NEW AND IMPROVED
The Seventh Annual DWM/Shelter New Products Guide
Whether you are a dealer looking for a new door or window to sell, or
a new moulding to offer, or a manufacturer looking for the latest components,
you’ll find the latest from the industry’s leading suppliers below.
Sunrise Windows Introduces New Casement
Sunrise Windows, a vinyl window and sliding door manufacturer, announces
the introduction of a new line of casement, awning, bay and bow windows.
This new design offers homeowners up to 20 percent more visible glass
area than a typical vinyl casement window, according to the company.
The new window line also features a Performance sash system, which delivers
high energy efficiency with SunBlinds mini-blinds, and the availability
of three new optional architectural hardware finishes.
Curtainwall Goes Residential
L. B. Plastics Inc.’s curtainwall application incorporates the advantages
of both aluminum structural members and PVC-u doors and windows, according
to the company.
“Many folks think of curtainwall as something that is unrelated to residential,”
says L.B. Plastics’ Dave Byers. “But, this is not the case. Our product
is an excellent choice for homes demanding large expansive views and structural
performance with little hindrance to view.”
The SHEERFRAME system features the ability to incorporate both fixed and
operating units into the assembly, while window assemblies can include
projected, awning, hopper, casement and tilt/turn designs. Door assemblies
include both single- and double-leaf doors incorporating traditional commercial
hardware or multi-point locking systems. The curtainwall system can be
fabricated either in-plant or on-site.
Exofol IN—Old Styles Out
Exofol IN from American Renolit is designed to provide window manufacturers
with a range of new designs to offer customers, including Amati PD Soft
Walnut, Calvados C Natural Cherry, Calvados K Medium Maple, Ontario PM,
and Winchester PA Natural Oak. The film is designed to display depth and
precision with a realistic wood look, according to the company. Exofol
IN also features a scratch-resistant coating made from a ultraviolet-cured
lacquer on the surface that protects the film through its life.
The film can be cleaned with typical mild household cleaners.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s SuperCoat™
Quanex’s SuperCoat advanced color coating technology for vinyl and composite
doors and windows is a vacuum-applied, ultraviolet light-cured color coating.
The technology is designed to provide high durability and color retention
for vinyl and composite door and window profiles, according to the company.
In addition, the polyurethane acrylate coating can save manufacturers
time and money on paint application and allow them to cut down on post-fabrication
and after-sale field touch-up costs, according to information from Quanex.
The coating also includes Quanex’s low heat-absorbing color technology
to resist heat distortion and has no VOC in its composition. Colors offered
are antique bronze, architectural bronze, hunter green, brick red, adobe,
grey, and jet black.
Passing the Sentry
Truth Hardware’s new Sentry multi-point hinged patio door hardware system
combines flexibility with security, according to the company. The system
features a 90-degree thumb turn located above the handle, along with high-performance
adjustable hinges and multiple handle designs, all of which can easily
adapt to current door designs, according to the company.
Find TRU-LOCK™ for Entry Doors
Amesbury Hardware Products has debuted the patent-pending TRU-LOCK™, a
multi-point lock system for entry doors. The system is designed to provide
security while allowing the homeowner flexibility in trim set hardware,
according to the company. TRU-LOCK easily incorporates into standard,
double-bore panel systems of all types and is adaptable to work with most
handle brands, according to Amesbury officials. Once installed, the system
functions the same as a standard latch and deadbolt.
Paddock and Generation 4 Offer Lockmaster®
Paddock Fabrication Ltd. and Generation 4 Sales and Marketing have teamed
up to introduce the Lockmaster multi-point door locking system. The companies
say the system provides security, weatherability, ease of use and a long
service life. The system can be used with vinyl, wood or composite doors,
and is available in one-, three- and four-hook models. It is available
in both adjustable and non-adjustable configurations, and can be modified
easily for custom door heights.
The locking system also is available in a variety of finishes, and comes
with a ten-year mechanical breakdown guarantee.
