Volume 11, Issue 1 - January/February 2010


Vi-Lux Offers Cellular PVC Doorframe
Companies who want an alternative to traditional wood door frames that is maintenance and rot free, moisture- and insect-resistant may want to look at the new door frame from Vi-Lux Mouldings. The company says its door frame system is the first cellular PVC reinforced door frame in both 4-9/16- and 6-9/16-inch sizes. The products are made of 100-percent virgin PVC resin and can be reinforced with aluminum adding rigidity to the frames. The door frames are available in pre-finished smooth white or VI-GUARD primed white, woodgrain white or woodgrain stainable, reinforced or non-reinforced. The woodgrain stainable frames are the perfect product to complement maintenance-free exterior fiberglass doors, says the company.

MIC Meets Your Wood Needs
Those in need of wood mouldings, and other wood products, can look to MIC Wood Products based in Scarborough, Ontario. The products are made of white primed finger-jointed Chinese Fir, which the company says is milled per the customer’s specification.

MIC adds that Chinese Fir is anti-termite, lightweight and is extremely durable. The company’s product lines include window extensions, door jambs, brick mould, mullions and other products.

Vision Helps “Snap it In”
Vision Industries says it has developed a product manufacturers have been waiting for —the 7200 snap in tilt latch. The product offers a one-piece finger pull that prevents malfunctions from construction debris accumulation. It also offers an original snap in tilt latch design that provides the fabricator with a solution to design pressure (DP) test failures by preserving the integrity of the welded sash corners. This design allows the fabricator to achieve DP numbers previously unattainable from conventional routed in tilt latches and eliminates service calls for sticking tilt latches due to construction dirt, according to the company.

X-Drive® Offers Flexibility
Roto Frank of America offers flexibility with its complete line of casement and window hardware, the X-Drive® system. The operators are available in a variety of architectural finishes and have an optional removable cover. In addition to the aesthetic advantages, X-Drive offers patented ease of installation through features such as self-locating guides and strikers and preassembled lock bars, according to the company. The Roto Frank two-bar hinge, which is part of the X-Drive line, is designed with large and heavy sashes in mind.

Stürtz Expands LinearPro Line
Stürtz Machinery recently expanded its LinearPro line to include the LinearPro 3D-Fab door-processing center. The new SMI-LinearPro 3D-Fab accepts cut parts and performs all required fabrication for typical door systems. The system requires only one operator and can fully fabricate pre-cut vinyl profiles and reinforcements.

Sturtz also offers the LinearPro Fabrication saw as part of the line. The saw can be outfitted with different cut configurations for sash, pocket sill or sloped sill requirements, and options include the flying bridge system, which allows flexible, programmable fabrication to be performed concurrently with cutting and notching.

Both the fabrication saws and the machining center feature a linear motor-driven feed system.

A Green Vinyl Window: Ecoshield
Kasson Keller’s new Ecoshield line of vinyl windows is designed to be energy-efficient, while also integrating the properties of ecology, comfort and economy into a high-performance design. The windows are available with an ST glazing package that company officials say offers thermal efficiency and can lower the average home energy bill by 30 to 40 percent and can cut carbon dioxide output by 1,600 pounds per year.

Two Windows: One Continuous Header
The newest window solution from CWS is the “Side-by-Side” all PVC impact and non-impact single-hung window, designed for instances in which two windows need to be mulled together, offering two windows, but with one continuous header and sill.
According to the company, the windows are easy to install, offer little chance of water intrusion at the mull bar application, and require you to transport and unload fewer windows to the job site.

Estate Quality
CGI Windows and Doors Inc. in Miami has launched a new collection of luxury doors, “Estate Entrances.” The Estate Entrances are designed to offer the beauty of wood with the security, durability, quality and strength of heavy-gauge aluminum. The line includes a wide selection of options, including raised colonial muntins, solid aluminum panels, painted wood grain finishes and custom colors. Doors come in a variety of configurations and come standard with CGI’s patented 3-point security locking system.

Strengthen Your Steel
Bavarian Polymers has introduced a new Polymeric Reinforcement System (PRES), a lightweight material with high insulation properties, resulting in low U-values. The company says the new product can be used as a stiffener to replace aluminum or steel, while it provides high flexibility with profile design in combination with strength, rigidity and low weight.

Exhibitors Showcase New Products at Win-door North America
Win-door North America was held in November in Toronto, and, as usual, it attracted many exhibitors launching new products. Below are a few of the highlights. Win-door 2010 will be held November 16-18.
Visit www.dwmmag.com for the full wrap-up.

Get the Woodgrain Look
AquaSurTech OEM introduced a new technology that will give manufacturers the opportunity to offer a woodgrain look on vinyl profiles. NuGrain™ is a paint-based application that offers a “non-repeating” pattern just like real wood. It can be used in both interior and exterior applications. The product also offers a textured feel with raised grain that creates a 3D look. There is a minimal set up and start-up waste, making small runs cost effective, according to the company. In fact, the company’s Michael Braeuel reports that it has sold three machines in two months.

The Ultimate in Weatherseal: Tri-Fin
ULTRAFAB displayed its Tri-Fin, an ultimate pile weatherseal to be used for minimizing air and water infiltration. Tests indicate a 25 percent improvement in air infiltration compared to a single fin, according to the company, and adds that customers are reporting less water leakage.


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