Ready for Something New?
The 28th Annual USGlass Guide
to New Products
What company isn’t always on the lookout for something new
to set itself apart from its competitors? USGlass has got just what you
need: the latest in efficient, eye-catching or protective glass products
to wow your customers; new tools and machinery to make your job—whether
it’s installation or fabrication—easier; and new hardware, adhesives and
all of the other critical components that pull it all together.
Viracon Balances Comfort, Performance with Its New VUE
Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., has introduced VUE-40, a new high-performance
glass coating for insulating glass that aims to strike a balance among
light, comfort, solar performance and sustainability.
The new coating provides ample daylight while reducing potential glare,
offering low ultraviolet transmittance as well as low interior and exterior
reflectance. The coating is applied after heat treating to augment flatness,
compared to architectural glass that is heat-treated after the coating
application. VUE-40 can be applied to various tinted substrates to further
improve solar performance and glare reduction or be applied to thicker
glass substrates to reduce visual distortion. It can also be used on the
same surface as silkscreen.
In addition, Viracon has introduced a new online tool, the appearance
selector tool. It provides a visual representation of the fabricator’s
glass make-ups as a reference to how the glass will appear once it is
installed in the building. The tool works in conjunction with the company’s
product selection tool, which provides data on energy performance and
cost savings achieved with different glazing configurations.
ClimaGuard IS Goes Low on U-Values
Guardian Industries in Auburn Hills, Mich., has launched its new family
of fourth surface coated low-E glass by releasing ClimaGuard IS-15 and
IS-20, two coated glass products for residential applications that help
meet new codes and Energy Star® standards while giving window manufacturers
easy fabrication options.
ClimaGuard IS-20 offers window manufacturers the possibility to meet current
code requirements for U-values without the use of argon gas or a third
lite of glass while providing a smooth, clear and easy-to-care-for package.
In addition, the glass is durable and scratch-resistant, can be used in
monolithic applications such as storm windows and is available in full
truckloads, less-than-truckloads or case quantities.
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.
In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban 72 Starphire glass
offers visible light transmittance approximating that of Solarban 60 Starphire
glass, along with 25-percent more solar control. Solarban 72 Starphire
glass has solar control characteristics that are similar to those of Solarban
70XL glass, but it transmits 11-percent more natural light.
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
New Glazing Increases Light Transmission in Style
Technical Glass Products (TGP) in Snoqualmie, Wash., is now offering Pilkington
Profilit™ OW-low iron glass, the latest in the line of translucent, linear
channel glass systems. The cast glass channels’ low-iron content increases
visible light transmission (up to 90 percent VLT in non-insulating channels)
and reduces the natural green hue typical of standard glass.
Pilkington Profilit OW consists of self-supporting, low-iron oxide cast
glass channels in an extruded metal perimeter frame. It is suitable for
interior and exterior applications, and comes in lengths up to 23 feet
for vertical or horizontal installations. Since each individual channel
is narrow, designers can use the product to create curved or serpentine
glazed walls with tight radiuses. The channel glass is available in three
textures: Standard Cast (patterned surface), Wave (large wave texture)
Macro (netted screen texture).
SEAVASA Invites Customers to Walk Its Way
Producing a glass that can be walked upon requires a high surface hardness,
as well as scratch and slip resistance. SEVASA North America of New Canaan,
Conn., reports that its new Incus-T CriSamar® STEP – T-Line (6 models)
transparent non-slip certified floor glass accomplishes this, offering
a high surface hardness certified up to Mohs 5 scale on its engraved models.
According to the manufacturer, its composition insures that the lower
transparent surface stays free from scratches.
Available in thicknesses ranging from 5/32- to ½-inch, and in a
standard size of 88 by 126 inches, the product comes in extra clear, clear,
blue, bronze, grey, green and mirror.
Paragon’s New Product Follows the Sun
Vari-Shield from Paragon Architectural Products in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
is a laminated safety glass that automatically dims as the sunlight increases,
cutting energy costs and eliminating the need for blinds and shades.
Vari-Shield is a completely sunlight activated system that requires no
wires, electrodes, power supplies or control apparatus.
