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South By SNX 51/23, Plus Spandrel
Guardian’s SunGuard Spandrel HT and SunGuard SNX 51/23
Guardian now offers SunGuard Spandrel HT, a new glass product designed
for building façade spandrel applications in North America.
Guardian Spandrel HT has a high opacity and low potential for streaking
which results in a smooth, matte finish and brings improved uniformity
and appearance to spandrel glass, according to the company. Architects
will now have the option of specifying a complete vision and spandrel
glass package alongside Guardian SunGuard high-performance, low-E coatings.
SunGuard Spandrel HT is available in white, warm gray and black, and in
two stock sheet sizes for better cutting optimization: 96- by 130-inches
and 100- by 144-inches.
Guardian has also introduced SunGuard SNX 51/23, a commercial low-E glass
product with visible light transmission (VLT) above 50 percent and a solar
heat gain coefficient below 0.25, in a standard insulating glass unit.
It has a neutral blue appearance and is designed to meet the most stringent
energy codes in North America without sacrificing appearance, according
to the company.
It’s the Summer of ’67 and z75 Best Things
PPG’s Solarban 67 and Solarban z75
PPG Industries has debuted Solarban z75 glass, a solar control, low-E
glass with a neutral, cool-gray tint. In a standard 1-inch insulating
glass unit (IGU), Solarban z75 glass has a VLT of 48 percent and a solar
heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.24, resulting in a light-to-solar-gain
(LSG) ratio of 2.00. Solarban z75 also has exterior reflectance of 9 percent,
which allows it to work with other building materials and color-neutral,
low-E glasses such as Solarban z50, Solarban 67 and Solarban R100.
Solarban z75 and Solarban z50 glasses have interior reflectance of less
han 10 percent, for clear, natural outdoor views. Both products are certified
at the silver level by the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified program.
In addition, Solarban 67 is a solar control, low-E glass with a neutral
coating. Engineered with a proprietary double-silver, magnetron-sputtered
vacuum deposition (MSVD) coating, Solarban 67 glass reflects the true
timbre and brightness of ambient light and color accurately and authentically,
according to the company. The low-E coating unique to Solarban 67 glass
provides a VLT of 54 percent and a SHGC 0.29, which yields a LSG ratio
of 1.85 in a standard 1-inch IGU with conventional clear glass.
glass I’ll Be Klear
AGC’s Krystal Images
AGC Krystal Images glass, produced using high-resolution digital imaging
technology, is the newest addition to the AGC Krystal Interiors family
of decorative products. It allows architects and interior designers to
create designs using high-resolution digital images captured on a proprietary
film – film that the company says enhances color saturation and resolution.
The images are then laminated using the company’s Krystal Klear glass,
which satisfies the requirements for safety glazing established by the
International Building Code. Krystal Images may be used either monolithically
or as part of an IGU.
Any type of digital image, artwork, including computer generated graphics,
photographic pictures, text, or com binations of all the above can be
produced using the Krystal Images technology, up to 1440 dpi, though a
minimum of 300 dpi is recommended. A standard maximum size of Krystal
Images is 60- by 120-inches, but can be run as large as 60- by 144-inches.
Krystal Klear is an ultra-transparent, low-iron glass that the company
says offers truer color and clarity. It has a visible light transmission
of 91 percent.
Pro, Pro, Pro Suede Glass
Gardner Glass Products’ ProSuede Glass
Dreamwalls ProSuede Glass is a backpainted glass with a matte, mar-resistant
surface that is also fully dry-erasable. The company explains that typical
etched glass is not erasable, but the etching of ProSuede allows markers
to wipe away.
For use as a wall surface that controls glare, ProSuede Glass is also
available with a magnetic option. Sizes are available up to 96- by 130-inches
in any specified custom color. It can also reduce visual clutter of multiple
presentation products as it can be used as an impromptu projection surface,
according to the company.
ICD’s CeramiGlass Frost Etch
ICD introduced CeramiGlass Frost Etch, a 100-percent water based
ceramic-like coating that simulates the look of an acid-etched process
without the environmental concerns or difficult sourcing, according to
the company. CeramiGlass Frost Etch also can come in a full range of colors
and be screen-printed, sprayed or roller coated, allowing the ICD Approved
Factory Fabricator multiple usage opportunities with one product.
CeramiGlass Frost Etch provides the look and surface feel of a traditional
acid-etched product. According to the company, the glass also features
superior sustainability qualities with zero volatile organic compounds,
no pine oil or solvents, and less energy needed to cure.
GRT It Done
Decorative Glass from GRT Glass Design
GRT Glass Design says it is committed to supplying architectural art glass
by striving to exceed customer demands for new and innovative products.
The company says it combines glass with other materials such as metal,
stone and water, working them together and producing a quality product
that satisfies client needs for unique glass art.
GRT designs, produces and ships art glass products around the world and
its creations can be used in both commercial businesses and residential
A PRL Among Glass Companies
Glazing Products from PRL
PRL Glass offers an extensive line of decorative glass products and says
its architectural glazing products are limited only by clients’ creativity.
The company stocks more than 25 different types of textured glass including
low-iron textures, which are ideal for restaurant partitions, shower enclosures,
sneeze guards or room dividers.
PRL also offers laminated glass with unlimited colored interlayers. The
spandrel department offers 18 stock colors and numerous custom colors.
Nearly all of the company’s products can be coupled with artistic sandblast
or custom metal fabrication.
