Look out Atlanta,
’Cause Here They Come
Glass Professionals Roll
into Atlanta for GlassBuild 2011
As The Temptations (almost) crooned in ’66, get ready, because
here they come—in this case, the glass industry is making its
way to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for
GlassBuild 2011. And speaking of temptation, this year’s event, taking
place September 12-14, will have lots on display to tempt fabricators
and glazing contractors, as well as eye-catching new products sure to
tempt design-minded customers.
If you haven’t got Georgia on your mind by now, then read
on to the product information below.
And for more brand-new products, see the Showcase department on page 80.
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Booth #1201: PPG Offers Product Comparisons
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries will display Solarban® 72 Starphire®
glass, among other products. The solar control low-E glass was designed
to provide high visible light transmittance (VLT), exceptional clarity
and superior solar control performance. In a standard 1-inch insulating
glass unit (IGU), it offers a VLT approximating that of Solarban 60 Starphire
glass, along with 25-percent better solar control. The manufacturer notes
that Solarban 72 Starphire glass also has solar control characteristics
similar to Solarban 70XL glass—a triple-silver-coated, solar control,
low-E glass—but transmits 11-percent more natural light.
PPG also will distribute a new 24-page white paper comparing the energy
and environmental performance of its Solarban R100 glass to three other
leading neutral-reflective, low-E glasses. Based on a proprietary hybrid
coating technology, Solarban R100 glass has VLT of 42 percent
and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23. The resulting 1.79 light-to-solar
gain ratio is up to
29-percent greater than that of competing neutral-reflective, solar control,
Additionally, visitors to the booth can view test samples comparing the
performance of Clarvista™ shower glass to other shower glass products.
Because Clarvista glass is made with a coating that seals the glass surface,
it can, with regular maintenance, retain its new appearance longer than
can competing shower glass products.
Booth #1711: Guardian Highlights Sustainable Design Options
The latest in a triple silver coating for commercial applications, as
well as the industry’s only online energy calculator that compares the
offerings of all players, will be among the highlights of Auburn Hills,
Mich.-based Guardian’s booth.
SNX 62/27 is the latest in the SunGuard SuperNeutral (SN) series of architectural
glass. SNX 62/27 offers plenty of natural light with an improved solar
heat gain coefficient that raises the glazing light-to-solar gain ratio
to 2.30, broadening the range of design options and performance possibilities.
SNX 62/27 is just one of the products architects and specifiers can plug
into the company’s new building energy calculator. This tool provides
comparisons of building energy costs for multiple glazing options from
multiple manufacturers, and their impact on design in prototypical buildings
based on multiple variables.
Booth #1804: Insulgard™ Introduces New Storm Security Doors
Insulgard™ Security Products, a part of SABIC Innovative Plastics, has
introduced full lite architectural aluminum security doors to protect
emergency workers and the public from hurricanes and tornadoes. This next-generation
protection system combines Insulgard’s TH350 door and TH600 framing, TOR-GARD
glazing material and Lexan™ polycarbonate sheet.
The door meets FEMA 361-2008 requirements for missile impact resistance
ICC-500, Section 804; pressure in accordance with ICC-500, Section 805;
and cyclic pressures in accordance with ASTM E1996 requirements for tornado
and hurricane shelters. Applications include interior and exterior doors
for emergency shelters, utility control facilities, 911 call centers and
critical government infrastructure.
The doors are available in single and double configurations up to 7 by
8 feet, with or without a center mullion.
Booth #2816: Perforated Metal Sunshades Help Control Light
Accurate Perforating in Chicago says that its perforated sunscreens can
be used to reduce heat and glare from the sun while still allowing natural
light to illuminate the interior of the building. Accurate can produce
a custom sunscreen to complement any project. The company also provides
custom facades and cladding that seamlessly fit building walls, glass
curtainwalls and parking garages. A variety of perforation patterns and
corrugation profiles are available.
The manufacturer notes that perforated metal provides a long life compared
to other screening materials, and the ability to choose hole sizes and
spacing allows for precise control of the light and privacy level desired
for any application.
