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Sept. 16, 2015 - World-class glass fabrication tools and equipment are now available through HHH Tempering Resources Inc.’s (HHH) official partnership with K-Star Diamond Company, premier glazier’s equipment manufacturer.The signed contract launches a value-added HHH product line expansion for North American glass fabricators. Key tools now offered by HHH include: hand-held precision glass cutters, shape cutting tools and vacuum glass lifters.
Sept. 16, 2015 - Greco Aluminum Railings has announced the launch of their new project mapping system. The map-based app is available on the company’s website and allows users to track past and current Greco projects throughout North America.
Sept. 1, 2015 - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is known for many architectural firsts. One of the least celebrated may be the architect’s use of WHITEWATER glass, which incorporated a proprietary low-iron formulation developed by PPG Industries in the 1930s to make glass clearer and more transparent.
Aug. 31, 2015 - Faour Glass Technologies, a fabricator of custom architectural glass and glazing systems for the high-end residential and commercial markets, has announced the official launch of their newly developed website, www.faourglass.com. The new site targets and engages architects, designers, owners and industry professionals who are looking for one-of-a-kind glass solutions for virtually any application. The site offers rich graphics showcasing the company’s capabilities and beautiful work with glass and is fully optimized for PC’s, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
Aug. 27, 2015 - Greco Aluminum Railings has been awarded the railing package for Nashville’s latest high-rise residential tower. The 33-story tower was designed by Loewenberg Architects in Chicago, IL and will be the 12th tallest building in Nashville.
Eliminate pour stripshalfenusa.comHalfen USA aims to eliminate pour strips from post tensioned concrete construction with HSD-LD Lockable Dowels and new HSD-LD calculation software. With over 80 years of innovative experience, Halfen introduces the HSD-LD Lockable Dowel system which offers a new approach to designing and realizing post tensioning construction without the need for pour strips and complicated formworks. Together with the new HSD-LD calculation software, the HSD-LD system offers the complete package: from designing and calculating the tension joints in the concrete slabs to eliminating the need for pour strips altogether. Knowing the advantages of post tension construction, but also the difficulties that come with this construction method, Halfen has engineered the HSD-LD Lockable Dowels system to help designers, engineers, and contractors work closer together on their projects while eliminating the time management issues that arise from having to deal with pour strips on site. Halfen HSD-LD Lockable Dowels are designed to be used at temporary movement joints that are most commonly found in post-tensioned concrete frames. HSD-LD Lockable Dowels allow initial shrinkage of the concrete to take place, and are then locked in position with a mechanical plate and a controlled amount of epoxy resin. The locked dowels continue to transfer shear, but prevent further movement from taking place. The result: Halfen HSD-LD’s accelerate the rate of construction, improve site access, and minimize formwork requirements. The HSD-LD Lockable Dowels calculation software is intuitive to use and offers straightforward ways to dimension joints using HSD-LD Lockable Dowels. The software allows calculations of slab-to-slab (HSD-LD), as well as slab-to-wall (HSD-LD-W) connections. The program is designed to offer quality printouts of the calculations and an easy-to-follow, detailed parts list of the required HSD-LD system. In addition, the software enables the designer to combine multiple conditions in one file, and offers 2D and 3D illustrations of the calculated situations.Eye on the workbrinno.comThe BCC 100 Construction Camera by Brinno can show daily progress on any construction project. The Brinno Time Lapse Video Construction Camera is an easy 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. The BCC 100 is worker-friendly and can be set up anywhere to capture video at a 140-degree angle. It is completely dust-proof and includes a water-resistant housing so it can easily be mounted anywhere outdoors. The BCC 100 will turn eight hours of time-lapsed pictures into an eight minute video easily. And the battery can last for up to 2 1/2 months while taking photos at 30-minute intervals. The Brinno Construction camera delivers Brinno proprietary “instant video,” which means you can play the time lapse video on the spot once filming is completed. No big files are needed to transfer and no video editing or even post-processing are needed. Brinno is one of the world leaders in image-processing and power-saving technology, specializing in producing long-lasting battery-powered autonomous photography appliances.Defense against a fallbluewater-mfg.comBlueWater Manufacturing has introduced its Skylight Defender. Engineered to prevent employee injuries and deaths from falls through skylights, this non-penetrating fall-protection solution meets and exceeds the 200-pound U.S. OSHA regulation as well as the California OSHA mandates by withstanding and supporting at least 400 pounds. To eliminate any damage to the skylight or roofing membrane, the Skylight Defender requires no drilling. Using basic tools, the Skylight Defender simply fastens onto the skylight frame using a unique compression system in about 30 minutes. Depending on the application, larger skylights may require some drilling. For increased endurance, the