Volume 9, Issue 1 - January 2008


Coupe-Froid Lapointe’s Weatherstrip Designed to Retain Shape
Coupe-Froid Lapointe Inc. offers silicone weatherstrip for both doors and windows. The company says the weatherstripping doesn’t freeze, retains its shape and is easy to install. The weatherstrip from the Beauport, Quebec-based company is available in white or brown and in a choice of sizes. www.coupe-froid.com

Delmac Unveils DW 800
The DW 800 horizontal bore, glue and dowel machine is a numerically controlled machine designed to drill, glue and insert dowels in rails for doors. Available from Delmac Machinery Group, the machine is equipped with a specially designed heavy- duty drill that blows compressed air out the end of the drill to clear all dust from the hole. The selection of the working reference (left or right position) is executed by CNC, and the heavy-duty double clamps will hold rails horizontally for edge drilling and doweling. The high-pressure glue injection system ensures a no-drip glue delivery system with electronic precision metering of the glue amount, according to the company. www.delmac.com

Go Pro(-Fab) with Pro-Line
The programmable Pro-Fab CNC 700 is the latest offering from Pro-Line Automation Systems Ltd. in Woodbridge, Ontario. The company says the system contains up to 15 easy-edit programs, a touch screen operator interface, a servo-controlled programmable x-y axis and a pneumatically controlled, multi-position z-axis. Likewise, the system is equipped with two 5-foot support conveyors, an off-center stop system for locating cut-outs, a high-speed routing head with carbide cutting tool and a precision self-centering gauge with machine-tooled linear guide

Options with the system are a programmable z-axis, a digital electronic readout on the centering device, 10-foot support conveyors and a spray mist for aluminum. www.prolineautomation.com

Machines and Wheels Offers Selim Straight Line Flat Edger
Machines and Wheels Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., has available the Model SE10M Straight Line Flat Edger from Selim, which is a fully automatic edging machine with 10 spindles capable of producing flat and flat with arris profiles. Beginning with two 150-mm cup diamond and one-cup resin wheel, the configuration is followed by two sets of 45-degree arising wheels (a diamond and composite polishing wheel for the front and back arris). The edger features direct-drive spindle motors, an oil slide conveyor system running on tempered guides, a variable-speed, sturdy cast spindle mounts and stainless steel in all wet areas. It can handle glass thicknesses of 1/8 to 1 inch) a weight of 7,700 pounds, a length of 271 inches, a width of 47 inches and a height of 98 inches. www.machinesandwheels.com

Greenhouse Upgrades Available from Solar Innovations
Solar Innovations in Myerstown, Pa., offers environmental control system upgrades for greenhouses and sunroom products. Its greenhouse control systems can be automated according to the gardener’s specifications. Greenhouse accessories, including fans, vents, misting and fogging systems and heating or cooling systems, are automated in stages corresponding to the gardener’s selection and plants’ needs. Options include an on/off switch to control circulation fans, which de-stratify the air and ridge vents to allow for the escape of hot air, and an evaporative cooler, which can be incorporated to draw cool moist air into the structure. www.solarinnovations.com 

INFIN™ Coating Adds New Properties to Composites
Inhance/Fluor-Seal Ltd. and Finishes Unlimited have joined together to develop INFIN coating technology—a new technology designed to coat wood plastic composites in virtually any color while enabling them to resist fading, heat retention, mold, mildew, stains and abrasion, the companies say.

According to the companies, the new technology changes the molecular structure of the surface and then coating it with a patent-pending ultraviolet (UV)-curable coating. During the process, the extruded composite is fed through a second chamber where it is exposed to a reactive gas atmosphere that oxidizes the surface so it will accept the coating. It then is fed immediately through an inline vacuum coating chamber where the coating is applied and instantly cured by UV lamps. The composite can be handled immediately after the coating step. 

Finishes Unlimited, which is based in Sugar Grove, Ill., developed the original UV- curable coating specifically for this application and has applied for a patent. The system to expose the composite to the reactive gas was developed by Inhance/Fluoro-Seal, which is headquartered in Houston.

