Volume 48, Issue 7- July 2013
Never Before Seen Products
the USGlass NEW Products Guide
Fabricated in and shipped from Germany, Seele displayed a glass lite that stretched 46 feet long by 10 ½ feet tall. It was constructed with two layers of ½-inch, heat-strengthened, low-iron glass with DuPont’s SentryGlas interlayer. It weighed 5,913.6 pounds.
The company, which has been importing and installing glass in the U.S. for 12 years, can laminate, bend and temper glass sizes up to 55 feet by 10 ½ inches. www.seele.com
Vista Cool® Things About Solarban®
In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU), Solarban 72 Starphire glass has the VLT approximately the same as Solarban 60 on Starphire glass but offers 25 percent better solar control, according to its maker.
Solarban 67 is engineered with a proprietary double-silver, magnetron-sputtered vacuum deposition coating that PPG says reflects the true timbre and brightness of ambient light and color. In a standard 1-inch IGU with conventional clear glass, Solarban 67 glass has VLT of 54 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.29.
The Vistacool Atlantica glass, when used in a standard 1-inch IGU with clear glass, has VLT of 47 percent along with a SHGC of 0.35, according to the company. www.ppgideascapes.com
dynamic glazing The Big Reveal
The product uses switchable technology to transition from transparent clarity to serene privacy in a single click.
Reveal can be used in shower enclosures, walls and partitions, dividers, doors and windows, entryways, airport screening booths and more. The glass is available in a broad range of colors, tints, patterns and textures. In addition, it is eligible for LEED certification points because it is energy efficient and helps pull daylighting deeper into a project’s interior.
Float glass is laminated with a liquid crystal film and a PVB interlayer. An electric current renders glass transparent or opaque. The glass can be controlled with a switch, motion detector, daylight sensor or other device. www.guardian.com
decorative glass Chroma(vision) Chameleon
It is made by laminating a custom substrate, intended for intense exterior exposure, between two lites of glass. The effect, according to the company, is virtually opaque and metallic from the outside, even at night, but providing full visibility from the inside looking outward. If used in exterior applications, the copper and brass versions have a g-value of 31.2 percent and light transmission of 20 percent; aluminum has a g-value of 28.7 percent and light transmission of 21.7 percent. Panels are available in 48-inch maximum widths and virtually any length. www.pulpstudio.com
Go to the Board
DECOBoard uses the Vanceva® color studio to produce more than 3,000 transparent or translucent colors, allowing it to be color-matched to any standard of design.
Entering the realm of magnetic markerboards, Trudeco’s MAGBoard incorporates steel laminated within the glass, creating what the company calls “an impenetrable, hygienic seam.” It can be combined with the company’s Visual printed interlayer for an informative display in applications from patient footwalls to hotel lobbies. www.trulite.com
doors and windows
Trim options include 3 ½-inch flat casing and 2 ¼-inch brick molding, both with either a picture-frame or bull-nosed sill. The fully welded, factory-applied trim comes complete with an extruded J-channel and is offered in any of Viwinco’s colors. yyä www.viwinco.com
storefronts and curtainwall
Keep Calm and ...
PRL offers complete manufactured entrance systems with panic devices, deadbolts, lock ladder pulls and custom pulls. www.prlglass.com
The TH600 architectural aluminum framing system and TH350 door both accept a variety of glazing types and both have been tested to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour in EF-5 tornadoes and Category 5 hurricanes, according to the company. The TH600 architectural aluminum framing system includes mullion and intermediate horizontal elements and can be used in windows, storefronts or curtainwall designs. The TH350 door is available as a single or pair of doors with ADA-compliant hardware included. Both have met International Code Council 500-2008, according to the company. www.insulgard.com
Go (Tint)Pro, Go Mobile
It offers mobile estimating, inventory management, smart scheduling, film usage optimizing, ePurchasing, eBilling, job costing, payroll, business tracking and other aspects important to “address both the day-to-day functions and the broader planning capabilities necessary to operate a successful business in today’s competitive environment.” www.tintpro.com
storefronts and curtainwall
The glass is centered in the 4.5-inch-deep system. The TU24000 is recommended for low-rise buildings and the lower floors of high-rises. www.tubeliteinc.com
Get Your Gloves On
machinery and equipment
The edgers have a conveyor with rectified steel guides sliding on an oil cushion for precision until fully worn and are easily replicable. According to the company, the compact structure and the type of material ensure sturdiness. Barcode option data import can be done when in ETS mode and an independent inlet drive option is an ergonomic pedal control for stopping and starting the inlet to load large or heavy glass sheets without slowing production.