Booth #1603: Glassopolis Decorates Fire-Rated Glass
Toronto-based Glassopolis will be spotlighting a range of UL-certified
decorative options for fire-rated glass. These factory-applied decorations
are UL-approved and give customers interested in privacy or solar control
many new design opportunities. A full range of more than 30 different
decorative options are available on the premium Schott Pyran Platinum
and Protect3 Safety Glass fire-rated product lines.
Booth #2003: The C’s Have it
Cristacurva is bringing its new Creanza® Design line of digitally
printed glass that can include everything from dots and lines to high-resolution
photos and any color imaginable.
The new line is made through the use of ceramic frit, which enables images
or patterns to be scratch-resistant when fused directly onto a monolithic
piece of tempered glass. The glass also can be encapsulated into a laminated
unit for additional safety or into an insulating glass unit for thermal
or solar control.
The company says its graphic experts can turn digital files into printable
images that are then transferred to the glass and fabricated.
Booth #601: Walker Steps into Glass Flooring
Walker Glass in Montreal has introduced a line of anti-slip acid-etched
glass products. Walker Textures™ Traction surface provides a new design
option on glass by combining discretion and security without impeding
the natural flow of light. The slip-resistant properties of Traction glass
are derived entirely through acid-etching, whereby portions of the glass
surface are removed to varying depths by a controlled process.
Traction glass provides a high slip-resistant coefficient based on the
ANSI/NFSI B101.1 and ASTM C1028 test methods. The company says the tests
were conducted by an independent testing facility, the Tile Council of
The Traction line is available in clear and low-iron glass in thicknesses
from 6- to 12-mm and in standard size of 96 by 130 inches. The patterns
of this 400 series are made using two acid-etched finishes, opaque and
Booth #2102: Gardner is Dreaming in Color and Shapes
A line of glass tiles is now available as part of Dreamwalls Color Glass
by Gardner Glass Products in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Dreamwalls Color Glass
tiles are available in sizes from 4 by 4 inches to 24 by 24 inches, and
can be specified in unusual sizes as well. The company says its large-size
tile options facilitate a clean, fresh appearance and result in minimal
grout lines or seams.
The tiles are available in unlimited color options so designers and specifiers
can match the glass to any color they choose, including Pantone®,
Benjamin Moore®, RAL® or other color specification guides. The
tiles are completely opaque and can feature a flat polished, arris edge
or seamed edge.
Booth #2018: Longevity on Display
Southern Stretch Forming reports that its Denton, Texas, headquarters
location is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in supplying curved
metal needs, a fact that will be highlighted at its booth.
With locations in Butler, Pa., one in Modesto, Calif., and the home office
location near Dallas, the company says it can provide precision curving
of extrusions, formed lineal break metal and arched frames for hollow
metal With locations in Butler, Pa., one in Modesto, Calif., and the home
office location near Dallas, the company says it can provide precision
curving of extrusions, formed lineal break metal and arched frames for
hollow metal doors, and other curved metal needs, throughout the United
Booth #931: Add Protection to CSP with Duralux
The complete range of Italy-based Fenzi Group’s Duralux Solar Coatings
for solar mirrors, developed and tested to meet the highest durability
and wear tests for solar thermal systems, will be featured at the show.
These coatings have been developed to ensure chemical resistance to corrosion
and UV radiation, strong performance when exposed to thermal and environmental
stress and optimal resistance to abrasion.
Booth #919: Select a Concealed Hinge
Select Products Ltd. in Portage, Mich., has designed the new SL31, SL38,
SL44 and SL48 concealed geared continuous hinges for a variety of storefront
entryways. The SL31, SL44 and SL48 fit 1 3/4-inch doors; the SL38 fits
1- to 1 3/8-inch doors. The Pair-Matched™ hinge leaves, lifetime lubrication,
anodizing after machining and coated, corrosion-resistant fasteners give
them unmatched durability.
