Volume 8, Issue 3 - March 2007

Introducing... New Products


FiberLink Screens Out Insects 
Toronto-based FiberLink Inc. has unveiled its fiberglass insect screen, constructed of vinyl-coated fiberglass yarns. The screen is strong, long lasting and cannot be damaged easily, according to the company. It can be used on doors, windows, patio doors, patio enclosures and other outside structures to allow airflow while resisting insects. 

The fiberglass screens are corrosion resistant. They provide good ventilation, high color stability, firm dimension and can be cleaned easily, the company says.

The screens are available in a choice of several mesh sizes, widths and colors that can be customized upon request.  www.fiberglassfiberlink.com 

Magnolia’s Screens Take It Up a Notch
Magnolia Metal and Plastic Products located in Vicksburg, Miss., is trendsetting by providing high-end wood doors and windows with wood veneer wrapped heavy-duty patio door screens. The company says it is also soon to release the same capability with simple insect screen frames in a 5/16- by ¾-inch profile. The veneer wrapping process uses wood fiber, which gives a feel and aroma of an actual wood product. The veneers are also available in all hardwood species, all softwood species, exterior vinyls, stainable vinyls and decorative papers.  www.magnoliametal.com

Kolbe Keeps the Bugs Out
Kolbe and Kolbe Millwork Co. of Wausau, Wis., now offers two screen options for its push-out casement and awning windows to keep out insects. In-swing hinged screens feature magnetic catches and a pull knob that matches the units’ lever handle. Retractable screens can be pulled down when windows are opened, but retracted to allow for unobstructed views when windows are closed. The screens’ mesh and frame colors can be specified to complement the surrounding décor and design. www.kolbe-kolbe.com


Contact Rubber Knows Manufacturers
Contact Rubber of Montreal focuses on PVC processors and offers puller cleats/blocks, puller belts, roller chains and rollers to the door and window manufacturing market. The company’s sales and marketing specialist, Johnny Pacelli, says the company understands its customers’ business, and realizes what downtime represents to them. Aside from product offerings, the company offers an extensive ready-to-ship inventory, quick turn-around time, engineering services, just-in-time programs, stocking agreements and customer care. www.ctcrubber.com

Nupro’s New Muntin Clips Get a Grip
Nupro Products Inc. of Monroe, Wash., a provider of grid end clips for the insulating glass industry, introduced two new additions to its line of products. Manufactured primarily for use with Edgetech I.G.’s Super Spacer® edge seal product line, the Indexable Tip and Barb Tip end clips utilize a positive grip technology, keeping muntin bars firmly in place in demanding applications.

The new end clips are available for Lisec automated lines specifically, enabling manufacturers to place muntin bars accurately with no measuring involved. The Barb Tip end clips are ideal for heavy grids and large window applications, according to the company.

The end clips are available in clear anodized, bronze, gold and white finishes. www.nuproproducts.com

Functional Tilt and Turn Mechanism Looks Good
Savio Hardware’s tilt and turn window solutions has evolved with the new Ribanta Incanto, the new tilt and turn mechanism with concealed hinges for Euro-groove profiles. The company says it combines aesthetics with high-performance functionality.

The new tilt and turn window is suitable for a wide range of applications, with a maximum width up to 67 inches and maximum height up to 110 inches. This mechanism allows free rotation of the sash up to 110 degrees.The window has a carrying capacity of 400 pounds, and cutting of the leaf perimeter gasket is not required, thus improving window sound absorption performance.

The window hardware offers a lock/release system from sash to frame. It features optimal adjustment in three directions. www.americandouglasmetals.com


Winkhaus North America Launches One Motion™
Winkhaus North America of Whitewater, Wis., has unveiled its One Motion™ multipoint locking system, which has an auto unlock function from inside the room. All locking points are unlocked automatically from the inside with a single downward motion of the door handle. No deadbolt turning is required to exit a locked door from the inside, according to the company. This feature is integrated reliably inside the locking mechanism and therefore, prevents installation problems in the field. 

