Low-E gray-green glass
Officials from Pittsburgh’s PPG Industries developed Solarban 80 Optiblue glass. It is Solarban 80 low-E glass combined with blue-green Optiblue glass, and has a metallic gray-green exterior tint and neutral gray interior appearance. In a standard 1-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban 80 Optiblue produces a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 34 percent, and a light-to-solar gain ratio of 1.48, according to a company release.
888/PPG-IDEA | www.ppgideascapes.com
Antibacterial mirror glass
AGC Flat Glass Europe of Brussels launched an antibacterial mirror glass, Mirox 3G. The glass meets requirements of the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive to reduce hazardous substances used in industrial production processes; it contains no formaldehyde, copper or lead, according to a company release. Mirox 3G resists scratches, corrosion, humidity and chemical damage by cleaning products, and is available as antibacterial glass with silver ions in the top layers that eliminate 99.9 percent of bacteria in contact with the surface, according to the release.
+32 (0)2 674 34 28 | www.agc-flatglass.eu
German manufacturer Interpane Glas Industrie AG introduced iplus 3L and iplus 3CL neutral-colored triple insulating glazing. Solar radiation passes through the glazing for solar energy gains, and thermal heat cannot escape due to low-E coatings, according to a company release. The glazing provides 55 percent solar heat gain and 72 percent light transmittance. Iplus 3L reaches a Ug value of 0.8 W/m2K, or watts per square meter Kelvin, at 36 millimeters thick, and reaches 0.6 W/m2K at 44 millimeters thick. Iplus 3CL reaches 0.6 W/m2K at 32 milli-meters thick, and reaches 0.5 W/m2K at 36 millimeters thick.
+49 5273 809-0 | www.interpane.net
Textured glass panels
Beveled Glass Works Inc. of Malibu, Calif., created a range of colored glass designs in cast and sandblasted panels for interior and exterior, commercial and residential applications. The designs include Red Leaves, Sunflowers and architectural sandblast. Red Leaves has a sandblasted leaf design with red and gold color. Sunflowers is a deep carved design, hand-painted for definition. Architectural sandblast can include design elements or transposed photos on clear or opaque glass; varying degrees of opacity offer privacy.
800/421-0518 | www.beveledglassworks.com
Frames and systems
Low-profile projected windows
Wausau Window and Wall Systems of Wausau, Wis., offers its projected window line, the 2250, 3250 and 4250 Series, with low-profile options. The windows are available as hopper, awning, casement or fixed, and have 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch and 4.5-inch frame depths with polyurethane thermal barrier. They are AAMA AW-60-rated, achieve 0.34 to 0.68 U-factor and can be labeled for National Fenestration Rating Council energy performance, according to a company release. The low-profile operable windows that provide natural ventilation are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system as contributing to a building’s energy efficiency and environmentally sound design. Upon request, aluminum products can have recycled content and be finished with liquid paints composed of up to 100 percent post-industrial waste or volatile organic compound free powder paint and anodize finishes.
877/678-2983 | www.wausauwindow.com
Hurricane vinyl windows and doors
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. of Wausau, Wis., expanded its line of K-Force impact certified products with Windquest Series vinyl windows and patio doors that received High Velocity Hurricane Zone approval from the state of Florida. The fenestrations meet large missile impact level D and wind zone 4 testing standards in excess of 140 miles per hour, according to a company release. Products include casement, awning, double-hung, sliding and single-hung windows, and sliding doors in a range of sizes, shapes and configurations. The units’ multichambered unplasticised polyvinyl chloride extrusions create a thermal barrier, and fusion-welded frames and sash corners prevent water and air infiltration, according to the release. Products come in white, beige, or coated with colors to complement design schemes; performance divided lites or grilles-in-the-airspace; and a selection of trims, accessories, screens, and handle and hardware styles.
800/955-8177 | www.kolbe-kolbe.com
Superior, Wis.-based Fen-Tech Inc. added an arched window line to its Botanica products. Single-hung windows come in a range of styles including extended half round, available with colonial grid pattern and sunburst pattern top, suitable for new construction and replacement windows; arch top, available with perimeter grid system with a historic look, suitable for light commercial brick building replacement; and Gothic top that incorporates traditional Colonial with common Gothic, with a crisscross pattern top suitable for churches and the option of specialty obscured or patterned glass in the Gothic arch. The windows come in white and tan, with heat reflective coated glass. Custom sizes are available and the integral nail fin design is available for new construction, with a block frame option for replacement construction.
877/386-8004 | www.fentechinc.com
Exterior sun-control devices
The new exterior sunshade from Quality Metalcrafts LLC of Ramsey, Minn., filters the sun’s heat and glare and reduces radiant heat loss, according to a company release. Produced from 100 percent aluminum, it is totally recyclable and partially post-industrial recyclable. The sunshades can be used for new construction and retrofits, and custom designed to meet customer specifications.