Pulp Studio’s Pintura AR
Pintura AR, a new edition to the Pintura series from Pulp Studio, is a
non-reflective anti-scratch marker board. It can be used both as a high
quality projecting surface and for writing with dry erase markers, making
it ideal for applications in locations such as classrooms and office rooms,
according to the company. Pintura AR has an anti-reflective coating on
the surface, which the company says improves the saturation of color and
quality when projecting light onto the glass, such as when using it for
a screen in a presentation. The coating does not scratch and cannot be
stained with a dry erase marker. The glass is available in any color,
annealed or fully tempered, and can be produced in sizes large enough
to cover an entire wall.
Because Pintura is cured in controlled conditions, the finish bonds permanently
to the surface, guaranteeing that when fabricated it will not peel, chip
or otherwise separate from the surface, according to the company.
Make Mine a Satin Lite
Satin Lite Glass from Walker
The Walker Textures Satinlite program is the latest development from Walker
Glass. The new line can be used in interior or exterior applications and
its refined etching removes the glare from the surface of the glass, the
company says, making the colors and images stand out. It is available
in various substrates and thicknesses from 3-mm to 12-mm. Some substrates
such as the 6-mm Starphire are available in quantities less than 4,000
On the (Soft)Mark
Summit Glass Coatings’ ChrismaColor™
Due to their light etched finish, Summit Glass Coatings’ ChrismaColor™
Softmark glass marker boards are ideal for use as a projection board,
and with the magnetic option, can function as a magnet board.
According to Summit, the anti-reflective dry-erase glass marker boards
are manufactured using a lightly etched, low-iron glass substrate, allowing
dry-erase markers to be wiped off with ease. SoftMark glass marker boards
are also available framed for efficient installation, according to the
Bond. High Bond.
Capital Tape’s Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
A new high-bond tape, a .045-inch thick, pressure-sensitive, gray, foam-core,
acrylic tape, is available from Capital Tape. It is designed to adhere
to most clean, dry, oil-free substrates, according to the company, which
describes it as able to withstand a wide range of weathering and temperature
conditions without losing adhesion. A 1-inch square of this tape fastened
to two pieces of aluminum will hold 60 pounds, according to the company.
LightBasic from Major Industries
Major Industries recently added to its LightBasic line of translucent
panel daylighting systems with the LightBasic Quick Ship self-flashing,
single-slope skylight. The skylights are pre-engineered and ship assembled
in a number of standard sizes from 4- by 4-feet up to 5- by 20-feet, and
feature a self-flashing design. They are asy to install. LightBasic systems
have a 100-percent acrylic-based AcrylitGC face sheet for long-term dependability
and light control. They come standard with a durable, clear anodized finish,
and offer two-sheet color options as well as two insulation options for
enhanced thermal performance.
curtainwall and storefront
Lookin’ Good, Slim
Kawneer’s 1620/1620 SSG Curtainwall
The 1620/1620 structural silicone glazed (SSG) curtainwall system is now
available from Kawneer. With a 2-inch profile, the 1620/1620 SSG system
provides slim down sightlines that allow light to enter the building and
contribute to an expanded view of the outside environment, according to
The curtainwall system is engineered with a thermal break and can accommodate
double pane insulating glass. A fiberglass pressure plate option provides
additional thermal performance. The stick fabricated, pressure-glazed
system offers a vertical SSG mullion solution and both options use concealed
fasteners to create flush and unbroken sightlines, according to the company.
Straight cuts without notching help ease the fabrication process and further
simplify installation, Kawneer says, adding that a pre-engineered rainscreen
pressure-equalized back pan option offering easy-to-install spandrel adapters
Sliders: Series 3000
CRL-U.S. Sliding Doors
The CRL-U.S. Aluminum Series 3000 high performance sliding door is a high
thermal two-track sliding door designed for exterior applications, for
either fin or block frame applications and has optional thermally broken
head channels and bottom tracks to provide thermal performance. Doors
are equipped with heavy wall stiles and interlock, a multi-point locking
system, heavy-duty adjustable tandem rollers, and floor track with stainless
steel caps that the company says ensure smooth operation during years
Tested to AAMA LC25, CW40 and CW60 for high performance, Series 3000 high
performance sliding doors accommodate 1- and 1 1/4-inch glazing with a
frame depth of 4 1/2-inches. They have an optional stacking?subsill and
available configurations in OX, XO, OXO, OXXO (LC25 only).
CRL also offers a face cap remover, designed to remove exterior face caps
on a selection of curtainwalls by hooking one side of the face cap to
pull and pop off the cap. This tool has what the company calls an easy
grip, lightweight handle, and is described as quick and easy to adjust
for use on varying size face caps.
Find Serenity in Assa Abloy
Door Products from Assa Abloy
The Assa Abloy Group Brands Frameworks, Graham and Maiman have launched
Serenity, a first wood door and aluminum frame sound-rated door opening
solution. Available in sizes up to nine feet, the wood doors and aluminum
frames, together with the PEMKO seal kit, have been tested together acoustically,
to achieve a sound transmission class rating of 35 per ASTM E90 and ASTM
The Serenity opening is available in various wood door options from Graham
and Maiman, including a 20-minute fire rating, with any commercially available
veneer, and must be ordered with a Frameworks Type II aluminum frame.