Available on Rock models 11 and 10-45 is the option of liquid cerium oxide polishing, with independent circuit with tank, pump and mixing system to keep the water and cerium oxide compound in suspension. Remote service options are available for software updates, diagnostics and troubleshooting.
In addition, the edge to shape feature allows the straight-line edgers to perform edge processing with control of the final geometry both in terms of angles and final desired dimensions. The process scans the incoming angles with a laser system and adjusts the removal angle by means of specific axes controlled by CNC while the same laser system measures every glass side in real time and the removal angle is consequently adjusted in order to get the desired final dimensions.
The Rock 8 is a straight-line edger with eight wheels, for flat edges, polished arrises or wide chamfer up to 10 mm with industrial polish. The Rock 11 is a straight-line edger with 11 wheels, for flat edge, polished arrises or wide chamfer up to 10 mm with industrial polish; and the Rock 10-45 is a straight-line edger with 10 wheels, for flat edge, polished arrises and wide chamfer up to 40 mm with variable angle of 0°÷45°. Neptun is represented in the U.S. by Matodi USA. www.neptunglass.com
The Right ExactaBlend
The ExactaBlend AGP is also easy to operate, according to a company press release, because the unit’s electronic controls remove the guesswork from ratio setting and maintenance while the controls provide simple set up of ratios and also allow operators to make ratio changes on the fly.
Optional data reporting capabilities allow window manufacturers to track key information such as ratio, material usage, flow rate, alarm events and system errors, Graco says, which can be gathered via USB data download and used to streamline the production process and increase effectiveness of the line. www.graco.com
The 400 Series
The machine can increase insulating glass unit quality through consistent spacer offset from edge of glass which in turn guarantees the desired amount of secondary sealant is applied. It eliminates operator fatigue and repetitive motion injuries while increasing productivity due to a consistently fast cycle time. It can also reduce spacer waste and comes with the option to provide accurate grid placement via slicing the spacer prior to application to the glass. www.erdmanautomation.com
Like a Double-Edge Sword
Schiatti Angelo srl has available a wide range of glass processing machines including double edgers: machines designed and built to grind and polish two sides of a glass sheet simultaneously, for pencil and/or flat edge with arris profile. The central body includes two bridges: a fixed bridge and a movable bridge, both of which are located on what the company calls water-proof, chrome-plated bars that have self-aligned bearings and steel screws.
The glass moves through the machine by a conveyor composed of a polyurethane timing belt with a steel wire core. The system is dual-drive and can be adjusted according to the glass thickness. The machine has centralized lubricating containers in the sliding areas and the polishing wheel spindles are fully automatic, with movement activated by the PLC.
New from Hornos Industriales Pujol, also available through DeGorter, is the Pujol 100 System that allows users to laminate both EVA or PVB. With the new line, there is no need for humidity or climate control, even in storage and/or production assembly. It does not require a calandring system nor added investments in transformers, generators or compressors, according to the company. www.degorter.com
Movin' On Up!
The grade of edge polishing has also been improved, according to the company. With the newly redesigned suction cups drive, the vibrations present during processing have been reduced and the increased stability allows the use of hard diamond wheels for a high-quality finish. www.forelspa.com
Don't Blow a FuseCube
Operators load the glass, drop in the cartridges and press a button. The machine coats 5,400 square feet or more in less than an hour with no cure time required and indicates with a green light when the cycle is done and the glass can be removed. The FuseCube can then be unloaded, reloaded and run again.
The FuseCube is offered in three sizes, all of which can handle lites up to 36 by 96 inches: small, with capacity for 75 lites per run; medium, with capacity for 225 lites per run; and jumbo, with capacity to treat 450 lites or several jumbo panels per run.
