USGlass Magazine’s 36th Annual Guide to New Products & Services

In today’s busy construction market, the glass and glazing industry is working to keep up with the demand for greater efficiency, sustainability, and versatility while maintaining aesthetics and performance. The USGlass Magazine 36th Annual Guide to New Products & Services can help. The guide includes some of the latest innovations that help companies and architects connect with the products that could help take their business and design to the next level. From decorative and fire-rated glass to machinery and tools, the guide contains products and services for nearly all aspects of the industry.

Inspection & Quality Control

All-in-One Testing

Softsolution’s LineScanner combines several tests in a single control unit. Equipped with features such as edge stress measurement and an anisotropy check, this scanner can be installed anywhere in the production process to save space and check flat glass products for quality and dimensional defects. Using the LineScanner on a tempering furnace provides a means for non-destructive quality control. Quality checks such as geometry, surface quality, edge quality, DMS tests, anisotropy and edge stress can also be

Mobile Assistance

A+W’s Smart Companion app on mobile devices offers an alternative to industrial scanners, assisting companies along the entire value-creation chain and contributing to digitalization. It acts as a mobile information terminal, allowing employees to display locations of order components and contents of racks, making communication bidirectional. Invalid bookings are now obsolete, while readability quality of each scan improves, according to the company. Multiple barcodes may be scanned at once (e.g., edge labels on a rack), saving time, increasing productivity and reducing errors, according to the company.

Automated Tempering

TemperQC integrates LiteSentry and third-party equipment into a quality control system for tempered glass fabrication. From initial load validation and automated recipe selection to final inspection of distortion, anisotropy and scratch detection, TemperQC provides full control of the process. It allows glass fabricators to produce glass at alow cost by closing the loop from recipe selection and fault detection via the Owl3, to feedback and reporting from the final stage of quality assurance, andprocess control via the Osprey 8. TemperQC supports communication over many open and proprietary standards including XML, ModbusTCP, Allen Bradley ControlLogix, Profinet, SQL and others, making it compatible with any modern furnace and ERP software.

Lifting & Handling Equipment

Lifting Without Hydraulics

SmartLift mobile manipulators are providing glaziers with a tool to eliminate manual lifting on the job or in the shop. The SL408HL is specially designed for the modern-day glazier. Requiring no hydraulics for operation, SmartLift provides the glazier with 1 /64-inch movements. All SmartLift models come standard with remote control, outriggers and 5 inches of total side shift.

Express Lifting

Quattrolifts has recently released five new glass handling machines, expanding its product line to more than 20 machines. The company’s glass lifting machines allow users to lift heavy-weight glass safely and efficiently. The Express 440CW and Express 770CWA are fully counterweighted machines that are designed with a small footprint to work in restricted spaces and can be easily transported to site. The Vector 880 Off Road is a battery powered front wheel drive system with 16-inch wheels all round, allowing for use on uneven ground at work sites. The Omni 880 and Omni 1800 are both able to be attached easily to a forklift and can be used in factories or for awkward jobs on-site.


A Better Skylight

Major Industries’ Auburn E+ glass skylight system features a number of performance improvements including a new thermal cap and a modern flush-glazed design. It is available with low-E glass and insulated flashing. These new glass skylights integrate technology that helps isolate the outside environment from building occupants, improving both occupant comfort and the bottom line. The new system is tested to ASTM E283/330/331 standards and features high-performance glass options, multiple finish options and numerous design configurations that will provide architects a high level of design freedom, according to the company.


A Convenient Low-E Detector

EDTM’s two credit card-sized low-E coating detectors, the AE2200 Low-E Card and AE2250 Low-E Card+, offer a compact alternative option for identifying low-E coatings on single lites of glass. The Low-E Card is a disposable model that will allow the user to conduct 1,000 tests and will confirm if there is a low-E coating present on the lite of glass it is placed against. It is safe to use on all glass, regardless of cleanliness or other insulating layers, due to no metal contacts that could scratch the glass surface, according to the company. The Low-E Card+ offers a replaceable battery design that can be used indefinitely and will differentiate if the low-E coating is on Surface 1 or Surface 2, or indicate if the glass is uncoated. Like the AE2200, there are no metal contacts and the product can be used to test all types of glass. These products may be branded (private-labeled) for companies in a quantity as small as 100 units.