When direct sunlight is no longer present, the glass returns to its original
high-light transmission condition. It is available at a maximum size of
61 by 224 inches and provides all of the standard benefits of PVB laminated
PrivaSwitch Adds a New Function to Dynamic Glass
PrivaSwitch from Cristacurva in Houston allows users to offer immediate
privacy with the flip of a switch, turning from transparent clear to satin
translucent. And when in an opaque state, the LCD technology allows light
from a projector to transmit images onto both surfaces of the laminated
Using this technology, a clear glass storefront for a company that sells
stock during the day can, with the flip of a switch, become a scrolling
ticker tape of stock performance at night.
LPG Gets UL Ok to Process Keralite®
Louisville Plate Glass Co. (LPG) in Louisville, Ky., is now certified
by Underwriters Lab to process Vetrotech’s Keralite® filmed and laminated
products. LPG has exclusive distribution rights in Central and Southern
Indiana and Ohio, all of Kentucky and Northern Tennessee.
Keralite products were created to meet the fire safety demands required
in all institutional buildings, major commercial structures, hospitals
Contraflam® Turns Up the Heat with 2-Hour Rating
Contraflam® Structure 120, the new 2-hour glass product from Auburn,
Wash.-based Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, provides a frameless, fire-resistant,
all-glass system for interior applications.
The glass system is available in 60- and 120-minute fire resistance ratings
for protection against radiated heat. It was designed for extreme stability
and enhanced strength, offers optically continuous unbroken expanses of
glass as a result of “flush glazing,” and is UV-resistant from both sides.
It can be combined with other design and multi-functional glass products.
Glassopolis Offers Triple Threat Protection with Protect3
Glassopolis in Toronto is now offering Protect3™ safety glass. The new
hybrid glazing combines fire, safety and security protection in one product
that the company calls an economical glazing solution for high traffic
areas requiring fire-rated glazing. It is fire-rated to 90 minutes, impact-safety
rated to ANSI Z97.1 and CPSC 16CFR1201 CAT II standards, and provides
security protection unmatched by regular tempered or annealed glass. It’s
suitable for schools, hospitals, institutions and commercial projects
where budget and performance are key.
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. Working with the
Toto®-patented Hydrotect technology, Alcoa created the first titanium
dioxide finish that can be applied to a pre-painted metal surface with
The EcoClean coating can be used with a broad palette of Reynobond paint
colors and finishes. Bright silver metallic and other select finishes
are already available with the EcoClean coating.
light shelves and sunshades
Up in the Sky … It’s SuperShades
Mapes Industries in Lincoln, Neb., has introduced its newest style of
SuperShade sunshades, which offer deep projections and wide support spacing
for more effective shading where needed. The sunshades are available in
the airfoil insert style with choices in blade size and spacing for aesthetic
and functional design flexibility. The all-aluminum SuperShades compliment
a variety of window configurations and wall construction types and often
are installed by glazing subcontractors.
The SuperShades can be finished in a full range of finish options including
anodized, powder coat and Kynar® type finishes. Dimensions can be
designed up to 10-foot projections in any length needed.
Vanceva® Ocean Grey Adds Functionality to Solutia Interlayer
St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. has introduced a new addition to its Vanceva®
Color Studio: Ocean Grey. The new interlayer product has a light transmittance
of 61 percent and products made with the interlayer can meet or exceed
architectural regulations for safety glazing applications when properly
laminated and installed.
The new Ocean Grey interlayer has a uniform neutral gray color. It can
be used alone or layered with itself or other Vanceva colors to create
varying degrees of transparent, translucent or opaque grays and rich deep
hues of blue, red and amber.
point supported glass
W&W Glass Supplies Structural Glass Systems
The Pilkington Planar™ structural glass system, available from W&W
Glass in Nanuet, N.Y., can be used in a variety of applications. The supplier
notes that it specializes in glass fin walls, tension structures, cable
nets, roofs, skylights and canopies, and also provides the system with
insulating and laminated glass, high-performance energy-saving coatings,
self-cleaning and impact-resistant glass.
