Glitz, Glamour & Great Products
All Can Be Found
in Las Vegas
Is it the time of year when
you’re thinking of upgrading
your machinery or equipment?
Or, perhaps you’d like to add some
new options to your products, and are shopping
for the components to make this possible. If so,
the following pages include a preview of the
latest products available. These will be on
display at the GlassBuild America Show, October
5-8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Even
if you don’t make it to Las Vegas, save this as a
reference when you’re searching for a new
component or piece of equipment to incorporate
in your operations.
MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
Achieve High Speed with Stürtz Linear Pro
The new Linear Pro Series frame and sash process
centers from Stürtz features the fast, smooth and accurate
positioning of the latest linear motor technology
to feed profiles into the sawing and fabrication area,
according to the company. The system is equipped
with carbide-tipped saw blades that make 45-degree
cuts as the parts are being fabricated. Fabrication is
available from above, below and sides, and fabrication
tools are mounted to allow concurrent fabrication of
Other benefits of the system cited by the company
include the following:
• Fabrication tools are easily accessible above the
• The lower tools are mounted on a tilting carriage
inside the saw head;
• When in the maintenance mode, the tooling carriage
can be unlocked and tilted for easy access for
tool changes and maintenance; and
• Tool breakage sensors are available on smaller cutters
to alert the operator if a fabrication tool has
Saw Aluminum Extrusions Easily
If you’re strolling the halls in Las Vegas in
need of a saw specifically for aluminum extrusions,
check out the offerings at Pat Mooney
Inc. The company says its up-cut saws saw
aluminum extrusions with a burr-free mirror
finish quickly and accurately. The
upcut design of the saw blade, where the
saw is housed under the worktable and
travels up through the workpiece, promotes
safe operation, as well as easy chip
removal and a longer blade life, according
to the company.
The saws are equipped with strong
drive systems (5 – 7.5 HP saw motors) that
enable maximum cutting force and chip
removal. For extreme precision, the saws
include pneumatic clamping systems with adjustable
clamping pressure to prevent distortion of thin wall
The saw blade feed is also pneumatically controlled.
Full control of the feed rate results in accurate cuts and
a long blade life, while control of the saw blade travel
allows for fast cycle times.
Stiles Offers Quick
Inc. will showcase a
variety of machines
at the show, one of
which is a quickchange
system that allows for profile changes within minutes.
The company says this is very important
given current market conditions
that require the ability to change
product quickly at minimum cost
with no loss of quality.
The Friz Optimat PUM series are
standard machines, designed using
modular construction with highquality
technology at a very attractive
price, and capable of wrapping
complex profiles with paper, foil,
laminate or veneer. The PUM
machines are designed to wrap
profiles 10 to 450 mm wide with a
feed speed of at least 40 meters per
minute. Many options are available
to customize Friz profile wrappers to customers’ specific needs
combinations of aggregates and stations,
automatic infeed/outfeed, profile changeover and
Graco® Gets Its New Motor Going
Graco’s sealant and adhesive supply
systems now is available with
NXT™ air motor technology—what
the Minneapolis-based company calls
“the new standard in air motor durability,”
as the system lasts ten times
longer than the King air motor.
According to the company, the system’s
modular design of the Check-
Mate® pump and its cartridge packings
make maintenance easy. The
optional DataTrak™ electronic user interface tracks
material usage and flow, provides pump runaway protection
and supports preventative maintenance strategies.
with Nordson Equipment
Nordson Corp. is unveiling
its AG-900+ dispensing applicator at the show. The company
says the applicator is ideal
for backbedding. This zerocavity
style automatic applicator
has been redesigned to
provide clean cutoff while
working with a wide range of materials and temperature
settings. Accurate material flow and positive shutoff
help eliminate clogs or drips.