Thunder-Cut Drills

Salem Flat Glass & Mirror has introduced the Thunder Cut series, a new generation of stainless-steel body core drills that encompass extended lifetime, 2-plus mm per second feedrates and reduced drilling cycle times while producing high quality finishing. These drills are produced in multiple working lengths for both manual and automated (CNC) machinery from a variety of equipment manufacturers. The Thunder Cut does not
require dressing of the bond in order to maintain its ultimate performance,
preventing additional downtime. Cycle times, consistency, extended life cycles and reduced downtime are crucial to the production efficiency of a fabricator and the Thunder Cut can achieve, at minimum, two time the process speeds of any product on the market today, resulting in reduced cycle times and extended life cycle, according to the company.

A Glove for Glass

The Banom Stikless 4 from Correct Safety is a glove designed for the float glass and insulating glass industries and manufacturers of glass doors and windows. It is non-marring, meaning it will not leave a mark on glass or aluminum. Caulk, glue and tape will not stick to the palm coating. The Stikless 4 is also cut-resistant and meets ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Cut Level A4 standards. Sizes 7-12 are available.

Distortion-Free Scratch Removal

GlasWeld’s new Gforce Max makes the distortion-free scratch removal process easy with an integrated water feed system, ergonomic rubber grip and self-leveling backer pad, according to the company. With the Gforce Max, more than 80% of scratched glass waste can be saved, according to GlasWeld.


Hardware for All Occasions

C.R. Laurence (CRL) has a variety of new products, including the GRS Taper-Loc Glass Railing System. It features safety seal technology that allows installation of the outside rubber seal before the glass, meaning that glaziers don’t need to reach over the railing to roll in the seal. According to the company, when paired with the Taper-Loc dry-glaze system, it reduces installation time by as much as 50%. The company’s Fallbrook Demountable Partition features an ultra-thin doorframe for contemporary interiors. Low-profile channels on adjacent sidelites and no exposed fasteners complement the product’s aesthetic. Fallbrook is a front load, dry-glazed system that is easy to install and allows for fast replacement of glass lites, according to the company. This product features a “floating” doorframe, round or square hinge and handle profiles. This partition is for 5/16-inch, 3/8-inch and ½-inch monolithic tempered glass.

Architectural Glass

Light-Weight Inside & Out

Pulp Studio has added DermaGlass to its catalog of architectural glass. DermaGlass is a durable, light-weight glass that’s strong enough for interiors and exteriors, according to the company. This glass, at only 1.3 mm in thickness, maintains the durability and damage resistance of more traditional, thicker heat-treated glass by using an ion-exchange process, according to the company. Due to its thin profile, it can be used by designers to bend around columns or into decorative shapes as well as for indoor applications such as elevator cab panels that need both high strength and minimal weight. It may be used with Pintura backpainted coatings or laminated with graphic interlayers. It can also be produced with a honeycombed core for additional safety. Panels fit together seamlessly
and are available in sizes up to 58 inches by 118 inches.

Visible to Birds

Guardian Bird1st glass offers a balance between bird safety, aesthetics and solar performance. The coated glass contains a patent-pending UV stripe coating on the first surface that helps prevent collisions by visually signaling an impending barrier to birds, meeting the recommended 2-inch by 4-inch (2 x 4) rule. While virtually invisible to the human eye in dry conditions, moisture may in some occasions make the UV stripe temporarily visible, which can be an additional benefit for birds during the early morning hours. Paired with its SunGuard low-E coatings, Bird1st glass offers high performance and meets LEED Pilot Credit 55. When paired with SunGuard SNX 62/27 coated glass, Bird1st glass delivers natural light with a visible light transmission of 60% while offering a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.27.