Kawneer Introduces Ultra Thermal Curtainwall System
Kawneer Co. Inc. in Norcross, Ga., an Alcoa company, has introduced its
1600UT (Ultra Thermal) curtainwall system™. Both the 1600UT System™1 and
1600UT System™2 are stick-fabricated, pressure-glazed and suitable for
low- to mid-rise commercial applications where high thermal performing
façades are needed. 1600UT System™1 is an outside glazed, captured
curtainwall system while 1600UT System™2 is a structural silicone glazed
The curtainwall system features an engineered polymer thermal separator
and accommodates double or triple insulating glass. An optional fiberglass
pressure plate further enhances condensation resistance and thermal performance.
It offers two standard infill options: 1-inch double-glazed infill and
1 ¾-inch triple-glazed infill. Each infill option offers two levels
of performance ranges dependent upon pressure plate choice (aluminum or
fiberglass) and system type. Notching-free straight cuts simplify fabrication.
Additionally, a pre-engineered rainscreen back pan option that uses easy-to-install
spandrel adapters is available.
Alumil Aces Test on M-50 Curtainwall
Alumil N.A. Corp. in New York has released test data for its high performing
multi-chambered, thermally broken M-50 curtainwall system, resulting in
U-values as low as 0.16 for a triple glazed system and metal framing.
The double glaze system achieved a 0.28 U-value.
The manufacturer notes that its systems take advantage of extensive thermal
research resulting in a sophisticated design that integrates nicely into
the demanding applications of the North American market.
Venture Tape® Introduces Two New High-Performing Tapes
Venture Tape® in Rockland, Mass., has added two new products to its
glazing product line for both nonresidential and residential markets.
The VG700 Series and VG1200 Series glazing tapes are closed cell polyolefin
foam tapes with a unique differential adhesive system especially designed
for door and window glazing applications. The double-coated foam systems
are designed for adhesion to PVC and other typical sash and frame materials,
as well as to glass. The liner side adhesive is designed for adhesion
to glass. The exposed/sash side adhesive on both series is compatible
with PVC, steel, wood, aluminum, etc., and employs high heat resistance,
structural strength and strong performance for in-plant applications.
The VG1200 series also has a higher tack sash side acrylic that the manufacturer
says performs well in cold temperatures.
Both products are AAMA certified (810.1-08) and meet the AAMA Type 1 performance
requirements for a primary sealant. The tapes are available in white,
black and grey.
Door Closer Delivers Hidden Benefits
In addition to being invisible when the door is closed, Samuel Heath’s
Perko Power™ controlled door closer also boasts UL certification and complies
with ANSI/BHMA 156.4. These features make the closer suitable for a wide
variety of fire door applications.
Concealment reduces the opportunity for the door closer to be vandalized,
thereby increasing the reliability of the door to close when needed. When
the door is closed, Perko Power does not present a point from which a
ligature can be suspended.
doors and windows
Gerkin’s New Window Stays Water Tight
Gerkin Windows & Doors in South Sioux City, Neb., has introduced a
new model 58F fixed commercial window. The manufacturer says the window
offers better water tightness and thermal performance than typical storefront
The factory-assembled window features an Isobar thermal break system,
and with standard low-E glass the manufacturer says the window can achieve
Energy Star ratings with a 0.30 U-value. A double wall system has an internal
drain that ensures that water will never penetrate into the building wall.
In addition, the 58F features a nail fin option for installing into a
wood framed structure. The nail fin offers a strong anchoring device and
gives a watertight flashing.
Custom Components Opens Up Offices
The latest product from the AL Tech™ division of Custom Components Co.
in Tampa, Fla., is the EZ Access™ sliding glass door system for interior
office fronts. Originally developed for the specific requirements of a
global accounting firm, this new door saves floor space, compared to conventional
swinging doors, while providing improved access to offices. The manufacturer
says that it is quiet, smooth and easy to operate. It also offers design
flexibility for office environments.