Meanwhile, the Assa Abloy Group Brands Ceco Door, Curries and Fleming
have added fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) doors along with exterior
aluminum frames to their lines of door opening solutions. This door and
frame system is made for exterior openings in high abuse areas such as
school buildings. A durable exterior embossed finish with aluminum alloy
perimeter extrusions and foamed energy efficient core provide a lightweight
door that provides extended life to the opening, according to the company.
The exterior three-sided frame is manufactured with hardened aluminum
software and web tools
A Decon Expert
Decon USA’s Jordahl Expert JTA Anchor Channel Design Software
Decon USA announced the availability of Jordahl Expert JTA anchor channel
design software. The software allows designers to evaluate both top of
slab and edge of slab curtainwall anchoring conditions quickly, according
to the company. Design inputs can be adjusted by the designer to produce
The software shows step-by-step calculation output to national building
codes using ICC AC232 and ACI 318 Appendix D design criteria. It is available
for download through the company website or may be requested in CD form.
Going on a Security Search
Web Applications from Security Lock Distributors
Security Lock Distributors launched a new web application. SecuritySearch
is an online tool that digitally aggregates all industry price books and
catalogs into one centralized platform. Customers enter a part number,
product, series or manufacturer and the application will bring back all
relevant search results for that query.
SecuritySearch also includes a variety of embedded functionality that
allows customers to be more efficient in specifying and sourcing door
security hardware and accessories, according to the company. These features
include searching by multiple criteria, locating and downloading all sales
brochures, cropping and emailing portions of pages.
Targa Windows from CGI Named after an Old English word for shield,
CGI has introduced Targa, a vinyl impact window with both Miami Dade and
Florida building code approvals. The energy-efficient, impact-resistant
vinyl windows were specifically designed for the Florida impact market
and act as shields to safeguard homes and families with strength, security
and style, according to the company.
(It Won’t) Rock You Like a Hurricane
Saftifire Hurricane System from Safti First
Safti First’s Saftifire Hurricane system now has Florida Product Approvals
for 60- to 120-minute wall/window assemblies and 60- and 90-minute single
and pair doors, in addition to the Miami Dade testing done and UL certification
received in 2006.
The Saftifire Hurricane system has a maximum design load of +/- 80 psf
and The Saftifire Hurricane system has a maximum design load of +/- 80
psf and complies with high velocity hurricane zone (HVHZ) testing requirements.
The system also meets ASTM E-119/NFPA251/UL263 up to two hours with hose
stream for fire resistance; ASTM E283 for air infiltration leakage; ASTM
E331/ASTM 547 for water penetration; ASTM E330/TAS 202 for uniform static
air pressure; FBC 1626.2 (TAS 201 and 203) for large missile impact and
cyclic wind loading; AAMA 1302.5-76 and 1303.5-76 for forced entry (for
doors); and ASTM E1300 for determining load resistance of glass in buildings.
The glazing is comprised of the company’s clear fire-resistive SuperLite
II-XL insulated with 9/16-inch DuPont Sentry Plus laminated glass. It
can be customized to include energy-efficient, decorative or sound attenuating
make-ups. The frames are offered in standard and custom finishes. In addition,
the system is enrolled in Architectural Testing Inc.’s Quality Assurance
We Have Heard on HI
The HI System from Vetrotech Saint-Gobain
Vetrotech HI System is an assembly of high-strength VDS curtainwall and
door profiles and Contraflam HI glazing available from Vetrotech Saint-Gobain.
The system has a built-in curtainwall, designed with hurricane impact
resistance and was created to allow users to bypass installation and maintenance
of costly shutters.
Vetrotech HI was tested to meet ASTM E 1996, ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 330,
as well as the TAS protocols required by the Florida Building Code, including
Miami-Dade County. In addition to passing the requirements of the small
and large missile test, testing included dynamic cycling and air and water
infiltration tests. The system is UL-listed for fire-resistance applications
requiring ratings for up to two hours, according to the company.
With Design Pressure (DP) ratings of up to +/-65 psf, the system is designed
to handle pressure of severe hurricane wind speeds and meets the requirements
of TAS 201, 202, 203, in addition to passing ASTM E1996 / 1886 / 330 /
283-99 / 331-00 and AAMA 1304-02 test standards, according to the company.
In the Clear
ClearShield from Ritec
Designed for producing glass with multi-functional, “super-green” performance,
Ritec International offers its ClearShield Eco-Glass, which can be applied
to any glass – new or old, exterior or interior – in a factory or on-site.
The result, the company says, is a durable, “non-stick,” easy-clean surface
protection proven under real life conditions for more than 30 years.
Ritec calls ClearShield Eco-Glass “super-green” because its surface protection
creates a range of eco-friendly benefits such as energy-saving— reducing
by 50 percent, on average, the energy requirements, costs and carbon emissions
for routine washing of exterior glass.
It also has anti-microbial properties via a transparent, re-treatable
glass surface treatment to resist the adhesion and growth of bacteria,
viruses and fungi, and meets EU and the USA Food & Drug Administration
test requirements for direct food contact, according to the company.
Films from Renolit
Renolit has been in the market for window frame enhancement with performance/decorative
films for more than 30 years and now has expanded its offering of metallic
finishes. This metallic range includes architectural bronze and other
anodized type finishes, silver and aluminum, copper and black. The scratch-resistant
surface emboss of this commercial range can have either a smooth stipple
or an etched type finish.
