Volume 46, Issue 3 - April 2011


doors and windows
Bavarian Polymers Provides European Options
The Bavaria 9000 Series from Bavarian Polymers USA Inc. in Dickson, Tenn., is a European style commercial door and window system with high thermal and sound insulation performance. A large variety of style and design options can be achieved with a minimum amount of vinyl profile.

Galvanized steel reinforcements suit heavy design wind loads and ensure maximum strength. AAMA certification ensures long life and maintenance free products. All of the company’s white and beige profiles feature a smooth and glossy surface. Laminates in a variety of wood grains and colors are available.

New SUNFLEX Slider is Lightweight and High Performing

SUNFLEX Wall Systems in Bonita Springs, Fla., is introducing the SF 50/55 folding sliding door system. The lightweight sliding door system has been tested for air leakage, water resistance, structural performance as well as forced entry resistance, and has achieved a design pressure of +/- 60 psf (for in-swing and out-swing units) with a construction depth of 2 3/16 inches.

The company reports that thermal performance test results for the SF 55 system are in accordance with the NFRC 100/200/500. With a U-factor of 0.29 Btu/h·ft²·F with triple glazing, the product complies with Energy Star requirements.
The sliding door is offered in panel dimensions of up to 4 feet wide and 12 feet high.

bath enclosures
Foremost Launches Shower Enclosures Division
Foremost Groups in East Hanover, N.J., is introducing Foremost Shower Enclosures, a complete line of shower and tub doors. The manufacturer says it offers every type of door from the luxury of frameless heavy glass to the basic framed tub and shower door.

Collections include:

• The Marina Collection - frameless heavy glass doors;
• The Cove Collection - frameless doors;
• The Lagoon Collection - semi-frameless doors; and
• The Tides Collection - framed doors.

In addition to rich finishes and elegant handles and towel bars, stylized glass is available to make a customer’s new bath enclosure unique and

GANA, IGMA Joint Webinar Now Available
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) announced that their webinar titled Fatalities and Injuries During Flat Glass Handling is now available to view on each organization’s website. The webinar, which looks at the tragic results from the mishandling of flat glass in a manufacturing or fabrication facility, drew 718 viewers to its live presentation on March 9.

The webinar was presented by Mike Burk, manager of workplace, learning and performance with Edgetech I.G. Burk spent several months studying accident reports and putting together a presentation that highlights how simple complacency can result in a tragic event.

“The industry definitely showed up to the live presentation, a clear indication of how important this subject matter is,” says Marg Webb, executive director of IGMA.

“Many of our attendees had great questions,” adds Brian Pitman, GANA director of marketing and communications. “Several even broadcast the webinar in conference rooms and cafeterias so that their employees would have a chance to learn from it.”
www.glasswebsite.com, www.igmaonline.org

machinery and equipment
EnduroShield and Lisec Introduce Automated Glass Coating
EnduroShield and Lisec have introduced a method of adding glass protection to the automated manufacturing line. Utilizing nanotechnology to achieve a durable protective coating, the EnduroShield clear liquid coating is sprayed onto the glass to reduce cleaning time and maintenance. Lisec has developed a fully automatic coating machine that can efficiently apply the
EnduroShield product. This machine can be integrated into existing manufacturing lines and is available in three different configurations depending on requirements. The EnduroShield coating is provided with a 10 year limited warranty and does not require the use of specialist aftercare products to maintain performance.

EnduroShield reports that its coating is suitable for glass surfaces including insulating glass units, curtainwalls, glass railings, shower doors and solar panels. The coating is designed to provide the end-user with savings on long term maintenance and reduce the need for commercial properties to undertake glass restoration projects.

New GIESSE Handle Has Three Operations in One
GIESSE North America in Blountville, Tenn., designed the OS Operator specifically for use on out-swing windows in the North American market.

Designed to improve both window performance and aesthetics, the new OS Operator combines three operations into one piece of hardware. One turn of the handle deactivates multiple locking points, pushes the vent open and limits the opening distance. Because the handle is mounted on the window frame, standard flat screens can be used.

The patented OS Operator has passed cycled testing at more than 15,000 cycles for both awning and casement windows at standard AAMA gateway sizes. It is available in several configurations to meet varying size and performance requirements.

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AkzoNobel Extrusion Coatings has eliminated the use of lead compounds from all paint brand formulations including TRINAR®, ALUM-A-STAR®, and ACRA-BOND® ULTRA. This also includes products such as the reformulated high-solids POLYDURE® E, and the newly introduced CERAM-A-STAR® EXtreme for fiberglass applications.

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