Volume 9, Issue 9 - October 2008


Guardian Designs Glass
for Cold Climates
The new ClimaGuard® 75/68 low-E glass from Guardian Industries is made specifically for residential windows installed in cold climates.

According to the company, ClimaGuard 75/68 low-E glass allows in 75 percent of the sun’s natural light while also allowing in 68 percent of the sun’s heat to warm homes naturally. The glass achieves a U-value of .28, proving insulation in addition to high heat gain. “[ClimaGuard 75/68 low-E glass] is raising the bar in residential glass and meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR® requirements in all northern zones—while at the same time providing superior aesthetics,” says Scott Thomsen, chief technology officer for Guardian Industries. The company describes the glass as having a “neutral appearance.” ❙❙➤ www.climaguardglass.com

Looking for Energy Efficiency? Great Lakes Window recently demonstrated the energy cost-cutting impact of its Maxuus™ 10 glass system at the Remodeling Show. This system is a triple-lite glass option combining two lites of vacuum-deposition low-E glass with an interior glass substrate and two insulation chambers of krypton gas. With the Maxuus 10 i n s u l a t i n g glass system, company officials say Great Lakes Window has brought to market an insulating glass unit that is five times more energy efficient than clear insulating glass and almost 10 times more efficient than typical single-glazed windows that remain in so many homes today. All Great Lakes Window products also include patented warm-edge Intercept® insulated glass to achieve maximum insulating properties. ❙❙➤ www.greatlakeswindow.com

Versa-Glaze 1500 Now Has Hot-Melt Capabilities HAECO recently added hot melt capabilities to its Versa-Glaze wet-glazing system, which utilizes TRAC-FLOW technology and servo controls to provide a uniform bead of sealant. According to the company, the Versa-Glaze is easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to maintain. Operators manually rotate the profile around the nozzle, and the system uses no motors, no moving gantry, no limit switches, and no photo-eyes.

Representatives from HAECO say the Versa- Glaze 1500 offers precise control of both bead size and placement. TRAC-FLO ensures that the bead imitates the operator’s movement, starting when the operator moves the profile, and stopping when the operator stops. Versa-Glaze 1500 is ideal for short-runs or low volumes lines, and has been used to run double-hung, single-hung (sash and frame), sliders and specialty shapes, according to the company, and boasts capabilities of 150 windows (300 lites) per shift. ❙❙➤ www.haeco.us

Get Your Screen Options
with Screen Concept Co.
Screen Concept Co. Ltd. in Bangkok offers a variety of screening options for doors and windows. Among these is a pleated screen system, which comes with a maximum height of 9.2 feet and width of 16.4 feet and is suitable for folding doors, hinged doors and sliding doors. In addition, the company offers the Panorama screen designed for large openings that are either very high or extremely high. The Panorama screen is designed so that the sash can be stacked on either end or bi-parted from the center of the opening. ❙❙➤ www.screenconcept.net

Windecor Plus Unites Two
Distinct Concepts Windecor Plus has merged two design concepts—insulating glass (IG) windows and glass block windows—to create the possibility of glass block IG operable windows. The process developed by the Kansas City, Mo.- based company seals two Windecor Tiles back to back enclosed inside an IG window to create a brandnew line of glass block for doors and windows, Windecor Tile. Made of clear acrylic, Windecor Tile is 3⁄8 inches thick with an air pocket to help insulate from weather and sound. This particular glass block is available in three sizes: 3 by 8 inches, weighing 4.23 ounces, 4 by 8 inches, weighing 2.36 ounces, and 3 by 8 inches, weighing 1.87 ounces. ❙❙➤ www.windecor.com.

Get Natural Light in a Not-
So-Natural Way The Sky Factory has a brand-new product that could prove competitive for skylight companies: SkyCeilings™. These are installed in standard ceiling grid systems to replicate the look a real sky. The company also offers a wall product, which is a thin edge-lit system that is set into walls and uses high-resolution photographic images of landscapes to look like virtual windows. ❙❙➤ www.skyfactory.com

AEP Upgrades a Window Without Replacing It Advanced Energy Panels (AEP) are patented, clear, insulating panels that mount on the inside of existing windows to insulate them. According to the company of the same name, AEP, the panels are optically clear, can be applied to any size window, are light-weight and carry a 10-year warranty. The panels, which are made of two layers of polyolefin glazing stretched over an aluminum frame with a 7⁄16-inch air gap in between, also can help a piece of glass to qualify for ENERGY STAR® ratings, according to the company.