Skylight Defender features a wire screen thickness of 1/4 inch. Constructed of welded galvanized mesh, the Skylight Defender screen ensures complete skylight protection.A pocket for your phonemilwaukeetool.comMilwaukee Tool continues to expand its storage solutions within the hand tool category with the introduction of a new line of work gear that delivers enhanced durability for the end user. Featuring 1680D ballistic nylon construction and double-stitched riveted seams for superior wear protection, the new work gear line will include a contractor belt with a suspension rig. “As we spent time on the jobsite investigating this category, it was clear that users were frustrated with the premature wear and tear they were seeing in their existing work gear products,” says Bobby Shaw, director of marketing for Milwaukee Tool. “The new line of work gear delivers unmatched durability, comfort and organization for the professional tradesmen, with features that keep their everyday needs in mind and make them more productive in their jobs.”The contractor belt includes a padded four-point harness that distributes weight evenly for all-day comfort. In addition to such features as all-metal hardware, integrated handles and a padded breathable belt, this model also includes a dedicated smart phone pocket that is large enough for all modern smart phones.Take it closer to the edgeca.hilti.comHilti has introduced a new generation of innovative, high-performance cast-in anchor channels for reliable load transfer to building structures. The innovative V-form shape of the HAC channels allows for high loads to be taken closer to edge zones. The Hilti anchor channel can be a simple and reliable solution for fastening applications such as curtain wall brackets, guide rails for elevators, sliding door mechanisms for elevators, securing machines to floors or walls and grids for ceilings in showrooms. With a protective LDPE foam insert and end-caps, the channel is sealed effectively, helping to prevent concrete slurry from entering. The foam insert features a tear-out strip for trouble-free removal, which avoids damage to the channel through use of drill bits, hammers or gas torches. Available in seven different standard profiles and various lengths between one and 7 ½ feet, this new generation of cast-in anchor channels has a special uniform inner profile that allows the use of a single T-bolt type for all channels sizes, saving time during installation.Activated two wayscapitalsafety.com Capital Safety has introduced the Lad-Saf X2 detachable cable sleeve, a next-generation cable sleeve designed to be used as part of the complete Lad-Saf flexible cable ladder safety system. The Lad-Saf X2 cable sleeve offers hands-free climbing, automatically following the user during ascent or descent, and one-handed cable attachment or detachment for fast, easy and safe connections. Its lightweight stainless steel construction offers added durability and longevity to the sleeve. The compact and more ergonomically refined Lad-Saf X2 sleeve has two independent means to activate its fall arrest function: a mechanical system that locks onto the cable almost immediately in the event of a fall; and a supplementary inertia system that activates locking independent of the mechanical system, providing a redundant safety system for added protection. In addition, the inertia system prevents unintentional upside-down installation. The Lad-Saf X2 sleeve also features an in-line shock absorber to reduce the forces a worker’s body will experience in a fall arrest event. Insulate difficult spacesdowcorning.comBuilding designers and architects no longer have to make trade-offs in design to meet energy performance codes and regulations and reduce thermal bridging, thanks to a thin-profile, flexible insulation solution from Dow Corning. The HPI-1000 building insulation blanket offers significantly improved thermal resistance as compared to conventional insulation products, providing a high insulating value of R 9.8 per inch. Its thin profile, superb flexibility and compression resistance allow for thermal protection in hard-to-insulate spaces while eliminating the need for bulky or messy insulation in tight areas of a building’s design. The grey-coloured insulation blanket can be easily cut and conformed to complex shapes and tight curvatures and adhered to building products without difficulty, either in a shop or on site. In addition, the 10-millimeter-thick blanket is fire-resistant, hydrophobic and does not settle over time. HPI-1000 blanket can be used at service temperatures up to 200 C. It carries a Class A fire rating per ASTM E84, with a flame spread index of 5 and a smoke developed index of 10.All-terrain glass liftingglgcan.comThe latest addition to GLG’s glass handler line represents the next generation of multilifters and glass handlers; the GlasLift 400/880 not only looks tough, it is tough. The front twin-wheel design, coupled with a reliable hydrostatic drive, make it both manoeuverable and capable of operating in all kinds of different terrains and environments.The GlasLift 400/880 can lift 880 pounds up to 157 inches with precision, as the upper arm moves in an upright position, parallel with the facade. A sledge makes it possible for the arm to move parallel to both sides, one millmetre at a time. It offers 17 inches of boom extension. It can also pick objects off the floor with ease.On top of being tough, the GlasLift 400/880 is compact and uniquely adaptable. It can pass through door openings and hallways as narrow as 29.5 inches, as the outside wheels can be removed easily and in just three to five minutes. It can be carried from site to site in a small trailer, and it can pick up virtually every known building material.