New Patio Door is Royally Improved
Royalplast, a division of Royal Window and Door
Profiles, has improved its Performer patio door just in
time for the show. The door is a vinyl/wood-clad fused
frame system that was engineered and designed with
a sleek appearance and quality craftsmanship
designed for extreme weather conditions, according to
Weiss USA entered the U.S. door and window market
approximately 18 months ago, though it’s Germanbased
parent company has been in existence
for 200 years, 35 of which it has
served door and window manufacturers. The
company offers adhesives, cleaners and
sealants for the industry and is exhibiting at
GlassBuild America for the second time this
DWM interviewed sales manager Stephen
Kirkpatrick to talk about the company’s
entrance into the U.S. market and how it has
fared thus far in the midst of a housing
Kirkpatrick says many manufacturers in the
United States were aware of the company’s products
overseas prior to its entrance into the U.S.
market and were excited about having Weiss
So what makes Weiss’ products different?
According to Kirkpatrick, it’s the fact that the
company has a polyurethane adhesive, which is
designed to cure faster than traditional adhesives.
He adds that Weiss is more than an adhesive
“Manufacturers look at adhesives to solve a particular
problem,” he says. For example, maybe the sealant
isn’t bonding properly. “But our adhesive will do two
things. It will bond properly but it will also help manufacturers
tighter window to
make it more
the point further
by saying that
Weiss helps companies
issues, such as helping them solve a quality control issue
in the plant.
So does the company regret entering the market,
when shortly thereafter, it dipped further? Kirkpatrick
says that in a way the downturn has been a benefit as
manufacturers are now in the research and development
“With the downturn customers are looking at better
ways to build their windows,” he says.
The Performer patio door is available
with a 5½-inch or a 7 ¼-inch
jamb depth and is offered with a
standard 1-inch glass package to
offer energy efficiency and reliability.
A new high-performance sill is
also part of the new design which
achieves a DP-50 rating for enhanced
performance, improved water tightness
and extreme rigidity. The product
is contour grids. The door is also
equipped with a heavy-duty aluminum
extruded screen system.
Edgetech kicked off its ‘Energy
Efficiency and Sustainability Tour’ with a bang this year at Fensterbau in
Nuremberg, Germany, and the
company will bring the tour to
Las Vegas as well—energy efficiency
and sustainability will be the main attraction at
the Edgetech booth.
As part of Edgetech University, the company will
welcome representatives from the Insulating Glass
Manufacturers Association and the National
Fenestration Rating Council, among others, into its
booth to provide information on energy efficiency and
sustainability. Expert resources for ENERGY STAR®
updates in the United States and Canada also will be
“It won’t be long before the [National Fenestration
Rating Council], in conjunction with the [Department
of Energy], requires IG certification for ENERGY STAR
labeling in the U.S. and Canada. It is estimated that
fewer than 30 percent of IG manufacturers currently
certify. Edgetech University will serve as an educational
forum at GlassBuild to help customers prepare now
for the upcoming mandates,” says Edgetech executive
vice president Larry Johnson.
Edgetech will also feature its Super Spacer
SustainaView™ Window Technology at GlassBuild.
Truseal Makes Green
More than a Color
Truseal Technologies Inc. in Solon, Ohio, is going
green in several ways at GlassBuild. For starters, the
company will spotlight its Envirosealed Windows™
campaign, which is intended to simplify the environmental messaging for
window manufacturers by highlighting
the benefits of thermally efficient spacers. It is
available to any window manufacturer using the energy efficient
Dura Platform spacer system, consisting of
Duralite™ and Duraseal™.
The company also invites attendees to stop by the
seminar it is sponsoring, “World Going Green: What Do
Homeowners Want in Environmentally Responsible
Windows?” The seminar will feature video clips from a
pre-taped homeowner focus group, followed by an onsite
Of course, if that isn’t enough of a draw, visitors to the
booth can also stop by to register to win a two-year lease
on a 2008 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle and other prizes.
As insulating glass (IG) and window manufacturers
prepare for tighter energy codes,
Technoform in Twinsburg, Ohio, has established
around the clock manufacturing operations
for its TGI warm-edge spacer, with expansions
planned to keep pace with market demand.
