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Is a Formula an Acceptable Substitute in Place of Use Phase Results?

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

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Volatile Fog Testing—Does It Need Updating?

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

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Tempco Adds Insulating Glass to Offerings

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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IGMA Moves Forward with New Technical Publications

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has approved a number of technical publications for the fenestration industry. These included: TM-1300-13, Design Considerations for Multiple Cavity Insulating Glass Units: The purpose of this document is to guide the design, fabrication and use of multiple-cavity insulating glass (IG) within the fenestration industry. It is not intended to duplicate pre-existing guidelines for single-cavity IG. Rather, it is meant to expand upon those guidelines where requirements for multiple-cavity IG … CONTINUE READING

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If Only They Knew … 10 Ways to Avoid an IG Failure

Imagine this scenario: It’s been just a few short years since the building’s completion when the owner suddenly notices a clouded effect in between the lites of a dual pane insulating glass (IG) unit. Worse yet, he doesn’t discover the mold that has developed until much later. Imagine his angst, knowing that the problem is going to cost him a bundle in repairs and untold headaches in trying to get the responsible party to step … CONTINUE READING

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To Make or to Buy?

One widely accepted position in the window industry is that if you are a small-sized manufacturer it’s better to buy your insulating glass (IG). If you’re a big company you should make it yourself (though a major window maker based in Bayport, Minn., is a large exception to that rule). Those in the middle can either sides of the fence depending on what works best for their individual situation. Major advantages of buying IG? The … CONTINUE READING

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Intigral Announces Names New President, along with Several Other Executive Appointments

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

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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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