Aug. 11, 2015 - CRL-U.S. Aluminum is making it easier for the A & D community to incorporate its glazing systems into their Autodesk Revit or AutoCAD building models. Using the Autodesk Seek platform, they can now download CRL-U.S. Aluminum Building Information Modeling (BIM) files, giving them the ability to work faster and with more confidence. Because BIM files give detailed digital representations of the company's glazing systems, CRL aims to create a reliable resource for making key product decisions.
Aug. 6, 2015 - The Bohle Group has announced its subsidiary, Bohle America, is set to launch a brand new and innovative Bohle Online Shop at this year’s GlassBuild America, taking place September 16 to 18 in Atlanta.
July 22, 2015 - Kawneer Company has introduced a new unitized curtain wall, delivering ultra-thermal performance, regardless of climate or location.
July 16, 2015 - AGC has introduced new Matelac T, a toughenable painted glass with a satin finish, to its growing range of decorative glass products.
July 9, 2015 - Graco highlights the benefits of its ExactaBlend™ Advanced Glazing Proportioner (AGP), ideal for cutting costs while improving accuracy in bonding and sealing applications in the glass industry. The ExactaBlend AGP features leading-edge technology and addresses many of the challenges unique to the glass industry.
Sept. 28, 2015 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has issued a comprehensive report to members ahead of its Oct. 5 Fall Conference in Denver, Colo. The newsletter includes updates on the activities of many committees and an itinerary for the conference. 
Sept. 25, 2015 - The date for the Insulating Glass Manufacturing Alliance's Summer Conference appearing on the Sept. 24 edition of Glass Canada's e-newsletter is incorrect. The conference will take place Oct. 5 - 8 in Denver, Colo.
Sept. 24, 2015 - RPM Rollformed Metal Products, an innovative fabricator of custom-deisgned parts for all kinds of fenestration, has shown its support for Canadian glazing with a Silver Sponsorship of Top Glass, Canada's trade event for commercial glaziers, glass fabricators, architects and building engineers.
Sept. 24, 2015 - The Ontario Glass and Metal Association's fall golf tournament at Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington, Ont., was about more than just a day of fun in perfect weather and excellent golf conditions, though it certainly delivered that. Golfers also heard important updates from the association about its participation in the review of the Construction Lien Act that may result in new rules helping contractors to get paid on time. They also received the thanks of the Southlake Regional Health Foundation, which was presented with a $2,000 donation toward new beds for its cancer treatment facility.
Sept. 10, 2015 - Commdoor Aluminum has once again demonstrated its support for the industry by signing on as a Silver Sponsor of Top Glass 2016, Canada's trade event for commercial glaziers, glass fabricators and building designers. Based in Woodbridge, Ont., Commdoor has a long history of steady support for sector groups, including the Ontario Glass and Metal Association. Top Glass takes place April 20 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
Aug. 31, 2015 - The 2015 IGMA Fall Technical Conference will feature double duty by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Robert Tenent. He will be giving a lunch presentation covering several topics of importance to the IG industry, as well as hosting attendees at a tour of the NREL laboratories in nearby Golden, Colorado. This state of the art facility has a mission focus on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Systems Integration. The conference will be held in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, at the luxurious and historic Brown Palace Hotel October 5th through 8th.
Aug. 27, 2015 - The OGMA will be holding its fall tournament on the New Course at Hidden Lake Golf Club for the first time this year.
GlassBuild America returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 16 through 18, with a focus on profit-generating resources and expanded opportunities for the window and door industry through the Dealer Days section of the show. GlassBuild is organized by the National Glass Association and the Window and Door Dealers Alliance.
