Volume 50, Issue 7 - July 2015


See the Industry’s
Latest and Greatest
in the USGlass 2015 New Products Guide

Looking for the latest industry innovations? Well, we’ve got them all here in the 32nd Annual USGlass Magazine New Product Guide. From machinery to mirrors, software to sealants, tools to trucks—and of course, glass—it’s all here. Browse through the pages and find information on many new products from a range of industry manufacturers and suppliers. Let’s get to it!

glazing supplies
Get in a Grove

Grove Products’ new 3⁄16 by 1-1⁄2 by 2-inch horseshoe shim is available in orange. Shaped to fit around a bolt or anchor, the horseshoe shims are ideal during storefront installation, and other applications where the shim is placed vertically. According to the company, this shim was designed to provide the masonry and window markets with a 3⁄16-inch shim to save labor, as only one shim needs to be selected for this depth.

Grove’s U-shaped shims are sized to fit around a ½-inch bolt or anchor point and packaged 1,000 to a case. The shims also are available in a non-combustible form, created in response to requests from customers who needed a replacement for costly metal shims used to meet fireproof specifications.
Alternative colors are available at an additional cost.


Hanging in the Balance

The new Window Sash Balance display for customers’ counter areas, by Strybuc Industries, includes an assortment of 31 different series of channel, tube and constant force window balance samples. When the display is purchased, customers receive a digital flyer to promote the availability of window balances. The display spins 360 degrees and is a sales tool for identifying balances.

Er We Go Again

Ergo Robotic Solutions’ new version of its workhorse design, the GM 2000-12 EXT, has an extended boom that allows it to lift a load 16 feet into the air and place it with precision, according to the company.

The versatile machine has an optional feature called “EZ Pick,” a company innovation for picking up and placing a load in one smooth movement, along with its other seven articulations.

The machine also has a winch-crane upgrade. Its compact design includes a lightweight planetary hydraulic winch that, according to the company, is more than adequate for the GM 2000-12.


If the Shoe Fits

CR Laurence’s Taper-Loc 9BL Series base shoe for laminated tempered glass railing systems is designed and engineered for the 2015 IBC code changes and, according to the company, is the only laminated system pursuing ICC-ES approval.

The product can be clad in six standard architectural finishes and will qualify for LEED credits. It also exceeds a 200-pound load with a 4x safety factor, per IBC Section 2407. The 9BL Series is 30 percent lighter than the industry standard base shoe, according to CRL.


Give Me a SEC

Designed for companies seeking low output volumes, LiSEC’s new low-pressure, single-chamber downsized autoclave is ideal for miscellaneous production. It is compatible with a range of films, including standard PVB, EVA and ionomer interlayers.

The autoclave’s working process is the same as the standard high-pressure laminating autoclave through heating, holding and cooling time into a pressurized chamber, but with lower pressure—only two bars above the atmospheric pressure. The specific fan and forced-air convection system ensures a homogeneous air distribution and a uniform temperature during the whole cycle, according to the company. A fast cooling system carried out by means of an evaporating water tower is designed for processing ionomer interlayers.

Shell thickness and heating and cooling power are much smaller than with a standard autoclave. The equipment is certified according to pressure equipment directive norms for under pressure vessel as well as manufactured according to UL regulations. Maximum glass sizes are 3,600 by 2,200, 3,600 by 2,600 and 5,100 by 2,600 millimeters, with an average output capacity of 38, 50 and 63 m2 respectively each cycle. Smaller dimensions guarantee up to two tons of glass, while four to eight tons can be achieved in the largest version.


sealants and adhesives
Join ‘em Together

The new Norton medium-density PVC glazing tape with blue plastic from Capital Tape is designed to speed up the installation process.

