Products That Pay
A Preview of GlassBuild America Exhibitors’ Products
Henry Ford once said, “It is not the employer who pays the wages. He only
handles the money. It is the product that pays the wages.” With Ford’s
quote in mind?manufacturers, retailers, dealers and distributors of flat
glass, fabricators, contract glaziers, architects, specifiers and builders
will not want to miss out on this year’s GlassBuild America (GBA), September
12-14, in Las Vegas.
Here are some of the products that will be on display at
this year’s show, and if you are a type of business described above, you
should heed Ford’s advice and locate products at GBA to set your business
ahead of your competition.
Print Virtually Anything
Dip-Tech announces that it has added two new options for its GlassJet
digital printer. The digital printer was designed to offer the ability
to customize individual glass panes, each with its own design, color scheme
and ability to fit a variety of glass systems. GlassJet now offers higher-resolution
and digital-etch ink. With twice the resolution, the 720 dpi produces
sharper and more vibrant patterns, textures vector and photo realistic
images printed in glass than the previous version of the system, according
to the company. According to Dip-Tech, the GlassJet combines the company’s
wide color spectrum of ceramic inks, designed for durability and expression,
with its DXP image processing tools. The DXP facilitates user-friendly
graphic preparation of photorealistic designs, privacy and opacity control,
double-sided images and the ability to imitate the look of acid etch on
glass for interior and exterior applications, according to the company.
New Seamer Available
Benteler Mechanical Engineering introduces its Horizontal Portal Cup-Wheel
Seamer, which uses diamond cup-wheels instead of belts. According to Benteler,
the product design lengthens tool life, keeps edges square, and stands
up to badly broken glass. Benteler claims other features include short
length, which reduces cycle times for width changes, a width adjustment
speed of 60 meters/min, the ability to handle glass from 3 to 8 mm thick
at grinding speeds of 22 meters/min, and an automatic thickness adjustment.
Get a Straighter Edge
Schiatti Angelo Srl of Seregno, Italy, distributed in North America by
DeGorter Inc. of Monroe, N.C., has been concentrating on the development
of the model FPS 1 5S9?a straight edger able to grind and polish the ?at
edge with arises on glass sheets with a thickness ranging between 3 and
20 millimeters. Company officials say the sizes of the sheets that the
edger can process range from a minimum of 150 by 150 millimeters, a maximum
weight of 1,000 kilograms and can be distributed on the entire length
of the machine. The main conveyor slides on ball bearings, and it adjusts
by itself to various thicknesses. The glass is fed into the machine by
means of a conveyor with a polyurethane timing belt and a steel wire core.
In addition, a device located at the inlet of the machine allows an increase
in the glass removal without the need to adjust the diamond wheels.
Bend More with Less
J & S Machine of Ellsworth, Wis., distributor of 3C Clomea machines, is
now offering machines to bend PVC/vinyl extrusions. The product is adaptable
to the entire range of 3C Clomea bending machine models, allowing the
user to bend not only vinyl, but also aluminum and steel on the same machine.
The PVC/vinyl components are easier to install and are composed of heating
elements, an electrical panel, and control console. The control console
allows the user to manage the air emission of the heaters and keep a consistent
temperature during the bending process. Custom rollers are designed with
high precision for each profile to minimize deformation of the work piece.
A Vertical Solution
Erdman Automation Corp. of Princeton, Minn., will feature a vertical insulating
glass (IG) line complete with gas filling. This IG line features the Erdman
vertical IG flexible spacer applicator, vertical grid Application, vertical
roll press and Automated IG secondary sealer with integrated gas fill.
Company officials say an advantage of its IG lines are that they are built,
installed and supported in North America, which allows time-efficient
economical parts and service support for equipment in North America. In
addition to this vertical solution, the company also offers a range of
Scan for Defects
This year Lisec will introduce the FiT-Line 5?a new compact line for cost-efficient
insulating glass (IG) manufacturing, as well as the GPS.perfectscan glass
scanner for single sheets, IG and laminated glass. The FiT-Line 5 is a
redesigned and refined IG manufacturing line and an all-in-one solution
for start-up IG manufacturers and small and medium enterprises. This compact
IG line consists of a glass washing machine, a flexible spacer applicator,
a frame-mounting station for traditional spacers, an automated gas-filling
press, and an automatic edge sealing machine. Lisec also will exhibit
a scanning system, GPS.perfectscan. According to a company release, the
system not only checks single glass lites for any optical defects, but
also laminated or IG units, including triple-glazed units. The scanner
can detect visual defects in continuous mode according to the quality
criteria defined by the user.
storefronts and curtainwall
Taken by ForceFront™
Tubelite Inc.’s new ForceFront Storm hurricane-resistant storefront and
curtainwall systems are designed for both low- and mid-rise buildings
in compliance with High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) Windzone 3 and
Miami Dade - Large Missile Impact Level D (ASTM E1886/E1996 - TAS 201).