After completing a successful Annual General Meeting in Vancouver – one of Canada’s most breathtaking locations – it is easy to feel enthusiastic about the future of our industry. Mother Nature was kind, the sun bright and by all accounts attendees were well-served for the time and expense in attending.
Canadian Glass AssociationThe Canadian Glass Association hosted its Annual General Meeting on June 3 at the CGA Glass Connections conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Filled to maximum capacity, it was the largest AGM the association has held to date. In keeping with the record-breaking theme, the association also almost doubled the size of its board of directors, increasing from six to 10 members. The increase was due solely to interested participants who want to continue the growth and direction of the association, and each will serve a two-year term. The new board also elected its officers for the next two years: Chris Johnson, president; Richard Verdon, vice-president; Dennis Haatvedt, treasurer; and Brent Wihlidal, secretary.Due both to the active participation of association members, and the new individuals who are interested in growing the glass and glazing industry in Canada, the CGA has a host of notable achievements that it shared with the membership. The association has joined the GANA Glazing Industry Code Committee, which will provide CGA a voice and vote on code issues relating to the industry. It has re-established the CGA Technical Committee. The Committee will work on code positions within GICC, along with working on other technical issues as they arise in the association. We are also collaborating with GANA to provide CGA members the ability to attend GANA events at a reduced rate. The CGA has committed to working with the provincial associations to connect each other and the work that they do to serve all of Canada. CGA members will have access to GANA manuals at a reduced rate, providing a CGA member rate and a non-member rate.Ontario Glass and Metal AssociationThe Ontario Attorney General has commissioned a review of the Construction Lien Act. The OGMA has approached the commission to present the concerns of our industry to the review panel. In addition, we have invested $10,000 with an organization of construction trade associations called Prompt Payment Ontario, which was formed for the sole purpose of ensuring the interests of our industry and other trades are heard throughout the review process. The outcome of this review could be the most important piece of legislation in decades and could make a huge difference in your ability to be paid for work. For more information, please read Frank Fulton’s column in the June issue of Glass Canada and get involved. We’ll only get one shot at this and your input could make the difference.We’d like to extend a warm welcome to members who have recently joined the OGMA: Abaco Glass, Gridline Design Drafting, Panda Windows and Doors/Façade Plus and Samuel Specialty Metals Ontario. Please extend them a greeting at an upcoming event.Race Nite took place on June 24 and was a resounding success. Everybody had an outstanding time in the posh surroundings of the Munning Room at the Woodbine Racetrack. Some even made enough money to take a day off.OGMA Fall Golf is just around the corner on Thursday, Sept. 17. For the first time, we’re going to be playing the New Course at the Hidden Lake Golf Club; one of the latest additions to the ClubLink stable of courses. Our Spring Golf event was sold out and we were forced to turn people away so make sure to book early when you get the flyer.Provincial Glazing Association of AlbertaOne of the initiatives of the PGAA is our participation in the Skills Canada competition. The annual province-wide event draws 10,000-plus high school students from all over Alberta. Its purpose is to introduce young people to the 80 trades that make up the event. While our glazing trade does not participate in the competition side of the event, we are able to introduce potential glaziers to the trade with our “Try-A-Trade” booths. The volunteer-intensive event was a huge success thanks to the 40-plus volunteers who assisted at our booths. Our glazier Try-A-Trade booths were among the busiest at Skills. Over 60 students attended the booths – an increase of 20 per cent over last year. These potential glaziers got a taste of the glazing trade with hands-on experience at three different stations. Station One was glass cutting, the second was curtain wall cap application and the third was base shoe glazing. These three stations kept our volunteers busy from opening to closing on both days and often there was a line-up to participate. For most of the students, this was their first exposure to the glazing industry. Every student who successfully completed the three stations received a t-shirt. The PGAA also added a women-only interactive booth that was new to this years’ event. The booth was separate from our main booth and required a duplicate set of displays for the ladies. Demonstrations were handled very competently by a group of female glaziers from PGAA member companies. Your association has put a lot of time and energy into this event. We need more trades people and Skills Canada provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our trade. Your support enabled us to attract these future glaziers. An event of this magnitude does not happen without the support of many dedicated people. Thanks to Lynn Allan, our PGAA director of education, Rick Makepeace, our Glass Trades Association of Northern Alberta president and Clint McCulloch, our Edmonton SAIT campus glazing instructor. To our participating PGAA members, thank you for allowing your staff to support the event. They were enthusiastic and represented the trade and your company well. We look forward to working with you at next year’s Skills.
