Volume 9, Issue 10 - November 2008

The Nuts & Bolts of It
The Latest in Door and Window Hardware

Environmental Concepts
Take Center Stage at
AAMA Fall Conference
by Penny Stacey

Ashland Introduces Optima™ Casement Hardware System The new Optima casement hardware system from Ashland Hardware Systems is extremely water-resistant, according to the Lowell, Ind.- based company. The system is equipped with w a t e r - t i g h t , patent-pending O-ring seal technology integrated within the operator. The system’s high-performance steel construction incorporates a new advanced composite assembly that insulates the operator thermally, and significantly reduces transfer of heat and cold into the home.

The tough multi-point lock also offers a new progressive lock-up mechanism that delivers a high level of vertical motion for maximum sash pull-in to close the window, and allows for easier consumer operation. The operator passes AAMA Commercial Grade 901-96 cycle test, and meets AAMA 101 hardware load rating.The Interlocking points will withstand 450 pounds of pulling force to help pass up to AAMA DP 70, as well as Dade County Impact and cycle testing.

The system is offered in a choice of new trend-setting finishes that includes oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel. It includes a detent in the lock and operator handles to indicate that the system is in the open and closed positions. It also includes a fold-away. ❙❙➤www.ashlandhardhardware.com

Achieved a Flush-Faced
Surface with Tectus The new Tectus concealed hinge from HOPPE North America Inc. makes it possible to achieve uninterrupted flush-faced surfaces on the hinge side of the door, according to the Fort Atkinson, Wis.-based company. The hinge system is invisible when the door is closed, but is available in silver or brass finish to complement other fixtures.

Available for use on wood, steel or aluminum frames and with unrebated doors, the Tectus concealed hinge allows the door to open up to 180 degrees. According to the company, the low-maintenance slide-bearings provide worry-free performance and the non-handed hinges simplify ordering and installation.

HOPPE offers the full range of jigs and templates for convenient installation, and representatives say the 3-D adjustability of the Tectus concealed hinge allows for easy adjustment of both the height and depth of the door if needed. ❙❙➤ www.us.hoppe.com

Truth Offers Two New Options
Truth Hardware has two new products available: the TwinLatch™, a high-strength composite tilt latch, and the Nexus lock system, a lockset system for sliding patio doors available in both two- and multi-point options.

According to Truth, the TwinLatch is simple to install as it does not require any T-shaped routes when the window profile is being prepped for hardware installation. The latch is equipped with a unique push-down installation, so that it snaps easily into the flush-mounted latches in the window’s profile, according to the company.

The TwinLatch is available in a variety of colors. The Nexus lock system combines both versatility and easy installation, according to Truth, and is available in flush- or face-mount or recessed configurations. The two-point locking system utilizes two opposing locking points, which offers single point of horizontal adjustment for the reach of the lock hooks and is available in steel or stainless steel. The multi-point model with three locking points is offered in stainless steel as standard. Designed to help customers meet AAMA and CAWM forced entry requirements, the Nexus two-point version can exceed 2,800 pounds of pulling force and the multi-point system exceeds 3,000 pounds. ❙❙➤ www.truth.com


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