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 Gas filling slowing you down? FastGas fills average IG units with argon in less than 15 seconds, according to Integrated Automation. It’s the only single gas filling system that lets one machine and operator keep pace with Intercept production, the company adds. The product is available in one- and two station versions, and fills IG made with any spacer system precisely, rapidly and reliably while offering 100 percent argon retention. www.optigasig.com

Technoform Glass Insulation North America Inc. (TGI NA) now offers TGI®-Spacer in a 1-inch width for commercial and residential insulating glass products, such as windows, entrance systems and curtainwall. According to the company, this new product not only optimizes thermal performance and condensation resistance, but also enhances acoustic performance for quiet interiors. Blending naturally with any window frame, TGI-Spacer’s straight sightline and smooth matte finish are designed to complement insulating glass products’ appearance. TGI NA … CONTINUE READING

Viracon has expanded its triple insulating glass sizes to 70 square feet, giving architects and building designers more options as energy codes become stricter. By adding another spacer and glass lite, designers can apply a more diverse range of substrates and high-performance coatings to a Viracon triple insulating glass unit, ultimately improving the product’s performance, according to the company. “We are really excited about increasing the sizes of our triple insulating glass units” says Kevin … CONTINUE READING

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Walton Hills, Ohio-based Intigral has made several executive appointments, including the promotion of Jason Thomas to president. Prior president Jamey Beard will assist with the transition through the end of 2013. Thomas joined Intigral in 2005 and most recently served as vice president of operations. DeAnna Negron has been promoted from vice president of customer service and systems to vice president. Negron has been with the company for more than 21 years serving in a … CONTINUE READING

Door and window maker PGT Industries took the first steps in greatly expanding its glass-cutting, tempering and laminating abilities when it recently broke ground on a new $15 million glass operations plant. Expected to be completed sometime later this year, the new 96,000-square foot facility will initially be used for glass processing, but PGT officials anticipate the additional space could eventually house manufacturing and other operations dictated by future market demand. The new plant, which … CONTINUE READING

Global Specialty Gases, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai-based Global Gases Group FZCO, has completed its 12,000-square-foot specialty gases fill plant in Bethlehem, Pa. Domestic and international customers have received shipments since the plants opening in early August. The company says the facility, which is Global Gases’ first location in the United States, is equipped with state-of-the-art filling, blending and analytical equipment, and utilizes Global Specialty Gases’ proprietary Global Guard cylinder prep process. “We’re … CONTINUE READING

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At the recent Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Winter Meeting held in San Francisco, the idea of using a formula in place of use phase results was addressed. Jeff Haberer, director of technical services for Trulite Industries, and a developer of the formula, discussed how regression equations can be used in place of use phase results for life cycle assessments. The equation is: U-factor*M1*5.6738) + (SGHC*M2) = Total energy (GJ/yr) with M1 representing U-factor scalar and … CONTINUE READING

In a recent presentation “Objective Volatile Fog Measurement,” Dave Cooper and Jonathan Herndon of Guardian Industries discussed the series of testing the two completed to determine effective methods for measuring volatile compounds in insulating glass units (IGU). The organic components to which IGUs are exposed, such as sealants, exterior components, adhesives, muntin bars and spacers, among others, may evolve into volatile compounds. These volatiles “may condense on the inner glass surfaces and become visible,” creating … CONTINUE READING

Flushing, N.Y.-based Tempco Glass Fabrication recently added insulating glass units (IGUs) to its line of products and services. The company recently acquired automated equipment that will allow it to provide supply insulating glass in a wide variety of thicknesses and sizes to glaziers, glass shops, window manufacturers, and window, storefront and curtainwall installation contractors.

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The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has opened registration for its annual conference, which will be held March 4-7 at the JW Marriott Union Square in San Francisco. The conference will feature informative lunch presentations on several industry technical issues, networking sessions, meetings of several IGMA committees and more. The week opens with a night tour of Alcatraz and will continue the next day at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) where the Emerging Technology and … CONTINUE READING

In an effort to educate door and window manufacturers about potential root causes of seal failures, Quanex Building Products’ Mike Burk, a product sales specialist with IG systems, will present during the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) summer technical meetings to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from August 7-10. “We want to share our insight with manufacturers and investigate seal and fog failures to help improve a unit’s overall performance,” Burk says. “For example, … CONTINUE READING

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) 2013 Summer Conference takes place August 7-10, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel and Resort in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The event features the top minds from the insulating glass (IG) industry with many networking opportunities and fun events such as the Strolling Culinary Tour and Tall Ship Dinner Cruise. The major focus of the conference is product quality, specifically through certification, testing and in-house quality systems with presentations … CONTINUE READING

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