Volume 47, Issue 2 - February 2012


New Retailer Kit Highlights Clarvista
PPG Industries has introduced a sample kit for shower glass retailers and kitchen and bath designers to demonstrate the clarity and durability of Clarvista shower glass compared to conventional uncoated shower glass.

The kits show a single pane of shower glass after exposure to 1,000 continuous hours of 140 degree Fahrenheit and 95 percent relative humidity. The uncoated half of the shower glass displays extensive corrosion. The half made with Clarvista glass maintains its original clear appearance and shows no signs of corrosion.

Clarvista shower glass is made with a proprietary coating that seals the glass surface, making it more resistant to corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and chemicals in household cleaning products.

Guardian Debuts SunGuard SNR 43
Guardian has introduced SunGuard SNR 43, a new glass coating for commercial applications that offers a high light to solar gain ratio and low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC).

SNR 43 joins the manufacturer’s other SunGuard advanced architectural glass products that improve energy performance and help projects achieve LEED qualifications. It features a visible light transmission of 43 percent and excellent solar control; its SHGC is just 0.23 on clear float glass.

The coating lets in plenty of light and the low SHGC meets the latest energy code standards. SNR 43 is available on five float glass substrates: Clear, UltraWhite low-iron, CrystalGray, Green and TwilightGreen.

fire-rated glass
McGrory Expands FireLite Offerings
McGrory Glass has expanded its East Coast cutting and shipping services to handle the full line of FireLite fire-rated materials. These products include FireLite, FireLite NT and FireLite Plus. McGrory has been an authorized distributor for Technical Glass Products for the last 10 years. Company representatives report that their extensive inventory of the full range of FireLite materials enable them to produce cut and labeled FireLite glass in a matter of a few days.

on display
Quanex to Display at China Glass
At China Glass, attendees will have an opportunity to speak with experts from Edgetech and Truseal, divisions of Quanex Building Products, to learn more about automated equipment options and ease-of-use in the insulating glass manufacturing process, even when working with complex shapes or curved glass. The company offers single and dual seal spacer options for both commercial and residential applications.

Super Spacer TriSeal is a flexible, silicone foam, warm-edge spacer designed to satisfy the toughest commercial glazing demands, including silicone structural glazing.

Additionally, Edgetech is a global representative for Sparklike Ltd. of Finland and will feature its technologies at its booth.

SynergX Prepares China Glass Inspection Offerings
SynergX will display its Glass Scan Series of automated inspection products for glass processing. The Glass Scan Series regroup in-line inspection and measurement systems specifically designed and built to optimize the glass fabrication processes. In addition, the company will officially launch its new system, DIMX, a new in-line metrology system permitting complete dimensional measurement of glass with an accuracy of 100 microns. Combined with the company’s grinding edge inspection system, DIMX is a solution for glass processors to control in real time their curing and grinding processes.

Curbell Authorized as SentryGlas Supplier
Curbell Plastics Inc. is now authorized by DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions as a SentryGlas Quick Ship supplier for North America.

SentryGlas, a structural interlayer manufactured by DuPont, is stronger and more rigid than conventional laminating materials, and allows glass to serve as a more active structural element in minimally supported glass applications, such as façades, canopies and railings.

The Quick Ship program was designed to get common sizes and material configurations to customers more efficiently. At present, Curbell will offer 60 and 90 mil SentryGlas interlayer sheets, cut to size, in rectangular sizes up to 72 by 120 inches.

BEA Electric Strikes Increase Access Control
BEA’s new line of electric strikes for secure doors was designed to improve user control over granting access permissions. The Rim Exit, No Cut and Universal Cylindrical strikes are designed to work in a wide variety of applications, allowing remote operation of the door’s locking latch.

The Rim Exit surface mounted electric strike eliminates door frame cutting and is compatible with most doors using major rim exit devices. The No Cut cylindrical strike fits into a standard ANSI door frame, and works with all cylindrical lock brands with a ½-inch latch projection. The Universal Cylindrical strike is an all-in-one kit that includes the three most commonly used modular face plates for hollow metal, aluminum and wooden door frame types.