The medium-density PVC is available in white and gray, and in 1⁄16-inch or 1⁄8-inch. Optically clear, the acrylic foam tape is ideal for butt glazing, simulated divided lites or muntin bars. The acrylic and PE foam tapes can be used for a variety of applications, such as mirror mounting, extreme mounting/joining and permanent attachments, according to the company.


software and resources
Take a Visual

The newly enhanced Glass Visualizer by Guardian Industries Corp. can be used to view photorealistic images of buildings with different makeups of high-performance, low-E SunGuard products. It also includes a comparison feature. The Glass Visualizer is part of the Guardian Glass Analytics online tools, which allow visitors to customize product options using the performance calculator, visualize them under varied lighting conditions using the Glass Visualizer, analyze building performance using the building energy calculator and design using the BIM Generator.
The advanced software for glass and glazing system analysis gives users a comprehensive suite of engineering and analytical reports that demonstrate the advantages of high-performance glass in building facades.


fire-rated glazing
Large, in Charge

Safti-First’s SuperLite III-XL 60-120-minute fire-resistive multilaminate is available in butt-glazed assemblies with a maximum single panel size of 6,975 square inches, giving architects clear views and transparency. The product has the largest fixed-frame glass panel in the industry at 5,978 square inches, according to the company.
Listed and labeled by Underwriters Laboratories, SuperLite III-XL meets ASTM E-119 and ANSI/UL 263 up to two hours with hose stream. It also meets the federal maximum impact safety standard.


No Stain, No Gain

Technical Glass Products (TGP) offers its Fireframes curtainwall series and Fireframes designer series fire-rated doors and frames in durable stainless steel finish options. Design professionals can now specify the bright, contemporary aesthetic of stainless steel for interior and exterior fire-rated glazing applications requiring up to 120 minutes of fire

The curtainwall series combines narrow, extruded steel frames with Pilkington Pyrostop glass to provide a barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer. It gives architects the option of designing with large expanses of glass in interior and exterior fire-rated glazing applications. Classified and labeled by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), the Fireframes curtainwall series carries up to 120-minute fire ratings as a wall assembly.

The system can incorporate a wide range of fire-rated glazing materials, including the FireLite family of fire-rated glass. The doors and frames are classified and labeled by UL for areas requiring up to 90-minute fire ratings.


A Private Matter

Keralite Privacy by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is a fire-rated glass ceramic that combines fire protection up to 180 minutes with a decorative opaque interlayer. The interlayer creates an obscured view of the room’s contents while still allowing daylight to enter the room.

The laminated layer sandwiched between two fire-protective glass ceramics comes standard in white, but can be adapted to any color, for designer options and decorative purposes.

Keralite Privacy is available throughout the U.S. and Canada, and the product comes in stock sheet sizes of 46 by 78 inches. It can be cut locally to the size needed for a particular project.

Keralite Privacy is fire-rated for up to three hours with required hose stream test, and it is impact safety-rated (ANSI Z97.1 and CPSC 16CFR1201 [Cat. I and II]).


Look in the Mirror

The new generation of Pilkington’s digital display mirrors, MirroView 50/50, offers increased visible light transmittance, making it ideal for heavily lit environments. MirroView 50/50 has a highly reflective mirror coating on clear glass, which gives digital displays and video screens a modern, transitional look.

The mirror conceals the screen by appearing as a normal mirror when the screen is off. The video image shows through the mirror when the screen is on. The product is ideal for a variety of applications including, bathrooms, living rooms, hotel rooms, bars, restaurants, lobbies, salons and other areas, according to the company.

The pyrolytic process used with the product allows for the coating to be chemically bonded to the glass at the molecular level while the glass is still in the semi-molten stage. These durable products can be fabricated to meet any size requirement, according to the company.


Introduction for the ’90s

The newest addition to the PPG family of solar control low-E glasses, Solarban 90 glass combines solar control performance with the aesthetic appeal of clear glass. The glass harmonizes well with other building materials and can be combined in insulating glass units with ultra-clear Starphire glass or performance-tinted glasses by PPG.

In addition, PPG’s coil and building products coatings group has launched the Duranar air-dried system fluoropolymer coating, “a newly formulated product that surpasses the performance of the original Duranar ADS coating,” according to the company.

The next-generation Duranar ADS coating is available in a range of solid, metallic and pearlescent colors and in PPG’s infrared-reflective technology.

