GlassCon Global-GlassExpo VE takes place virtually next Wednesday and Thursday on September 9-10, and the virtual platform contains many opportunities to engage and interact between exhibitors and attendees—including an interactive way to view products and talk to company representatives about new introductions.
The look and feel of GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE is designed to approximate the familiar feel of industry tradeshows. Show partners are equipped with virtual booth spaces where they’re able to share product info and videos, as well as engage with attendees through live chat functions. Networking lounges, resource centers and other interactive avenues are also available for participants to connect.
Attendees enter through a virtual lobby, where they can then navigate to the exhibit hall, an auditorium (for the event’s educational programming) and a lounge for networking. On the trade show floor, company booths are represented by graphics and logos, which can be clicked to bring up videos of services, products and PDF catalogues and spec sheets that attendees can gather and save. Booths are fully customizable by exhibitors and salespeople can login to engage with attendees and answer questions in real-time during show hours. Attendees will be able to see a list of personnel on hand in each booth in order to chat with and request specific representatives.
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Continental will feature many products including the premiere of skai Mattex, which the company describes as an extremely matte exterior film for laminated surfaces that comes with added value. This innovation follows an R&D process to perfectly replicate the look and feel of powder-coated aluminium with a particularly fine, yet concisely structured surface, company representatives say. A vinyl window laminated with skai Mattex is indistinguishable from a window with powder-coated aluminium cladding, the company adds. The surface is particularly scratch resistant due to its grain structure. In addition, it is sealed with a PVDF-layer resulting in a particularly low surface tension that makes it easy to clean. It is highly resistant to chemicals. Due to its high temperature resistance, it shows no gloss development during either welding or bending, and is available in nine colors ranging from white to black.
Erdman plans to feature High Speed Dura—a line that produces insulating glass (IG) vertically, in a fashion that nearly doubles the speed of traditional vertical lines by operating at twice the rate, according to company information. Dura is a first ever for vertical automation in the single-seal IG market, officials say, which eliminates the need to tip a unit up to four times in the production sequence. As a result, the system is designed to save time and eliminate injury potential, while qualifying more operators for service and minimizing breakage. Total labor for the Dura High Speed line is three to four operators per up to 1,200 or more units per shift.
The company will also feature its Unmanned Robotic IG Work Cell, which reduces labor from four to six operators down to “less than one,” officials report. The system is capable of producing 1,440 units in 24 hours.
With labor shortages and the need for social distancing hanging over the industry, Wakefield Equipment’s K-51DV Flipping Table and Conveyor allows one person to handle large doors and windows. The machine’s ergonomic features also help to ensure safety.
The company will have officials on hand to explain the benefits, while also offering product info for download. The unit is custom-built to manufacturers exact needs and specifications.
A+W plans to lean on virtual environments for promoting iQuote—an application that officials say is a “game changer” for glass and fenestration manufacturers, especially as the need for hands-free communication and flexible work solutions increase. The iQuote system includes multiple features that, when activated, allow customers, salespeople and even internal order-entry employees to configure and automate quotes, place orders, generate documentation and communicate status—all in real time.
Also on hand will be info for an Online Order Status Information System—an entry module for A+W iQuote without shop functionality. The system allows select customers to view the status of their orders, confirmations, invoices and other PDF documents online, removing the burden from front office staff, while limiting access. The full A+W iQuote system allows further automating, including routine customer-facing tasks, which helps to save time by accelerating responses, reducing costs and enhancing the customer experience with more control and visibility.
FrontLine Bldg. Products Inc.
Frontline plans to stock its digital booth with info on a range of door and window solutions, including the company’s Entry Door Systems, which offers a lifetime solution for durability, officials say, and doesn’t require painting. With 16-gauge extruded aluminum cladding, door systems are available in 12 standard colors with custom color capability.
The company will also include info on its Oversized Direct Set Window that’s designed to incorporate expansive glass and simulated divided lites with aluminum SDL profiles. Officials say an extensive catalog of aluminum profiles are available to match OEM options, while a comprehensive collection of wood SDL profiles are available to complement modern or historic applications, utilizing only 3M VHB tape for superior adhesion.
Officials for H.B. Fuller say they’ll lean on virtual shows to provide info on Kodispace 4SG, a thermoplastic, warm-edge system with built-in desiccant that’s gaining popularity in commercial applications due to ease of manufacturing and durability. But the company also plans to promote its educational courses about glazing and warm edge spacers. “We have decades of experience in the IG business and are now reaching out to building stakeholders to share that knowledge,” says Michael Speicher, marketing manager.
