Volume 46, Issue 8 - September 2011


EnduroShield Coating Awarded TÜV Certification

PCT Global LLC in Santa Barbara, Calif., has announced that its EnduroShield protective coating has been awarded certification from TÜV Rheinland Germany, a global independent test provider, for durability and easy-to-clean functionality. The durability test was carried out to simulate a 10-year lifetime on interior and exterior use. The product has passed extensive testing carried out by TÜV Rheinland Group, including safety and quality testing.

Utilizing nanotechnology to achieve a durable protective coating, EnduroShield is a clear liquid that is sprayed on glass using either a hand held spray gun or automated machine. The coating is suitable for glass surfaces such as shower doors, insulating glass units, curtainwall, glass railings and solar panels. The EnduroShield coating is provided with a 10 year limited warranty and
does not require the use of specialist aftercare products to maintain performance.

Azon Shares Samples of MLP™ System

The MLP™ total design system, or mechanical lock profile, is the newest concept from the AZO/Tec® design team at Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Azon. The company’s new MLP™ sample kit features a concealed and encapsulated mechanical lock in an unfilled frame and a completed sample with the pour and debridge method. The MLP™ has the highest shear of all thermal barrier systems for aluminum architectural products and is designed with a high temperature-resistant polyurethane polymer formulation and a wide cavity to improve thermal performance with a lower U-factor in most fenestration products.

window film

Johnson Window Films Introduces Efilm Energy Analysis

Johnson Window Films is now offering its dealers the opportunity to create building energy analysis reports designed to provide an accurate window film energy analysis for bids on commercial and residential projects. The Efilm analysis program is a
Windows-based software tool designed to analyze energy use of fenestration systems with and without window film and the cost-effectiveness of different options in typical commercial and residential buildings.

The Efilm computer program is based on the EnergyPlus simulation engine, developed under funding of the Department of Energy (DOE). EnergyPlus incorporates features of DOE 2.1E and BLAST and also is enhanced with the use of the latest programming. This program is a free tool available to all Johnson Window Films dealers.

Pilkington Spotlights Spacia™ Vacuum Glass

Spacia™ vacuum glazing from Pilkington North America Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, offers the thermal performance of conventional double glazing in one-quarter of the thickness and two-thirds the weight.

Spacia™ seals low-E glass with clear float glass with a thin vacuum layer. Its slim profile allows for the use of existing frames in older buildings.

Spacia™ differs from conventional IG in that the air between the two lites of glass is extracted, creating a vacuum. Even a small vacuum gap is much more efficient at minimizing conduction and convection heat losses, so the gap between the two lites can be reduced to just 0.2-mm, giving an overall thickness of just over 6-mm.

translucent panels
Clima-Tite Takes Thermal Performance to a New Level

Major Industries Inc. in Wausau, Wis., has introduced the Clima-Tite™ daylighting system.

The manufacturer says that the Clima-Tite™ features the same built-in water management as its standard Guardian 275® translucent panel daylighting systems, including integral gutters and weeps, but replaces the aluminum structure with pultruded fiberglass. This allows for improved U-factors and improved condensation resistance factor (CRF) numbers versus aluminum-based systems.

Clima-Tite™ systems also offer a snap-to-lock installation feature that saves labor costs and eliminates the need for visible fasteners. Clima-Tite™ features Ultimate Series™ FRP face sheet technology for weathering performance, plus color retention and an erosion veil for extreme environments.

doors and windows

AGC, Northern Building Products Aim for Super Energy-Efficiency

AGC Flat Glass North America (AGC) in Alpharetta, Ga., and Northern Building Products Inc. in Teterboro, N.J., are commemorating their 28th anniversary of doing business together by joining forces and bringing to market energy-efficient aluminum doors and windows. Northern now offers AGC’s U4 - 4th Surface Technology™, which will enable Northern products to provide up to a 20-percent improvement in energy conservation. The U4 coating is baked into the glass while it’s still in its molten state.

New Jig Drills for Curtainwall Mullions

The RyLee Jig from Fenestration Tooling Inc. in Hot Springs, Ark., is a portable drill jig that can handle multiple types of hand drills. Originally designed to erect curtainwall, the RyLee Jig can be used in any application that needs a mobile adjustable drill jig.

The self-clamping bar clamp makes it possible to clamp on a mullion from interior, exterior, above or below the anchor clips. A fully adjustable 360-degree rotating main shaft with a slide bar has enough travel to pass through a mullion, reinforcement and both anchor plates with one easy pass. The tool provides the user with control over the drilling process while reducing erection field time, fatigue and possible injury due to drill kickback.


Access Door Offers New Panic Device

Access Door in Keokuk, Iowa, has introduced its new AD100 mechanical panic device for all-glass and framed doors. Its mechanical panic feature complements the company’s Smart Touch and Smart Grip line of access control and egress devices.
Both the Smart Touch and AD100 mechanical panic can accommodate taller doors and are available in most architectural finishes.

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