Volume 42, Issue 9 - September 2007

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door hardware
Kaba Introduces E-Plex 3000 Narrow Stile Lock
Kaba Access Control in Winston Salem, N.C., is debuting its E-Plex 3000 Series narrow-stile lock for its E-Plex brand of electronic access control. The E-Plex 3000 is an electronic pushbutton lock for narrow-stile aluminum glass doors and is designed to retrofit inside the trim of a variety of Adams Rite locks. The E-Plex 3000 has 300 access codes and a 9,000-event audit trail that also records key override usage. It can be programmed at the lock keypad or with optional Microsoft Excel-based software. The installation does not require wiring to or through the door. The lock also is available in standard satin chrome or optional dark bronze and satin brass accents. www.kabaaccess.com

RS 160 Divvies Up Space
EPCO USA in City of Industry, Calif., says its RS 160 top-hung sliding door system is suitable for dividing indoor spaces. According to information from the company, the door system is easy to install, and does not require glass cut-out.

The company is also offering its Euro hinge. Available on a wall mount, the hinge features a preset and adjustable 5 degreed pin. It is available in chrome and brushed nickel. www.epcocorp.com

Solar Innovations Skylights are Low Maintenance
Solar Innovations in Myerstown, Pa., is offering low-maintenance skylights. The skylight systems combine a low-maintenance aluminum exterior with decorative wood options. They are available in a double-pitch, flat, segmented barrel vault or true-radius dome skylight styles. The standard wood options include solid mahogany and Southern yellow pine laminate. Other laminates of Western red cedar, Spanish cedar and Douglas fir are also available. Solar Innovations’ advanced aluminum weep control system was designed to carry water and condensation away from the wood to ensure safety for interior wood applications. www.solarinnovations.com

Acurlite’s Structural Skylights Pass Florida Building Code Standards in July
Acurlite says its Structural Skylights have passed large missile impact tests conducted by the Florida Building Code Information System. The company received approval for its structural skylights from the Florida Department of Community Affairs Building Codes and Standards in early July. According to Acurlite, the approval now enables it to offer its Southern market an even wider range of skylights. The company manufactures heavy-duty commercial skylights, and offers pyramid, double-pitch, single-pitch and octagon-styles, and also delivers and installs them through its Berwick, Pa., facility. www.acurlite.com

doors and windows
PGT Offers Builders Strength and Asthetics
PGT® Architectural Systems in Venice, Fla., has designed a new line of commercial glass and aluminum products.

Both large- and small-missile-impact glass options are available in the company’s line of glass windows. Other options include custom-designed window installation accessories and double-applied muntins. PGT says it is offering strength and aesthetics in its single-hung and sliding glass doors with a perimeter v-notch design detail at mitered corners. PGT also carries a new line of durable, weather-resistant aluminum frames in a palette of 12 colors. www.pgtindustries.com

machinery & equipment
Glastar Makes New Cutting Fluid 
Glastar Corp. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing a new fluid that is designed to extend the life of any glass cutting machine. Glastar’s cutting fluid is non-petroleum and water-soluable, and also has no unpleasant odor and comes in an easy-to-use tube with a recloseable applicator tip. www.glastar.com

Brecoflex Covers All
The strength and flex characteristics and compact design of BRECOflex timing belts from Eatontown, N.J.-based BRECOflex Co. LLC provide reliability and long service life expectancy, according to the company. The Kevlar®-reinforced polyurethane timing belts are available with belt backing in a variety of cover materials with different thickness, hardness, density and coefficient of friction. The flexible and wear-resistant polyurethane structure provides optimum tooth shear strength and load capacity. Steel or Kevlar® tension members offer strength capabilities as a result of high-grade tension members with balanced strength/flex characteristics. www.brecoflex.com

Special-Lite Creates Aluminum Paint Colors, Offers Lifetime Door Warranty
Special-Lite Inc. in Decatur, Mich., has developed six standard acrylic modified polyester (AMP) wood stain colors with a complementary Kyanr® paint for anodized aluminum surfaces. Special-Lite says its AMP products have the warm, rich look of natural wood doors and panels without the disadvantages of wood. 