In addition to their insulating benefits, AEP also cut down on condensation  and sound, while also maintaining natural light. ❙❙➤ www.advancedenergypanels.com

They’re Hot (Melt) and Precise: The Versadrum™ Bulk Melters Nordson Corp.’s new line of VersaDrum™ bulk melters are designed for precise, demanding hot-melt adhesive application from 200-liter or 55-gallon drums. Customizable to accommodate a wide variety of adhesives and meet manufacturers’ specific production requirements, the new line of bulk melters are particularly well suited for reactive adhesives, such as moisture-cure polyurethanes, according to the company.

VersaDrum bulk melters utilize an industrial PC, which provides full control of the adhesive system via a touch-screen interface, displaying messages, warnings and indicators for each operator activity and machine status condition. Because they melt only the top surface of adhesive, VersaDrum bulk melters allow the remaining material in the drum to stay solid, reducing thermal stress and protecting bonding characteristics, company officials say. ❙❙➤ www.nordson.com

New Machine from Wegoma is Fast and User-Friendly The new WSA4LH horizontal automatic four-head corner welding machine from Wegoma GB can weld PVC window profiles at an angle of 90 degrees and utilizes an industrial PC control with a user friendly interface for the machine’s operator. In addition, the machine is designed to offer flexible and accurate processing, along with automatic monitoring of profile tolerance, and a sophisticated module design.

The WSA4LH can be integrated into an automatic welding and cleaning line and welds a complete PVC door/window frame or sash in on working cycle automatically. ❙❙➤ www.wegomagb.com

New Valspar Coating is Solar
Reflective The Valspar Corp. in Wheeling, Ill., has developed a solar reflective paint for the aluminum extrusion market, Flurospar® SR. The spray-applied, factory cured paint coating reduces the amount of energy used to cool buildings without limiting color choice.

This new, eco-friendly product is formulated with solar reflective (SR) pigments that keep building components cooler than bare aluminum, anodized aluminum, and comparable paint colors. Flurospar SR finishes are available in a wide variety of colors and pearlescent effects. ❙❙➤ www.valspar.com

Loaded with Features
The new automatic vertical insulating glass production line from the Sommer & Maca Machinery Division of Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. was designed to make door and window manufacturing operations more efficient and profitable. The addition of a 118-inch-long flat platen press ensures an evenly set PIB film between the glass and spacer frame. The system’s manual spacer application station has adjustable automatic index guides to provide accurate spacer positioning. The washer section contains six low-E brushes in three compartments, and the washer is compatible with de-ionized water. The double blower compartment features an economizer that shuts off  he top blower if the glass is less than 50 percent of maximum height. ❙❙➤ www.somaca.com

“Doctor” Those Vinyl Window Damages Patented trade secrets are yours for the taking in “The Vinyl Doctor Guide for Repairing Vinyl Window Frames,” available from the Vinyl Doctor based in Portland, Ore. Company founder David Fenske holds patent #6,077,465 for the use of PVC cement to repair vinyl window frames, and shares that restoration information in this new guide.

In addition, the following information is also covered: the internal structure of vinyl windows; how to diagnose window frame issues; restoration demonstrations that show proper techniques and materials; and much more. ❙❙➤ www.vinyl-doctor.com

It’s the New Generation:
LAMATEK’s LSE-SDL Tapes LAMATEK Inc.’s second-generation muntin bar tape is a low-surface energy simulated divided light (LSE-SDL) tape system that was designed specifically for Kynar®500 flouropolymer, Vitrasil® acrylic polyester and powder-coated finishes. The tapes provide long-term indoor and outdoor adhesion to a variety of materials, including low maintenance glass, according to the company, and cellular PVC, vinyl, primed and unprimed wood, plastic and painted aluminum muntin bars.

The new LSE-SDL product, which also is designed to resist air, water, detergents, moisture, ultraviolet light and dust, is available in .032 black. ❙❙➤ www.lamatek.com

DAC Products Announces New Display, Upgrades DAC Products now offers a new standard entry door display for companies looking to display small quantities of doors in an affordable, yet serviceable, display. The display is available in both stationary and spinning versions and is customizable to include your company logo, a sign, detailed product features and warranties as needed.

In addition, the East Bend, N.C.-based company has improved its four-sided insulating glass (IG) demonstration. The demonstration now includes turnbuckles for securing a radiometer, an improved sliding shelf and a new stop system, which permits the use of single-lite glass during demonstrations. The four-sided IG demonstration is made from natural finish oak and can be used on a counter top or with an optional pedestal stand. ❙❙➤ www.dacproducts.com

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