Volume 35, Number 2, February 2000



Affordable Automation: DMV Fabrication Saw

Wegoma of Twinsburg, OH, has introduced the DMV automated fabrication saw as an extension to its DMX saw platform. The company says it offers a new level of affordable automation in fabrication machinery. According to the company, the new product extension includes several design features, common components and similar functionality of the DMX fabrication center. The company added that the shared product development cycle provides savings in engineering, component specification and procurement, and the development of build and test procedures.


Italian Company Offers Cutting Variety
with Tag-el Machines

wpe22.jpg (8916 bytes)The Tag-el line of cutting machinery from Italian manufacturer V BA.Se features a selection of electronic machines for cutting glass and mirrors in circles, ovals, shapes and straightline. Tag-el models are designed to handle glass thicknesses from 2- to 19 mm. Two of the models available, the Tag-el 600 and the Tag-el 1400, differ only in the dimensions of the glass sheet to be cut.

According to the company, various shapes can be programmed directly on a keyboard or configured with a mechanical copying device placed on the machine. The machinery is equipped with a transport belt that automatically moves each sheet of glass away after each cut.


Get Straight Cuts
with the Digicut

Digicut, available from Italian manufacturer Bolla Luigi, is an automatic table for making straight cuts of float glass. The table features a control board, versatile machine management CNC, full machine monitoring and optimization program.

According to the company, the machine has hardened steel sliding parts, DC motor-and-reduction gear drive, pneumatic tilting surface, breaking bars, double zero for cutting laminated glass, fan to generate the air cushion and several safety devices.

Putsch-Meniconi s.r.l. Announces
the SVP1080 Panel-Saw

Putsch-Meniconi’s model SVP1080 saw features a horizontal/vertical automatic panel-saw designed to cut thick bullet-resistant glass. Offered by the Italian company, the machine dispenses plastic shims pneumatically when cutting horizontally. The SVP1080 can make inclinated cuts from 0- to 45-degrees, by 5 degrees.

Additionally, the horizontal support surface is resistant to cooling liquid and includes rollers for glass adjustment. The machine features automatically-controlled feeding of the cutting head and the support surface is equipped with a mechanical-pneumatic device which provides increased stability.


Gain the Edge:

Private Label Cleaner Program Offers Competitive Advantage

Are you looking for that “little something extra” you can offer to your customers?— something that will offer powerful name recognition and doesn’t cost a great deal of money? Then you may want to consider purchasing a glass cleaner from one of the manufacturers who offer a private-label program. This will enable you to purchase a glass cleaner that carries the name and logo of your shop right on the label. Interested? Then look at the following information from two companies that offer such a program.

C.R. Laurence Company and Sprayway

As part of a marketing alliance between Los-Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. and Addison, IL-based Sprayway, the two companies are offering private label cleaners, lubricants and other aerosol products. And the companies say they will accommodate the needs of any glass shop. Mini- mum quantities for private labeling can be as little as 30 cases or 360 cans, while larger quantities may be accommodated as well.

Bill Gyore, CRL product manager, says one of the biggest advantages of the program is the name recognition glass companies will receive. “Their company’s name and logo can be printed on the can’s label, providing a level of name recognition far superior to print advertising,” he said. Glass shops who want to get started right away will be pleased to know that the private label products can be shipped within ten days of receipt of the artwork.

Sommer & Maca

Sommer & Maca of Cicero, IL, is also in on the private-label game. “The customer can use the cleaner to demonstrate how to clean the glass to the customer—then leave it as a gift,” said Jim Johnson, the company’s executive vice president. “It then gives the shop an additional advertising vehicle.”

Johnson said leaving the glass cleaner will add to name recognition and customer referrals. “A friend of a customer may say, ‘I need a shower door. Can you recommend anyone?’” explained Johnson. “The customer replies, ‘I don’t remember the name, but let me go get the can of cleaner they left me.’” Johnson added, “Or a customer may have a mirror installed, but then need a tabletop—again the name of the company will be at their fingertips.”



Line Updated: Moduline Presents Even-Line Window

Moduline Window Systems of Wausau, WI, offers its Even-Line Series window, which utilizes uniform sightlines in all directions. The frame and vent depths are equal, as are the fixed and operable framing widths. The series features 31/4-inch frame and sash depths with an integral stacking mullion and integral venetian blinds when required. According to the company, the window is available in fixed, projected, casement outswinging, casement inswinging, top-hinged inswinging, side-hinged inswinging and pivoted.