The TGI warm-edge spacer features a hybrid
design and performance benefits such as
strong argon retention; easy integration with current
IG manufacturing equipment; machine-controlled
muntin locations; corner connectors that incorporate
argon-filling holes; and aesthetic sightlines.
Glasslam Combines Thermal
and Hurricane Protection
For fabricators looking to offer insulating glass that
is able to meet hurricane impact codes, the patent
pending Air-Tight Sudden Impact IG System from
Glasslam N.G.I. Inc. in Pompano Beach, Fla., was
designed to do so quickly and efficiently.
The system uses a layer of crystal clear resin that
is applied with a proprietary process, bonding one
interior glass surface with the spacer, to rapidly create
a hurricane impact unit with one lite less than a
Get the RiteScreen
for your Needs
If you’re looking to
add a new patio door
screen to your line of
high quality, but not a
high price, RiteScreen
says it has such a product.
The company has
introduced the “148Ext” aluminum frame, a 2-inch
wide profile that features an attractive contoured
design. It is available with the company’s AdvanEdge
side adjust roller system.
Get Clear Vision with
Booth #254 and 438
If you’re a manufacturer looking
for integrated solutions for all
aspects of your business, check out
FeneTech’s FeneVision family of software
products. From quotation to
invoicing, the company says that if
offers a complete integrated solution
that will improve the flow of your
business. The modularity of
FeneVision allows customers of all
sizes to enjoy the benefits of a software
package that was designed
specifically for the fenestration
“Setting” An Example
Frank Lowe Rubber & Gasket Co.
Inc. in Shirley, N.Y., has introduced its
Neogreen® recycled rubber setting
blocks. According to the company,
these setting blocks don’t only help
preserve the environment, but also
The recycled rubber setting blocks
are available from 1⁄16- to ¼-inch thick in all widths and lengths.
blocks are available with or without adhesive kiss-cut or bulk packaged.
Varying Levels of Protection
St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M now offers three levels of
protection from impacts. The company’s impact protection
adhesive is applied around the frame and
bonds glass, window film and frame together, improving
protection. Those seeking the highest level of protection
should consider the impact protection profile, a flexible
gasket-style attachment that bonds the filmed window and
frame by incorporating 3M’s VHB tape. According to company
officials, this high-performance tape utilizes a strong,
adhesive and lends a clean, finished appearance to a window.
FeneTech is also the exclusive
supplier of both MAX-Opt, the new
approach to lineal optimization,
and NotchWare™, the integrated
software of Vinyl Link’s Notch
Above production system.
Get New “Insights” with
New Product from TDCI
TDCI Inc., a provider of configurator-based software solutions, just
launched BuyDesign Insights, a new
sales activity analysis application,
along with Release 6.0 of the
BuyDesign guided selling and configuration
solution suite. BuyDesign
Insights extends the BuyDesign suite
to provide sales management with
visibility and analysis of quoting and
ordering activity across all indirect
and direct sales channels, according
to the company.
In addition to BuyDesign Insights,
BuyDesign 6.0 delivers a number
productivity and performance
enhancements to the product configurator,
quoting and ordering, and
distributed system management
components of the suite.
“With BuyDesign Insights, sales
managers and other executives now
have the ability to track and analyze all
stages of the sales process from quote
to order—even for dealers and distributors,”
says Dan DeMuth, TDCI president.
“This greatly extends the manufacturer’s visibility of the pipeline
since they typically have not had
access to indirect channel activity
until an order is placed. This
increased visibility helps manufacturers
improve dealer collaboration,
sales forecasting, and production
Stick on Both Sides
in Glen Rock,
Pa., has introduced
According to the manufacturer,
ARclad® 8416 and 8516 glazing
products allow manufacturers
to achieve higher DP ratings than
most standard glazing tapes.
ARclad® 8626 and 8645 SDL attachment
tapes incorporate an ultrasmooth
adhesive coating that
allows for maximum wet out of the
muntin bar to the glass surface.
