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PGT Glass Fabrication Expansion Could Bring New Opportunities

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

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Increase Production with FastGas

 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

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Technoform Glass Insulation Introduces New 1-Inch-Wide TGI-Spacer

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

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Viracon Expands Triple Insulating Glass Sizes

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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New Vacuum-Insulating Window Glass Could be the Ticket to Drastic Energy Savings

Peter Petit isn’t so brash as to take credit for having created vacuum-insulating window glass, but the founder and chief executive officer of Pewaukee, Wisc.-based V-Glass LLC thinks he’s made it better than before. His design won the advanced manufacturing category in the 2013 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest last month and feels his invention could eventually revolutionize the entire window industry as a whole by drastically reducing the amount of costly heat lost from … CONTINUE READING

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Registration Opens for 2014 IGMA Annual Conference

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

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Global Specialty Gases’ Bethlehem, Pa., Facility in Full Operation

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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Forel Launches North American Operations

An improving economy and its vast potential have long made North America a coveted destination for Forel, so the Italian-based insulating glass machinery manufacturer has tabbed Mike Schmidt as the man to help make that a reality. Schmidt will serve as general manager of Forel North America, the company’s first wholly-owned subsidiary outside of Europe. The new organization, which will focus on service, sales and support, is expected to be operational in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, … CONTINUE READING

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Quanex to Share Latest IG Insights at IGMA Meeting

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

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IGMA Readies for Annual Summer Conference

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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