The metallic finishes join the company’s existing selection of woodgrain
and solid color laminate films that Exofol offers to enhance the look
of the interior or exterior of all types of window frames. It is suitable
for substrates of PVC, fiberglass, wood, aluminum, composites and more,
according to the company.
Renolit also released a new, expanded fan deck. This fan deck has a complete
set of samples of the full Renolit Exofol FX range, including newly released
Serious Teutonic Strength
The Teutonic Series from Kolbe
The Teutonic Series door and window product line for commercial buildings
is now available from Kolbe. Made for hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use
projects, the series includes fixed and tilt-turn windows, tilt and slide
doors and outswing hinged doors. The steel-reinforced uPVC products are
designed to meet commercial buildings’ requirements for enhanced energy
efficiency, occupant safety, low-maintenance and longevity, according
to the company.
The doors and windows are displayed in two frame styles: North American
3 1/4 -inch frame with nailing fins and European 2 3/8-inch frame. Dual
overlapping neoprene gaskets provide a seal against air and water infiltration.
One-inch insulating glass is standard, and 1-3/8-inch triple pane insulating
glass is available, which allows fixed windows to achieve U-values as
low as 0.17.
Teutonic Series products may also be specified for buildings with blast
mitigation needs and those in high wind zones and coastal areas.
The Plus Side of Composite Framing
Invent.Plus Windows from Wausau
Wausau Window and Wall Systems offers the Invent.Plus series windows,
which meet European benchmarks for thermal performance and fit the current
North American aesthetic for clean style and narrow sightlines.
The composite framing delivers R5 performance for operable units and R6
for fixed windows to support buildings’ goals for energy efficiency and
Invent.Plus windows’ composite framing combines 55 percent engineered
polymers and 45 percent aluminum extrusions by volume. The aluminum contains
recycled content averaging 70 percent or greater. The 3 11/16-inch frame
depth incorporates several energy-saving features: custom-designed 44-mm
polyamide thermal barriers from Technoform Bautec, convective baffles
and foam cavity fillers, combined and optimized using both European and
North American finite element thermal modeling software tools.
Always Win with Winco
Aluminum Replacement Window from Winco Winco’s Series 3250 steel replica
architectural aluminum replacement window is now available in fixed and
project-out configurations that resist wind velocity over 150 mph according
to ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 1996 standards.
The windows are made with reinforced aluminum frames and feature a PVB
laminated interlayer providing protection from noise, wind and water infiltration,
as well as a 0.33 U-value.
Winco Series 3250 windows are an architectural grade thermal window system
featuring a 3 1/4-inch deep frame with 1/8-inch wall thickness, permitting
large window sizes without reinforcement. The project-out vents in a fixed
window replicate steel window construction and have stack joints only
2 3/4-inch wide to meet historic sightline requirements. Optional accessories
include sub-frames, mullions, panning and trim, as well as optional extruded
panels and railings
From Columbia to Cambridge
Cambridge System from Columbia Commercial Building Products
Columbia Commercial Building Products introduced the Cambridge System
as a member of its railing family. The Cambridge is a classic base shoe
and glass design and includes shoe railing in surface or fascia mount
The Cambridge accommodates 1/2-, 5/8- or 3/4-inch glass, uses taper system
or grout to secure the glass and has a variety of cap rail designs. It
is available in six standard factory powder coat colors, though other
options include custom colors, frit and digital printed designs.
Unlock This PanelGrip
Wagner Companies’ PanelGrip System
The PanelGrip system utilizes what the Wagner Companies calls a unique
locking mechanism of high-strength aluminum and pvc isolators combined
with a lightweight aluminum shoe moulding. When assembled with tempered
or laminated tempered glass of the appropriate size, PanelGrip enables
the installer to fabricate a structural glass railing system with significant
reductions in labor and freight costs over standard wet glaze options,
according to the company.
Time to Select Some Safe, New Hinges
Select SL71 from Select Products The Select SL71 safety hinge is now
available from Select Products Ltd. According to the company, it is designed
to help prevent people from trapping their fingers between the hinge leaves
when the door closes. The recently designed SL71 concealed geared continuous
hinge provides a 19/32-inch clearance between the door and frame on the
hinge side when used without a frame stop.
Pair-matched hinge leaves, lifetime lubrication and anodizing after machining
make for a durable product, according to the company. The hinges are subjected
to more than 25,000,000 cycles in independent testing — equivalent to
more than 60 years of high-traffic use and 10 times beyond BHMA Grade
1 cycle count — and have a never-ending continuous warranty.
What’s Your Multipoint?
Multipoint Locks from Strybuc
Strybuc added a complete line of multipoint locking systems that it says
help secure residential and/or commercial buildings. The company’s hardware
includes a range of products such as multipoint locks, handle sets with
cylinders, adjustable hinges for doors and repair parts for multipoint
locks. Strybuc is the national distributor for Hoppe, G-U Hardware, Truth
Hardware, Amesbury, Roto, Ashland, KFV and Fuhr among others.
Fenzi North America’s Poliver Polyurethane
Fenzi North America added Poliver Polyurethane to its list of IG sealants.
The Fenzi Poliver is a two-part polyurethane specially formulated for
sealing insulating glass for use in commercial and residential window
applications. Available in 55 gallon drum and pail kits, Poliver is available
for manual and robotic line sealing in traditional polyurethane viscosities
and varying curing times.
