Basco Shakes Up Pattern Offerings
Basco Shower Enclosures has introduced a new glass pattern called Tempest.
The new pattern debuts in both ¼- and 3/8-inch thicknesses, for
both Basco and RODA units.
The company also notes that it has removed the obsolete Cascade, Heirloom
and Steam Mist patterns from the Basco line, and the Arctic Frost, Venetian
and Cobblestone from the RODA line.
Agalite Introduces New Heavy-Duty Hardware
Agalite Shower & Bath Enclosures, a division of Hartung Glass Industries,
has a new line of proprietary shower enclosure hardware featuring two
new heavy- and standard-duty hinge designs and a wide selection of glass
clamps, aluminum headers, wall channels and clip systems. The Cozza Collection
of hinges features a decorative bevelled edge design and the Vetta Collection
has a classic squared edge.
The solid brass construction in the heavy-duty hinges offers enhanced
support performance for 3/8- and ½-inch glass as two hinges can
support a 36-inch wide, 110-pound door.
The hinge collections include an interior bonded gasket designed to protect
glass-to-hinge contact and ease installation. All of the company's hinges
feature aggressive "waffle grip" clamping surfaces and have
a 5-degree offset pin option. The hinges are available in wall mount,
180- and 135-degree glass-to-glass configurations.
FeneTech Previews Software Launch
FeneTech has announced the upcoming release of FeneVision_neo in early
spring 2012. According to information from the company, the new software
features a modern design, enhanced graphics and support for many new functions
for iPads and tablet PCs.
Other new functions-all fully integrated and embedded into the powerful
CORE application-include a new interactive business intelligence dashboard,
an enhanced and re-designed web center, a brand-new delivery tracking
application for the iPad based on 3G and 4G technology and brand-new optimization
algorithms, to name a few.
Pilkington Redesigns Online Product Directory
Pilkington has launched a newly redesigned online product directory. It
provides a full description of all products, explanations on how they
work, as well as their applications, features and benefits. All brochures
are available for download, and the website also includes a full interactive
project references section.
Android Users Can Now Find Sika Products
A new Sika Corp. product finder is now available in the Android Store.
This tool now allows users to access all Sika product catalogs worldwide
from mobile devices running on Android. Further information, such as product
or material safety data sheets, can be accessed as well.
SAFTI FIRST Debuts Android App
SAFTI FIRST reports that Android smartphone and tablet users can now download
the free mySAFTI app directly onto their devices by typing "mysafti"
in the Android Market's search bar.
The mySAFTI app allows users to search for the correct fire-rated glazing
product based on fire ratings (20 to 180 minutes) or applications (doors,
walls or openings). Users can also view product fact sheets, size charts,
request information or view selected project photos for additional design
Guardian Adds to Glass Performance
Guardian Industries offers architects and building owners another layer
of energy performance control with its first commercial interior surface
coating for glass, SunGuard IS 20.
Company representatives report that SunGuard IS 20 improves the effectiveness
of their advanced architectural glass when combined with any SunGuard
coatings. For example, when SunGuard IS 20 is teamed with Guardian SNX
62/27, the resulting glass product has the highest performance level of
any dual glaze IG unit available from the company, featuring best-in-class
light-to-solar-gain and the lowest U-factor.
doors and windows
Traco Offers New Option for Specialized Retrofits
By incorporating the benefits of the NX-3000 projected window series,
the new NX-4000 Series Thermal Window from Traco, a division of Kawneer
Co. Inc., offers the performance of a projecting window with the distinctive
look of a hung window-an ideal combination for specialized retrofit projects.
Featuring the company's NexGen thermal barrier system, energy spacer and
1-inch insulating glass, the window offers strong air and water performance.
It was tested to a design pressure of 80 psf and water performance level
of 15 psf. The aluminum window uses hollow extrusion profiles with Euro-groove
construction for reliable hardware attachment. Designed with a master
frame depth of 4 5/8 inches and a 3 1/8 inches operable vent depth, the
projecting window has an exaggerated offset of 1 ¼-inch minimum
between the upper and lower exterior glass surfaces.
Glass Has a New Way to Heat Up
A low cost option for heated insulating glass windows is now available.
Glass Products Consulting Co. LLC has developed a heatable glass panel
that it says can replace current silver ceramic-based systems. In the
new product, copper replaces 83 percent of the silver previously used.
Soldering electrical terminals and related use of expensive indium is
The heating grids are printed on a PET film and is laminated to a glass
panel with a PVB film on the grid side. This is applicable to heated/insulating
glass units where the PET is on the inside facing a low-E coated surface.
According to information from the developer, the fabrication process uses
established production processes such as flexography roll-to-roll printing,
nano silver material and roll-to-roll electroplating. It also makes feasible
a grid line width as low as 0.2 mm.
ARTACO Provides Complete Railing System
ARTACO Railing Systems offers complete railing system packages for cost-effective
installation, and a full range of custom services to meet unique architectural
specifications. The company's railing and canopy systems include balusters,
brackets and fittings, with infill options such as glass, rod, cable and
more. In addition, company representatives note that their systems require
little installation time, which reduces labor costs significantly.
Argotec Puts Its EdgeSealPLUS to the Test
Last year Argotec Inc. introduced its ArgoEdgeSealPLUS, a patent-pending,
TPU-Foil-TPU construction used to protect the edges of both TPU- and PVB-interlayered
laminated glass composites. Now the company has completed testing that
it says demonstrates an advantage over other edge seal products in protecting
the polycarbonate component in autoclave-laminated security glazing composites.
ArgoEdgeSealPLUS provides not only a highly impermeable chemical barrier
but also serves as a 50-mil "bumper."
Partners Create a Well-Matched Louver
Crystal Window & Door Systems and WinTech have partnered to develop
a new window louver panel option. The louver system offers exact color
matching, resistance to water penetration, energy efficiency and simple
The louver system meshes Crystal's most popular aluminum fixed/picture
windows (Series 2100, 6100, 8100 and the new 5100) with the WinTech louver
panels to match one another exactly. The louver panel now integrates with
the picture window sash and frame to create a combined internal weep pathway
that channels rainwater down to the outside and prevents it from penetrating
to the interior.
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