Volume 8, Issue 9 - October 2007
Kolbe Introduces Windquest Series and UltraPocket Replacement Window
Wausau, Wis.-based Kolbe has introduced the Windquest™ Series vinyl windows and patio doors, which it says provide high-performance, low-maintenance protection from hurricanes and gale-force winds. The Windquest Series includes casement, awning, sliding and single-hung windows and sliding doors in a full range of sizes, shapes and configurations. Part of Kolbe’s K-Force™ impact-certified products, they have been testing according to Miami-Dade County HVHZ protocol. All Windquest Series impact certified products have met large missile impact level D and wind zone 4 testing standards in excess of 140 mph, according to the company.
Windquest Series vinyl products are available with optional energy-efficient low-E glass with argon gas and come in white or beige. www.kolbe-kolbe.com
The company says these compounds offer manifold advantages for applications in a great diversity of industries. For example, the newly developed long glass fiber-reinforced PVC compound has strands of pellet length and can be used for the production of window frame reinforcing sections capable of replacing parts manufactured in metal. Besides the weight-saving advantage, the company says these reinforcing sections improve thermal insulation and open up new design possibilities. www.polymer-chemie.de
The Tru-Defense fiberglass entry doors feature composite dam sills, while the fiberglass hinged and sliding patio doors feature composite frames, which the company says are durable and rot-resistant. www.thermatru.com
ADHESIVES AND SEALANTS
Bondmaster 40-453A is a formulated copolymer emulsion adhesive used for bonding foil/scrim/kraft and other facings to fiberglass insulation. It has been formulated to offer a high level of wet tack and good mileage. Its high-tack properties reduce the slippage of poly or foil facings when bonded to fiberglass. A 54-percent-solids adhesive with a viscosity of 800 cps, Bondmaster 40-453A can be roll-coated, extruded or air-sprayed. A UL rating will be registered with the product soon, according to the company. www.nationalstarch.com
Frank Lowe Releases Series GLZ 3500 and GLZ 5500 Glazing Tapes
The company also says the tape, which is AAMA-approved, has bonding capabilities with wood, aluminum, stainless steel and PVC window frames. It is designed to block water, moisture, light and dust and has excellent resistance to ultraviolet rays, weathering, oxidation and temperature variation and is supplied with a non-tear blue film liner.
In addition to adding the new tape to its line, Frank Lowe was appointed recently as the St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Company’s sole custom converter of its new window tape. www.franklowe.com
Polysulfide Comes to America
PS-998R and PIB-969 have been used for many years in Europe where many insulating glass suppliers have favored the combination of PS-998R (for the outer seal) and PIB-969 (for the inner seal), according to the company. This dual-seal combination provides an elastic seal of the edge seal system as a whole and reduces the penetration of gases and water vapor, according to the company. www.hbfuller.com
A finish coating of the lacquer assures endurance in conditions ranging from arctic cold to desert heat, to beachfront salt air and blowing sand, according to the company. www.permalac.com
XtraFlash has a three-tiered design and works in temperatures from -30 degrees Fahrenheit to 230 degrees Fahrenheit.
The company says the XtraFlash modified butyl-based membrane also conforms to the AAMA Installation Standards. www.xtrabond.com
Also, Mastercam can now calculate the appropriate number of offset passes needed, based on tool diameter. With the Maintenance Release, trochoidal motion in high-speed tool paths assists with the machining of harder materials, according to the company. Likewise, trochoidal motion maintains an acceptable tool load, allowing feeds and speeds programming to be reliable. In MR1, Mastercam offers the ability to control when and how the trochoidal motion occurs in a tool path. Mastercam’s 5-Axis Flowline tool path also has been enhanced to support undercuts. On complicated files where controlling the normal direction of the surfaces are cumbersome, Mastercam has an option that allows undercuts or makes it possible to ignore the surface normal direction, greatly simplifying the process, according to the company.
The Advanced Multi-axis tool paths also have been enhanced to support solid geometry. When a solid model is present, Mastercam provides the option to select solid geometry. www.mastercam.com