The door is manufactured of high-quality aluminum in clear anodized and
six standard powder coat paint finishes: bronze, white, grey, black, beige
Wausau’s Windows Mimic a Historic Look
Mimicking the look of historical windows, Wausau Window and Wall Systems’®
INvent™ Series expands with simulated double-hung windows. The new 4250i
and 4250i-XLT INvent Series features offset glass planes to replicate
double-hung sash, while providing the ease of operation, durability and
low air infiltration of projected windows.
As part of the Advantage by Wausau® standard product offering, these
high-performance windows are pre-engineered and factory-glazed. Low U-factors
allow broad expanses of vision glass to meet Model Energy Codes. The INvent
Series is tested to meet AAMA AW-100 ratings, including new AAMA 910-10
lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles, and are backed with a warranty
of up to 10 years.
Capitol Releases New Energy Sentry® Windows
Capitol Aluminum & Glass Corp. in Bellevue, Ohio, has introduced its
newest architectural aluminum offering from its Energy Sentry® series
of performance window systems. The Capitol 325 ES-I and 250 ES-I are a
3 ¼- and 2 ½-inch AW-rated window system that incorporates
a polyamide thermal strut for strong thermal and structural performance.
The windows are tested by independent labs for thermal, structural, water
and air infiltration, plus acoustical performance per AAMA and NFRC reference
Configurations of the 325 ES-I and 250 ES-I include fixed, projected awning,
hopper, and casement. Several trim options are available. Euro groove
technology hardware has been incorporated for reliability. The company
offers factory-glazing, and dual finish capabilities are available for
a variety of colors in anodized and/or painted finishes.
equipment and machinery
Vortex Pro™ Aims for Uniform Heating
Finland-based Glaston reports that its latest advancement in convection
technology, the Vortex Pro™, vastly improves control over air placement
on the surface of the glass, meeting the increased demands for quality,
productivity and better efficiency.
This technology allows the operator to precisely control the thermal profile
of the glass, thereby improving quality while lowering costs and increasing
The Vortex Pro convection system uses special software and hardware to
provide unlimited heating control. The control allows for heat to be added
or taken away from any particular location on the glass lite, unlike any
design currently on the market.
The Vortex Pro system allows the operator to produce uniformly heated
Schiatti Angelo’s TFV Series Keeps Milling and Drilling
Italy-based Schiatti Angelo srl, represented in North America by DeGorter
Inc., has introduced the TFV series, a new vertical drilling/milling machine
capable of drilling holes up to a max diameter of 85-mm and milling shapes
up to a max dimension of 150-mm on glass sheets ranging from 3- to 15-mm
The open-top machine allows for the transit of glass lites of any dimension.
The automated machine features a PC-based Window XP interface on a 15-inch
touch-screen. The processing is carried out by an ISO program language;
program coding can be done directly from the ISO editor or with the drag
and drop graphic interface. Working programs stored in the PC memory can
be downloaded via a USB or by the net interface, and new programs can
Options include automatic tool changing composed of 10 drill bits for
the drilling operation and 5 tools for the milling operations.
handling and transportation
Armored® Corners Protects Glass Products
New to the range of products from Bohle America in Charlotte, N.C., are
the Armored® corner protectors. Whether the glass gets bumped or dropped,
these reusable corner protectors absorb the impact and the glass remains
undamaged. Bohle holds the exclusive worldwide distribution rights for
the corner protectors and is now launching the product in the United States.
Armored® corner protectors are available for ¼-, 3/8-, ½-
and 3/5-inch glass.
New F. Barkow Trailer Expands Payload
F. Barkow Inc. of Milwaukee has introduced a lightweight aluminum trailer
to carry frames and glass to the jobsite. The 3,500 GVWR allows for plenty
of payload and the 120- by 60-inch deck will hold large frames. The exterior
glass racks are 120 by 96 inches with six stakes included and 6-inch useable
ledgeboards on both sides. Standard features include its all-welded construction,
Stake-Loc™ self-locking stakes and horizontal “B” slats that accept straps.
The interior features five rows of “B” slats on each side. The trailer
also includes a built-in toolbox and a 4-foot 6-inch tongue that will
allow for frames longer than 10 feet to be transported.
