Volume 8, Issue 8 - September 2007

Product Parade in Atlanta
GlassBuild America 2007 Promises New Services 
and Products for Door and Window Manufacturers

GlassBuild America: The glass, door and window expo is taking over Atlanta this year as it welcomes approximately 500 exhibiting companies September 10-12, 2007.

GlassBuild America is organized by the National Glass Association (NGA), in partnership with the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association (BEMA). 

Companies are rolling out the red carpet for their new and innovative products to be displayed in their booths. Here’s a look at some of the products you will see in Atlanta.

WINDOW COMPONENTS
Two Companies … One Product
Booth #3305

Developed as a joint venture of two companies in the vinyl door, window and garage door industry, Window Integrated Storm Protection (WISP) is a frame receptor system into which any window can be installed.The WISP project combines technology from VEKA’s door and window designs, high-end PVC extrusion technology and European roller-shutter technology with Wayne-Dalton garage doors, controls and automation and Wayne-Dalton Fabric Shield™. www.wispwindows.com

SCREENS
RiteScreen Brings a GranDeur Display
Booth #3811

The GranDeur by RiteScreen is a deluxe out-swing screen door, which complements elegant patio doors and homes. The GranDeur features a heavy-duty 4-inch wide by 1 ¼-inch thick extruded aluminum frame. Single or double French door units are available. Stylish mortise handle options include five finishes: black, white, brass, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze with a deadbolt lock. Customers can upgrade by selecting the full-view tempered glass panel option.  www.ritescreen.com

MEASURING DEVICES
EDTM Saves Money and Time
Booth #2002

EDTM Inc. will display its growing line of products to the glass and window industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate the products hands-on, with live demonstrations being conducted continuously. Generous show discounts will be offered, and the products can be purchased directly at the show, the company says.The Beamsplitter Pro and Spectrum Detective energy transmission meters are new instruments that allow window professionals to demonstrate the full performance of window or film products to customers. Both instruments measure simultaneously the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared transmission values of a given window product.  www.edtm.com

WEATHERSTRIPPING
Lauren Seals the Deal with Products
Booth #3401

New Philadelphia, Ohio-based Lauren Manufacturing will feature its commercial and residential seals and weatherstripping. The company says it provides custom seals and weatherstripping utilizing value-added manufacturing services and custom-compounded materials such as thermoelastic polymer, silicone, EPDM and others.  www.lauren.com/WD

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
SmartVinyl™ on the Scene
Booth #4531

GED Integrated Solutions now offers the lean manufacturing capabilities of i-3 Technology™ in a new line of SmartVinyl™ production equipment and software. The SmartVinyl line delivers increased flexibility, speed and accuracy, the company says.SmartVinyl is part of GED’s SmartPlant™ vision that integrates glass and vinyl production with LeanNET® software solutions to help manufacturers gain control and eliminate confusion on the production floor. GED says the modular availability of each i-3 vinyl and glass product allows manufacturers to gain productivity benefits, while creating the ideal plant—one system at a time. www.gedusa.com

Ameri-Can Cuts to the Chase
Booth #1831

Ameri-Can Machinery Ltd. is exhibiting its Univer 500 D2K and 500 D2K/22 electronic double-head saw for the cutting of aluminum and PVC profiles. The machines are equipped with a fixed left-hand head and a mobile right-hand head. The carriage has an automatic linear positioning by means of an asynchronous motor and has a magnetic rule length control system. Both models have an electronic programmable control unit, a retro-illuminated, 80-character liquid crystal display, a protected touch-sensitive keyboard and an RS 232C serial line. www.ameri-can.ca

Urban Machinery Cleans it Up
Booth #3431

Urban Machinery will be introducing two new corner cleaners in Atlanta.The SV-410 is a single-head CNC cleaner designed to provide complete cleaning flexibility for all areas of any frame or sash profile at an affordable price.  The machine comes standard with programmable disk-cutter, top and bottom horizontal scarfing knives, vertical inside scarfing knives, top and bottom vertical drilling/routing units, automatic profile recognition and precision CNC-motion control.  The SV-722 is a twin-head, flexible, high-capability, high-throughput and cost-effective cleaner designed for PVC sash manufacturing. The SV-722 offers complete servo-driven sash cleaning and features two high-speed servo axes per head, Omron PLC-based control with quick start and shut down, HMI industrial touch pad interface and the company’s SV user menu structure. www.u-r-b-a-n.com 

Edgetech to Bring Various Products to Atlanta
Booth #3111

In addition to its flagship product, Super Spacer®, Edgetech will feature the following products at this year’s exhibition: The Form8tor® vinyl profile bending system is a patented tri-rotational technology that allows up to eight bends to be produced at one time, increasing productivity levels.

