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March/April 2002

theShowroom  new products

Guardian Introduces Own Hydrophobic Glass 
Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., has developed what it calls "low-maintenance glass"—RainBan™ hydrophobic glass. According to the company, RainBan is equipped with a hydrophobic coating that repels liquid elements such as water and ice, from windshields, sidelites and backlites. Developed at Guardian's science and technology center in Carleton, Mich., the coating is applied to OEM glass during the manufacturing process. 

Currently, several manufacturers of passenger cars, sports utility vehicles and heavy trucks are considering the use of RainBan hydrophobic glass on some of their vehicles' backlites, according to Guardian. In addition, RainBan will be available on replacement windshields for a limited number of heavy-truck models.

PPG Aquapel® Resists Rain and Bugs
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries offers Aquapel glass treatment. According to the company, the coating is applied to the exterior of the glass to make it water-resistant. The coating causes rain drops to bead and roll off, while it also makes ice, snow and bugs easier to remove, PPG says.

Once applied, the effects of the chemically bonded Aquapel last for approximately six months under normal use and can be re-applied with equal effects when needed.

PPG's Aquapel has been applied to the glass on the left.

Milwaukee Introduces 6560 Caulking Gun
The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. of Brookfield, Wis., has introduced the model 6560 12-volt caulking and adhesive gun. According to the company, the 6560 is built on a T-handle platform for even weight distribution and easily dispenses high-viscosity urethanes, caulks and adhesives. It is equipped with a microprocessor-controlled flow control switch and a drip protection feature to protect the work area.

In addition, the 6560 is available in a kit.


3M Provides Certification Program and Marketing Support
The St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Company has a new auto glass technician certification program, which it designed to ensure that technicians using the 3M system are knowledgeable in the correct application of 3M urethanes and primers. Local 3M sales representatives administer the written, multiple-choice certification test for technicians. Once certified, installers can receive additional marketing support from 3M.

UV Process Supply Inc. Releases Catalog on CD
Chicago-based UV Process Supply (UVPS) Inc. has made the latest version of its 240-page catalog available on CD-ROM. According to the company, this updated version features an easy-to-use navigation system and links to additional product information and related websites.

The CD also contains three instructional manuals for the industry. The newly updated “UV Curing Safety Manual,” “Selecting and Maintaining UV Ink and Coating Transfer Pumps” and “How to Build a UV Curing System” are available along with the catalog, product information and specifications and presentations on UV safety and equipment.


ADCO Expands TITAN Family
ADCO Products Inc. of Michigan Center, Mich., has a new member of its TITAN family of products, TITAN 3000HV. According to the company, TITAN 3000HV is a fast-curing, low-conductive, primerless to glass, one-part urethane adhesive designed to provide a 3-hour drive-away installation. In addition, the company says the product has high decking properties, a wide-mouth cartridge and a wide nozzle for easy dispensing.

CRL Introduces POWR 700
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced POWR 700 high-viscosity heated urethane. According to the company, it provides a 30-minute safe drive-away time, no stringy cutoff, a fast cure rate and high viscosity. Each urethane cartridge has a quad-seal plunger for easy gunning and long shelf life, along with a new easy opening pull-tab bottom seal. In addition, POWR 700 urethane is available as part of a kit from CRL that includes glass conditioner, cleaner, pinchweld primer and primer.


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