Major Skylights Offer Major Energy Savings
Major Industries Inc. in Wausau, Wis., wants to help illuminate interior
spaces with energy-saving natural light. The company says its skylights
and translucent curtainwall are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly
alternative to artificial lighting.
The company offers a range of daylighting products, from Guardian 275®
translucent panel skylights and curtainwall, which controls glare and virtually
eliminates damaging UV rays, to Auburn® Engineered skylights in glass,
polycarbonate multi-wall or acrylic glazing.
machinery and equipment
Glaston Offers Options for Low-E Cutting
With the increasing demand for low-E products, Glaston Bavelloni has enlarged
its range of low-E cutting solutions, including the REV and Syncro low-E
cutting lines. Upon request, the REV models are available equipped with
an automatic device for shaped and straight edge deletion, which is carried
out by a cup wheel system. The redressing cycle of the wheel is carried
out directly on the glass edge automatically and requires no intervention
by the operator. The device is equipped with a suction/filtering unit
of the powder produced during the grinding or dressing operations.
The Syncro cutting technology range can be supplied with an automatic
device (peripheral wheel) for edge deletion. The NC controls both the
grinding path and pressure, as well as the rotation speed of the wheel
as adjusted according to its diameter, which is automatically read.
adhesives and sealants
UltraGlaze Offers Flexibility and Efficiency
GE SSG4600 UltraGlaze™ from Momentive Performance Materials in Albany,
N.Y., is a high-strength, two-part silicone elastomeric adhesive/sealant
for use in a multitude of structural glazing applications, including the
fabrication and shop glazing of curtainwall systems.
says that the combination of durability, flexibility and strength means
that SSG4600 can be used in an array of façade bonding and sealing
applications, including protective glazing applications. Due to the combination
of high tensile and tear strength and great flexibility, the product can
remain intact when exposed to extreme conditions.
storefront and curtainwall
Vitro America™ Expands the Meaning of “Classic”
Memphis-based Vitro America has introduced a comprehensive line of architectural
aluminum products designed to complement its full line of architectural
glass in its Classic Line™.
The Classic Line™ Series 200, 300 and 500 entrances incorporate a corner
block construction with an interlocking design, mechanical fasteners and
back-up plates. The company says this construction ensures structural
integrity and eliminates the need for welded corners, enabling the glazing
contractor to modify the doors quickly by taking them apart and cutting
them down to size, as needed.
The Classic Line storefront systems include a specially designed full-height
interior leg sill flashing for enhanced protection against water infiltration.
The systems also include full-depth pockets that remove the need for flat
fillers at the perimeters and allow direct anchor attachment to the substrate.
To further streamline fabrication and installation of its screw-spline
systems, the company offers the TIME FABSAVER™ hydraulic punch press and
die sets to glazing contractors.
The company says impact-resistant systems are planned for availability
SAGE Introduces Energy-Efficient, Energy-Generating Window
SAGE Electrochromics Inc. in Faribault, Minn., has unveiled what it calls
the world’s most energy-efficient window glass. The new suite of products
is the first to combine electronically tintable “dynamic window” technology
with high R-value, triple-pane construction. The result is a window that
provides greater thermal and visual comfort than any equivalently configured
Tests show the dynamic, triple-glazed glass has an insulating R-value
higher than 8, compared to an R-3 value typical of most low-E insulating
glass units. Combining super insulation with a dynamic tinting capability
provides a 16-percent energy improvement over static triple-lite glass
with low-E, and better than a 50 percent improvement over monolithic glazing.
SAGE’s dynamic tinting technology uses nanotechnology, which users can
change electronically from clear to opaque to manage daylight. The technology
saves building energy by managing natural daylight and solar heat gain.
MyGlassTruck Releases Curtain-Side Glass Carrier
MyGlassTruck.com in Glassboro, N.J., has announced the addition of a new
24-foot aluminum curtain-side glass carrier truck body to its line-up
of commercial glass transport systems. The curtain-side body protects
glass from weather and highway debris like a van body while providing
open access for loading glass like a flatbed or trailer.
The weather-resistant curtain is made from a single piece of PVC-coated
double-weave polyester designed for long-term use. Each curtain is double-hemmed
and reinforced with high-frequency welded webbing to maximize tensioning
capabilities. The curtains are available in a wide variety of colors and
also can be imprinted with custom graphics. Ball-bearing rollers surrounded
on three sides by a one-one piece aluminum track ensure that the curtain
Stay-Flat™ Vacuum/Flotation Tables Eases Glass Handling
Large, heavy pieces of glass requiring the application of special coatings
or screen-printed designs can be difficult to handle, but Graphic Parts
International Inc. (GPI) in Chicago, part of the A.W.T. World Trade Group,
aims to make the process easier with its a vacuum hold-down/flotation
Manufactured using a proprietary process and built around an all-aluminum
honeycomb core for maximum airflow, the Stay-Flat™ vacuum table is covered
with thick top and bottom plates for extra strength, and a durable, non-oxidizing,
anodized aluminum tabletop that resists warping. GPI offers a stainless-steel
surface for tough applications, as well as Formica and phenolic tabletops
for sensitive materials.
In moving the glass to the next station, the hold-down table becomes a
flotation table that uses “blowback” to lift the glass and ready it for
transport. Recessed rollers and specially designed rubber-coated guides
help glide the glass along if necessary. Maintenance-free vacuum motors
feature a multi-stage centrifugal design to quickly and quietly provide
Offers Economic Solutions
ABC Aluminum Solutions in San Diego is offering economical aluminum manufacturing
solutions from basic mill-finished extrusions to complex curtainwall assemblies.
The company offers prime aluminum billet using automated manufacturing
and packaging equipment. The company also employs proprietary quality
control and continuous improvement systems, processes and procedures managed
in compliance with ISO9001:2000 certification.
Custom-Bilt Metals in Chino, Calif., and Alcan Composites USA in Benton,
Ky., have joined the PPG Certified Metal Panel Program (PPG/CMPP), administered
by the PPG coil and extrusion coatings group. The certification program
is designed to give architects a direct channel to metal panel manufacturers
certified by PPG to apply Duranar coatings …
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