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USGlass 2012 Product Of The Year
Product Launches, Improvements
and Innovations Mark 2012
Whether an innovative glass, a nouveau coating, tool, machine
or gadget, new product launches and improvements always draw an interest
from the glass and metal industry. This year it seemed trends continued
to drive developments in glass, curtainwall and more. And transparency
and energy efficiency are still tops in demand. What were readers looking
for this year? Take a look at the next few pages at products that drew
much interest from our readers and editors in 2012.
Passing the Test
Constructed from narrow aluminum extrusions filled with a proprietary
fire blocking internal member, Aluflam North America offers curtainwall
frames that have up to 120- minute ratings for interior and exterior installations.
According to the company, the curtainwall products are fully tested and
listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to UL 263 and UBC 7-4 (1997)
standards, and are also tested and approved to North American fire standards.
Safti First added the SaftiFire framing AL20 system to its product line.
SaftiFire framing AL20 is a 20-minute, full-vision, stile and rail aluminum
door that incorporates SuperLite I clear specialty tempered glazing. SuperLite
I with PPG Starphire Ultra-Clear and SuperLite I pattern glass also are
available glazing options.
The door is available in sizes up to 4 feet by 9 feet for
both single and pair doors. It also comes with a 5-inch stile and 5 1/2-inch
top rail, and an adjustable bottom rail that can accommodate irregular
Play it Safe
A safe-working environment is critical for glass businesses. Banom Inc.
provides Protectus body protection products for the glass industry. This
includes not only gloves, but clothing items that provide body and neck
protection. For example, a stand-up collar helps protect the neck, while
a lack of shoulder seams in the sweater provides continuous protection
along the entire length of the arm and shoulder.
At Your Fingertips
When it comes to glazing industry resources, the Glass Association of
North American (GANA) has a number of technical manuals that cover the
whole gamut. These include the GANA Glazing Manual, Engineering Standards
Manual, Blueprint Reading and Labor Estimating Course, Project Managers
Reference Manual, Laminated Glazing Reference Manual, the Sealants Manual,
Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Handling Manual, Fully Tempered Heavy
Glass Door and Entrance Systems Design Guide, Guide to Architectural Glass
and the GANA/PGC International Protective Glazing Manual.
Single Door Access Control Available
in a Kit
The Radio Key RK65KS from JLM Wholesale Security Door Hardware is a fully
programmable, standalone, single door access control system. The reader
can manage up to 65,000 individual users with sequentially-numbered cards
or tags and users can be added and deleted easily with an RK-HHP handheld
programmer. The reader is available in a kit that contains everything
needed to control a single door, program and power the reader and enough
key tags for ten users. A Wiegand output allows the reader to be connected
to a multi-door access control or telephone entry system, if desired.
Clear glass remains the top choice for consumers when it comes to shower
enclosures. Clarvista shower glass from PPG provides just that. Made with
a proprietary coating that seals the glass surface, the glass is designed
to be resistant to corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and chemicals
in household cleaning products. The company also introduced a sample kit
for shower glass retailers and kitchen and bath designers to demonstrate
Clarvista’s clarity and durability compared to conventional uncoated shower
Pilkington North America offers solutions for low-reflective glazing requirements
with its special applications glass products, including low-reflective
products for almost any application. Among the options, OptiView is a
color-neutral laminated glass with low-reflective coatings on the first
and fourth surfaces of the glass. The coating reduces the interior and
exterior visible light reflectance to less than two percent. Views from
the interior and exterior of a building are clear and virtually reflection-free,
making the glass suitable for a wide range of applications in which clarity
of view is of paramount importance.
Flip the Switch
The new Voltage glass from Glasswerks Inc. allows users to transform the
glass from optical pellucidity to translucency with the flip of a switch.
The glass utilizes both liquid crystal and PVB interlayers combined between
two lites of glass; electricity is then utilized to activate the liquid
crystal, which works to make the glass either clear or foggy.
The New Etch-A-Sketch
Soft Tech America Inc. has taken the sketched-up napkin to a new level
with its FeneSketch program for Android devices. The software allows users
to sketch their vision quickly on site. Once the design is agreed upon,
it can be emailed instantly to the client as a PDF. It also connects with
Soft Tech’s V6 program, inputting the design intent, applying the frame
system, engineering, compliance and transmitting back a completed quote.
FeneTech debuted Neo FeneVision software this year and company officials
say the latest generation is more flexible than past versions, and has
an ultra-modern user interface providing numerous new features and functionality.
In addition, Neo offers support for iPad and other mobile tablets. Among
this support is a new FeneVision Neo mobile delivery app—a fully native,
in-house developed, app for iPad to optimize the delivery process of goods
to the final customer.
Moveable Glass Wall Systems
Western Window Systems’ 2600 Series wood- and aluminum-clad multi-slide
doors and windows feature 1 3/4-inch panels and are available in unlimited
configurations and widths. The systems’ rolling panels can be stored in
pockets or stacked at one or both ends of the openings, and panels can
bi-part at 90 degrees, 180 degrees or most any angle in between, according
to the company. The systems are made in a modular frame design, allowing
users to configure any number of rolling or fixed glass panels to meet
a specific design.
Moveable glass walls have been popular; dynamic glazing is also growing
in popularity. Nanawall combined the two with its folding door system
that incorporates dynamic glass. According to information from the company,
power for the dynamic glass comes from low-voltage wire pulls in the sub-floor
such as those used in lighting control and alarm systems. In commercial
buildings, the new offering is ideal for statement buildings such as performing
arts centers, art galleries and museums.
