USGlass Magazine’s 37th Annual Guide to New Products, Services and Technologies

If you’re in need of new glass, tools or machinery, look no further. We’ve got all that covered and more here in the USGlass Magazine 37th Annual Guide to New Products. In this section you can read about some of the newest developments the industry has to offer. Many of these new products were created to help you better meet your needs, whether it’s ensuring a safe work environment or providing the latest in efficiency and performance features and benefits.


Flexible Adhesion

Sika Corp. has introduced Sikafl ex-510 AM50, a one-component, low modulus, fast-curing, elastomeric hybrid sealant that the company says has a movement capability of +/- 50%.

Sikafl ex-510 is suited for weather sealing window perimeters, joints or gaps, connecting dissimilar substrates, and is ideal for adhesion to non-porous substrates and applications that will require painting, according to the company. The product also meets ASTM C920, Class 50, is UV- and weather-resistant, has low volatile organic compounds, color retention and a fast skin time.


Eco-Friendly Finish

Linetec now offers Bordeaux Anodize finish for architectural aluminum products in both exterior and interior applications, including for doors, windows, mullions, panning and decorative accents. The burgundy tone is created using organic tin and copper metals in the anodizing process. This exclusive, eco-friendly finish allows aluminum, including recycled aluminum, to present the look of real copper without such problems
as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patination. The finish provides wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance, according to the company, adding that it also meets or exceeds all AAMA-611 Class I specifi cations and weathering tests.

Structural Glazing Options

Mapes Panels has introduced its Mapes-SSG line of infill panels. The panels are similar to the company’s other glazing infill panels, but designed for conditions and systems that require structural glazing. All Mapes-SSG panels are custom fabricated and available in sizes up to 6 inches. They come with a lamination warranty up to 25 years, and can be used in four-sided structural glazing, as well as butt joints and challenging corner conditions, among others, according to the company.

Other Mapes Panel product lines can also be modified for use in structurally glazed systems.

Ribbed Aesthetics

Petersen has expanded its family of PacClad Precision Series wall panels with the Box Rib line. The four new wall panels, which are 13/8 inches deep and 12 inches wide, feature 87-degree rib angles and a variety of rib spacing patterns. According to the company, the panels deliver design flexibility and combine bold, visual effects with cost-effective installation. Each of the four profiles is offered in a no-clip fastener-flange option, or a clip-fastened panel to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction.

The Box Rib panels can be mixed with the company’s seven Precision Series
Highline wall cladding products to create a variety of custom patterns for a building’s exterior. The minimum Box Rib panel length is 4 feet; maximum lengths are 30 feet for steel, and 22 feet for aluminum on the no-clip fastener-flange version, with longer lengths available on clip panels. The panels are available in 24- and 22-gauge steel, .032 and .040 aluminum in 46 standard colors, plus Galvalume Plus.


New Profiles

Ensinger Building Products has developed a solution for reducing the impact of the bi-temperature effect (also called the bi-metal effect), and now offers the Insulbar insulating profile, shear-free insulating profiles for metal doors. The patent pending system minimizes weather-related deformation of metal doors, according to the company, which adds that the new insulating profile consists of two intermeshing parts which, in the event of differing linear expansion between the aluminum shells, move against each other.

The profile is installed like a conventional insulating bar, and is available in different sizes between 20 and 42 mm.

Shearless Thermal Barriers

Technoform has introduced a shearless polyamide thermal barrier for façades, doors and windows. This new solution is designed to reduce the deformation caused by uneven thermal expansion in aluminum framing members significantly and to minimize thermal conductivity to improve energy performance. According to the company, thermal deformation is more prevalent in large, metal-framed operable windows and sliding doors. In these large units, if their design does not mitigate expansion, a bowed framing member may prevent it from properly opening, closing or locking. The new shearless thermal barrier solution is designed to allow the inside and outside of aluminum framing members to expand independently at different rates without bending.


New Resolution

Having upgraded its print technology and software, Spanish company Tecglass says its digital printers can now print at 2880 dpi resolution, double its previous dpi. The print heads are engineered to produce nine different ink drop sizes, ranging from six to 150 pl. The 2880 dpi print resolution is now available on all D Type, I Type, FC Series and FS Series machines. Tecglass clients can also upgrade their existing machines to the utmost definition with modifications to the software and electronics.


Expanded Openings

SaftiFirst now offers new, larger sizes for its fire-resistant glazing products. According to the company, SuperLite II-XLB 60 has successfully passed ASTM E-119/UL 263/ULC S101 testing and is listed by Underwriters Laboratories with a maximum clear view area of 10,000 square inches (125-inch maximum clear view width or height) in both fully captured and butt-glazed wall applications.

