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Verify IG Gas Content Instantly

The new ThermalCheck system from Integrated Automation Systems is designed to measure the gas content in insulating glass (IG) air spaces. To use the system, an operator inserts the testing wand into the airspace and presses the test button. ThermalCheck displays the percent of argon or krypton gas in the airspace and prints a label with reading. If the gas content fails below the specified setting, the system displays an alert. www.optigasig.com

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Surface-Four Findings Discussed at IGMA Meeting

“Use of Fourth-Surface Coatings in a Cold Climate,” presented by Tim Clancy and Lisa Green of Guardian Industries, was one of the main topics of discussion today at the 2013 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Annual Conference in New Orleans. The presentation, which was based on a study Guardian conducted, noted that the main goal of the study was the investigation of “real-world implications of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) 500 condensation resistance (CR) number … CONTINUE READING

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2013 IGMA Annual Conference Kicks Off in New Orleans

While much of the world’s collective sights were set on New Orleans Sunday for the Super Bowl, insulating glass manufacturers and their suppliers looked toward the Big Easy a day later, as the 2013 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance’s (IGMA) annual conference began there today. The five-day event is being held at the Crown Plaza Astor in the French Quarter. Throughout the week, attendees will see multiple presentations on various aspects of the industry, as well … CONTINUE READING

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Wagner Presents Potential Solution for Global IG Standards

Dr. Werner Wagner of Sika Services AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland, presented his findings on “European Gas Loss Testing and Related Benefits” at today’s sessions for the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. Most notably in his presentation, Wagner posed the question of how to reach an international standard for insulating glass units (IGUs) as well as a potential, theoretical solution for a global standard. “By the end of the day … CONTINUE READING

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GANA Insulating Division Reviews Subcommittee Edits; Re-Elects Thibault as Chair

The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Insulating Glass (IG) Division, responsible for the identification development, approval and implementation of technical IG projects, met yesterday afternoon during the organization’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort and Spa. GANA’s IG division gathered to tighten the contents of five subcommittees by clarifying key sections. One of the subcommittees that met was the Benefits of Using Low Thermally Conductive Gas in IGUs task group chaired by … CONTINUE READING

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IGMA Conference to Feature Technical Presentations

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) 2013 Annual Conference program will feature a number of technical presentations along with working groups that focus on the newest innovations and emerging insulating glass (IG) technologies. The technical presentations will focus on the latest testing and highest IG unit quality. The conference is scheduled for February 5-8, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Astor in New Orleans. “The presentations this year keep attendees on the leading edge of our … CONTINUE READING

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Margaret Webb Clarifies IGMA/IGCC Product Certification

In her “Product Certification” presentation, executive director for the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), Margaret Webb, explained certification to IGMA 2012 Educational Seminar attendees. According to Webb, the manufacturer initiates the process by applying for IMGA/IGCC certification. Once the application is received, a record will be filed and the company will be audited with a scheduled visit. “Once certification has been achieved periodic audits are carried out to ensure the continued compliance of the certified … CONTINUE READING

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IGMA Educational Seminar Scheduled for September in Las Vegas

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) will hold its annual IGMA Performance and Innovation in Insulating Glass Educational Seminar on September 11-12 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). “Our program has had great attendance over the years, but we wanted to make it a no-brainer to attend,” says Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director. “By co-locating with GlassBuild America, attendees can plan to spend one extra day … CONTINUE READING

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Experts Discuss Risks Versus Rewards of ‘Surface 4 Low-E Coatings’

Window technology experts Jim Larsen, director of technology marketing for Cardinal Glass Industries, and Tracy Rogers, the director of industry relations and advanced technology for Quanex, provided commentary and perspective on “Surface 4 Low-E coatings,” pinpointing benefits and risks that might be associated with the technological advancement for window systems, during a recent industry meeting. According to Larsen, there is a thermal “performance gap” with double- and triple-pane window systems despite technological advancements, which he … CONTINUE READING

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GPAD Concludes with Thermal Optimization Discussion

FeneTech’s Glass Processing Automation Days concluded this afternoon with a number of thought-provoking discussions, including one on the thermal optimization of insulating glass (IG) units, led by Mike McHugh, president of Integrated Automation Systems. According to McHugh’s presentation, the IG business has gone through continuous transformation in the last 30 years. While each change was often labeled “incremental” and not worth the investment, the accumulation of these options has resulted in a much higher performance … CONTINUE READING

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