Pres-On Protects What You Ship
Glass, clear-coated aluminum and other highly polished finishes are routinely
scratched during manufacturing, shipping, finishing and installation,
costing manufacturers for replacement parts. Pres-On in Addison, Ill.,
is helping eliminate those expenses with the introduction of PBWMF-4 white
masking film, a 3-mil polyolefin film coated with a removable acrylic
adhesive. The adhesive can be removed cleanly from most surfaces up to
one year after deployment. It delivers a cling-like, low initial grab,
while providing environmental resistance (-20 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
and aging properties. In addition to being used as a protective film,
PBWMF-4 is suitable as a support film for thin substrates or as a carrier
MyGlassTruck.com Releases New Extendable Rack
Transporting large lites? Myglasstruck.com in Glassboro, N.J., has released
a new glass carrier for cargo vans and pick-up trucks that extends from
7 to 10 feet tall.
The height-extendable carrier can be built to extend to a fixed height
or in increments of 8, 9 and 10 feet, and includes three matching height-extendable
poles. The manufacturer says an operator and helper can quickly extend
the rack without using any tools. Both carrier and poles utilize a telescoping
design in which the top section’s posts slide up and down inside the bottom
section’s posts and lock in place with stainless steel detent pins.
The top mounting system is incorporated into the company’s standard van
or pick-up truck roof rack.
Maeda’s Mini-Cranes Lift Big Loads
Houston-based Maeda USA is offering five mini-cranes with new attachments.
The attachments include a glass manipulator, a man-basket, jib attachments
and a searcher hook, which is a boom tip extension arm for lifts where
there are overhead restrictions. A new accessory transformer package converts
the power supply when operating electrically.
The company says its mini-cranes all meet ASME and EPA requirements for
North America. Models range from 3,800- to 10,800-pound capacity with
lift heights up to 68 feet. The cranes can fit through openings as small
as 24 inches.
tools and equipment
Newest Glass-Chek Pro Identifies Low-E Type, Location
The new GC3000 Glass-Chek Pro digital instrument from EDTM in Toledo,
Ohio, measures the glass and air space thickness of single, double and
now triple lite windows from a single side. The GC3000 also offers new
low-E detection capabilities. Not only can users identify the low-E surface
of a double lite window from one side, but now can identify the type of
low-E coating used in the window. The tool will indicate if the coating
is a hard coat (pyrolytic) or soft coat (sputtered) low-E product. If
it is a soft coat low-E, the meter also will indicate the number of silver
layers used to make up the coating. These features are intended to help
glass companies that use multiple types of low-E coatings for their windows
prevent mix-ups, and help window replacement companies select the proper
low-E to use in the replacement window.
Perfect Score Makes Like a Gorilla and Grips
The new Gorilla Grip vacuum cup unit from Perfect Score Technologies in
Red Oak, Texas, features a pump-activated vacuum mech-anism with a built-in
vacuum loss indicator and a quick-release trigger. It has a heavy-duty
metal handle and brass pump plunger for durability. The plunger has a
red band to indicate suction level at all times.
Mirror Removal is Made Easy with New Deglazing Tool
Wood’s Powr-Grip in Laurel, Mont., has introduced a product that assists
in removing mirrors glued to walls and windows affixed with butyl. The
deglazing tool is designed to increase control and safety by reducing
user fatigue and injury from falling glass during deglazing operations.
Additionally, the tool helps eliminate damage to surrounding surfaces,
such as vanity tops, bathroom fixtures, window sills and walls, when pulling
installed windows and mirrors from their frame or mounting.
An integrated N4000 vacuum cup features a red-line indicator that warns
the user if significant vacuum loss occurs, in order to prevent unexpected
pop-off during the procedure. A built-in check valve allows the user to
repump without having to remove the tool while it is in use. A release
valve on the vacuum cup provides quick release, and each cup is supplied
with a protective cover.
Acura Delivers a One-Two Punch
Acura Punch in Wamego, Kan., is supplying a quick-change die system that
it says can punch all required holes at once, rather than drilling each
individual hole by hand. The company reports that each die will punch
both 1- and ¼-inch storefront extrusions, plus countersink holes
for anchor bolts on thermal and non-thermal metal.
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