With society finally opening back up, the industry is coming out in full force with new products implementing the latest technology. Whether you’re looking for new equipment to help you work smarter and faster or new glass for innovative designs, it’s all here in USGlass magazine’s 38th annual guide to new products and services. In this section, you can read about some of the industry’s newest offerings.

Fire Protection

Fire Away

Aluflam North America developed an addition to its aluminum fire-rated framing systems. The AW64 curtainwall framing system matches the dimensions of several commonly used non-rated curtainwall systems identically, according to the company. It features one-hour fire-resistance-rated per UL 263 and ASTM E119 with 2-½ inch by 7-½ inch mullions and increased I-value and spans.

Stay Protected

AGC Pyrobel Visionline from McGrory Glass is designed to deliver an unbroken line of sight with a narrow joint (4 mm), while also meeting strict code requirements. It’s Cradle to Cradle Certified, with stable, non-insulated construction for maximum performance, according to the company. The low-iron, fire-resistive, glazing products have a fire rating of up to 120 minutes and meet ASTM E-119 and UL 263 heat barrier performance criteria, as well as IBC’s impact safety-rated requirements of ANSI Z97.1 and CPSC 16CFR1201 (Cat. I and II) for hazardous locations.

SuperClear by SAFTI First

SuperClear 45-HS-LI (hose stream, low-iron) from SAFTI First is a patent-pending 45-minute glazing product that can replace wire glass and ceramics without any wires or amber tints. It is listed by both UL and Intertek, and meets NFPA 252, NFPA 257, UL 9 and UL 10C for fire and CPSC Cat. II (400-foot pounds) for safety. It does not need any films or laminates to meet impact safety requirements.

SuperClear 45-HS-LI has an approximate visible light transmission of 90%, compared to 88% for premium filmed ceramic and 85% for premium laminated ceramic.

SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI have a 37 STC/35 OITC rating in standard hollow metal framing, compared to 29 STC/28 OITC for filmed ceramic in standard hollow metal framing and 31 STC/30 OITC for laminated ceramic in standard hollow metal framing.


Getting Smarter

Viracon PLUS Smart Glass powered by Halio is a self-tinting smart glass solution that incorporates Halio’s electrochromic technology into Viracon’s insulating glass units. The smart glass optimizes occupant comfort by autonomously adjusting tint levels, reducing energy consumption and maximizing natural light, according to the company. Halio technology enables a clear view when it isn’t tinted and a cool neutral gray when it is. A cloud-based control combined with IoT sensors, a rooftop skycam and a large internet pipe enables rapid and incremental response to changing conditions outside, inside or even via automated demand response from the utility company.

In the Clear

The Solarban Acuity glass series by Vitro Glass combines Acuity low-iron glass with any Solarban low-E coating to provide what the company calls a “truly clear look with outstanding energy and code performance.” With up to 60 percent less green than ordinary clear glass, Acuity glass is designed for vision glazings, both as a substrate for Solarban coatings and for all lites in an insulating glass unit or laminated configuration.

Handling and Lifting Equipment

Jobsite Mobility

Designed for use with a Wood’s Powr-Grip model MRT4 or MRTA8 lifter, the MRT Dolly Stock: 98790 provides an easy way to move the lifter around a jobsite.

The Dolly Stock includes built-in handles, a lifter and extension arm to hold equipment in place with cotterless hitch pins, and its compact design is meant to store a lifter in tight spaces. The Solid-Core tires require minimal maintenance and won’t go flat, according to the company.

Glass Railing Systems

Versatile Railing

The JB glass railing system from Julius Blum & Co. Inc. is designed for use with ½- inch or ¾-inch glass. Mouldings and matching fittings in aluminum, bronze, stainless steel and nickel silver allow for the versatile and unique design of each railing, according to the company. The rail system is used in commercial and residential work and indoor and outdoor applications.

If the Shoe Fits

Level Lock Plus is Wagner’s glass shoe molding system, which is intended to combine quick installation with adjustability. According to the company, the system’s locking mechanism allows the glass to tilt 2 degrees in either direction for precise alignment. The base shoe’s symmetrical inner channel allows mechanisms to be installed on either side of the shoe, with easy access to tightening fasteners. A post-less system with optimal sightlines and advanced adjustability makes Level Lock Plus a glass railing solution for indoor and outdoor applications.

