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Volume 6   Issue 10               November  2005

More, More, More
Products Were Plentiful at GBA

Exhibitors proved they were glad to be back in Atlanta this year for GlassBuild America 2005, which took place September 13-15. Although it has been two months since the show ended, the innovative products that were seen at the exhibit are still making headlines (For a look at more products from the show, see October DWM, page 44).

MACHINERY
This Machines Has Moves
Ameri-Can Machinery Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario, was proud to show Univer 55/FS, a single-head cutting machine with radial movement along lineal guides. It features a retractable blade with front exit and hydro-pneumatic regulation for blade exit. It boasts double tilting rightwards and leftwards from 90 degrees through 22 degrees and hydro-pneumatic positioning at intermediate degrees, according to the company. 

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Bystronic Showcases Super Spacer® IG-Line 
Bystronic unveiled several comprehensive systems to wide acclaim. Among the systems showcased was first’flexspacer, the fully-automatic Super Spacer® IG Line which includes a hot-melt sealing robot. 

Various shape cutting and edge-deletion technologies were also demonstrated throughout the show. Receiving considerable attention was the smart’lamicut glass cutting machine featuring the Armatec swing arm crane with an easy lift handling device to facilitate glass loading. Also shown were the smart’cut SD automatic shape cutting and edge deletion machine featuring automatic free-fall loading for mid-sized glass and the smart’verticut LD automatic jumbo-sized vertical CNC shape cutting and edge deletion machine. The latter system is designed to handle larger (130- by 240-inch. glass size) applications. The company said that all systems exhibited at the show were sold on-site. 

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Accu-Tec is Accurate
Accu-Tec Contour muntin assembly equipment is patent-pending equipment from McKeegan Equipment and Supply Co. of Canton, Mich. The new computerized feed through system 4540L features a compact size (24- by 96- by 75-inches), contour muntin punch and saw for fishmouth assembly and can be configured for all standard or contour muntins. 

The company’s contour end trim equipment 4611 features easy cutter change-over and delivers quick and easy trimming of contour for a fishmouth cut. 

The contour keeper punching equipment 4601 features digital readout gauge bar for accurate punch placement and will punch holes without drilling.

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Winpro Wins a Crowd
Winpro-Formtek Cleveland Inc. brought its SFM series roll former to the show, a machine that attaches screens, frames and buttons and can handle four sets of profiles at one time without tooling changeover. The machine works at speeds up to 150 feet per minute. The company also showcased its Screen Express, an older machine that is used for automatic screen assembly. 

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Bystronic Showcases Super Spacer® IG-Line 
Bystronic unveiled several comprehensive systems to wide acclaim. Among the systems showcased was first’flexspacer, the fully-automatic Super Spacer® IG Line which includes a hot-melt sealing robot. 

Various shape cutting and edge-deletion technologies were also demonstrated throughout the show. Receiving considerable attention was the smart’lamicut glass cutting machine featuring the Armatec swing arm crane with an easy lift handling device to facilitate glass loading. Also shown were the smart’cut SD automatic shape cutting and edge deletion machine featuring automatic free-fall loading for mid-sized glass and the smart’verticut LD automatic jumbo-sized vertical CNC shape cutting and edge deletion machine. The latter system is designed to handle larger (130- by 240-inch. glass size) applications. The company said that all systems exhibited at the show were sold on-site. 

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Proline Packs a Punch
Pro-Line of Woodbridge, Ontario, had the newest version of its ProSash center at the show. A combination of welding, corner cleaning and fabrication, the machine allows one operator to perform all functions associated with sash fabrication on more than 500 sashes per shift, according to the company. It was joined by the AF222 auto feed and cutting center and equipped with new optimization software. Along with a bin system with lights to direct an operator to where the finished profile goes. 

Also at the Pro-Line booth was the company’s Proframe casing line, an automatic welding and fabrication center that cuts profiles as needed, then takes the profile through corner cleaning and clean welding.

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ADHESIVES/SEALANTS
Reduce Window Manufacturing Costs with Back-Bedding Sealant
Tremco of Beachwood, Ohio, has introduced TremGlaze S900, an AAMA-approved, reactive back-bedding sealant with quick green strength and a three- to four-hour set-up that is ideally suited for the door and window fabrication process, according to the company. 

“TremGlaze S900 enables plants to lower their material and application costs because they can use conventional ‘cold applied’ pumping and automated XY application equipment, instead of purchasing expensive ‘hot applied’ pumping and XY upgrades,” said Troy Miller, national sales manager of residential glazing. “Its quick green strength speeds up productivity and unit handling while reducing potential sash distortion.”

