Volume 42, Issue 5 - May 2007

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window film

A & B Offers Range of Options
A & B Films Pte. Ltd. in Singapore now offers its Classis window film for commercial applications. A conventional solar film features a thin layer of high-clarity polyester tinted film laminated with coating adhesive or metallized layer. A sputter-coated film is available to increase performance in solar heat rejection, enhance color and durability, eliminate mirror effects and improve scratch resistance. A safety and security film provides protection from explosions and flying debris, retains shattered glass to prevent injuries, deters break-ins and is distortion-free and crystal-clear. www.abfilm.com 

hardware

Morse Finishes a Variety of Options
Morse Industries in Kent, Wash., offers glass trims and mirror hardware in a variety of aluminum channels, angles, flat bar and shower extrusions. Aluminum J channel and U channel are available in numerous shapes, sizes and finishes for specific applications and installation methods. 

The company also offers heavy aluminum channels, angles and flat bars for commercial applications. All matching components have a 1⁄8-inch wall thickness and are available in 16-foot lengths. Heavy aluminum channels, angles and flat bars are available in satin anodized, dark bronze and mill finishes.  www.morseindustries.com

storefront 

Storm Front™ Now Offered in a Dry Glaze
United States Aluminum in Waxahachie, Texas, redesigned its Storm Front system to eliminate the need for silicone when glazing. The Storm Front entrance incorporates a patented one glazing bead design to ensure maximum protection at the entrance area. Standard corner construction includes heavy duty blocks and welding for maximum corner strength. www.usalum.com

adhesives

New Glazing Tapes Stick Together 
Adhesives Research Inc. in Glen Rock, Pa., offers a wide variety of glazing tapes for the commercial window industry. ARclad® glazing tapes are suited for sealing window assemblies in a variety of substrates. These glazing tapes are coated on both sides with a high-tack, creep-resistant adhesive that is designed to reduce the potential for movement of the adhesive and glass during production and post-production of windows.  www.adhesivesresearch.com

skylights 

Skywall Redesigns Its Skylight Frame
Skywall Translucent Systems in Terrell, Texas, redesigned its conventional skylight framing system, which features the new Skywall/Acrylit weather erosion barrier system. The Skywall Conventional Skylight™ offers easy installation, is lightweight and is almost maintenance-free. With the new Acrylit exterior sheet, the company says the panels offer increased protection against yellowing and fiber bloom, as well as high light transmission and diffusion.  www.vistawall.com

daylighting

Translucent Panels Provide Blast Protection 
Major Industries Inc. in Wausau, Wis., now offers Guardian 275® Translucent daylighting panels. The panels have unique design features that allow them to “flex” with the force of a blast. 

When field-tested using machine-generated shock waves to replicate dangerous real-world blast conditions, the company says the panels created no flying debris and posed no threat to building occupants. The panels meet or exceed anti-terrorism performance requirements specified by the Department of Defense (UFC 4-010-01) and General Services Administration.  www.majorskylights.com

decorative glass

GGI Has Kolor Galore 
General Glass International (GGI) in Secaucus, N.J., is offering a line of painted glass that is post-temperable: Dekor Kolor. Dekor Kolor can be locally cut, fabricated, laminated and tempered in the same manner as other coated glass products. The painted surface has an ultra-hard finish that is scratch- and heat-resistant both prior to and after tempering. More than a dozen standard colors are available in both solid opaque and translucent finishes. Thicknesses range from 5⁄32-inch up to 3⁄8-inch. Standard size sheets are 88 ½ by 126 inches.  www.generalglass.com 

door and window components

Mayflower Stocks Up 
Expanding its inventory to meet a surge in demand, Mayflower in Brooklyn, N.Y., now stocks a number of pivots to meet most applications. Styles include offset or center hung types, floor closers, side jamb offset pivots and center hung styles, as well as many accessories.

The company also broadened its stock of Jackson products. Mayflower now offers Jackson’s 1200, 10 and 20 series exit devices with the required trim and concealed door closers and pivots.  www.mfsales.com

glass

Researchers Create Next-Generation Glass
A glass that spontaneously forms from sugar and oil may be the starting point for a new class of materials with unique properties.

Carlos Co, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinatti, and colleagues explored oil as an alternative to water as the medium for forming emulsions. They put sugar in oil, along with some surface-active molecules, heated the mixture until the sugar melted, and then waited for the whole thing to cool down. The transparency and solid consistency of the glasses that formed belie the inclusion of more than 50 volume percent of oil. The oil gives these materials liquid-like behavior, which, combined with their solid-like characteristics, provide a whole new set of properties. 