IG components and supplies

One Hot System

IGK 711 is a single component, hotmelt system designed for use and application as a secondary seal in insulating glass systems. It can be used with box-, flexible foam- and u-shaped spacers made of metal and or coextruded metal/plastic spacer bars. The focus of the development of this new product is on homogeneous melting and cooling behavior over a wide range of temperatures including green strength early in the cooling process.

The Ultimate Spacer

Swisspacer Ultimate warm-edge spacers are now being used in frameless sliding window systems from Sky-Frame. According to the company, using the glazing edge of the sliding windows, the warm-edge spacer achieves low thermal conductivity and raises the temperature up to 35.6°F. For double-glazed aluminum systems with a thermal break, this means a PSI value of 0.036, and in triple glazing, even 0.031. With the lower PSI values, the Uw value of the overall system is also improved.

Tools and Supplies

Keep Glass in Check

The Glass-Chek Elite instrument from Electronic Design to Market (EDTM) adds the ability to identify laminated glass in a window and also measure the thickness of the laminate interlayer. The design also has a graphical display that shows an illustration of the profile of the window to better understand the construction of the window. The graphical display shows the window drawn approximately to scale, and assigns numbers to each piece of glass in the window, and also assigns numbers to each surface of glass.

Decorative Glass

So Many Options

General Glass International (GGI) is now offering commercial insulating glass units designed for aesthetics and multi-functionality. The company has installed a LiSEC insulating glass line, providing IGUs that offer energy-efficient, low-E glass combined with its Alice direct-to-glass printing, bird-protection glass, satin-etched, patterned and other decorative glass solutions.

Machinery and Equipment

Robots for the Daily Grind

The Bovone Robotic System (BRS), an automated integration for grinding, is a new solution to optimize production.

The BRS system integrates straight-line edging machines with articulated, multi-axis robots, ranging in different load and application capacities. BRS also adheres to Industry 4.0 protocols: the islands work without the presence of personnel and can be fully integrated for traceability and self-regulation of production parameters.

A One Man Show

The Erdman One Man Robotic IG Cell (OMRC) IG line requires just one operator. It has a cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per 2 feet by 3 feet IG unit without a grid and approximately one minute and 15 seconds with a grid. The throughput expected would be near 500 with a 40-50% grid mix or over 600 with no grids in a full eight hours.

Aluminum Fabrication

A Simplified Locking Device

The Azon Lancer is a mechanical locking device that works in line with pour and de-bridge processing machinery to prepare and condition the thermal barrier pocket in aluminum fenestration to accommodate both single and dual cavity extrusions. The Lancer 70 has a streamlined design with minimal parts and simplified powered adjustments.

Shower Hardware and Tools

Vinyl Cutting

Strybuc now offers the Sweepsaver, a patented tool for cutting the vinyl soft-legs of sweeps and seals on frameless shower doors. Its balanced design allows users to cut straight through the vinyl soft-legs, leaving an even cut in seconds. It has six height cutting options: each in 1/16-inch increments. It is made from ABS Polymer to decrease floor damage if dropped.

Doors and Windows

Three is the Charm

Three products have been introduced as part of the C.R. Laurence family. Its Cielo Post windscreen system is designed to enhance outdoor experiences by combining performance and aesthetics. According to the company, a slim 3¼ inch front trim and 4½ inch post depth delivers structural performance and produces virtually unobstructed views.

The CRL Palisades S100 sliding door features 15/16-inch panel rails and stiles, creating a minimal and uniform frame that produces uninterrupted views and daylight. The Palisades S100 offers a maximum panel width of 7 feet and a height of 13 feet.

In addition, the Klarity freestanding glass partition features glass spans that are transparent and diffuse daylight. It has ultra-slim posts with a ¾-inch face trim.


Ultimate Connection

FeneTech offers it FeneVision Ultimate v.15.3. Among the enhancements included in this release are advanced purchasing and inventory control functionalities. These new features include the ability to create a vendor scorecard report, define inventory bins as non-nettable, designate ABC and XYZ inventory classifications, and view inventory demand by either the day or month and more.