The companies say the INFIN coating technology process system can coat composites at speeds of up to 200 fpm and can be installed as the final step of a composite production line. They also note that the addition of the process takes very little space in the plant. www.fluoroseal.com

AtriumLaunches SafeHarbor® Line
The Dallas-based Atrium Companies have introduced the SafeHarbor® vinyl impact doors and windows, which the company says will offer a comprehensive solution for both new construction and replacement applications.   The new line of vinyl products includes single- and double-hung models, as well as casement and horizontal sliding windows and sliding patio doors. The SafeHarbor line of products features a laminated glass system with .090-inch interlayer that provides impact resistance and outdoor sound suppression; a block-and-tackle balance system that allows for easy movement; 7⁄8-inch insulating glass unit with warm- edge spacer system that provides energy-saving thermal performance; double, reinforced interlocks that resist weather infiltration; a multi-chambered frame assembly provides thermal performance and helps enhance sound absorbency; and an aluminum reinforced bottom rail that offers enhanced structural performance. www.atrium.com 

Iso-Trude Goes Green
Grand Haven, Mich.-based Iso-Trude Inc. has gone green with the brand-new Green Sweep. Green Sweep, a green sealing solution for exterior doors features multi-fin and bulb construction, which the company says provides a tight seal in any weather condition and protects against moisture, air, dust and various infiltrators. Likewise, Iso-Trude says the Green Sweep is durable and tear- and crack-resistant, is made from recyclable materials and comes in a variety of styles and colors to go with most steel, wood and composite door applications. It can be used for standard- and custom-sized entry doors. www.isotrude.com 

Heading to Woodbridge
The all-new Woodbridge window line from Newark, Del.-based BFRich is designed for the new construction market and offers the look of a wood window with the low maintenance and energy-efficient characteristics of vinyl, according to the company. The Woodbridge is available in double-hung, with two- and three-lite sliders. The product line also includes picture windows and architectural shapes.

The standard frame of the Woodbridge window has an integral brick mould exterior with a built-in J-channel and nail fin. The window also has an optional 3¼-inch eastern casing and sill nosing that is factory-applied to give the window the look of a traditional wood trimmed exterior. The eastern casing also has a built in J-channel and nail fin. www.bfrich.com

MI Replacement Windows Offer New Technology
The MI Windows and Doors 1650 Series vinyl replacement window provides form and function, according to the company, and is easy to install and energy-efficient. Likewise, the 1650 Series replacement window delivers high-performance technology that fits nearly any remodeling project, the company says.

Standard in the 1650 Series replacement window, the T-MAX glass package is equipped with two lites of 7⁄8-inch insulating, double-strength, low-E glass. The 1650 Series Replacement Window uses the Intercept® spacer system, a one-piece, innovative U-channel spacer design that helps to resist condensation and creates a thermal barrier, MI says. The welded mainframe and sash, metal reinforcement in the meeting rails and multi-chambered construction also add strength and durability while the heavy-duty weather stripping minimizes drafts. Combining a foam insulation wrap, which offers a weather-resistant seal, a true sloping sill to shed water to the outside and an interlock, the 1650 Series Replacement Window also is weather-tight, according to the company. www.mihomeproducts.com

Charles G.G. Schmidt & Co. Inc. has become the exclusive distributor of “Larry’s Clamp.” The clamp, which is designed to flatten boards when making glued panels, offers 500 pounds of pressure to provide flat, even panels. It is available in lengths of 18, 22 and 36 inches … Plymouth, Mich.-based Sealant Equipment & Engineering has launched its new Robot Automation Dispensing Systems for manual load and unload production applications. The robot dispensing systems apply 1-component and 2-component adhesives, sealants and lubricants onto manufacturer’s products that require precision bonding, gasketing, potting and sealing … Special-Lite now provides a limited-lifetime warranty on its flush-door models, in addition to the ten-year, 100-percent parts and labor warranty that covers its entire line of doors, framing and panels. 


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