A Different Kind of Vegas Show
A Sneak Peek at This Year’s GlassBuild
Las Vegas is known for its plethora of entertainment shows, but a different
kind of show will come to the city September 14-16. The seventh annual
GlassBuild America, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, caters to
the North American glass, door and window industries.
Nearly 400 exhibitors have signed up to show off glass processing equipment,
door and window manufacturing equipment and new technologies for glass
and fenestration products. Among other sights, visitors will be able to
view demonstrations simulating the effect of hurricane debris on non-impact
and impact-resistant glass.
The show's Innovations Pavilion will feature environmentally friendly
advances in the glass industry including energy conservation, "green
technologies" and solar energy.
Several seminars and forums are planned as well. Among them, seminars
on solar, energy-efficiency and decorative glass will feature panel discussions
from industry professionals.
More information about the show can be found at www.glassbuildamerica.com.
machinery and equipment
Glaston Debuts New Machinery
Finland-based Glaston has a host of new offerings for attendees.
The new iControL™ flat tempering automation system was designed to help
glass processors achieve the best furnace performance and maximized end-product
quality. It controls all glass processing production to match specific
iLooK™ is an online quality measurement system that integrates to any
brand of flat tempering furnace. It measures all glass distortions with
a machine vision system, checking full loads and each glass piece individually
for roller wave, edge lift and overall bow. It verifies glass dimensions
and glass position measurement to give immediate feedback on the quality.
PowerSeam, the Bavelloni arrising machine, operates with one fixed and
one moveable bridge, giving it the flexibility to work with different
sized glass at random. The operator or the automatic loading system only
has to supply the glass; then PowerSeam will automatically set up, measuring
the sheet dimensions and adapting to its thickness.
Jordon Glass Goes Autoclave-less
Jordon Glass in Miami has added a new line of autoclave-free glass laminating
machines to its machinery line-up. Designed for the middle market fabricator,
the company's laminating machines are suitable to use with both EVA and
DuPont SentryGlas® interlayers. This easy and accessible new options
allows anyone to fabricate skylights, hand rails, stairs, windows and
decorative backsplashes without the expense of an autoclave or the mess
J&S Machine to Demonstrate Latest TreC CNC
J&S Machine Inc., the Ellsworth, Wis.-based distributor of TreC aluminum
profile bending machines, offers a wide range of manual, NC- and CNC-controlled
machines. TreC's latest control offering is the CNW333. It is a Windows
XP embedded CNC control that can be partnered to any double-pinch style
profile bending machine. Its features include the programming of single-
and multi-radius parts in a single run and a bending database to automatically
calculate roller positions based on desired radii and material elasticity.
Built-in networking capabilities allows the transfer of data with an office
PC, while DXF importing software creates bend programs directly from DXF
Create Three Edges in One Pass with SCHIATTI
The FPS-50M3 is the largest capacity straight line vertical edger produced
by SCHIATTI ANGELO Srl of Italy. With 14 spindles, the machine can produce
three different edges-flat, arris and miter-in a single pass. It accepts
glass thickness from 1/8 to 2 inches, a minimum glass size of 6 by 6 inches
and a maximum weight of 3,960 pounds. The incorporated mitering system
can perform a variable angle of 0 to 45 degrees. All edges produced feature
the brilliant polish achieved through use of cerium oxide polish.
The main conveyor, which the company says is both accurate and durable,
runs on ball bearings and is adjusted to the various glass thicknesses
by means of the electronic card.
Glimpse a Full Plant by Visiting IGE
IGE Solutions in Jupiter, Fla., will share a variety of products with
Among its offerings will be a number of glass washing machines and laminated
glass lines from Handong. The manufacturer offers all types of glass washers
for flat glass, including low-E, solar glass and laminated glass washers.
Its newest machine for low-E soft coats will be featured in Las Vegas.
The booth also will have an overview of insulating glass machinery from
Han Jiang. Attendees can take a look at the company's heavy-duty automatic
insulating glass line, robotic second sealer, stainless steal bender and
Vesuvius Demonstrates Smart New Technology
Vesuvius, a manufacturer of fused silica products based in the U.S. in
Pittsburgh, will display its fused silica Smartly Driven® end cap
technology at the show. This end cap attachment method incorporates an
environmentally and ergonomically friendly end cap system, eliminating
the need for a resin bond containing chemicals such as formaldehyde.