Facilitating Life

From Amazon’s corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle to Singapore’s Jewel Changi airport, Vitro Architectural Glass’ Starphire Ultra-Clear glass is finding a new application in high-profile projects that demand the ability to facilitate photosynthesis, according to the company. After competitive modeling by architectural and horticultural teams for both projects, Starphire Ultra-Clear glass was specified for its ability to transmit the high levels of solar energy needed to support plant life of every variety, even when coated with high-performance Solarban solar control low-E coatings. Available in thicknesses from 2.5 to 19 mm, Starphire Ultra-Clear glass can be used by architects, building designers and engineers to deliver visual clarity, solar control and light transmittance.


Added Space

Graham Architectural Products’ GT6 window system is a family of casement, projected and fixed windows featuring an integrated design that enables matching sightlines in a variety of frame depths and thermal efficiencies. The GT6 system uses common frame parts to allow numerous configurations and glazing styles. Each frame depth offers beveled, concave or flat  glazing profile options.

By increasing the thermal break depth, GT6 windows can reduce thermal conduction and provide more space for enhanced glazing packages. All models incorporate advanced thermal strut technology for thermal efficiency and low U-values. The GT6 product line achieves AAMA architectural (AW) ratings with minimum air infiltration and high water resistance, meeting multiple design pressures.

This platform of products is designed with special frame raceways to accommodate multiple hardware options and accessory applications. Additionally, joinery allows for larger units and more configuration options. Two-tone interior/exterior color finish is available on all models.

Decorative Glass

Anti-Glare Digital Printing

Sevasa’s LuxPrint glass line offers nearly “invisible” glass with anti-glare and anti-reflective performance for color rendering in digital printing applications or see-through applications on façades. This line serves as an anti-glare base-glass option for digital printing applications with either organic or ceramic inks, protecting inks with full HD view for outdoor or indoor applications, from façade and BIPV to kitchen backsplashes. Additionally, according to the company, LuxPrint glass maintains its appearance of translucent acid-etched glass while displaying image definition on anti-glare and see-through façade areas. This LuxPrint Line is composed of three levels of anti-glare and translucency: LuxPrint 6, LuxPrint 8 and LuxPrint10. LuxPrint glass has high resistance to stains and fingerprints, durability, high light transmittance for efficient photovoltaics and BIPV, a silky feel and is easy to clean. This product can be laminated, curved, tempered and endure other regular processing methods. The company offers oversized XXL satin glass, available in standard 88-inch by 126-inch sizes and up to 354 inches (9 meters) long.

Printing Back and Front

AGC Glass Co. North America has a new portfolio of backpainted decorative glass consisting of two product families: the Lacobel T and Matelac T interior and exterior temperable products and the Lacobel and Matelac interior options. Lacobel T is float glass that is painted on one side with temperable paint to create a glossy finish, while Matelac T is an acid-etched float glass that is painted on one side withtemperable paint to create a satin finish. Together, these products combine glossy and satin finishes for interiors and exteriors, enabling designers toplay with contrasting finishes for a wide variety of applications, according to the company. In addition, both products are true enameled glass after tempering—they can be cut immediately and tempered by fabricators at their plant. Lacobel is annealed float glass that is painted on one side to create a glossy finish while Matelac is an annealed acid-etched float glass that is painted on one side to create a satin finish, both for interior applications. This family has a palette of 20 contemporary colors, with 14 colors in common finishes, enabling designers to play with combinations shade-by-shade. Both the Lacobel T and Matelac T family and the Lacobel and Matelac family of products are produced using high-quality environmentally friendly low-VOC paints. Additionally, the portfolio is Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Silver.

Inspired by Glaciers

Nathan Allan Glass Studios’ new Iceberg Glass is a textured, multi-complex glass that can be used in a variety of applications, from accent panels to feature panels or as glass shelves. The 1.5- inch thick Iceberg Glass is surrounded by hundreds of migrating air bubbles. Frames of nuggets appear to float within the glass, creating a dreamy environment of fluid forms inspired by glaciers and icebergs. Iceberg nuggets, with chiseled edges, are solidly formed then melted within a sea of clear glass formations. The intricate production methods create panels of vivid glass features, where the icebergs appear to move and float as if gently flowing with an ocean current.