The stain colors coordinate with each other and can be specified on Special-Lite’s panels and framing products to achieve a “matched” look. 

In addition, the company offers a limited lifetime warranty on its flush door models that covers its entire line of doors, framing and panels. The new warranty covers failure of corner joinery, core deterioration and delamination and bubbling of door skin. Flush doors still in use in their specified application and original installation are covered under the limited lifetime warranty. www.special-lite.com

aluminum panels
Alucobond Delivers Colors Inspired by Nature
Alcan Composites USA Inc. in Mooresville, N.C., has developed a new color finishing system for Alucobond aluminum composite materials, called Alucobond® Spectra Colors. The finishing system will allow architects to incorporate a unique, ever-changing color spectrum in the cladding of sophisticated building designs. Alucobond Spectra Colors change colors as different wavelengths of light are reflected back to the viewer, depending on the viewing angle. The Spectra color line celebrates the natural color shifts that occur in materials found in everyday life, from the color contrasts of nature, to the glowing sheen in modern metals, to the color shift found in today’s luxury goods. The color line includes ocean, amazon, autumn, antique, red brass, cupral, sakura, jewel and sunset. www.alucobond.cominterlayers

Vibrancy Shows in Dupont Interlayer Line
Dupont Glass Laminating Solutions in Wilmington, Del., has launched Butacite® G special color PVB interlayers with subtle highlights and vibrant tones. Dupont says the interlayers enhance design possibilities for architects, while maintaining the benefits of safety, sound reduction, solar energy control, UV control, durability and design versatility. The interlayers come in ten colors and two styles, classic and discrete. The classic interlayers are highly transparent, while the discrete line has a soft or more translucent look and feel. The Butacite G special color interlayers can be used in commercial structures for interiors, railing, bathrooms, office partitions, floors and stairs. www.dupont.com/safetyglass

free literature
Graham Goes Virtual 
Graham Architectural Products in York, Pa., has launched a one-click computer-based product information system called virtual production information (VPI). Graham customers, architects and specifiers will be issued a proprietary VPI credit-card-size CD that will serve as a one-click electronic gateway to all of the company’s fenestration products and accessories.

VPI product information is cross-referenced in the new printed product catalog, as well. www.grahamwindows.com

CRL Offers New Catalog
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced three new specialty catalogs: the Hospitality and Service Hardware Catalog (HS07), the Architectural Hardware Catalog (AH07) and the Door Controls Catalog (DC07).

In these three catalogs customers can find an extensive selection of architectural hardware and specialty items. All three can be used as stand-alone catalogs or in conjunction with the company’s Master Catalogs and web-based services. www.crlaurence.com 

TGP Ready for Its Close-Up 
A free educational video from Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Kirkland, Wash., explores the benefits of daylighting and the challenges such as glare and heat gain/loss that must be addressed when working with natural light. The 20-minute video, A Bright Future: Daylighting for Tomorrow’s Buildings, is available at no charge to architects, designers, specifiers and glass industry professionals. It will be used as part of a free, American Institute of Architects (AIA)-registered presentation. 

For industry professionals interested in learning more about appropriate applications for fire-rated glazing, TGP also provides a video titled Burning Issues: Understanding Today’s Fire-Rated Glass and Framing. It also is part of an AIA-registered presentation. www.tgpamerica.com 

GANA Details Bullet-Resistant Glazing 
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) protective glazing committee has released a new informational bulletin called Bullet Resistant Glazing GANA PGC 01-0707. The bulletin includes ballistic test standards, test reports and certification programs. The bulletin can be downloaded free of charge from GANA’s website. www.glasswebsite.com

New Window, Door and Skylight Market Study Available
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released the 2006 “U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast.” The study provides annual tracking of industry sales by window and door manufacturers as well as the materials used for the commercial and residential markets. The report provides an update on construction activity, skylights and insulating glass statistics, as well as nonresidential data by building type and application. www.aamanet.org  www.wdma.com

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