Also being displayed is zyafoam®, a porous, insulating fused silica
product that has been engineered to create a low-dust (with non-dusting
options) and fiber-free insulating material for lining heated chambers.
Lisec America Displays Its Flexibility
Lisec America Inc. in Burnsville, Minn., will display a new flexible spacer
applicator for processing asymmetrical triple units. The fully automated
application robot for flexible spacer bars, Type VSA-D1, has the ability
to change spacer widths for triple-glazed units on the fly. The patented
application technique ensures accurate and reliable positioning of the
flexible spacer, and a continuous spacer supply prevents any tension or
friction in the material.
As an option, a large variety of shapes can be automatically processed.
The dual material supply enables the applicator to change between two
spacer widths within seconds, which allows fabricators to produce asymmetrical
triple units in the shortest possible cycle time.
Cooltemper's Latest Prints a Pretty Picture
The Eastech flatbed glass printer system, offered by Cooltemper USA of
Fayetteville, Ga., uses the latest in ink technology; it does not require
any pre-coating of the glass or curing of the ink after printing directly
onto the glass surface. It is possible to use all types of lamination
after printing, including PVB, EVA or any liquid resin without adhesion
problems. If required, it is even possible to print directly on to the
PVB, EVA or PVC. Print resolution can be as high as 2880 by 2880 dpi.
For.El Updates Spacer Frame Processing
Italy-based For.El reports that its automatic T-Spacer applicator feeds
a continuous strip of warm-edge spacer from the reel and applies it directly
on one of the two glass lites to obtain a closed frame. Using the automatic
T-Spacer applicator, the butyl extrusion on the spacer frame is independent
of the spacer application process on the glass.
According to information from the company, the introduction of this solution
in insulating glass production lines, even existing lines, removes the
conventional spacer frame processing and improves the double-glazed unit
characteristics both in warm-edges and gas-filled units. The modular system
can be installed in any double glazing line, both as a substitute or completion
of the conventional frame processing.
Technoform Keeps Glass, Aluminum Performing Efficiently
As insulating glass manufacturers prepare for significantly tighter energy
codes, they are able to call upon Twinsburg, Ohio-based Technoform's TGI®
warm-edge spacer to provide high thermal performance, condensation resistance,
structural rigidity and aesthetic appeal for commercial and residential
applications. The TGI warm-edge spacer features a hybrid design and performance
benefits that include: exceptional argon retention; easy integration with
current IG manufacturing equipment; machine-controlled muntin locations;
corner connectors that incorporate argon-filling holes; and aesthetically
Several color options are available.
Constructed of sturdy polyamide 6.6 with 25-percent glass fiber content,
the Bautec structural insulating strip from Technoform enables aluminum
fenestration and curtainwall manufacturers to provide the highest degree
of thermal performance and structural integrity available. It features
an expansion/contraction rate equal to that of aluminum, thermal conductivity
rates 700 times lower than aluminum and structural properties that exceed
those of virtually every other thermoplastic available.
Edgetech Lets Attendees Try High-Performing Products
Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio, has planned its booth to feature new
products, new partnerships and a new theme. The company will provide interactive
demonstrations for areas including quality assurance, specialized equipment
solutions, technical service, creative marketing support and high-performance
Those featured products include: Super Spacer® warm-edge spacer systems
for commercial and residential IG; Edgetech Test Equipment powered by
EDTM, including glass, window and film test equipment; Gasglass and Spyglass
technology for non-invasive gas-fill measurements and glass analysis;
SustainaBLOCK™ setting blocks; and Lauren weatherstripping and seals custom-engineered
for door, window, storefront and curtainwall applications (in adjacent
adhesives and sealants
Fenzi Provides a Range of Product Offerings
Toronto-based Fenzi North America will be displaying a wide range of products
at the show.
The HOTVER 2000 is a one-part hot melt butyl that the company says is
specially formulated to give insulating glass units excellent mechanical
properties to last in the field. The company notes that its butylver PIB
is now offered in gray, as well as the traditional black. In addition
to these new offerings attendees can see the Molver 3A desiccant, Alu
Pro aluminum spacer profiles, Roll Tech warm-edge stainless spacer, Fenzi
warm-edge spacer profiles and the SOLARLUX line of solar mirror paints.
