Making the Cut
Now available is a new version of Enpro Distributing Inc.’s proprietary
cutting system software, FirstCut® 2.0 for automotive window tint,
paint protection film and headlight protection film. The company says
the software package includes increased functionality, improved browser
utility and enhanced searching capabilities.
The FirstCut® system gives users cut-on-demand access to libraries
of window tint patterns, paint protection patterns, and headlight patterns,
and also allows the user to make and save custom changes to the patterns
to fit their installation style. The software also can be used for graphics,
vinyl and decorative window film.
Right on “Que”
Solar heat load can sometimes be a challenge for laminated, low-E or wired
glass used on skylights or vertical glass facades in commercial projects.
The IQue® new genre of external glass treatment solutions from V-Kool®
is designed specifically for those applications. The new film products,
which are installed on the external surface of the glass, are designed
to reject heat from penetrating through, helping to save energy and also
reduce the risk of glass breakage.
According to company officials, the new IQue® 18A (OSW) and IQue®
38A (OSW) are able to reject up to 82 percent of total solar energy and
enable effective glare control. The external glass treatment solution
also maintains the low-E attributes of glass and protects the glass facades
from dirt, debris and is easily maintained.
New From Solar Gard
When consumers are ready to make a purchase they often turn to the Web
first. That’s one reason why Solar Gard® says its new Virtual Solar
Gard website at http://solargard.com/virtual/ can be an important resource
for both dealers and consumers. The new interactive resource provides
online access to videos, images and tutorials covering a variety of topics
from energy consumption to privacy and security. According to company
officials, the website is designed to highlight the company’s role in
the window film industry and its focus on helping dealers bring the benefits
of window film to a broad audience.
In addition, the company has released ComputerCut® 7.0, a new software
package for window film plotting and pattern cutting. Features include
a new pattern editor that enables dealers to fix and adjust patterns and
save them so they are easily accessible; support for imported patterns;
a split database to search for patterns specific to auto makes and models
in the dealer’s area; and plotter independence, which supports more than
100 different plotters. The software is also available in English, German,
French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish.
Glass-Gard® Films Receive Bomb Blast Certification
Glass-Gard® 8-mil and 12-mil films from Solamatrix Inc. have passed
internationally recognized bomb-blast testing standards for both General
Services Administration (GSA) and ISO protocols.
Both the 8-mil and 12-mil films passed the U.S. GSA Explosion Resistant
Standard with a 3B rating. The tests were conducted by an independent
laboratory using multi-ply film with a wet-glaze anchoring system on ¼-inch,
single-pane, annealed glass. In addition, the 8-mil film passed the ISO
16933 test for arena air-blast loading, receiving an EXV33 classification.
The film was tested on ¼-inch, annealed glass in conjunction with
two different anchoring systems (gullwing and wet-glaze), receiving the
same classification for both.
SAFTI First Launches Certified Field Filming Program
The International Code Council requires all glazing in potentially hazardous
locations (such as doors and sidelites) to comply with Federal Consumer
Products Safety Commission impact resistance standards. As such, all additions
and alterations to existing buildings must comply with the new codes,
including the replacement of existing wired glass.
Through its new Intertek Testing Services (ITS) certified field filming
program, SAFTI First has expanded its patented application of security
film to wired glass beyond its factory to include field applications throughout
the country. According to company information, the new program is the
only field filming program that upgrades traditional wired glass to a
listed and labeled 20-90 minute fire-rated product that meets the safety
requirements of the 2003 and 2006 International Building Code (IBC).
The company says extensive testing of its filmed fire-rated products and
filming procedures by ITS eliminates any uncertainty of product performance
and that ITS certifies the film applicator’s training and then monitors
the labeled service provider’s ongoing activity through periodic audits
and the regular review of installation records.
paint protection films
Paint protection products are becoming increasingly popular among film
installers. XPEL Technologies Corp. in San Antonio has added more components
to its paint protection system offerings. Included is an enhanced version
of the company’s installation gel and a paint protection film cleaner
that can assist in removing stains from all brands of paint protection
In addition, the company released its 60-inch wide clear-coated roll of
its standard and premium paint protection film and also launched enhanced
software tools with the release of Design Access Program 8.0. This includes
MyDAP utilities, which company officials say gives customers the ability
to publish their designs to the XPEL library and earn commissions. A new
web-based product catalog is also available.
CPFilms Announces New Paint Protection Film
A new LLumar® branded paint protection film is the latest launch from
St. Louis-based CPFilms. The company says it worked closely with its professional
dealer network to develop a paint protection product that would be durable
and easy to install, have a high-gloss finish, and also provide a virtually
invisible shield that can help defend against abrasions, nicks and scratches
from insects, small road debris and winter sand and salt for year-round
The LLumar paint protection film is a counter-seasonal product that company
officials say is 33 percent thicker than its previous paint protection
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