Volume 40,   Issue 9                    September  2005


machinery and equipment 
Fantastic 4
The Deltagrind - 4 manufactured by the Italian company Deltaprogetti and distributed in North America by CMS North America Inc. in Caledonia, Mich., is designed to arris and grind an entire lite of glass in one pass. According to company information the Deltagrind – 4 is capable of seaming four edges while automatically adjusting for size and thickness without operator intervention. 

Edge treatments include arrissing, a full trapezoid grind or a full pencil grind. The Deltagrind – 4 can grind lites ranging from 13 3/4 inches by 23 5/8 inches to 102 inches by 157 1/2 inches and 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Custom machines can be built to suit other needs.

Getting Connected
Niles, Ill.-based Ircon has released a new Multi Sensor Interface (MSI) that enables users to access configuration and temperature data for up to 12 sensors over-plant wide networks and the Internet via an embedded web browser interface. According to company information, the MSI comes pre-loaded with graphic screens presenting Modline 5 sensor configurations, status, current temperature, historical trends and temperature alarms in a NEMA 4X rated, 10.4-inch touch panel color display. Ircon says the display is capable of providing an instant overview of Modline 5 sensors interconnected by an RS485 network.
The MSI comes equipped with RS485, RS232, Ethernet and USB communication ports that allow for the transfer of temperature data to PCS, PLCs and SCADA systems. A Type II slot for Compact Flash cards offers the option of storing temperature data in CSV format on the provided 128 Mbyte CF card.

The MSI contains a built-in web browser interface that can be accessed by a remote workstation using Microsoft® Internet Explorer, version 6.0 or higher, to modify sensor setup and to view sensor temperature measurements and trends.

According to Ircon, a variety of optical resolutions from D/75 to D/240 with a focusing range from 57 mm to infinity is available. The IP65 rated Modline 5 infrared sensor series extends temperature measurement across a real temperature range from 250°C to 3000°C.

A range of accessories, including mounting brackets, a water-cooling jacket and an air purge, is also available.

Vibrant Versatility
Glaverbel of Brussels, Belgium, is now offering Lacobel, a new range of varnished indoor glass. According to company information, the varnish is applied to the back of the glass to protect it from scratching and staining. The varnish is also said to contain no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.

Glaverbel is also offering a safety version of Lacobel using its SAFE polypropylene film that protects from injury while also protecting the varnished side from dampness and scratches. Lacobel is available in 37 pastel, bold and metallic shades.

Bricks, Boards and Sticks, Oh My!
Joel Berman Glass Studios (JBGS) of Vancouver, B.C., has introduced three new kiln-cast glass textures modeled after common architectural elements.

The “Bricks” mold is based on brick wall construction and, according to JBGS, uses interchangeable parts to create a layered effect. The texture is available in six rock textures, each with a range of very fine to course grained, as well as an appliquéd brick option. 

Wood panel wall construction is the basis for the “Boards” mold. The company says that the texture emulates the directional grain and imperfections of natural wood with the result of a resemblance to plywood, softwood and hardwood materials.

“Sticks” is based on a stick-built house, modeling a uniform texture of closed grain woods throughout the design, says JBGS.

The three textures are available in lites up to 52-inches wide by 108-inches high and in 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch thicknesses.

Shedding Some Light on the Data
PPG Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh has published a data sheet and comparison kit for its new architectural glass, Solarban® 60 Starphire®. 

The data sheet provides information on visible light transmittance, visible light reflectance, U-values, K-values, shading coefficient, solar heat gain coefficient and light to solar gain ratio. The data sheet was designed to aid architects in evaluating and specifying the glass, which can be used in both insulating glass units and monolithic applications.

The comparison kit features two standard one-inch insulating glass units set side-by-side against a white background. One IGU features traditional clear glass with a solar control low-E coating while the other shows Solarban 60 with Starphire Ultra-Clear glass.

PPG claims that the kit shows the lack of greening effects in the Solarban 60 Starphire. According to the company, the glass maintains its clarity advantage even after multiple laminations.

handling & transportation
Protection that Sticks
The new line of separator pads from Pres-On Inc. of Addison, Ill., are designed to offer protection during the shipping and handling of glass. The separator pads are placed between lites of glass to absorb vibration and protect the glass from breakage. 

The company is introducing the pads in both adhesive and non-adhesive forms, as well as in a variety of thicknesses, colors and sizes. Combinations of cork or foam for added stability and firmness are also available.

A Variety of Window Offerings from United States Aluminum
Four new lines of fixed, projected, and casement windows are now available from United States Aluminum of Waxahachie, Texas. The windows are designed for storefront, window wall, curtainwall and remodeling applications. Windows are also available for use in vertical and horizontal ladders.

Series 7200 and 7300 feature C-75 and HC-75 ratings respectively. Both have a two-inch profile and feature a poured and debridged polyurethane thermal break. Series 7400, which has an AW-75 rating, has a 2 ¼-inch profile and a dual bar thermal break by. The 7500 series is a frameless vent for use in glazed framing.

All of the series are available with clear, bronze and black anodized finishes as well as any painted colors.

New COMPACT Lines from Ashton Industrial
Ashton Industrial has redesigned its COMPACT high performance vertical insulating glass line by incorporating technology from its automatic arris/seam lines. The new line features PLC controls with a full color touch-screen monitor and faster cycle times, compared to the previous version, achieved through shorter dwell times in the switching cycle.

According to Ashton, the touch-screen can be used to select operating modes enabling production of over-length units, processing of stepped units, laser marking and reduces energy costs in the final tilt section.

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