Always Have Hope
Hope’s Windows has introduced Thermal Evolution Technology for hot-rolled,
solid steel windows to meet stringent energy efficiency standards with
improved U-factors and condensation resistance, the company says. The
new technology, patented for operable windows and patent pending for fixed
windows, uses fiberglass reinforced polymer liners that are structurally
bonded to fully-welded, hot-rolled, solid steel profiles.
The company’s Landmark175 Series is the first product line to feature
the Thermal Evolution Technology. www.hopeswindows.com
Give ‘Em Some Privacy!
Madras® Nuvola, the newest product offered by Vitrealspecchi, is a satin
finish glass for both internal and external applications, providing screened
glass for a natural passage from the interior to exterior. Madras Nuvola
offers the opacity of a satin finish as well as transparency via a progressive
transition between finishes. It is rendered partially opaque by a satin
finish that is subtly graded until it disappears, leaving the rest of
the glass transparent. The part of the glass where the finish is most
opaque provides privacy. The treated surface is smooth to the touch and
is resistant to fingerprints and scratches. It is also easy to clean,
according to the company.
A Real Glass Ceiling
Glass ceilings are the latest debut from Quebec-based ThinkGlass. Created
by glass master Michel Mailhot, applications have included a water-like
ceiling made of glass for the architects at MLS & Associates, who wanted
the feeling of being under water for a reception area. The glass for the
ceiling was thermofused over a hand-made texture called Granula, one of
the textures available at ThinkGlass.
Etc., Etc., Etc.
Miami-based Coverings ETC’s Bio-Glass in Topaz Blue, designed by Ofer
Mizrahi, is the latest color in the Bio-Glass collection. All of the colors
are 100 percent up-cycled and made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled
glass. No colorants, epoxies or resins are added during the manufacturing
Bio-Glass is stain- and scratch-resistant, which the company says makes
it ideal for kitchen countertops, backsplashes and wall coverings. It
is available in sheet sizes measuring 110 by 50 inches and ¾-inch thick,
and can be used for partitions, facades and other decorative surfaces.
Don’t Hem and Haw, Just Scrimshaw
With Scrimshaw, its newest glass product, Pulp Studio has taken the tradition
of scrimshaw etching and applied it to the surface of glass. Scrimshaw
can be custom fit and applied to wall partitioning, door lites, tabletops,
office dividers, storefronts, signage, furniture, handrails, skylights,
windows, light fixtures, wall panels and elevator cab paneling.
machinery and equipment
Status Earth, Father Time
Salem Flat Glass introduced the Status Earth Wheel, its latest generation
of cerium-based composition polishing wheels. The Status Earth Wheel was
designed to operate on automatic edging machines to cost-effectively produce
bright surface finishes on any thickness of glass. It is the combination
of a precision-grade cerium oxide and a unique bonding material that produces
a polishing wheel that successfully operates at low pressure and high
speeds. Status Earth Wheels are available mounted onto hubs to fit most
popular edgers, according to the company. www.salemdist.com
Wheel in the Grind Keep on Turning
A line of Type 27 cotton-fiber abrasive grinding and blending wheels is
available from Rex-Cut Abrasives of Fall River, Mass. Rex-Cut® Type 27
cotton fiber grinding wheels feature multiple layers of cotton fiber with
incorporated aluminum oxide abrasive grains, which are then pressed and
bonded together. They are made for blending and finishing aluminum in
one-step and, according to the company, eliminate the need for waxes and
lubricants. Sizes offered include 4-, 41/4-, 5-, 7-, and 9-inch diameters,
in 1/8-, 3/16-, and 1/4-inch thicknesses, with or without 5/8-11 throw
Protect Yourself A variety of personal protective gear items
are available from Tri-Star Glove, in Plainville, Ind. These include the
TSG 566 with Twaron® woven stainless steel fabric to prevent cuts and
punctures. The TSG 566 is a customized garment, designed to be reflective
with flame resistant trim, 360 degree neck protection and a one-piece
front to minimize snags.
The company also offers jackets, chaps, aprons and above-elbow sleeves,
capes, bibs and gloves specifically for the glass industry. According
to the company, all of its garments are flame-resistant and will never
burn, melt or drip.
If you’re headed to Shanghai in April for China Glass don’t
be surprised if you see a few familiar faces, as several companies with
U.S.-based operations will have a presence at the show. Here’s a look
at just some of who you can see.
CRL Brings a Bundle
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. (CRL) will feature several of its
products, including the GRS Taper-Loc® dry glaze glass railing system
as well as the CRL-Blumcraft® panic handles.
The Taper-Loc, according to the company can reduce installation time by
50 percent. The system meets and exceeds code standards, according to
CRL and is Miami-Dade certified. It is designed to both self-center the
glass, and plumb it, all from the floor side of the railing. The Taper-Loc
can be used in both interior and exterior applications, and is available
in eight architectural finishes.
In addition, the company will showcase its CRL-Blumcraft panic handles,
which are UL, ULC, and ANSI/BHMA certified. The handles are designed with
the all-glass door in mind, according to the company, and provide maximum
viewing area and a contemporary look, while remaining A.D.A. compliant.
The operating mechanism is concealed within the tube, and retracts a roller
latch bolt at the top of the door when pushed gently.
CRL will also feature its Jackson door closers, which meet A.D.A. opening
force requirements. The UL-listed closures are available as adjustable
spring power size 1 (barrier-free) to 4 (regular).
IGE Glass Solutions in Jupiter, Fla., represents a number of machinery
suppliers that will feature a variety of new product lines.
Landglass, a furnace manufacturer, will offer new innovations in full
convection furnaces for low-E glass. Handong will present new heating
methods for laminated glass production, and will also demonstrate its
new heat soak oven as well as its newest glass washer.
Golive will be demonstrating its new automatic seaming line using diamond
wheels, as well as its double edgers and double drills.
Also represented by IGE, Hanjiang will demonstrate a full insulating glass
line with new innovations in sealing robots and gas filling, while Buojun
will feature its newest lamination vacuum box.
Highlighting Efficiency and Performance
Focusing on its Super Spacer and Dura products, will be Houston-based
Quanex Building Products and its subsidiary Edgetech.
According to the company, productivity, efficiency and thermal advantages
will be its main highlights. www.quanex.com
Paint, Seal, Secure
Alongside the range of Duralux mirror backing paints, the first product
to be exported and produced by Fenzi in China, a major focus for the company
will be its Butylver PIB sealant for primary sealing of insulating glass
units. The company will also offer its Tempver ceramic paints and Glassolux
In addition, special focus will be on Thiover, a polysulfide sealant that
meets the stringent eco-compatibility requirements, and Chromatech Ultra,
the first hybrid spacer from Alu-Pro and Rolltech, made of stainless steel
and special plastic blends. This warm-edge spacer delivers real advantages
in terms of thermal insulation and ease of processing, according to the
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