Storefront and Windows
Six Inches, Three Levels
The Trifab 601 series framing system from Kawneer Co. Inc. features a
6-inch depth and utilizes the company’s dual IsoLock lanced pour and debridge
technology to provide three levels of thermal performance: the non-thermal
Trifab 601, the single thermal break Trifab 601T and the dual thermal
break 601UT (Ultra Thermal). The system allows for the use of current
4 ½-inch-deep horizontal members from center-set Trifab framing systems.
It can be glazed from either inside or outside to meet specific project
Yes, It’s Front-Set Glass
Introduced this year by YKK AP, the YES 45 TU storefront system is designed
to handle front-set glass applications in addition to its existing center-set
capabilities. According to the company, this expansion not only allows
for greater applications of the product where front-set is required, but
it also improves the thermal performance of the system, providing greater
resistance to heat transfer, lower U-factors and increased resistance
to condensation. Ideal for retail and office buildings, the glass within
the YES 45 TU system can now be set to the front to maximize energy performance
and blend with the aesthetics of the curtainwall, according to the announcement.
In addition, the system is thermally broken by means of a poured and debridged
pocket that employs a patented process, ThermaBond Plus.
Handling and Transportation
Ford Offering Barkow now manufactures 12-foot and larger glazing bodies
with full-length ledgeboards for Ford medium-duty trucks. The vehicles
feature certified “Super Single” rear tires rather than factory duals,
maintaining high load capacities while staying within federal width limits.
The bodies are manufactured from aluminum, stainless steel and painted
steel. Gas or diesel engines are available on standard cabs or four-door
MyGlassTruck.com released the Hero, an enclosed glass carrier truck body
that’s available in 12-, 14- and 16-foot lengths. Engineered for maximum
strength and minimal weight, company representatives say the Hero offers
better fuel economy and more payload capacity than bodies constructed
of heavier materials riding on the same chassis. Its efficient design
utilizes T6 aluminum glass racks as part of a robust frame that supports
the body’s .060 aluminum wall panels.
ARTACO Launches Complete Railing Systems
A whole new line of glass railings is available from ARTACO Railing Systems,
formerly Taco Railings, a division of Taco Metals Inc. The line includes
products such as balusters, brackets and fittings, as well as in-fills
of glass, rod, cable or other materials. All products meet international
standards and can be shipped and delivered almost immediately, according
to the company.
Tubelite Expands Blast Line
Tubelite expanded its ForceFront blast curtainwall and entry door systems
for high-performance, high-security projects seeking blast-hazard mitigation
in low- and mid-rise applications. The systems include nominal 1-inch
insulating glazing with an ionoplast interlayer.
Machinery, Tools and Equipment
For the commercial glazing industry, Erdman Automation Corp. offers a
line of unitized curtainwall and interior glass partition equipment. This
includes sealant applicators, frame clips, sawing equipment, manipulators,
conveyor lines, tilt/tip equipment as well as screw feeding equipment.
According to the company, the lines provide safe and easy handling and
Bit by Bit
IGE Glass Technologies Inc. offers two drill bit options: Mini-Max and
Econo-Max drill bits. The company’s stainless steel Mini Max bits are
designed to have a lifespan of about 3-4 times longer then any other regular
core drill bits, according to information from the company, helping reduce
production costs. Also, the bits do not have to be dressed, so there is
no downtime during production for dressing core drill bits. In addition
they require half of the in-feed speed for the first ten holes before
running the regular drilling speed, according to company information.
Also, IGE offers the EconoMax drilling bits for standard glass drills,
which, according to the company, provide clean holes, are low maintenance
and available at an economic price point.
Made in the Shade
Ohio Gratings Inc. launched Sunshade+, a new sunshade product designed
to provide maintenance access for low-rise buildings. The product offers
a lightweight walking surface and shading system and features an I-bar
construction for strength and stability. Sunshade+ spans are pre-engineered
for safety and manufactured from pressure-locked aluminum, according to
the company, and can integrate easily into any window system.
Going for Zero
As the demand to create a net zero building increases, so, too, will the
need for glazing systems that can help meet this goal. BIPV curtainwall
systems from BISEM USA, are designed to generate electricity, are water
tight and sustainable. According to the company, its electrified curtainwall
integrates photovoltaic panels, helping facilitate a net zero energy envelope.
The BISEM-Wall is a flexible aluminum chassis that can seamlessly incorporate
electrochromic glass and super high R-value glass. yyä www.bisem-usa.com
New Views Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., and View Inc. of
Milpitas, Calif., began working together this year to offer a dynamic
glass for the commercial buildings sector. Guardian has incorporated the
glass product into its SunGuard architectural glass offerings with the
introduction of a SunGuard EC product line. Guardian SunGuard also integrated
the new product into its “Build with Light” marketing program.
Boing! Here It Is
Pulp Studio debuted a new series of colorful, highly graphic patterns
that company officials say show how deeply three-dimensional glass can
be. The “Boing” series includes strong patterns designed to pop with color
and depth, and to serve as eye-catching focal points in hotels, stores,
offices or any public space, indoors or out, where glass paneling or partitioning
is appropriate. To create the decorative product, Pulp utilizes multiple
interlayers, each between a separate sheet of glass (two, three, four
or more) with a separate pattern, precisely registered upon lamination,
to read as a single design.
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