Aug. 17, 2015 - The insulating glass market changed forever in the 1960s when what is now Quanex Building Products introduced the IG industry to what would ultimately become the first flexible, non-metal-based spacer technology. This game changing, warm-edge technology improved condensation resistance and provided a warmer edge of glass. Today, Quanex continues to drive warm-edge innovation with a variety of spacer products to help both the commercial and residential industries grow and reach new levels of performance.
Sept. 16, 2015 - More efficient production processes and constantly high quality standards: with a new insulating glass line, sedak based in Gersthofen, Germany further expands its leading position in the industry of oversize glass units. Machinery especially fabricated for the corporation, enables sedak now to industrially produce insulating glass units up to 15m. “The manufacturing time has been reduced and insulating glass units are therefore even more economical,” says sedak CEO Bernhard Veh.
Sept. 16, 2015 - AGNORA is providing architects with another tool to realize their dreams and enhance the aesthetics of their architectural glass designs. AGNORA has installed the largest ceramic ink digital glass printer in North and South America.
Design and Integration is what you might call a pure engineering company. Located in a nondescript industrial unit in Concord, Ont., Felix Gutnik and his team are quietly coming up with elegant solutions to common problems in glass processing automation without multimillion-dollar R&D budgets or any government support. All they really have is Gutnik’s lifelong passion for building and fixing mechanical things, and experience in the glass industry that now stretches back three decades. Design and Integration will probably build anything anyone asks them to, but their specialty is glass processing automation, including lamination lines, insulating glass assembly lines and material handling automation and equipment. They have provided a liquid lamination line with specialized tables for taping, tilting for assembly, filling and curing laminated glass units. That one was done in partnership with Uvekol.Film lamination was Felix’s introduction to the glass business through work he did with Kodak at a prior company. Over the year’s he’s come up with some nifty tricks for solving the notoriously tricky problems of automating film lamination. For instance, one design uses a two-level approach to achieve high-speed lamination even of irregular shapes. The line has two feeder conveyors, one over the other. One sheet is brought in and loaded into the top conveyor. The second is brought in and a worker places and trims the interlayer film. Then the bottom piece, with the interlayer on it, feeds through. As it emerges, the top sheet is precisely fed forward so that it droops down and its edge matches up with the edge of the bottom sheet. As the two pieces feed forward, the top sheet is gently laid onto the interlayer, with its weight forcing out any air between the layers. The system works just as well with round or odd-shaped glass as it does with rectangles. Design and Integration has also made a very cool cross-cut machine for quickly automating trimming on high-speed, mass production laminating operations. A panel of glass is fed under the film roller, which dispenses the film onto the surface. When its leading edge emerges on the other side, it hits a stop. A sensor stop drops down on the infeed side as the next sheet of glass comes along. When the second sheet hits the sensor, it pushes it forward until it hits the first panel. The sensor registers distance between the two stops, then retracts out of the way, leaving the two panels a very precise distance apart on the conveyor. The panels roll forward. As the back edge of the first panel emerges, a knife cuts off the film with almost no waste. At the same time, the second panel’s interlayer is placed. As long as each piece is long enough to reach past the film roller, panels of different lengths can have interlayer applied and cut without making any adjustments. Gutnik has also come up with a novel solution to curing PVB laminate without using an autoclave. The glass panels are put in vacuum bags and stacked on a large, portable rack that can hold dozens of sheets. The entire rack is then put into a lamination oven that goes through the necessary heating and cooling cycles to cure the interlayer. It takes about three hours to cure one batch. Meanwhile, a worker can be loading another rack with freshly assembled units ready for curing. The finished ones come out, the new ones go in and the baking can start again quickly. Gutnik likes this solution because it eliminates autoclaves and can make multiple large panels quickly. The slots on the rack he designed are 10 feet wide by 20 feet deep, and there are eight of them. The system has also been applied to a heat soaking application. So coming up with innovative solutions has never been a problem for Design and Integration. Gutnik credits his company’s size and the fact that the buck stops with him when it comes to engineering design. “Major companies have mechanical engineers, electric engineers, programmers, concept engineers, all this,” he explains. “The problem is, when a group of people try to develop a horse, sometimes it becomes a camel. Because I work in programming and electrical and mechanical and hydraulics, I design from one source. That’s why I have less screw-ups. But after 22 years in business, last year I made a major screw-up.”The screw-up Gutnik refers to is his attempt to develop a new kind of horizontal laminator for PVB, EVA and Sentry glass. The concept was to make a two-level system that would pass units through a compact furnace then automatically drop them with a scissor lift to a second level, right underneath, where they would be compressed in a press and heated again to achieve final bonding without an autoclave. The system could be designed with yet another conveyor level underneath the first two levels to let new units pass from the washer to a second inline laminator, effectively doubling the capacity of the line and taking all the product that a standard washer can put through.  