Volume 35, Number 2, February 2000

 

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Attending iGm in Atlanta

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The interGLASSmetal/FENESTRATION world 1999 held in November had it all—new product rollouts, including innovative glass products from the primary glass manufacturers, and targeted seminars covering everything from warm-edge spacers to techniques in glass etching. If you’re in the fenestration industry, participants say that the event, held November 3-5 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, was the largest in iGm’s history—more than 5,000 people attended.

More than 25 seminars were offered which covered a gamut of industry topics including: Shorting the Sales Process for Immediate Results; Estimating Durability of IG Units; Glazing Technology; and Employee Productivity.

When participants weren’t attending a seminar, they were visiting the trade show floor where 280 exhibitors were on-hand to display machinery, equipment, products and services for the flat glass, primary glass and fenestration industries in 138,000 square feet of space.

The size of the show was larger than past shows and many exhibitors say they were pleased with the end result. “This has been a good show for us,” said Robert Lemon, the national sales and marketing manager for APB Automation Systems of Brampton, Ontario.

Others are a bit more ecstatic. Paul Gore, residential product manager for Pilkington LOF said the show was “excellent.” In fact, Gore said Pilkington planned the launch of its Solar E™ glass into the residential market with the timing of iGm. “We were busy throughout most of the show,” he said. “We targeted our activities to the first two days of iGm and attendance was exceptional.”

And, exhibitors say they were not only busy, but “the quality of the people was good,” said John Czopek, vice president of machinery sales for Sommer and Maca Industries. Czopek said a few attendees commented that iGm wasn’t what they expected, because “the show was more related to the window industry,” he said. “But, the people who realized that iGm has been refocused toward the fenestration industry said it is just what they wanted.”

Others, such as Edgetech’s Jim Plavecsky, agreed saying, “the quality of the leads we received were good.” He added that Edgetech changed its marketing strategy for this edition of iGM as opposed to previous years. “We went back to basics,” said Plavecsky. This meant focusing on the quality of contacts instead of drawing people in with tons of machinery. “We wanted people to get to know us,” he said.

But, if you missed the chance to “get to know” Edgetech and its products, or the offerings of other companies, the next few pages include a sampling. You can also make plans to attend the next interGLASSmetal/Fenestration world which will take place November 7-9, 2001 in New Orleans. According to show organizers, 44,700 square feet of exhibit space has already been reserved for the 2001 event.

 

Solar E™ Offers Alternative to Sputtered-Coated Low-E

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Pilkington LOF of Toledo, OH, presented Solar E ™ Solar Con-trol low-E glass. According to the company, Solar E is the first color-neutral control glass with a pyrolytic surface. The clear low-E glass combines favorable solar control properties with excellent thermal (U-value) characteristics. In residential applications Solar E complies with energy code and ENERGY STAR® program solar control requirements in the southern tier of the United States. In the pyrolytic process, the chemical composition of the coating becomes an integral part of the glass surface rather than being applied later as an off-line coating as in the sputtering process. The company says the end result is a product that does not require special handling, can be fabricated easily, and has an unlimited shelf life. The company recommends it for any building that uses a large amount of clear glass and needs to control solar energy transmission.

 

Several New Developments
on Tap for PPG

PPG Industries has resumed production of its popular Starphire glass in its Carlisle, PA, plant, producing it in thicknesses ranging from 2.5 to 12 millimeters. PPG has also resurrected the Solarban™ name and will use it on a new generation of solar control low-E glass. Sungate™ 1000 will be renamed Solarban 60, and a new product, Solarban 55, will be introduced. According to PPG, it will differ from the old Solarban as it is less reflective, has a more neutral color and a higher level of visible light transmittance. It will also meet ENERGY STAR® requirements.

The company also announced the inauguration of two certification programs–one for Intercept™ insulating glass and window manufacturers and the other for glass fabricators. The fee-based Intercept program will provide on-site review and evaluation of a licensee’s Intercept manufacturing function. Certification will require that manufacturers test their units against certain performance criteria.

