Volume 8, Issue 11 - December 2007


Nordson Introduces Altablue™ TT Adhesive Melters 
Duluth, Ga.-based Nordson Corp.’s AltaBlue TT adhesive melters deliver flexibility, reliability, durability and performance to product assembly, packaging and paperboard converting operations, the company says. The AltaBlue TT melters provide the ability to process a wide range of materials in demanding applications with a high level of control.

In addition, AltaBlue adhesive melters provide an all-electric solution for manual, semi-automatic and automatic applications and feature variable-speed AC motors with spur gear pumps for easy-to-operate, low-maintenance hot-melt adhesive application. The AltaBlue TT melters are available in 4-, 10- and 16-liter tank sizes. Nordson says the Teflonâ-coated tube tank eliminates dead corners and minimizes adhesive char and that the large, accessible tank opening provides for easy filling and cleaning.www.nordson.com

New Machinery from Progressive Systems 
Progressive Systems Inc. in Minneapolis has debuted a new CNC feed-through extrusion fabrication cell, which can be used for aluminum, PVC/vinyl, fiberglass and wood/composites. The machine allows for either vertical or horizontal fabrication. It features an automatic, component-loading, walking beam magazine and automatic pusher grippers. Optimizing software and a dual CNC pusher are optional. www.progressivesys.com

Atech Launches KD 658 Four-Corner Welder
Atech Inc.’s newest machine, the KD 658, is an automatic, four-corner welding machine, which comes with a SIEMENS computer system. It welds frame and sash vinyl profiles at 90 degrees providing maximum accuracy on welding, according to the company, and it operates in five different languages (English, Spanish, French, Russian and Turkish), allowing fast data input. It can hold at least 200 profile configurations (8 parameters for each profile) in its memory, including melting, welding and retaining time, height, width, profile number, color information, fixture number and manufacturer code.

KD-658 can weld all types of profiles including colored and white ones and automatically recognizes color differences as necessary. The line has a digital temperature control system, a central lubrication system and an automatic Teflon-wrapping device on its heater plates. www.atechmachine.com

Get Punchy with Advanced
Advanced Technologies Inc’s Precision Punch/Drill System has an automatic stop system via bar-code reader interface. The network-ready system offers lengths of 3 to 28 feet, can attach to any punch or drill unit and has track load indicator lights. In addition, multi-tracks are available, along with an omni-directional bar code scanner. The company is based in Mesa, Ariz. www.demichelegroup.com

Kanefusa Saw Blades Available from Pat Mooney Inc.
Pat Mooney Inc. in Addison, Ill., now offers high-performance Kanefusa saw blades, which it says allow material to be cut fast and with little material loss.

The tooth geometry of Kanefusa blades points to lower cutting forces, high blade RPM and high resistance to chipping, according to the company. To ensure that plates are free from distortion and have uniform thickness, Pat Mooney says Kanefusa saw blades are precision-flattened and ground. A variety of Kanefusa Saw Blades are offered (ST-4, Ti-4 and TA-4SUS) for cutting bearing steel, drive shafts, rails, pipes and more. These blades are especially recommended for use with Pat Mooney Nishijimax CNC carbide cut-off systems. www.patmooneysaws.com

Glasslam Offers System for Impact-Resistant IG Units
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Glasslam N.G.I Inc. has introduced the patent-pending Air-Tight Sudden Impact IG System, which it says enables window companies and glass fabricators to produce insulating glass that meets tough hurricane impact codes quickly and efficiently. The system works by applying a layer of crystal clear resin with a proprietary process, bonding one interior glass surface with the Air-Tight Spacer, rapidly creating a hurricane impact unit containing only two pieces of glass. “We’re helping our customers eliminate unnecessary complexity in the production of hurricane impact insulated glass,” says Glasslam president Steve Howes. “Our new product integrates our warm-edge spacer technology with a revolutionary glass application.”

