Volume 6, Issue 4, July - August 2002
New Products and Services
JAX Offers One-Way Imaging Film
JAX Inc. of Hawthorne, Calif., offers its X-Tex one-way imaging technology, a film that can display a pattern or photo on one side, but appears transparent from the other side. The 2-mil film is created in a vacuum-sputtering environment using multi-stacks of metals and dialectrics. Images can be bold, 2-dimensional or even 3-dimensional, utilizing a multitude of half-tone design techniques.
3M Offers Night Vision Film
Saint Paul, Minn.-based 3M Company’s Film/Light Management Technology Center has released 3M solar-reflective film, which is said to keep auto interiors up to 15 degrees cooler than they would be with conventional windows. According to the company, the film can reduce the consumers’ air conditioning use and gasoline use by 0.5 to 1 mile a gallon, depending on the vehicle.
According to the company, the non-metal coating reflects infrared light, but does not reduce visible light. In addition, it does not corrode the window, according to the company, and is composed of several hundred layers of ultra-thin clear polymer.
In addition, 3M has available its Scotchtint™ night vision film. According to the company, the film reduces solar heat, controls glare and blocks the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but has a low reflectivity that assures clear views both day and night.
“Often, films with the most sun control and glare-reduction capabilities are the ones that are the most reflective, making them difficult to see through, especially at night,” said Rochelle Knops, 3M marketing and sales coordinator. “Night vision film blocks solar heat by up to 59 percent, blocks 99 percent of damaging UV rays and reduces glare by 72 percent.”
FTI Exceeds South Florida Standards
Film Technologies International of St. Petersburg, Fla., has announced that it has developed a proprietary window design concept using its Safe-Gard® film and double-strength glass that passes the 2 by 4 missile impact and cycling requirements of the Dade and Broward County editions of the Southern Florida Building Code.
According to information from the company, the new window design allows window manufacturers to offer windows and doors that meet the referenced codes, and that are less costly and lighter than products employing PVB laminated glass. In addition, FTI says Safe-Gard can be incorporated into most residential or commercial window applications and insulating glass units without affecting the integrity or durability of the seal and without adding extra weight to the window sashes.
HAVERKAMP Prepares for Security Fair 2002
HAVERKAMP GmbH currently is gearing up for Security Fair 2002, which will be held in Essen, Germany, October 8-11, 2002. The company has plans to exhibit a range of products, including its PROFILON® AM A1 film and its OPALFILM® anti-scratch and anti-graffiti film. The PROFILON® AM A1 automotive film is a security film that the company says protects windows from vandalism and breakage. According to the company, the film is classified as impact-resistant in Europe under Class A1 of DIN 52 290 and also P2A of Euro-Norm 356 and UL 972.
OPALFILM® anti-scratch and anti-graffiti film is designed for locations such as bus stops, buses, trains and shop windows. According to HAVERKAMP, it protects glass from malicious and/or intentional damage such as scratches and graffiti. The color-neutral, high-grade polyester film is clear and invisible when applied, the company says.
Toray Plastics Rolls Out New Film
Toray Plastics (America) Inc. of North Kingston, R.I., has introduced its Lumirror® U50 (U.S. patent pending) ultra clear polyester film. According to information from the company, the film provides haze levels of 0.4 percent, easy handling and high optical clarity. It is available in thicknesses from 47 to 200 gauges.
Toray’s proprietary, multi-layer extrusion technology is said to provide the film with a consistent surface finish and an ultra-clear base.
Program Compares Films
Sign ‘o the Times, a Dutch distributor of Johnson Window Films, has developed a computer program for commercial film applicators. According to the company, the program allows the applicator to show the customer how many degrees the temperature will drop when film is applied to certain windows. The program works with a variety of films (not just Johnson’s) and thus they can be compared easily.
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