Volume 8, Issue 2, March-April  2004

NOTEWORTHY

 

MACHINERY
FTI Introduces E-Beam Technology
Film Technologies International of St. Petersburg, Fla., has introduced a new metallizing technique for its Endurance™ and Signature Series™ lines. The company says incorporating its new e-beam method allows the films to dry more quickly after an installation than it did previously, especially in colder climates.

“E-beam will help to alleviate the drying problems we’ve experienced, especially in winter, including the hazy patches and puddles of water that can result from improper squeegeeing,” said Danny DeSanto, technical services.
Info www.filmtechnologies.com or call 800/777-1770.

Bekaert Improves ComputerCut System
Bekaert Specialty Films of Clearwater, Fla., has introduced ComputerCut 3.0, an enhanced version of its earlier window film pattern-cutting system. New features include the ability to manage private image and a pattern database and to import custom graphics from programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Flexi Sign. In addition, it has a newly designed user-friendly interface that makes the system easy to navigate and operate.

All of the improvements to the system were based on feedback received from users of Bekaert’s current system.
“ComputerCut 3.0 was designed with the user in mind,” said Robert Garlo, automotive applications manager for Bekaert. “In the same way we modify our window films based on direct input from dealers, installers and customers, we made improvements to ComputerCut based on the ‘in-the-field’ feedback. The people who use our system on a day-to-day basis know it best.” 
Info www.bsf.com or call 586/781-8301. 

FILMS
CPFilms Launches SpectraSelect 75
CPFilms Inc. in Martinsville, Va., has introduced SpectraSelect 75, a solar-control film that it says is designed to provide very high light transmission and heat control. The company says the new film allows sunlight to shine brightly through the glass while lowering the heat transmission and blocking ultraviolet rays. 

The film is made of a laminate of polyester and metallized coatings and constructed with a clear, distortion-free, adhesive system and a special scratch-resistance face coating that allows for easy maintenance using standard window-cleaning products, inclu-ding those with ammonia. The film comes with a lifetime warranty for residential applications and a 10-year warranty for commercial applications.
Info www.vista-films.com or call 800/345-6088.

WEBSITES
Website Offers Handy Hints
Interior Guardz Window Tinting in Rockville, Md., has a new website for the automotive portion of his business, www.winnerswindowtint.com. The website is designed for consumers, but also includes a section for other film shops with tips on how to build a website for the window film market.

Interior Guardz is owned by Laurence Streidel, who is also a Window Film columnist.
Info www.winnerswindow-tint.com.

SOFTWARE
Enpro Launches First Cut System™
Houston-based Enpro Distribu-ting has launched the First Cut System, a computer-cutting program that allows automotive window film, paint protection and headlight protection patterns to be cut precisely from a computer-based program.
 
“The system gives you options,” said David Wood, First Cut program manager. “If you want to cut your own patterns, we can provide you with a way to do so or if you want us to cut the patterns for you, we can accommodate you in that fashion as well.”

With the First Cut system, the operator has the ability to change the dimensions of the patterns to fit his own installation style and save them on computer for future use. It also contains a library of current and older-model automotive patterns for window film, paint protection and headlight protection applications.
Info call 800/443-6776. 


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