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September/October  2004

the Showroom
     new products

SOFTWARE
GTS Services Introduces GlasPacLX 3.1 Software
GTS Services, a technology unit of PPG Industries based in Portland, Ore., has announced the launch of the latest version of its GlasPacLX software. The program includes features said to save retail glass operations time and money such as vehicle identification number (VIN) decode, centralized scheduling and ordering, vendor pricing access, improved electronic invoicing and tightened system security. 

According to Fahmy Mechael, GTS Services president, a shop employee using GlasPacLX version 3.1 software can enter a VIN in the system and automatically get vehicle data through the VIN decode feature to ensure that correct glass parts are ordered. GTS Services also enables retail glass shops to import vendors’ “net price” lists directly into GlasPacLX 3.1 software, Mechael said. He added that this feature saves shops time spent entering parts data and gives them necessary information to set pricing and ensure profits. 

“We are committed to helping GTS Services customers be the most successful glass retailers in the industry,” Mechael said. “Customers using GlasPacLX software are telling us it is just what they need to improve shop efficiency and position themselves for profits during these challenging times. Version 3.1 adds tools customers need to manage costs and improve service.”
Info call 800/209-2369 

TOOLS
A Warm Reception for a Cold Knife
Glo Tech, of Meridian, Idaho, is offering what it calls the ultimate solution for the quick release, fully adjustable cold knife. According to company literature, the Easy-Pro Advance has a close blade pulling point that helps keep the blade secure in urethane while cutting, which is said to eliminate the problem of pulling through glass. The knife includes a ¾-inch pinchweld scraper, a cold knife blade, a utility blade and a slim blade holder for a maximum clearance of more than one inch.
Info call 888/201-3638

Tape It Up
Gold Glass Group Corp. of Bohemia, N.Y. has introduced its most recent addition to the Gold Glass line, the T202.

The closed cell foam moulding is an underside profile designed for exposed edge glass applications that involve tight radius corners.

Sold as 100 ft. rolls, the T202 is specifically designed to replace damaged moulding on quarter and back glass pieces that have tight radius instead of replacing the whole lite.
Info visit www.gggcorp.com

WINDOWS
CRL Introduces New Rear Sliding Windows
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. (CRL) has introduced an array of new rear sliding windows for 2004 pick-up trucks.

According to the company, its truck slider line has expanded to include manual and POWR sliders for the following 2004 vehicles: 

the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, the Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC Topkick, the Nissan Titan and the Dodge Ram. The manual and POWR sliders for the Ford F-150 truck feature deluxe curved glass with bolt-in installation.

“The perfect fit sliders are easy-to-install, attractive and reliable,” said Mario Beltran, automotive products manager. “The slimline, powder-coated flexible flange frames hug the truck cab for a true OEM, flush fit appearance, help reduce road noise and keep water out. They feature an aluminum frame that has a soft or flexible flange attached to the outside perimeter, and when mounted, only the soft flange of the slider is in contact with the truck body.”
Info  www.crlaurence.com or call 810/225-4640

RECYCLING
Glass Aggregate Systems Develops Windshield Recycling System
Glass Aggregate Systems of Faribault, Minn., has introduced a system for recycling scrap windshields, using little electricity and transforming the glass into an aggregate of ½ inch or smaller. The equipment’s capacity can range from 500 pounds an hour to 20 tons an hour.

The new equipment crushes the glass and separates the laminate from the glass, discarding the laminate into an independent conveyor/container. This is all done in a one pass process at a capacity of 10 + tons/hour.
The system begins with manually feeding or conveying glass material into a processor, which initially breaks down the large and thick glass material and cuts the laminate from the glass. The next stage further reduces the size of the glass and removes the laminate from the glass. The glass aggregate end product is either conveyed to a drop-site (bunker, truck or rail car) or drops into customer’s container.

MACHINERY
GlassPro Systems Makes Cleaning a Cinch
Monroe, Wis.-based Glass Pro Systems has invented a new system to aid windshield repairs. According to company literature, the Cinch uses dual vacuum chambers to pull air and moisture from the damage before resin contacts the glass to make injecting medium grade resin into star breaks easy which allows for repairs that are stronger and better looking than they would be otherwise. 

Company owner Michael Curl offers hands-on training for the patented system at company headquarters.
Info visit www.glassprosystems.com or call 800/395-7380.
Info 507/334-6437

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