Designed for back-bedding of door and window products, the cold-applied sealant is a two-component, high-performance, reactive silicone that has quick green strength and is compatible with existing pumps and XY back-bedding equipment.

The company says that no hot-melt pumping equipment is needed. The product has a one-to-one mix ratio, is safe to handle, non-hazardous and contains no volatile organic compounds. It is also available in cartridge packaging for in-plant repairs and remakes. 

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GLASS CLEANING
Joseph Doesn’t Cut Corners, It Cleans Corners
Joseph Machine Co. of Dillsburg, Pa., displayed its TFC twin-head vinyl corner cleaner, which utilizes CNC-controlled mill disks, customized scarf knives and routers to clean the excess weld spew from welded vinyl squares on two corners simultaneously. 

Also on display was the company’s TSC vinyl corner cleaner. The machine’s mechanical systems include a two-axis servo motion-controlled disc cutter and top scarf knife assembly per cleaning head and pneumatic bottom scarf knife per cleaning head. 

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FINISHED PRODUCTS
Restoration Pro Double-Hung Window Makes Impact
Chelsea Building Products of Oakmont, Pa., revealed its Restoration Pro double-hung window with one-inch insulating glass. It features 3.25-inch strong, multi-cavity frame depth, and is available in both replacement and new construction versions.

Achieving a design pressure rating of 50, the window has one-inch insulating glass for energy efficiency, security, increased structural performance and the ability to put blinds between the glass. A sash accommodates simulated divided lites. Balance shoe pockets are supported with double walls on each side, as well as vertical walls below to minimize deflection. Equal lite sash design provides a clean, balanced look to the interior grilles, grilles between the glass and simulated divided lite grille patterns, according to the company.

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PANELS
New Stuff from Nudo
Nudo, the Springfield, Ill.-based manufacturer of panel systems, brought its new catalog to the GBA show, highlighting the company’s ARC-EDGE panel sealant. ARC-EDGE is a factory-applied edge coating that seals out moisture to prevent moisture-born contaminants from forming on panel edges and can be applied to any panel thickness.

Also new from the company is its Poly-Metal Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP), designed for use in any aluminum glazing system or in place of glass plate. The ACP is made with a solid thermoplastic core with a factory bonded aluminum overlay on both sides, and is available in polyester or PVDF paint finishes.

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SERVICES
Weiss Guys Make First Appearance
First-time GBA exhibitors Weiss Factory Finish was on hand more to promote the company than any particular product. The supplier of painting services offers the ability to paint PVB between the extrusion and lamination processes, which, in turn allows a company to offer a window profile with a colored outside and a white inside. Having never exhibited at GlassBuild America in the past and with no basis to compare, company representatives felt that the show went reasonably well. 

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INSULATING GLASS 
Showing a Totally New TAPE-AT
Exhibiting together as part of the Quanex Building Products Group, TruSeal Technologies Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Besten Equipment Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, demonstrated a variety of IG spacer and application technologies.

The two companies have collaborated to develop a new version of the Totally Automated Production Equipment - Advanced Technology (TAPE-AT) system. The line is 30 percent more compact than the previous version and features the latest automated hands-free spacer application platform, according to the company. The flexibility of TruSeal’s high-performance IG spacers, such as DuraSeal™, combined with the TAPE-AT equipment, allows manufacturers to increase their productivity while producing an array of IG unit sizes. In addition, the line features a True Dual Seal application station following the IG assembly. 

The company also demonstrated its Tilting Air Float Table, designed specifically for large and odd-shaped IG applications. It features a pneumatic tilting mechanism that makes it easy to work with large IG applications, according to the company. It is designed to work efficiently with TruSeal’s warm-edge spacer systems.

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ADHESIVES/SEALANTS
Soft-Textured Sealant Increases Productivity
Dow Corning Corp. of Midland, Mich., introduced its Instant Glaze II, which allows easy application and installation of glass for residential and small commercial door and window manufacturers. 

InstantGlaze II is a lower-viscosity, softer material than InstantGlaze I, which was launched in 2004. It squeezes down during application to increase contact surface with the window while offering the same green strength, reduced hold time and increased efficiency of InstantGlaze I.

“This next generation of Instant Glaze technology meets the needs of customers who asked for a softer feel and still provides all of the performance benefits of our revolutionary hot-melt technology,” said David Heying, door and window sales manager for North America.