Additionally, the company’s two-hour fire-resistant SuperLite II-XLB 120, also with butt-glazed wall capabilities, has a maximum clear view area of 7,980 square inches (133-inch clear view height or width).


AGC Has Purevision

AGC Glass Co. North America now offers Purevision, the latest entry in its family of low-iron glass substrates. With a reduced iron level, Purevision provides a clean, nearly colorless, consistent appearance, according to the company. The glass also delivers a natural color rendering so surroundings appear as they should be seen, such as achieving a true white on backpainted glass, according to the company. AGC adds that Purevision provides daylighting benefits, maximizing the natural light in the internal environment.

Lacobel T Warm Grey Spandrel is also available from AGC. The latest addition to the company’s portfolio of backpainted decorative glass, Lacobel T Spandrel has temperable paint fused into the glass. The glass has a fully opaque, neutral-colored spandrel that complements the aesthetics of most low-E coatings used today, withstands thermal shock and is both impact- and scratch-resistant. It is also Cradle-to-Cradle certified at the silver level.

Guardian Glass Revamps Select Fabricator Program

Guardian Glass North America has announced enhancements to its certification program for architectural glass fabricators in the United States and Canada. Current independent Guardian Select Fabricators become Guardian Select Advantage Fabricators, and those companies with advanced capabilities and quality standards that meet the Elite program parameters can become Select Elite Fabricators. Elite Fabricators have the opportunity to work with Guardian Glass on projects that demand higher optical quality standards.

According to the company, the improvements were necessary to keep pace with fabricator growth and were developed from analysis of fabricator and architect interviews, research and insights into the North American commercial glass industry.

Changes to the program include fabricators grouped in a new, tiered model based on processing capability quality standards and project scope. Guardian Select Elite Fabricators must have specific processing equipment, quality practices and measuring devices to meet the advanced standards. This program incorporates the Elite Optical Quality specification, a new requirement that assures the most stringent specification targets and processing controls are in place to achieve the highest level of optical qualities of glass on a project, according to the company.

Edge Effect

Precision Edge technology is the latest development from Pulp Studio. According to the company, this proprietary process is designed to deliver a high quality, zero-tolerance finish with precise alignment for both tempered and annealed laminated glass handrails.

The company offers a warranty on its edge work for post-tempering fabrication.

Preserving Aesthetics and Performance

The new Sedak Isosecure combines bullet-resistance with the performance capabilities of modern insulating glass, without the use of polycarbonate. According to the company, Sedak Isosecure provides protection without splintering, up to the highest bullet-resistance class BR7 NS per DIN EN 1063. The maximum size of the bullet-resistant glass is 3.5 by 20 meters.

Unlike traditional bullet-resistant products that are constructed with polycarbonate, with Sedak Isosecure both of the external lites are made from glass. This preserves the aesthetics of the transparent material and simplifies both handling and cleaning, according to the company. In addition to its protective capabilities, Isosecure can also meet energy performance requirements since it can be coated and fabricated into an IGU. Since there is no polycarbonate the glass also achieves a fire protection class, according to the company.

Viracon Introduces VRE-4725

Viracon’ VRE-4725 coating with neutral to graphite reflected tones is now available. It offers 47% visible light transmission (VLT), and a 0.25 solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). VRE-4725 provides another option to address all of the aesthetic and performance requirements of architects and building owners.

As with all of Viracon’s proprietary coatings, VRE-4725 can be combined with other fabrication options. It can be applied to a variety of tinted substrates to change exterior aesthetics and solar performance and glare reduction. It can also be applied on the same surface as digital print or silkscreen and can be used in pieces being laminated and insulated.

Keep it 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% 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.


In-Shop Storage

Groves Inc. offers glass storage and transportation systems, including a variety of glass cart models with different weight capacities and sizes to help bring the right cart to the right job. The carts are designed to be safe and reliable for glass shops, large fabricators and manufacturers.

Refresh Your Grip

Wood’s Powr-Grip has updated some of its hand-held vacuum cups. New features include aluminum plungers that replace brass plungers to help avoid disruptions in material supply; new vacuum pads for improved grip, as well as easier attachment to lightly textured surfaces; and improved metal handles with an updated coating for a more secure hand-hold.


