Volume 8, Issue 9 - October 2007

Canada High
Fenestration Industry Gathers in Toronto to Show Latest Products
by Alan B. Goldberg

The Win-door North America 2007 show will descend upon Toronto for the thirteenth time November 13-15. Sponsored by the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the three-day event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building in Halls A & B.

The exhibit hall will be approximately 125,000 square feet filled with the latest fenestration products. The following is a sampling of the products that will be on display.

Show Hours at a Glance
Tuesday, November 13, 2007         5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 2007      10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In addition to the trade show, a number of educational seminars will be held at Win-door 2007. Elspeth Murray, Ph.D., an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director for Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing for Queens University School of Business, Kingston, will present a seminar on issues of importance to both small- and medium-sized manufacturers, including human resources, strategic planning, entrepreneurship and the challenges of growth. Murray will speak on Tuesday, November 13, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Westlab’s Jeff Baker will provide a technical update and an update on other current issues of Wednesday, November 14, from 8 to 10 a.m.

On Thursday, November 15, an economic forecast for the industry will be presented from 8 to 10 a.m. Following this presentation, the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association will hold its 2007 fall meeting. yyä www.windoorshow.com

Upgrade with the Moose 
The Elizabeth, Pa.-based RiteScreen Co. has launched the Moose, which it says is the ultimate upgrade in a rolling patio door screen. The Moose features an extra-strong 3-inch-wide extruded aluminum frame, with a wall thickness of 0.050 inches. The patio door screen rolls smoothly and quietly on steel ball bearing wheels that can be adjusted to fit any opening, according to the company.

The Moose is available in a variety of colors and with top or side adjust rollers. The Moose patio door screen is ideal for both residential and commercial applications and is great for 8-foot-high doors. www.ritescreen.com

Alumet Introduces Insulseam™
Alumet in Marysville, Wash., will display its new structural warm-edge stainless spacer for high-rise buildings. The company says its top-coated Insulseam spacer is not fragile in the fabrication of sealed units, does not scratch and is not damaged easily. In contrast, Alumet says it is super-strong and durable and allows manufactures to fabricate structurally sound insulating sealed units.

The Insulseam spacer is designed specifically for use in high-rise buildings where safety, maximum life and performance are essential, according to the company. www.alumet.com 

Fenetech Offers Software for All Sizes
Aurora, Ohio-based Fenetech has announced the release of FeneVision v3.0, which will be on display at Win-door. The company says the modularity of FeneVision software allows customers of all sizes to enjoy the benefits of a software package designed specifically for door and window production. Available FeneVision® modules include a remote order/quoting system, production control, machine interfaces, accounting interfaces, bar code tracking system, web-based order and production status, capacity planning, resource scheduler, lineal optimization, e-server and shipping management. www.fenetech.com

Truth Hardware Unveils New Finish and Patio Door Handles
Truth Hardware of Owatonna, Minn., will show its newly economy alternative to traditional oil-rubbed bronze plating, Faux Bronze (FB). The new color from Truth resembles oil-rubbed bronze and can be applied easily to both zinc and plastic parts.

The company says its FB will not rub off or wear like oil-rubbed bronze plating and will retain its appearance long after it is installed. The color is available for both door and window hardware products.

Truth also will display its new handle designs for the sliding patio door market. The company’s new Signature and Allure handle sets have a new contoured shape that is designed to be easier to grasp. The handles also are available with locking options that include placing the key lock above the handle. They are available in solid brass and in Truth’s complete palette of decorative and painted finishes and also come with optional escutcheon designs and sizes to complement larger doors. The new handles can incorporate single or multi-point locksets. www.truth.com

Get the Strength of a TITAN™ from Roto
TITAN, a new sliding patio door locking system that combines strength and security with installation flexibility, is now available from Chester, Conn.-based Roto Frank of America Inc. The locking system, which meets AAMA specifications, is comprised of an ergonomically designed interior “Malibu” handle set, a mounting base, a latch lever and an exterior pull. Customers currently can choose from 2-point, 4-point and 6-point lock assemblies. 