Duranar ADS coating has the flexibility to be applied by fingernail brush for small touch-ups at the end of a production line. It can also be applied by spray.


Take No Bull

PRL’s bullet-resistant glass is designed thinner and lighter than other similar products on the market, according to the company. It provides no-spall ballistic protection using glass, PVB and polycarbonate. PRL has also added a Dura Shield film, which provides scratch resistance to the polycarbonate surface. The bullet-resistant glass, designed and tested to meet Level 1-3 ballistic resistance, is only 11⁄16-inch thick. The product resists the following levels/weapons: level 1 (9 millimeter, full metal jacket), level 2 (.357, magnum jacketed lead soft point) and level 3 (.44, magnum 240 grain lead semi-wadcutter gas check).


Quite the Combo

Stoneglass, a new material from Pulp Studio, combines the typical advantages of glass with the strength and ductility of stone, according to the company.

The product is moisture- and scratch-resistant. It’s available either flat or bent and either honed or polished.
Stoneglass comes in 12-, 18- or 30-millimeter thicknesses.


Check the Atlas

MyGlassTruck.com’s new Atlas light-duty glass truck body is an 8-foot-tall by 12-foot-long body mounted on a Ford Transit cab/chassis and compatible with other class 2 and 3 cab/chassis, including ProMaster and Sprinter. Engineered to fill the niche between double-sided van and pick-up glass racks and medium-duty glass truck bodies, Atlas offers a 3,000-pound or greater payload, depending on choice of cab/chassis, and a GVW rating of less than 10,000 pounds.

Designed to maximize strength while minimizing weight, the body is secured to the chassis and supported by a galvanized steel sub-frame, according to the company. Rack posts and slats consist of MyGlassTruck.com’s proprietary T6 aluminum extrusions with full-length horizontal and vertical rubber padding. Exterior racks are 8 feet tall by 12 feet long, and interior racks are 7 feet tall and 12 feet long. The interior platform features a low floor height and slip-resistant surface.

The body is fabricated with aircraft-grade fasteners, which are superior for joining aluminum. Outer glass support ledges are 5 feet wide with 1-inch-thick rubber pads, and the rear wheel skirts are removable. Glass is secured with fully adjustable T6-adjust-a-poles or with optional e-track and cargo straps.


Look in the Mirror

The new generation of Pilkington’s digital display mirrors, MirroView 50/50, offers increased visible light transmittance, making it ideal for heavily lit environments. MirroView 50/50 has a highly reflective mirror coating on clear glass, which gives digital displays and video screens a modern, transitional look.

The mirror conceals the screen by appearing as a normal mirror when the screen is off. The video image shows through the mirror when the screen is on. The product is ideal for a variety of applications including, bathrooms, living rooms, hotel rooms, bars, restaurants, lobbies, salons and other areas, according to the company.

The pyrolytic process used with the product allows for the coating to be chemically bonded to the glass at the molecular level while the glass is still in the semi-molten stage. These durable products can be fabricated to meet any size requirement, according to the company.


Rack ‘em Up

Barkow’s glass racks are now engineered and designed to fit the new generation of cargo vans, the Ford Transit, the Dodge ProMaster and the Nissan NV. Included in the fully welded design is a 24-inch lower splash panel, 4 Stake-Loc self-locking stakes and “B” load-holding slats. Racks are available in aluminum, stainless steel or high-tensile steel in the size of choice. Interior racks and roof racks are also available.


Behind the Curtain

YKK AP America broadens its enerGfacade family of products with the introduction of the YCW 750 XT IG high-performance curtainwall system. Engineered to meet and exceed stringent sustainable building codes and standards, the YCW 750 XT IG utilizes MegaTherm thermal struts to deliver robust thermal performance. Utilizing 1-inch insulating glass units, the YCW 750 XT IG offers superior thermal performance and achieves an overall system U-factor as low as 0.30. The curtainwall system features an integral face cover, requiring less fabrication and field labor hours. A dual-finish option and two-sided structural silicone glazing option are standard features.
Because it supports installing glass from the interior, the YCW 750 XT IG can be used on buildings where glazing from the outside is impractical or prohibitive.