866/260-4047 | www.qmcrafts.com
Hurricane concealed vent window
United States Aluminum of Waxahachie, Texas, completed revision of its Series 7500 concealed vent swing-out window. The exterior bulb gasket that seals the vent to the frame was modified for a cleaner look. With the addition of 1-inch laminated glass and impact-rated hardware, Series 7500 passed large missile impact resistant testing. The window system has a 19/16-inch face dimension, frame depth of 3 inches, and takes 1/4-inch and 1-inch thick glazing. Maximum available window size is 60 inches by 32 inches or 15 square feet total. Standard hardware includes stainless steel four-bar hinges and cam locking handles. Finishes range from standard paint colors and custom matched painted coatings to clear, bronze and black anodic finishes. Series 7500 is suitable for storefront, ribbon window and curtain wall openings.
800/627-6440 | www.usalum.com
Glass railing system
Falcon Railing Manufacturing Ltd. of Kelowna, B.C., introduced a topless and bottomless glass railing system. It can be installed on any shape deck, according to a company release. The patented aluminum posts contain a rotating gasket that allows installation of 10-millimeter-thick glass, 42-inches high and 54-inches long, at almost any angle, according to the release. Customers can get posts in a range of powder coated colors.
250/765-2248 | www.falconrailing.com
Solar cell surface structure
Germany’s Schott Solar introduced ISO Texture, a new surface structure for solar cells with higher efficiency and uniform appearance, according to a company release. ISO Texture enables the photovoltaic cells to convert more sunlight into energy, increasing the cells’ power density and ability to produce more clean electricity. With the new surface, the amount of silicon needed per watt of energy produced has been reduced. ISO Texture has been integrated into Schott Solar’s manufacturing process.
914/831-2200 | www.schott.com
England’s Turnstyle Designs Ltd. expanded its door lever line with two products: heavy-duty square door levers and hand-stitched leather finished square door levers with door pulls. The heavy-duty levers are made from a 20-millimeter-square solid brass section and set on 260-millimeter-long square-edged back plates. They are available in satin nickel, bright chrome and polished nickel with either the large back plate or a square rose with square escutcheons to match, according to a company release. Leather comes in six colors.
+44 0 1271 325 325 | www.turnstyledesigns.com
Equipment and machinery
Vacuum suction cups
Anver Corp. of Hudson, Mass., launched a line of non-marking thermo-elastic polyurethane vacuum suction cups for handling flat, smooth, hard materials and painted products in a finished state. The cups leave no trace on the objects being handled and come in 20-, 30-, 40-, and 50-millimeter sizes in flat design and single bellows design suitable for level adjustment. They can be supplied with fittings and suspensions for robotic end-of-arm tooling, operate in a -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 176 F range, and are transparent.
800/654-3500 | www.anver.com
Wireless data logger
Dickson Co. of Addison, Ill. introduced the Wizard, a wireless data logger for monitoring temperature and humidity in an industrial environment. Data loggers can be monitored in real time from a desktop PC or other computer workstation using software that changes sampling rates, alarms, data display options, wireless network configuration, data transmission frequency and more, according to a company release. Graphic display of temperature and humidity data shows minimum/maximum and current conditions, battery level and more. With a handheld signal sensor, operators quickly complete logger setup and check the signal strength of loggers’ wireless connections at any point in a facility, according to the release.
800/757-3747 | www.dicksondata.com
Fused silica rollers
Bolt Technical Ceramics of Fairfield, N.J., part of England’s Morgan Advanced Ceramics, now supplies fused silica rollers manufactured under the Haldenwanger brand name in Morgan Advanced Ceramic’s facility in China. The transport rollers are used in manufacturing of tempered safety glass for architectural applications, such as shop window glass, curtain walls and glass doors, according to a company release. The rollers are engineered for use in annealing furnace applications due to their high flexural strength and low coefficient of thermal expansion, according to the release. They are available in a range of standard dimensions with outer diameters ranging from 15 millimeters to 110 millimeters, and in lengths ranging from 1,300 millimeters to 4,100 millimeters, with or without fitted metal end-caps. The company offers custom designs and dimensions.
973/227-8877 | www.morganadvanced-ceramics.com
UV curing unit
Chicago-based A.W.T. World Trade Inc. developed the Accu-Cure ultraviolet unit for curing decorated or imprinted flat glass. Standard units can accommodate glass panels of varied thicknesses and up to 102 inches wide, with larger capacities available through custom order. The unit cures all types of ultraviolet inks and coatings while minimizing the heat transmitted to the substrate, according to a company release. The operator adjusts gate height on the curing-head module to accommodate varied stock thicknesse; eliminates light leakage; and adjusts the UV lamp output. The unit also has an ozone removal system to vent ozone and hot air out of the work area.
773/777-7100 | www.awt-gpi.com
- Pittsburgh’s PPG Industries Inc. published a four-page edge-color guide for Starphire glass that features its blue-edge appearance. The brochure shows differences between Starphire and other clear glass, and includes a chart illustrating the different glasses’ edge-color appearances in thicknesses of 6, 12 and 19 millimeters and in lengths up to 130 feet. To order the guide, contact a local PPG glass dealer, visit www.ppgstarphire.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA.
888/PPG-IDEA | www.ppgstarphire.com