Volume 49, Issue 4 - April 2014


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 the company.

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 glass unit.

switchable glazing

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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