Chromatech and Chromatech Ultra stainless steel warm edge spacers also
are available. They are manufactured by Roll Tech, a Fenzi-owned company.
These spacers are available with corner keys and connectors for those
wishing to use on bending equipment, providing improved thermal properties
over traditional aluminum spacer, according to the company.
Both Chromatech and Chromatech Ultra spacers are available in a range
of air space widths. The Chromatech Ultra has a polycarbonate bridge across
the top, available in traditional white, gray and black colors.
Close to the Edge
Endur IG from Cardinal Cardinal has introduced a new warm-edge spacer
for insulating glass. Depending on window design, Endur IG improves performance,
increasing sightline temperature by 1 to 2 degrees and provides better
resistance to condensation, according to the company.
Endur IG builds on the technologies that help Cardinal IG units achieve
the industry’s lowest failure rate—only 0.2 percent over 20 years —and
has a comprehensive 20-year factory warranty.
Cardinal IG Company is a fully owned subsidiary of Cardinal Glass Industries
IG: Now In 3Seal
3Seal Spacer System from J.E. Berkowitz
The JEB 3Seal spacer system for insulating glass is the newest development
from J.E. Berkowitz (JEB). The JEB 3Seal IG spacer system is designed
for tough commercial glazing demands, according to the company, and is
made from structural thermoset silicone with integral 3A desiccant. It
features a triple-seal design consisting of a pre-applied acrylic adhesive
for spacer-to-glass bonding, a hot-applied captive polyisobutylene primary
seal and a two-part structural silicone secondary seal.
With its no-metal design, JEB 3Seal has shock-absorbing properties that
the company says counteract glazing stresses caused by wind, snow, driving
rain, fluctuating temperatures and barometric pressure. In addition, the
spacer has minimal thermal conductivity, providing high glass edge surface
temperature, and a multi-layer vapor barrier to enhance condensation resistance,
according to the company.
Thrice as Nice
Quanex’s TriSeal Super Spacer
Quanex Building Products offers its TriSeal Super Spacer, billed as “the
sustainable IG spacer choice for high performance commercial glazing,”
according to Quanex. Insulating glass edged with Super Spacer satisfies
warm edge demands, such as optimized energy savings with what the company
says is low total U-Value; high condensation resistance; clean, consistent
sightline; production efficiency for maximum ROI and quality. According
to the company TriSeal Super Spacers dramatically reduce seal failure
and stress crack callbacks while reducing noise by up to 2 Db.
The New Black is—Black
ExtremEdge from Viracon
Viracon is now offering the ExtremEdge warm-edge spacer in a black
finish, which distinguishes itself from other finishes by its ability
to reduce interior reflection through glass. ExtremEdge is positioned
between two lites of glass and is designed to improve the U-value of an
According to Viracon, the new spacer helps reduce edge conductivity and
thus, heat transfer into buildings. It offers condensation-resistance
values as high as 64, minimizing the formation of condensation on glass
An (Am)Azon’ Energy-Saving Guide
Azon’s Guide to Energy Saving Technology
Azon has released a new guide to energy-saving technology, one that it
says explains how the pour and debridge process works to optimize the
energy-savings and structural performance in commercial fenestration.
Azon is a partner in a growing network of aluminum extruders and window
manufacturers and says it recognizes the need to continually improve the
energy-saving properties of the thermal barrier materials it provides.
The company describes the highlights of the literature as including new
techniques to increase efficiency, such as the dual thermal barrier technology
and how by adding a second thermal barrier cavity in a profile or utilizing
the wider MLP™ cavity design, the U-factor may be lowered as much as 36
percent—creating what Azon calls a very significant overall improvement
for meeting ever-increasing stringent energy codes while maintaining high
machinery and equipment
Build a Benteler Washing Machine
German company Benteler Maschinenbau has a new generation of its flat
glass washing machine, tecWasher. The tecWasher, made for horizontally
cleaning small- and middle-sized flat glasses, has been completely redesigned
with special respect to the ease of operation and ergonomic properties.
All key machine parts are easy to approach and logically located, according
to the company.
The company adds that special attention was given to improve the drying
process, which now incorporates aluminum air knives with a new shape for
what the company says is a better drying process.
Don’t Blow a FuseCube
Diamon-Fusion International Inc. has developed the FuseCube, an automated
vapor deposition machine to apply its Diamon-Fusion protective coating
to glass and other silica-based surfaces.
The company says fabricators can coat thousands of square feet of glass
– on both sides and all exposed edges - in less than an hour, all while
reducing costs up to 75 percent compared to spray-applied coatings. Operators
load the glass, drop in the cartridges and press a button. The machine
coats 5,400 square feet or more in less than an hour with no cure time
required. A green light indicates when the cycle is done and the glass
can be removed.
The FuseCube is offered in three sizes, all of which can handle lites
up to 36- x 96-inches: small (with capacity for 75 pieces per run); medium
(with capacity for 225 pieces per run); and jumbo (with capacity to treat
450 pieces or several jumbo panels per run).
The FuseCube is exclusively distributed, installed and serviced in the
U.S. and Canada by IGE Glass Technologies Inc.
Do UC All that Glaston Has to Offer?
Cutting Lines and More from Glaston
Glaston’s UC cutting line series includes a new generation of versatile
loaders and break-out tables complemented with the UC200 stand-alone model
for half-jumbo glass sheet cutting. The company now offers three models
depending on the customer need.