These new adhesives provide
a wide range of temperature
resistance, resistance to high levels
of relative humidity and UV
Give Your Windows
a Super Boost
new offering of its
Super Boost balances
from BSI – Balance Systems. The
product is an AAMA certified class
5 balance that offers a new opportunity
to balance sash weights
above 45 pounds that could not be
handled previously by a traditional
balance. It takes only a screwdriver
to adjust and offers a half inch
more travel than other balances on
the market, according to
the company. All of the
balances are pre-tensioned
for ease of installation
and tested to
more than 20,000 cycles.
Fastek Products division of Amesbury Window Hardware
now offers a Sweep Lock and Cam
Lock made of a specially formulated
composite material. These locks
are available in three standard colors
as well as custom colors.
Get Optimal Results
with New Optima Hardware
If you’re a looking for a hardware
product to achieve premium water
resistance, stop by Ashland Hardware
to learn about its Optima™ -
Casement System for vinyl windows.
The product has a water-tight, patent
pending o-ring seal technology integrated
within the operator.
Additionally, the high-performance
steel construction incorporates a
new advanced composite assembly
that thermally insulates the operator,
and reduces transfer of heat
and cold into the home significantly,
according to the company.
The tough multi-point lock
offers a lock-up mechanism that delivers 30 percent more
vertical motion for maximum
sash pull-in to close the window, and
allow for easy consumer operation.
The operator passes AAMA
Commercial Grade 901-96 cycle test,
and meets AAMA 101 hardware load
rating. The interlocking points will
withstand 450 pounds of pulling
force to help pass up to AAMA DP 70,
as well as Dade County Impact and
The company says that the visual
design of this product was preferred
over competition in consumer market
research, and is offered in a
choice of new finishes that includes
oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel.
The system includes a detent in the
lock and operator handles to indicate
that the system is in the open
and closed positions. It also includes
a fold-away crank handle that blends
within the operator cover to eliminate
interference with window covering.
Additionally, the product is
designed for easy integration into
current window systems.
MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT
Mecal SPA Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Mecal SPA, supplier of door and window machinery, is celebrating its
30th anniversary this year, and will celebrate this milestone at the
Located in a 260,000 square foot facility in Frascarolo,
Italy, the company says its experience as a machine tool
builder has allowed it to
deliver more than 28,000
machines worldwide. Stop
by the company’s booth to
learn about its standard,
CNC or custom machines to fit
Check Out Schlegel’s
New Magnetic Seals
Schlegel Systems, based in Rochester, N.Y., is
introducing its new TPE extruded magnetic
seals at the show. The extruded thermoplastic
elastomer magnetic (TPE) seal combines
thermoplastic flexibility with the functional
performance of thermoplastic rubber.
Schlegel’s new engineering and development
capabilities can produce a TPE bulb to meet
almost any application requirement, according
to the company. With extruded TPE, the flexible bulb acts as a
mechanical seal with little resistance; conforms to the shape of the
surface better than rigid materials; and is available in a range of
MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT
Glaston Holds a Full House
The Glaston Corp. will have
experts from each of its segments
demonstrating its latest innovations
in the glass processing field.
Among those offerings is
Bavelloni’s VT 1301 T CN numerical
control vertical drilling/milling machine, which
has been updated with brushless motorizations, sliding on ball guides
Siemens control equipment.
The PowerSeam family of glass grinding equipment is able to handle
different glass thickness and sizes. Once the glass is supplied,
automatically calibrates, measures the sheet dimensions and adapts to
thickness. PowerSeam, ideal for applications that need seaming to be
done before tempering, was designed for the production of insulating
glass and structural glazing, solar panels and doors.
Tamglass’ continuous flat tempering CHF has a new model. CHF Pro
was developed for the high tolerance necessary of solar and
glass tempering. It is capable of heat-treating glass with improved
characteristics while reducing power consumption. High speed
and high production rates are coupled with ease of system integration.
