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Winter  2001

Introducing...  new products                                                                                                                                                  

New Block-and-Tackle System
Ashland Hardware Systems and Dakota Balance of Lowell, Ind., have developed an integrated block-and-tackle balance system that they say eases fabrication and SKU reduction, while delivering labor savings in window production. The new balance-and-shoe combination, called Bismarck™, can be installed and removed in a window jamb without the need for screws or tools. In addition, the balance meets AAMA 902.98 certification and is able to travel with the window, eliminating the need for balanced covers.

The company also has available its patented interlocking tilt/shoe technology, PivotTrue™. The interlocking technology creates a union between the sash and frame, easing the structural load performance of the window. In addition, PivotTrue provides a minimum of 15-inch sash tilt-in to activate the braking system so that the brake shoe size can be customized to fit any jamb pocket precisely, according to the company.

Simonton Gets Down to the Nitty Griddy
Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., has several new grid options available, including shadow bevel-cut glass, colonial sculptured square grids, woodgrain colonial sculptured grids, colonial flat square grids and diamond-pattern grids. According to the company, shadow bevel-cut glass offers deep, exquisite grooves etched into the interior of glass windows in square patterns. Colonial sculptured square grids are available in white, tan or brass and provide distinct shadow lines to the windows, Simonton says. Likewise, woodgrain colonial sculptured grids come in square patterns and allow homeowners to incorporate either honey oak or amber oak woodgrain elements into their vinyl windows. Simonton offers colonial flat square grids in white, tan and brass profiles. Some product lines also offer diamond pattern grids in white, tan and brass, employing a criss-cross diamond design in the window.

Style Solutions Introduces Miterless Corner Systems
Style Solutions Inc. of Archbold, Ohio, is already gearing up for February’s 2002 International Builders Show in Atlanta. The company plans to unveil ten “unique” miterless corner systems with one-piece miterless urethane corners that match a variety of the company’s mouldings and divider pieces. Style Solutions says the single-unit system eliminates the need for mitering corners while adding elegance to the project at hand.
The International Builders Show will be held February 7-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center. 

CRL Introduces Screen Table Kit
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laur-ence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced a new screen table kit for screen assembly and material storage. The kit provides 32 square feet of table surface and 64 square feet of storage, according to the company.

“Our customers have asked for a table that not only provides a comfortable, convenient working space for screening, but also stores adjustable shelving below the working surface,” said product manager Bill Gyore. “It is also easy to assemble. The boltless metal framing locks into place with a tap of a mallet, and then, customers can add three of their own ¾-inch thick, 48- by 96-inch pieces of particle board or plywood for the working surface and the two shelves.”

In addition, the company has available a screen table tower kit, which attaches to the end of the screen table kit and stores screen wire and retainer spline right next to the working surface.

H. Hirschmann Introduces Retractable Screening System
H. Hirschmann Ltd. of Pittsford, Vt., has introduced a retractable screening system for windows and doors. The Euro-LL-screen system is available in 21 kits, each containing all of the components to fabricate a complete window, door or sliding door retractable screen. According to the company, the screening system is ideal for factory production or custom fit, on-the-job installations. The screen system’s heavy-duty, extra-strength aluminum housing has a baked-on, powder-coated finish with white, brown, tan and black colors available. Euro-LL-screen systems come with a lifetime guarantee.

E&R System Technik Helps Companies Cope
E&R System Technik of Springfield, Mass., has introduced the Stegherr KF-mini coping station. According to the company, the station allows operators to cope profiled stock (for grills and bars, for example) with a manual sliding operation. The machine table slides against the fixed left and right fence stops and two high-speed milling spindles, rotating in opposite directions, cut the stock. E&R System Technik says this process results in a perfect tear-free cope and works with wood, vinyl and aluminum. 

The company also offers an optional cross-cut saw to complement the coping station. The saw can be added with a fence for cut-to-length production, while the swivel fence on the KF-mini adjusts for different angles.

PH Tech Certifies Windows for Miami-Dade
PH Tech Inc. of Quebec, Canada, has passed the Dade County Large Missile Impact and Cyclic Pressure Tests in compliance with the Miami-Dade/AAMA Window System Approval with its operating casement and fixed windows, according to the company.
Operating casement and fixed windows designed by PH Tech and assembled to its specifications withstood 175-mph windows, according to the company. 

In addition, the windows endured the impact of a 9-pound 2-by-4 traveling 34 mph in conformance with Miami-Dade Protocol PA-201. The same windows also passed the cyclic pressure test (9000 pressure test cycles over a 5-hour period as stated in Miami-Dade Protocol PA-200).

Thermal Express Systems Offers IG Solutions
Thermal Express Systems Inc. of Arvada, Colo., has available a process that will allow glass shops to manufacture their own insulating glass (IG) units. The company’s thermal heated press, model TES 2002, contains six heating elements with a thermostat to provide an average temperature of 150 degrees. 

According to the company, the roller bed of the press is designed to provide smooth and easy insertion and removal of sealed units, and the average cycle time to heat and dress a sealed unit is two to three minutes. In addition, the press can manufacture a variety of shapes, including circle, ovals, trapezoids and more.

Thermal Express also offers its patented instant cure sealed unit manufacturing equipment. According to the company, the equipment eliminates usual cure time, which it says makes sealed units available immediately. It also allows for argon gas-filling of sealed units.

Save Time and Deliver a Smooth Finish
The 3M Company of St. Paul, Minn., has developed Radial Bristle Discs, which are designed to apply a continuous, fresh supply of sharp mineral to the  workpiece. The discs come in sizes of 2 and 3 inches and, according to the company, reduce the hand-sanding time and money involved in a number of projects, including lathe work, grooves, lettering, carving and decorative moldings. The discs are available in various grades and can be used for light-sanding, polishing, vein sanding, defuzzing and denibbing.



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