In addition, the company’s Omnia double edging machines with peripheral
wheels are available in two machine versions, specifically addressing
manufacturers’ needs for high productivity and glass finishing. The double
edging machines process pencil edges with peripheral wheels using the
latest technology in their design and construction, according to the company,
which adds that the Omnia series offers high performance, reliability
and user friendliness.
Also available is the company’s IriControL technology, designed to enable
glass fabricators to measure iridescence in real numerical values and
minimize the iridescence phenomena in tempered glass. The measurement
system and technology overcomes iridescence, which the company says raises
the quality of tempered glass.
What an Arm!
Forel Spa’s Smart Arm
The Smart Arm by Forel Spa is a spacer profile bending system that controls
the insulating glass rigid spacer profile from swinging freely while bending.
Smart Arm allows for fast bending since the equipment blocks the profile
with an exclusive system that supports the spacer throughout the process
preventing medium and large-size frames from collapsing or deforming due
to their weight, inertia and friction, according to the company. There
is a continuous belt feeding system for the spacer profiles rather than
the standard repetitive ‘grab and move’ system. Each bend or corner is
also measured and any growth or deformation is corrected automatically
during the bending process.
Worth Its Weight in Gold(Glass)
GoldGlass MRC 2350-C from Matodi USA
The GoldGlass MRC 2350-C automatic glass painting machine by GoldGlass
Technologies group is represented in the U.S. by Matodi USA. The MRC 2350-C
has an integrated extraction system and removes fumes into a condenser
unit, which the comThe GoldGlass MRC 2350-C automatic glass painting machine
by GoldGlass Technologies group is represented in the U.S. by Matodi USA.
The MRC 2350-C has an integrated extraction system and removes fumes into
a condenser unit, which the company says allows the machine to be placed
anywhere in the factory. It offers low paint consumption, and shaped glass
surface spraying with a bonus of using a full color spectrum, with option
for integration of ceramic inks.
It has dual paint containers for an efficient alteration between colors
and PLC control via a full graphic, soft-touch, 7-inch screen that the
company says allows manufacturers complete control of paint quality, spray
gun speed and pace range. It has an easy to operate self-cleaning system
and automatic piece scanning, so it sprays only on areas where the glass
lies and avoids cut outs.
Blend it Up
The ExactaBlend from Graco
Graco Inc. added two proportioning systems to its ExactaBlend family of
advanced glazing Proportioners (AGP). Designed for manufacturers of curtainwall,
insulating glass and specialty glass, the new ExactaBlend models handle
two-part urethane sealants and adhesives, as well as polysulfides.
The ExactaBlend AGP provides on-ratio proportioning and optimal mixing
capabilities that the company says increase quality assurance of the final
product. Real-time on-ratio dispensing reduces material waste, scrap and
rework, according to the company, which added that if an off-ratio condition
occurs, the system automatically shuts down.
ExactaBlend has optional data reporting capabilities via USB downloads,
which allow manufacturers to track key information such as ratio, material
usage, flow rate, alarm events and system errors, information that can
be used to streamline the production process and increase line efficiencies,
according to the company.
A Vero Good Wheel
Polishing Wheels from Salem
Vero is the latest addition to the line of cerium-based composition polishing
wheels from Salem Flat Glass. The Vero wheel operates on automatic edging/mitering
machines to cost-effectively produce bright surface finishes in place
of cerium oxide and felt wheels. The Vero wheel is the combination of
cerium oxide and a durable “rubber” type bonding matrix that produces
a polishing wheel that operates at low pressure and high speeds with long
operational life, according to the company. The series of polishing wheels
is available in sizes and configurations to fit Bovone edging equipment
as well as other brands of edgers.
Salem has also introduced the Status Earth Wheel, part of its 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, according
to the company. The wheels are available mounted onto hubs to fit most
Schiatti’s Straight Edge
The Series 50M from Schiatti Schiatti Angelo srl invested in improving
its flagship products, such as the machine series 50M, which performs
the grinding and the extra bright polishing of the flat edge with arris
for glass thicknesses from 3- to 55-mm. The machines of this series are
able to work lites from a minimum of 100- by 100-mm to a maximum of 1.800Kg
weight. All of these are equipped with a mitering group that can obtain
a variable angle from 0° to 45°. The models FPS50M3 and FPS50M3B allow
users to obtain an edge with two different angles with a high cerium oxide
polish of the flat edge, the arris and the miter in a single pass.
The diamond wheels have independent settings to differentiate the glass
removal per spindle and the polishing wheels are fully automatically engaged.
Each polishing spindle may be manually isolated by a switch on the control
In addition, the turnover unit was designed and manufactured to connect
two or more edgers/bevellers in a straight line and has the function of
rotating the glass-sheets through 90°. The complete line, for the automatic
processing of the all four sides of glass, is generally composed by four
edgers/bevellers and three turnover units. The rotating arm is fully automatic
and controlled by a PLC. The gapping system prevents glass-sheets crashing
into each other during rotation, even if the glasses are different dimensions.
Take it From the Top
The topDrill from MPM
Marc Prevost Machinery (MPM) out of Quebec has partnered with topDrill,
an Austrian-based company that has been in the business of vertical glass
drilling machines since the 1990s. With the fourth generation (G4) of
topDrill in production for three years, the fifth generation is ready
for the market. The M-RX, as it is called, can be used for both drilling
and milling, according to MPM.