The fabrication certification program will provide some education and training to fabricators, but will also offer a PPG seal of approval.

 

New Spacer System for TruSeal

TruSeal Technologies of Beachwood, OH, calls its R-Lock™ Spacer system the next generation of all-in-one IG spacers. The R-Lock Spacer’s continuous metal barrier eliminates exposed corner keys, and the closed channel profile reduces heat loss while offering improved sightline aesthetics. The company says the product is available in a variety of different materials, finishes, and colors and has an appearance compatible with conventional spacers.

 

Capital Tape Features
New Gaska Tape

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Cleveland-based Capital Tape Company featured its new Gaska Tape VK2520 series of spacer materials. It also showed its Norwood 4000 and 7000 series and its line of vinyl window glazing foams.

 

Round Top Sends Newlyweds
to Niagara Falls

Round Top Window Products of Ontario, Canada, showcased its Open-It casements that allow fabricators to add operable casements in many configurations. The company also held a drawing for an all expense sweetheart weekend to the Fallsview Renaissance Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Newlywed Tony Kenny of Glacier Windows was the winner.

 

Show Participants Take Aim at Doorlights—With a Baseball

Glasslam of Pompano Beach, FL, hosted the Laminated Glass Pavilion in which several Glasslam customers displayed booths of their laminated glass products and related equipment. One of the features in the pavilion was a pitching booth set up by Pease Industries. This hands-on-display demonstrated Glasslam’s Break-through® Resistant Glass featured in the doorlights, manufactured by Pease. Visitors and pavilion participants took turns whaling baseballs at the doorlight in an attempt to break through the glass. The lunch hours each day proved to be especially popular with potential major-leaguers returning for another try. But they tried in vain—the Breakthrough Resistant Glass held up to the
challenge.

Glasslam found that each of its participating customers shared the same opinion, that the show was a great success and agreed that there is quite a challenge ahead if there is hope of topping this show or, more importantly, these promotions next time around.

 

Impact-Resistant Security Glass from Dependable

Safety-Plus© Security hurricane glass manufactured by Dependable Glass Works of Covington, LA, offers protection against hurricane winds and flying debris. The company says the product is designed to meet and exceed the large missile impact and pressure cycling demands of new South Florida building codes established following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Fractured with a 400-pound impact, the Safety-Plus glass remained intact. The company says the glass also offers protection against forced entry.

 

New From Urban—Automated 4-Point Welding Technology

The AKS 2000 from Ontario’s Urban Machinery Inc. is a new concept in 4-point welding technology. The company says the automated design is ideal for high volume production of stock size welded frames or sash. The operator loads multiple cut pieces into the magazine feed system, and the machine takes over producing welds at minimal cycle times. The welder will eventually evolve into being robotically loaded from automated sawing and fabrication equipment.

 

Reduce Mold and Condensation with Super Spacer®

High humidity means problems for windows, from damaging condensation to unhealthy mold growth. The answer, says Edgetech IG Inc. of Cambridge, OH, is the Super Spacer, an insulating foam spacer. Edgetech says the spacer offers the world’s warmest edge. Its flexible foam construction is capable of warding off condensation in even the coldest of times. The company says the Super Spacer foam spacer creates a warmer edge all the way around than traditional, highly conductive metal spacers.

 

Glasstech Presents Diversity
with Two Products

Architectural glass tempering systems from Glasstech Inc. of Perrysburg, OH, are available with either an electric radiant heater (ERH) or a gas-fired forced convection heater (FCH). Both systems use the same components for the loading table, PC interface, quench and unload table. The major difference between the systems is the heater. The company says the FCH system has a favorable heating time when compared with ERH. The forced convection heater heats most glass types in approximately 30 seconds per millimeter of thickness compared to a range of 40 to 60 seconds for a radiant system depending on glass type.

 


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