Architectural Metals

A New Way to Clad

Americlad recently launched its AC-5000 and AC-5500 Flatlock panel systems. The Flatlock system is a single-skin, light gauge, economical cladding alternative. The panel system is designed to install easily while still offering an aesthetic appearance. Panels can be produced in pre-painted steel and aluminum, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, copper and zinc substrates.

Colored Coatings

PPG Coraflon Platinum powder coatings have an extended gloss range from five to 85, which allows the coatings to achieve the look of anodized aluminum when specified in a matte finish. This is all while providing corrosion resistance and long-term colorfastness not possible with the traditional anodized process, according to the company. The coatings are available in various colors and glosses—including micas and metallic finishes—for metal building components.

Different Kind of Ribs

Precision Series Box Rib architectural wall panels from Petersen are available in four profiles, each with a different rib pattern. Box Rib panels are offered with no-clip or clip-fastened options. The panels are 13/8-inches deep and a nominal 12 inches wide. The profiles can be intermixed to create custom patterns and can be installed horizontally or vertically.

Tested and Ready

SAF has completed and passed the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 testing for its C-4000 Series, a drained and back-ventilated aluminum composite material rainscreen panel system. SAF’s C-4000 Series system underwent testing in May 2021 and may now be used in NFPA 285-compliant wall assemblies.

Protective Glazing

Top Security

PRL offers bullet-resistant glass for ammunition levels ranging from 1-8. Providing security, no-spall ballistic protection and scratch resistance, the laminated glass is thinner and lighter than others available, according to the company. The bullet-resistant glass is fabricated in-house, made up of PRL’s proprietary blend of glass, PVB and polycarbonate. While not considered resistant from physical attacks or blasts, the product meets UL standards for threat levels up to 8, according to PRL.

Invisible Protection

Riot Glass Inc. manufactures retrofit security glazing systems designed to protect against multiple attackers with heavy tools over a sustained period of time. The retrofit systems consist of custom-made security glass and framing designs that provide protection against forced entry and ballistic threats, according to company information.


Truck Titans

MyGlassTruck offers a scaled-down version of the Titan glass truck body for the Chevy Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD and 6500 HD cab chassis. This iteration of the Titan combines a GVWR of up to 23,500 pounds and a payload of up to 9,900 pounds with maneuverability and ample rack space, according to the company. Fully padded aluminum exterior and walk-in interior racks provide different loading options and the open rear platform can be used for crates.


Find it in a Sec

Seclock announced it has updated and improved its website that offers information about the various door hardware products that it offers. The new site includes a search and filter feature that will narrow down more than two million product SKUs, directing users to a detailed product page offering specs and resources.


Just Your Stile

ASSA ABLOY vertical stiles seal gaps on the right and left sides of all-glass door openings, providing weatherization all year round. This dry-glaze, pre-assembled design helps prevent heat and cooled air from leaking in or out of the building. The stiles attach to the top and bottom door rails in 4-inch, 6-inch or 10-inch heights, with installation requiring only one assembler. The stiles measure 2 inches in width and 11/16 inches in height with cladding. They have a maximum length of 120 inches in both stock and made-to-order.

Smart Sliding

Roto Patio Inowa combines convenient operation and high impermeability for sliding doors and windows made of timber, PVC and aluminum up to 440 pounds sash weight. The smart hardware coupled with the concealed technology allows for narrow, straight-line profiles for a modern design. The Inowa also offers SoftClose, SoftOpen and SoftStop functions.

Glazing Panels

Don’t Glaze Over This

Laminators’ Thermolite glazing panels offer a standard flat panel and fabricated options to provide additional R-Value, new aesthetics and to create hairline joints between panels, according to the company. Panels are designed to fit into any standard or custom glazing system. Available in smooth or stucco-embossed finishes and a variety of colors, Thermolite glazing panels provide increased R-value up to R-16.9.

Glass Racks

Glass Worker’s Grove

Groves Incorporated offers a line of glass storage and handling systems. With a solid base of thick high-density polyethylene, it provides easy sliding of monolithic glass as well as an easy-to-clean, non-stick surface for insulating glass, according to the company.

Storefronts & Entrances

New Openings

St. Cloud Window Inc., has introduced the SCW4500SF storefront and entrance system. Suited for all new construction, renovation and replacement projects, this system incorporates thermal strut technology to provide thermal efficiency and enable dual finish/color options. It is also engineered to deliver high acoustic attenuation.

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