All Select geared continuous hinges are made from up to 100-percent recycled
content. The manufacturer can match any paint color on the gear cap or
the entire hinge and fasteners; a choice of anodized colors also is available.
sealants and adhesives
Booth #1723: A Range of Sealing Solutions on Display from Lauren
Ohio-based Lauren Manufacturing’s engineered sealing solutions for progressive
door and window designs will be on display at the event. The company offers
standard products and custom solutions using a wide range of materials,
including EPDM, silicone, neoprene, TPV and polypropylenes. In its booth,
visitors will find more about the manufacturer’s high-performance sealing
solutions for storefront systems, curtainwall systems, interior wall systems,
solar systems, entry door systems and more.
Booth #1605: MyGlassTruck.com Extends Rack Options
MyGlassTruck.com in Glassboro, N.J., will display a new Mitsubishi
Fuso FE 160 truck with a 16-foot custom aluminum glass transport body.
Rated at 16,000 GVW, the 2012 Fuso sports a new design with improved fuel
economy and an industry-best limited warranty on the powertrain. The body
features exterior and walk-in interior glass racks with the most glass
protection padding available; fabrication with aircraft-grade Huck®
mechanical fasteners that are superior to welds for joining aluminum;
and removable rear wheel skirts for easy maintenance access.
A demonstrator model of the new, easy to load and unload Slider roll-out
aluminum glass rack will also debut at the booth. The Slider glides in
and out of a van’s cargo bay or pick-up truck’s bed on sealed steel bearings
inside a robust telescoping steel base. Glaziers can load the rack outside
the vehicle and roll it inside for transport.
The company also is launching its “Nice Rack” campaign to fight breast
cancer by making a donation benefiting the Central and South Jersey Affiliates
of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every glass rack sold.
machinery and equipment
Booth #1501: Wood’s Expandable Channel Lifters Meet Handling Needs
The channel lifters are a modular system of vacuum lifting equipment for
glass installation. This series of below-the-hook vacuum lifters from
Wood’s Powr Grip in Laurel, Mont., starts with the P11104DC, a single-channel
unit with four 11-inch vacuum pads. The lightweight P11104DC offers 180
degree edgewise rotation and 90 degree tilt from upright to flat, and
weighs only 70 pounds. Its compact size allows easy movement in confined
areas and accommodates a variety of glass sizes with weights up to 700
pounds. The power source is an onboard 12-volt DC battery with an electric
charger, for cord-free use, although AC powered lifters also are available.
Booth #1923: End Caps Drive Visitors to Vesuvius Booth
Vesuvius USA will exhibit a variety of fused silica products used in the
glass industry. Among the featured products is its recently introduced
Smartly Driven® end cap used for glass tempering rollers. The manufacturer
says this patented technology is the most significant advancement achieved
in tempering roller technology for years.
Booth #1431: Glaston Goes All Out with New Lines
In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Glaston Bavelloni will present
a new range of straight-line edging and double edging machines with cup
and peripheral wheels. The new Bavelloni series Hiyon, Xtraedge and Helios
consist of more than 10 models available in many configurations that can
be customized according to customer needs.
Glaston’s latest introduction in convection technology, Vortex Pro™, improves
control over air placement on the surface of the glass. This technology
allows the operator to control the thermal profile of the glass precisely.
Special software and hardware provide unlimited heating control. The control
allows for heat to be added or taken away from any particular location
on the glass.
The FC500™ tempering furnace offers fabricators high production capacity
of low-E glass and energy efficiency with low environmental impact. The
manufacturer says that, compared to conventional tempering lines, Tamglass
FC500™ offers up to 40-percent more production capacity of energy-efficient
glass with 30-percent less energy consumption.
Booth #2515: Use the Gforce2 at the Event
GlasWeld in Bend, Ore., is introducing attendees to its glass scratch
removal systems. Among them are the entry-level Gforce Mini System for
light rubs and scratches and the Gforce2 Extreme System, which handles
all types of glass damage including heavy graffiti damage. The company
also will showcase a solution to prevent future damage: anti-graffiti
With the Gforce2 glass scratch removal kit, users can remove simple rubs
and scratches. It now includes more disk options to remove deeper, more
severe damage than ever before. The new center water feed system allows
pinpoint accuracy and control in tight edges and corners. And with the
ergonomic redesign of the center water feed, users can work longer with
Booth #2031: Erdman Brings Sealer, Applicators and an Extra Hand
Princeton, Minn.-based Erdman is setting up a variety of insulating glass
processing machines in its booth.
