Volume 43, Issue 8 - August 2008


fire-rated glazing
A Clear Choice for Fire-Rated Glazing

As codes have become more stringent, architects, specifiers and building owners are looking for cost-effective firerated glazing. FireLite® ceramic glass from Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Kirkland, Wash., is one “clear” choice for corridors, lobbies, sidelites and other highly visible fire-rated locations.

FireLite is fire-rated for up to 90 minutes and passes the required hose stream test. It is 3⁄16 inches thick, available in large sizes and can be installed in standard fire-rated frames. It is listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc.® www.fireglass.com

Keralite Products
Grow in Size

As many architects and building owners seek to maximize interior glazing elements in their designs, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain in Auburn, Wash., now is offering its Keralite® FR-R and Keralite ® FR-F fire-rated glass-ceramic in larger sizes. The new 46- by 78-inch sheets join the company’s current offering, which is 30 by 60 inches in size.

Keralite FR-R is a wireless, fire-rated glass-ceramic used in fire-rated locations such as transoms and borrowed lites. Keralite FR-F is a wireless, firerated glass-ceramic with surface applied safety film for high impact safety (CPSC Category II). It is designed for use in locations where accidental human impact safety ratings are required, such as doors, transoms and borrowed lites. www.vetrotech.com

Horton Introduces
Three New Smoke-rated ICU/CCU Packages

Horton Automatics in Corpus Christi, Texas, a manufacturer of automatic entrance systems, has obtained approval for three smoke-rated packages that feature a unique fire-rated panel and magnet-actuated sandwiched miniblind glass. The company’s single slide package, up to 9 feet wide; single swing packages, up to 48 inches; and equal and unequal swing pairs, up to 48 inches for each panel, add to the company’s ICU/CCU offering, which also includes telescoping and P-X or X-P smoke-rated packages. www.hortondoors.com

Kawneer Updates

LEED Planning Tool Kawneer Co. Inc. in Norcross, Ga., has released the latest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) planning tool. Designed for use with the LEED Green Building Rating System, the tool provides the most current and accurate information, more precise product recommendations and is more closely aligned with LEED for New Construction Version 2.2, the company reports. www.kawneer.com

Get it All Through Allglas™

With six hardware options and a single source of contact from initial design through installation, the new Allglas™ interior officefront system from DORMA Glas in Millersville, Md., offers architects and interior designers a streamlined way to create modern frameless glass interior officefronts.

According to the company, this system maximizes the amount of glass while minimizing framing and hardware, and is the first fully integrated system in the interior glass industry. The Allglas system delivers a glass-dominated interior, including design assistance, tempered glass panels and hardware, turnkey installation and ongoing maintenance. www.dorma-usa.com

GANA Releases 20th Glass
Informational Bulletin, Plans Print Release

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released its 20th glass informational bulletin (GIB), a series of educational documents available to the industry as a free download on its website. Guidelines for Handling and Cleaning Decorative Glass provides information on transportation, cutting and other types of further fabrication.

In addition, GANA will release the GANA Glass Informational Bulletins Volume One print document for sale on its website soon. The document will be a professionally printed and bound compendium of the first 20 bulletins released by the organization.

GANA’s Tempering Division has released the 2008 edition of its Engineering Standards Manual. The manual is designed to assist manufacturers/fabricators, engineers, architects, architectural specifiers, consumers and users of heattreated glass. It includes current technology and standards for heat-strengthened and fully tempered glass products. www.glasswebsite.com

material handling
Arlington Equipment Gets a Move On Mobile ergonomic handlers (MEH) products from Arlington Equipment are designed specifically to pick up, place and install glass up to 2,000 pounds. According to the company, the MEH combines the micro-motion handling precision of industrial robots with the ruggedness and flexibility of construction site-bred equipment. The patent protected manipulator system provides up to 16 directions of powered movement to enable seamless handling and precision installation procedures. The vacuum lift frame is adjustable to fit all glass units regardless of frame patterns and depths. All MEHs are built to order. www.gotoartech.com

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