The Schlage re-keyable key cylinder is located above the door handle and flush with the escutcheon plate for easy, unobstructed homeowner access, and locking the deadbolt requires a simple 90-degree horizontal turn of the thumb turn, according to the company. www.winkhaus.com


“It’s a Wrap” from EDL
EDL of Green Bay, Wis., has introduced the Protecta Pack Hibrid system, which combines bundling and stretch technology. The system applies a sleeve of poly foam, bubble film, LDPE or high abuse film to protect the top, bottom, leading and trailing faces of the package. Stretch film is then horizontally wrapped to fully enclose and hold the protective material in place. This process positions a dual layer of protective material around the edges and corners of the product where it is most vulnerable. 

The Protecta Pack Hibrid system operates on various product sizes at random and tensions the flexible material to the shape and size of the product. www.edlpackaging.com 

DuraDrum IG Bulk Melters Keep it Constant
DuraDrum IG bulk melters from Nordson Corp. of Duluth, Ga., deliver consistent dispensing of sealants, mastics or adhesives to insulating glass production. The melters offer quick, easy installation on linear extruders as well as most other edge sealers, according to the company. Additionally, the melters support manual systems for fourth corner patch or handgun use.

Gear pump and metering capability provide positive displacement for consistent delivery of sealants, mastics and adhesives, including high viscosity materials. The gear pump design eliminates the need for compensators or regulators while providing consistency from the front edge to the back edge of each spacer. High melt and pump rates are supported by the 55-gallon drum capacity. www.nordson.com


Guardian Industries Launches Low-E Glass with Solar Control 
Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., has recently introduced ClimaGuard 55/27, a low-E glass for residential windows that offers enhanced solar control, as well as improved interior light quality and a non-reflective, neutral appearance. ClimaGuard 55/27 provides a complete glass solution for regions that experience variable heat and light conditions, according to the company.

Superior performance in comfort and energy efficiency is accomplished through a reduction in solar heat gain and lowering glass temperature during the cooling season. Guardian says that the glass also offers the lowest available U-factor and warmer glass surfaces, thus providing increased energy efficiency and comfort during the heating season. www.guardian.com


CRL 95C Silicone Building Sealant Gets Approval
The CRL 95C Silicone Building Sealant by C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles was approved for the Florida Hurricane Impact Glazing Code, and recommended as an installation sealant. 

CRL 95C is a one-part, neutral-cure silicone that is applied with conventional cold-applied pumping equipment, and is available in several packaging options including standard 10.3 fluid ounce cartridges, two-gallon pails, 4.5-gallon pails and 52-gallon drums. Five standard colors are black, dark bronze, gray, limestone and precast white, while custom colors are available upon request. www.crlaurence.com 


Mikron’s Vinyl Blends Weatherabilty and Durability
Mikron, headquartered in Kent, Wash., says that its high quality vinyl can protect margins and enhance brand image, while reducing liability of field failures and replacement costs.

MikronBlend™ vinyl is designed for high durability and color retention. It features PVC resin with proprietary blend of stabilizers, TIO2 and specialty resins. 

It blocks nearly all light penetration to minimize ultraviolet light penetration and thus, resist degradation. The extrusions are made with high-grade titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate. 

The company uses proprietary stainless steel for tooling for distortion-free profiles with a semi-gloss finish. MikronBlend is AAMA certified and lead-free. www.mikronvinyl.com


Visions® is Established by Weather Shield
Weather Shield® Windows and Doors has established Visions® Windows and Doors, a stand-alone premium vinyl brand of patio doors and windows. Visions products are available in the 4000 Impact, 4000, 3000 and 1000 Series. Each series offers a traditional wood window look in durable, low-maintenance vinyl windows. The multi-chambered frame and sash provide insulating pockets that minimize heat and cold transference through the windows, while fusion-welded corners further enhance the products’ durability and reliability. The extruded frame is comprised of PVC vinyl with high impact acrylic modifiers and UV stabilizers that strengthen the products and protect against color fading, the company says. An integral nailing fin aids in proper installation and reinforces the structural integrity of the products.  www.weathershield.com