Heavy Metal Glass

In a nod to the hair metal bands of the 1980s, Jockimo Inc., an architectural decorative glass manufacturer, has introduced what it’s named Heavy Metal Glass. Available in both gold and platinum, this transparent glass has been launched with eight standard designs. Jockimo is offering the ability to customize designs as well. This product is also a safety glass, and can be cut, polished, laminated and/or tempered to meet safety glazing requirements. Heavy Metal Glass can even be used in elevators by laminating it to a mirror, a back-painted glass or even a different type of metal to provide a custom solution.

Architectural Metals

Variety and Flexibility

Americlad AC-4300 Insulated Flush Panels by Quality Metalcrafts LLC offer variety and flexibility when specifying an infill glaze in-panel that requires the panel to flush out with the curtainwall or storefront system. Panel depths of any size can be manufactured easily to meet the design criteria, and can be painted in a Kynar finish from any of Americlad’s standard color selections or in a custom color. The panel insulation can vary depending on the desired R-value necessary for the application.

Bold Shadows

Highline B2 architectural metal wall panels combine bold visual effects with simplified, cost-effective installation, according to the company. Part of the Precision Series, this panel is available with a hidden fastener clip to accommodate expansion and contraction. The Highline B2 panel is 1-3/8 inches deep and can be installed horizontally or vertically. Minimum panel length is 4 feet. The panels are offered in 45 standard colors in steel or aluminum.


Decorative and Durable Laminators Inc.’s Thermolite panels are constructed with an insulating foam core sandwiched between two corrugated stabilizers and finished aluminum sheets. Available in smooth or stucco-embossed finishes in a variety of colors, Thermolite panels add a decorative and durable surface with excellent insulating properties, according to the company. Fabricated options to provide additional R-Value, new aesthetics and creation of hairline joints between panels are available inaddition to Laminators’ standard flat Thermolite panel. Thermolite Glazing Panels are designed to fit into any standard or custom glazing system.

Pressure Equalizer

The Swisspacer Air is a metal sleeve with an integrated special membrane that prevents water vapor from accumulating in the space between lites, leading to the formation of condensation or damaging the metallic low-E coatings. Due to the permanent pressure relief, the insulating glass preserves its function and quality in the long term so a normal life can be achieved—even if climate loads occur, according to the company. The air in the space between the lites tends to adapt continuously to the surrounding air pressure, but it is prevented because the system is closed. If glass is installed at a different height than produced, no pressure compensation takes place and it can lead to significant deformations, including glass breakage. The risk of such damage can be minimized if a continuous pressure equalization takes place between the outside climate
and the space between the lites. The component can be screwed into a
spacer bar in less than three minutes, according to the company.

A Super Spacer

Quanex Building Products is marking the 30th anniversary of its Super Spacer warm-edge technology. Super Spacer systems are certified by Europe’s Passive House Institute, an industry body providing architects and planners with guidance on energy-efficient and sustainable construction. The Passive House Institute tests and certifies products in terms of their suitability for use in passive houses and makes the verified thermal characteristics visible, making it possible to predict the future energy performance of a building. All three Super Spacer systems exceed the required minimum levels of specific edge resistance and are certified for arctic climates and every climate zone with lower requirements.

