Volume 11, Issue 3 - May/June 2009

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Many New Products to Launch at the Spring Auto Glass Show™

This year’s Spring Auto Glass Show™ will feature many new products—from glass, to software, to tools and more. Following is a sneak preview of the products that will be on display and the companies exhibiting them. The Spring Auto Glass Show is held in conjunction with the Independents’ Days Conference May 12-14 in Fort Myers, Fla. It is sponsored by the Independent Glass Association. (For more information, visit www.iga.org.)

Catch the Blue Wave™
Glass Technology (GT) will showcase its advanced Blue Wave  high-intensity ultraviolet (UV) curing system. GT says the Blue Wave system ensures proper cross linking and cross hatching, resulting in a strong cure and bond, according to the company. The high-intensity light-emitting diodes are positioned to surround the damage that is being repaired completely, producing the correct UV wavelength needed to cause resin molecule stimulation and curing.

The system was developed so that the technician can maintain complete physical and visual contact with the repair area. It also provides the technician with control as to when to cure the repair without removing the injector and exposing the repair to air. Since the Blue Wave is integrated with the injector and bridge, removal is not required during the curing process. The injector can be used during the curing process to produce pressure to hold the resin into the repair while it is being cured, the company notes.

The Blue Wave curing system requires no external power source and is completely portable. According to Glass Technology, it will cure up to 15,000 repairs before UV light maintenance is needed.

Speed Up with QuikSilver
The new QuikSilver Technology™ from AEGIS Tools International is designed so that technicians can complete windshield repairs in as little as five minutes, according to its manufacturer. The system uses a dry vacuum to remove moisture and debris from a break, along with a gauged pump so that the technician can verify when an adequate vacuum is achieved. When the injector is lowered into position, air is unable to re-enter the break, so it fills quickly and completely with repair resin.

Take Along a Lilbuddy
Lilbuddy will demonstrate its windshield removal tool, the Lilbuddy Pro 1, and its new Lilbuddy Junior cups during the event. The Lilbuddy Pro 1 is designed so that it can be mounted on either the passenger’s side or the driver’s side of the vehicle. It also includes a heavy-duty sliding rod to handle the weight of a heavy RV or semi windshield.

In addition, the system is designed so that it can be lowered into the urethane without the need for removal of either suction cup from the glass.

C.R. Laurence to Exhibit POWR Bond
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. will display its POWR Bond one-hour urethane at the upcoming Spring Auto Glass Show™.

“Our new POWR Bond one-hour urethane windshield adhesive is a high-viscosity, non-conductive, super-fast-curing adhesive that meets or exceeds U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards,” says Gary Byrum, product manager.

Byrum says the urethane is tack-free and offers a safe drive away time of one hour after only 10 minutes at temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit.

The adhesive must be used with the company’s CRL One-Step Primer and is packaged in metal cartridges with wide-mouth nozzles.


Take Advantage
BETASeal Advantage from Dow Automotive is warm-applied adhesive that is heated for extrusion only, yet doesn’t need activation. The cartridges also can be quickly reheated, so a partially used cartridge doesn’t have to be thrown away. And, the adhesive can be kept warm for 24 hours, so a cartridge opened one day can be used the next.

The adhesive requires heat of 15 minutes in a standard cartridge oven, and provides a safe drive-away time of 60 minutes in any temperature above 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and in any humidity (including jobs involving cars with dual air bags).

Saint-Gobain to Advance Quality Commitment
Saint-Gobain Autover, an auto glass manufacturer and distributor with North American headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is a first-time exhibitor at this year’s Spring Auto Glass Show.

“We have a couple of main objectives,” says sales director Dennis Warlick. “Our first is to make sure the installer community knows there is a company whose primary focus is quality still offering glass to the market, and then secondly to acquaint everyone with some of the technology and innovations Saint-Gobain has developed over the years.”

The company has warehouses and distribution facilities around the world.

Get Industrial
A&I Products offers an assortment of specialty glass parts for agricultural and light industrial equipment, including tractors, combines, backhoes, excavators and more. The company says the parts are manufactured to OEM standards and are packaged carefully to ensure they’re delivered in good condition. A&I also provides next-day delivery to the majority of its customers in the United States and Canada.

Learn about Validation
Representatives of the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council will be available to talk to attendees about the upcoming third-party validation program. In addition to a seminar on this topic held during the conference, attendees can speak one on one with AGRSS Council members to learn about what this process will entail and tips for preparing for it.

Quest to Focus on Software, Claims Handling
Quest Software will be at this year’s Spring Auto Glass Show™ to promote its software solutions, along with its newest offering, the GlassQuest Enterprise software.

The new system is designed to allow glass shop owners and operators to receive instant glass pricing and ordering capabilities automatically. Likewise, it’s designed to prevent technicians from having to call a service center, or visit multiple websites, to price glass parts.

The system includes the ability to retrieve quotes and order parts from Pilkington North America, Mygrant, Pittsburgh Glass Works and all suppliers working on a Glaxis platform.

“The software will query as many or as few suppliers as you set up and trade with,” says Rob Rust, national sales manager for the company. “It will also grab your lowest cost supplier and mark your product up from cost, saving you from calling a service center or opening multiple web browsers and searching for the correct parts and costs. It will order the correct glass, generate purchase orders and also schedule the job.”

While Quest will be displaying its software, officials also will be talking with attendees about one of its lesser known offerings—its third-party administration arm. Rust notes that the company has something in common with attendees at the conference.

“Quest Software Inc. truly is an independent third-party administrator,” he says.

The company provides glass claims administration for several insurance companies, but does not operate its own network.

“We do not own a network for glass,” says Terry Miller, president of the St. Johns, Mich.-based company. “When we take on a client, we actually create a network for that client that is specific to their needs.”

Miller also stresses that the company, aside from its software solutions, also is independent of the auto glass industry—making the possibility of steering a non-issue.

“Steering is not an issue at all with Quest,” he says. “We don’t care who gets the work.”

SIKA Corp. to Showcase New “No Shortcuts to Safety” Website
SIKA Corp. will display both its AGR and flat glass products and systems. Company officials say they are exhibiting at this year’s show because they value independent glass shops and desire to work with them to “raise their bar” of performance with both auto and flat glass installations, through continual training and value-added marketing programs.  

SIKA also will showcase its new “No Shortcuts to Safety” website, www.noshortcutstosafety.com, which features two brothers, brothers, Mike and David, and their journey to replace Mike’s broken windshield—and the lesson they learn about safety along the way.

Mainstreet Promotes News Software Package, Web Hosting
Officials from Mainstreet Computers will be at the show to talk with attendees about its newest software offering—Glas-Avenue 8.0. The latest package includes system hosting, database backups and data updates and is available via the web, so it can be accessed anywhere there is Internet access.

In addition, the company has a web development arm, which designs, hosts and optimizes websites. Mainstreet also can include an online quoting feature in the sites it develops.

Need More Info?

If you’re looking for more information on the Independents’ Days Conference and Spring Auto Glass Show™, visit www.iga.org/independentsdays.php for a full schedule and exhibitor list. 

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