According to the company, the systems allow for dry glazing to be done
on the job site.
The new ClearShield from Chicago-based Ritec is designed to offer durable,
non-stick glass surface protection. The coating can be applied either
in the factor or on-site, in effort to reduce the energy required for
cleaning glass, maintaining original light transmission and making the
glass more hygienic, according to the company.
glass handling and transportation
Glass That’s Ford Tough
F. Barkow now manufactures 12-foot to 16-foot glazing bodies with full-length
ledgeboards for Ford medium duty trucks. Certified "Super Single" rear
tires keep the higher payload capacities while staying within federal-width
limits. According to a company release, the custom bodies are manufactured
from aluminum, stainless steel and painted steel.
Rubber Grip for No Slip
Dr. Gold & Co. will show its range of Carrymate non-slip safety grips,
which enable transport of many different kinds of materials, from very
thin to triple-glazed windows, up to a width of 6.2 inches, allowing users
to lift up to 440 lbs in weight. Dr. Gold & Co. also will show its Carrymate
X-Spanders replacement rubbers, which are applied by putting them over
each clamp like a rubber band.
An Eco-Friendly Sealant
The Fenzi Group of Milan, Italy, will be showcasing its insulating glass
(IG) and warm-edge technologies at this year’s GBA. One product to be
spotlighted is the Thiover polysulphide, two-part sealant, which company
officials say meets the most advanced eco-compatibility standards. The
use of this product gains LEED points and makes it possible to certify
buildings in compliance with the U.S. Green Building Council rating system
standards. According to a company release, Thiover sealants are solvent-free,
do not contain any harmful ingredients, feature excellent mechanical properties
and have extremely low permeability to water and gas. These sealants are
also compatible with all spacers and with most of the materials used in
Give Exteriors a Lift
Swedesboro, N.J.-based American Renolit offers a broad range of colors
known as metallics. These films are suited for commercial applications
with an expanded offering of realistic metallic finishes. These finishes
include architectural bronze and other anodized-type finishes, including
silver, aluminum, copper, black and more. Company officials say the scratch-resistant
surface can be ordered with either a smooth-stipple or an etched-type
finish that bring a rich appearance and excellent durability. These metallic
finishes join the EXOFOL selection of woodgrain and solid color-laminate
films, which company literature states enhances the look of the interior
or exterior of all types of window frames. The EXOFOL is suitable for
substrates of PVC, fiberglass, wood, aluminum, composites and more.
door and window systems
Safti First has begun distributing Pittsburgh Corning’s LightWise architectural
systems. The pre-fabricated windows allow vision and light transmission
while protecting against blast, bullets, hurricane, tornado and ultraviolet
rays, according to the company. The panelized windows are available in
standard modular frame dimensions. The product line includes a blast-resistant
system, detention and security windows, hurricane-resistant windows, tornado-resistant
windows and energy-efficient panels.
New Energy Innovation
Houston-based Quanex Building Products Corp. is unveiling its EnergyQuest™
Window and Door System, as part of its “Innovation Zone” booth. According
to a company release, EnergyQuest will give those manufacturers looking
to redesign and retool their products additional options to achieve the
proposed 2014 U-factors from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This system is available in double-hung, single-hung, slider, patio-door,
casement and picture window options. In addition, EnergyQuest accommodates
either double- or triple-glazed insulating glass units up to 1 ?-inch
thick, and will be offered with or without an extruded nail fin for fast
and easy installation. Company officials say it will also come standard
with Quanex’s exclusive SuperCoat™ UV-cured technology, which is available
in six colors, including black, architectural bronze, brick red, adobe,
hunter green and gray.