The fixed head IG secondary sealer features a stationary sealant application
system that gives operators the ability to apply a professional, high
quality, consistent secondary seal to IG units. The machine applies sealant
based on the speed at which the glass is being moved by the operator and
the height and depth of the spacer. Each corner is filled under pressure
with a back-up plate or a wiper making for a perfect fill with little
or no bulge in the corners. The unit can be configured for dual and triple
pane units in one pass.
The IG flexible spacer applicator was designed to enhance the accuracy
and speed of spacer application. A protective adhesive film is automatically
rolled onto the machine for easy removal and disposal. The glass can then
feed out directly to the IG secondary sealer or any other workstation.
The horizontal design integrates with existing IG equipment.
The Hand Assist glazing table offers a control system utilizing fluid
metering technologies to provide a consistent diameter bead of sealant
to product at speeds up to 30 inches per second. Hand Assists are available
to dispense hot, cold or two-part sealants and can be set-up for bead
sizes from 0.060 inches up to 0.50 inches in diameter.
Booth #1531: Lisec America to Bend Spacer Frames Onsite
Lisec America in Burnsville, Minn., will highlight its competence in insulating
glass production by demonstrating its fully automated spacer-frame bending
system BSV-45ANK. The BSV-45ANK is a solution for short bending cycles,
as well as automatic processing of various spacer-frame materials such
as aluminum, steel, stainless steel and plastic frames.
Booth #2147: Bystronic Adds More Speed to Your Cut
The Bystronic Glass Group in Aurora, Colo., will present its float glass
cutting table, speed’cut. The modular speed’cut has a speed of up to 300
meters per minute and an acceleration of up to six meters per square second.
The deployed measuring system offers the ultimate precision on the desired
dimensions, therefore minimizing potential grinding tolerances. The cutting
bridge, available to the mass market for the first time, has a honeycomb
structure that is reported to be significantly lighter than comparable
elements in conventional structures. The low weight of the cutting bridge
leads to a 20-percent reduction in energy use for acceleration and braking.
DIP-Tech Releases the GlassJet Jumbo
DIP-Tech in Israel has announced the launch of the GlassJet Jumbo. The
manufacturer says that the GlassJet Jumbo accommodates the largest standard
lites available: 19.6 by 10.8 feet. It’s designed to be completely inline,
including the internal conveyor, thereby minimizing concerns about the
fragility of large panels.
Booth #2837: Tekna to Demo TKcadX Software and Machining
TKcadX, from Tekna USA Corp. in Crystal Lake, Ill., is 3D CAD model interpretation
software that enables the generation of NCX files directly from 3D drawings.
Since 3D-models contain only information about the planes and features
of a working piece, not the machining processes necessary to arrive at
them, TKcadX scans and analyzes the features on a 3D drawing and then
separates them into easily recognizable machining operations for the programmer
to verify as valid operations to be performed on the CNC machine.
These operations are then exported to CAM software such as TK-Cam, which
optimizes the tool assignment, calculates the
clamp-positions and generates the NC-code that runs the machine.
At the show, the company will demonstrate the process, beginning with
a 3D CAD model and finishing by machining the parts.
Booth #1131: FeneTech Has Apps For Glass
FeneTech Inc. in Aurora, Ohio, will promote its integrated FeneVision
ERP software, which features quoting, order entry and purchasing, among
other functions. New this year will be FeneVision’s new Business Intelligence
feature as well as the iPad and tablet PC apps, Business Monitor and Factory
Monitor. These applications provide complete visibility of business operations,
accessible anytime and anywhere.
