
Schott’s Pyran Platinum L, Platinum F and Platinum, as well as Coral’s
FireVision 20. Thicknesses range from 3/16 to 3/8 inches, with varieties
available filmed or laminated, meeting safety ratings from 20 to 120 minutes.
Robax glass ceramic, designed for temperature ranges from -400 to 1,400
degrees Fahrenheit, also is available as part of the collection.
SUNFLEX Unfolds New Sliding Wall Options
The new SF 75 folding-sliding glass wall system from SUNFLEX Wall Systems
in Bonita Springs, Fla., features an average U-factor of 0.32 W/m2K and
a narrow profile for maximum transparency. The sliding-folding wall offers
the advantages of aluminum, including longevity, stability and narrow
profiles. The company also offers a SF 75c version, which covers the aluminum
base with natural wood materials. Many different wood grains and surface
finishes are available, and existing systems can be upgraded with wooden
SUNFLEX says the system reaches the warm insulation values, depending
on glazing, of 0.18 to 0.26 W/m2K, courtesy of its specifically developed
profile systems. The solid profile features a 75-mm design for added security,
as well as concealed fittings and mushroom locks. The patented running
gear and track system features stainless steel bearings and running tracks
for smooth handling. The system gaskets feature patented hinge sealings
and special corner castings that guarantee 100-percent protection from
humidity. An installation height of up to 11 feet is possible. SUNFLEX
systems feature rounded corners, stainless steel hardware, stylish hinges
and a variety of handles.
According to the company, the sliding wall is suitable for residential
and commercial applications, and is available in three variations: folding-sliding,
slide and turn and horizontal sliding wall systems.
Vetrotech Puts Its Product Binder Online
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America in Auburn, Wash., has brought its
new fire-rated product binder online. The interactive website www.weknowfire.com
allows readers to flip through pages, select from a table of contents
and search by product name.
The new online binder offers a green and paperless alternative to a printed
catalog, allowing architects and contractors to view and bookmark websites
of building product manufacturers to their “favorites” list for easy access.
equipment and machinery
Bavelloni Adds Power to the Edge
Glaston Bavelloni’s PowerEdge series combines high performance, reliability
and user-friendliness. This new series of double edgers designed specifically
for the architectural glass sector is suitable to process small batches
as well as large lites of monolithic, laminated and coated (low-E) glass.
The PowerEdge line feature a new machine basement, with movements performed
by brushless motors and ball bearing guides, as well as new electrospindles
and a glass conveyor designed to increase performances and reduce maintenance
The line is available in a variety of models, dependent upon wheel configuration
and glass size.
IGE Expands Fabrication Offerings
IGE Solutions in Jupiter, Fla., has been busy bringing a wide range of
fabrication products to North America. The company now is offering a new
generation of Francesca drilling and milling machines for frameless shower
door and other fabricators from Forvet. The Francesca 1600 features a
new patented belt hold down system, new Siemens controls and a small footprint.
It can produce a square or out-of-square frameless shower door, 10-mm
with two mouse ear notches finished and two holes finished with countersink,
in under three minutes. The company reports that users operating the machine
with Mini Max tooling are seeing production increases from the earlier
1200 model, in some cases as much as 8,000 holes before replacement with
no dressing needed.
A new autoclave-free laminating system from Clim Glass also works as a
heat soak oven. The product allows large temperers to check the tempering
quality with the heat soak operation. Smaller temperers can do the same,
as well as produce laminated glass without an expensive autoclave.
IGE Solutions also is introducing the first water recycling system that
requires no chemicals. The technology from Winkerman Filtration features
an automatic self cleaning system.
In addition, the company reports that its Skyjet Glass Master now features
16 Konica Minolta Digital printing heads. The easy-to-use machine
features 1440 dpi resolution for bright and vivid UV printing.