New Design Option
Walker Glass of Montreal will exhibit its full-surface acid-etched glass
and mirror products as well as their Walker Textures Nuance line of custom
and stock patterns, including six new patterns recently introduced. The
new designs were created as a result of an extensive market study conducted
with architects and designers across North America. In addition, Walker
Glass has launched a brand-new design center on its newly updated website.
Company officials say this online tool allows architects and designers
to marry suggested acid-etched patterns with interior or exterior applications.
RegaLead Offers Variety
United Kingdom-based RegaLead will display its decorative overlay product
line as well as its new ColorSpray system for backspraying glass. According
to the company, the decorative overlays are based on an adhesive system
that bonds glass bevels, colored film and lead strip to plain sheet glass
to create decorative overlays. The decorative overlay system can be used
to recreate the look of traditional stained glass, design innovative contemporary
decorative glass or produce a leaded door or window panel. The ColorSpray
product is a three-component system that uses a high-performance clear
base and added colorants from a range of 19 colors and four aluminum effects
for metallic colors.
Sync Up Your Software
FeneTech of Aurora, Ohio, will demonstrate its newest software ERP solution:
FeneVision neo. The software features a new design, enhanced functionality,
redesigned web center, business intelligence and native apps for iPad
and other mobile tablet PCs. FeneVision neo offers all functions to control
and manage a complete enterprise such as quoting, order entry, capacity
planning, control, production scheduling, batching, batch and dynamic
glass cutting optimization, CNC control of all cutting lines and CNC machinery,
tempering bed optimization, production tracking, bar-coding or touch screen,
delivery planning, invoicing and statistical reporting, according to the
Down to Business
Albat + Wirsam has a new software solution, A+W Business 5, designed for
medium-sized flat glass processors and insulating glass (IG) producers.
The system is designed to be transparent, ergonomically friendly and user-friendly.
The system comes as a multi-dialogue application, and each can be opened
and edited at the same time. Menus and dialogues also can be positioned
at random, and dialogue sizes can be adjusted by a mouse-click. In addition,
the company’s new A+W Production Cockpit is designed to compile information
and make it available to the production manager in real-time. The system
is suited for a variety of applications, such as insulating glass lines,
edgework, screen printing, tempered and laminated glass production, productivity
ratios and machine status. The production manager configures the individual
control stations based on ongoing and critical processes, sorts the information
and decides about the necessary steps.
Block Out Harmful Rays
UVBlockIR by Shoko-America of Torrance, Calif., is a glass-coating paint
that protects and shields homes from harmful UV and IR rays. This paint
prevents these rays from damaging homeowners’ furniture and flooring,
and company officials say it helps in keeping homes cool while keeping
the transparency of glass. According to a company release, UVBlockIR blocks
50-percent of near-infrared rays, and just by applying the paint, temperatures
are lowered by contributing to energy savings and CO2 reduction at home
and at the office.
New Detectors, Easier Job
EDTM Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, will introduce its line-powered tin side coating
detector, the TS1420. The most important feature of the new TS1420 is
that it is line-powered by a 6-volt power supply. To maximize the life
of the product, there is a convenient “glass-present” sensor built into
the product. When the glass is placed over the instrument, it will automatically
illuminate the UV light inside the instrument to identify which surface
is the tin side. The tin side surface will cause the UV light to glow
a milky white color. If you are on the non-tin (atmosphere) surface, the
lamp will glow normally. The glass-present sensor allows for hand-free
operation when testing for the tin surface. According to company officials,
users slide the glass over the top of the sensor and look for the glow
after the TS1420 automatically powers on. The company also will introduce
its new Reflex programmable coating detector, the RX1550. This digital
instrument comes pre-loaded with calibrations to identify numerous specialty
coatings available to the glass and window industry. One of the meter’s
features is its ability to be programmed for new coatings in the field.
The meter allows users to store calibrations of new coatings that they
can test in the field for themselves.
Resist an Impact
MapeShield impact-resistant panels by Mapes Architectural Panels of Lincoln,
Neb., have been utilized as a prominent feature on the Shore Memorial
Hospital project in Somers Point, N.J. Guthrie Glass & Mirror installed
the MapeShield panels in this Ewing Cole-designed hospital addition. If
you come by Mapes’ booth, you can find more about this project and more
about how these panels are designed for use in curtainwall, storefront
and window applications. MapeShield panels are designed for use in any
glazed area. They have passed both ASTM-E-1886-97 (missile impact and
pressure cycling) and ASTM-E-1996-02 (windborne debris in hurricanes).
