GANA Releases Three New Documents
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has released three technical
documents for the industry on its website.
Two of the documents are new glass informational bulletins (GIB). The
GIBs come from two sources: the GANA Mirror Division and the organization
as a whole. The association-wide document, titled Dynamic Glazing for
High Performance Buildings, discusses the characteristics of dynamic glazing
which can mitigate against the influence of the sun and other environmental
conditions. The second, Installation Techniques Designed to Prolong the
Life of Flat Glass Mirrors, offers installation recommendations to help
protect the silver in mirror from corrosion and prolong the life of the
The other addition is the newly revised Mirrors: Handle with Extreme Care,
which looks at a variety of mirror handling issues through fabrication,
shipping, cutting and installing. It is the first revision of the document
since its 2004 version, which was an update of a document created decades
ago by the North American Association of Mirror Manufacturers, which merged
into GANA in 1999 as the Mirror Division.
ShowerGuard Now Caries Lifetime Limited Warranty
Guardian Industries is replacing its 10-year limited warranty for ShowerGuard
with a new lifetime limited warranty.
ShowerGuard glass features a protective seal that is actually part of
the glass itself, allowing it to withstand some of the harshest water
conditions. In independent laboratory testing, ShowerGuard and other competitive
products were exposed to hard water with dissolved silicates. The manufacturer
says that after repeated exposure cycles, other products developed permanent
stains while ShowerGuard retained its cleanability.
The new warranty is non-transferable, meaning only the original purchaser
is warranted and proof of ShowerGuard purchase is required. Ten-year limited
warranties will be grandfathered into the lifetime limited warranty.
Super Single Rear Tires
It used to be that whenever a conversation turned to big rigs on the highway,
it was understood they were also known as “18-wheelers.” Beginning in
Europe and spreading to the United States in the last few years, these
large trucks do not necessarily use 18 wheels anymore. In many cases,
a “super single” tire has replaced a pair of dual tires.
These tougher, wider, thicker and generally better tires have an expected
life span much longer than a typical truck tire.
F. Barkow Inc. has now brought the “super single” to glass trucks for
width reasons. For the model year 2011, General Motors widened the track
of its most popular dual-tired truck, the 3500HD, which is commonly used
for glazing bodies. This has been a problem. The bodies that have fit
onto the 3500HD for decades no longer fit and stay within the Federal
Motor Vehicle restriction of 102-inch overall width.
F. Barkow has now solved that problem, kept the 3500HD viable in the glass
industry and has brought Ford dual-tired trucks back into the industry
(Ford widened its rear-tired trucks in 1997 and has been largely irrelevant
for 9- and 12-foot glazing bodies).
The basic premise is that one super single tire is narrower than dual
tires. The ledgeboards on which the glass rests is outside of the tires.
There is a small up-charge to go with super single tires and custom rims,
but the payload capacity and gross vehicle weight rating remain unchanged.
If a customer is loyal to a General Motors 3500HD, they can still have
The dimension needed is a maximum of 86-inch overall width on the rear
tires to accommodate a glazing body. The General Motors W Series trucks,
in addition to Isuzu and Mitsubishi trucks—usually referred to as “tilt-cabs”—remain
at approximately 84-inch “out-to-out” on their overall width of the rear
tires. The tilt-cabs remain a staple in the industry.
The Wagner Companies Releases 2012 Master Catalog
The Wagner Cos. has begun distribution of its 2012 master catalog. The
2012 edition includes all railing systems, products and services available
from the company in one comprehensive 304-page directory of more than
7,800 standard catalog items.
The 2012 catalog introduces many new products and services, including
the Slip-Fit™ Railing System, Kalamazoo™ Aluminum Ball Style Railing,
Bantam™ LED Mini Spot light, swageless cable rail assemblies, spiral stair
kits, glass spiders and fittings for structural glass installation. Additionally,
components have been added to the PanelGrip® dry glaze glass railing
and cable railing systems.
The catalog provides complete information on all of the company’s railing
systems and railing components. It also includes an expanded technical
information section with installation instructions and current code summaries.
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