The E-Z RAD Grid placement table is said to reduce the time and material waste of muntin assembly, decrease the application time to place muntins in the unit, allow for precision muntin placement into the unit, eliminate contamination of the glass and air space and maintain maximum desiccant activity levels in the spacer, according to the company.

The Eco Coat™ Glass Protection System provides a quick and easy way to protect glass and frames from common materials found in construction sites, including spattered concrete, paint and welding sparks. Eco Coat makes it unnecessary for window cleaners to use damage-causing razorblade scrapers to remove debris from glass. www.edgetechig.com

Roll-Bending at J&S Machine’s Booth
Booth #2417

J&S Machine Inc. will be showing the CR 148 IM roll-bending machine at this year’s show. The CR 148 IM uses the advanced programming capabilities of the CNC models, the strong structure of the 140 series, and puts it in a package for the customer to offer a machine with a low investment cost. Capable of bending multi-radius parts with up to 36 radii, the CR 148 IM can use the profile data stored in memory to be programmed with radius and arc length information. The servo hydraulic system provides precise positioning of the rollers. Other size machines are also available with this control, the company says. www.jsmachine.com

Nordson’s Dispensing Applicator Gets a New Design
Booth #4323

The Nordson AG-900+ dispensing applicator is designed for backbedding. This zero-cavity style automatic applicator has been revamped to provide clean cut-off while working with a wide range of materials and temperature settings. Accurate material flow and positive shut-off help eliminate clogs or drips, according to the company. www.nordson.com

Stürtz’ New Compact Sash Line is Speedy
Booth #2231

Stürtz Machinery Inc. says its new compact sash line can produce up to 900 welded and cleaned sash per shift with one operator in less than 1,200 square feet.

The new line consists of two Stürtz Model SMI-HSM-20/19CDS horizontal four-point sash welders. Each welder is unloaded via a single tier belt system automatically. The welded sashes are then transferred onto a twin tier buffer and transport table which separates the squares and feeds them onto an in-feed belt buffer. The buffer conveyor then feeds each individual square into the corner cleaner. www.sturtz.com

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
Bystronic to Showcase Innovative Technologies
Booth #2531

Bystronic will showcase innovative glass processing and handling solutions at its booth.

The fully-automated shape capable first’flexspacer line is targeted toward the commercial IG manufacturer who uses Super Spacer. Components of this system include a three-brush pair washer with electronic speed control, an automatic ESA application robot with grid marking device, a tandem gas-fill with an assembly press with both krypton- and argon-filling capability and a hot-melt sealing robot with corner-wiping tool.

Also shown will be the smart’cutSD residential glass-cutting machine. This system includes an automated free-fall and positioning table, shape-cutting machine and breakout table. Key features of the smart’cut system include: template digitizing, shape-cutting and deletion and breakout display.  www.bystronic.com 

SOFTWARE
BuyDesign Makes Business Easy
Booth #1710

BuyDesign® from TDCI Inc. is a comprehensive sales and configuration solution developed to help manufacturers and their sales channels streamline the entire interest-to-order cycle for customized products. 

BuyDesign can help users increase sales, reduce administrative and sales engineering costs, lead times and order errors.

Built on Microsoft®.NET technology platform, BuyDesign says its advanced software architecture is reliable, scalable and easy to manage. And it’s designed to integrate smoothly with the existing environment, while providing the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs over time, according to the company. www.tdci.com/buydesign

SureFire Systems’ Software is a Strategic Operation
Booth #701

SureFire Systems in Winter Springs, Fla., specializes in ready-to software. The company says it doesn’t take “industry standard” manufacturing software and reshape it for the door and window industry. “We have taken a multi-faceted approach to fully-integrated software solutions for the door and window industry,” the company announced.

The company says its team is comprised of industry veterans who have brought their first-hand knowledge of the needs of the industry to the software development process. Its scalability suits manufacturing operations from single plant, moderate-use, to multi-site high-use facilities. www.surefiresys.com

FeneTech Unveils FeneVision® V3.0
Booth #4923

FeneTech recently has announced the release of FeneVision V3.0. The Aurora, Ohio-based company says the modularity of FeneVision allows customers of all sizes to enjoy the benefits of a software package designed specifically for door and window production. Available FeneVision® modules include a remote order/quoting system, production control, machine interfaces, accounting interfaces, bar code tracking system, web-based order and production status, capacity planning, resource scheduler, lineal optimization, e-server and shipping management. www.fenetech.com

GLASS WASHERS AND LOADERS
Billco Unveils New Glass Washer 
Booth #4331

Billco Manufacturing of Zelienople, Pa., will introduce the Titan Glass Washing System at the show, which has been engineered to provide a premium level of performance. It offers enhanced processing and easy maintenance, the company says. In addition, Billco will display the FlexiGlyde, an automatic spacer application table for IG manufacturing. 

