Volume 41, Issue 8 - August 2006


decorative glass 

Patterns Set In Stone
Okacolor digitally-printed glass with stone patterns has been introduced by SCHOTT North America Inc. The digitally-printed glass is designed to simulate the look of marble, granite and other types of stone. The company says Okacolor offers the same benefits of glass products, such as low costs and weight, without forsaking the visual aesthetics of marble or stone.

Style and Function
Meltdown Glass Art & Design of Chandler, Ariz., and SAFTI First Fire-Rated Glazing Solutions of San Francisco have formed a strategic partnership to offer fire-resistant kiln cast art glass.

“With this partnership, we can provide endless design possibilities for architects and interior designers, enabling them to create unique artistic spaces in a much wider variety of settings,” said Meltdown’s principal and art director BJ Katz.

Textures Line Incorporates Glass and Mirror Tints
Walker Glass Co. Ltd. of Montreal, is expanding its Textures acid-etched product line with glass and mirror tints available in bronze, grey, green, blue and black.

Architects and designers can marry colors and translucency to reach optimal architectural finishes in glass applications, according to the company. 


Milwaukee Gets Powerful with 14.4-Volt Caulk Gun
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. of Milwaukee has developed a powerful new 14.4-volt caulk gun designed for heavy-duty professional use. 

The tool features interchangeable carriages that adapt to the 10-ounce quart size and sausage packs and has the ability to dispense high viscosity materials with 620 pounds of pushing force. It has two tiers of speed control, a speed dial and a variable speed trigger for superior bead control and application. A patented auto-reverse feature prevents unwanted dripping, and the increased run time allows the gun to dispense 185 10-ounce tubes of caulk per battery charge.


PPG Expands Vistacool™ Collection
PPG Industries of Pittsburgh has added two new products, Vistacool Caribia™ glass and Vistacool Solargray™ glass, to its family of Vistacool™ subtly reflective, color-enriched glasses.

The new products feature color-neutral, second-surface coatings that transmit high levels of daylight while enriching the tinted substrates underneath. 

Caribia features the enriched color of aqua-green Caribia tint along with solar control performance. It can be coupled with Sungate® 500 low-E glass or Solarban® 60 solar control low-E glass in a 1-inch insulating glass unit. 

Solargray employs cool light-gray glass as a substrate and can also be combined with Sungate 500 low-E glass or Solarban 60 solar control low-E glass.

Get Tinted
SAGE Electrochromics Inc.’s electronically-tintable SageGlass® products have the ability to become clear or dark with the push of a button.

The company says its product’s dynamic functionality helps reduce energy bills by controlling solar heat gain and increases worker productivity by allowing additional daylighting, minimizing glare and enhancing occupant comfort.

Currently offered in classic, sea green, cool-view blue and clear-as-day gray, the company says the products exceed ASTM testing requirements.

alternative glazings

New Makrolon® LF Low Flammability Polycarbonate Sheet
Sheffield Plastics Inc. has introduced MAKROLON® LF low-flammability polycarbonate sheet, developed to provide improved flame resistance and processing advantages. The product is UL 94 V-0 listed and meets FAR 25.283 A and B flammability requirements. 

The company says the product can be formed, die cut, punched and sheared easily.

equipment and machinery

IG Manufacturing Line Designed For Any Spacer
Bystronic of Hauppauge, N.Y., has developed first’flexspacer, a fast, fully-automatic ‘spacer-neutral’ vertical insulating glass manufacturing line capable of processing conventional “box” spacers, thermoplastic spacers and flexible spacers. The line is designed in a strictly modular configuration, permitting different stages of automation. 

Also from Bystronic is the desiccant filler AT, an automatic desiccant filling station that the company says performs well during production runs that require filling spacers of different size formats. Because a number of feeders can be filled at the beginning of the line, a large buffer is created, adding flexibility to the process through pre-sorting.

door and window hardware

Lookin’ Smooth
Archdale, N.C.-based Häfele’s HAWA-Ordena is a sliding hardware system for full-height, frameless, glass sliding doors and wood doors, or combination wood and glass sliding doors, suitable for walk-in closets or room partitions. The system offers a smooth look without visible hardware, and the slim-line anodized upper running track can be exposed with no fascias required. Suspension components of the glass doors are hidden behind cover caps. 


CRL Publishes Specialty Catalog
Los Angeles-based, C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced a new specialty catalog, the GH06 Architectural Glass Hardware Systems Catalog. 

The 144-page GH06 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.

In the June 2006 issue of USGlass the incorrect headline and picture were used to describe Glas-Weld's new flat glass scratch removal system (page 67). The correct product name is G Force. USGlass regrets the error. 

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