Glass Canopies

Glass Overhead

The new Skyshade 2500 Series glass canopy system from Exterior Technologies Inc. (Extech) can be incorporated into freestanding structures, pavilions, walkways and other covered entrances for commercial, industrial and transportation applications. This canopy system is engineered for long spans, up to 12-foot lengths, and glass panels with 9/16-inch or larger thicknesses. It accommodates 1:12 slopes. Optional glass coatings and custom silk-screen patterns can help to diffuse the direct top-lighting and to control unwanted solar heat gain, according to the company. If future updates are desired or repairs needed, individual glass panels are replaceable. The self-supporting, aluminum-framed canopy system incorporates continuous mullions that secure the glass rigidly. It was tested
to meet ASTM E-330 deflection of less than L/240 at 60 psf. In addition, the system has passed industry standard testing for flame spread and smoke generation and air and water infiltration. Effectively managing water, the canopy features a proprietary, internal guttering system tested per ASTM D-331 to 15 psf. The aluminum framing of this system may be specified in a choice of anodize finishes or high-performance factory-applied coatings. Contributing to sustainable design goals, the standard aluminum framing system uses recycled aluminum that may be recycled after its life as a canopy.

Fire-rated Glass

Versatile Fire Protection

Optimum Window’s 90 Minute Fire-Rated Operable Double-Hung Window offers versatility along with safety. The only 90-minute-rated operable double-hung window on the market, according to the company, this product saves lives while adhering to strict regulations and remaining a functional aspect of customers’ fire-rated needs. This product can be customized within certain dimensions and includes color options in an array of powder-coating applications. The range of this product cultivates a safe environment for
homes, schools or businesses, meets NFRC standards and is UL-listed and certified for added peace of mind.

Added Clarity

Safti First’s SuperClear 45-HS-LI is a fire protective glazing product listed and labeled by UL and Intertek. It meets all fire, hose stream and safety requirements for 45-minute applications and is approved in large sizes up to 3,880 square inches. With high acoustical ratings, it can be used in interior and exterior applications with insulating, obscure, decorative or filmed make-ups. SuperClear 45-HS-LI is a lower cost alternative to filmed or laminated ceramics used in the same 45-minute applications, according to the company.


Preventing Bottlenecks

HP3’s patent-pending Sub Plate Cutting software balances the flow of glass through the cutting process and alleviates bottlenecks common during break out when paired with Billco’s Ultra Series X cutting table, according to the company. The software process utilizes HP3’s BatchBan Cutting algorithm to force Y breaks and divide each stock sheet into smaller, more manageable sheets called sub plates. A constant but manageable flow of glass is transferred to the breakout table while the remaining sheet is cut into further sub plates. The quality of the break out is improved, overall plant yield is improved and remakes can be triggered instantaneously, according to the company. Remakes can be cut on the same stock sheet.

Impact-Resistant Windows

Passive Protection CGI Sparta is CGI Windows’ first true value-custom line of impact doors and windows. Sparta products offer passive protection, meaning there is no need to apply plywood or storm shutters prior to a storm. With design pressures up to +55/-65 psf, Florida Product Approval, powder coat paint, stainless steel assembly screws and corrosion-resistant hardware—important for coastal environments—Sparta is a complete
impact-resistant product line.

Created to the Gold Standard

After extensive testing in many lab settings, Sky-Frame, has introduced Sky-Frame Hurricane, its impact-resistant glass doors and windows. Fulfilling the requirements of Miami-Dade County standards and permitted for design pressures up to 75 psf, Sky-Frame Hurricane exceeds the most stringent hurricane impact testing, and is compliant with the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) criteria as defined by the Florida Building Code. In addition, the frameless sliding doors successfully have passed water resistance testing up to 22 psf, the highest level on the market, according to the company. The product’s 91-inch by 138-inch panels are one of the largest hurricane-rated sliding doors in the world and can be motorized or manually operated with a wide range of opening options, according to the company. Multi-tracks allow an unlimited number of sliding doors and windows to be installed next to each other. A slim 1-1 ⁄8-inch sightline offers an unbounded spatial experience for architectural creations and spectacular views.

Machinery and Equipment

Making Spacers

The B’Speed TPS from Bystronic Glass is an individual insulating glass manufacturing line providing product versatility. It produces double-, triple- and even quadruple-thermo plastic spacer (TPS) insulating glass units (IGUs) in quick cycle times. The production is simplified due to the direct application onto the glass by the TPS applicator. The width of the spacer can be changed as desired during operation without any time loss. This way
of production eliminates the need to stock different spacer profiles and connectors, according to the company. The B’Speed TPS is available in two working heights: 63 inches and 90 inches.

