USGlass 2011 Product Of The Year
Readers Vote for a Few of Their
Forget brown paper packages tied up with strings—the glass
industry’s favorite things come on pallets, in boxes or in pieces assembled
onsite by a manufacturer’s technician. And do we ever have the lowdown
on those favorite products for you! USGlass asked subscribers in the retail
and glazing contractor categories in November to vote on all of the products
featured in our pages in 2011 for those they felt were the most significant
product introductions, updates and hot sellers. Below is a recap of those
products selected by our readers as the winners of the USGlass 2011 Product
of the Year Awards.
Learn more about all of this year’s product innovations by visiting our
archives at www.usglassmag.com (and by turning to this month’s Showcase
department on page 72).
Product submissions are welcome throughout the year. Please send your
new product information to email@example.com.
Most Significant …
… Glass/Value-Added Glass Product of 2011
PPG Introduces Its Latest Star
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has introduced Solarban® 72 Starphire®
glass, a solar control, low-E glass designed to provide high visible light
transmittance, clarity and strong solar control performance.
To maximize clarity, Solarban 72 Starphire glass insulating glass units
feature one lite of uncoated Starphire glass and one lite with an advanced
triple-silver coating that is engineered exclusively for use on a Starphire
… Door/Window/Wall of 2011
Kawneer Doors Provide New Solutions for Thermal Requirements
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa company in Norcross, Ga., has introduced its
AA®250 and AA®425 thermal entrance doors. Thermal breaks in the
door, door frame and threshold isolate the interior metal components from
the exterior metal components. A door rail and stile design with a double
air cavity provide an added layer to the thermal barrier and dual weathering
around the perimeter of the door, in conjunction with a low conductance
polymer door stop that minimizes air infiltration.
... Dynamic Glazing Product of 2011
Dynamic Glazing + Triple-Lite = Energy-Efficient Glass
Sage Electrochromics Inc. of Faribault, Minn., has unveiled what it says
is the world’s most energy-efficient window glass. The new product is
the first to marry electronically tintable dynamic window technology with
high R-value, triple-lite construction.
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 double lite
glass. Combining insulation with the glazing’s dynamic tinting capability
provides a 16-percent energy improvement over triple-lite glass with low-E,
and better than a 50-percent improvement over single lite glazings, according
to the manufacturer.
… Metal Product of 2011
Alcoa’s Panel Helps Clean Itself
A team of more than 50 scientists from Alcoa in Eastman, Ga., worked for
more than four years to perfect an architectural coating with the ability
to actively break down pollutants such as smog and to covert them to simple
compounds that wash away in the rain. The result: Reynobond with EcoClean
powered by Hydrotect™, a coating that cleans itself and the air around
According to the manufacturer, when exposed to sunlight the compound titanium
dioxide (TiO2) becomes a catalyst that breaks down any organic pollutants
on its surface, while creating a super hydrophilic, water-loving surface
that washes clean with the smallest amount of water.
… Glass Flooring Product of 2011
Walker Steps into Glass Flooring
Walker Glass in Montreal has introduced a line of anti-slip acid-etched
glass products. Walker Textures™ Traction surface provides a new design
option on glass by combining discretion and security without impeding
the natural flow of light. The slip-resistant properties of Traction glass
are derived entirely through acid-etching, whereby portions of the glass
surface are removed to varying depths by a controlled process.
… Glass Component of 2011
ArgoEdgeSealPLUS™ Protects TPU and PVB Interlayered Composites
Argotec Inc. in Greenfield, Mass., has introduced ArgoEdgeSealPLUS™ to
protect both thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polyvinyl butyral (PVB)
interlayered laminated glass composites.
In 1995 Argotec co-developed an edge seal used to protect the perimeter
of autoclaved glass-polycarbonate composites for bullet- and blast-resistant
applications: BOC-9450 Edge Seal™. ArgoEdgeSealPLUS™ is an enhanced upgrade
of this product that is compatible with all TPU- and PVB-laminated glass
composites. A new foil layer is sandwiched between two sheets of polyurethane.
This patent-pending construction better protects TPU and PVB interlayers
from damage due to penetration by moisture, cleaning solutions and the
solvents found in window caulks and sealants.