Can’t Touch This

Dormakaba has developed Mobile Access Solutions and Touchless Access Solutions for reducing hand-to-door contact in high contact public areas. dormakaba’s Mobile Access Solutions are touchless, secure and utilize Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Property owners/managers can issue and manage keys on mobile devices to access rooms so visitors only touch their smartphone to check in, check out, ride the elevator or enter their apartment, pool or common area.

The company’s low energy swing door operators can be used in new construction or retrofit applications. These are designed for high traffic and heavy-duty use. Self-learning microprocessor controls adjust swing door speed for smooth opening and closing. Automatic sliding door operators are designed with attractive framing and sleek styles that offer unobstructed views and allow natural light into a building, according to the company. In addition, touchless Actuators deliver easy operation for access control, door automation, alerts, and handicap accessibility. The Mobile and Touchless Access Programs can be tailored to meet any building’s needs and simplify

Swing and Slide

EPCO’s new Studio Lever Lock features a standard mortise cylinder. Made for interior swing doors and gate doors, the Studio Lever Locks are available in three finishes: polished stainless, brushed stainless, and matte black. The 18.102S-LFICT Lever lock with SFIC is also a cylinder and thumb turn with SOE 1910 lever handle. The company also offers the KLA Ultra Glide automatic sliding door operator. According to the company, the Models KLS-80, KLS-150 are easy to install and operate; require low-energy operation; offer anti-pinch and overload protection safety; and operate silently. The sliding door operations can be push and go, manual access, motion detector, push button or remote control.


A Little Xtra Help

Kuraray has developed the new SentryGlas Xtra (SGX), which it says not only improves lamination processing efficiency, but also removes a number of the processing  requirements placed on laminators. According to the company, SGX offers a reduced risk of haze formation caused by an inadequate cooling rate, and adhesion to the air-side of glass has been improved, with an adhesion primer no longer required, and multiple-ply laminated glass assemblies easier to process.

The new material is available in both sheet and roll form in a range of film thicknesses. SentryGlas Xtra complies with global safety glazing codes including ANSI Z97.1, EN14449, EN12543, EN12600, EN356 and is SGCC listed, according to the company.


Coating Express

The FuseCube Express is Diamon-Fusion International (DFI)’s newest iteration of the FuseCube. According to the company, the new version has all the same capabilities of the original FuseCube, with a minimal footprint and compact design. The FuseCube Express offers quick run cycles and small load capacity, treating one to five lites. Cycle time is less than 10 minutes. As with the company’s other automated machines, the FuseCube Express fuses the Diamon-Fusion coating onto both sides of the glass through a proprietary chemical vapor deposition process, creating a high-performing, water-repellent surface.

Sorting Things Out

The Forel Sorting System is a complete solution for the automation of handling, storage, and reordering of glass lites within a factory. Each system is strategically designed in house and developed to fit customers’ specific needs. According to the company, the systems help reduce bottlenecks and feed production lines at the most optimal times. With minimal human interaction, the lines are loaded quickly and consistently. Risk of injury is also minimized since glass handling is reduced. Other benefits include unique IDs to track and monitor every lite at any time.

Digital Assistance

Glaston now offers new levels of automation and intelligent process control for some of its tempering furnaces. Insight Assistant Pro provides intelligent online process assistance, while Insight Reporting Pro allows users to track all trends online and improve overall performance for long-term strategic planning.

Another new feature is the active edge control technology, enabled by intelligent cooling profiling, which adapts automatically to the glass size. This eliminates issues with edge lift. The Vortex Pro convection system utilizes glass-size-sensitive convection profiling that follows the glass in the furnace for loading efficiency and top quality.

Also new is the company’s latest mobile application, Glaston Siru. It allows anyone to perform the tempered glass fragmentation test quickly with a mobile phone, eliminating the need for counting cullet.

In addition, a new handling equipment for efficient flat glass and plate processing is now available. B’Vacoom is a newly developed machine generation that combines traditional equipment manufacturing with digital transformation.

The lines feature an integrated load control that ensures the right maximum weight can be lifted. Through automatic vacuum control, the suction cups display any possible vacuum loss and switch off immediately if the vacuum for the requested weight is no longer available. Additionally, it also features predictive maintenance. Integrated sensors intelligently signal any essential changes in the suction cups or other components that may affect vacuum generation.

The B’Vacoom’s ergonomic design and rigid guidance require minimum effort from the operator. The newly designed touch display offers simple machine operation and numerous analysis tools, such as daily output. It is also password protected against unauthorized use.