Chek it Out

EDTM’s new Glass-Chek ELITE adds the ability to identify laminated glass in a window and to measure the thickness of the laminate interlayer. Also new to the design is a graphical display that shows an illustration of the window profile, helping the user better understand its construction, according to the company. The graphical display shows the window drawn approximately to scale. It assigns numbers to each piece of glass in the window, and also assigns numbers to each surface of glass, aiding in identifying the low-E-coated surface.

In one of the 12 special operating modes, the Glass-Chek ELITE can identify which piece of glass has the low-E coating when the low-E surface is placed against the laminate interlayer. Another new feature lets the meter store the most recent 28 measurements taken by the user. This allows the user to pull up the measurements after returning to the shop or office.


Seal the Deal

Designed for commercial glazing, J.E. Berkowitz’s JEB 3SEAL insulating glass spacer system is made from structural thermoset silicone with integral 3A desiccant together with 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 counteract glazing stresses caused by wind while enhancing sound attenuation, according to the company. In addition, JEB 3SEAL has minimal thermal conductivity, providing higher glass edge surface temperature, and a multi-layer vapor barrier to enhance condensation


sealant systems
Go with the Flow

Graco Advanced Fluid Dispense’s (AFD) Therm-O-Flow bulk hot melt system is available in configurations specially tailored to the glass industry for application of both primary and secondary seal materials.

When applying the primary seal for insulating glass, the Therm-O-Flow 200 dispenses hot-melt butyl to a spacer sidewall in an offline, automated process. The spacer is then sandwiched between glass panels and hot-applied desiccant or matrix material is automatically dispensed inside the spacer. For the secondary seal, hot-applied butyl material is dispensed behind the glass spacer, either manually or automatically, and around the perimeter of the insulating glass panel. Higher melt and flow rates directly improve productivity in these applications, and precision temperature controls ensure consistent processes.

Adjustable low/empty level sensors are standard on every Therm-O-Flow. Other features include an integrated drum air blow-off that reduces downtime by facilitating quick, easy drum changes. Easy-to-use, graphic-based control screens reduce training time and USB data downloads, according to the company.


Form and Function

GlasPro-HP low-E coatings meet demands of high-performance energy-efficiency values with all the elements of decorative glass, according to the company.

The product can be combined with frit, colored glass, high-definition graphics and many other decorative
applications to achieve the desired look.


A Leg-ato Up

The non-weld system of Wagner’s Legato Collection allows for simple installation without the need for special training. Constructed with Type 316 satin-finished stainless steel, the metal railings provide low-maintenance durability with rust resistance, ideal for outdoor performance, according to the company.

The Legato system accommodates guard, stair or ramp applications for a range of glass thicknesses. The glass infill is secured via mounting hardware, and the system is available in an assortment of post shapes and glass mounting designs, offering surface, embedded and fascia post mounting options with mid, end and corner post configurations.

The Legato SRP option accommodates straight guard applications with a ½-inch glass thickness. The glass infill is secured via slotted tube rails that are held in place with concealed fasteners. The Legato SRP offers surface and fascia post mounting options with mid, end and corner post configurations.


sealants and adhesives
In a Flash

The newest component in its silicone air barrier system, Dow Corning 778 silicone liquid flashing, provides a weatherproof seal at window and door openings, as well as other building transitions behind the exterior façade. Featuring extended tooling time, primerless adhesion to cut sheathing edges, long-term UV resistance and rugged cured properties, this flashing is an ideal choice for general-purpose sealing requirements for transition details.

As a fluid-applied flashing, single-part Dow Corning 778 silicone liquid flashing is easier to use than non-fluid alternatives when sealing difficult details, especially rough and irregular openings, according to the company. Compatible with the Dow Corning silicone air barrier system and other weather barriers, including self-adhering and liquid-applied membranes, the flashing offers aggressive adhesion to a wide variety of construction substrates and can be applied at temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.


