Volume 39, Issue 3, March  2004


Storm Wall® Earns Dade County Approval
U.S. Aluminum Corp. of Waxahachie, Texas, has announced that it has successfully completed testing of its Storm Wall series IW 3250 impact-resistant curtainwall system. Series IW3250 passed Dade County protocol PA 201-94 for large and small missile impact and ASTM E 283-91 (99).

The system’s face dimension is 2 ½ inches and is available in two depths, 6 ¼-inch for 7/16-inch monolithic, laminated glass and 7-inch for 1 3/16-inch insulating laminated glass. The series has no exposed screws and is completely dry glazed.
Info www.usalum.com or call 800/627-6440.

measuring equipment
R&D Reflections 
Announces the InspectorG

R&D Reflections Inc. of Wayne, Ohio, has introduced what it says is a low-cost distortion measuring system. The system uses a computer program called the InspectorG to analyze a grid photograph. The company explains that the photograph is taken by reflection of a grid board from a piece of glass positioned vertically.

Through the program, which works with most digital cameras and most computers, the grid pattern permits the measurement of the lens power (i.e., the curvature) at every point on the glass. In addition, the program automatically presents maximums and plots as well as the standard deviation of all the square inches over the entire lite of glass. The device can show various optical characteristics such as roll wave, end klink, hammer, etc. The program also performs optics quality control, analyze distortion and can keep shipping records.
Info www.maltby.org/R&D or call 419/288-2184.

TruSeal Adds to PIB Sealant Family
The second product in TruSeal Technologies’ family of hot-melt butyl and polyisobutylene (PIB) insulating glass (IG) sealants is now available. The company says that the EdgeTherm® product family features high-performance, gun-grade IG sealants for manufacturing flexibility, according to the company.

PIB-H1, a high-viscosity, high-strength, 100-percent solids sealant is the most recent addition to the product line. It is based on a PIB polymer formulated to effect reinforcement, resist degradation from ultraviolet light and provide low moisture permeability. The company says PIB-H1 resists shearing in large, heavy lites of glass and retains flexibility through a wide temperature range to compensate for an IG unit’s thermal movement.

PIB-H1 serves as the IG unit’s primary seal, providing the main moisture vapor seal between the glass and metal spacer. A secondary seal for structural strength also must be used.
Info www.truseal.com or call 216/910-1500.

Dow Corning Introduces 
New Building Sealant
Dow Corning of Midland, Mich., has introduced a “clean” silicone building sealant that it says can reduce the problems of substrate staining and residue rundown. Dow Corning® 756 SMS building sealant is designed to reduce fluid migration. The company says the patent-pending, surface-modified sealant technology gives the cured sealant a low-friction surface that minimizes dirt pick-up.

The sealant is available in six colors and can be custom pigmented to match most any design requirement. Dow adds that the sealant complies with ASTM C 920, ASTM C 719 and the staining/migration specification ASTM C1248.
Info www.dowcorning.com or call 989/496-6000.

New Sealant Available from Delchem 
Delchem D180 structural polyisobutylene (PIB) is the newest sealant for insulating glass from Wilmington, Del.-based Delchem. The company says the new sealant is designed to provide significant structural strengths. 
According to Delchem, D180 reacts with atmospheric moisture, crosslinking and forming strong, covalent bonds with the glass and spacer. In addition, the company says D180’s moisture vapor transmission rate and gas performance rate (argon) are lower than that of regular PIB.

D180 is available in black or gray and is said to be fully compatible with all known secondary sealants, spacer materials and corner keys.

Delchem adds that D180 is designed for use on automated and semi-automated IGU production lines.
Info www.delchem.com or call 302/426-1800.

door hardware
Two New Locks Available from Kaba
The E-Plex 5000 and the PowerLever PROX 9000 are two new products from Kaba Access Control of Winston-Salem, N.C. 

According to the company, the E-Plex 5000, a stand-alone electronic access control, combines the simplicity and reliability of the Simplex® mechanical pushbutton locks with added security and features of electronic access

Kaba also has introduced the battery-less PowerLever PROX 9000 access control product, which combines PIN access with prox card technology, providing dual-credential access control for up to 3,000 individual users.

According to Kaba, the lock provides access control flexibility with four operational modes: single- or dual-credential, passage and lockout. It is also said to be compatible with industry-leading exit device brands.
Info www.kaba-ilco.com or call 336/725-1331.

New Acid-Etch Glass 
Available from Paragon

Now available from Paragon Glass LLC of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ¾-inch and 1-inch acid-etch glass.

The glass comes in sizes up to 126 by 236 inches and ¾-inch and 1-inch thicknesses and is available in both matte and satin finishes and a variety of float colors including mirror. Standard and custom designs are also offered.

“Acid-etch glass is a great way to diffuse light and create space,” said Ian Patlin, vice president. “These new thicknesses, along with our glass floors and specialty laminated products, further strengthen our position in the value-added glass market.” 
Info 480/767-8266.

E-Skylight.com Offers 
Free PPG Solarban 60 Upgrade 

Waterboro, Maine-based E-Skylight.com says it is offering a free upgrade to PPG Solarban 60 low-E glass on its entire line of high-performance, pre-assembled and glazed standard skylights on internet orders received by March 31, 2004. Its standard line includes polygon, pyramid, ridge and hipped ridge configurations that are available in numerous sizes and pitches. All standard glass tints are offered, and finish choices include the ten most popular Kynar/Hylar™ colors as well as clear and standard colored anodize. 
Info www.eskylight.com or call 207/247-6747.

free literature
DORMA Publishes Hardware Brochure
DORMA Architectural Hardware has published a brochure that highlights its wide range of door hardware products, including locks, door closers, low-energy operators, exit devices and electric access control 

The company says the brochure is designed to help simplify product selection. Product features and benefits, suggested applications, available finishes and various installation options are also covered.
Info www.dorma-usa.com or call 800/523-8483.

Major Industries 
Offers Daylighting Idea Book

To mark its 25th anniversary, Major Industries of Wausau, Wis., has updated its translucent daylighting idea book. The 24-page, full-color idea book features skylights, wall panels, curved systems and a variety of unique 

Designs illustrate applications through both interior and exterior photographs.
Info www.majorskylights.com or call 888/SkyCost.




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