Flexible Printing

The new Dip-Tech NEra-D Plus is a heavy-duty digital glass printer for serial production of architectural and design applications. With speed, quality, flow, flexibility and efficiency, the printer delivers results for aesthetic and functional glass performance, according to the company. Built on the Dip-Tech NEra-D series platform, this advanced printer is enhanced with an inline process for industrial batchesand equipped with an integrated smart dryer that dries at a production speed of up to 120 square meters per hour. The machine is compatible with Dip-Tech’s wide range of digital inks, including the new gold-based inks series.

A Robot to Unload

Erdman Automation’s latest innovation incorporates a robot to unload its Dura and Super Spacer High Speed Insulating Glass Line. The unloading robot reduces the chance of injury from unloading large, heavy insulating glass units (IGUs) and can also be designed to unload all IGUs and reduce the number of operators on the line. Total labor for the Dura High Speed line is three to four operators per 1000 units per shift compared to eight to ten operators for 1000 units on a traditional line, according to the company. The robot is also available for flexible foam lines.

Cutting Table

Billco’s Ultra Series X cutting table includes an integrated breaker bar. The new design and cutting head deliver smooth and precise acceleration and deceleration for a powerful combination of performance and reliability, according to the company. The table features a servo-driven belt drive system, integrated breaker bar and new cutting head oil delivery system. New options include blue film removal, an improved edge deletion system and the ability to integrate with HP3 Software’s new patent-pending Sub Plate Cutting software. The company also offers a fully automated option for handling and transferring glass from one process to another on the production floor. The company’s automated harp rack handling comes from its integration with a supplier that specializes in visual automated ground vehicles. The self-driving vehicles can be programmed to drive any route while pulling a train of harp racks from one process to the next. Routes can be created in-house while production is running and be re-configured for necessary changes. The tuggers navigate surroundings using 3D vision, meaning they are not dependent on reflectors or any fixed guide and can stop immediately in the event of an obstruction in their path.

Low-E Removal

With optional devices, Genius CT-RED can perform low-E removal operations on glass. For example, its tangential coating remover device deletes the low-E coating from glass with a durable abrasive grinding wheel. The hood is positioned 1 mm from the glass surface, and the wear compensation of the automatic grinding wheel produces constant, high-quality soft coating removal. Its industrial suction device features a residue collection tank on the cutting carriage. The grinding wheels are designed with a diameter of 200 mm and a thickness of 20 mm, with varying degrees of hardness depending on the characteristics of the low-E coating.

For the Medium-Sized Glazier

Miami-based Jordon Glass Machinery Inc. offers complete processing solutions for the small- to medium-sized glazier. Jordon Glass offers a laminated glass cutting machine, laminated glass wrapping machine and water filtration system for glass edgers, bevellers and CNC units. The company has several in-house technicians who can install and service these machines. According to the company, its inventory of in-house spare parts
ensures customers’ continuous uptime.


Next Ledge

F. Barkow now offers the second-generation removable upper ledgeboard for existing racks. The Next Ledge is designed to transport additional glass, doubling the capacity of a company’s Barkow racks. It is made of high-grade, durable stainless steel and can carry 400 pounds safely when using the two required ledges. The Next Ledge hooks directly onto the Barkow aluminum, stainless-steel or high-tensile steel load-holding slats, offering customers easy installation and removal. Each 4-inch useable ledge is equipped with
a neoprene pad to protect glass and Velcro fastening for added safety while
transporting glass.

Simplified Transport

MyGlassTruck has introduced a newly designed optional metal carrier for its pickup truck racks and Atlas pickup truck bodies. It’s designed to simplify the loading and transport of store-front window frame and other lengthy material. The cross bars can be adjusted forward and backward and have non-marring plastic covers to prevent scratches. Available in goal post to front bumper and mid-cab length models, sizes range from 5 to 13 feet long, covering regular, extended and crew cab trucks. Made from strong aluminum, this carrier can be installed onto all popular trucks with no vehicle modifications, which preserves resale value, according to the company.