Erd is the Word

Erdman’s latest introduction to the curtainwall market is a semi-automated sealant application system that stands out as a precise multitasker.

The system includes joystick control for greater accuracy of the sealant, due to increased visibility provided by the cameras and monitors during sealant application. According to the company, the feature is ideal for larger curtainwall and multi-lite panels.

Another key feature is the ability to apply either the structural sealant or the cap bead. In the past, the two different applications would have required two individual stations.


Molver-ize Them

A molecular sieve-based moisture adsorbent, Fenzi’s Molver DM is a desiccant matrix for the Intercept spacer system. The product is ideal where the need for high adsorbent ability to water content, as well as dependable long-term adhesion to the substrate, is warranted. The adhesive properties of Molver DM have been adopted from the polymeric formulation of Hotver 2000.

Fenzi Molver DM is applied traditionally, utilizing a hot melt dispense pump at temperatures of 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit through the extruder. The product is tested to both ASTM E2190 and the CGSB 12.8 standards.


GIBs Now Available

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) announced its more than 50 Glass Information Bulletins—including recently published editions such as Approximate Weight of Architectural Flat Glass, and Protecting Glass Against Weld Splatter—are all now available for free.

The bulletins, which cover topics ranging from safety glazing and laminated glass to decorative glazing and daylighting, are all available on the association’s website.


window wall
Take the Metro

FG 501T window wall, the first in Kawneer’s MetroView window wall series, offers a slab-to-slab aluminum frame design with an integrated edge to replicate the appearance of a true curtainwall. Described as sleek, efficient and versatile, MetroView FG 501T window wall is ideal for mid-rise commercial and multi-family housing projects.

Screw spline fabrication and joinery means easy construction and low installation costs, while two-piece receptors provide efficient installation, according to Kawneer. Corner members for either 90- or 135-degree applications increase design flexibility, and optional expansion vertical mullions help architects and designers achieve a customized appearance.

Thermal performance is enhanced with the IsoLock thermal break, and the sturdy aluminum construction not only provides structural integrity, but also ensures that the system will never rot, warp or buckle from moisture or weather exposure, according to the company. Additionally, the window wall is fully tested to industry standards, including the hurricane resistance large missile impact requirements of ASTM E1886 and ASTM E1996.


A MUTO Point 

MUTO, Dorma’s latest manual sliding door system, features a compact, modular profile and easy integration of complementary functional elements, according to the company. Its aluminum finishes include clear anodized—similar to satin stainless steel anodized—and powder-coat options.

The line includes the “Basic” and “Comfort” systems. MUTO is self-closing, eliminating the need for a power supply, and has a damping device to decelerate door panels as they approach the open or closed positions. It also features the option of integrating a status indicator to enable door monitoring from anywhere within the building. It can be installed via standard wall and ceiling mountings, as well as in suspended ceilings.

Both MUTO systems include “clamp and glue” technology. Retaining fittings can be glued to either side of the glass surface, providing a secure, lasting hold, according to Dorma.


Major League

Major Industries’ translucent wall systems provide the benefits of light diffusion and high thermal performance, as well as privacy and the blockage of a direct line of sight into interior spaces. The systems are available in both 2.75-inch and 4-inch panel configurations. Small sections of glass can be used to highlight specific views, and polycarbonate multi-wall panels can be incorporated into the system to provide some visual dissonance or to inject color and pattern.

Additionally, Major’s operable windows are also available for integration into both 2.75-inch and 4-inch panel systems, and provide optimal performance with a clean, fully integrated look, according to the company. High-performance hinges and locking hardware come standard on operable windows, and numerous glazing options are available, including dual-, triple- and quad-paned glass, low-E coatings, and more.


Change the Panel

Ideal for use in storefront and curtainwall applications, new Mapes-R Plus infill panels offer a shift from the R-value limitations that exist with typical infill panel applications, according to the company. By rabbeting the interior edges of a thicker panel with additional insulation, previously unattainable R-values can be achieved without modifying the existing glazing pockets.