MS1532 Has an Edge to Grind
Italy-based Schiatti Angelo’s new MS1532 arrissing/grinding machine was
designed and built to arris and grind edges on flat rectangular glass
automatically to obtain an even edge. The automatic machine is equipped
with sensors placed near the tools that detect and record the dimensions
of each lite being processed. On the basis of the data collected, the
machine automatically manages the movement of both the sheet of glass
and the tools. Therefore, a series of any size and thickness can be processed
It consists of three independent sections: an entry conveyor; a closed
central chamber where the glass is processed; and an exit conveyor. The
complete independence of each of these parts allows for the efficient
management of loading and unloading, which the company says optimizes
productivity. The machine is able to process glass 3- to 15-mm thick.
Wood’s Powr-Grip® Provides Cladding Lifting Solutions
Wood’s Powr-Grip in Laurel, Mont., has recently developed an option that
affects the versatility of its manual rotator/tilter (MRT) and MRT assisted
(MRTA) series below-the-hook vacuum lifters: cladding pad frame extensions.
These plug-in style pad frame extensions enable the MRTA line of vacuum
lifters to handle metal wall and roof panels. By simply removing the standard
pad arm extensions and replacing them with the cladding pad frame extensions,
users can transform the MRTA lifter to lift and maneuver cladding, insulated
metal panels and architectural panels with a variety of surface contours.
New Secondary Sealer Keeps IG Production Simple
Princeton, Mich.-based Erdman Automation Corp.’s new fixed head insulating
glass (IG) secondary sealer is a simple and economical solution for IG
secondary sealing needs. Without gantry movement, the sealer gives operators
the ability to apply a professional secondary seal to IG units easily.
It is capable of dispensing hot, cold or two-part sealants and has both
dual- and triple-glazed unit capabilities. It also offers an option for
a single pass on triples. The company says its sealer features high-end
components and a steel tube frame.
Glass Racking Co.’s New Offerings Secure Glass
The Seattle-based Glass Racking Co.’s adjustable Packlifter is an engineered
steel lifting frame for use under a gantry crane for unloading packs of
stoce glass from containers and stacking them onto storage systems, trolleys
and free-falls. The securing arms at top and bottom ensure safety and
make the process of both loading and unloading quicker than with traditional
strops. The narrow thickness of the lifter means that even the first pack
can be lifted out of the narrow central gap in a loaded container.
The company’s tooth-based IGU trolleys and storage system assist with
the storage and movement of IGUs around factories. The tooth system firmly
secures IGUs of 45/64 to 1 3/8 inches thickness in a single trolley. Spacers
also allow for tooth-based storage of doors and windows manufactured in
aluminium, PVC and hardwood.
The company also is offering transportation racks for pick-ups, vans and
open trucks with height extension on both the rack and the glass
retention poles. The lightweight aluminium rack and poles are sleeved and
pinned to allow for height extensions of 18 inches in 5 increments.
For most racks this extends overall load height from 86 inches to
104 inches. Because both the rack and the poles are extended, the process
for securing the load is unaffected.
CRL Offers New Tools for Glaziers
The SRS1 scratch removal system from Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co.
Inc. (CRL) uses a combination of thermal energy (heat), chemical reaction
(polishing compound) and mechanical energy (actual force) to remove scratches
and restore glass’ surface clarity without the use of fixed abrasives.
The kit will remove scratches and surface blemishes from any type of glass
in a one-step procedure that is fast and efficient. Each kit comes with
an electric polishing tool, polishing compound, 2- and 3-inch Velcro backer
pads and polishing disks, an attached pressurized water system, spray
bottle and a combination IR thermometer and LED inspection light.
New Products Help Glass Look New Again
The Glass Guru in Roseville, Calif., has introduced the ScratchPro scratch
and graffiti removal kit that can remove scratches and acid graffiti quickly
and efficiently, without leaving distortion. The kit uses dry grinding
technology that does not require an outside water source or slurry canisters.
The system is compact and portable and set-up and clean-up take just minutes,
according to the company.
The company also is now offering its Glasstastic water stain remover and
surface protection crème cleansers that can restore damaged glass,
porcelain, metal, tile and other hard surfaces. It comes in 32-ounce bottles
individual or by the case.