TopDrill M-RX is a vertical, double-sided CNC machining center with automatic
tool change that can be used for milling, grinding, drilling and countersinking.
The Need for Speed
IG Lines from Bystronic
The speed’line from Bystronic glass is designed to produce triple insulating
glass in the same time it takes other lines to produce double units. The
production line consists of two tps’applicator components arranged one
after the other, the new speed’assembler for quick assembly and gas-filling
of insulating glass units as well as the speed’sealer sealing robot.
On the speed’line, the fully automated application of the spacers is performed
by two tps’applicator components arranged one after the other. In order
to achieve the maximum throughput, the thermoplastic TPS warm edge spacers
are applied to glass lites two and three of the triple insulating glass
units almost simultaneously. The company says this ensures the continuous
and quick supply of glass plates with spacers—no separate pre-production
or provision of suitable spacers is required. The material from the drum
is applied as a strand at approximately 120 degrees Celsius in a patented
The quick assembling, gas-filling and pressing of triple insulating glass
units is performed by the speed’assembler. This new filling technology
is present upon the inlet and outlet sides respectively in the tandem
version of the speed’assembler, making it possible to simultaneously create
two gas-filled triple insulating glass units. The speed’sealer makes the
sealing of triple insulating glass units in two cycles possible in the
last stage of glass production. It ensures that no equipping times are
required to exchange nozzles, even when producing units with alternating
or asymmetric spaces between the lites, according to Bystronic.
Let’s Be Frank
Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket’s Sill Pad Air Dam
Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket offers a solution to whistling noise and
air coming through the balance pocket and silt buildup collecting in the
corners of the lock rail of single hung and double hung windows.
The Sill Pad Air Dam, the company says, works no matter what balance system
is used (constant force, spiral or block and tackle) and with all sill
systems – sloped or pocket.
The lock rail will not need adjusting as the pad is engineered with what
the company calls “revolutionary” space foam which easily compresses.
Blame it on the Rain
SAF’s Series M4000 Rain Screen
Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc. (SAF) introduced the SAF Series M4000
drained and back ventilated rain screen. The commercial building panel
system is rated per AAMA 509-09 requirements, and was tested for air and
water resistance per ASTM 283 and 331, according to the company.
The Series M4000 is similar to the company’s Series 4000, but is manufactured
with 0.125 aluminum panels instead of aluminum composite material (ACM).
The fabricated panels in the Series M4000 system include a factory attached
frame extrusion that the company says makes for an easy fit into the horizontal
and vertical track extrusions on the job site. It comes with fabricated
panels and track extrusions that are shipped loose.
Use Acropon and Save
Acropon 2605 from Valspar
The Valspar Corp. offers Acropon 2605 extrusion coating system for extruded
aluminum products, such as storefronts, entrances, windows, handrails,
column covers and panel systems. The new coating system’s high gloss,
color palette and performance qualities are formulated for both exterior
and interior applications on luxury condominiums and other high-end, high-rise
residences, as well as low- to mid-rise commercial uildings with high-traffic
areas, according to the company.
Valspar developed the proprietary, composite system of organic and inorganic
polymers and says the resulting finish meets or exceeds AAMA 2605-13 specifications
for 10-year South Florida exposure weathering conditions and resistance
to salt spray, chalking and fading. The two-coat system consists of a
color coat and a clear coat, and is spray-applied to extruded aluminum.
handling and transportation
Same Woods’ Time, Same Woods Channel
P1 Channel Vacuum Lifter from Wood’s Powr-Grip
The design of the P1 Channel vacuum lifter from Wood’s Powr-Grip has been
re-engineered to incorporate features that the company says increase operator
safety, while adding to versatility, usability, longevity and durability.
A new lift bar for the P1 channel lifter now features what the company
calls an easily replaceable spool, designed to provide extended service
life. This lift bar is predrilled and ready for use with Powr-Grip’s counter-balancer,
which is used for glass installations in airport towers, as well as for
installing glass under eaves and other obstructions.
The P1 channel lifter is available with an upgraded dual vacuum system
(DVS) that features a new dual-head vacuum pump and blow-off to speed
production with faster attach and release times, according to the company,
which adds that the improved DVS increases productivity by requiring less
power and providing longer battery life, for more time on the job between
charges. According to the company, new push-button vacuum controls are
conveniently located for ease of operation, stability and enhanced control.
Get Onto Dodge
Dodge ProMaster Cargo Van from F. Barkow
F. Barkow Inc. offers glass racks to fit onto the new Dodge ProMaster
cargo van. Custom racks up to 12 feet in length and 96 inches in height,
fully welded in aluminum and stainless steel, have been installed on this
style of van so far. Included are Stake-Loc stakes, full lower splash
panels and load-holding slats as standard.
The Professional and the Pick Up Artist
Unruh Fab’s Van and Pickup Racks
The professional van and pickup racks by Unruh Fab offer quick loading
and unloading while offering maximum glass protection, according to the
company. The Professional racks, with the new additional horizontal slats,
offer solid slat back-support for more sizes of glass. The stake guides
at the top of the rack save time and effort in securing the load, according
to Unruh. The load bearing under body supports the pickup bed and the
new, higher splash panels protect glass from road debris. The standard
Professional racks offer 5 inches of usable ledgeboards and 84 inches
of usable height and now come standard with a swing-up or removable wheel
panel for easy access to wheels.