Plan for It

HHH Tempering Resources (HHH) now offers glass fabricators customized tempering furnace service plans to meet a variety of fabricator needs. Three maintenance plan tiers are now available featuring graduated levels of remote support service, parts and labor discounts, onsite preventative maintenance and inspections. Designed to decrease downtime for fabricators, each tier addresses the differing maintenance needs faced by fabricators of various sizes and specialties. Fabricators can choose their service level based on equipment age, facility size or strength of their in-house technical team.

No One Wants Leakage

Hornos Industriales Pujol released an exclusive leakage control system for their lamination oven series working with their proprietary Evalam interlayers. The system uses precision-controlled pressure during the laminating process to reach a union of de-aeration, proper adhesion and reduced leakage of the interlayer. According to the company it completely eliminates traditional taping of the glass perimeter in many laminating applications. Results of the leakage control system include reduced optical distortion and clean edges upon completion of the laminating process, according to the company. Pujol is represented in the U.S. by DeGorter.

Denver in Advance

Salem Flat Glass and Mirror offers the new Denver Advance Plus, a zero set up vertical CNC work center that the company says features a large cutting envelope, small footprint and robotic automation. Denver’s robotic integration allows efficient loading, unloading and continuous production with reduced labor, increased safety and increased production output with decreased rejects/reworks due to efficient handling of the glass.

Salem offers robotic integration with the vertical Advance Plus, the horizontal 3-axis Krea Fit, 3/4-axis Quota and 5-axis Digit.

Edgy Turnover

Schiatti Angelo srl is represented by DeGorter in the U.S., and has introduced new production solutions for further automation of glass processing in both vertical and horizontal orientation. The Turnover Unit connects two or more vertical edgers in an automated processing line and can rotate the glass sheets 90 degrees without an operator.

The complete line, which can reach a total length more than 140 feet, has been designed for the automatic processing of all four sides of the glass. It generally has four edgers/miters/bevellers and three turnover units.

The working cycle is fully automatic and controlled by a PLC, running on a system of photoelectric cells, which read glass dimensions and transfer data to the main PLC to create proper timing of the working cycle. The processing starts only when the Turnover gives the permission. The company says the system allows processing of glass-sheets of any dimension, varying thicknesses, in succession, while restricting manpower to loading and unloading operations only.

Energy Saving Tempering

Xinglass has added a new energy-saving blower system to its QX-GTH glass tempering furnace. The new design uses the inertia of the blower impellers for cooling the glass, which the company says significantly saves power and reduces the energy consumption of the blower compared to the traditional tempering furnaces. The air conduct has adopted a new structure that allows the blower to cool the glass in several different ways, minimizing energy waste from the rotation of blower impellers.

QX-GTH glass tempering furnace is designed to temper all glass types. It can be used for common and special applications, including commercial and residential glass, doors and windows, architectural furniture glass, and shower enclosures. The tempered glass meets standards ANSI Z97.1, EN 12150-1:2000, GB15763.2-2005, and  the tempering standard of JIS R 3206, according to the company.


If the Shoe Fits

C.R. Laurence (CRL) has developed a new way of fabricating and installing glass railings. Base shoe units are glazed in the company’s manufacturing facilities and then shipped to the jobsite, ready to install. The company’s unitized glass railing system is fabricated and inspected in a controlled factory environment. According to the company, the prefabrication expedites project completion and reduces field labor costs. The systems can be precision engineered and custom made to specifications. The company’s patented Taper-Loc Dry-Glaze System is used to secure glass, and outside rubber seal installation is not required for the unitized glass railing systems. Both laminated and monolithic tempered glass can be used.


Carvart Your Glass Screens

Carvart has expanded its glassSCREENS>Shield collection to include new frameless and benching variations. The entire collection, including the company’s existing glassPOST, glassCUBE and glassSCREEN Full Height, can be customized to incorporate features such as add-on units, transaction windows, protection screens with shutters, no draft speak-through windows and casters. The options are all customizable to meet specific onsite criteria.

Nothing to Sneeze At

Morse Industries has announced its new partition post safety shields, commonly known as sneeze guards, which are used as a form of protection against the spread of COVID-19. With these shields, establishments can install a customized solution to fit the needs of any space.

The partition post safety shield provides the ability to both pass money and small objects below the infill (if needed) or to mount with the infill flush to the surface, so no gap remains. They are made of high-quality extruded aluminum components, work with a variety of ¼-inch thick infill materials, and do not require fabrication of the infill material.

Secure Barrier Solutions

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® has introduced SecureOne Screen and SecureOne Test, modular systems designed to provide physical, protective barriers between the public and workers on the frontlines of reopening efforts. The systems are designed to mitigate exposure to airborne aerosols, protect workers with an easy-to-clean, durable physical barrier and improve throughput with the efficient walkup design.