The soft texture of the new product also increases elasticity and elastic recovery performance, which have passed tests to meet the newly instituted Dade County, Fla., hurricane standards. 

Both InstantGlaze I and InstantGlaze II sealants and their vertical application technology allow manufacturers to produce high quality doors and windows that increase productivity up to 33 percent over tape glazing, according to the company.

According to the company, vertical glazing eliminates the need to raise and lower the product for traditional horizontal glazing application methods, saving time and labor. The sealant’s patented formulation delivers the superior performance of silicone without the squeeze-out problems and cure hold times of other wet glazing methods. InstantGlaze has a 24-hour pot life and up to 15 minutes of open time, yet develops instant green strength so there are no fabrication delays, according to the company. The sealant delivers immediate aggressive adhesion without sagging to vinyl, wood, glass, aluminum, painted or treated wood, high performance paint and fiberglass. 

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Q’SO Outshined the Competition
Q’SO Inc. of Saginaw, Texas, stood out from the crowd in its bright orange booth. The chemical engineering and product development company that produces gaskets, sealants and adhesives was touting its Q-17 Instalam Laminating Adhesive for traditional drop-in glazing compounds. The product can be applied manually or robotically and, according to the company, is environmentally safe. The Q-17 is a lightly cross-linked rubber and saturated proprietary block copolymers and is available in white, clear and amber. It has a peel strength of 12.5 pli min. inches of width (ASTM C-794) and is available in 55-gallon fiber drums, five gallon fiber pails and five-pound slugs.

Also among the Q’SO product line is its Q-16 series of bedding/glazing compound that can be used as a perimeter seal and, according to the company, adheres to a wide variety of plastics commonly found in door lite frames. The Q-16 is intended for factory use with a hot-melt unit and is available in amber, white and gray.

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DECORATIVE GLASS 
SculpturLite Brings Life to Glass
Tem-Pace Inc. of Niles, Mich., exhibited what it says is the latest in decorative glass called SculpturLite. The new styles take artfully-formed molded glass from old world look to new world technology at an affordable cost, according to the company. 

SculpturLite is glass formed with textures, designs and colors. Glass can be formed to create patterns that complement scenery, decoration, shape and style. The glass adds value to any application, doorlite, sidelite, shower door, lighting, cabinetry, transoms, garage door, simulated glass block and much more.

Colors are UV-stable and permanently fired in the glass, and each unique panel is fully tempered. The company offers a wide range of textures and designs can represent a theme or replicate a favored design. 

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GLASS HANDLING
Clean and Process Easier with SV-742 and SV-354
U-R-B-A-N Machinery received a great response from its new SV-742 twin head CNC sash cleaner/processor. The machine includes an extensive range of cleaning and processing options, industrial PC control system and fully-programmable high-speed two axis CNC on each head. It also has an automatic profile identification to eliminate set-up and promote fast and safe operation. An interface with menu-driven maintenance and self-diagnostic functions make it easy to use. 

Also on display from the company was the SV-354 two-head, nine-axis CNC weldsteam cleaner, which provides complete inside and outside cleaning of welded frame or sash. The mobile head is controlled by axis for quick feeding position and semi-automated machining.

Oversized brush table support is included for ergonomic operation. Some standard tools per head include disc cutter for outside contours, top, bottom and horizontal internal vertical scarfing knives, and vertical router, automatic profile identification among others.

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Bromer Holds Glass with Gusto
The Independent Sorter Skid (I.S.S.) from Bromer Inc. of Quebec, made an appearance at the show. With the ability to hold 20 to 50 glass pieces or insulating glass units, it is constructed of heavy duty steel and features a baseboard and rear separator in ultra high molecular weight (UHMW), according to the company. It has a full-length groove and UHMW-retaining arms with Bromer locking device. The arms retain one sealed unit or two glass sheets of the same dimensions. 

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FINISHED PRODUCTS
Restoration Pro Double-Hung Window Makes Impact
Chelsea Building Products of Oakmont, Pa., revealed its Restoration Pro double-hung window with one-inch insulating glass. It features 3.25-inch strong, multi-cavity frame depth, and is available in both replacement and new construction versions.

Achieving a design pressure rating of 50, the window has one-inch insulating glass for energy efficiency, security, increased structural performance and the ability to put blinds between the glass. A sash accommodates simulated divided lites. Balance shoe pockets are supported with double walls on each side, as well as vertical walls below to minimize deflection. Equal lite sash design provides a clean, balanced look to the interior grilles, grilles between the glass and simulated divided lite grille patterns, according to the company.

www.dwmmag.com/infocenter


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