The authors expect that these glasses might find applications as sensors and optical devices. 

The research appears in the March issue of the journal Nature Materials. 

doors and windows

Crystal Swings In New Terrace Door 
Crystal Window & Door Systems in Flushing, N.Y., introduced an “in-swing” option for its heavy-commercial rated Series 1400 aluminum swing terrace door. The door features a heavy-duty 3 ¼-inch frame depth and 1-inch insulating tempered glass unit. A 3-point lock system, as well as solid European hardware and handles, are standard on the door. The door’s aluminum extruded frame and sash are thermally broken using a polyamide Insul-Bar system for energy efficiency, strength and accommodation of two-tone color specifications.The in-swing Series 1400 was tested by an independent national laboratory and achieved an AAMA test rating of ATD-HC50.  www.crystalwindows.com

literature

Pilkington Showcases New Products in Guide 
Pilkington North America in Toledo, Ohio, released its new and improved architectural product guide. The 52-page, gloss-finish guide is double in size from previous product brochures. A wide range of products are featured in the user-friendly layout that is categorized by product performance.  www.pilkington.com

machinery and equipment

Schure-Lock Grinds Its Wheels
Charles G.G. Schmidt & Co. Inc. in Montvale, N.J., introduced three new grinding wheels for grinding its Schure-Lock knife system. The aluminum oxide wheel is suitable for grinding the steel backer, while the company says the diamond wheels are useful for roughing and finishing the carbide.  www.cggschmidt.com

ribbon window 

ICR-225 Ribbon Window System Offers Options
The new, thermally improved ICR-225 ribbon window from Vistawall Architectural Products in Terrell, Texas, was developed for projects with ribbon window opening where low-cost and ease-of-installation are important. The system offers contractors two assembly options. The first is a screw-spline assembly with the verticals running through, while the second option involves traditional ribbon-window design with continuous head and sill. www.vistawall.com 

What is Nanotechnology?
by Adam Zax
About 25 years ago when PCs were just coming out, I remember someone talking about how the computer software industry was going to be the next big thing. One gentleman listening to the same speech asked him why he thought that when all you could do with a PC was crunch numbers a little faster and make documents look a little prettier? The speaker explained that those areas were just the tip of the iceberg. Today, our 20/20 hindsight computer software stores are the size of supermarkets with aisle after aisle of software choices. 

If you were to ask me today how nanotechnology will affect your life, I’d give the same answer that speaker did 25 years ago. There pretty much won’t be an area that isn’t affected by the coming nanotechnology revolution. From the soap you use in the shower, to the towel you dry off with, the cosmetics in the bathroom, the paint on the walls and, of course, the coatings on your shower doors, windows, skylights and cars, nanotechnology advances will affect these things (as well as computers, medicine and healthcare which are already well on their way to changing). It will take a while for a paradigm shift to occur, but it is coming. In the meantime a lot of misinformation about nanotechnology is in the marketplace. 

Nanotechnology is the science of creating materials that are between 0 and 100 nanometers of thickness and manipulating the atoms at the molecular level. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. If you hold out your hands about 3 feet from each other and then imagine splitting that area into a billion parts, one nanometer is one of those billion parts. For example, the coatings our company patented are measured with an atomic force microscope to be between 16 and 30 nanometers. Our main inventor, Dr. Don Hayden, described it in layman’s terms by saying, “if the Empire State Building was a piece of ¼-inch glass, our nanotech coating would be like a nickel on the roof.”Nanotechnology can enhance products, making things we use everyday better, such as stain-resistant clothing and easy to clean glass. A glass cleaner, for example, can be improved with the addition of nanoparticles, but this does not make it a nanotechnology product. While there are nanotechnologies that do use particles, many products that claim to be nanotech are actually just older chemistries that create larger than nanoscale materials but add particles as a means of adding another value-added property such as anti-bacteria/germicides, UV resistance or scratch resistance. Some of these value-added enhancements will be subject to new government regulations now being considered and written by our legislators. 

The more we as an industry learn and understand the better it will be for all of us who look to stay on the “cutting edge” with our products. 

Adam Zax is the founder and president of Diamon-Fusion International Inc. of San Clemente, Calif., a ten-year old Nanotech company.


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