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July-August 2002

Less is More
While the Window and Door Industry Didn’t Have a 
Huge Presence at the NGA Show, There Were a Few 
Companies on Hand with Innovative Product Offerings

While the National Glass Association’s (NGA) 2002 annual trade show and convention focused mainly on glass and related products, there were some exhibitors who showcased products of interest to door and window manufacturers. The event, which took place in Houston, March 20-22, featured more than 300 exhibitors. Following is a glimpse at a few of the products featured by companies in the window and door industry. 

Ride the Screen Express

LOCKFORMER Lockformer's semi-automatic screen roller.

Lockformer Co. of Lisle, Ill., has introduced the Screen Express which the company describes as a revolutionary semi-automatic screen roller for window fabricators. According to the company, the product can insert spline into tracks on window and door screens automatically, allowing for an average productivity rate of 90 plus screens per hour. Automatic frame fixturing is available for screen sizes ranging from 14 by 12 inches to 76 by 38 inches (80 by 38 inches is optional)—all activated by bar code scanning.

Additional features include up to eight individual style setups, 3-by-3-inch steel tubing framework to provide strength and stability and screen-tension foot to eliminate hour-glass problems.

Detection Protection
Addressing the self-cleaning glass trend, EDTM Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, demonstrated its new self-cleaning glass coating detector. Model RD 1350 can identify the presence and location of a self-cleaning coating that has photocatalytic and hydrophilic properties. By placing the meter on the glass’ surface and pressing a button, the product will indicate whether the coating is on the self-cleaning or the clear surface. 

EDTM also demonstrated its new solar gain low-E coating detector. According to the company’s Mark Imbrock, with the new energy codes in Texas, the company has been shipping a lot of these detectors there. Although the codes are not yet enforced, Imbrock says many auditors in Texas are buying the product indicating that they will soon be enforcing the new codes. The detector can determine low-E coatings, spectrally selective low-E coatings, solar gain properties of windows and more.

Hardware for the New Millennium 

JLM BROCH JLM Wholesale of Oxford, Mich., had a variety of hardware products on display at NGA, many of which are designed to meet its customers increased security needs. The company featured its 64-page spring catalog at the booth detailing all of its products including door and security hardware. Additionally, the company announced that it is now stocking Rixson products, and these are also featured in the spring catalog. 

Gas Filling Made Easy
gas filler International Fenestration Components of Northville, Mich., showcased a variety of its products at the show including muntin fabrication systems and equipment, insulating glass spacer bars and gas-filling equipment to name a few.

The company’s Insulated Glass Gas Filling Sensing Unit features independent cell modules each of which has communication capabilities for gas fill reporting, and each module has a digital display displaying the percent fill, according to the company. Additionally, there is no waiting between fills from unit to unit and the system maintains a constant output pressure regardless of the number of units being filled. 

Other gas-filling equipment includes the gas-filling spacer bar punch. According to the company, the product is adjustable for any-size spacer from 3/16 to 7/8 inches and a hole punch is available in 3- or 4-mm sizes. Benefits of the machine include automatic locations and centering of the filling holes and a punch which forms a rivet pocket for additional sealant which the company says prevents gas loss while also maintaining the integrity of the spacer.

Valuable Time Saver
PRESTIK FRONT Prestik of Toronto, Ontario, was at NGA to promote its Intercept IG line. According to the company, many window manufacturers produce IG units and wait for them to cool before sealing the final corner. But with Intercept, Prestik says the finished units can come directly out of the press—including triples. 

According to the company, the product offers precision thickness control through five pair compression rolls, a positive drive system, accurate height adjustment and safety tension adjustable clutch. Additionally, the touch screen allows for lamp failure detection, electronic speed control, automatic height adjustment and automatic shut-off if the unit is unattended after 30 minutes. 

Software Solutions
A variety of software companies were at the show, each of which had products to meet the unique needs of window and door manufacturers. 

    • Albat and Wirsam of Oakville, Ontario, featured its cantor software for windows and doors. According to the company, the program makes complex pricing structures easy and consists of four easy-to-use modules including order receipt, purchasing and material management, production scheduling and delivery planning
    • FeneVision of Aurora, Ohio, featured its software programs for the fenestration industry which the company describes as efficient, flexible and accurate. The core FeneVision module includes order entry scheduling, optimizing, executing, tracking and invoicing. Additionally, production control can be interfaced to any open-architecture business application, according to the company.

    • The DeMichele Group of Mesa, Ariz., featured its estimating and engineering software for the fenestration industry. Just a few of the reports that may be generated by using the software include: bid recap, build of materials and printer drawings, optimization reports, purchase order, bid proposal, database and CAD shop drawings. 

Muntin Solutions

McKeegan Equipment and Supply Co. of Canton, Mich., offers a variety of products for muntin assembly. The company’s colonial muntin notcher/keeper bar punch features a double acting cylinder, easy muntin changeover, durable heat-treated tool steel and a self-lubricating blade, according to the company. McKeegan adds that benefits of the equipment include clean accurate notching, accommodation of upper and lower sash size offsets and a single adjustable stop block which saves time and eliminates the possibility of muntin and spacer misalignment. 

The company also offers its sunburst muntin layout/assembly workstation which features a 48- by-72-inch working surface and two sets of clamps. The company says benefits of the machine include accurate layout of starburst patterns, accommodation of a double radius and location of all machinery in one convenient location. 

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