The panels are designed to fit any size glazing pocket and can increase R-values by up to 300 percent, according to the company. Values up to R=27 are now possible within a 1-inch glazing pocket. Mapes-R Plus panels can also be used in glazing pockets as small as ¼ inch for retrofit applications.


shower enclosures
Raining with Options

Nine different product lines are available from Alumax Bath Enclosures by Sapa.

The Pipeline brand consists of heavy glass and a stainless steel roller system that the company describes as “infinitely versatile,” as it can be styled to fit most designs. The Moana Collection provides fully enclosed glass door systems with a range of stock configurations, hardware and design options. Lani Collection units are designed with attention to door position and water movement, according to the company, which says deflection and panel location provide openness while keeping spray within the unit.

For corner units or a neo-angle shower door, the Kona series enclosures are available. The line also includes in-line doors for tubs or showers. Kona features 1⁄4-inch glass and comes in either chrome or brushed nickel finishes.

The ProLine of frameless sliders is now available in oil-rubbed bronze. The sliders feature minimal hardware and frameless, heavy glass, according to the company. They are inline sliding, with custom 90-degree return kits available. The ProLine classic heavy glass creates a single-door installation or larger configurations with side panels.
Stikstall enclosures provide options such as framed or frameless doors (frameless available in 3⁄16-inch or 1⁄4-inch glass) and a variety of finishes, plus different glass patterns and textures.

Alumax also offers its Classic sliding enclosures, which the company says are packed with safety, cleaning and leak-prevention features. They are available in standard sizes for tub or shower height and can be custom-sized to fit unique opening dimensions. Optional fixed panels or buttress panels are available upon request.

The Classic series pivot and hinge doors for stand-alone showers are also available in both frameless and framed designs.


doors and windows
Spin Me Right ‘Round

Boon Edam Inc.’s new manual revolving door, BoonAssist TQ, offers the unique combination of “push and go” power assistance, speed control and positioning, also known in the industry as quarterpointing.

BoonAssist TQ can be used in a wide variety of applications, up to 10 feet in diameter and 10-foot ceiling heights, which provide a roomy compartment and increased user comfort.

The system is available in two styles to complement all types of building facades and branding requirements: BoonAssist TQM, which consists of metal-framed construction with metal canopy, available in a variety of metal finishes, cladding or custom painted colors, as well as BoonAssist Crystal, an all-glass construction with stainless steel fastening components that can be finished in other metals or custom-painted colors.


Up to Date

CGI Windows & Doors’ Sentinel line has undergone several new updates, including its Sentinel 150 sliding glass door, which is now available in the 10-foot height and in 2-, 3- and 4-track configurations, as well as pocketed configurations.

Small missile testing was completed on the Sentinel 110, 120 and 130 line, and the products may now be used safely on projects 30 feet or higher.

Additionally, CGI’s Targa vinyl line underwent updates, including higher design pressures with Florida Building Code approval, and a new maximum size on the 7500 fixed and designer fixed windows of 48-by-96-inch flange frame.


Meeting the Grade

Quanex says the Mikron C3-11300 AW-Rated window system is the first and only PVC non-metallic window to meet AW performance-grade requirements governed by NAFS. Incorporating a 3-1⁄4-inch frame depth, this system is ideal for both new construction and replacement projects and can be configured in tilt-and-turn, casement, awning, fixed window and in-and-out swing door configurations.

The Mikron C3-11300 AW-rated system accommodates insulating glass units up to 1 5⁄8-inch thick that can be glazed from either interior or exterior. In its triple-pane configuration, the system can achieve U-factors as low as .16 and condensation resistance ratings above 75 to help improve occupant comfort.


Take Your Tem-Picture

Bestech’s new thermoIMAGER G7, an industrial thermal-imaging camera, is tailored to meet the requirements of the glass industry. The spectral range of 7.9 micrometers can even measure thin glass sheets reliably, according to the company.

Like all TIM models, G7’s license-free analysis software is equipped with a line scan feature that enables the monitoring of thermal processes, even with difficult fields of vision, according to Bestech.