PPG Industries of Pittsburgh will introduce SUNGATE 600 glass and SUNCLEAN
self-cleaning glass, two new products for the commercial building market.
According to a company release, Sungate 600 glass is a multifunctional,
low-emissivity (low-E) glass designed to enhance the insulating performance
of buildings in a variety of climates and applications. SunClean self-cleaning
glass, which PPG introduced nearly a decade ago for the residential construction
market, is ideal for commercial applications such as skylights, canopies,
walkway covers, glass shading devices and other sloped or difficult-to-access
glazings. Additionally, PPG will display popular architectural glass products
such as Solarban 70XL, Solarban R100, Solarban z50 and Solarban 60 solar
control, low-e glasses; Starphire ultra-clear glass; and Clarvista shower
Guardian Industries will showcase its two newest advanced technology glazings
for commercial applications—SunGuard PVGU and SunGuard EC. SunGuard PVGU
combines Pythagoras Solar Photovoltaic Glass Units (PVGU) technology with
SunGuard advanced architectural glass to create a building-integrated
photovoltaic (BIPV) product. This replaces standard vision glass and skylights
with a glass product that converts direct sunlight into energy, according
to the company. Guardian SunGuard EC incorporates Soladigm Dynamic Glass
technology into its SunGuard portfolio of solutions. SunGuard EC switches
from clear to tinted on demand, and enables control of heat and glare
in buildings while providing comfort, uninterrupted views and natural
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Range Alumax will be exhibiting Designer Series and Classic Series products,
featuring easy-to-install designs with multiple configurations. A variety
of styles will be available to view including frameless, neo-angle, and
curved glass styles. Possible features include heavy glass units, pivot-and-hinge
door models, as well as sliding and stall units.
An iPad and Evolving Technology
SwarfBuster invites attendees to stop by its booth and learn about its
Next Generation Coolant. While there, attendees can also enter in a chance
to win an iPad. SwarfBuster says its coolant technology boosts performance
power by providing glass particle removal from the entire fabrication
system. The patented coolant additive process utilizes an environmentally
friendly formula that helps reduce water spot etching, shiners, etc.,
and enhances worker safety due to its environmentally friendly bacteria/microbe
inhibitor. The company also says that the process conserves energy and
water while providing reliable performance. Glass fabricators especially
appreciate that the technology is affordable and very easy to implement,
according to the company.
Updated Panic Device
PRL has announced that its glass panic device now offers three new features.
Among these, company officials say the system now is tested to 1.3 million
cycles of operation; can accommodate doors up to 10 feet tall; and offers
faster lead-times than previously was available. Additional features PRL
cites are various panics and dead bolt styles, standard and custom exterior
handle configurations, secure cylinder/key housing, door stop/strike bracket
and an electric strike option.
door and window hardware
An All-Stainless-Steel Solution
Interlock USA of Reno, Nev., introduces an all-new family of NOVA casement
operators and hinges for vinyl, wood and aluminum applications. Built
for heavy sash weights, company officials say the NOVA dual arm casement
operator ensures smooth operation and unmatched performance for extra
large windows. The convenient snap-on cover is designed for quick installation
and convenient transport without compromising elegance. Also within this
booth, SIEGENIA-AUBI, which is exclusively distributed by Interlock, will
introduce its TITAN AF-X system as an all-stainless-steel solution. The
stainless-steel system is available for both single and double-sash windows,
which company officials say combines superior aesthetics and maximum corrosion
resistance. According to a company release, this system is an eco-friendly
solution and not only offers extreme durability and a long service life,
but also was produced without any additional chemical or galvanization
treatments. This new all-stainless-steel system is a solution for harsh
coastal environments and maximum security up to class WK/RC2.
A Tight Seal
Lauren Manufacturing of New Philadelphia, Ohio, will introduce the new
seal solution, Dual Durometer Door Seal, for entry-door applications.
This new seal is a closed-cell ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM),
and according to a company release, EPDM synthetic rubber material will
not absorb water. The material offers excellent weather resistance, compression
set and low thermal conductivity. The product includes secure kerf fitting
and low-friction coating on the surface of the seal for ease of installation
and functionality. This sealing material is UL 157 certifiable, and available
in standard and custom profiles.
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