… Hardware Product of 2011
Select a Concealed Hinge
Select Products Ltd. in Portage, Mich., has designed the new SL31,
SL38, SL44 and SL48 concealed geared continuous hinges for a variety of
storefront entryways. The SL31, SL44 and SL48 fit 1 3/4-inch doors; the
SL38 fits 1- to 1 3/8-inch doors. The Pair-Matched™ hinge leaves, lifetime
lubrication, anodizing after machining and coated, corrosion-resistant
fasteners give them unmatched durability.
All Select geared continuous hinges are made from up to 100-percent recycled
content. The manufacturer can match any paint color on the gear cap or
the entire hinge and fasteners; a choice of anodized colors also is available.
… Software Product of 2011
FeneTech Has Apps For Glass
This year FeneTech Inc. in Aurora, Ohio, promoted its integrated FeneVision
ERP software, which features quoting, order entry and purchasing, among
New this year were FeneVision’s new Business Intelligence feature as well
as the iPad and tablet PC apps, Business Monitor and Factory Monitor.
These applications provide complete visibility of business operations,
accessible anytime and anywhere.
… Machine/Equipment of 2011
Edgetech Distributes Spyglass
Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio, distributor of Sparklike products, has
announced the availability of Spyglass, a laser-based gauge for measuring
and detecting insulating glass unit structure, coatings and thicknesses.
Spyglass can be used as a production quality tool that confirms finished
units are properly constructed and as a field service tool for determining
specifications for replaceunits. Users can instantly measure installed
IG units and order the right type.
… Coating of 2011
AkzoNobel Lets the Lead Out
AkzoNobel Extrusion Coatings has eliminated the use of lead compounds
from all paint brand formulations including TRINAR®, ALUM-A-STAR®,
and ACRA-BOND® ULTRA. This also includes products such as the reformulated
high-solids POLYDURE® E, and the newly introduced CERAM-A-STAR®
EXtreme for fiberglass applications.
… Material Handling/Transportation Product of
Power and Versatility from the MR1611LDC Lifter
The MR1611LDC below-the-hook vacuum lifter was developed by Wood’s Powr-Grip®
in Laurel, Mont., to meet the challenge of constructing curtainwalls and
handling other architectural components. The lift bar can be assembled
in two different lengths, providing the ability to install material under
overhangs. The variable length and width of the pad spread allows configurations
ranging from 53 ¼ inches long by 12 inches wide to 169 inches long
by 49 inches wide. Capable of handling loads ranging from 700 to 2,800
pounds, the MR1611LDC features a DC power source for maximum portability
and continuous 360-degree rotation.
… Product Resource of 2011
Guardian Highlights Sustainable Options
The industry’s only online energy calculator that compares the offerings
of all players was among the highlights of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian’s
The new SNX 62/27 architectural glass is just one of the products architects
and specifiers can plug into the company’s new building energy calculator.
This tool provides comparisons of building energy costs for multiple glazing
options from multiple manufacturers, and their impact on design in prototypical
buildings based on multiple variables.
… Protective Glazing Product of 2011 – TIE
A Fire-Rated Privacy Solution
Longueuil, Québec-based Unicel Architectural’s patented Vision
Control® louvers-in-glass is now available combined with Pilkington
Pyrostop® glazing from Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Snoqualmie,
Wash., the first such product assembly to achieve Underwriters Laboratories’
(UL) fire protection classification. Vision Control insulating glass units
now incorporate glazing with fire-ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes.
Kawneer Expands Hurricane-Impact Resistant Offering
Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business in Norcross, Ga., reports that new
configuration of its AA®3350 IsoPort™ single-hung window have been
tested successfully for hurricane impact resistance according to the standards
set forth in the Florida Building Code and ASTM impact and cycle protocols
and test standards. The AA®3350 IsoPort™ single hung window is available
with a 3 ½-inch frame depth and utilizes a polyamide thermal break
for strong thermal performance.
… Bath Enclosure/Shower Door of 2011
CRL Shower Features Clarvista by PPG
C.R. Laurence Co. in Los Angeles has unveiled a new shower door display
featuring Clarvista™ glass by PPG Industries of Pittsburgh.
The glass is made with a coating that seals the glass surface, enabling
it to resist corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and household cleaning
products. Clarvista glass is available with Starphire ultra-clear or conventional
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