March Machinery Madness
The Industry’s Guide to the
If you’re looking to invest in a new machine, but aren’t sure what’s available
in today’s market, you’ve come to the right place. In the following pages,
DWM/Shelter magazine has compiled the latest available to the door, window,
mouldings and millwork industries.
Automate Your Spacer Applications
The Erdman® Automated Spacer Applicator is designed to quickly and
precisely apply insulating glass spacers. The system utilizes a protective
adhesive film, which automatically is rolled onto the machine for easy
removal and disposal. The glass can then feed directly to the Erdman®
IG Secondary Sealer or any other work station.
The applicator features automatic sizing and application, a heavy-duty
welded steel frame and high-end components, downloadable parameters for
multiple spacer sizes, vacuum cups for secure clamping, and a 30-second
cycle time for 24- by 36-inch units.
A Four-Bar Lifter from Wood’s
The new Quadra-Tilt MTA4LP6FAC and MTA6LP6FAC vacuum lifters make manual
tilting easy, according to the company, and let a balanced load hang in
either the upright or the flat position, without using latches. Specially
designed for doors and windows, these Quadra-Tilts feature multi-position
arms that accommodate a variety of load sizes and shapes. Obstructions
on the load surface are easily avoided because vacuum pads can attach
to any location on the load. These below-the-hook vacuum lifters can handle
loads up to 300 pounds and are equipped with a standard pivoting arm pad
frame that offers nearly infinite adjustment between 13 and 39 inches
side to side and 9 and 30 inches from top to bottom.
Stiles Offers Solution for Unique Specifications
Stiles Machinery Inc. has a new solution for processing irregular door
and window components, Stegherr’s universal KSF-R cross joint milling
machine. The machine can be employed for the production of all types of
joints, including straight 90-degree joints, diagonal joints from 35 to
90 degrees or jointing straight bars into round and segmented arched frames.
In addition, the arc feed attachment allows the manufacturing of profiled,
rebated, or curved strips or wooden work pieces on a standard spindle
moulding machine with a vertical spindle.
The machine is mounted to the table with a standard support and features
flexible feeder rolls. The centrally driven rolls are floating so are
able to adapt to the shape of the component and feed the work piece past
the tool without distorting the work piece profile.
Profile Your Windows
EDTM Inc. is expanding its line of energy transmission meters with its
new Window Energy Profiler for testing windows in-frame. The WP4500 allows
users to test the energy performance of operable windows that are already
installed in the field.
To operate it, the user simply must open the window and slide the WP4500
over the profile of the window sash. The instrument will simultaneously
show the estimated SHGC value of the window, along with the ultraviolet,
visible light, and near infrared transmission values.
Norfield Celebrates Big 5-0 with Two New Machines
Norfield Industries recently celebrated its 50th anniversary by unveiling
two new additions to its line of automated door machinery and hand-operated
jigs. The first is the new 2300ASR auto strike jamb router, which automates
the jamb routing process so a single machine operator is able to perform
other tasks while the machine works. The 2300ASR features infinitely adjustable
jamb stops, foot pedal operation for ease of use, dust collection ready
for operator safety and is capable of producing full lip strike mortises
that can be adjusted from 21/4 to 3 inches wide.
The company also recently teamed up with G-U Hardware to develop a system
that will provide for easy and accurate installation of multi-point hardware.
The fixture consists of three independent units attached to a universal
bar for indexing. The universal bar has a scale to position the different
pocket locations. This system is template-driven so it has the flexibility
built in to adapt to different hardware styles and manufacturers.
Go Green with UniCharge
The new UniCharge from Glaston provides an energy-efficient, high-capacity
solution for architectural glass tempering. According to the company,
the system can temper all glass types. The machine uses a new convection
technology called Galaxy, which the company says gives a new control and
accuracy for heating with profilable convection, and thus enables uniform
heating even with the most difficult glass sizes.
Within the UniCharge system, glass is heated very rapidly; its heating
systems incorporate individual turbo-charger units on the top and bottom
part of the furnace, thus granting high output levels in a minimum floorspace.
The system also features a robust and easy-to-maintain design and a user-friendly
control panel and does not require frequent maintenance intervention.
JMC Introduces Standard Line of Machines
Joseph Machine Company (JMC) is launching a new line of machines. The
company has formed a partnership with an Italian manufacturer to develop
the universal European-style CNC machining centers in 3-, 4- and 5-axes
models, designed to complement JMC’s own custom-built high-production
machinery. The new standard line of machines offers customers a product
that is technically advanced with the price advantages of a standardized
component compared to custom design, according to the company.“While JMC
will continue to build the highly customized fabrication equipment we
are known for, we wanted to offer the same high-quality, innovative solutions
in a universal component for customers who don’t necessarily need a custom
design,” says Joseph Pigliacampo, founder and president. “However, these
new standard machines will offer a wide menu of optimizations so manufacturers
will still be able to tailor the machine to their production needs.”
The standard machines can work with aluminum, light alloys and PVC.
Besten Enables High-Capacity Triple Insulating Glass
Besten Equipment Inc. has added a triples option to its automated TAPE
MT1500 insulating glass (IG) production line, enabling IG fabricators
to produce between 650 and 750 triple insulating glass units per shift
on a single line. Besten’s TAPE MT1500 enables high-capacity dual-glazed
or triple-pane IG unit production via parallel glass processing and spacer
application on a horizontal bed. The line features two applicators, which
each apply flexible, warm-edge spacers to the inside edge of the outer
glass lites of a triple IG unit. The intermediate center lite passes through
the application bed, and the three lites are assembled into an IG unit
via tilting air float assembly tables. Optional muntin grid placement,
made easier by inkjet printing alignment marks on the spacer, is permitted
before the assembly. Finally, an optional integrated Quik-Dose™ gas-filling
system enables argon filling in process for a complete, ready-to-ship
IG unit right off the production line.
Measure Distortion with LiteSentry Solution
LiteSentry has launched the Osprey® HR (high-resolution) distortion
measurement system. The tool dynamically measures distortion over the
range of –550 to +550 mD millidiopters) with accuracy of +/- 20mDs, a
50 percent increase in accuracy, according to the company. Cardinal Industries
is one glass fabricator that recently began using the system, according
Mecal Offers New High-Speed Four-Axis Machining Center
The new high-speed Mecal MC307 machining center is completely equipped
with digital technology and features an innovative control system design,
capable of supporting data transfer speeds up to 50Mb/s. The main functions
of the machine can be set with parameters, and it offers an acceleration
rate of approximately 492 feet/min for “X” axis and speeds up to 131 feet
per minute for the “Y” axis. The new fourth-axis table rotates from +135
degrees to -135 degrees, and its 7.3-horsepower electro spindle has a
maximum RPM of 18,000.
Stürtz Builds It
Stürtz Machinery offers a full line of cutting and fabrication equipment,
the LinearPro series. The series features a high speed, linear motor-driven
The line includes the SMI-VSM-30/25PDS vertical four-point welder with
parallel welding and double stack notch capability and the smaller SMI-VSM-20/19CDS
compact vertical four-point sash welder.
The SMI-CNC-2K-30-F twin-head CNC frame corner cleaner, a fully programmable
frame or sash corner cleaner as well as the SMI-CNC-2K-18 twin head sash
cleaner, also is available.
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