Keep Moving Glass with Arlington Equipment
Arlington Equipment Corp. in Queensbury, N.Y., (represented by De Gorter
Inc.) is offering mobile ergonomic glass handlers to the industry. This
machinery was designed specifically for the movement and installation
of up to 2,000 pounds of glass on sites and in the fabrication shop. It
fits through personnel doors and into commercial elevators or construction
lifts and can be operated indoors or outdoors. The patented manipulator
end effecter system and adjustable vacuum lift frame enables handling
of glass and glass units in any frame and mullion pattern.
The handler is intended to decrease installation costs, increase worker
safety and expedite the installation process for faster, safer and cheaper
New Company Provides Glass Rack
Milwaukee-based American Rack Inc., a new sister company of F. Barkow,
will showcase a professionally engineered van rack kit.
The Commander™ is a 10- by 7-foot aluminum glass rack including a three-crossbar
stainless steel roof rack and the largest useable ledgeboard-6 1/2 inches-in
the industry. A passenger side rack for the same van also is available.
According to the manufacturer, the lightweight rack was designed to ship
and install easily. Assembly time is approximately two hours and the glass
rack payload capacity is 1,000 pounds.
SAF's Rain Screen Feels the Pressure
Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc. (SAF) of Villa Rica, Ga., has introduced
the SAF Series 4500 pressure equalized rain screen. The new commercial
building panel system meets AAMA 508-07 requirements, and was tested for
air and water resistance as well as structural integrity per ASTM 283,
330 and 331.
The Series 4500 is similar to the company's Series 4000, but is manufactured
with mitered and sealed frame extrusions and reinforcements in the corners
of the panels. The fabricated panels in the Series 4500 system include
a factory attached frame extrusion that makes for an easy fit into the
horizontal and vertical track extrusions on the jobsite. Like the 4000,
the 4500 comes with fabricated panels and track extrusions that are shipped
Mapes Industries to Show Laminated Panels
Mapes Industries in Lincoln, Neb., has developed an impact-resistant line
of laminated panels for use in curtainwall, storefront and window applications
where design elements require high impact/high load materials. MapeShield
panels can be used in any framing system design for this type of application.
The panels can match any architectural finish including porcelain, Kynar,
anodized and baked enamel. Custom applications, including bullet-resistant
and Class 1 blast-resistant panels, also are available.
PPG Showcases Clarvista™ for Showers
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries will showcase new Clarvista shower
glass. The shower glass is made with a coating technology that seals the
glass surface, making it resistant to corrosion caused by heat, humidity
and household cleaning products. The company says that with regular maintenance
the glass looks new longer than other shower glass products. It is available
on clear and Starphire® ultra-clear glass substrates and in thicknesses
of ¼-, ?3/8- and ½-inch. Stock sizes are 96 inches by 130
tools and material handling
Get a Lift with Wood's Powr-Grip®
Wood's Powr-Grip in Laurel, Mont., has introduced the MRTALP611LDC vacuum
lifter. The lifter features a thickness less than 8 inches, making it
suitable for installing glass between buildings and scaffoldings or similar
narrow locations. The company says these lifters also enable access to
loads between tightly spaced storage racks.
The pad frame accommodates a wide variety of load dimensions and weights
with six removable vacuum pads and removable extension arms. With 180
degree manual rotation and 90-degree manual tilt capabilities, loads are
handled multiple orientations. On-board DC power allows for use at construction
sites or other locations lacking AC power. To reduce the risk of accidental
load release, this product is equipped with a dual vacuum system as standard
Demountable Carrier Offers Versatility in Glass Transport
Myglasstruck.com, a division of Demountable Concepts in Glassboro, N.J.,
has debuted a single-sided glass carrier with a demountable option that
offers glaziers the versatility of dual-purposing a standard pick-up truck
as a glass transport truck.
This new single-sided model allows companies to make small or occasional
deliveries with a cost-effective alternative to wider, heavier double-sided
glass carriers. A narrow width makes the pick-up and single-sided carrier
easy to maneuver for deliveries in crowded spaces and urban areas. A driver
and helper can non-permanently install the rack onto the pick-up for deliveries,
and then remove it and operate the truck without the carrier for sales
calls or personal use.