With sealants for every insulating glass edge, other products to be featured include Kodiglaze SDG structural glazing silicone, primary and secondary sealants (polysulfide, polyurethane, hot melt and silicone), and an Intercept product-reactive hot melt and desiccant matrix.
Roto North America
Officials for Roto say they’re excited to make a digital debut for new X-DRIVE Evolve OP08 Operators. Thanks to this new option, customers can now use a split-arm operator in egress applications, while the increased length of the product’s connect arm provides a mechanical advantage. This, they say, results in easier operation. Operators allow for an easy conversion from a standard “washability” hinge window, as only the hinge arms need to be swapped out. The use of a single arm operator is no longer necessary, reducing SKU’s and eliminating a different route location, according to company information.Also available for review and download will be information on the X-DRIVE Evolve Contemporary Casement Hardware, featuring new contemporary style lock handles, operator covers and crank handles. Attendees can review the product’s plethora of color options.
Other products available for review include Roto Patio Inowa, the H600 swing door, a Roto Patio Door featuring the company’s 9100D and 9100 handles with our kick lock and rollers and the new Roto NX System, a casement system that features the new OP08 operator.
Strybuc will have sales and product representatives logged in through its virtual booth, where they’re available to assist customers with questions about the door and window hardware industry, as well as provide info on product specifications and applications. Attendees looking to network will find company president James “Murph” Murphy on hand, along with sales managers and others.
Products will include Strybuc’s point-of-purchase parts identification displays. Show discounts will be given to all visitors for new shower door hardware for frameless shower systems, high-performance caulk applicators, and private label foam glass cleaners in 4 oz. and 19 oz. cans. Free copies of the company’s 2020 Master Catalog will also be available for download, along with the 2020 New Swing Door, Commercial Door, and Sliding Door Catalog.
Guardian Glass North America plans to bring its newest product and services to GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE, including the company’s fast-growing online library of technical papers and videos. The company will highlight how its downloadable resources aim to help architects, fabricators, window manufacturers and glazing contractors to design, build and work with glass.
Information will also be available for ClimaGuard® 80/71 coated glass, which helps residential projects meet increasingly stringent energy programs with a preliminary center-of-glass solar heat gain coefficient as high as 0.71 and a U-factor as low as 0.266 in standard insulating glass units equipped with 3 mm glass. Meanwhile, the company’s proprietary warm-edge spacer has been rebranded as Guardian Align, including a fresh new look.
As companies key in on automation and remote features, GED Integrated Solutions plans to be in the right place at the right time with some of its most advanced solutions. Visitors will find info on the Intercept 2.5 Spacer Fabrication System, which officials say produces spacers faster and more affordably than other spacer systems. The system allows you to quickly change between material types and can produce spacers at a rate of up to 85 feet per minute (up to eight spacers per minute without muntins).
Information will also be available on RoboFlow PT, a completely automated robotic pass through system for vinyl window manufacturing that goes from welding through cleaning and on to the next step with just a single operator. Information will also be available for the RoboClean Sash Twin-Head Vinyl Corner Cleaner and the company now offers its RoboClean product in a dedicated sash version with a smaller footprint: RoboClean RC2000-S.
Officials for FeneTech say they’ll provide virtual previews for the latest release of its FeneVision ERP software. As more companies rely on remote work these days, the fully integrated system operates on a graphical user interface running on a single database, allowing employees to see in real time exactly what is happening on the production floor.
For door, window and insulating glass manufacturers, FeneVision provides all the tools necessary for controlling each phase of production, including web and client-based quotation and order handling, pricing and costing, an integrated CAD for glass shapes, dynamic creation of bills of materials, capacity planning, production scheduling, lineal optimization and much more. The system also allows for mobile delivery using an iPad.
Anthony Innovations will showcase two of its newest products: the 1000 series and the GIANTQuad. Officials say the company’s 1000 Series roller “performs above all else within its class,” including features such as increased adjustment range, ease of adjustment under load and improved rolling performance. Accommodating panel weights up to 550 lbs., the 1000 Series also includes an inbuilt retention system ensuring the product is aligned during the complete adjustment range and offers numerous housing options and wheel variations to suit specific extrusions.
As the name alludes, officials suggest that GIANTQuad is “the strongest roller in the market.” The product features an 1100-lb. load capacity allowing for doors up to 2,200 lbs. in weight—carrying as much as a Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck, they say. The product is also AAMA 906-18 certified and its 3-inch wheel diameter ensures smooth system operation.