AAPC Expands
Product Lines

In a move to expand commercial market share, American Architectural Products Corporation (AAPC) of Miami, FL, has announced plans to add an updated series of new and replacement windows for the architectural and commercial marketplace to its product lines. According to the company, production will be split among some of AAPC’s 11 subsidiary companies located throughout the country. The company acknowledged, however, that new expansion may require additional facilities. “Future acquisitions may also become production sites as demand and growth dictate,” said AAPC President and CEO Frank Amedia.

Wear it Well:
Ensinger Introduces Wear-Resistant Profile

Ensinger Inc. of Washington, PA, is introducing a structural wear profile for the sliding lock mechanisms of windows and doors. It moves the force of the lock to the locking stop at the corners of the window or door. The company says the advantages of the profile include elimination of external lubricants, mechanical wear resistance, counterpart wear reduction, sliding behavior improvement and heat loss reduction in the assembly. In addition, it can be used in windows and doors with bent or round frames.

This profile is a companion product for Ensinger’s THERMIX®, a high performance warm-edge spacer, and INSULBAR®, a premium thermal break system which is a substitute to poured and debridged polyurethane.


Custom Window Co. Offers First of its Kind Window

Labeled the first of its kind by its manufacturer, Custom Window Co. of Denver, CO, announces the introduction of a true divided lite aluminum window with 7/8-inch muntin. The window is designed to replicate historic steel muntin windows and is currently being installed as part of the historic renovation of the Landmark Center in Boston, MA. Ed Bartlett, sales manager for Custom Window says the
new product offers a lower cost alternative to traditional steel muntin

The company also offers a 11/16-inch muntin aluminum window. Custom Window says both options are designed to receive insulating 1-inch thick, and are available in project in, project out, casement, single-hung, and double-hung configurations.


behind the scenes

The Process Behind the Launch
of One Door Closer Product

Professionals in the door/door hardware industry, may be familiar with the L1371 series Quest door closer, manufactured by the LCN division of Ingersoll-Rand Architectural Hardware, a product on the market for several months. But, what was the method behind the product’s
introduction? According to Sean Artz, commercial product manager for LCN, the new design grew out of the manufacturer’s efforts to identify the most pressing problems faced by a broad spectrum of people involved with closers. Based on their input, LCN began its new design with a clean slate, both in product features and related policies.

Before any product development took place, a team at LCN met with representatives of all key segments of the market. In addition, the team worked closely with installers at the training facility for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters union in Chicago to gain insight into making their job easier.

The closer design is geared heavily toward aluminum storefront doors, which typically are used in exterior installations. It is just as appropriate for hollow metal and wood door and frame applications, but it was not designed to be a traditional “institutional” type product, according to Artz.

Among the most important customer needs identified was a reduction in installation time. The Quest closer can be installed in approximately half the time of competitive units, which reduces installation costs

A second major desire was for a closer that installs without mistakes and instills confidence that it is installed correctly. The Quest line was designed so it can be easily installed by using one stick-on template
and custom self-drilling, self-
tapping screws. A single mounting location covers all degrees of
opening, eliminating the possibility of error.

Although the basic closers used in these applications typically tend to be more utilitarian than aesthetic, customers such as architects and building owners also were looking for a design that would improve the appearance of the opening. The new product meets these requirements head-on, with a unique design that has clean, simple lines, said Artz.

Additional features include LCN powder-coat finishes and regulating valves located on the end of the closer. But, some product features have less to do with actual installation and use than with their relation to the distribution chain by which they come to market, said Artz. A case in point is the typical need for distributors to stock closers in several different sizes, which adds to costs and increases the chances of selection and delivery errors. By adopting a single, non-sized unit instead of separate products for sizes 1-5, LCN has been able to reduce inventory requirements by at least 50 percent and by as much as 66 percent if sized closers are kept in stock. Artz said this also virtually eliminates selection errors.

Up to the Test

Hurricane 4000 Series Doors Meet Stringent Hurricane Standards

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When Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Florida in 1992, it spurred local building officials to rewrite stricter standards for weather-resistant building products.

Select Manufactur-ing Co. of Youngstown, Ohio, says it is the first company to produce a screening membrane capable of passing the tough, new specifications. The standard requires the product to hold up against a 2- by- 4- by 9-inch white pine stud, propelled at a speed of 34 mph.

According to the company, the membrane resists not only penetration by wind-borne items, but also stands up to break-in and vandalism efforts. Select will use the product in its residential Hurritame Series 7000 window screen and Hurricane 4000 door.



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