RightConcept Doors Have the Right Idea
RightConcept flush-glazed doors feature dent-resistant fiberglass skins, which will not rot or rust. The doors are factory-glazed and feature the company’s dual fastening, high-performance snap fit lite frame, one-piece warm-edge spacer technology, one-piece high performance contour GBG, one-inch insulating glass and high-performance silicone sealant.

The doors are available in a comprehensive style and size offering for front, side, back and patio applications. They are available in smooth, unfinished woodgrain and pre-finished medium oak woodgrain skins. 

Get Protected with Gorell 5400 Series Hurricane Windows 
Gorell Windows and Doors of Indiana, Pa., has introduced a new line of vinyl hurricane windows, the 5400 Series, that protects homes from airborne debris during hurricane-strength storms and other violent weather. Every window model in the new series—including a double-hung with tilt-in sash, two- and three-lite lift-out sliders and a picture window—has passed ASTM Large Missile Impact Level “D” testing. 

Gorell says the new windows provide additional benefits, such as cost-saving energy efficiency, protection against intrusion and noise reduction. Every window in the series incorporates three panes of glass, two of which sandwich a nearly impenetrable PVB interlayer. The glass is deeply embedded into the sash, significantly increasing the windows’ structural integrity. Rigid tubular master frames, with 13 separate insulating chambers and heavy-duty double-cam sweep locks, provide tremendous strength and durability, according to the company. www.gorell.com

Limitless Options from Solar Innovations
Solar Innovations of Myerstown, Pa., has designed a thermally-broken, multiple bay aluminum sliding door system. This new application offers many options and ease of installation, according to the company.

The sliding door system is designed to adapt to a wide array of engineering requirements while maintaining great architectural appeal. 

Customers choose from multiple-track, dual-track, pocket, cornerless and radius options to find the perfect design for any space. The multiple bay sliding door systems store the panels behind a stationary panel or into a pocket on the track. www.solarinnovations.com

Novatech’s Panels are Fit for a Palace
Novatech of Quebec, Canada, has unveiled its patent pending Palace Panel, which is pre-embossed to give an entry system the warmth and beauty of a raised panel classic wood door, insulated with ozone-friendly urethane and made from a recuperated steel door cut-out. The panel can be installed in a flush door without any doorlite or can be matched with a doorlite to give an entry system a unique look. 

The Palace Panel can be painted any color. It is delivered standard in a PVC doorlite frame, or is available with the exterior aluminum frame option for guaranteed high heat resistance. www.novatech-glass.com

MGM Industries Receives DP65 Rating
Series 8065 and 5665 double-hung vinyl windows from MGM Industries of Hendersonville, Tenn., have received a design pressure (DP) 65 rating for use in residential coastal applications. The 8065 Series also received a C65 regular commercial rating.

To receive the DP65 and the C65 rating, a window must be able to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 195 miles per hour. Company representatives say that to the best of their knowledge, no other 4-foot 9⁄16-inch jamb double-hung vinyl window has received either a DP65 rating or a C65 rating. www.mgmindustries.com


VinCAD® Speeds Up the Process
VinCAD®, a part of Microsoft Axapta business solutions, is a software for door and window manufacturers that removes many manual processes that often result in high waste percentages, unnecessary errors, slow response time to customer requests and inefficient production management. 

Users of VinCAD® can customize the doors and windows together with the customer and view an exact two-dimensional drawing. The customer receives a visual picture of the order, and because all the components are automatically pulled from the stock, the software creates a connection between the quotation, the order confirmation and production. 

VinCAD® generates a bill of materials for the actual elements automatically that will be used and makes it possible for the automatic ordering of raw materials.  www.vincad.net 


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