storefront and curtainwall
A New Kind of Coral
The FrontLine Series FL550T thermally broken, impact-resistant storefront
system from Coral Architectural Products is a 21/2-inch by 5-inch center
glazed screw spline system for 15/16-inch insulating, laminated safety
glass. It is designed to incorporate the company’s high-performance sub-sill
flashing; Hydraulic CoraPunch or drill jig fabrication options are available,
as well. FL550T can be exterior or interior glazed and integrates with
FL500 door frames and HR281 or HR381 wet or dry glazed entrance systems.
According to the company, the system has been independently tested to
meet the high velocity hurricane zone requirements of Miami-Dade County,
Florida Building Code and the International Building Code. It has passed
TAS 201, 202, 203 testing protocols for both large and small missile applications,
and has also been tested with various glass options to meet the thermal,
structural and budgetary needs of different types of projects.
machinery and equipment
Definitely High Def Digital
Cefla Finishing Group has expanded its glass decoration with new, high-definition
digital printing processes with the Pixart line.
Using a high-resolution ink jet system, virtually any design which can
be digitized can be printed, and now, a newly-developed Cefla UV ceramic
ink chemistry will create a frit surface—after curing and tempering—that
the company says offers color depth, durability and scratch-resistance.
The UV-curing process also allows a faster production speed and output
than the evaporation or oven-based drying systems required with traditional
ceramic frit inks, according to the company.
Pixart can be applied to almost any type of flat glass that can be safely
subjected to the UV curing process. The machine is available in North
America through Salem Distributing.
Sharp as an Arrow
The Tecglass Vitrojet digital printers are available in North America
through Arrow Systems Inc. The printers contain eight color ceramic inkjet
heads: six regular, red, blue, green, yellow, white and black, and two
optional channels for special effects. The optional colors include pure
magenta, platinum, anti-skid, Pantone/RAL, frosted/acid etch, among others.
According to the companies this equipment is suitable for all indoor and
outdoor applications and large-scale architectural projects. The line
prints on glass from widths of 63 inches to 130 inches wide and up to
40 feet in length, with a print resolution of 1440 by 720 dpi and print
speeds up to 900 square feet/hour.
The Vitrojet is available in two models, the CR and MT. The MT has a moving
table to carry the glass for the entire process, while the CR has a suction
cup technology to lift and transport the glass. According to the companies,
the printers have a patented ink recirculation system at the nozzle level,
designed to save users time as the nozzles are always ready to fire.
Tempering after printing will cure the ceramic ink, baking it in as a
part of the glass.
An Ideal Combination
Transparent, solar control, low-E glasses are elevated to new levels of
clarity and solar control with Solarban 67 glass by PPG, according to
Engineered with a proprietary double-silver, magnetron-sputtered vacuum
deposition (MSVD) coating, Solarban 67 glass offers a vibrant, neutral
appearance. Clear glass is standard, but it can also be specified with
blue, green and earth-toned on the second or third surface of an insulating
An Innovative Switch
Innovative Glass Corp. is promoting its liquid crystal switchable privacy
glass, also known as LC Privacy Glass, or eGlass®, which can be used in
a variety of applications including doors for intensive care unit (ICU)
applications. The laminated glass has an electrified film imbedded within
the glass and switches from clear to frosted white at the touch of a button.
In the unpowered, default state, the glass is completely obscure, providing
what the company says is 100 percent privacy from both sides while still
allowing light to pass through. When electricity is provided, the molecules
in the film reorient and the glass becomes clear.
LC Privacy Glass has no moving parts, and the lamination makes it virtually
soundproof, according to the company.
This glass can be installed in fixed walls, partitions and sliding walls,
as well as in swinging and sliding/breakaway doors found in ICUs and emergency
rooms, among other types of projects. Wiring methods range from simple
door loops to electrified hinges, or sophisticated and proprietary power
transfer systems for the sliding/breakaway doors.
The company adds that the glass can be controlled via a wall switch, motion
detector, remote control or from a nurse’s station. In the event of a
power failure, the glass always defaults to the private state. www.innovativeglasscorp.com
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