FlexiGlyde features a dual-head design and will produce units using spacer systems from both TruSeal and Edgetech. Billco’s CNC 2200 Series glass cutting system with edge deletion technology will demonstrate some performance enhancements. Finally, the Versa Clean Series washer will feature its unique processing capabilities and versatile design features. www.billco-mfg.com 

SEALANTS AND ADHESIVES
Glazing and Installation Sealants from Tremco
Booth #4723

Tremco’s residential construction division will highlight both in-plant glazing and installation sealants for the residential door and window markets. The in-plant glazing silicone offerings will include TremGlaze S900 reactive back-bedding sealant and TremGlaze S700 impact glazing sealant. Each product offers quick-cure and high-strength for residential glazing applications, the company says. Representing the installation sealants will be a family of new construction and replacement sealants, highlighted by TremGlaze U1600 rapid curing, UV-stable polyurethane sealant. www.tremcosealants.com

3M VHB™ Structural Glazing Tapes
Booth #1121

3M™ says its VHB™ Structural Glazing Tape can be used as an alternative to structural silicone and spacer tape for glazing in curtainwalls. It is formulated specially to bond glass to metal frames in interior and exterior curtainwalls permanently. The tapes feature immediate handling strength for increased productivity with no curing time, no liquid mess and a low amount of waste. Clean edges and consistent color provide eye appeal from a distance and even up-close from the inside out. www.3M.com/vhb

New and Improved Glazing Tape
Booth #2201

Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket Co. Inc. in Farmingdale, N.Y., will bring its new and improved glazing tape to the show. Featuring cross-linked polyethylene (PE) foam, double-coated with a high-performance acrylic adhesive, the tape is easy-release and has a blue polyethylene liner, the company says.

The tape is designed to seal window lites into wood, aluminum or plastic frames.

The company reports that the sample was tested according to AAMA 800-05, Voluntary Specification and Test Methods for Sealants, section 1.6 810.1-05 Expanded Cellular Glazing Tape, Type I. www.franklowe.com

DOORS, WINDOWS AND SKYLIGHTS
Mikron Wood Adds Full Line of Styles 
Booth #2609

Mikron Industries has added a full line of styles to its MikronWood™ composite door and window line. Styles now available include casement, awning, tilt double-hung, direct set picture and transom picture windows to match casement and double-hung frames, slider, plus multi-panel sliding and in-swing patio doors. Profiles are also now available with SRC Solar Reflective™ exterior colors – a unique, low solar heat absorption coatings system.

The company will also be displaying its vinyl replacement window systems. Window manufacturers can capitalize on this growing segment with a turn-key, quick-to-market, market-proven solution aimed at driving new sales and margins. Mikron offers several turn-key window systems to meet replacement window line needs. www.mikronvinyl.com

CMS North America Grinds Glass
Booth #2751

The Deltagrind from CMS North America is designed to grind all four sides of rectangular and trapezoidal glass shapes. This machine minimizes floor space with vertical design while maximizing output with a continuous, uninterrupted flow of parts. It produces seamed, flat and pencil edges and reads the shape of each part automatically. The Runner 3.70 cutting table will also be on display. The machine has been redesigned to incorporate the latest technology. The new Runner 3.70 is fast, accurate, user-friendly and reliable, according to the company.  www.cmsna.com

Discover the DNA Difference
Booth #1411

Deceuninck North America (DNA) says it provides total service integration: from product design and proprietary compound formulations, to tooling design and production, extrusion technology and finished product testing.

The company will have its new super-premium R&R product line at the show. The company says it can help companies differentiate their products in the marketplace with everything from extruded color options to stainable/paintable real wood laminates and heat-reflective exterior laminates. Also featured at the booth will be impact products. Participate in fast-growing vinyl markets in Florida and other coastal areas with DNA’s tested and proven, patent-pending, hurricane-resistant impact products.  www.deceuninck.com

HARDWARE
Truth Offers New Patio Door Handles 
Booth #2321

Owatonna, Minn.-based Truth Hardware now offers the Signature and Allure patio door handles.