CGI Earns Approvals
CGI Windows and Doors Inc. (CGI), a Miami-based manufacturer of impact-resistant
doors and windows, has some new certifications and new options. For starters,
the company has received Miami-Dade approval for its Series 560 3 track,
6 panel system. The system is available with 5- by 10-foot panels allowing
configurations up to 30 by 10 feet. The Series 560 system is available
in a variety of configurations with design pressures as high as +120 /-170
The company also has received Miami-Dade approval for its series 410 large
format fixed window in both large and small missile glass types. The window
is available in sizes up to 60 square feet with design pressures as high
as +133/-210 psf. It reports that the window has the appearance of a storefront
system, yet it is factory glazed with an interior snap cover to cover
the installation fasteners.
Vitro Adds to Its Classic Series
Vitro America in Memphis is offering a new line of architectural aluminum
products to complement its full line of architectural glass in its Classic
Line™. The Classic Line™ Series 200, 300 and 500 entrances incorporate
a corner block construction with an interlocking design, mechanical fasteners
and back-up plates. According to the company, the system construction
eliminates the need for welded corners, allowing the glazier to modify
the doors quickly by taking them apart and cutting them down to size,
The Classic Line storefront systems include a specially designed full-height
interior leg sill flashing for enhanced protection against water infiltration.
The systems also include full-depth pockets that remove the need for flat
fillers at the perimeters and allow direct anchor attachment to the substrate.
To further streamline fabrication and installation of its screw-spline
systems, the company offers the TIME FABSAVER™ hydraulic punch press and
die sets to glazing contractors.
New Aluminum-PVC Curtainwall Comes to U.S.
L. B. Plastics Inc. in Mooresville, N.C., has introduced to the U. S.
market an advanced system for curtainwall/storefront applications that
incorporates the advantages of both aluminum structural members and PVC
doors and windows. The company says its SHEERFRAME curtainwall system
is an energy-efficient and sound abatement alternative compared to traditional
metal curtainwall systems. Units will accept 1/8- to 2-inch glazing. The
SHEERFRAME system features the ability to incorporate both fixed and operating
units into the assembly.
New Curtainwall is Sustainable, Too
Tubelite Inc. in Walker, Mich., has introduced Therml=Block™ 300ES curtainwall,
its newest product manufactured using
EcoLuminum™, a recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring
environmentally-friendly finishes. EcoLuminum’s recycled billet consumes
95-percent less energy to produce than that of standard, non-recycled
billet. According to the company, its eco-friendly anodize finish sends
90-percent less waste to landfills than traditional anodize.
Therml=Block 300ES curtainwall features a 1.5-inch thermal strut and accommodates
1-inch-thick insulating glass. The system provides a 0.46 U-value for
thermal transmittance due to conduction and a 72 CRF for condensation
resistance of the framing. It can be installed from either the building
interior or exterior.
Quality Metalcrafts Offers Small Run Custom Colors
Quality Metalcrafts LLC/Americlad® now has the ability to meet small
run custom color composites of ACM. The process includes applying a chrome
phosphate pretreatment to the mill finish composite and applying an air
dry system Kynar® paint finish meeting the weathering requirements
of AAMA 2605-05. A minimum requirement as little as two sheets of composite
can be easily achieved to accommodate smaller composite projects that
require a custom color.
doors and windows
Wausau Offers New Advantage
Wausau Window and Wall Systems in Wausau, Wis., introduces the INvent™
Series of projected window products. These high-performance fixed and
operable windows address weatherability, durability and thermal performance,
while contributing to sustainability goals.