Mechanical Strength

Sika Corp. has added Sikasil SG-20 to its collection of vertical glass product offerings. Sikasil SG-20 is a one-component, neutral curing and high-strength structural silicone adhesive that combines mechanical strength with high elongation. Widely used in structural glazing applications, this product adheres to many substrates including glass, metals, coated metal, plastics and wood, according to the company. It meets the requirements of ASTM C1184, ASTM C920 Class 25 and EOTA ETAG 002.

Sikasil SG-20 also offers UV and weathering-resistance, allowing it to be used in many demanding applications. It is suitable for use in both shop manufacturing, as well as field assembly and repair applications. In addition, the company now offers a Vertical Glass catalog for its business-to-business e-commerce customer site. This new catalog aids
in eliminating barriers of time and distance when placing orders for Sika products, according to the company.

Glazing Systems

Walls of Glass

YKK AP America Inc. has expanded its line of high-performance window wall systems with the introduction of two new products: the YWW 50 TU and YWW 60 TU. These thermallybroken window wall systems offer clean design, fast installation and design versatility, offering an alternative to curtainwall for mid- to high-rise building applications. These new products offer high thermal performance and the ability to handle heavy design loads for oversized panels of glass. The YWW 50 TU window wall system was created out of the need for a flexible window wall product to adapt to innovative architectural designs, such as that of a continuously changing radius, while the YWW 60 TU window wall system was designed specifically to handle heavier design loads, spanning floor to floor and providing high acoustical and thermal performance. Each system offers a slab-edge cover, with structural silicone glazing as an option for a slimmer sightline. The window wall systems feature a U-factor of 0.41 BTU/HR/SF with a center of glass U-factor of 0.39 BTU/HR/SF, and incorporate a glass lite that is set to the front to maximize thermal performance, additionally enhanced by the company’s patented ThermaBond Plus thermal break technology. Designed to accommodate 1-inch glazing infill, or a 1⁄4-inch infill using adapters, the systems can be stick-built in 5 or 6 inches, or unitized, with mullion options allowing glazing from the interior or exterior. Screw spline assembly makes fabrication and installation efficient.


Tape in One Day

Flexible foam converter and tape manufacturer, Lamatek Inc., launched its QuikShip Foam Tapes program this year to provide quick processing of all stocked materials. The new program promises to cut and ship foam tapes in as little as one business day with a maximum lead time of three days pending material availability. The initiative was developed as part of an ongoing effort to meet the rising demands for expedited processing and fast turn-around of stocked materials. Products included in the QuikShip Foam Tapes service include flexible Neoprene, PVC, Polyethylene tapes, Urethane foam tapes and more.


Ascent to New Heights

Trex Commercial Products has introduced Ascent, a post-supported glass windscreen designed for commercial exterior use. Suitable around pools, outdoor dining areas and balconies, this new product delivers unobstructed views while also diverting wind to create a more enjoyable environment and outdoor experience, according to the company.

While most commercial windscreen systems are capable of handling 10 psf windloads, Ascent is designed for eight times that amount, with a qualified windload of 80 psf. This increased windload allows for installation at much higher altitudes, such as balconies and rooftops, according to the company. At a standard height of 6 feet, Ascent provides extensive coverage for furniture and patrons; however, the product’s height is completely customizable based on individual project needs.

Unlike traditional glass windscreens that require installers to lift large lites of glass and slide them in from the top of the post system, Ascent uses an aluminum snap-fi t system with concealed fasteners. With one side of the post in place, the glass is positioned in front of the system and held in by double-sided foam tape. The tape holds the first lite of glass in while the next lite is installed. The cover is then snapped in from the front, safely securing the ½-inch glass panel in place. To prevent corrosion, the posts are secured with an embedment or welded base plate, avoiding any contact with concrete.

Ascent is available in four finishes: powder coated, painted, Kynar and anodized.

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