Representatives from Albat+Wirsam will also be at the booth. The
company links glass processing machinery with software for companies
seeking to achieve lean manufacturing.
Tie It All Together
based in Reno, Nev., introducing a
new and complete
for aluminum, wood
and vinyl folding doors. This system
uses precision bearing roller gear
and concealed multi-point locking
systems engineered to combine
interior living areas with the outdoors.
With extensive use of architectural-grade stainless steel for all
exposed components, the hardware
solution maintains high corrosion
resistance even in harsh coastal
environments. This hardware is
available in a range of durable
finishes to complement all furniture
The company also will showcase
numerous new designs throughout
its product line of automatic sash
locks, magnetic locking solutions,
multi-point sliding door hardware,
stainless-steel casement systems
and multi-point swing door
Truth Offers TwinLatches™
If you’re looking for a tilt latch
that is competitively priced, the
new TwinLatch™ by Truth
Hardware may just be the answer.
The company says its newest product
is a high-strength composite tilt
latch which is simple to install as it
does not require any t-shaped
routes as the window profile is
being prepped for hardware installation.
The company adds that vinyl
and fiberglass window manufacturers
will like the unique push-down
installation, and will see how easy it is to snap these flush-mounted
latches into the window’s profile.
The product is available in a variety
of colors, and the company adds
that it is an easy upgrade for window
manufacturers as it’s a direct replacement
for competitive models.
Companies Add Color
Mikron Industries will tell door
and window manufacturers how
they can add some color by promoting
the availability of the company’s
patent-pending color technology
for exterior vinyl doors and
windows. The SuperCapSR™ color
system provides darker exterior
colors that have excellent solar
heat-reflective performance and
offers superior scratch-resistance,
according to the company.
SuperCapSR is a patent-pending
technology that creates a molecularly-
fused color layer that becomes
an integral part of the profile.
Unlike painted vinyl, the tough
acrylic color layer is highly scratchresistant
and extremely durable
during delivery and installation.
With vinyl windows now being
installed in million dollar homes,
“upscale homeowners want both
color choice and the value that
vinyl offers,” says Rich Anton,
Mikron director of marketing.
SuperCapSR™ exterior colors
include bronze, hunter green, sand,
brick red and eggshell. Colors have
been chosen to match popular clad
wood window colors, enabling builders to combine vinyl windows with
premium clad-wood products—
thus creating lower-cost house packages.
“We believe this new break-through technology
gives builders flexibility to ‘value-engineer’ house
packages, with durable colors that shouldn’t require job
site touch-up. SuperCapSR also offers manufacturers
another way to differentiate their brand,” says Anton.
Complete IG Solutions Available from Fenzi
Fenzi North America will be displaying its new
Molver IG desiccant. According to the company, the
product is combined with its Alu Pro and Roll Tech
spacer profiles to provide a complete insulating glass
(IG) solution. The company also manufactures
Thiover® IG polysulphide and Fenzi PIB.
Make a First Impression
The brand-new Natures Collection of acrylic pulls
from First Impressions International in Coconut Creek, Fla., offers manufacturers any themed piece imaginable
for glass or entry doors. Door pulls range in size from 4
inches to 10 feet and are available in nickel, aluminum,
chrome, bronze, stainless steel and other options.
PPG Celebrates 125 Years with New Tints
PPG Industries is introducing
its most popular
tinted glasses with
Solarban 70XL or Solarban
60 solar control, low-emissivity
coatings on the second
surface of the glass.
The announcement coincides
with the 125th anniversary of the company.
All PPG tints from the Oceans of Color collection,including Atlantica, Azuria, Caribia and Solexia glasses,
as well as Solargray and Solarbronze tinted glasses,
are now offered with Solarban 70XL or Solarban 60
solar control, low-e coating on the second surface of
the glass. In addition to providing improved environmental
performance, the availability of second-surface
coated tints expands aesthetic options for its customers,
according to the company.
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