Volume 46, Issue 9 - October 2011


doors and windows
Kawneer Expands Hurricane-Impact Resistant Offering
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business in Norcross, Ga., reports that new configurations of its 8400TL IsoLock® horizontal sliding window and AA®3350 IsoPort™ single-hung window have been tested successfully for hurricane-impact resistance according to the standards set forth in the Florida Building Code and ASTM impact and cycle protocols and test standards.

The 8400TL IsoLock® horizontal sliding window offers security in a 4-inch-deep frame. Suitable for heavy-duty applications, the window is performance tested for large and small missile impact (Zone 4, Level D) and has been tested to meet a design pressure of 90 psf.

The AA®3350 IsoPort™ single-hung window is available with a 3 ½-inch frame depth and utilizes a polyamide thermal break for strong thermal performance. Also performance tested for large and small missile impact (Zone 3, Level D), it has been tested to meet a design pressure of 50 psf.

shower doors
CRL Shower Features Clarvista Glass by PPG
C.R. Laurence Co. in Los Angeles has unveiled a new shower door display featuring Clarvista™ glass by PPG Industries of Pittsburgh.

The manufacturer says the Clarvista glass for shower doors and bath enclosures, with regular maintenance, looks new longer than other shower glass products. The glass is made with a coating that seals the glass surface, enabling it to resist corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and household cleaning products. Clarvista glass is available with Starphire ultra-clear or conventional clear glass.


Pilkington’s New Products Shine
Toledo, Ohio-based Pilkington has introduced a new line of gold tinted solar control glass products: Eclipse™ Gold and Eclipse™
Sunset Gold. The new products balance good daylight transmittance with solar and glare control.

Eclipse™ Gold and Eclipse™ Sunset Gold can be used for exterior or interior glazing applications. With its good daylight transmittance, the manufacturer says the Eclipse™ Gold family enhances visual performance and lowers artificial lighting requirements. They can be combined with Pilkington Energy Advantage™ to improve U-Factor and further reduce solar heat gain.

Viracon to Decrease Frequency of Least Requested Coatings
Viracon in Owatonna, Minn., is decreasing the frequency of its least requested current coating runs. The most requested coatings, such as the VUE, VE, VRE, and VNE coating lines, will continue to run on a weekly basis. Effective January 1, 2012, the company’s less requested coatings will begin running on a quarterly or annual basis.

“Viracon is known for offering the widest range of choices for architects and that will still clearly be the case,” says Kelly Schuller, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “However, 95 percent of our production is concentrated on a reasonably short list of coatings … While we will continue to support replacements for any Viracon-originated coating over our 40-plus year history, our oldest coatings will only be available at predefined times during the year. This will free up more coating capacity for new product development.”

In addition to changing the frequency of some Viracon coating runs, the company will also discontinue its Guardian replacement glass coatings program, and will make a final run of the coatings in the fourth quarter of 2011 to address any remaining customer needs.

metal products
Airolite Releases Finishes and Colors Brochure
In the updated 4-page brochure from Airolite Co. in Schofield, Wis., customers can find details on the standard coatings and finishes available for application to its architectural louvers, grilles, screens and sun controls. Color chips for acrylic enamel, standard fluoropolymer and pearlescent mica fluoropolymer coatings are featured.

New to the brochure are references to the solar reflectivity index values for each color selection. These values help determine the reflectance index for architectural shading devices used to reduce heat islands as defined under LEED Sustainable Sites Credit 7.1—Heat Island Effect—Nonroof.


SEFAR® Offers A Vision in Glass
SEFAR® Architecture in Depew, N.Y., has debuted Vision, a metal-coated precision fabric interlayer that can be laminated within glass to create unique designs in exterior glass facades, windows and interior partition wall systems.

Vision utilizes metal-coated fabrics with various apertures to create depth and a reflective quality without overwhelming glare. On exterior facades, the fabrics deliver brilliant light refraction and add unique dimension, without impeding views from the building interior. The end result is an often iridescent glass façade in a variety of rich color tones.

With a material density of up to 27 threads per centimeter, Vision’s metal coatings deliver significantly more facets for light reflection and interaction with its environment than any other interlayer or metal mesh product. Vision fabrics are printable with UV-stabilized inks to produce Pantone colors, patterns and other design effects. The range of materials can be single- or double-sided to produce the desired effect.

material handling
Beta Max Offers a Lift with Leo
Beta Max Inc. in Melbourne, Fla., offers its Leo Series of electric utility portable hoists. The Leo Series, which includes the Leo and the Leo XXL, offers glazing contractors a number of speed settings that make lifting delicate materials easier and safer.

All Leo hoists are equipped with a push button pendant and upper limit switch assembly, enabling secure and easy up and down movement that instantly stops when the upper limit switch is activated. The heavy-duty Leo XXL can accommodate a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds and can travel up to 400 feet. The hoist is available in two models, a standard drum holding 220 feet of cable or an extra long drum that allows for 400 feet of operational lifting height.

entrance systems
YKK’s 35H Adds Options
The Model 35H entrance system from YKK AP America in Austell, Ga., has been enhanced with additional high-performance glazing options. The durable hurricane-impact and blast mitigation entrance system is now able to accept 1-inch laminated insulating glass.

The upgraded Model 35H entrance system received Florida Statewide Product Approval. It now provides a redesigned glazing pocket, as well as wet and dry glaze options.When glazed with standard 1-inch insulating glass units with a center-of-glass U-factor of 0.29, the total system achieves a U-factor of 0.78.

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