Volume 46, Issue 6 - July 2011


impact glazing
Winco Windows Resist Tornado Damage

With tornado incidents on the rise, a new generation of heavy commercial aluminum windows and doors offers a higher degree of protection from wind damage. For example, the 164 tornado-rated windows in the Pinellas County Emergency Response and Control Center, engineered and manufactured by Winco Window Co. in St. Louis, achieve a level of protection from extreme velocity storms approaching 195 mph. The windows are modified Series 3350 fixed units, with an average size of 4 by 3 feet. The insulating glass system consists of green-tinted low-E laminated heat-strengthened glass with a polycarbonate interior panel.

All of the company’s tornado impact windows are made with reinforced aluminum frames and feature laminated interlayer and polycarbonate sheets. In addition to protection, they also provide protection from noise, wind and water infiltration, as well as energy-saving thermal ratings of 0.35 U-value or better. Operating models also are available.

metal products
Extruded Aluminum Adds More Than Class to Classical Building Portals
With its new Designer Series, the Perimeter Systems division of Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc. has introduced a modular extruded aluminum pediment, entablature and column system, as an addition to its Designer Series Cornice line.

The systems are delivered to the site ready-to-install. The lightweight pediments and entablatures feature a system of concealed gussets and wall plates that allow an installer to simply align, hang and bolt the unit into existing building structure. No special knowledge, trades or heavy framing are required.

The manufacturer says its pre-built components are targeted to help architects, design-builders, glazing and metalworking contractors expand their job opportunities for commercial and high-end residential work in both renovation and new construction projects.

doors and windows
Optimum FLEXes Door and Window Options
The FLEX™ door and window system from Optimum Window in Ellenville, N.Y., includes three different series: the Flex C55 non-thermally broken system, the Flex OS2 narrow style thermally broken system and the Flex EBE medium style thermally broken system. Each of these series can be produced in cold rolled steel, stainless steel, Cor-Ten steel and architectural bronze. According to information from the company, through the properties of their respective materials, structural strength and a variety of finishes, designers can use these four materials to resolve almost any type of project.

The frames are made from cold-rolled steel and allow for glazing up to 1 ½-inch.

SAFTI FIRST in San Francisco has released the mySAFTI app, an interactive design tool that takes the guesswork out of choosing the correct fire-rated glass product. Architects, specifiers and glazing professionals can use their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to make their selection based on fire rating or application. In addition, the mySAFTI app allows users to view product data, size charts, save favorites and request information via e-mail. For additional design inspiration, users can browse the project gallery to view photos of projects across the country including the company’s products.
The mySAFTI app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or through iTunes.

handling and transportation
JLG Launches 150-Foot Boom Lift
JLG Industries Inc. in McConnellsburg, Pa., an Oshkosh Corp. company, has added a new model to the JLG line of Ultra Series boom lifts. The 1500SJ is a 150-foot telescopic boom lift that delivers work envelope flexibility and tremendous reach at elevated heights.

The 1500SJ is the first boom lift that elevates operators 150 feet requiring only a weight permit. It includes a telescopic jib that extends up to 25 feet for additional vertical and horizontal reach. In addition, the 1500SJ delivers terrainability and access to more work.

Standard steel hoods provide improved durability, reduced cost of ownership and greater long-term value. In addition, operators receive key information with new graphic LCD displays in the platform to further increase ease of operation. As with all Ultra Booms, the 1500SJ delivers dual 1,000/500 pound capacity, three steering modes and advanced systems to assist in safely positioning the platform.

glass walls
Panda Windows & Doors Launches Frameless Sliding/Stacking Glass Wall System
Panda Windows & Doors in Las Vegas has introduced the new S.91 frameless sliding/stacking glass wall system. The glass partition system features individual glass panels that operate along a single aluminum track system to provide a seamless appearance for several large opening applications.

Glazing options are available in both 3/8- and ½-inch thicknesses. The appearance options include privacy glass, laminated and tinted in virtually any color or shade available. Aluminum top and bottom frame supports are available in a variety of finishes; custom color matching is a standard option and textured or wood grain finish options also are available. Configuration options include radius curves, angles in 90 or 45 degree, and combinations of both.

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