The company also will display its FeneVision LineScanner, a scanning solution
for quality control, measuring and sheet identification. Integrated with
the company’s optimization and production/ERP systems, the scanner can
be used for surface quality and size comparison inspection; inspection
of edge deletion quality; acceptance or rejection of units based on empirical
data; easy-to-read display of rack/slot number for tempered lites; and
system-level problem solving, process reviews and overall production statistics
using archived scan results for each lite. The line scanner can be installed
horizontally or vertically. It can verify the dimensions of each unit,
and the location, size and shape of all outside and inside fabrications,
including curves, ovals, rectangles and holes.
Booth #2220: Bohle Introduces Brite Solution for Protecting Lites
BriteGuard® is the new brand from Bohle America Inc. in Charlotte,
N.C., for surface protection products. BriteGuard® is available for
smooth surfaces such as glass showers, façades, glass furniture
and balustrades, and for rough, sandblasted and satin-finished surfaces.
BriteGuard® Surface Sealer and Surface Sealer X react chemically with
glass and glazed ceramics to form a high-strength functional layer that
protects against dirt deposits and glass corrosion. The manufacturer says
this layer withstands mechanical wear as well as chemicals, heat, UV radiation
The BriteGuard® modular system consists of two coating products: BriteGuard®
Surface Sealer for smooth surfaces and BriteGuard® Surface Sealer
X for rough surfaces. Surface Activator is used for pre-cleaning smooth
surfaces and Surface Finisher for final cleaning.
Booth #1215: Technoform Expands Insulating Options
Technoform in Twinsburg, Ohio, has added a number of new profiles to its
standard offerings. Constructed of sturdy polyamide 6.6 with 25 percent
glass fiber content, Bautec structural insulating strip enables aluminum
fenestration and curtainwall manufacturers to provide the highest degree
of thermal performance and structural integrity available. It features
an expansion/contraction rate equal to that of aluminum, thermal conductivity
rates 700 times lower than aluminum and structural properties that the
manufacturer says exceeds those of virtually every other thermoplastic
The range of standard TGI®-Spacer widths now extends from ¼-
to 1-inch. Independent laboratory testing shows that this hybrid spacer
system, incorporating high-performance polymer and low conductivity stainless
steel, delivers superior sightline temperatures, condensation resistance
and U-factors that meet or exceed existing energy codes. TGI warm-edge
spacer provides structural rigidity and aesthetic appeal in both commercial
and residential applications.
Booth #415: Quanex Brings An Array of Components
Houston-based Quanex Building Products Corp. will debut its line-up of
products and services at the show. In the past year, the company has strategically
aligned Edgetech I.G., Mikron, Truseal Technologies and Homeshield under
its umbrella, meaning the booth will feature integrated high-performance
door and window systems, including energy-efficient IG components, extrusions
and fenestration components. Among the products on display will be the
Super Spacer® dual-seal warm-edge spacer systems, backed by more than
20 years of field performance in commercial and residential applications
worldwide. The all-foam construction of Super Spacer products provides
strong thermal performance, condensation resistance and long-term durability.
Booth #1705: Dynamic Glazing + Triple-Lite = Energy-Efficient Glass
Sage Electrochromics Inc. of Faribault, Minn., has unveiled what it says
is the world’s most energy-efficient window glass. The new product is
the first to marry electronically tintable dynamic window technology with
high R-value, triple-lite construction.
The company’s dynamic tinting technology uses nanotechnology, allowing
users to manage daylight electronically. Tests show the dynamic, triple-glazed
glass has an insulating R-value higher than 8, compared to an R-3 value
typical of most low-E double lite glass. Combining insulation with the
glazing’s dynamic tinting capability provides a 16-percent energy improvement
over triple-lite glass with low-E, and better than a 50-percent improvement
over single lite glazings, according to the manufacturer.
resources and events
Booth #1844: Learn About the Next Big Show
Messe Düsseldorf will participate in GlassBuild in order to promote
two of its international trade fairs for the glass industry: glasstec
2012, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products,
and solarpeq 2012, International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment.
The events will be held concurrently from October 23-26, 2012, in Düsseldorf,
At GlassBuild, exhibitor and visitor information for the international
trade fairs will be available, as well as information on hotel and travel
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