Volume 40,   Issue 5                                 May  2005

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Oldcastle Glass to Debut Glass Line
Oldcastle Glass will be introducing a new line of decorative glass products, called Montage at the NeoCon show, which will take place June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

“Yes, we’re launching a decorative program, a product initiative, called Montage for the interior decorative market, as it relates to glass, of course,” said Shawn Donovan, vice president of marketing.

“Right now it’s in a soft launch,” he continued. “We’ve made the announcements internally and there will be some announcements going out soon. We’ve got a dedicated sales force for it. We’re going to be showing at NeoCon for the first time this year. And that will be the official launch to the market with products and samples for the interior designers to see,” Donovan said.

“Montage is the name of the product group, a category of decorative products we call ‘visual effects’ glass,” he stated.

He said that the company has already started contracting a certain individual number of projects with the product line. “We have a dedicated facility that will be working on a variety of these decorative products.”

While the Louisville, Ky., facility will be dedicated to this, Donovan added, “One of our strengths is that we have 45 facilities throughout North America. So depending on the capability and what the product specs are, we could have other facilities involved.”



Vistawall Offers Sun Control Product
Vistawall’s new Solar Eclipse™ is a sun-control product that can be installed into the company’s CW-250 curtainwall system. The new system can add different design elements to a building while also shading the interior and conserving energy.

Solar Eclipse has a minimum total projection of 24 inches and a maximum of 36 inches. Outriggers and brackets are also available in different styles, and louvers can be radius, airfoil or diamond. Fascias can be round, square or airfoil in shape.

In addition, standard vertical mullions and face caps are used. Pre-cut and notched pressure plates are supplied with attachment fasteners.

impact-resistant systems

Arch Announces Approval on New Impact System
Arch Aluminum & Glass of Tamarac, Fla., has announced that it has received Miami-Dade (NOA) product approvals on its new IFG5000 2 ½-inch by 5-inch flush glazed hurricane impact system. According to the announcement, the system was tested with 9/16-inch laminated glass with several different interlayers. It is designed to be factory fabricated or shipped in stock lengths for the customer’s fabrication. 

“As one of the first companies to receive NOAs after Hurricane Andrew, we take pride in developing new products that can be useful for our customer base,” said Jeff Ziesche, Arch’s director of aluminum operations.

The material is currently available in clear and dark bronze anodized, as well as white powder coat at the Tamarac, Fla., facility.

Arch has also announced it has received Miami-Dade product approval on its series 3100 aluminum window wall system. The series 3100 is designed for storefront and interior glazed strip windows. It was tested with 9/16-inch laminated glass and 1 5/16-inch insulating laminated glass with several different interlayers.


CRL Publishes New Architectural Glass Hardware Catalog
C. R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles has published a new architectural glass hardware catalog, GH06. The company’s 144-page catalog features decorative and functional hardware such as standoffs, swivel fittings, partition posts, booth dividers, food/sneeze guards and hospitality hardware, glass walls/room dividers and exterior glass barrier posts.

“C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. has been building a reputation as a high-quality manufacturer and innovator of a wide array of architectural glass hardware systems,” said Donald E. Friese, president and chief executive officer. “We have expanded this line to the point that we felt a new catalog, dedicated exclusively to architectural glass hardware systems, was warranted.

This new catalog, in conjunction with our web-based services at www.crlaurence.com, and our knowledgeable technical sales staff, demonstrate our strong commitment to creating distinctive and decorative hardware to suit commercial and residential needs.”

The catalog can be viewed and downloaded online at www.crlaurence.com.

privacy glass

GE Offers New Wine Storage Product 
A liquid crystal privacy glass door is the focal point of the new GE Monogram Wine Reserve and Beverage Center. The upscale product gives consumers the option of displaying their wines and beverages or hiding them behind opaque glass.

With a liquid crystal privacy glass door, the beverage center or wine reserve can be located anywhere in the home without distracting contents getting in the way, GE’s promotional material explains.

These popular refrigeration modules had already contained two layers of UV-resistant glass, virtually eliminating ultraviolet light from harming valuable wine. The new privacy glass incorporates a liquid crystal laminate between the two sheets of existing glass.

Liquid crystals within the laminate manage light flow through the glass door. In an uncharged state they block rays of light from passing through the window. When the privacy display is inactivated with an electrical charge, the crystals or pixels align in a parallel fashion and rays of light can pass through both layers of glass.

When asked about the glass supplier a GE spokesperson said that it is against company policy to discuss suppliers. However, a spokesperson for Corning Glass, which makes LCD glass, said they do supply such a product to GE, but was uncertain the exact applications in which it is used.

The GE Monogram Wine Reserve and Beverage Center with privacy glass doors has an estimated retail price of $1,999 to $2,199.

skylights and overhead glazings

Naturalite Offers Cluster Skylights
Naturalite Skylight Systems of Terrell, Texas, is offering its standard cluster skylights, which include extruded aluminum gutters and caps, and are available as either single-or double-glazed, in domes or pyramid shapes.

According to the company the cluster skylights feature low profile, cross-gutter caps with purlin cap attachments. They can be used in unsupported spans up to 6 feet. The company says the standard skylight system has been tested for air and water infiltration, according to ASTM standards. They are also completely dry-glazed and are available with impact-resistant glazing, with size limits to meet OSHA fall-protection regulations.

The cluster skylights come with either glass, plastic or translucent panel glazing and feature a standard mill finish. Both anodized and Kynar® finishes are also available. 

door and window hardware 

Kaba Introduces Pushbutton Locks and Anti-Spy Shield
Kaba Access Control, headquartered in Win-ston-Salem, N.C., has introduced mechanical push button locks for controlling access between public and private areas. The Simplex 1000 Series design comes standard with a recessed button area that inhibits outsiders from viewing authorized code entry. For areas that are particularly susceptible to unauthorized surveillance, the company has also created a new Anti-Spy Shield.

The Anti-Spy Shield is described by company information as providing additional user privacy without obstructing the lock’s use and one-handed operation. It also is said to provide additional benefit against severe weather environments when used in outside applications.

handling and transportation

New Trailer-Mounted Boom Lifts Now Available from JLG®
The Two-Pro™ trailer-mounted boom lift is now available from JLG Industries of McConnellsburg, Pa. The lifts feature large working envelopes and towing speeds up to 65 miles per hour. They also have self-leveling hydraulic outriggers, a removable platform control box with simplified one-handed proportional controls and a unique boom design, according to the company announcement.

The Tow-Pro model T350 has a 35-foot platform height with a 20-foot horizontal reach, while the Tow-Pro model T500J has a 50-foot platform height that includes a 4-foot jib boom with 130-degree vertical motion and 30-foot horizontal reach. 

 Both feature 370-degree non-continuous turntable rotation and have 500 pounds unrestricted capacity in their 30-by 48-inch aluminum platform. 

Power is provided by 24-volt, 220-ampere hour batteries or from an optional 9-hp Honda gasoline engine.

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