The carrier attaches to the pick-up's bed wall through a strong and stable
mounting system, and at the bottom, the non-demountable model is integrated
into the truck's chassis with computer-designed, load bearing, galvanized
steel underbody mounts. The demountable option adds heavy-duty ratcheting
straps for securing the carrier top-side and a load bearing mounting system
similar to a trailer hitch and receiver on the truck's underside.
EDTM Highlights Its Glass-Chek Pro
EDTM in Toledo, Ohio, will display its line of American-made instruments
and sales kits for the glass and window industry. Among its products,
the company will highlight the new GC3000 Glass-Chek PRO instrument. This
new digital instrument measures the glass and air space thickness of single-,
double- and now triple-pane windows from a single side. This new technology
offers numerous improvements and features over the company's previous
offering, including applications involving tinted glass, new low-E coatings,
triple panes and suspended film.
The product is suitable for window replacement and field service professionals,
as well as quality control technicians within the window factory. The
product is offered in six different languages.
Lamatek Packaging Protects Glass Products
Lamatek in West Deptford, N.J., has expanded its line of Protek™ packaging
products to include IG shipping channels, sash shipping corners, lift
rail channels and extruded foam fill for lineal chambers.
According to the company, extruded polyethylene packaging materials are
an improvement over Styrofoam, corrugated, wood and other sacrificial
Truth Introduces New Systems
Owatonna, Minn.-based Truth Hardware's new Sentry multi-point hinged patio
door hardware system combines flexibility and security. Features include
a 90 degree thumb-urn located above the handle, high performance adjustable
hinges and multiple handle designs.
The company also has introduced the push-out hardware system. The system
includes a full line of hinges, locks and related push-out hardware to
meet the requirements of this window market segment.
Bohle to Present Glass Hardware
Aside from its Silberschnitt and Diamantor tools and the comprehensive
range of Verifix products for glass bonding, Bohle America in Charlotte,
N.C., also will present its range of glass hardware items. Attendees also
will be able to find a range of consumable supplies, cleaning agents and
silicone adhesives at the show.
EFCO Makes Plans to Unveil Xtherm™
EFCO in Monett, Mo., will unveil its Xtherm family of thermally innovative,
architectural-grade products. In addition to windows, the company will
be launching the new 5500 XT curtainwall, which is designed with deep
strutted thermal break technology and will accept triple pane glass for
superior thermal values. Rounding out the new products being showcased
at this year's event will be the Duracast® curtainwall pressure plate
for its 5600 series, which provides thermal improvements.
Max/Block Sunshades by Tubelite Support Green Goals
Tubelite in Walker, Mich., now manufactures its Max/block sunshades using
EcoLuminum, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring
environmentally friendly finishes. Max/Block sunshades also maximize daylighting
and minimize solar heat gain.
The product is suitable with the company's systems on low- to mid-rise
buildings such schools, medical clinics and neighborhood offices. It is
available in airfoil, Z-blade and tubular architectural profiles. Each
outrigger type can be extended from the building in various projection
lengths to provide the desired performance. Blades are attached to the
outriggers using screw spline connections.
HTL to Demonstrate Impact Effects on Glass
HTL LLC of Riviera Beach, Fla., will be demonstrating impact effects
on both impact-resistant and non-impact glass. The company offers testing
for a range of items, including air, water and structural qualities; blast
performance; field performance; impact resistance and cyclic wind pressure;
mock-up; thermal performance; safety glazing; and wind uplift resistance.
HTL also offers engineering services to aid in research and design as
well as product submittal preparation.
Phantom Demonstrates Applications for Retractable Screens
Phantom Screens® in Abbotsford, British Columbia, will demonstrate
how retractable screens can be used to preserve views, design and privacy
while at the same time providing full ventilation, shading from the sun
and protection from insects.
The Infinity Retractable Screen Solutions™ uses a series of pleated screening
panels that fold away when they are not required, making them suitable
for folding wall systems and other large openings. Distinction Retractable
Screen Solutions™ are suitable for doorways that are too large for standard
size door screens. Both Distinction and Infinity screens feature one of
the lowest available profile bottom rails, 1/8-inch, thereby providing
additional screening options for healthcare and hospitality facilities.
The company also will feature retractable Phantom Door Screens and Serene
Window Screens that offer additional options for commercial and residential
GANA Releases Two New Technical Manuals
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released two new technical
resources for the industry.