Key features for the camera, which is ideal for glass processing and finishing, include a measurement range from 200-1,500 degrees ˚C, optimized spectral response for flat glass production and comprehensive integration possibilities.


Making the Cut

Hegla offers a variety of float glass cutting tables designed for high-level automation, short processing cycles and maximum glass utilization. These include the company’s Optimax and Galactic range, which can be individually configured to meet specific needs.

The Optimax shape-cutting machine offers high-grade guiding elements for the cutting bridge to ensure continuous, precise cutting. The Galactic range offers linear drive technology; these non-contact linear drives reduce wear “drastically and permanently,” according to the company.

Other lines for the float glass industry include the Gantry loading system with rotatable vacuum frame; the BBS and BBF floor-loader systems, the KPL-A automatic compact storage system, the Tandem-ReMaster and SortJet.


Bring the Heat

Glaston FC1000 is the result of continuous development work with the company’s FC500. FC1000 with the new Glaston Chinook Pro convection system transfers the heat more accurately and uniformly than conventional convection systems, according to the company. The accuracy is achieved with an extreme air volume, which is blown on the top and bottom of the glass at low pressure. On the upper glass side, the air is blown through optimally placed hole nozzles. Below the glass, the air blow happens through multiple divided segments. Ultimately, this convection design results in a uniform heat transfer.

FC1000 also includes a new, dense roller conveying system to further minimize edge kink and glass waviness. In addition, FC1000 is available with a new slot nozzle design in the chiller to decrease differences in stress levels inside the glass.

FC1000 also addresses power consumption with the Chinook Pro, which circulates the air onto both the top and bottom surfaces of the glass. Based on the principles of thermodynamics, FC1000 decreases total energy consumption significantly, according to Glaston.


Control Your Temper

Distributed in the U.S. by Salem Flat Glass & Mirror, NorthGlass’ AG1 Series glass tempering lines possess a combination of matrix radiation heating and forced convection heating technologies. The lines feature hot-air circulated forced convection ventilators and well-structured and clean heating chambers. The new tempering furnace lines include a loading table, heating section, blast heads, unloading table, blowing and cooling system and intelligent control system. They are primarily used to manufacture flat or bent tempered glass for furniture, home appliances and architectural glass. An advantage of the AG1 Series, according to Salem, is its capabilities in glass flatness and removal of stress marks, which it says produces virtually no defects.

The system’s new user interface permits parameters including heating power, temperature, frequency, air pressure and blowing distance to be displayed when you point anywhere on the furnace configuration components shown on the monitor.

Another key feature is the staggered arrangement of each of the eight-row blowing nozzles.

Depending on the furnace model, typical flat glass runs have sizes from 200 by 300 millimeters to 2,850 by 12,800 millimeters, thickness ranges of 4-19 millimeters and productivity at 20 batches per hour. Size of bent glass runs are 200 by 500 millimeters minimum to 2,850 by 12,800 millimeter maximum with thickness of 5-19 millimeters and productivity at approximately 18 batches per hour.


Cutting Corners

The Neptun LVTOP vertical washer with CornerCut is a fully automatic system that clips all four corners before washing the glass.

The washer eliminates the labor of hand-clipping corners, according to Matodi, the U.S. distributor.


handling equipment
Give ‘em a Lift

The Premium MRT4 vacuum lifter by Wood’s Powr-Grip now comes equipped with a premium Dual Vacuum System (DVS). This DVS features two independent vacuum circuits, allowing the lifter to maintain the vacuum level for one circuit even if an unexpected vacuum loss occurs in the other. It is designed to reduce the risk of falling loads. New digital vacuum switches enable the vacuum pump and vacuum level warning devices to operate independently of each other, eliminating alarm distraction during routine cycling of the vacuum pump.


Wipe it Away

Valspar’s new ASTM-compliant graffiti-resistant system has been tested and approved for all Valspar Coil and Extrusion building products.

