June 2006                 Volume 45,  Issue 5

      Product Focus

Wise Up with the 8800 E-Series

Wise Corp. of Largo, Fla., is announcing a major upgrade to its 8800 Door Machining Center, which was first introduced in 1988.

The 8800 E-Series features touch-screen technology and illustrates automatic change from 6-foot 8-inch to 7- and 8-foot pre-hung machining. Door hand, size, hinge size and lock backset are all indicated on the user-friendly monitor.

Various machining options, including dead bolt bore for door and strike jamb, are also available. Door counters for daily and total cycles and an integrated timer keep management informed of machine usage and plant productivity.

The up-clamp feature assures proper spacing between door and jamb regardless of undersized or oversized door slabs.

The machine is available with these optional features: three-degree flush hinge mortising for double-bevel doors with 1/4-inch or 5/8-inch radius hinge routing capability; cut-down door machining; and raised molding accommodation.


Softride Delivers a QuietRide™
Softride Inc. of Bellingham, Wash., has introduced the QuietRide™ tightening hitch pin with lock. It is the first in a new line of products designed to make heavy equipment towing safer, quieter and more secure. The company says the product eliminates the rattle and noise from loose-fitting ball mounts and safeguards trailers and cargo by preventing removal of the ball mount from the receiver. 

According to the company, the product is designed for two-inch receiver hitches and it features a rubber cage that secures an anti-rattle nut inside the ball mount. A 5/8-inch stainless steel bolt cinches the nut securely to the side of the receiver eliminating the “slop” found on most hitch designs. 


Easy-Fit Door Handle for Machinery Guarding
United Kingdom-based Fortress Inter-locks’ new eGard system for machinery access and control includes an ergonomic, easy-fit handle and actuator unit. Designed for both hinged and sliding doors, it can be installed on machinery guarding in minutes without the need for additional brackets. The handle can also be used with an eGard head unit as a simple and easy-fit latching door handle.

According to the company, the handle provides savings in terms of cost and time of design and fabrication for original equipment manufacturers, machinery guarding suppliers and end users.

The eGard system and handle mount on extruded aluminum simply, and no drilling or brackets are required. The handle has only two fixings and is simple to align and attach. It connects using standard M5 screws, which fit the spring-loaded T-nuts supplied with the extruded aluminum. It is made from glass reinforced PBT providing exceptional toughness and durability.


Handle Worth Folding
Integrity® from Marvin Windows and Doors has new options and enhancements to its growing product line with the introduction of the casement and awning folding handle and an obscure glass option. 

The company says it improved both the aesthetics and operation of its casement and awning windows with the new folding handle. The folding handle accommodates interior decorating needs and won’t interfere with blinds, shades or curtains. Additionally, the lines of the folding handle create a clean look. The product comes standard with all Integrity casement and awning windows and can also be ordered to update existing handles. 


Expand Your Display with EMI
Emes Marketing Inc. (EMI) of Ontario, Canada, offers practical displays that are low-maintenance, easy-to-assemble and cost-effective. 

While most of EMI’s products are standard stocked items, the company also has the manufacturing capabilities to tweak any of its display products or custom-build displays to specific corporate needs.

It has recently introduced two new displays. The mosaic marble and granite display holds more than 50 stone samples in a space under 40 inches wide. On the top half, stone samples easily flip from one sample to the next for quick and easy viewing, while the bottom half of the display allows the user to display a multitude of edge profiles. 

The mosaic expandable tile display shows a variety of tile sizes in columns of up to 10 tiles per column. The columns can either stand alone or can be joined to form a wider display of columns.


Heading to the Coast
The new Coastal Shores™ collection from Crane Performance Siding of Columbus, Ohio, includes offerings in regatta blue, cabin brown, lighthouse red and evergreen. The rich, vibrant siding colors are designed to provide more design choices for added impact on the home. 

The new collection of colors is available in all of the company’s top siding brands including Solid Core Siding®, Market Square®, Premium Pointe® 360, Portsmouth Shake®, Premium Pointe Soffits and in some Architectural Essentials™ accessories products. 

The collection features ColorLife™ Fade Defense, an advanced color protection formula utilizing BASF’s Luran S technology to keep siding colors fresh. 


Contact Lumber Adds Knotty Alder
Contact Lumber of Clackamas, Ore., recently added knotty alder wood-wrapped mouldings to its product line. The new product overcomes production difficulties in profile wrapping veneers that contain character marks such as small, closed or starred knots, according to the company. It also represents a solution for builders, designers, architects and original equipment manufacturers looking for a rustic appearance, but preferring the benefits of stability, strength and long lengths.



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