The company says its handle sets have a new contoured shape and are designed to be easy to grasp. Likewise, the handles are equipped with locking options that include placing the keylock above the handle. The handles are available in solid brass and in the company’s range of decorative and painted finishes. They also come with optional escutcheon designs and sizes to complement large doors. In addition, the new handles can incorporate single- or multi-point locksets. www.truth.com

Nationwide Industries Shows its KLAW
Booth #2403

Multi-point security with single-point size is what Nationwide Industries is bringing to the show. The company has introduced several new products, including the patent-pending KLAW™ two-point mortise lock. You can sell a two-point system that fits into a single-point space. The effective mortise lock allows users to use single or two-point locks in the same routed profile. Plant efficiency and marketing flexibility is increased in the competitive two-point lock. It is also available with the company’s new, patented Regal™ handle. The company will also have new window rollers, improved bay-bow kits and other items on display at the show. www.nationwideindustries.com

LITERATURE AND RESOURCES
DAC Adds Trade Show Products to Line
Booth #4917

East Bend, N.C.-based DAC Products Inc. has added a new product category to its mix—trade show pop-up walls, table-top display panels, banner stands and accessories. DAC also produces wide-format digital printing for this line. In addition, the company provides carrying cases, displays and demonstration products for the door and window industries. www.dacproducts.com 

Easy Reading from Haida Safety Glass
Booth #913

Haida Safety Glass in China is bringing a new product brochure highlighting its tempered safety glass production, including frameless shower doors. Exhibitors can preview the brochure at GlassBuild.

The factory has territories available in the United States and Canada for industry professionals interested in representing the company’s products. www.haidaglass.com.cn

DAYLIGHTING PANELS
Daylight on Display
Booth #4020

Major Industries Inc., a manufacturer of skylights and translucent curtainwall, will be distributing information on its Guardian 275® translucent daylighting panels. The panels can be engineered to specific blast requirements and, unlike traditional blast-resistant materials, allow glare-free, energy-saving natural light to fill interior spaces. Major will also present information on how its daylighting solutions can help architects obtain possible LEED® credit.  www.majorskylights.com 

Seminars of Interest to Manufacturers
Monday, September 10, 20078:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m
Preventing Insulating Glass Failures 
IGMA is presenting the “Preventing Insulating Glass Failures” educational seminar for the benefit of continuing education for the industry. This day-and-a-half seminar is topic specific and offers participants a do’s and don’t best practices approach for the manufacture of quality insulating glass (IG) units. This year, there are two new sessions: “Certification, 25 Years of Proven Success, a report on the IGMA 25-Year Field Correlation Study” and “Glazing Guidelines for Commercial and Residential Insulating Glass.” The session titled “Forensic Investigation of Insulating Glass Unit Failures” has been updated and is presented through field case studies.

Separate registration is required. Contact IGMA at 613/233-1510 for more information.

Tuesday, September 11, 20078:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
The Coming Wave of Competition from Chinese Window and Door Companies 
DWM columnist Michael Collins, an investment banker with Jordan, Knauff and Company in Chicago, has conducted extensive research on the door and window industry. Of particular emphasis in his research is the coming wave of competition from enterprises based in China. Collins’ 90-minute presentation will begin with an overview of the current status of competition from Chinese companies, including the present level and expected future growth of imports. He will also explore the product areas at greatest risk from overseas competition. Collins will then provide a summary of several ways in which U.S.-based door and window manufacturers can respond to the current competitive environment, including a discussion of the challenges associated with the decision to source products from overseas. Before concluding to field questions from the audience, Collins will review other significant trends affecting the industry, along with the implications of recent transactions and expansion activity on the strength of the door and window industry over the next several years.

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
What’s in Store for 2008 and Beyond: Review of Current Economic Trends in the Marketplace
This presentation, by Dr. Jeff Dietrich, a business consultant and senior analyst with the Institute for Trend Research, will traverse the often confusing and conflicting maze of economic information and news sound bites to provide a clear view of what is happening in the overall economy and where it is going. Forecasts looking out two years will be included with a focus on the housing, door and window related markets. 

Participants will learn:

  • Economic trends that can help determine the right phase of the business cycle;
  • Key management objectives for each phase of the business cycle; and
  • How to profit through challenging economic times.

Stop By DWM’s Booth During the Show
Be sure to stop by and visit DWM in booth #1502 to see its launch of the brand-new digital magazine.

Show Hours:
Monday, September 10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 12 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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