As part of the Advantage by Wausau standard product offering, INvent Series
windows are available on an accelerated delivery schedule and backed with
a warranty of up to 10 years. INvent Series’ products are tested to meet
AAMA AW-100 Architectural Performance Class ratings, including lifecycle
For maximum thermal performance and condensation resistance, INvent Series
2250i-XLT fixed windows use triple insulating glass and an extra-wide
thermal barrier to achieve NFRC U-factors as low as 0.19, equivalent to
R5.3. Condensation resistance factors range from 44 to 68. The windows’
acoustic performance is tested for sound transmission class ratings of
31 to 43 and outdoor-indoor transmission class of 26 to 31.
Wojan Launches Its M-950 Window
Wojan Window & Door Corp. in Charlevoix, Mich., offers its latest
new aluminum window: the M-950 Series. With a 3 ¼-inch frame depth,
the single-hung is performance rated AW50, and the fixed model achieved
AW80. Higher-performance options are available.
Along with the window’s enhanced-design thermal break, available high-performance
glass packages help achieve U-values not typical of other AW-rated hung
The M-950’s ergonomic-design lift rails are located at both bottom and
top of the operable sash. For ease of operation, a Class I balance system
is standard, with a Class V option available. Self-locking operation is
standard, rated at grade 40 forced-entry resistance. Numerous installation
systems are available, along with a variety of mulling and stacking options.
J.E. Berkowitz Helps RENOVATE
J.E. Berkowitz in Pedricktown, N.J., reports that its new RENOVATE by
BERKOWITZ™ window retrofit system can help convert single-pane windows
to an energy-efficient, triple-glazing system without the commitment
of a full window replacement.
According to the company, the RENOVATE triple glazing system saves 65
percent or more of energy lost through the glass without disrupting current
tenant activity. While a traditional rip-out is costly and creates additional
landfill waste, RENOVATE helps avoid this in greening the building.
YKK AP Expands ProTek Family
YKK AP America in Austell, Ga., has expanded its ProTek line of impact-
and blast-resistant products with updates and new products.
The application of the YHC 300 OG system has been expanded across a wider
range of design pressures and configurations. It now allows for dry-glazing
in large missile applications. New mullion and glazing options enable
it to cost-effectively meet the project’s design requirements in lower
pressure regions, inside the high velocity hurricane zone, and has also
added Missile Level E protection.
The Model 35H entrance system features expanded hardware options, including
mid-rails, continuous hinges, offset pivots and Von Duprin brand exit
devices. In addition, the Model 35H is the first entrance system
in the industry to provide impact-rated rim panic exit devices paired
with an aluminum removable mullion.
The new YFW 400 TUH fixed window system offers cross-functional design
options allowing it to be used in applications for hurricane impact resistance
and/or blast mitigation applications. This system is suitable for
protecting punched openings and other fixed window configurations. It
has been tested to the ASTM F 1642 blast mitigation standard at a 6 psi
peak pressure and a 41 psi-ms impulse where it received a “Minimal Hazard”
Bromer Delivers New Glass Truck Racks
Bromer in Terrebonne, Quebec, reports that it has recently delivered a
28-foot-long truck to Kenworth Truck Center for Canada Cartage, with an
exclusive option. The sides of the truck can be reached from outside by
aluminum folding doors. The section can be opened and closed in a fraction
of the time that it takes with curtain tarps. The truck is made with thick
aluminum to remain rust-free and obtain good gas savings by virtue of
its light weight. This unit also is equipped with different interior glass
racks and the Bromer pole system. According to the company, because poles
are locked in place with a minimum of operations, glass loads are always
well secured on racks.
Basco Aqua Glide XP Makes Clean Last
Mason, Ohio-based Basco Shower Enclosures, has unveiled an enhanced version
of its Aqua Glide glass protection product. Aqua Glide XP Clear Glass
is a patented, ultra-protective coating bonded to the glass at the factory
to increase its sheen and luster while preventing spotting, soap scum
and mineral deposits.
Company representatives say that Aqua Glide XP Clear Glass helps shower
doors look new longer by causing the water to bead on the glass, thereby
protecting it against spotting, soap scum and mineral deposits. Cleaning
becomes as simple as spraying the glass with water.
The coating is available as an option for all Basco glass patterns.