Michael Byrne of Explore One is familiar with Gutnik’s prototype. “The goal was to build a machine that was about 1/10th the cost of traditional laminating systems that would require no vacuum bags and be installed with a footprint of as little as 1,200 square feet,” he explains. “The system would give smaller shops the capability to produce laminated glass in a very cost-effective manner. It would also allow for an unprecedented level of flexibility from a pure laminated glass production perspective.”Into every development process, some rain must fall. Gutnik’s bad weather began with an order of hydraulic relief valves. In the system, hot and cold fluid runs through a large platoon which heats and cools the glass in turn. Both the relief valves and the backup relief valves proved to be faulty and caused an overload in the system, causing 400-degree oil to explode out, destroying a significant portion of his prototype. The wrecked hulk of the first prototype now sits in his back lot, covered in a tarp. Gutnik had invested about $400,000 of his own money in the prototype. With the destruction of his parts, it became a significant challenge to continue development. One option he explored was assistance from one of the government programs that are supposedly eager to lavish money on innovative small businesses. What Gutnik and his team have found is that these programs are in fact set up to reward large, existing R&D departments with dedicated staff and budgets and labs with people in white coats. The paperwork requirements alone are impossible for a small operator to meet. According to Andrei Lagounov, one of Gutnik’s sales people, one government R&D program required paperwork justifying the expense of almost every single part they bought to build a prototype. When he saw similar paperwork from a large engine manufacturer, he saw that it was allowed to justify whole large assemblies in one document because the parts involved were already in its existing R&D inventory. “How is a small company supposed to do that?” Lagounov asks. “We buy the parts as we need them, and we rarely know ahead of time what we are going to need.”Design and Integration has weathered the storm and come out dry and smiling. At September’s GlassBuild, it will unveil the fully functioning Lami ExPress, a glass laminating system that eliminates the need for vacuum bagging or an autoclave. The system can process units of varying thicknesses and sizes with a batch area of seven by 10 feet. Design and Integration is quoting an energy cost per load of $2 and a cycle time of about 1:15, depending on the PVB used. The unit comes with touch screen controls and a Samsung tablet for mobile control. The total space required is 36 by 10 feet.So it’s one hard-won victory for Design and Integration. One hopes there are more on the way and that, some day, the agencies charged with encouraging companies like this will find some way to actually do their jobs. the LamiExpress the LamiExpress   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.glasscanadamag.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=1#sigProGalleria1db1678a0a Concept to reality: the LamiExpressDesign and Integration’s LamiExpress will debut at GlassBuild America in September. It has the potential to save fabricators considerable time and floor space, and to make in-house lamination affordable for smaller shops. It is also optimized for integration into larger production lines. Laminates PVB, EVA or Sentry glass Multiple thicknesses and sizes can be laminated in one batch No vacuum bags, autoclaves or tac ovens Multiple layers can be applied next to single-layer glass Seven-by-10-foot total batch area Total footprint: 36 by 10 feet Design and Integration’s machines are built at the company’s facility in Concorde, Ont. Approximate delivery lead time is four months.
July 8, 2015 - Dymax Corporation’s European subsidiary, Dymax Europe GmbH, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  Based in Wiesbaden Germany, the company offers light-curable adhesives, coatings, and gasketing materials for applications in a variety of markets.  In addition to adhesives and coatings, Dymax GmbH offers high-performance oligomers and a variety of dispensing and light-curing equipment to strengthen its position as a comprehensive systems supplier.
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.
It was a way back in February 2010 when I penned that hard-hitting journalistic gem about our cronies’ expedition to Las Vegas to commemorate the 60th birthday of good, old Brian Wiles. You may recall the good-natured banter about Brian and our trip that concluded with, “Next time you see him, you may want to ask if that’s ‘Old Man Smell’ cologne he’s wearing.”
