Volume 39, Issue 7, July  2004

ShowCase

Ashton Develops Clearshield™ Application Line
Working closely with RITEC International, Ashton Industrial has developed a fully automatic line for the application of Clearshield low-maintenance treatment for flat glass. According to company information, the line is designed to maximize output, optimize Clearshield usage and minimize labor.

While two operators are required for glass loading and unloading, all other aspects are fully automatic, regardless of glass size, thickness, type or shape. The washing and drying machine features an inbuilt and self-regenerating water infiltration, softening and RO demineralizing. Water quality is monitored constantly, so glass sizes and shapes are detected automatically by the Clearshield spraying station, which switches the spray nozzle on or off accordingly, to minimize over-spray. In-line curing, fume extraction, final rinsing and drying are all included with a PLC touch-screen control to oversee operations.
Info www.ashton-industrial.com or call +44 (0) 208 551 4046.

Bromer Unveils Automatic Seaming Machine
Based in Terrbonne, Quebec, Bromer Inc. has designed a new automatic seaming machine that features a Z-path. According to information from the company, with the Z-path, settings are not necessary, as it can seam square or rectangular glass lites upon request.

The equipment includes a feed and exit conveyor and can also be equipped for low-E glass edge deletion. 
Info www.bromerinc.com or call 450/477-6682.

windows
CRL Increases Window Production 
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has announced that, due to expanded capabilities at its new270,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, it is now manufacturing more customized versions of its full range of drive-thru and transaction windows and accessories. 

According to CRL’s announcement, it previously offered made-to-order sizes, finishes and glazing options, but now is able to create whole new versions of basic windows to address unique user needs. 

“Customization can range from high-tech features, such as programming microprocessors of electronic service windows to perform special functions, to low-tech modifications in our most basic steel pass-thru trays and drawers,” said John Bower, technical representative. “These customizing services are available not only to architects, but to our glazing shop customers as well.”

Pinpoint Offers Microgage 2000 for Alignment Needs
A new machinery alignment kit is now available from Pinpoint Laser Systems, of Newburyport, Mass. The company says the Microgage 2000 can be used for checking stage and slide travel to measure straightness and run out or checking the perpendicularity of cutting tools and the squareness of machine assemblies. 

The alignment kit consists of a laser transmitter that projects a working beam up to 80 feet away. The receiver and digital display catch the laser beam and provide readout for each alignment task. A computer interface allows readings to be analyzed, plotted and stored. The laser and display operate on batteries and additional, adaptable fixtures come with each kit.

The company also offers two new digital Microgage receivers, which connect directly to the Microgage 2000 display and can be used up to 80 feet from the laser source. According the company, the new receivers offer accuracy of 0.0001-inch. 
Info www.pinlaser.com or call 800/757-5383.

DeWalt Offers Several New Products
Baltimore-based DeWalt has recently launched a number of new products, including an electric impact wrench, optical instruments and rotary hammers.

The DW059K-2 is a ½-inch, 18-volt, cordless, high-torque impact wrench that is designed to produce 300-foot pounds of maximum torque. Measuring 10.75 inches long and delivering 2,600 blows per minute and 1,650 rpm, the DW059K-2 features an impacting mechanism that allows users to drive large fasteners without kickback. In addition, the wrench’s ½-inch square anvil design provides extended durability, and the durable motor delivers better efficiency to maximize battery runtime, according to a company press release. The DW059K-2 also features a wrap-around, anti-slip comfort grip that reduces vibration.
Info www.dewalt.com or call 800/433-9258.

glass
Glass Railing System Available from TACO
TACO Metals of Miami now has stainless steel glass rail and flush rail systems for architectural applications available. The glass railings are designed for 1/2-inch, 3/8-inch or 3/4-inch tempered glass panels and are offered in 1½-inch to 4-inch diameter sizes. Components include top rails, tempered glass panels, predrilled bottom rails and all required caps, corners, inserts and cladding. Components are available in a choice of finishes. 

The flush rail system, in 1 ½-inch or 2-inch diameter tubes, was created for use in a wide variety of applications including handrails, dividers, partitions, and store fixtures. Components can be glued, welded or fastened mechanically.

According to TACO, its German engineered glass clamps are also compatible with the flush rail system and can hold glass infill panels without drilling. 
Info TACOmetals.com or call 800/743-3803. 


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