A Harp Day’s Night
Groves Inc.’s Harp Rack
Groves Inc. of Woodstock, Ill., introduced its new harp rack for storing
glass lites. It features a polyethylene floor for easy sliding of glass
and a non-stick surface for insulating glass. The harp rack comes with
60 long and 60 short plastic covered steel rods which can be placed as
needed in the 80 location points to hold individual lites of glass of
varying thicknesses. Built of heavy gauge steel with durable powder coat
finish, the harp rack includes four non-marking swivel casters rated at
1,000 pounds capacity each and two front mounted foot locks.
Groves also introduced its GLC family of rugged glass carts. It includes
four models ranging from 54- by 32- by 55-inches to 96- by 48- by 98-inches
with capacities from 4,000 to 8,000 pounds. Carts feature heavy gauge
powder coated steel framework with plywood shelf bases and durable steel
impregnated, riveted rubber padding mounted on uprights. Models GLC-3248,
GLC-3660 and GLC-3672 have two rigid casters and two swivel casters with
foot operated brakes rated at 1,000 pounds each. The GLC-4878 has two
rigid casters and two swivel casters with foot operated brakes rated at
2,000 pounds each.
Draw Back the Curtain
Curtain-Side Glass Truck Body from MyGlassTruck.com
MyGlassTruck.com says its newest curtain-side glass truck body combines
the accessibility of open racks for side loading with the added security
of retractable curtains to protect glass in transit. These truck bodies
have continuous front-to-rear outer glass support ledges for transport
of wider sheets of glass and the shorter wheelbase of the cab over chassis
provides maneuverability for deliveries in tight areas according to the
Available in 12- to 18-feet lengths, this truck body features a galvanized
steel frame that supports heavy-duty double-weave PVC coated curtains;
a ply-metal front bulkhead; full-width rear double doors; and a translucent
ceiling with LED dome lights. The reinforced curtain is lockable and all
buckles and hardware are bolted-on. LED lights provide visibility around
the body’s exterior and a welded steel sub-frame provides a stable base
for transporting payloads of up to 8,000 pounds.
The curtain-side’s exterior and interior glass transport racks are fabricated
from custom-extruded, T6 aluminum posts and slats utilizing Huck aircraft-grade
fasteners that the company says won’t crack or loosen from vibration.
Thick rubber padding is also integrated into every rack surface that touches
glass. E-track and cargo straps secure glass in place and interior racks
are accessed by a rear step bumper and fold-down stirrup steps.
tornado-resistant doors and windows
Impact Products for Surviving the Storm
Over the past few years the glass and glazing industry has seen increasing
awareness of the importance of products designed to withstand tornado
forces. Just as hurricane-impact products are now common in areas such
as South Florida, other regions of the country are also starting to seek
out and call for products that can help save lives during tornados. Survivalite
based in Baton Rouge, La., is one such company that offers impact-rated
products, including its Citadel windows and doors, which are fully tested
for use as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) EF-5 tornado shelters,
as well as FEMA 201 MPH hurricane shelters.
The windows are available in sizes up to 5- by 8-feet and can also be
constructed as continuous, fully-glazed storefront systems as well as
curtainwall. In addition, they can incorporate a thermal break with insulating
glass. According to the company, all locks and latches are released from
standard panic bars. Doors are ADA-compliant with a ½-inch threshold.
In addition, the glazing products are tested to± 300 pounds-per-square-foot
(PSF) static pressure loads for 10 seconds and undergo multiple impacts
by 15-pound 2- by-4s traveling more than 100 miles per hour. The products
are tested to 9,000 hurricane pressure cycles up to +110, -130 PSF.
Survivalite president Bill Sudlow explains the company has a unique business
model. The company works closely with Capital Glass & Mirror in Baton
Rouge, which handles the manufacturing. It also has a partnership with
Saf-Glas in Riviera Beach, Fla., which supplies the glass used in its
systems, and works with two extrusion suppliers, Bonnell in Newman, Ga.,
and International Extrusion in Waxahachie, Texas.
Sudlow explains that Survivalite owns the dies (at the extruders), the
window designs, the testing, and exclusive rights with Saf-Glas for the
FEMA glazing. Capital Glass owns the door design, but Survivalite owns
the FEMA door testing giving Survivalite ownership of all FEMA products
for the curtainwall and storefront systems, according to Sudlow.
“Over the years we have had contracts with two different companies to
manufacture our products, but we now have an exclusive arrangement with
Capital Glass for the fabrication of the windows and doors. Capital Glass
was our customer on a FEMA project in Louisiana, and our work together
resulted in this long-term arrangement,” says Sudlow, noting that both
Survivalite and Capital Glass are involved in sales, but the primary responsibility
is with Survivalite. “We are in our second year of this arrangement and
it is working out very well for each of us. Survivalite brings national
markets and FEMA expertise, and Capital Glass has an excellent, experienced
work force that turns out a quality product - as well as a strong reputation
in the Louisiana markets.”
According to Sudlow, the company has seen a growing interest in the use
of its impact-rated products for both hurricane and tornado protection.
In fact, its doors are being used in domed school structures, such as
a gymnasium in Woodsboro, Texas, among various other applications. He
adds that they have been working closely with architect Leland Gray, based
in Salt Lake City, Utah, who is converting some of the domed stadiums
he has built into FEMA tornado shelters.
“The structures are already approved by FEMA, so by replacing the doors
with our FEMA tested doors the entire facility becomes a FEMA shelter,”
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