Volume 8, Issue 1, January - February 2004
Bekaert Adds 8-Mil Film to Line
Clearwater, Fla.-based Bekaert Specialty Films has announced that it is extending its line of Panorama designer and safety window films to include an 8-mil film. The company is promoting the film as a protector against break-ins, property damage and even personal injury resulting from broken glass.
“The beauty of the Panorama window film series is that it is a virtually unnoticeable product, offering several valuable benefits to home and business owners—reduced energy consumption, furnishing preservation, improved occupant comfort and enhanced exterior aesthetics. Now with the new safety film being four times thicker than a standard solar control window film, it further protects occupants from the hazards of broken glass, delivering an ideal safety solution to customers in key markets—including commercial businesses and coastal residential communities,” said vice president of sales and marketing Jeffrey Plummer.
Product warranty coverage ranges from 12 years to lifetime.
FTI Unveils KissKoat Process and New Training Technology
St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Film Technologies International (FTI) recently announced its hurricane mitigation option, which uses FTI’s KissKoat dry lamination process to create a composite that seals heavy-gauge Safe-Gard® brand polyester film to annealed or tempered glass. According to the company, when subjected to intense impact testing the resulting glass unit may spider but the glass shards remain in the frame, making it strong enough to pass Dade County’s large-missile impact and cycling standards without the need for or use of PVB laminated glass. The company says the units are compatible with most existing spacer technologies, such as Edgetech, TruSeal and Glass Equipment Development, and its testing laboratory in St. Petersburg is available to window and door producers seeking preliminary testing before applying for Dade County certification.
In an effort to help ensure uniformity across the board for its installers, FTI, with the help of CDs-2-Go, produced a multimedia training presentation on CD-ROM. Previous training materials were hard to follow and often only succeeded in generating an abundance of phone calls from technicians with questions.
“Our CD-ROM allows our installers to pick and choose what they want to watch, so they can review the information at their own pace,” said Bill Stewart, FTI’s national sales manager.
In the Clear
Denver-based Interwest Distribution Co. has begun distributing St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Company’s Paint Protection Film. Interwest says the flexible, energy-absorbent thermoplastic urethane film forms a clear “bra” that protects paint and headlights from stone chips, abrasions, bug acids and weathering.
The films are available in pre-cut kits as well as in bulk rolls for use in customized installations.
Performance Tools Launches New Catalog
Performance Tools has launched a new, 52-page color catalog and has revamped its website, www.44tools.com. The website provides the company's 400-plus listing of items it has available in an electronic format (also available in the new catalog) and provides online ordering 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Scapa Offers Surface Protection Film
Windsor, Conn.’s Scapa North America has available Polyflex® 133, a 4.5-mil polyethylene film, single coated with 3-mils of a pressure-sensitive rubber adhesive. Polyflex 133 performs in a range of splicing.
According to the company, the adhesive used on Polyflex 133 bonds to most surfaces, leaves no residue and is designed with a serrated edge for tearing.
Sentinel Fights Microbes
Sentinel of Minneapolis has available its 24•7 with Microban® antimicrobial product protection, which it says inhibits the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on films. The additives are EPA-registered and, according to the company, will last the life of the coating by guarding against degradation caused by microorganisms. It is self-priming and, if caught before it dries, can be cleaned up with soap and water.
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