The company plans to add another interior handle design to the TITAN series in the coming months. TITAN’s 2-point version has two opposing hooks to prevent the door panel from being lifted off the track and out of the frame. All lock assemblies have a mishandling device to prevent damage to the locking hooks when closing the door. In addition, on the interior assembly, the mounting screws are side-mounted for a cleaner appearance. Available in both locking and non-locking configurations, TITAN has a locking/unlocking detent feature that indicates positive lock or unlock status. For maximum security, the non-locking version is available with a security plate and an anti-drill feature on the exterior pull.

TITAN is available in three standard colors, G2 white, blue white and almond as well as seven architectural finishes including brass, antique brass, chrome, brushed chrome, oil rubbed bronze, pewter and brushed nickel. Custom colors, custom handles and custom logos on the escutcheon are available upon request. Trim packages include an interior handle, a mounting base, a latch lever, and an exterior pull. Locking configurations are available keyed alike or keyed random. Strikers with varying heights and cylinders in either a chrome face or brass face are also available. www.rotohardware.com 

Univer 500 Line Available from Ameri-Can
Ameri-Can Machinery in Mississaugua, Ontario, will offer the Univer 500 D2K 500 and the D2K/22 electronic double-head cutting machines. The machine line is designed for the cutting of aluminum and PVC profiles and is equipped with a fixed left-hand head and a mobile right-hand head. The carriage has an automatic linear positioning by means of an asynchronous motor and has a magnetic rule length control system. Both models have an electronic programmable control unit, a retro-illuminated 80-character LCD, a protected touch-sensitive keyboard and an RS 232C serial line.

The software that accompanies the Univer machine line permits the cutters to cut in semiautomatic mode, with correction of the measurements in 45-degree cuts and intermediate between 45 degrees and 90 degrees. Up to 200 profile heights can be stored. Likewise, the system can create and memorize 40 fixture typologies using mathematical formulae, which allow it to calculate cutting lists with the setting of the external measurements of the fixture.

The machine series also can store and run seven cutting lists of 380 lines each, which can be entered by keyboard from an external PC connected to the machine via a RS 232C serial line. www.ameri-can.ca 

American Renolit Expands Laminate Film Line
American Renolit in Grand Rapids, Mich., now offers its Cova SR brand of interior laminate films for PVC windows, along with its FAST brand of exterior laminate film.

The company says its Cova SR film will give PVC window manufacturers a chance to break away from the “me too” designs that it says are often present on the inside of vinyl window frames. Renolit’s Cova brand offers a variety of new wood grains that feature very realistic design and a beautiful pearl-essence finish, according to the company.

In addition, American Renolit will display its FAST brand of exterior laminate film for PVC window decoration. With FAST, the company says customers have a long-term solution for color and wood grain design on the outside of PVC window frames. These films allow windows to complement or accent other parts of a home’s design and architecture. www.americanrenolit.com

JRM Offers Three Machines
JRM International Inc. in Rockford, Ill., will display three new machines during Win-door North America 2007. The AS 400 Mecal Single-Head Mitre Saw with up-swing blade feed is available in manual or pneumatic operation. It is designed for quick angle changes and an integrated guard for blade protection, according to the company.

The MK-1 Mecal Single-Head Welding Machine is designed to weld PVC window profiles of all angles from 40 to 180 degrees. The company says the machine is extremely easy to use and has a fully automatic work cycle managed by a PLC unit. The MK series is available with 1, 2 or 4 heads.

Finally, the PL-1 Mecal Single Head Cleaning Machine is designed to clean PVC window profiles with 90 degree corners. It simultaneously cleans the outer contour and the weld seam on the upper and lower surface of the profile, according to the company, and is available with 1 or 4 heads. www.jrminternational.com 

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