machinery and equipment
Salem Makes Available Smart New Lamination Option
The Hoaf Smartbox® from Salem Distributing Co. in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
uses Hoaf infrared technology to produce autoclave-free lamination on
a smaller scale than the company’s Heatbox®. The Hoaf Smartbox was
developed to cost-effectively laminate safety glass with EVA, TPU, PVB
and SentryGlas® (a drying cabinet for storing PVB is available as
an option) on a small or entry-level scale. The component is a self-contained
modular unit designed for “plug and play” installation.
The versatile Hoaf Smartbox is capable of laminating all types of glass,
thicknesses and shapes, even products such as acryl or polycarbonate.
Using different interlayers such as fabrics, woods and metals presents
the freedom to create glass solutions with added value.
Power and Versatility from the MR1611LDC Vacuum Lifter for Curtainwall
The MR1611LDC below-the-hook vacuum lifter was developed by Wood’s Powr-Grip®
in Laurel, Mont., to meet the challenge of constructing curtainwalls and
handling other architectural components. This lifter features a multivariable
pad frame for lifting and maneuvering a variety of sizes of curtainwall
materials and other nonporous loads. The lift bar can be assembled in
two different lengths, providing the ability to install material under
overhangs. The variable length and width of the pad spread allows configurations
ranging from 53 ¼ inches long by 12 inches wide to 169 inches long
by 49 inches wide. Capable of handling loads ranging from 700 to 2,800
pounds, the MR1611LDC features a DC power source for maximum portability
and continuous 360-degree rotation to facilitate proper load positioning.
Three New PPG Glasses Receive Cradle-to-Cradle Certification
Solarban® R100 glass, Sungate® 400 glass and Clarvista™ shower
glass from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries all have earned Cradle-to-Cradle®
certification at the Silver tier.
PPG earned Cradle-to-Cradle Certification for all its architectural glass
products in 2008, and says it is the only glass manufacturer in the world
to have achieved this distinction.
Solarban R100 glass is a neutral-reflective, solar control, low-E glass
with visible light transmittance of 42 percent, a solar heat gain coefficient
of 0.23 and a 1.79 light-to-solar gain ratio. Sungate 400 glass is a passive,
low-E glass with a magnetron-sputtered vacuum deposition soft coat that
helps commercial buildings in heating-dominated climates retain heat from
the sun and reduce winter heating costs. Clarvista shower glass has proven
through industry-standard tests that, with regular maintenance, it looks
newer longer than other shower glass products.
The three glasses were named as Cradle-to-Cradle CertifiedCM products
after an audit of the materials used in their formulation and production,
and the processes used to manufacture them. Building projects seeking
LEED certification may be able to earn one point in the “Innovation in
Design” category by using Cradle-to-Cradle Certified products.
doors and windows
AL Tech™ Now Offering EZ Access™
The AL Tech™ division of Custom Components Co. in Tampa, Fla., has introduced
the EZ Access™ sliding glass door system for interior office fronts. Originally
developed for the specific requirements of a global accounting firm, this
new door saves floor space compared to conventional swinging doors, while
providing improved access to offices. The company reports that it’s quiet,
smooth and easy to operate, and also offers greater design flexibility
for office environments.
The sliding glass door is manufactured of high quality aluminum in clear
anodized and six standard powder coat paint finishes: bronze, white, grey,
black, beige and silver.
Edgetech Distributes Spyglass
Edgetech I.G. in Cambridge, Ohio, exclusive distributor of Sparklike products
in the Americas, Europe and Australia, has announced the availability
of Spyglass, a laser-based gauge for measuring and detecting insulating
glass unit structure, coatings and thicknesses.
Spyglass can be used as a production quality tool that confirms finished
units are properly constructed and as a field service tool for determining
specifications for replacement IG units. Users can instantly measure the
exact characteristics of installed IG units and immediately order the
right type. Spyglass graphically displays each layer of glass, coating
location, air space and overall unit thickness. A scan function displays
the minimum and maximum dimensions with an indication whether the unit
is concave or convex.
The company also distributes, services and calibrates Gasglass, a non-invasive,
portable device for determining gas-fill levels in IG. Sparklike Ltd.
recently re-confirmed Edgetech’s processes and procedures for servicing
Gasglass gas detectors, signifying that the company meets or exceeds the
rigid requirements for proper calibration.
Spearhead Offers Diverse Solutions
Spearhead Specialty Products Inc. in Fallbrook, Calif., has been appointed
the exclusive North American distributor for the frameless Diverse Glass
Clamp system, which the company says offers a true frameless glass railing,
windscreen or pool fence system. Only two base clamps are needed to install
the railing in concrete decks or mounted to new decking joists or to an
existing deck. The system is designed to accommodate 1/2- to 5/8-inch
tempered or laminated glass panels up to 86 inches wide and 48 inches
ArgoEdgeSealPLUS™ Protects TPU and PVB Interlayered Composites
Argotec Inc. in Greenfield, Mass., has introduced ArgoEdgeSealPLUS™ to
protect both thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polyvinyl butyral (PVB)
interlayered laminated glass composites.
In 1995 Argotec co-developed an edge seal used to protect the perimeter
of autoclaved glass-polycarbonate composites for bullet- and blast-resistant
applications: BOC-9450 Edge Seal™. ArgoEdgeSealPLUS™ is an enhanced upgrade
of this time-tested product that is compatible with all TPU- and PVB-laminated
glass composites. A new foil layer is sandwiched between two sheets of
durable polyurethane. This patent-pending construction better protects
TPU and PVB interlayers from damage due to penetration by moisture, cleaning
solutions and the solvents found in window caulks and sealants. These
elements can degrade the interlayer film used to bond a composite’s multiple
layers, causing a fogging effect at the edges of the composite.
glass manufacturing tools
Hydraulic Fluids Stand Up to Glass Manufacturing’s Heat
Houghton International Inc. in Valley Forge, Pa., now offers a line of
biodegradable, fire-resistant hydraulic fluids for glass manufacturing.
The fluids are available in both water- and vegetable-based forms, are
biodegradable and are safe for use in extreme heat environments, such
as float glass plants, where glass melting furnaces reach temperatures
as high as 2,990 degrees Fahrenheit.
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