ADHESIVES AND SEALANTS
Get an “Advantage” over Tough Materials
Franklin Adhesives and Polymers, a division of Franklin International,
has developed a new emulsion polymer isocyanate (EPI) adhesive, Advantage
EP-940, to bond treated lumber and other wood substrates that are difficult
EP-940 can be used to bond a variety of materials, including ponderosa
pine, bamboo, various imported woods, wood-plastic composite, laminated
veneer lumber and a variety of proprietary treated lumber. According to
the company, it meets ASTM D-5751-99 wet use for laminate joints in non-structural
lumber on some types of wood. In addition, it has no added formaldehyde
and qualifies for LEED credits, according to Franklin officials.
Centor Folding Door & Window Systems
Centor has introduced the F3 bottom-rolling folding system, which is designed
so that it transfers a door’s weight to rollers along the bottom, requiring
no overhead structural beam. Company officials say the new development
makes folding doors a cost-effective option for retrofits and remodeling.
Centor folding systems allow for equal-sized door panels, according to
the company, and the face-fixed hinges are simple to install.
ODL Launches Three-Frame Doorglass System
ODL Inc. has launched the TriSys, a three-frame doorglass system. According
to the company, the system equally emphasizes “fashion and function,”
and features high heat resistance and an effective sealing system and
is aesthetically pleasing as well.
The new ODL TriSys system features a millwork-inspired profile as well
as a clean aesthetic design with no screw hole plugs. The frame’s new
FiberMate™ material developed for ODL has high ratings for paint and stains
adhesion, and allows the frame to have a dark finish (with low risk of
deformation due to heat).
No special primer or preparation is needed, according to the company.
Royal Goes Upscale
Officials from Royal Window and Door Profiles say the company’s OPUS I
and OPUS II offer an “upscale” patio design for the replacement and new
construction market segments. The patio doors incorporate a durable and
heavy-duty all-vinyl frame design that can be used with two different
The Opus I utilizes the same sash system as the company’s Performer patio
door with standard features that include Royal’s 9700 handle, a single
mortise lock, a 10-degree sloped sill, a 1-inch-thick glazing channel,
and the company’s new Super Quiet roller.
The OPUS II system utilizes an all-vinyl welded sash system that can accommodate
the company’s standard 1-inch glass thickness and also can accommodate
two triple-glazing options of 1 ¼ inches and 1 3/8 inches for extreme
weather conditions as well as achieve an R5 rating, according to the company.
Hardware options, such as a twinpoint lock and the Euro Series handle,
also are available.
SUNFLEX Debutes SF 50/55c
SUNFLEX-Wall-Systems has launched its SF 50/55c, an interior real wood
clad folding sliding door system.
Company officials say the new system has achieved a design pressure rating
of +/- 60 psf (for inswing and outswing units) with a construction depth
of 2 3/16 inches. The system can achieve a U-factor of 0.24 Btu/h·ft²·F
with low-E triple-glazed units, and 0.32 Btu/h·ft²·F
for low-E double-glazed units. SUNFLEX is manufacturing the product with
panel dimensions of maximum 4 feet in width and 12 feet in height.
The wood-clad interior can be supplied in two different design shapes
and a variety of wood species and finishes.
Kolbe Debuts New Folding Door System
Kolbe’s new folding door system is designed with panels that fold back
against each other to create an expansive, inviting opening, according
to the company. Both the access and folding door panels utilize a uniform,
optional 4-5/8-inch bottom rail to maximize views even when the doors
are closed, and to accommodate a large size of high-performance LoE2-270
glass. Company officials say a specially designed, thermal weep sill enhances
the door’s energy efficiency, while optional, concealed hardware, architecturally
correct mortised hinges and other design details accentuate its traditional
MasterGrain Advances Craftsman Door Line
MasterGrain is introducing its new Craftsman door line featuring fir grain
and several other unique features, including flush removable fiberglass
frames. The company says the new frames accept 1-inch insulating glass.
In addition, the company offers an optional integrated dentil shelf for
the doorlite frame. This design is attached to the door in the manner
of a traditional insert, not taped or glued to the surface of the door.
The frame also sits on a ledge to give added strength and proper orientation,
according to the company.
Simulated divided lites (SDL) molded in fiberglass also have been developed
to complete the company’s Craftsman offering.
Simply Patio Screens with New External Screen Corner from Magnolia
Magnolia Metal and Plastic Products Inc. has launched an external patio
screen door corner, which company officials say will replace the need
for the “old-style aluminum door frame scrap-producing, miter-cut internal
corner.” The overall exterior design of the new corner follows the contour
of the screen’s heavy-duty frame profile for a sleek and seamless look
in the finished screen, according to the company.
