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January/February 2002

            the Showroom     new products

GLASS
CRL Sliders “Perfectly Fit” 2002 Dodge Ram
Los-Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) is introducing “Perfect Fit” sliders with self-centering frames for the new 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

“All new technology makes CRL’s cab-hugging, ‘Perfect Fit’ sliders easy to install, attractive and reliable,” said product manager Rick Nelson. “Our new Perfect Fit Ram slider with self-centering frame is in line with the market’s current design direction, providing an attractive flush fit. This new slider frame’s edge trim centers the slider in the truck body opening and compensates for any variances in truck manufacturing tolerances.”

CRL’s Perfect Fit sliders feature an aluminum frame that has a soft or flexible flange attached to the outside perimeter. When mounted, only the soft flange of the slider is in contact with the truck body. These slimline, powder-coated frames provide uniform contact with the curved profile of the cab body to improve the seal and to increase rear visibility and weatherability, according to the company.

In addition, CRL offers Perfect Fit flexible-flange sliders for several 2001 pickup truck models, including the Dodge Ram, Dodge Dakota, Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, Chevrolet/GMC “S” series and Toyota Tundra.

TOOLS

Equalizer® Express® Speeds Jobs
Equalizer Industries Inc. of Round Rock, Texas, has the Express auto glass removal tool available for distribution. According to the company, the Equalizer Express is designed to cut through tough urethane and its 18-volt motor provides it with the power to remove glass quickly. The kit is equipped with an 18-volt battery and battery charger, a BFE-1400 blade, an instructional video and a carrying case.




ADHESIVES
Sika Adds SikaTack®-High Module to Urethane Line
Sika Industry Auto Glass Replacement Group, based in Madison Heights, Mich., has introduced SikaTack-High Modul, a cold-applied urethane adhesive designed specifically for an installation requiring both a high-modulus and non-conductive standard. 

The one-component product is packed in 10.5-ounce cartridges and can be dispensed easily with standard manual or electric caulking guns.

SERVICES
IGA Offers AmeriGlass as Free Service
The Independent Glass Association (IGA), based in Idyllwild, Calif., is now offering participation in its AmeriGlass™ savings club free to members. According to the IGA, it was able to make this program available at no cost because of the rebates it receives from suppliers on each AmeriGlass purchase.

The AmeriGlass program offers its participants discounts and rebates from the glass, tools and accessory suppliers by allowing them to order glass and other products together in large (and thus cost-effective) orders, as a large shop might be able to do.

In addition, the IGA has refurbished its website—www.iga.org—with several new features, including a “Get Informed” section providing billing, legal and marketing information, an automatic NAGS calculator to compute NAGS discounts and several others in its new member-only communication center. 

BRIEFLY … 
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) and Butterworth Heinman have co-published Intelligent Vehicle Technologies, which was written by Ljubo Vlacic, Michael Parent and Fumio Harashima. The book provides in-depth coverage of intelligent vehicle technologies, including intelligent sensors and control systems, according to SAE International  … Reel Quick Inc. of Lincoln, Neb., offers Rapid-Reel Utility Reels for water hoses. According to the company, these reels are durable, weather-resistant and are equipped with a powder code. The all-steel reels have a constant tension brake to keep the cord from unspooling by itself and are easy to rewind with comfort grip handles. The reels might make life easier on the job when providing add-on services such as car washes …

                

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