Volume 7, Issue 6, November-December 2003

Noteworthy 
    New Products and Services

COMPETITIVE PRODUCTS
Halcyon™ Shades Offers Transparent Window Shades
Halcyon Shades, a division of CPFilms Inc., has a transparent window shade available that it says is designed to allow outside views while preventing glare and ultraviolet rays.

“Outfitting commercial buildings, stores, offices and retail establishments to maximize daylighting can produce tremendous benefits for owners, occupants and customers,” said Ralph Sink, vice president of strategic business and organizational development for CPFilms. “Consider that artificial lighting represents 40 to 50 percent of a facility’s energy consumption. And most of this energy is consumed during daylight hours. Not only is the lighting itself expensive, but the heat it generates increases the need for air conditioning.”

The shades are made with CPFilm’s Llumar technology, and are designed to reject up to 80 percent of unwanted heat gain in the summer, while also maintaining stable, reasonable temperatures year-round. The shades are available in a variety of reflectance levels and are currently available in 23 color combinations in solids or embossed patterns in three categories, Ultra 2, Optima 10 and Black-out, in five colors, grey, bronze, blue, green and black. Color combinations are also available.
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Bekaert Offers New Program
Bekaert Specialty Films of Clearwater, Fla., has introduced Solar Graphics, which it says is a creative business program to turn ordinary storefronts into attractive advertisements. 

Solar Graphics is a window advertising and design program in which applicators apply layers of colorful transparent and reflective films to storefronts or other areas to provide a decorative way to market a business. Bekaert says these layers of film result in visible images for retail storefronts or office windows. The transparent films allow backlit visibility at night, so storeowners can illuminate their messages and promote their services 24 hours a day. 

The patterns are custom-designed and can provide a cost-effective add-on service for window film retailers.

Participants in the Solar Graphics program are offered support resources, which includes a five-day training program for sales and installation, a secured market with limited dealers in each area, high-quality marketing and start-up materials and ongoing assistance from Bekaert’s staff.
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FILMS
FTI Adds High Infrared Rejection Film to Elite® Line
Film Technologies International Inc. (FTI) of St. Petersburg, Fla., has added a high infrared rejection film to its Elite solar control window film line.

According to FTI, Elite 75-IR blocks up to 99 percent of ultraviolet rays and depending on whether used on single or dual lite glass, can block up to 95.4 percent of infrared energy radiating through windows. FTI says that unlike some competitive products, Elite 75-IR does not require edge seal, offers clarity with low reflectivity and is highly transparent.
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TOOLS
Jiffy® Steams Away Old Window Film
Union City, Tenn.-based Jiffy Steamer Co. has introduced what it says is a new way to peel old window film with its Jiffy® Steamer.

Jiffy uses steam to remove old film without the inconvenience of razor blades or chemical sprays. The film peels away once it encounters the warm, moist steam.

The steamer dates back to 1940 and has been used in various industries for different applications.Now, there are two models available for the window film industry, the Model J-2000W® and J-4000W Pro-Line Series. 
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