The new Protective Glazing Manual was written by industry experts from
GANA and Protective Glazing Council (PGC) International membership. It
describes the types of glass, films and interlayers that make up protective
glazing products and illustrates the applications and technologies available,
as well as the standards and levels of protection they provide. Additionally,
there is a detailed section on the care and cleaning of protective glazing
products, and a comprehensive glossary of terms and applications.
The Guide to Architectural Glass 2010 Edition is produced by the GANA
Flat Glass Manufacturing Division (FGMD). Formally known as the Specifiers
Guide to Glass, this guide is a 5-year update with an expanded scope.
It provides an overview of architectural flat glass, its properties and
versatility in applications. As one of the most downloaded documents on
GANA's website, the FGMD chose to offer it to the public as a more in-depth
AAMA/WDMA Industry Review and Forecast Available
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Window
and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released the updated
2009/2010 AAMA/WDMA U.S. Market Studies. The study profiles the U.S. market
for both commercial and residential doors and windows. The U.S. Industry
Statistical Review and Forecast includes historic data for 2004-2009 for
door, window, skylight and curtainwall market trends and product relationships
in addition to forecast data for 2010 through 2013, based on projections
of construction activity.
Regarding window usage in commercial construction, the report notes that
nonresidential glazing fell by 19 percent in 2009, with declines across
all categories. The market is forecast to decline by an even greater amount
throughout 2010 due to the sharp drop in nonresidential contract awards.
Growth is expected to resume in 2012 and is forecast to increase over
Power*e™ Radiant Glass Heats Things Up
Denver-based Radiant Glass Industries (RGI) and sister company Busick
Insulated Glass have collaborated to develop a product that is not only
energy-efficient but also heat generating. Using Power*e™ glass designed
and developed by RGI, Busick manufactures insulating glass units that
use low voltage DC power to warm the inside of the unit. Power*e Glass
uses up to 40 percent less power than conventional heating systems and
is extremely efficient because of its combined insulating value and radiant-heating
All Power*e windows are built with Edgetech's Super Spacer® for long-term
FeneTech Launches FeneVision ERP Version 7
Aurora, Ohio-based FeneTech Inc. will launch version 7 of its FeneVision
ERP, tailored to the window, entry door, glass processing and sunroom
manufacturing industries. Version 7 was designed in accordance with the
Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and expanded with the following additional
functionalities: new production scheduling and auto-batching, business
intelligence (BI), enhanced capacity planning and contractor-to-dealer
online ordering tools.
The newly integrated BI is a Microsoft SSRS version of the FeneVision
Information Center, which allows for integration into Microsoft Office
products. It allows users to retrieve and analyze internal and external
business data to support better decision-making. The system is fully integrated
and based on a single centralized database from Microsoft (SQL Server
2008), using a dynamic and unlimited bill of material system, allowing
the user to configure any type of product, no matter the complexity, providing
an open architecture with endless flexibility.
Wagner Now Features Point-Supported Systems
The Wagner Companies in Butler, Wis., is now the exclusive North American
distributor of Linox Technology architectural glass systems. Linox spider
fittings enable the architectural freedom of connecting glass to any structural
substrate. Linox has developed a comprehensive range of spider fittings
to enhance a glass facade, awning, balustrade or canopy. Fittings are
manufactured from cast 316 stainless steel and will meet all international
structural requirements when properly installed and specified.
Tremco Puts Performance of Seal at Window-Wall Interface to the Test
Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing in Beachwood, Ohio,
is offering its ExoAir™ Air Barrier in conjunction with its Proglaze®
engineered transition assembly (ETA) as a comprehensive air and moisture
The unique composition of the patent-pending Proglaze® ETA allows
it to span and seal across irregular window geometries while absorbing
dynamic movement and wind-loading stresses without pulling apart. Proglaze
ETA is available in three systems: standard 6-inch design, off-set dart
design and pressure bar system. Proglaze ETA was also developed and tested
to ensure long-term air and moisture protection when used in conjunction
with Tremco's ExoAir™ 110 and 110LT low temperature self-adhered air and
vapor barrier membranes and ExoAir™ TWF self-adhered thru-wall flashing
membrane at transitions into door and window openings or curtainwall systems.
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