Volume 38, Issue 12, December 2003


Pilkington Releases Eclipse Advantage™

Pilkington North America of Toledo, Ohio, has introduced its Eclipse Advantage™ reflective low-E glass, which it says combines pyrolytic qualities with subtle reflectivity, along with desired thermal and solar control performance. According to the company, it also offers a high level of visible light transmittance, despite its reflectivity.

“Pilkington Eclipse Advantage reflective low-E glass is the world’s first architectural pyrolytic glass to combine subtle reflectivity with desired thermal and solar control performance,” said Stephen Weidner, vice president of sales and marketing, Pilkington Building Products North America. “In addition, for a reflective glass it offers a surprisingly high level of light transmittance.”

Eclipse Advantage glass is available only from Pilkington Building Products North America and can be shipped anywhere in the world.
Info www.pilkington.com or call 419/247-3731.

Guardian Launches DiamondGuard Line
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries has introduced a new technology, DiamondGuard. According to the company, the technology produces a diamond-like hardness and is used on such products as the company’s new DiamondGuard scratch-resistant glass (SRG). 

“DiamondGuard SRG is a first in the glass industry,” said Tony Hobart, group vice president for North American sales. “For the first time, consumers won’t have to worry about scratching their tabletops and businesses will spend less money replacing damaged glass components.”

The company says DiamondGuard SRG is ideal for furniture and display cases, stairways and scanners, as well as mass transit windows and institutional interior glass. Guardian says it is also easy to clean and maintain.
Info www.guardian.com or call 734/654-4347.

spacer tapes
Saint-Gobain Introduces New Configuration for Thermalbond®
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has announced a new configuration for its Thermalbond structural glazing spacer tapes.

The tapes have been re-designed so the liner is on the non-adhesive side. The company says the configuration makes applications easy and efficient since the liner is removed after application rather than before.
Info www.nortonfoam.com or call 800/724-0883.

insulating glass
Viracon Announces New Warm Edge Technology
Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., has announced the development of a stainless steel material technology option for warm edge spacers.

“Applications in which the interior humidity requirements are higher than normal prove challenging for most glass specifiers when working with insulating glass units (IGUs),” said Rick Voelker, technical director. “Aluminum spacers have higher thermal conductivity that results in higher U-values at the edge of the glass. As a result, there is a potential for condensation formation in situations where higher interior relative humidity levels must be maintained.”

According to information from Viracon, specially designed spacers that incorporate the low thermal conductivity of stainless steel are used to overcome such a challenge.
“With the lower thermal conductivity of stainless steel, we maintain a lower edge-of-glass U-level,” added Brad Austin, senior vice president. “The lower the edge-of-glass U-value, the less likely you are to develop condensation.” 

Viracon says its stainless steel option is strong enough for large IGUs and structural glazing applications. 
Info www.viracon.com or call 507/444-3490.

ACS Offers Sunshades for Occupant Comfort 
Aluminum Curtainwall Systems Inc. (ACS) of Kamloops, British Columbia, offers sunshades that can be used in both new construction as well as retrofits. The external shading devices can be incorporated into a building’s exterior to limit internal heat gain.
According to information from ACS, external shading devices control sunlight and prevent glare and unwanted heat gain. The company says they can also provide an opportunity to downsize mechanical cooling equipment at the design stage and/or permit energy savings resulting in existing buildings.

Common installations, according to the company, are characterized by a lightweight, durable, solid or louvred panel on the south-facing windows. Shades may be horizontal or sloped and are often used in conjunction with efficient glazing and window coverings, according to the company.
Info www.acsinc.com or call 250/372-3600.

shower doors
Southeastern Aluminum Products Introduces New Glass and Color Options
Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Southeastern Aluminum Products has announced the addition of new glass and color options to its frameless Signature By-Pass shower door line. 

Antique, storm and superchip are the new options available in 3/8-inch patterned glass. New choices available in the ¼-inch glass are everglade, flemish and superchip. The company adds that both the 3/8-inch and ¼-inch options feature a sill track with a rounded lip.

The company has also added some new hardware finishes, including oil-rubbed bronze. In addition, Southeastern Aluminum has replaced its almond color with biscuit, a lighter shade. 
Info www.southeasternaluminum.com or call 904/781-8200.

Coastal Now Offering CrystalBall™ 2003
Coastal Industries Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., has introduced a new version of its CrystalBall software system. The company says it surveyed users to determine the new enhancements and added that the 2003 version makes it easy for users to select additional glass panels, knotched units and butt-glazed configurations for customized enclosures. 

The software features a Windows-compatible graphics interface that can provide customers with the tools to configure custom enclosures to individual specifications, compute real-world costs and then produce units for their customers. It also allows customers to print detailed specification sheets for fabrication, installation and pricing. 

“We listen to our customers to better understand what additional functions they want CrystalBall to provide,” said William Cobb, chairperson and founder, and also the developer of the CrystalBall software. “We hope this new, enhanced software version will make their jobs easier.”
Info www.coastalind.com or call 800/874-8601.

glass rails
CRL Offers Line of Cap Railings and Hand Railings 
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles has introduced a line of cap railings and hand railings for use with structural glass railings and balusters. The new line includes cap railings, corners, end caps and accessories as well as hand railings, tubing, posts and component fittings.

“As the use of glass rail panels gain in popularity, it was a natural for CRL to design, engineer, manufacture and finish a complete line of these accessory products,” said John O’Brien, architectural hardware products manager. “Old time-consuming methods of installation can now be replaced with better techniques and 

The cap and hand railings are available in a variety of styles and sizes to meet most any design consideration, and come in several stock finishes and custom fabrication is also available. 
Info www.crlaurence.com or call 800/421-6144.

Vistawall Introduces HP-1750 Wall System
Terrell, Texas-based Vistawall Architectural Products now offers the HP-1750 wall system, which it says offers design flexibility with dual-finish capabilities, narrow sightlines and high performance in an easy-to-install, screw-spline system.

The HP-1750 is a dry-glazed, performance-oriented system that Vistawall says is ideal for vertical-strip fixed windows, storefronts or individual units for punched openings. The system accommodates ¼-inch and 1-inch infills. Door frame adapters are available, and push-in gaskets are also used. The system is available in factory-painted Kynar 500®/Hylar 5000® or anodized finishes.
Info www.vistawall.com or call 972/551-6100.

3M™ Offers Free Design Guide for Architectural metal Panel Assembly 
Now offered from St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Company is a new 12-page design guide that presents case studies on how its VHB™ tapes are used in assembling architectural metal panels. The guide is illustrated with photos and schematics of global construction applications such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Emirate. Also included is technical information that details construction test data, which illustrates the tapes’ high holding power and long-term reliability, including results from wind load structural tests and hurricane, impact and pressure cycling tests.

The company says the VHB tapes are acrylic foam pressure sensitive adhesives that bond on contact with no curing time or fixturing for fast assembly of cladding, column covers, curtainwall panels, ceiling systems, canopies, decorative metal trim and more. 3M adds that no screws or welds are needed, so fastening is virtually invisible.
Info www.3M.com.

fire-rated glazing
SuperLite II-XL Now Designed for Sound Control Applications
SAFTI, a division of San Francisco-based O’Keeffe’s, has tested a new application for its SuperLite II-XL. Designed originally as a fire barrier, the company says the product now can be used as a clear, acoustic barrier.

According to information from the company, the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of 49 was determined in accordance with ASTM E413-87 by Western Electro-Acoustic Laboratory. 

The company adds that SuperLite II-XL can be customized to provide security, energy efficiency and aesthetic detail.
Info www.safti.com or call 415/822-4222.


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