“After countless requests by many of our valued customers this corner
should do exactly what it is and was designed to do,” says Tony Malik,
Four-in-One Machine Available from Joseph
The new SCF 430 from Joseph Machine Co. has the practical functionality
of four stand-alone work stations, according to the company. The base
machine provides for two universal fixture sections and an industrial-grade
HMI and is network-capable. All machine sequencing and CNC movements are
controlled through a PLC controller with EtherCAT drive communication
for precision accuracy on part fabrication.
The machine also is equipped with a bottom-mounted 90-degree direct drive
saw assembly with an oversized 30-inch Carbide-tipped saw blade. The blade
is powered by an 11.5-hp variable frequency motor that utilizes a hydro-pneumatic
vertical saw blade feed with the chassis guided on precision rails and
The SCF 430 also features a four-axis CNC spindle with absolute encoder
feedback that performs the work with a smooth and symmetrical fashion,
according to the company.
Expand IG Operations with Secondary Sealer
The new Erdman® fixed-head IG secondary sealer is equipped with a
stationary sealant application system that provides its operator the ability
to easily apply a professional, high-quality, consistent secondary seal
to IG units.
To utilize the system, the operator positions a glass unit in front of
the stationary sealant applicator. The applicator control system tracks
the glass while the operator passes the glass from left to right through
the applicator. The machine then applies sealant based on the speed at
which the glass is being moved by the operator. When the operator gets
to the corner (the end of the glass unit) the operator then rotates the
glass 90 degrees and repeats the process until all sides are sealed, according
to information from the company.
The machine can be configured for dual- and triple-pane units, and can
dispense hot, cold and two-part sealants. Custom models and sizes also
Tough as Iron
Stiles Shop Solutions has introduced its Ironwood series of classical
woodworking equipment. The line includes an Artisan series of spindle
shapers and is equipped with cast iron bases, adjustable fences, easy-to-use
controllers, and heavy-duty motors, according to the company. The machinery
provides quick changeovers along with the flexibility to create quality
profiles in a short time. The Artisan line ranges from the fixed spindle
FX550 up through the PS 1000 Plus CNC shaper with touch screen LCD.
The introduction of the classical line of Ironwood equipment includes
the series of Genesis jointers and planers in addition to the series of
Artisan shapers. The Ironwood products include two years of 24/7 technical
support. Boring equipment and straight line rip saws also are available.
Bang the VersaDrum® for Consistent Sealant Dispensing
Nordson Corp.’s VersaDrum® piston pump bulk melters deliver consistent
dispensing of sealants, mastics or adhesives for insulating glass production,
according to the company. The piston pumps provide constant pressure with
variable flow, ideal for intermittent dispensing applications, while the
open design of the high-pressure melter supports high-viscosity materials
and the large-volume outputs required in secondary sealing of insulating
New Progressive Machine Can Do It All
The Progressive Systems patent-pending center feed indexing double end
machine (CFI) can used for end machining, notching, routing, boring and
The CFI can manufacture various lengths of wood, fiberglass, composite
or metal components of a door or window consecutively with zero setup
time between components. The system utilizes single center feed chain
to feed components to multiple fabricating stations. All axes are computer-controlled
with servo positioning. The components are fixtured, machined and then
index transferred to the next operation or machining station.
Pilkington Updates Online Calculators
Pilkington North America Inc. has redesigned and updated its Sun Management
and Thermal Stress online calculators to include an interactive format,
new products, updated performance data and improved features. The Sun
Management calculator is an interactive online tool for generating three-part
Specifications in Construction Specification Institute (CSI) format. These
three-part specifications then can be incorporated easily into project
I t provides solar, optical and thermal properties of Pilkington glass
products and includes a variety of exterior appearance color options,
a range of glass thicknesses and single- or double-glazing options, including
the company’s new low-E fourth-surface technology. The calculator also
includes project photos and links to the Pilkington project reference
page for a quick review of actual projects.
Launches Loyalty Program
Glasswerks Inc. in Los Angeles has a new customer loyalty program. The
Glassperks rewards program allows clients to accrue points earned per
purchase and redeem them in exchange for exclusive discounts, complimentary
services and merchandise.
