Volume 40,   Issue 3                             March  2005


shower enclosures
Alumax Announces ShowerBright Products
Alumax Bath Enclosures has added a complete line of glass coating products that will be marketed under the ShowerBright by Alumax brand name. According to the company, the products help remove tough, etched-in, hard-water stains and mineral deposits from shower doors, windows, skylights, tile, porcelain, chrome, stainless steel fixtures and non-painted surfaces. It also restricts soap scum build-up. 

According to information from the company three versions of the program are available, a consumer kit, a professional restoration kit and a factory-applied version that offers a limited lifetime warranty.
www.alumax.com or call 870/234-4260.

fire-rated glazing
SAFTI Introduces New Ceramic Glazing
SAFTI, a San-Francisco-based manufacturer of fire-rated glass and framing, has introduced SuperLite-C™, a new product line featuring four ceramic glazings rated from 20 minutes to three hours. According to a company press release, the product line is tested by Intertek/Warnock Hersey and passes the hose stream test.

The 3/16-inch clear ceramic glazings are available in large sizes up to 44 inches by 79 inches and are said to fit in any fire-rated framing system, including steel, wood and aluminum.

Through the announcement, the company noted that SuperLite-C products “are not barriers to radiant heat” and do not meet test standards ASTM E119 or UL263, advising that the product should not be used in applications requiring more than 45-minute or higher ratings, other than door vision panels.
www.safti.com or call 415/822-5222.

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Announces UL Approval
The entire line of clear fire-rated glass products from Auburn, Wash.-based Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is now UL listed. The company announced that in December 2004 it performed eight new successful fire tests to bring the listing to its products, which were already listed by ITS.
www.vetrotech.com or call 888.803-9533.

Crystal Introduces Double-Hung Window
Based in Flushing, N.Y., Crystal Window & Door Systems has introduced the Series 5500 double-hung aluminum window. Through independent national testing, the 3¼-inch jamb depth window has achieved a heavy commercial classification AAMA 101-97 of H-HC60, said the company. 

The window can be used on both commercial and residential applications, for both new construction and replacement applications.

The window features dual insulating glass with a PPG Intercept® spacer, and has double meeting rail interlock for energy efficiency. Low-E and argon gas filling options are available.
www.crystalwindows.com or call 718/961-7300.

MGM Industries Introduces New WM 180 Brick Mold Window
MGM Indus-tries, located in Hendersonville, Tenn., has introduced a newly designed 5600 series vinyl window. The company says the single-hung window features 180 brick mold, and also has aluminum nail fins. The new window is available with geometric designs in either standard or special sizes, with frames in either white or beige.

The MGM 5600 series features a recessed finger pool, narrow stiles, wide rails in the sash and ¾-inch insulating glass with SDL.
www.mgmindustries.com or call 800/476-5584.

New Line of Terrace Doors
Moduline Window Systems of Terrell, Texas, has added Terra Swing™ terrace doors to its product offerings.

According to the company, the TerraSwing series is profiled with European-designed, multipoint locking options, distinctive handle/ escutcheon plane sets and deadbolt locking options. The handles are forged, solid brass.

The doors come in two framing depths, 3 ¼-inch or 4 ½-inch. The doors also accommodate glass thicknesses up to 1½ inches; it can also be factory glazed. In addition, both anodized and PVDF paint finishes are available. 
www.vistawall.com or call 800/972-9110.literature

Linetec Offers New Paint Card for Metal Finishing
Located in Wausau, Wis., Linetec now has a new paint card that shows its 25 most popular colors for metal finishing. The card also includes AAMA specifications, care and cleaning guidelines and applicator specifications.

The card features 20 standard colors and five premier colors that are all available in 70 and 50 percent Kynar®/Hylar 5000® baked enamels. Custom colors are also available.

“Working closely with our customers to generate customized color cards specific to their businesses, we take care of designing the card, providing the color chip samples and sending the finished template to the printers for completion,” said Rick Marshall, president. 

Linetec’s paints meet AAMA 2605 and 2604 standards; its baked enamels meet AAMA 2603. The new paint card also cites statements from CSI Specification Format, Division 8, Article 2.06 “Finishes” for easy reference.
www.linetec.com or call 715/843-4100.

UCL Scientists Develop Coating that Reduces Heat, Not Light
A team of chemists at University College London (UCL) have reported in the Journal of Materials Chemistry that they have developed a window coating that, when applied to glass used in buildings or cars, reflects the sun’s heat while still letting in light.

While conventional tints block both heat and light, the new coating allows visible wavelengths of light through at all times, but reflects the infrared light that causes heating when temperatures rise above 84 degrees Fahrenheit. 

“Technological innovations such as intelligent window coatings really open the door to more creative design,” said professor Ivan Parkin of UCL’s Department of Chemistry, senior author of the paper. “The current trend toward using glass extensively in building poses a dilemma for architects. Do they tint the glass, which reduces the benefit of natural light, or face hefty air conditioning bills?”

The new coating is made from a derivative of vanadium dioxide, which has long been recognized for its heat-reflective properties because of its ability to alternate between acting as a metal and a semiconductor. The difficulty in reducing the switching temperature had been a stumbling block up to this point. 

“It’s not much good if the material starts to reflect infrared light at 160 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Parkin. “We’ve shown it’s possible to reduce the switching temperature to just above room temperature and manufacture it in a commercially viable way.”

Researchers are currently looking at such issues as cost to produce, durability and color as the next step in getting the coating to market. 
www.ucl.ac.uk or call 44 (0) 20 7679 2000.

door and window hardware 
Marks USA Announces New Survivor Series Lockset 
Marks USA of Amityville, N.Y., has announced a new key-in-lever Survivor Series, grade 2 lockset available for both conventional and IC cores.

According to information from the company, both feature a “clutch,” which when locked disengages the outside lever allowing it to turn freely. The company adds that each Survivor Series rose contains a proprietary, high-strength lever support spring that eliminates lever droop. 

Survivor locks are UL-listed for three-hour fire ratings and satisfy all ADA requirements, according to the company.
www.marksusa.com or call 631/225-5400.

E-Plex™ E5031 Listed in BHMA Certified Products Directory
Kaba Access Control of Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced its E-Plex E5031 series lock is now listed in the Builders Hardware Manufacturer’s Association (BHMA) certified products directory for ANSI/BHMA A156.25 Electrified Locking Devices Grade 1.
The new series is a programmable, push button lock and has up to 100 access codes and a 3,000 event audit trail.
www.kaba-ilco.com or call 336/725-1331.

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