BEA’s electric strikes are designed to promote even load distribution in the event of a forced entry. Each model is UL/ULC listed for up to 1,500 pounds of static strength and includes a reinforced housing to eliminate twisting in case of imperfect door frames.

personal protective equipment
Get a Grip with Marless Gloves
Marless gloves from Banom are designed for use in handling raw glass panels that will later be coated with other materials. A special palm coating resists leaving any trace elements on sheet glass that could later cause a defect when low-E or mirrored coatings are applied. According to the manufacturer, the gloves’ tacky grip provides positive surface contact in order to keep glass edges from moving during the handling process. The MaxPly Dyneema fabric provides cut-resistance and makes these gloves cool and comfortable to wear.

Intertex Keeps Protection Comfortable
In partnership with textile manufacturer Norfab Corp., Intertex Textiles Inc. is offering new lightweight Kevlar/Aramid fabrics in its apparel lineup, meeting ASTM cut level ratings up to level 4. The Cut Pro fabrics have been engineered with very fine stainless wire inserted into the Kevlar fabric weave, which dramatically increases the cut level, as well as the puncture and abrasion resistance, according to the manufacturer. These new lightweight fabrics represent a shift away from the traditional heavier metal eyeleted garments, while still offering high levels of cut resistance and increased comfort.

PPSS Helps Reduce Injury Risks
PPSS Group provides cut-resistant clothing for flat glass, sheet metal and other industries, using 100 percent Cut-Tex PRO, a high performance cut-resistant fabric developed by the company. Cut-Tex PRO is manufactured at a ISO 9001:2008 quality standard certified plant in the UK. Cut-Tex PRO can effectively reduce the risk of cut related injuries at work.

material handling
A Hero in Glass Transportation
MyGlassTruck.com has released the Hero, an enclosed glass carrier truck body that’s available in 12-, 14- and 16-foot lengths. Engineered for maximum strength and minimal weight, company representatives say the Hero offers better fuel economy and more payload capacity than bodies constructed of heavier materials riding on the same chassis. Its efficient design utilizes T6 aluminum glass racks as part of a robust frame that supports the body’s .060 aluminum wall panels.

As standard equipment, each side of the Hero body features full glass rack coverage and floor-to-ceiling racks can be installed into both sides of the interior. A translucent roof lets the light in for visibility during loading and the floor has a non-slip surface for traction. The body utilizes a full LED lighting system with sealed wire harnesses and reflective tape around the bottom ledge. Easily removable skirts provide access to the rear wheels for tire changes and maintenance. Lockable, double rear doors with anti-rack hardware offer a wide opening to load through and the cargo bay may be accessed via a rear step-bumper and two stainless steel fold-down steps and/or an optional roll-out walk ramp that self-stores beneath the floor.

Wood’s Powr-Grip Adds Purpose with New Lifter
The MRTALPR4 series vacuum lifters from Wood’s Powr-Grip feature flexible vacuum pads, movable pad mounts and adjustable T-arms to accommodate a wide variety of glass and metal panel sizes and contours.

The lifters are available in two basic configurations. FS625DC comes outfitted with four oval pads to enable use on architectural panels with regularly spaced ridges or curtainwall sections with mullions or similar obstructions. HV11FDC sports four round pads equipped for lifting flat materials such as low-relief metal panels, glass and stone.

The vacuum lifters come standard with a high-flow pump and vacuum blow-off for rapid attachment and controlled, hands-free release. The dual vacuum system prevents load damage and injury by maintaining vacuum in one circuit even if the other were to experience a leak. An adjustable-position lift spool provides three different lift points to optimize the lifters’ hang angle, making repetitive material placement quick and easy.

louvers and sunshades
Kawneer Adds Versatility to Versoleil SunShades
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business, has expanded its Versoleil SunShade platform. First introduced in a single blade system for curtainwall, Versoleil options now include outrigger for curtainwall and storefront, as well as single blade for storefront.

Pre-engineered for multiple curtainwall and storefront systems, the sunshades incorporate easily into any building envelope. Engineering of common parts and pieces allows for easy fabrication and installation while a uniform attachment approach allows customers to quickly gain familiarity with installation practices regardless of system.

New BIM Models Available from Major Industries
Major Industries has released BIM product models for its Guardian 275 line of translucent panel skylights and wall systems. The product models feature small file sizes. The models are currently available for download from the BIM page on Major Industries’ website.

BIM content is available for all of the company’s most common skylight configurations, as well as both window and curtainwall options to accommodate a wider range of users.

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