Glasslam introduced its own spacer line at the GlassBuild America show in Atlanta in September (see October DWM, page 53, for related story). www.glasslam.com

Insula-Dome Launches Long Island Series 
Insula-Dome™ Skylight in Yaphank, N.Y., has launched the Long Island Series of skylights, which includes 11 sizes of venting and fixed models for pitched roofs, each available in either copper flashing or aluminum flashing.

A variety of custom and standard sizes are available.

The Long Island Series also is offered in the same sizes for flat roofs, available with aluminum flashing. Among the features offered in the Long Island Series are two options of energy-efficient, low-E, argon-filled glazing—either Insulator II tempered over tempered or tempered over laminated safety glass, as well as bronze laminated upon request. www.insuladome.com

TRACO Expands Biscayne Line with Impact Products
Cranberry Township, Pa.-based TRACO has added a full line of thermal aluminum impact coastal area doors and windows to its Biscayne Shutterless ™ line of products. It says the newest products meet the certifications of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) certifications, along with those of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), Energy Star®, the Florida Building Code (FBC) and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). 

The new doors’ and windows’ 2-¾-inch thermally broken frame has been designed to keep the inside environment comfortable regardless of the outside weather. Likewise, the aluminum frames are ideal for coastal markets because they are structurally strong and will resist rotting, bowing, warping or fading in heavy rain and blazing sun, according to the company. The doors and windows are equipped with insulating laminated glass that also provides an added layer of protection from the cold and heat. 

In addition, the Shutterless thermal products eliminate the need to spend time putting up plywood or waste storage space when not in use and provide continual added protection. 

Biscayne products include single-hung, sliding, casement and fixed windows and sliding glass doors and terrace doors. www.traco.com

Two New Vinyl Doors from CWS
Custom Window Systems (CWS) in Ocala, Fla., has a brand-new designer patio door series. The company’s PVC 90- and 135-degree patio door series, also known as corner doors, are available as multi-panel by-pass or pocket doors. Likewise, the doors are available with white or adobe frames, and with clear, various tints or Cardinal Loe2 270 and 240 glass. The doors meet Dade County hurricane standards and are Energy Star®-rated. www.cws.cc 

Glasscraft Offers Etching and Engraving
GlassCraft USA, based in Norcross, Ga., offers etching/engraving that can be used to produce designs on homes’ front doors and patio doors, windows and other applications. The company says that designs can be customized for individuals, and for very upscale homes, designs can be custom-made with family crests, etc.  

Decorative doors and windows can be etched or engraved, saving energy and money and keeping harmful germs from sticking to the adhesives in decorative vinyl, says the company. The company offers a portable engraving system that can be used on any type or size of glass and can engrave designs onto all types of glass deeper than is normally possible. This ‘deep cut’ etching allows the engraved design to be painted using traditional artists’ techniques and modern airbrushing and spraying methods, achieving full color designs. www.glasscraftusa.com 

Truth Hardware Unveils New Finish
Truth Hardware introduced a new economic alternative to traditional oil rubbed bronze plating. The new color, Faux Bronze (FB), has a warm painted finish and is a virtual mirror image to oil rubbed bronze, according to the company. 

Truth adds that it can be applied easily to both zinc and plastic parts. As a “non-living” painted finish, FB will not rub off or wear like oil rubbed bronze plating and will retain its appearance long after it is installed in the home, according to the company. The finish is available for both door and window hardware products. www.truthhardware.com

Quadruple Your Reach with the Four-Way
Atlet Inc., which has offices in Anaheim, Calif., and Schaumburg, Ill., has a truck available designed to transport and stack long materials within narrow, cost savings aisles while offering the flexibility for use as a standard lift truck. The new UFS Forte Series Four-way Reach Truck is designed ergonomically to accommodate a driver of any size and features a fully adjustable contour seat that tilts to allow comfort and visibility when lifting goods to high levels. 

The mini-steering wheel with a floating armrest provides ease of operation and virtually effortless steering ability, according to the company, and the adjustable side seating and clear view mast provide comfort, reduce operator fatigue and ensure safe load positioning. Capacities for the truck range from 4,400 to 5,500 pounds and lift heights are available in increments of up to 35 feet. www.atletusa.com


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