Reflecting on Glass
Based in Toledo, Ohio, Pilkington North America, a part of the NSG Group,
has released a new, innovative product used to conceal the appearance
of televisions and video screens. Pilkington MirroView has a highly-reflective
mirror coating on a clear substrate which gives televisions and video
screens a modern, transitional look. According to the company, Pilkington
MirroView looks like a normal mirror when the screen is off, and the image
shows through the mirror when the screen is on.
Pilkington MirroView can be used for a variety of applications
including hotel rooms, bars and restaurants, living rooms, bathrooms,
lobbies, salons, and other areas where building owners may want to conceal
televisions and video screens when they are turned off. Pilkington officials
say the glaze can be fabricated to meet any size requirement that may
be needed for a home or office.
HoloPro announces the creation of a screen that allows projection on to
glass in daylight while maintaining transparency. According to the company,
its technology allows holographic optical elements (HOEs) to be beamed
onto a highly transparent film by laser. This is then embedded in the
In addition, company officials say the light-guiding effect
enables rear projection onto the glass screen, while the angle-selective
effect of the HOEs means that only the projected picture is directed at
AGC Reaches A+ and A
AGC Glass Europe recently tested the VOC emission levels of its decorative
painted glass products and obtained A classification ratings for its Lacobel
and Matelac painted glass ranges. In addition, company officials say that
when the products are backed with its safe foil, they can reach an A+
rating. Mirox 3G and Mirox MNGE mirrors each were rated A+, according
to the company.
YKK AP America now offers a thermally broken YES SSG TU Vent for storefront,
window or curtainwall applications. The vent is available in sizes up
to 37-˝ by 61-˝ inches (or 61-˝ by 37-˝ inches). The thermally broken
vent also is compatible with several of the company’s framing systems.
According to the company, the vent is an AW-rated product
with performance grade 65, and has a water performance rating of 15 PSF.
Hager has introduced its 4500 Series Concealed Vertical Rod exit device,
which has been designed and engineered for use in heavy-duty commercial
applications. According to the company, the device features concealed
top and bottom rods, which make it an ideal solution for a wide variety
of openings requiring durability and versatility.
Kawneer Adds Impact
Kawneer Co. Inc. has expanded its 350/500 heavy wall entrance line to
include a hurricane-resistant option. The manufacturer reports that its
350/500 Heavy Wall IR Entrances meet the highest level of impact protection
for entrances in the industry.
Originally developed for heavy traffic applications such
as schools, universities or stadiums, the entrances now meet the stringent
ASTM E 1996 Level E requirements for enhanced facilities. Designed for
durability, reliability and strength, the entrances now offer protection
from severe weather such as hurricanes, persistent rain, wind-borne debris
and other conditions. The entrances feature the company’s corner construction,
which has four Sigma deep penetration and fillet welds plus mechanical
fastening at each corner.
The Fenzi Group has developed a course called “Selecting Insulating Glass
Sealants for Durability and Energy Efficiency.” The online continuing
education course aims to educate attendees about how to properly select
insulating glass (IG) elements, find out more about each component, understand
the components’ performance, and earn continuing education credits.
The course has been approved by the American Institute of
Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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