“Both time and money are scarce in this economy, but by investing in our
online tools and customer outreach programs, we have already seen decreases
in our inbound call volume to our customer service representatives and
increases in customer engagement with our bi-weekly sales promotions,”
says Ed Rosengrant, vice president of sales and marketing.
DOOR AND WINDOW COMPONENTS
Move Up to Frontline
FrontLine Building Products Inc. offers a range of components for front
entry systems, including entry door cladding and transoms for both custom
specialty and historical windows. According to the company, its interlocking
transom F+I+T system works with the company’s door cladding to resist
water leakage between the door and transom. In addition, an extruded aluminum-clad
exterior provides low maintenance with multiple design options, according
to the company.
360 Innovations Launches Virtual Showroom
360 innovations announced the availability of CustomBuilt360WEB, its Virtual
showroom. The CustomBuilt360 online virtual showroom provides a seamless
design experience, allowing customers to digitally configure their very
own and doors and windows on the web and immediately click-thru design
aspects, hardware and glass components to match and enhance their designs,
according to the company.
“Our solution is easily deployed to a website providing our customers
with a true online configurator to generate new business," says Emmanuel
Perdikis, vice president marketing at 360 innovations.
The showroom is streamed automatically to the client’s browser – no special
plug-in is required. Users can also create or link to other web pages
and directly forward customers to marketing or website promotion product
Finally, the company adds that clients can leverage their online strategy
to reach their consumers in the comfort of their home to deliver a consistent
buying experience to increase overall sales.
WTS Paradigm Updates UX Configurator
WTS Paradigm officials say they’ve given the UX Configurator a new bold
look and feel through a new user interface. The redesigned UX Configurator
allows users to navigate through products and options easily, and to see
detailed information on products. It also provides real-time pricing updates
and an engineering accurate drawing of the product being quoted, according
to the company.
For more advanced users who configure multi-wide and mulled units, a pop-up
form similar to a web interface allows users to customize pieces of the
overall window easily while still being able to manage common properties
across the entire configuration, according to the company. Manufacturers
also can take advantage of the branding technology to apply their own
color themes, layout and logos to the UX Configurator.
Flex Your Schedule with DMSi
DMSi Software has added a new flexible resource scheduling feature to
its Agility software. This feature auto schedules materials, personnel
and equipment to meet production requirements. The resource scheduling
feature is designed to maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and allow just-in-time
production by fully utilizing resources, minimizing processing time, and
ensuring timely completion of jobs, according to the company.
The new GC3000 GLASS-CHEK PRO digital instrument measures the glass and
air space thickness of single-, double- and triple-pane windows from a
single side. The tool also detects low-E and will allow the operator to
not only identify the low-E surface of a double-pane window from one side,
but also the type of low-E coating used in the window. The GLASS-CHEK
PRO will indicate if the low-E coating is a hard-coat (pyrolytic) or soft-coat
(sputtered) low-E product. If the tool determines that a soft-coat low-E
has been used, the meter will also tell the operator the number of silver
layers used to make up the coating.
Versatex Makes Packaging Change
Versatex has begun making its mouldings with a proprietary free-foam process
to provide a low gloss that consistent with its trim and sheet products.
The color of the new mouldings also has changed to match the company’s
other products as well.
In addition, the company has made a slight size change on a few of its
products, including the shingle mould, which now will be available in
11/16- by 1 5/8-inch); the six-inch crown, which now will be offered in
11/16- by 5 ¼-inch; bed moulding, now available in 9/16- by 1 ¾-inch);
and baluster, which now will be offered in 1 ½- by 1 ½ inches.
The lengths on all profiles, however, will remain unchanged.
A Finished Look
CertainTeed is expanding its line of restoration millwork with a new feature
called FinishedEdge. FinishedEdge is designed to provide a crisp, clean
edge for PVC trim boards by heat-sealing the four edges using a proprietary
process that creates a quality, smooth finish.
Because the new feature eliminates problematic grooves and pockets that
allow dirt to collect on the surface, little cleaning and maintenance
is necessary to keep trim boards looking clean and white, and the product
does not require painting, according to the company.
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