Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2003

DearUSG

Congratulations, USG!
Dear USG,
I just had a chance to read the August issue. Congratulations on being named the official publication of GANA—a well-deserved award it is.
Karen Welsh
PPG Industries 
Pittsburgh


Farnady Files Updates
Dear USG,
I would like to offer a few updates/corrections to Dez Farnady’s “Deflective Glass” article in the August 2003 issue (see page 9 in the August USGlass).

The American Society of Testing Materials (now known as ASTM International) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services, not “an independent testing agency that publishes quality standards,” as reported by Mr. Farnady.

ASTM literature specifically notes that it has “no technical research or testing facilities,” and that “such work is done voluntarily by the ASTM members located throughout the world.”
More importantly, C 1036-91 is NOT the current issue of the Standard Specification for Flat Glass. Originally published in 1985, the standard was updated in 1991, reapproved in 1997 and most recently updated by the industry and republished in 2001.

Greg Carney
Technical Director
Glass Association of North America
Gulfport, Miss.


System Components
Dear USG,
I read with great interest the article written by John Bush in your August 2003 issue on hurricane-resistant glazing systems (see page 48 in the August issue). It was very thorough and outlined in depth the difficult test parameters the glazing market faces for qualified systems. In the interest of the market and readers however, I believe the components listed in the hurricane-resistant glazing system, specifically structural silicone, should refer to a “qualified sealant or adhesive” capable of passing the stringent demands for the application. 

There are, in fact, alternative sealant and adhesive technologies to silicones and structural silicones that are passing required impact testing flawlessly. In many cases these qualified products are replacing silicone products that have failed under test conditions. Sika has qualified three products with multiple customers, each presenting unique properties based on the design application, and has also placed an advertisement in the October 2003 USGlass, based on the customers perspective, not our own. 

In the interest of the reader, it would be better to point out that there are options available outside of the status quo. This is a new and growing market segment within established product lines, and the playing field remains open for paradigm shifts in application technologies.

Greg Moran
Market Field Manager
Sika Corp.
Madison Heights, Mich.


Bob is Back!
Dear
USG,
In response to Bob Lawrence’s August column, amen, amen, amen! (see the August 2003 USGlass, page 14). It was a great article. His aim was as deadly as his laser-like wedges at the pin. There are no greater hogs at the trough than lawyers. The tort system is out of control and insurance companies just roll over and pay up at the first sight of blood. My only hope is the old saying that “pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered” occurs in my lifetime. 

Tom Lee III
President
Lee and Cates Glass
Jacksonville, Fla. 


Dear USG,
I just finished reading Bob Lawrence’s “Hogs at the Trough” article and had to drop you a line complimenting him for expressing my exact sentiments. Seriously, he captured a great deal of what drives me crazy and I know it will never improve when you stop and realize that 97 percent of our legislators in Washington are lawyers who only support the redistribution of wealth. His article should be mandatory reading for everyone in the manufacturing business.

Larry O’Connell
President
TFC Inc.
Louisville, Ky.


Dear USG
Bob Lawrence did a terrific job of expressing himself and the feelings of many others in his article “Hogs at the Trough.” When he decides to run for national office, put me down as one of his contributors.

Steve Brown
President
UNRUH FAB Inc.
Sedgwick, Kan.


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