Volume 43, Issue 2 - February 2008

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insulating glass
Blinded By the Light 
Pilkington Pyrostop™, distributed by Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Kirkland, Wash., is now available with integrated Venetian blinds to enhance privacy and reduce glare.In instances where users want to control the amount of light entering or visibility into a space, Pilkington Pyrostop products with 45- and 60-minute fire ratings can be combined with manually operable Venetian blinds included in an insulating glass unit. The blinds are encased between multiple layers of glass, so never need to be cleaned. In addition, the blinds are available in a wide range of colors and are fabricated in the United States, allowing for short delivery lead times. www.fireglass.com

System Made to be Air-Tight and Impact-Resistant 
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Glasslam N.G.I. Inc.’s Air-Tight Sudden Impact IG System was designed to help window companies and glass fabricators to produce insulating glass that meets tough hurricane impact codes quickly and efficiently. The patent-pending Sudden Impact IG System features a layer of crystal clear resin that is applied with a proprietary process, bonding one interior glass surface with the Air-Tight Spacer, rapidly creating a hurricane impact unit containing only two lites of glass. www.glasslam.com 

storefront
Energy-Efficient and Ready to Resist Impacts 
EFCO, a Pella Co., in Monett, Mo., has unveiled its new Series 526 thermal impact storefront.

Designed to accommodate 1 5⁄16-inch insulating glass units for enhanced U-values, the Series 526 incorporates the use of a polyurethane thermal barrier that enhances the frame’s CRF values. Dry-glazed interior and exterior gaskets eliminates the usage of any structural silicone sealants, and provides enhanced thermal performance by ensuring a high-quality weather seal. Series 526 also utilizes screw-spline frame construction for decreased shop fabrication labor. In addition, the Series 526 meets large- and small-missile impact standards and can be used with a variety of EFCO entrance packages. www.efcocorp.com

mirrors
Mirox 3G Makes for an Ecological Mirror 
AGC Flat Glass Europe has introduced its third-generation ecological mirror glass: Mirox 3G. Production of the ecological mirror requires no formaldehyde, copper or lead. The mirror also features resistance to scratches, corrosion, humidity and chemical attack by cleaning products.

Mirox 3G is the first mirror glass to meet the requirements of the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive aimed at reducing the amounts of hazardous substances used in industrial production processes. www.agc-flatglass.eu

decorative glass
Decorate with Worldly Color 
Exclusive dichroic glass blocks and unique, colored glass blocks are available now through WorldGlass, a national architectural and decorative glass organization based in Tampa, Fla.

Dichroic glass is the newest trend in architectural design, according to information from the company. The distinctive appeal of dichroic glass lies in the difference between the transmitted and reflective colors, both appearing as completely new shades. The glass blocks are durable, cost-efficient and multifunctional. www.WorldGlassAG.com

Engrave Tempered Glass Without Shattering 
Tempered glass can now be engraved on-site, according to Glass Craft USA in Norcross, Ga. The company says its portable engraving system can etch, engrave or otherwise decorate tempered glass without shattering the glass or compromising its safety characteristics. Using portable machinery, the new service can engrave designs onto all types of glass deeper than is normally possible. This deep-cut etching allows the engraved design to be painted using traditional artists’ techniques and modern airbrushing and spraying methods. If done on-site, turnaround is about five days. www.glasscraftusa.com

resources 
GANA Puts Videos on DVD and Publishes Three New Glass Informational Bulletins
Three Glass Association of North America (GANA)-produced videos on the creation of various types of commercial architectural glass are now for sale on DVD. The videos are: 

  • The Float Glass Manufacturing Process (produced by the Flat Glass Manufacturing Division • How Mirrors Are Made (produced by the Mirror Division) 
  • How Laminated Glass Is Made with PVB (produced by the Laminating Division.) The videos may all be seen in their entirety for free on the GANA website at www.glasswebsite.com/video.

Work is being done on more videos, which are produced in-house by GANA staff in conjunction with each division. Current videos in production include one on insulating glass units, a video featuring tempered glass and additional laminating videos featuring other interlayer technologies.

In addition, the association has released several new Glass Informational Bulletins (GIBs).

Quench Patterns in Heat-Treated Architectural Glass, GANA’s 18th GIB, defines quench (sometimes called “strain”) patterns, and the conditions that may create them. Importance of Fabrication Prior to Heat Treatment encourages the industry to complete any fabrication, including cutting, drilling holes, sandblasting, etching, etc., prior to heat treatment of the glass. Glass Floors and Stairs takes a close look at considerations for glaziers and designers when implementing a glass floor or staircase. Each of the educational documents are available to the industry as a free download on GANA’s website. www.glasswebsite.com

software
CRL Introduces Hand Rails Online 
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has introduced a new web-based design program for material sizing. Hand Rails Online is design and layout software that is tailored to professionals working with handrails, guardrails, glass balustrades, stair rails, and windscreens. It generates railing layouts, parts lists and material cut sizes. After railing layout dimensions for a particular job are entered, the program calculates the stock lengths of material and all the hardware required to complete the project. The software can generate a quote sheet and layout drawings for prospective customers. The company offers live technical support to help learn the process, as well as online webinars. www.crlaurence.com


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