Win-Door 2000 Hits Toronto
Show Brings Information and Exposition
for the Fenestration Industry
While 2000 may be winding down, available educational opportunities for the glass industry have not waned. In particular, Win-Door 2000, Canadas premier event for fenestration professionals, took place in the city of Toronto, November 15, 16 and 17.
In this, its sixth year, the event offered everything from computer hardware and software, new products, manufacturing equipment and more.
We started the show to gather the industry together, said Jim Parker, Win-Door Show chairman. We were having trouble getting people to come to the annual Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) meeting so we combined the show with it.
Organized by the CWDMA, this years event welcomed more than 3,500 participants from throughout North America and the world, to this years site, the new downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.
More than 150 companies offered their latest line-up of fenestration innovations, creating an excellent opportunity for individuals to network and learn.
This show has become bigger than we ever expected, Parker said. It has become a meeting place and a networking opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers.
Parker continued, This show has become a great interest to the Canadian market and is beginning to reach the United States more and more.
While the CWDMA meeting which took place during the event was for members only, non-members were able to sign up to join the association during the show. Likewise, educational seminars covering glass and fenestration topics also were held during the three-day exhibition.
Although many decided to check out the sites of Toronto during the show, no one could forget to return to the show to view the many exhibits that were on display for Win-Door 2000. The following is a sampling of the companies that visited Win-Door 2000 bearing products to display.
Pilkington Saves Energy
at Win-Door 2000
Pilkington of Toledo, Ohio, featured its Energy Advantage low-E glass in Toronto. According to the company, the glass combines an excellent U-Value with a high solar heat gain coefficient, thus increasing the passage of solar energy into a room. With this particular feature, Pilkington expects Energy Advantage low-E glass to become a popular item among those living in cooler climates, including inhabitants of the northern United States and Canada.
Likewise, Pilkington displayed the newest version of its energy-efficient glass, Pilkington Solar E Solar Control low-E glass. According to the company, the updated version of the product is the first pyrolytic glass to combine thermal and solar control properties on a clear lite of glass.
Win-Door draws machinery manufacturers such as Sturtz (above) and Joseph Urban (left) as well as component manufacturers, including Truth Hardware ( right).
Elumatec Visits Toronto
Elumatec North America, based in South Bend, Ind., headed to Win-Door to display its model DG 142 double mitre saw. The saw, which has 500-mm blades, has a large cutting capacity at 90-degrees or a 45-degree tilt, according to the company. The DG 142 can be equipped with either an electronic or personal computer control system and utilizes a digital display. In addition, all models of the DG 142 are equipped with drive motors of 5 ½-horsepower and spindle speed up to 2,800 rpm. Elumatec says its double mitre saw is available with bed-lengths of 3.0-, 4.5- or 6-meters. Special features available with the DG 142 include clamping, support, roller conveyor systems, special blades, fixtures and coolants.
Witte Shows Off Products
Witte North America Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario, displayed its line of bending equipment, including the hot air bending station. According to the company, Witte's bending station creates profiles at a maximum of 11-feet and is suitable for use with the company's own bending tables, which also were displayed at the show. Witte bending tables feature the automatic positioning of clamping blocks and a hand wheel for changing the machine's radius.
The company also featured its manual double-miter saw for round-tops and its welding equipment for all spring-loaded weld jigs and fixtures.
Titon Ventilates Cells,
Maintains Maximum Security
Titon Inc. of South Bend, Ind., displayed a product it says is designed to revolutionize ventilation in prisons, jails and psychiatric facilities. The Titon Safe Cell (Sobinco) is a passive ventilation system designed for high security. According to the company, the system is installed at the bottom of a fixed window system within the glazing area with a perforated stainless steel plate covering the whole ventilator, inside and out. With an impenetrable control knob, the Safe Cell allows security while also allowing those restricted to enjoy fresh air. Just over an inch in thickness, the ventilator has no visible screws and does not protrude beyond the windows frame, according to the company.
LCS Solves Industry Dilemma
LCS Precision Molding of Elysian, Minn., displayed its newest product line, the LCS-400 Muntin Connector Series. According to the company, the series is the answer to a major industry dilemma, how to connect muntin-to-muntin in non-traditional angle grids. The new product line will fit most muntin dimensions and is fabricated in stainless steel for strength and weatherability, says LCS. In addition, the company says the muntin connectors will adjust to most extreme angle requirements.
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