Whether your heat-treating process calls for triple-silver low-E coated glass, ¾-inch tempered or ceramic frit coatings, Billco Tempering Systems (BTS) offer multiple models and custom-built furnaces for all requirements. At upcoming shows, the company will have info on hand to highlight how BTS furnaces are also energy efficient, offering fast heating times and minimal optical distortion.
Furnaces are built to operate around the clock and are backed by 24-hour, U.S.-based support.
Known for its high-tech booths with oversized screens and cafes, Deceuninck looks to build a different buzz at virtual shows—this time with its 164 Impact Series. The high-performance window system is designed for light commercial, new construction and replacement applications, where it provides unrivaled strength for any storm condition. A sleek, modern design maximizes viewing area, while a multi-chamber frame reduces conduction and convection to improve energy efficiency and performance.
Multiple frame options include Florida flange, pre-punched fin and block, and multiple sash options include a contemporary sculpted design that’s compatible with multiple Deceuninck sash systems.
Quanex Building Products
In addition to products such as its full Edgetherm family of hot-melt and single-part sealants, its Super Spacer technology and Duralite spacers, Quanex aims to hook attendees on the benefits of outsourcing screen production. With full-service screens solutions throughout North America dedicated to custom manufacturing, officials say the company’s customers can eliminate raw material and finished goods inventory, while also cutting out the costs and equipment required for screen fabrication. Company representatives will be on hand to explain how those resources can be redirected toward higher-margin, primary manufacturing activities.
Also in the company’s virtual booth will be its Mikron House Systems, which are designed to offer something for every climate—giving door and window manufacturers the ability to differentiate their products for any market.
The Mikron R1-100 Window System is designed for a perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics for both new construction and retrofit applications, while the R2-9200 Window System offers maximum thermal efficiency and a 7/8-inch glazing pocket. The Mikron R2-10000 Window System is ideal for colder climates, officials say, where comfort and maximum thermal efficiency are critical, and the R1-6450 Window System is a lightweight solution for residential new construction projects.
Veka’s booth will showcase the company’s new flagship door, the Corsair Gliding patio door system. Corsair is a saddle-style door that glides on a metal rail and features heavy-duty, face- or end-adjust steel rollers. The product can be customized for use in new construction or replacement, in two-, three- and four-panel configurations up to eight feet high, and it includes Veka’s exclusive FeneXseal technology to ensure proper installation and to defend against water penetration.
Officials say Corsair offers performance advantages over pocket-style doors with its triple weather seals, when comparing air and water infiltration, as well as ease of operation and installation. According to company information, a sloped sill is standard, can be fabricated using the same frame profile welded on all four sides and is therefore less complex to manufacture than most saddle style doors.
EDTM will highlight three of its latest products at this year’s virtual shows, including Glass-Chek ELITE, which adds the ability to identify laminated glass in windows, while also measuring the thickness of laminate inner-layers. The tool’s graphical display shows an illustration of window profiles, providing users with an overview of construction. Glass-Chek ELITE can also identify which pieces of glass have low-E coatings on them, when they’re placed against the laminate inner-layer, and the unit stores recent measurements so that users can pull up them up after returning to the office. The tool includes some of the primary features found in EDTM’s tools, such as measuring glass and spacer thickness, and identifies types of low-E coatings, indicating whether they’re hard- or soft-coats, as well as includes many other features.
The company will also feature its latest edge deletion detector, The Edge, which officials say is perfect for applications where you must determine if there is a low-E coating on the top surface of glass, and for salespeople, the company’s Low-E Card and Low-E Card+ detectors not only provide great options for in-home testing, but make great leave-behinds.
Chelsea Building Products
Chelsea plans to introduce its latest window series: the 9600 Series Single Hung. Featuring a side-load bottom sash, the product is designed for new construction. The series includes coordinating picture windows, an XO horizontal slider and XOX horizontal slider windows.
According to company information, the 9600 utilizes a universal frame system for the single hung and horizontal slider models for ease of manufacturing, while welded frames and sashes enhance structural integrity and increase weatherability. The product’s 3-inch frame accepts ¾-inch insulated glass and has a streamlined, simple, clean exterior which officials say offers a pleasant aesthetic.
Officials for Sturtz say they have two products to promote under the Pertici by Stürtz brand. The P527 Pertici 5 Axis Machining Center is designed to mill, drill, route, thread and cut a wide range of materials, including aluminum, steel, light alloys and PVC. The company’s P104/107 4 Axis Machining Center is designed to mill, drill, route and thread aluminum, steel, light alloys and PVC materials up to 2 mm thick.
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