Volume 7, Issue 9 - October 2006

North America 2006 Preview

When attending Win-door North America 2006, do as other Win-door attendees do, visit more than 150 booths to experience the latest products for the door and window manufacturing industry.

Read ahead for a sneak peek of what some exhibiting companies will be bringing to the show on November 14-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building in Toronto.

Booth #511: Truseal to Showcase New No-Metal Spacer 
Truseal Technologies Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio, will highlight its new no-metal, high-performance warm-edge spacer product. Duralite™ spacer is the company’s third generation warm-edge spacer and its most significant insulating glass product innovation since it introduced Dura platform in 2001, according to the company.

The patented Duralite design features a unique composite laminating technology without the use of metal, resulting in superior thermal and durability performance. The company says its multilayer, efficient spacer uses proven components, sealants and desiccants to produce improved condensation resistance, a warmer edge of glass temperature, a smoother surface appearance and longer-lasting argon gas retention.

Booth #310: Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. Adds Structural Glazing Tape
Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co. Inc. of Farmingdale, N.Y., has added Saint Gobain Structural Glazing Tape to complement its silicone setting blocks and line of fenestration products.

Saint-Gobain Thermalbond® V2100 is a high-strength polyurethane foam substrate while T-Bond® V2200 is a semi-rigid polyurethane both of which are used for structural glazing and cladding. These tapes are available in thicknesses ranging from 1/8- to 1/2-inch thick with adhesive on one or two sides for easy placement. The double-sided adhesive will also aid in stabilizing components while the silicone cures. The open cell foam structure allows air and moisture to reach the silicone permitting optimum curing. Low thermal conductivity foam reduces heat transfer and inhibits condensation on doors, windows and metal systems and has excellent resistance to weather, fungi and oxidation, according to the company.

Booth #1313: Novatech Rolls Out the Products
Novatech of Quebec, Canada, will be showing its new series of doorlite frames, a pre-embossed raised steel panel and an all-PVC door system. 

The new frames, which come standard in the company’s decorative collection in most sizes, have no visible screw caps and feature a stylish appearance and easy snap-on covers that replace the screw caps. Novatech says its maintenance-free frames won’t yellow or crack and don’t require painting.

Also new from the company is the Palace Panel™, a pre-embossed raised steel panel that gives entry systems the warmth and beauty of a classic wood door, insulated with ozone-friendly urethane. The Palace Panel can be installed in a flush door with or without it being matched to any doorlite. It can also be painted in any color and is delivered standard in the company’s new doorlite frame. The rigid moulded frame is resistant to high temperatures, even behind a storm door.

Novatech has also introduced its new Imagine™ French gliding door, an all-PVC door system with the frame and sashes welded at 450 for increased strength and performance. The door glides on 1-1/2-inch nylon rollers on ball bearings and is fitted with a multipoint lock mechanism. The door has an all-PVC frame and 4-1/2-inch wide sashes that require no maintenance and will not rot or rust, according to the company. It is offered with raise/lower internal mini-blinds sealed between two layers of glass and is fitted with a mini-blind mechanism. Designed and constructed to meet CSA-A440 performance ratings A3-B4-C3 and AAMA/NWWDA 101/1.S SGD-R50-71x95 rating, the door is Energy Star® certified.

Booth #424: RiteScreen Boasts Numerous Options
The RiteScreen Co. of Elizabethville, Pa., is presenting its collection of extruded window screens for residential and commercial applications. 

The company offers more than 15 different extruded profiles with wall thicknesses ranging from 0.035- to 0.050-inches. The unique corner staking process builds strength and eliminates gaps at the miters. Various profiles of extruded frames are available, including shapes with integral lift rails, integral stop legs and interior or exterior wool pile options. An assortment of hardware choices and colors are offered to customize an extruded aluminum window screen frame.

RiteScreen says its newest hinged wicket screen for project-out windows is 100 percent extruded aluminum, eliminating the need for the traditional plastic wicket. The hinged wicket pivots about its continuous ball-and-socket hinge feature which is extruded directly into the screen frame, portraying a clean, sleek look to complement project-out windows.

Booth #826: Weston Wood Solutions Has the Look 
Weston Wood Solutions of Mississauga, Ontario, which manufactures wood window and door components, will be showcasing its window extrusions. 

“People want to see wood,” says Alan Lechem, vice president, who adds that the company has customers all over North America.

The window extrusions are also available in pine and redwood lumber for remanufacture. The company, which is exclusive distributors of the Asian Prime brand of millwork, also says it specializes in custom product stocking programs. 

Booth #431: LAMATEK Fastens Corners
LAMATEK Inc. of West Deptford, N.J., is promoting its foam gaskets and butyl sealing gaskets to address the current issues that window manufacturers face regarding air and water infiltration at mechanically fastened corners. 

The combination butyl/ foam gasket is specifically designed for joint sealing in aluminum and wood windows and door threshold applications. The butyl offers an optimal bond to the uneven surface while providing optimal resistance to water and air infiltration. The company says that many manufacturers have also found this to be a better performing, cost-effective replacement for narrow joint seam sealers. 

LAMATEK also offers a traditional foam gasket suitable for vinyl windows that also can be custom designed to fit profiles. In addition, the company will be highlighting its SDL Muntin Tape and LAMAFLEX, its new line of UV stable self-adhesive flashing tape. 

Booth #1727: Accurate Tools & Die Shows CNC Router
Accurate Tool & Die of Seattle will be showing its new CNC router. The machine boosts 3.25 horsepower and 21,000 revolutions per minute. It also features optional travel on the X axis, an optional fully automated guard enclosure and Windows-based programming interface.

The company says it is great for patio doors and can fabricate up to ten feet.

Booth #625/627: The Curve™ is Not a Drag
John Evans’ Sons of Lansdale, Pa., will be exhibiting its new constant force balance system called The Curve™. The unique configuration of The Curve shoe allows for only one point of contact between the shoe and the channel during sash operation, where as conventional shoes have two points of contact. The design change makes windows operate smoothly by reducing excess friction and drag. 

The Curve system also helps manufacturers meet egress codes and is easy to assemble, according to the company. Nine-pound, AAMA-qualified springs are available with the system, saving assembly time and money.

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