Volume 39, Issue 9, September  2004

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literature
Pemko Publishes 2004 Catalog
Now available from Ventura, Calif.-based Pemko Mfg. Co. is the company’s 2004 catalog. To make choosing a product easy, the catalog is organized into specific categories. In addition, most product drawings are shown at full scale with appropriate technical information. The catalog also has color-coded labels to indicate either new products or those that feature “advanced technology.” According to information from the company, the catalog’s format makes it possible to present product information on loose-leaf pages, which are inserted into a three-ring binder.
Info www.pemko.com or call 800/824-3018.

fire-rated glazing
TGP Hardwood Frames Now Feature 60-Minute Fire-Rating
Technical Glass Products (TGP), based in Kirkland, Wash., has announced that its genuine hardwood framing has achieved a glass wall fire-rating of 60 minutes. The new listing from Underwriters Laboratories allows the framing to contain individual glass lites in sizes up to 31 square feet, since the product successfully passed testing as a barrier to heat transfer. 

The hardwood series features an engineered core for dimensional stability and a thick hardwood face. Frames are available in a wide variety of wood species and come in complete packages. 
Info www.fireglass.com or call 888/397-3473.

transportation
Bromer Inc. Develops New Carrier Options
Bromer Inc., of Terrebonne, Quebec, now offers its patented pole system, which, according to a company press release, stabilizes the glass on the rack in a fast and secure way. The racks offer extensive rubber surface protection to prevent glass damage and losses. 

The system is made up of an all-aluminum pole and a lever with a rubber end that secures the glass. The do-it-yourself rack kit is designed for customers’ quick and easy installation. 

Bromer has also introduced its new, patented Insulated Sorter Skid (ISS), a returnable rack for insulating glass (IG) fabricators and distributors.

According to information from Bromer, the rack holds lites individually in place during shipping so loads arrive without flaws. The ISS also has a patented pole system to secure the glass. 

The ISS can be customized to hold any glass dimension or thickness, and carries 20-50 lites or IG units.

In addition, Bromer has two new options for glass carriers. A removable space gaining ledgeboard was designed to help organize space. Glass sheets in body units can now be piled up, allowing for space to store aluminum framing. Another option, the company’s easy release pole, was designed for ease in anchoring and removing the pole from the socket. The pole features an extended hook attached to the end. 
Info www.bromerinc.com or call 450/477-6682.

glass
Scientists Created Glass from Alumina, Not Silica 
A team of scientists at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., has developed a technique to make bulk quantities of glass from alumina for the first time, according to an article from PhysicsWeb. Anatoly Rosenflanz and colleagues used a flame-spray technique to alloy alumina (aluminum oxide) with rare-earth metal oxides, such as lanthanum, gadolinium and yttrium oxides, to create the glass. 

The 3M scientists tested the glass to find that their samples were much harder than conventional silica-based glass and were almost as hard as pure polycrystalline alumina. In addition, more than 95 percent of the glass tested was transparent and had attractive optical properties, such as high refractive indices.

According to the article, this method was designed to avoid many of the problems encountered in conventional glass forming and could be extended to other oxides. Silica is widely used in glass making because its quenching rates are much lower than many other materials, the article stated. 

Dow Corning® 756 SMS Building Sealant Earns SWRI Validation
Based in Midland, Mich., Dow Corning has announced that its 756 SMS Building Sealant has received validation for sealant performance by the Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI).
According to Dow’s announcement, SWRI certified the sealant to two ASTM standards:
• ASTM C 719 (adhesion and cohesion of elastomeric joint sealants under cyclic movement). The sealant passed with more than 50 percent extension and less than 50 percent compression; and
• ASTM C 661 (test method for indentation hardness of elastomeric-type sealants by means of durometer hardness). The sealant passed with 35 durometer, shore A.

The Dow Corning 756 SMS is a medium-modulus silicone sealant for weatherproofing sensitive porous stone and metal panel substrates.

In addition, the company has announced a marketing initiative that will position two of its 100-percent silicone sealants to aggressively challenge urethanes in the small- to mid-size construction market. Dow’s contractors concrete sealant (CCS) and contractors weatherproofing sealant (CWS) will be priced to compete directly against comparable urethane products. Both sealants are available in 10.3-ounce cartridges, 20-ounce sausages and two-gallon pails. CCS and CWS come in 11 standard colors, 18 special-order colors and custom colors. Product specs, data sheets and other necessary information are now available electronically. 
Info www.dowcorning.com or call 989/839-5800.

shower door hardware
Madrid Series Hinge Kit Available from CRL 
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced the Madrid series hinge kits, the company’s first series of notch-free frameless shower door hinges.

The Madrid series of hinges gives the installer three mounting options. The hinge’s pivot can be mounted in a header, a wall block or a soffit sleeve. The kit fits 3/8-inch glass with no glass fabrication required. The series is offered in chrome, brass, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel and satin chrome, with custom finishes available. 
Info www.crlaurence.com or call 800/421-6144.

tools and supplies
AEGIS Unveils New Scratch Removal Systems
AEGIS Tools International™ of Madison, Wis., is now offering scratch removal systems, compatible with all glass types. The system uses 3M Trizat abrasive discs that consist of precisely shaped aluminum oxide pyramids and cerium oxide fine grade materials. Rather than becoming dull with continual use, fresh cutting mineral is exposed on the disc continually for consistent, distortion-free results. 
Info www.aegisweb.com or call 888/247-6000.

briefly...
Nathan Allan Glass Studios won the IIDA’s 2004 Product Design Competition in the Case Goods category. The judges said the company’s entry of heavy cast glass furniture was the most innovative product in that category. Info www.nathanallan.com or call 604/277-8533 … Morse Industries, of Kent, Wash., now offers a new 100-page catalog that includes glass railing systems, mirror hardware and trims, slide track systems and fixture components. The company also now carries an expanded line of j-channels and has expanded its custom capabilities, providing custom shower headers and other components. Info www.morseindustries.com or call 253/852-1399 … 


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