Edgetech Offers Gasglass Trade-In Program
Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio, the exclusive Gasglass distributor,
is offering a trade-in program that makes it easier and more cost-effective
than ever for users to upgrade to the enhanced Gasglass Handheld v2. The
program, which will run through August 31, provides a $6,300 trade-in
value for older Gasglass models, including 1002 and V-1, that are in working
According to the company, the updated product features improved optical
filters and updated operating software that allows the device to measure
with greater accuracy and repeatability. Its user-friendly design and
non-invasive methods are intended to help prevent operator error and ensure
improved quality in the manufacture of gas-filled IG.
EdgeSealPLUS Protects Laminated Glass Composites
Argotec Inc. in Greenfield, Mass., a producer of thermoplastic polyurethane
(TPU) film and sheet, has introduced EdgeSealPLUS, an updated version
of its product used to seal the edges of multi-layered laminated glass
The company says the addition of a patent-pending foil layer between two
sheets of TPU gives EdgeSealPLUS enhanced resistance to moisture, window
cleaning solutions and the solvents contained in caulks and sealants.
The product also helps protect the edge of glass laminates from chipping
and other minor damage, as well as creating an aesthetically pleasing
appearance on the composite edge.
Chromatech Plus Keeps IGUs Stable and Warm
The Chromatech Plus stainless steel profile was designed by Rolltech,
a part of the Glass Alliance network, to guarantee high performance in
insulating glass units. The strength of stainless steel makes Chromatech
Plus a stable profile with a long lifespan.
According to the company, the thermal expansion coefficient of a stainless
steel profile is low and similar to that of glass and, as a result, the
sealants in insulating glass units using the profile are subjected to
less strain when the outside temperature changes. The stainless steel
profile also improves gas retention in IG units, helping them maintain
the same levels of thermal performance over time.
Chromatech Plus’ unique shape allows the thickness of the metal to be
slimmed up to 0.15-mm; the thickness of the steel is thus reduced and
can guarantee a low level of heat conduction, optimizing its performance
versus that of profiles made with conventional shapes. The warm-edge profile
features enhanced thermal insulation at the edges of the glass for comfort
and reduced risks of condensation.
HPP™ Coating Protects Warm-Light®
AZON USA Inc. in Kalamazoo, Mich., is now offering its Warm-Light®
warm edge spacer in a high-performance polymer (HPP) coating. Three new
HPP™ colors are now offered; Silver Matte, Stone and Monumental Bronze.
According to information from the company, the HPP coating inhibits oxidation
on the aluminum surface. The aluminum in Warm-Light is comprised of 78-percent
recycled content with the material advantage of complete recyclability
at the end-of-use.
Pleotint Adapts to Dynamic Glazing Demand
Pleotint in West Olive, Mich., is introducing a new adaptive glazing product
called sunlight responsive thermochromic (SRT) film. This PVB film, when
laminated between glass, creates a window system that adapts to ever-changing
environmental conditions. Windows incorporating SRT film help maximize
daylight and minimize solar heat gain. At high sun angles the window lets
in diffuse daylight. As the earth rotates and the sun becomes more direct
on the window, the window progressively tints, getting darker and thus
reducing the solar heat gain and glare associated with direct sun.
As SRT windows only use the sun’s energy to manage daylighting and solar
heat gain, they need no external power, wires, power supplies or control
systems. They install like any ordinary window.
Chromatic Glass Cuts Its Teeth on Spandrel
Chromatic’s Glass Inc. in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., has debuted its Chromatics
range of architectural glass panels in the United States. The cuttable
architectural opaque spandrel glass panels were designed for both external
and internal applications. The company reports that any color from the
RAL spectrum can be replicated consistently, even years after the original
panels were supplied, due to a process based on automotive industry color
In addition to its range of color panels, the company offers printing
of any digital image or texture directly onto the glass. The unique Chromatics’
aluminum backing allows invisible fixing with structural adhesive systems
such as “Sikatak.”
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