Guardian and Intermolecular Partner to Develop Advanced
Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich., and Intermolecular Inc.
in San Jose, Calif., have signed a multi-year collaborative development
program (CDP) and technology licensing agreement
The partnership will address the development and commercialization of
a diverse set of advanced glass coatings, many related to energy generation
or energy-efficiency in buildings. Target applications include both sputtered
coatings to be developed with Intermolecular’s Tempus™ P-30 combinatorial
physical vapor deposition platform, and liquid coatings to be developed
with Intermolecular’s Tempus F-10 and F-20 wet workflows. Improving the
performance and reducing the costs of glass coatings will be a key focus
of the development partnership.
“Through our work with Intermolecular, we hope to take materials innovation
in glassmaking to an entirely new level,” says Scott Thomsen, Guardian’s
chief technology officer and group vice president for glass in North America.
“Intermolecular’s HPC approach to R&D allows us to comprehensively
and efficiently explore the periodic table of elements, and to quickly
develop and commercialize high-performance coatings for a variety of high-growth
applications. Glass coatings still have enormous potential for innovation.”
As Russ Ebeid of Guardian once said, “We’ve coated glass with copper,
silver and gold. We have still got almost all the elements on the periodic
table to go … and each of those elements will bring different characteristics
to the glass” (see March 2006 USGlass, page 4).
Intermolecular’s HPC hardware and software resources allow technologists
to conduct hundreds of experiments in parallel, and then quickly sift
the resulting data for promising combinations. These possibilities can
then be evaluated, refined and tested for manufacturing readiness, all
in a fraction of the time that would be required with traditional R&D
techniques. Intermolecular’s team of scientists and engineers works closely
with their counterparts at customer companies, to ensure that the development
work is tightly linked to new-product needs.
Venture Tape Expands Partnership Industrial Sales Corp.
Venture Tape Corp. in Rockland, Mass., a subsidiary of 3M, announced it
is expanding its agreement with Industrial Sales Corp. (ISC) for sales
and distribution of its adhesive products for the fenestration and glass
building products market. ISC will now handle sales of Venture Tape’s
products in the Southeast and Western regions of the United States, and
will continue to handle product sales in the Northeast and Midwest regions
under the original contract.
According to Theo Janssen, national sales manager of fenestration and
building products for Venture Tape, the new agreement builds on the relationship
between the two companies, which began in 2007.
Santelli Tempered Glass Continues to Grow with Third Location
Santelli Tempered Glass in Monessen, Pa., has opened its third site in
Joseph Santelli, the company’s chief executive officer, says he selected
Elkhart, Ind., due to its location. “It’s perfectly located between Toledo
and Chicago, both with large residential window manufacturers,” says Santelli.
“The area [Elkhart] has gone through a major downturn with the rise in
energy costs and the fall of the economy. That provided an abundance
of facilities that would work for my operation.”
Santelli says his company’s growth goes back to automation and speed.
He explains that the concept he employs was developed by Lance Porter,
owner of All Weather Architectural.
“Before he came up with the idea of taking orders today, tempering all
night and delivering tempered glass tomorrow, deliveries sometimes took
two weeks to get to the window manufacturers. His philosophy of not touching
soft-coated or any glass until it was tempered allowed us to give a finished
product that was of better quality than the market place had seen, and
within 24 hours from placing the order was much quicker than anyone was
delivering,” Santelli says.
He continues, “We now know that the production process Lance developed
results in the lowest labor cost per square foot of glass tempered. When
you can produce tempered glass at a lower price with a better quality
and deliver the glass overnight, customers want your product.” Santelli
explains that it’s the automation that makes the process unique. “The
glass is cut, laser logo’d, seamed and batched for the tempering furnace
without being touched by anyone. The ability to supply tempered with this
process has made it possible to expand so rapidly. I am using that process
in all three locations.”
Keymark’s New Circle Size Extrusion Press is Live
Keymark Corp.’s new 14-inch circle size press is now fully operational.
The company says the press will enable architects and engineers to design
larger, more detailed extrusions with a width and precision not previously
available in the marketplace.
Keymark says the press will add 32 million pounds of demonstrated capacity
to its 88 million pound company-wide capacity, while adding 55 new jobs
in the Lakeland, Fla., plant. This brings its total number of presses
to seven, with circle sizes ranging from 6 to 14 inches, and covering
more than 500,000 square feet of production space.
“For 46 years Keymark Corp. has prided itself on its commitment to the
marketplace, and our investment in the new press again shows our leadership
position and willingness to be a flexible, competitive partner to our
clientele,” says William L. Keller III, chief executive officer and owner.
“The appeal of our new press capabilities, along with our ability to guarantee
all aspects of a project, from alloy quality to finish and delivery, make
us the only aluminum extruder that is vertically integrated in-house.”
AAMA Announces IG Certification Program
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has
joined forces with Associated Labs Inc. (ALI) to offer insulating
glass (IG) certification. The two organizations will work together
to broaden accessibility to IG certification programs for the National
Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) requirement for IG certification,
which became effective July 1.
The NFRC has begun enforcing the requirement for IG certification
by a listed, third-party certification program for all IG units
used in products that are authorized for NFRC certification and
labeled in accordance with the NFRC 700, product certification program
Crystal Windows Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Crystal Window & Door Systems in Flushing, N.Y., marked the completion
of 20 years in operation on May 15, 2010. The company was started two
decades ago by Taiwanese-American immigrant Thomas Chen with a small Queens,
N.Y., operation fabricating aluminum windows for the local community.
Crystal today has production facilities in New York, Chicago and Missouri
and has expanded beyond windows to establish operations in building products
including solar panels and aluminum extrusion and finishing.
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