According to information from the company, the pre-assembled, modular systems are constructed with Safety Glazing Certification Council certified glass. Certain models also feature HEPA filtration and positive pressure on the interior of the enclosure based on clean-room technology. The integrated gloves are designed for disposable glove overlay and there is two-way, no-draft speak-through technology. Privacy wings for added discretion and protection as well as a power-connection with built-in light switches and interior outlet are available in certain models. The systems also feature integrated pallets or footings for mobility and are available in capped 3-sided or 4-sided models. The enclosure’s standard dimensions are 40 by 48 by 82 inches, and heights range from 88 to 101 inches with pallet and filter.

A Clean Transira

Winco Window Co. in St. Louis, Mo., has introduced the Transira Prime Window Solutions to help resolve common problems faced by hospitals and clinics in controlling the spread of viruses. The windows encase a vertical shade within an insulating glass unit to help prevent allergens and airborne pathogens from clinging to the fabric. The window system can be locally controlled and simultaneously tied into the overall building management system, allowing healthcare workers and patients to control visibility, light and solar heat entering a room at the touch of a button.


You Can Quote Me

A+W iQuote for glass manufacturers allows customers, salespeople, and internal order-entry employees to configure and automate quotes, place orders, generate documentation, and communicate status all in real time. It delivers fast response times by reducing lag between order processing and production, which eliminates upfront delays, according to
the company. A+W iQuote is designed to be easy to use and features visualization capabilities that help customers understand their design options.

Intelligent Payment Processing

Mainstreet has partnered with IntelliPay to provide a payment processing platform option. The Glas-Avenue point of sale software was developed to help users reduce credit card processing costs, accelerate receivables and streamline operations. Users can get paid online, in-person, over-the-phone, mobile, by text and email, and payments will be automatically posted to the software. IntelliPay payment processing is fully compatible with Glas-Avenue Central and Glas-Avenue Integrated Accounting.


Embrace the Edge

EDTM’s The Edge low-E coating and edge deletion detector is an ergonomically designed instrument for testing single panes of low-E glass in production. The design allows for testing the coatings in the center of the glass as well as edge deletion on the perimeter of the coated glass. Customers can equip all their production personnel with the device to verify the low-E surface is oriented correctly or that the low-E glass was properly edge deleted, eliminating manufacturing mistakes.

Steel Connections

Available in a corrosion-resistant, stainless steel finish, BoxBolt from LNA Solutions is a secure and aesthetic fastener used to connect curtainwall to tube steel where access is restricted. Described as suitable for use with rectangular, square or round tube sections, LNA says it offers a safe working load with proper torque. Installed with hand tools, BoxBolt eliminates the need for access to both sides of the connection and requires only a clearance hole to be drilled to suit its outside diameter.


Sound Reduction

Crystal Windows’ AC85 acoustic casement delivers sound attenuation and is ideal for buildings situated near high-noise locations.

The aluminum frame window is available in either the combined in-swing/out-swing casement or fixed window styles. The 7-inch depth, thermally-broken master frame window has a dual-sash configuration, with the interior sash opening in and the exterior sash opening out, which the company says makes it capable of delivering acoustical sound reduction ratings of STC 57 and OITC 46. The dual sashes each have a 1¼-inch glazing pocket that accepts double or triple pane insulating glass units.


A New Vista

The new Vista SpectraSelect Performance Films from LLumar, part of Eastman, are designed to selectively block high levels of infrared heat more than visible light, creating films that provide heat rejection without sacrificing natural daylight. The films are available in a range of shades including those that have a neutral look from the interior and enhanced building aesthetics on the exterior.


Slim Sightlines

Kawneer Company Inc. has introduced its new 1620UT/1620UT SSG curtainwall system, built on the 600UT curtainwall platform and a narrow, 2-inch sightline. The systems have an engineered polymer thermal separator and accommodate 1-inch insulating glass, made for climates where high thermal performing façades are needed.

The 1620UT system has a slim sightline with advanced thermal performance, and offers several design options including a traditional captured look or a two-sided vertical SSG mullion solution for uninterrupted sightlines. Both systems use concealed fasteners in their joinery construction to create flush and unbroken sightlines. Mullion depth options provide both aesthetic and structural choices, giving the design team flexibility.

To minimize installation time and labor, straight cuts without notching simplify fabrication, according to the company, and a pre-engineered rain screen pressure-equalized back pan option is available.

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