The properties of Valspar’s coatings combined with the innovative cleaning system provided by Graffiti Removal Services (GRS) means the solution not only applies to future projects, but also to existing installations with the company’s coatings. GRS’s non-toxic products use a brush-on, wipe-off application with no dwell time to quickly and effectively remove graffiti without damaging the underlying coating.


Clad to be Here

The new Firestone Building Products CLAD-GARD SA FR with CoreGard Technology is a self-adhered, waterproof, UL Class A underlayment.

According to the company, the product can reduce installation time, labor costs and the overall number of necessary materials for commercial roofing projects thanks to the fire protection of UL Class A roofing materials in a single-layer underlayment. Primer is not required for CLAD-GARD SA FR with CoreGard Technology in temperatures that exceed 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the product is covered by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty.


decorative glass
Make it a Double

Goldray Industries’ research and development team has come up with a new process to apply ceramic frit to both sides of a monolithic glass panel. That allows for depth of pattern while still maintaining the durability and low maintenance of traditional ceramic frit, according to the company. A key feature is it can bring movement and depth to decorative glass without deviating from a monolithic installation.

The company’s dichroic laminated glass, meanwhile, is manufactured using 3M’s premium-grade polymeric film. The film is laminated between two or more lites of glass, transmitting one color and reflecting another, resulting in glass that constantly changes color with the viewing angle and light. The product comes in two color schemes and numerous finishes. The 3M film is non-metallic, non-corrosive and non-oxidizing, and is suitable for both interior and exterior applications.


Breaking Down Barriers

Vision Barrier’s RABA gradient grid provides moderate privacy blocking and is designed to repeat and seamlessly flow over multiple panels of glass, according to the company. The pattern is encased between two layers of optically clear film, and its lamination preserves the integrity of the printed image.

The company’s various stock patterns are offered in standard sizes of 96 by 59 inches or 50 by 96 inches, depending on the pattern.


Improved Vision

With a new combination of material thickness and open aperture, Sefar Architecture’s new 260/50 series of Vision metal-coated fabric interlayers for glass is ideal for interior glass walls and paneling, as well as facades and second skins.

The addition of 260 microns of material thickness with 50 percent mesh aperture offers a wide range of options for innovative designs in both interior and exterior architectural glass applications. The mesh can also help in reducing solar heat gain and glare.

All Vision metal coatings improve the thermal insulating qualities for reducing solar heat gain while allowing for light transmission, according to the company. The range of materials can be single- or double-sided to produce any desired effect.

The fabrics are available in six density configurations and each can be coated with three different metal coatings—aluminum, chrome, and titanium. They can also be printed on to achieve any color or pattern, providing unlimited combinations. They feature plain or twill weaves in a variety of aperture percentages (25-70) and light transmission percentages (18-60).


handling equipment
Carried Away

Designed to carry insulating glass, framed assemblies, windows, sheet metal, stone or any other flat material up to 6 inches, Carrymate Safety Grip permits the users to walk upright, face in the same direction and safely navigate difficult ground, sites and buildings.

Carrymate Grips are self-adjusting, slip-proof and endorsed by international health and safety agencies, according to the company. Each grip can carry 220 pounds for a total of 440 pounds per pair.

They are distributed in North America by Goldanco of Henderson, Nev., a subsidiary of German manufacturer Dr. Gold & Co.KG.


Hinging on Something

Colcom’s Biloba Unica hydraulic hinge, featuring its internal hydraulic mechanism, is 56 millimeters in height and designed for indoor and outdoor applications. Biloba Unica may also be used on pivot turning doors. The Bilobina series, meanwhile, is the first hydraulic hinge for shower enclosures, according to the company. Its independent hydraulic and removable mechanism makes the inner piston interchangeable on different shapes of customized hinges. Its Slash system is used for pivoting shower doors that incorporate a hydraulic mechanism. The opening by the pivot turning door allows a wider free-moving space, according to Colcom. The company also has a solution for highly humid environments with its Biloba BT hinge. The product is suitable for high temperatures (up to 100 degrees Celsius) and for applications such as saunas and steam baths. Due to the anodizing treatment, the hinges perform well against corrosion, the company says.


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