The National Film Board of Canada recently won an International Emmy Award for its innovative documentary titled Highrise/Out My Window. The compelling web documentary allows viewers the opportunity to take a glimpse “through the windows” at the lives of 14 different high rise residents. The video can be found at outmywindow.nfb.ca.
Specifying glass using good, better or best options is a basic concept that can be instrumental in the selection and design process. Various considerations for your glass selections will include safety, energy, loads, and security for a basic system, and can be improved with specialty high performance products to address sound, glare, aesthetics, and performance concerns. These value-added products will differentiate your project to exceed common expectations and would be better/best options.
If discussions over beers at industry gatherings are any indication, there are some who are on the brink of abandoning Canada as a market. The complaints are familiar, but exacerbated at the moment because of the surge in demand in the recovered U.S. construction industry compared to the relative stagnation here.
July 27, 2015 - Lawyers charged with conducting a review of the Ontario Construction Liens Act have released a comprehensive document designed to educate industry stakeholders about the issues the review will be considering this fall. The document contains valuable background on the present law and common practices surrounding payment for construction contracting, and lists dozens of proposals for remedies and improvements that the review will consider. Upon completion of the review later this year, Bruce Reynolds, lead counsel for the review, will report his findings to the Ontario government including input gathered from across the Ontario construction industry. This information is expected to inform Ontario government policy going forward, including possible new legislation and/or regulations governing payment practices. The Ontario Glass and Metal Association is circulating the report and encouraging Ontario glaziers to submit their comments.
July 9, 2015 - FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear has announced a contribution of $3,227,750 to the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCDFCA) to support the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in southwestern Ontario.
June 24, 2015 - – Greco Aluminum Railings has been selected by The Beck Group to design and supply over 4,000 lineal feet of glass railings for the “Eviva of Cherokee”, an 18-story apartment tower in Denver, Co.
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2015 Architectural Door U.S. Market Study. This report provides data and insights needed to understand the industry's performance, key trends, and future direction. The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2014 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company, and the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research (CHR).
Consulting Engineers of Ontario this afternoon welcomed the passage of the Ontario government’s infrastructure implementation budget, Bill 91, the Building Ontario Up Act.
A full year has now passed since Bill 69 was set aside by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. You may recall that Bill 69, named the Prompt Payment Act 2014, was a private member’s bill presented by Steven Del Duca, Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan. Its main provisions would have seen that the financial risk on construction projects would be more equitably shared and would have provided subcontractors with greater recourse to collect money owed to them.
Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the Corning Museum of Glass, which is close to the Canadian border in upper New York State south of Syracuse. I would estimate it’s about a 90-minute drive from the border and well worth your time and effort.
Vinyl does not really burn. It certainly melts and deforms under sufficient heat and, when heated, releases enough heat to fail standard combustibility tests, but it doesn’t burn in the sense of being consumed by flame and releasing hot particles and flaming brands that spread fire to other areas.
Sept. 28, 2015 - The Institute for Environmental Research and Education has published North America's first Product Category Rule for windows, enabling window fabricators to develop Environmental Product Declarations recognized by ISO and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. PCRs define the inputs into the window manufacturing process and lay out guidelines for how each input must be documented in a Life Cycle Impact Assessment that ultimately leads to an EPD describing the overall environmental impact of manufacturing the product. The PCR, titled Earthsure PCR Cradle-to-Gate 30171600:2015, covers window inputs from their source to the fabricator's gate, and is designed to inform the B-to-B market. Another PCR addressing the B-to-C vertical is due for release soon, according to a recent IGMA newsletter.
Aug. 27, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door and skylight applications. The document previously was updated in 2012.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has recently released its technical bulletin TB-2600-15 Vacuum Insulating Glass which is an informational document giving an extensive overview on the subject of vacuum insulating glass (VIG). This is one of the documents that the IGMA Emerging Technologies and Innovations Committee worked on for over a year, in which we believe readers will find an compilation of some very interesting and educational information along with data relative to VIG.
July 31, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate the structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. Other optional tests also are included. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing. It was previously updated in 2005.
July 15, 2015 - The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is renewing its commitment to providing the commercial fenestration industry with an energy performance certified rating program.
June 24, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum, and AAMA 2603-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix).
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has announced the release of a new Vacuum Insulating Glass Technical Bulletin on its webstore. The bulletin is intended to assist residential or commercial insulating glass and window manufacturers on the topic of vacuum insulating glazing (VIG).
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.

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