New Glass Product Goes ‘Boing!’
Pulp Studio officials say its new series of very colorful, highly graphic
patterns illustrates how deeply three-dimensional glass can be. The “Boing”
series includes strong patterns designed to pop with color and depth,
and to serve as eye-catching focal points in hotels, stores, offices or
any public space, indoors or out, where glass paneling or partitioning
To create the decorative Boing product, Pulp utilizes multiple interlayers,
each between a separate sheet of glass (two, three, four or more) with
a separate pattern, precisely registered upon lamination, to read as a
single design. The glass is available in clear, low-iron or a mirror-backed
version called Juxtapose.
Flip the Switch on Voltage Glass
The new Voltage glass from Glasswerks Inc. allows users to transform the
glass from optical pellucidity to translucency with the flip of a switch,
according to information from the South Gate, Calif.-based company. The
glass utilizes both liquid crystal and PVB interlayers, combined between
two lites of glass; electricity is then utilized to activate the liquid
crystal, which works to make the glass either clear or foggy.
Voltage glass is available for use in a variety of applications and can
be cut to fit custom dimensions.
personal protective equipment
NSA Keeps Workers Cool and Safe
Cleveland-based National Safety Apparel Inc. is offering “extreme” cut
protection with its new X-factor garments. Its line, from turtlenecks
and sweaters to neck protectors, feature X13 yarn engineered to deliver
performance, comfort and safety. The garments meet ANSI 105 cut level
4 and offer 1,700 grams cut protection per ASTM 1790. Each are engineered
to wick moisture, staying cool and comfortable, and deliver protection.
Kawneer and Traco Combine Product Portfolios
Kawneer Co Inc., an Alcoa business, has combined product portfolios with
its Traco division to offer a broader range of products. Together, the
companies now can provide curtainwall systems and entrances, along with
windows and framing systems, for both renovation and new construction.
Kawneer’s parent company, Alcoa, acquired Traco, a window manufacturer,
in 2010, and Traco now acts as a division of Kawneer.
“When Traco joined Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) as a
division of Kawneer we were able to join two trusted brands with rich
histories of innovation and had the vision that the integration would
provide an even broader range of products, services and support for our
customers,” says Diana Perreiah, vice president, Alcoa Building and Construction
Systems, and general manager, Kawneer North America.
New Films Block, Bend Light
3M is offering new films for solar control, daylighting and safety and
security that can be used in architectural glass. The films are applied
in the glass fabrication process.
3M Ultra-Clear Solar Film, sandwiched between outer and inner lites, reduces
solar radiation by up to 34 percent with minimal reduction of visible
light. The product reduces heat streaming through the glass by selectively
blocking infrared light, using the company’s proprietary multilayer optical
film technology. The clear, low-reflective film is compatible with tinted,
coated and other types of glass. Because the film contains no metal, it
will neither corrode nor interfere with radio frequencies of electronic
devices. The film offers the ability to bend the glass for curved glass
designs, and works with PVB, EVA and SentryGlas Plus interlayers.
Fenzi Expands Its Butylver Line
Fenzi has expanded its range of solutions for high-performance insulating
glass units with the introduction of Butylver TPS and Butylver SS.
Butylver TPS is the new ultra-high quality thermoplastic spacer bar developed
for use with the special applicators produced by Lenhardt, which has already
tested and approved the product. Butylver TPS combines workability with
long-lasting thermal performance. It also is compatible with Thiover,
Fenzi’s two-component polysulphide sealant.
Butylver SS is a formulation of the Butylver sealant suited for manufacturers
using Edgetech’s Triseal technology. Butylver SS sealants have been engineered
for application on the flexible spacer bars used in this type of technology.
Butylver SS is a particularly soft butyl, which adapts to the flexible
spacer bar when pressed, without damaging or straining it.
Glass Choice Made Easy with NSG Color Swatch
The NSG Group has launched a tool called the “Interactive Color Swatch,”
designed to enable users to see how different glass ranges would appear
installed as a building’s façade.
The tool shows a mocked-up cityscape, with various different building
types. Users can select from a range of Pilkington products to see how
they would appear on different buildings. It also provides in-depth technical
data to aid accurate specification.
The Interactive Color Swatch was introduced alongside two other interactive
online tools the NSG Group has developed to help with choosing the right
glass: Pilkington Spectrum, a glass performance model enabling users to
calculate the key properties of insulating glass units (IGUs) online,
such as U-values, ultraviolet transmittance and reflectance; and the Pilkington
Sound Simulator, created to provide information about how much external
sound is audible through different glass ranges.
louvers and sunshades
Acurlite Divides to Conquer Sunshade Demand
Acurlite Structural Skylights’ new sun control division has developed
a sunshade system to enhance its line of architectural products. The company’s
engineering department is able to custom design any shade to meet an architect’s
aesthetic and structural concerns. Unitized construction makes for quick
and easy installation. Extrusions go straight from AutoCAD to production
on the new five-axis CNC machining center in a controlled environment
Fully Automated Line Available from Grenzebach
Grenzebach now offers a line of glass-handling equipment that features
integrated control systems designed to provide a fully automated solution
to the handling of finished float glass. The system was developed in conjunction
Every function of the cold-end line is being integrated into one-control
automation platform, including take-over of the glass from the lehr, cutting
the glass ribbon into sheets of optimum size, glass snapping, rejection
of faulty glass sheets, sorting according to size and quality, and stacking
into glass racks with robotics, according to the company.
In addition, the company’s package of automation controls is equally applicable
to individual machines in the line, so additional line equipment can be
added easily to the system.
doors and windows
Historical Replication Window Available
The new 4600 series from J. Sussman Inc. is a historical replication window
with a beveled exterior to replicate the appearance of steel putty-glazed
windows. The windows are equipped with ventilators and fixed lites with
narrow and equal site lines, and the ventilators are indistinguishable
from fixed lites and concealed from the interior, according to the company.
The windows are thermally broken using thermal strip technology that allows
different finishes for the interior and exterior. The series is available
as project-out vents, outswing casements, fixed lites, or combinations
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