Volume 9, Issue 5                     September/October  2005

NOTEWORTHY

FILM
Bekaert is King of the Hilite

Clearwater, Fla.’s Bekaert Specialty Films has released what the company calls a “most revolutionary architectural product.” The spectrally selective Panorama® Hilite 70 is specifically developed to meet the daylighting and solar 
control needs of architectural properties.

According to the company, Hilite blocks more than 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation and 95 percent of infrared heat while not noticeably effecting visible light transmission.

Hilite is optically clear and polyester-based; it is designed to be applied to a room’s interior glass surface. It is available to Bekaert’s exclusive network of independent window film professionals.

Hilite-protected windows can be cleaned and maintained as they normally would and the product has warranty coverage of 12-years to lifetime, according to the manufacturer.

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Hot Stuff From HanitaTek 
HanitaTek, the North American dealer for Hanita Coatings, headquartered in New Berlin, Wis., is introducing several new products to the industry over the next few months. 

Among the products HanitaTek is expecting to release soon is the Novus™ line of automotive film. The non-dyed, non-metallized films contain solar properties of hybrid films with non-metal construction and color stability, and will be available in VLTs of 07, 13, 23, 33 and 45.

Also on the list for upcoming sales are additions to Hanita Coatings’ Optitune™ line of dual reflective glass films. The new additions will be VLTs of 5 percent and 22 percent, adding to a line that already includes VLTs of 15, 30, 40 and 55 percent. The new Optitune shades are expected to be available in late summer 2005.

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CPFilms Offers Paint Protection
Martinsville, Va.-based CPFilms has introduced Llumar® Paint Protection Film, an optically clear paint protective film for automobiles. The product is designed to offer a removable shield against scratching, chipping and minor surface damage that mar auto paint finishes.

The paint protection film is a clear urethane film, eight mils thick and intended to cover portions of the original automotive paintwork, particularly those areas most prone to paint damage, such as the side doors and frontal bodywork. 

According to the company, the film is extremely flexible and can be installed easily over larger areas of curved body surfaces, and will not be compromised by standard car washing. The film is high gloss and can be maintained with waxing.

CPFilms warrants the Llumar Paint Protective film against cracking, peeling, bubbling or yellowing for as long as the original purchaser retains ownership of the vehicle.

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Will Novacel Sell Well?
Novacel, a French industrial surface protection solutions provider, has introduced the Novacel 9377, an adhesive film without solvent that is designed to protect car bodies during transport and storage. The new product is the company’s latest effort to further its commitment to a sustainable development policy.

Novacel 9377 features a 60 µm adhesive film with a polyolefin base. According to the company, the white film protects car bodies against external stresses, such as acid rain, bird droppings, tool marks and scrapes, and shields the car for up to six months in outdoor conditions.

The film can be customized to include a company’s logo or trademark, advertising message or technical information. Personalized elements are printed directly on the film.

Novacel 9377 is supplied in rolls of 650 feet and comes in varying widths from 1 1/5-inch to 110 inches.

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SOFTWARE
Cuttin’ It Up with CP

CPFilms also now offers the Llumar Precision Cutting System, which it describes as “an all-in-one tool for cutting automotive tinting, paint protection, flat glass and safety films.” 

The system employs computer techniques that are programmed to drive a cutter to produce a film cut with precise micro-edge fit.

According to the company, the benefits of the program are many. For flat film installations, the system enables micro rounding corners and accurately pre-cut for palladium windows; for safety film the system is labor-saving and provides quality, efficient installations with “accurate precutting of the intrinsically thick film.” The system is also said to compliment the installation of the company’s paint protection film by providing smooth edges and corners for an easy, lay-down during installation.

Minimum requirements for the Llumar Precision Cutting system include: Internet connection, Microsoft Windows 98 and ME (128MB RAM, 2000 or XP (256 MB RAM)); 200 MB free hard disc space; CD-ROM drive and a plotter.
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MACHINERY
Keyence Corp. Offers Single Sensor Head Measurements

Keyence Corp. of America, headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., has introduced the Keyence LT-9000 Series of laser confocal displacement meters.

Providing accurate 0.01-micron thickness measurements on transparent objects using a single sensor-head, the Keyence LT-9000 can provide readings on target surfaces that are wet, angled or irregular.

Multiple measurement modes include profile measurement, transparent object thickness measurement, angel measurement and cross-sectional area measurement.

During operation, the LT’s two-micron diameter laser beam is focused on the target surface through an objective lens that vibrates vertically at high speed by means of a tuning fork. The beam continually reflects off the target surface and converges on a pinhole in the sensor head and then enters the light-receiving element. By measuring the exact position of the objective lens when the light enters the light-receiving element, the target height can be precisely determined. The position of the measurement of an object is obtained only when the laser beam is perfectly focused on the object’s surface. According to the company, LT-9000 measurement series’ accuracy is unaffected by the material surface, color, angle, wetness or irregularity.

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Diamond in the Rough
Akron, Ohio’s Diamond America Corp. has introduced a sheet co-extrusion system for two-layer applications.
The system includes two custom-designed extruders; one is 2-inches with 30:1 L/D and the other is 1.5-inches with 24:1.

The Flex-Lip Sheet Die, also designed by Diamond-America, has an adjustable die range from 0 to.125-inches. The lip adjustment is manual and the die is equipped with a restriction bar. The co-extrusion block is designed with an “A-B” configuration.

Going Grey with Greystone
Johnson Window Films Inc., headquartered in Carson, Calif., has rolled out Greystone™ a color-stable, non-reflective automotive window film. 

The film has a double- layered construction that, according to the company, is designed to be more durable, last longer and also delivers a unique combination of optical clarity and sophisticated appearance. Also according to the company, Greystone’s non-conductive design will not interfere with electronic systems.

“One of the keys to Greystone’s success is that it shrinks faster than just about any film on the market today” says Dave Read, sales development manager for Johnson. “Greystone helps our dealers save time on installations, which means more money for them in the long run.” 

Greystone is available in five different shades: 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 percent, and can be ordered in a standard 30-inch width. 

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Inject Some Energysa Into Your Cutting
Energysa, a Madrid, Spain-based company, has introduced the latest version of its EnerCut software program, designed for professional automotive tint applicators.

EnerCut 2005 v.2.1, like its predecessor, EnerCut 2004 v 1.0, can be downloaded from the Internet. Once it is installed on a computer, an Internet connection is used again to access the database of car window templates. 
The program, initially launched in May of 2004 at The Salon del Automovil de Madrid 2004, was several years in the making and the newest version is an updated edition that the company describes as cooperation “between Energysa and [its] customers.”

According to the company, installation time is reduced by half and users save 20 percent on material that is cut to accurate patterns. Also according to the company website, “EnerCut is the first program in the world for cutting vehicle window films which is being supplied for free. Energysa supplies it as a service to its customers.”
The company plans to launch version 3.0 soon, which it says will include templates for more than 1,000 cars, including many European and Asian models.

Minimum requirements are: a Pentium III; 128MB RAM; Windows-98, Me, XP, 2000 or NT; Internet connection; Internet Explorer 6 or better; screen resolution better that 800 x 600; Plotter connection of either parallel port or centronics. 

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