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There's a company in the heart of Bucharest that plays a leading role in Romania's glass processing industry. "Spectrum Inovativ & Industries SRL" was founded in 1991, first as an agent for a foil manufacturer. Since 1994 the company has also processed insulating glass and has been steadily expanding to include modern insulating glass production. The owner and General Manager, Ioan Silviu, manages his company very skilfully. He studied automation and knows the machinery in his production like the back of his hand. "Continuing to optimise the machines that I've purchased is a personal challenge for me." At first glance, the production area looks relatively manageable, but efficiency is very important here and each of the 75 employees knows exactly what to do.
The following is a notification from UL that the fire doors identified below bear counterfeit UL Marks. The fire doors have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if these fire doors comply with any safety requirements.
DORMA Americas has introduced its innovative, new MUTO manual sliding door system. MUTO was launched to the European market in January of this year, and is making its North American debut this summer.
Ergo Robotic Solutions, a manufacturer of glass handling and installation machines in Queensbury, NY, has added two new models to their product line-up: the GM 800 and the GM 1200. Built upon the popular workhorse design, the GM 2000-12, the new smaller machines deliver the same reliability, maneuverability and versatility of their larger counterpart in a smaller form factor with more affordable pricing.
April 30, 2015 - Kane Innovations has unveiled a group of K-12 school entrance security screen products through their Kane Security brand. The security screens deter and resist aggressive, forcible entry attacks when mounted to the interior or exterior of front doors and glass sidelights at primary and secondary schools.
April 24, 2015 - With the complexity of modern window and door penetrations and transitions – which include any variety of substrates, barriers and sheathing – builders are challenged to ensure a continuous, weather-tight seal. To simplify installation and provide the assurance of 100% silicone performance, Dow Corning has added a new liquid flashing to the Dow Corning Silicone Air Barrier System.
April 24, 2015 - The BCC 100 Construction Camera by Brinno can show daily progress on any construction, home improvement, or landscape project consumers may have going on.  The Brinno Time Lapse Video Construction Camera is the effortless way to record any projects with a time lapse video recorded at any rate you want, and played back at any rate you want when the project is done.
April 24, 2015 - Wagner introduces its new, easy-to-install, quality glass railing collection that comes in a range of high-performing, attractive design options to customize its visual appearance.
April 24, 2015 - PPG Industries will debut SOLARBAN 90 glass at the 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Expo in Atlanta, May 14-16. It will also feature award-winning Solarban z75 glass and Solarban 72 STARPHIRE glass.
When using the Erdman glass lay-in system, once the sealant bead has been laid on the rabbet, roller ball support rods raise to the level of the glass roll-in rollers.
March 19, 2015 - Linetec expands its palette of texture finish colors that mimic the look and feel of natural terra cotta to include 10 new hues. The finish utilizes a 70% PVDF resin-based coating to achieve the highest levels of performance in an exterior environment and a texture additive to help replicate the natural feel of terra cotta.
Feb. 9, 2015 - C.R. Laurence Company has introduced the CRL93A "Big Red" Architectural Hardware Master Catalog. Spanning residential and commercial project types, interior and exterior applications, and numerous CSI divisions; the full-colour, hardbound, 900-plus page sourcebook offers a comprehensive selection of architectural products and services for the industry.
IGMA (the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance) is pleased to announce our Fall Technical Conference, to be held in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, at the luxurious and historic Brown Palace Hotel October 5th through 8th.
Here’s your report from Canada’s commercial glazing show that went down April 15 in Mississauga, Ont.
The Ontario Glass and Metal Association recognized two outstanding projects at Top Glass. Check out the presentations here.
Top Glass presenter Stephane Hoffman talks innovative strategies for improving energy efficiency in spandrel design.
April 22, 2015 - Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) held its 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala on April 18th at the International Centre. CEO’s premier event of the year recognized 12 engineering firms that have applied outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in Ontario and around the globe.
April 17, 2015 - Top Glass, Canada's conference event for the commercial glazing industry, smashed through expectations on April 15 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., with glaziers, fabricators and architects swarming an expanded show floor and education seminars packed to standing room only. The one-day event welcomed over 280 attendees from right across Canada, and attracted coverage by the U.S. trade press. The event was powered by strong support from industry suppliers, including Gold Sponsors Tremco and Alumicor, and Speaker Sponsors Erdman Automation and RavenBrick.
April 7, 2015 - The National Glass Association and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance are pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Nosko as Membership & Marketing Director. Nosko returns to the NGA\WDDA after five years as marketing and membership director for the United Motorcoach Association.
IGMA’s 2015 Winter Conference was held the first week of February in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2014 was a very good but challenging business year for most B.C. manufacturers.
The CGA has organized another Glass Connections Conference, set for June 3 and 4 in Saskatoon, Sask.
Feb. 20, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.
April 24, 2015 - A comprehensive online resource from Creative Safety Supply teaches companies the 5S industrial organization system associated with Lean business methods. Through videos, text and diagrams, visitors are linked to extensive information on how to Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain their work environments for maximum efficiency.