The FuseCube will be exclusively distributed, installed and serviced in the U.S. and Canada by IGE Glass Technologies Inc. www.DFInanotechnology.com
doors and windows
All the Super Singles
Super single tires are narrow enough to allow full-length glass racks on both sides. No truck warranties are voided and no emissions, lights or brakes are touched, when the tires are added to the vehicle. www.barkow.com
In the Clear
It is a wireless product that, as the basis of design, provides maximum security protection; protection against fire, smoke and radiant heat; high STC ratings; and a five-year manufacturer's warranty. www.safti.com
There's a Spider on that Rail!
The company also offers accessories to hold the PanelGrip system together, including structural spider assemblies and bolts. The structural spider assemblies are available in traditional cast product, but also fully-engineered and U.S.-manufactured spider combinations, available in one-arm through four-arm configurations. AGS bolts are available in a variety of options including 60-mm combination, 60-mm flat-head removable and a 50-mm combination. All bolts have been tested according to U.S. standards product data and testing certificates are available upon request. www.wagnerarchitectural.com
Architects Talk about the New Products They Want to
Kevin Oreck, principal of Kevin Oreck Architect Inc. in Los Angeles, found a favorite product when designing a convenience store in Cerritos, Calif., with a façade composed of folded glass panels meant to invoke the feel of cascading water. “The glass was laminated with a white frosted interlayer,” because, as Oreck explains, “structurally, dual glazing wouldn’t work.” The product was supplied by Robin Reigi Inc. in New York, and fabricated by GlassPro in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
“I would have loved to use, but couldn’t find, laminated glass that was more energy-efficient and with more translucence,” Oreck says. He had sought something similar to the Profilit product manufactured by Pilkington, “which I love but wouldn’t have worked in this situation,” he says.
The product he found clearly met the mark; the local Fine Arts and Historical Commission ultimately voted to consider the convenience store public art.
For Owen Richards, AIA, LEED AP, principal of ORA Architects in Seattle, vision met reality when he found a unique glass product for the Chihuly Garden and Glass Glasshouse in Seattle. The project features Guardian SN-62 insulating glazing installed within a Novum structurally-glazed system. “The key to the project’s success as both a great canvas for Chihuly’s art, and as an active event venue, is a completely glass exterior that is highly transparent and energy-efficient,” Richards says.
Having hit success with glass in the past, Richards is looking forward to exploring new properties of this remarkable material. “In terms of new products I’d like to use, [it’s] glazing that can transform from clear to translucent at the flip of the switch,” Richards says. “I’ve seen this in a residential application and would like to find an opportunity to use it, affordably and reliably, on a larger public project.” With all of the developments being made in dynamic glazing today, it shouldn’t be much of a wait for Richards to find the perfect product for an upcoming project.
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, a partner and director of business development with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen, is really letting a glass product bring the outdoors in on his latest project. “We are using 12-foot hurricane-resistant glass sliding doors on our Grove at Grand Bay project in Coconut Grove, Fla. These are the largest made, and create an amazing all-glass façade that one can open with a single finger to bring the outdoors in or vice versa,” he says. RC Curtain Walls, Windows and Doors, a part of RC Aluminum Inc. in Miami, supplied the doors.
Looking forward, however, Bergmann is interested in embracing the beauty of glass itself. “I would like to see a lot more color laminates being used in architecture,” he says, pointing to the façade in his firms Sjakket project in Copenhagen. He adds, “Additionally I feel nanotechnologies are still underutilized and have a lot to offer, like self-healing or self-cleaning glass.”
Joshua Prince-Ramus, principal of New York-based REX Architecture is still on a search for what the calls the “Holy Grail” in glass: a “super clear glass (no color and a high visual light transmission) with a high U-value and a low shading coefficient,” he says. Prince-Ramus calls it “Dematerialization without environmental destruction.”
Fortunately for him, “The glass technology improves every year. But as designers—and in close collaboration with Front, our facade consultant—we develop ever more sophisticated facade systems to achieve these ambitions.” —Megan Headley