Ready for Rain
against radiant heat
The SAF Series 4000, by from 45 minutes up
Southern Aluminum Finish- to two hours. Its in-
ing Co. (SAF), is a drained and terlayer technology
back-ventilated rain screen eliminates black
panel system that incorporates spacers and sec-
a strip of composite material ondary seals found in gel-ﬁlled units. This allows for vir-
in a reveal between each panel, tually clear-edge butt-glazing similar to non-rated glazing,
instead of caulk.This results in according to the company. The product’s interlayers have
a uniform appearance, accord- about 40 percent less water content than gel interlayers for
ing to the company. The system ships with fabricated panels optical stability even at extreme temperatures.
and “track” extrusions ready to assemble on a jobsite. It’s en- PyroFrames are rated from 45 minutes up to two hours,
gineered to allow moisture to permeate the outside wall, and and PyroDoors are rated from 20 to 90 minutes and limit
then drain through weep holes on each panel frame. temperature-rise to 2,500 F at 30 minutes.Both offer narrow
The system passes the TAS301 Test Protocol established for sightlines of roll-formed steel proﬁles and protection against
Miami-Dade HVHZ, which includes TAS 201 (large missile); the spread of radiant heat.The products feature internal and
TAS 202 (air, water and structure) and TAS 203 (pressure cy- external surface protection provided by Sendzimir galvaniz-
cling).In addition,the Texas Department of Insurance’s (TDI) ing,in combination with high-performance painted ﬁnishes,
Product Evaluation has also been completed. Certiﬁcations for maximum lifetime durability, according to the company.
issued for the RainScreen system include panels from three yy➤www.generalglass.com
major aluminum composite panel (ACM) manufacturers.
Playing with Fire
Multitech, offered by Fenzi, is a rigid spacer made of rein-
forced plastic with a special multi-layer barrier. Developed
General Glass International (GGI) has added Pyrobel ﬁre-re- at the Alu Pro and Rolltech laboratories, it is sold worldwide
sistive glass, as well as PyroFrames and PyroDoors, to its cur- through the Glass Alliance network.As a result of the multi-
rent ﬁre-rated offerings that include Pyran Platinum,Pyroguard layer barrier, which is extremely thin yet strong, the new
and new wire ﬁre-protective glazing products.
proﬁle meets current international standards and forms
a barrier to water vapor and gas with all the sealants now
The product can also be produced with wings for use in
the production of insulating glass (IG) ﬁtted with special
sun shades inside of the glazing.
Clean and Clear
The CRL glass machin-
ery model VEW63 is used
for cleaning IG and general
types of glass. Using pow-
er-driven conveyors in all
sections, it moves multiple
or large glass lites up to ½-inch thick through the cleaning
process at speeds of up to 22 feet per minute.
The washer features re-circulating wash and rinse com-
partments with four low-E brushes to provide an efﬁcient
wash, according to the company. Other features include
ﬂuorescent glass inspection lights on the outlet conveyor
and sound-reducing enclosures around the drying knives
and air blower. To minimize corrosion and increase lon-
gevity, all frame components in contact with the washing
areas are made from stainless steel. The unit uses an
electric automatic solenoid valve to connect fresh water
for the ﬁnal rinse.
Metallic inks by Tec-
glass, a digital printing
group specifically for
glass, allow effects to be
obtained without decorat-
ing operations by creating
an ambiance with special
light effects and colors.
A non-slip decorative effect also offers functionality for
glass. The product is suitable for ﬂooring and impactful
staircases in public and private settings and is resistant to
weather conditions, according to the company.
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | May 2017