Silk screening without heat and laminating without an autoclave.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is preparing to release an informational paper giving an extensive overview on the subject of vacuum insulating glass (VIG).
Dec. 3, 2014 - Researchers based at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new form of ‘rubber-like’ glass which may have applications in high temperature or strongly oxidative environments.
Nov. 17, 2014 - Four months after being unveiled at the AIA National Convention in Chicago, the ViraconGlass iPad app is now available as a web app on the Viracon website. Architects and designers can use the app on their personal computers or any operating system, thanks to its browser-based functionality.
Nov. 6, 2014 - Soon to be one of the venues for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House (PAAC) will host competitions during the largest multisport event ever to be held in Canada – double the size of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Nov. 3, 2014 - Two buildings in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, constructed 34 years and less than a mile apart have two things in common: a legacy of environmental leadership, and shimmering facades fabricated with SOLARBAN architectural glasses by PPG Industries.
Emerging less than two decades ago, digital ceramic printing on glass is a relatively new technology that uses ceramic inks to apply imagery, a pattern or text to the surface of flat glass.
Sept. 30, 2014 - PPG Industries has posted a new video about the benefits of designing with reflective glass in the PPG Glass Education Center, a comprehensive website that helps architects, specifiers, students and construction industry professionals learn more about designing, specifying and building with glass.
Aug. 14, 2014 - Cities are eating up an increasing amount of heat and electricity. In order to reduce this consumption, buildings have to become increasingly efficient and integrate more renewable energies. New, printable photovoltaic semi-conductors could help to boost this trend. They enable solar films and modules to be produced, which transform windows or façades into electric power generators. A new market is being created for the manufacturers of solar glass and modules.
Feb. 24, 2014 - Hypertherm is announcing its 2014 Webinar Series, a collection of free, educational webinars for fabricators and others who have the need to routinely cut metal and other industrial materials.
Feb. 12, 2014 - PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has received a $2.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help design and pilot a rapid photovoltaic (PV) module assembly process that uses automation to eliminate time and labor from the current assembly process.
April 30, 2015 - STGM’s new head office is located in the Beauport borough of Quebec City, adjacent to the Estimauville eco-neighbourhood.
April 29, 2015 - Bendheim’s Channel Glass Wall Systems have been named the Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner in the prestigious competition’s Building Products category.
April 22, 2015 - Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, edging down 0.9% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were responsible for the decrease at the national level.
March 24, 2015 - The Small Business Challenge is back, shining a spotlight on Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs and the challenges they face. The annual contest is an opportunity for Canadian small business owners to showcase their unique business ideas to a nationwide audience and get help overcoming the barriers standing in their way.
If you are an architectural glass and aluminum glazing contractor, a fabricator of glass products or a manufacturer of aluminum architectural metal products, it’s looking like you are in for one wild ride in 2015.
As urban noise levels have steadily increasing over the past two decades, window, door and sealed glazing unit manufacturers have done a remarkably good job in their efforts to improve the acoustic performance of their products.
Sometimes we need to just sit back and appreciate the great industry we are in.
Certification programs should focus on worker education.
March 10, 2015 - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 12.9% to $6.1 billion in January, following a 6.1% increase the previous month. Lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario were responsible for much of the national decline.
In November, the Ontario Glass & Metal Association hosted a multi-topic seminar where the 65 people who attended took away a ton of informative, valuable and eye opening information. 
The well-publicized collapse of the Algo shopping mall
Glass Canada is reaching out to those who design our great glazing projects.
March 25, 2015, Schaumberg, Il. - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum: the combined AAMA 609 & 610-15, “Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum” and CW-10-15, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site."
March 9, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Two new Window Product Category Rules are available for public comment, one for a cradle to grave, business consumer EPD that covers only vertical windows.
Feb. 13, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable.
Jan. 30, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, which provides a guide to manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation.
While the National Building Code is clear that testing and labelling fenestration products to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08) and the Canadian Supplement is mandatory for Part 9 buildings, the application of these standards to commercial fenestration products, in both Part 3 and Part 9 buildings, is less straightforward.
Dec. 10, 2014, Jenison, Mi. - Pleotint, LLC has announced that the Suntuitive interlayer is now listed on the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Approved Interlayer List for laminated glass.
It was May 9, 2013, and Sean Lloyd was about to have a very bad day. It was the day he was going to learn a lot more than he ever wanted to about wired glass.
July 17, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released SFM-1-14, a manual that provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances.
May 29, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently updated a Technical Information Report (TIR) providing metal curtain wall designers with the necessary data to select fasteners for curtain wall framing members and components. AAMA TIR-A9-14 also goes into the process of anchoring curtain wall systems to building structures.
April 10, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) board of directors voted unanimously to establish a sustainability steering committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability -- from component development to structural integrity.
March 25, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer. This accreditation includes review and approval of AAMA’s document creation and maintenance program, notably AAMA balloting procedure.

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