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Product Showcase: Spring 2016

What’s new and what’s cool in window and door products.

March 16, 2016  By Glass Canada

New products for fenestration fabricators and dealers just keep on coming.

Buy domestic for better service
RPM Rollformed Metal Products has a number of exciting new developments at its Ontario manufacturing facility. The choice to buy local has never been as important as it is in today’s economy.   RPM remains steadfast to fabricating the highest quality fenestration products and for nearly 30 years has been helping window fabricators to be successful. Available solutions include RPM Spacer, RPM Grill Bar, Climatech Spacer (warmedge), desiccant, corner keys and connectors. RPM’s spotlight  product,  the Climatech warmedge spacer was one of its busiest production lines for 2015 thanks in part to an IGMA TBC classification. RPM saw a staggering 300 per cent increase in demand from Canadian fabricators. Climatech Spacer was a definite topic of interest for clients at this year’s Construct Canada as engineers and architects alike saw benefits for its use. Because Climatech Spacer features an electrolytic chrome-coated steel with perforated plastic to absorb desiccant, it is sought after and specified for both residential and commercial use.  2016 is already proving to be Working direct with a local manufacturer means fabricators have a voice in the products they use.

Online fabrication software
Genesis Go 3D is a sophisticated cloud-based software solution for window and door manufacturers and resellers within the fenestration industry. Genesis Go 3D requires no installation. Users can access the software via their broadband internet service and web browser of choice. Genesis Go 3D makes the design and configuration of windows and doors easy. With Genesis Go 3D it is possible to manage projects, partners, quotes, orders, network users, user groups and backup tasks without any specialist IT skills. Genesis Go started out as a micro independent software vendor developing a simple, but flexible fenestration software. The company has worked on perfecting Genesis Go, focusing on the needs of customers. The software is available in 16 languages.

Helpful staff
The staff at Northern Architectural Products (NAP) is ready and willing to help with any inquires about its product lines, including its locking handle with a very strong hinge featuring enhanced adjustability and load capacity. This “double agent” handle serves two applications instead of just one. NAP also carries weather stripping.


Unique solutions for fabricators
Quanex Building Products’ Technical Services team consists of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals in the industry. The Quanex Technical Services team can provide fabricators with everything needed to ensure quality and productivity. The flexible design of all insulating glass spacers offered by Quanex Building Products allows for fast application for low- to high-volume production needs and significantly simplifies the fabrication of shaped units. Quanex’s specialized equipment options are available for any type of shop, ranging from small businesses to large operations with more than 2,000 units produced each shift. Quanex is knowledgeable in fully automated, semi-automated and manual equipment solutions and can customize a solution for your individual business needs. Whether it’s throughput requirements, space or manpower limitations, Quanex can develop unique solutions for each business. The Technical Services team’s expertise, combined with Quanex’s flexibility of equipment solutions, can provide a solution that works for nearly every challenge. From window and door and insulating glass fabrication to proper installation of components and accessories, Quanex’s Technical Services team is available to provide one-time or routine quality audits to manufacturers using Quanex products, designed to help enhance quality and efficiency while boosting profitability. Other team capabilities include project management, troubleshooting, on-site training and lean exercise, aligning with continuous improvement initiatives.

Fakro Side Hung Egress
FWU window is designed for rooms where building codes require two methods of egress (escape). The egress window is available in two versions: right opening FWU-R or left opening FWU-L. FWU egress windows do not only provide extra escape way, but also an excellent means of providing extra light and fresh air to the room. The FWU size 24/46 window is officially recognized as an egress window and can help safe lives in case of emergency situations like fire.

Drives every function
FeneVision Max encompasses every function necessary to drive a complete door and window plant, from quoting, order entry, capacity planning, purchasing, inventory control, production scheduling/control, fully dynamic glass cutting optimization, lineal optimization, bar-code and touch-screen based production tracking (including remake control), CNC control of almost all window and glass-processing equipment available worldwide, delivery planning, invoicing and a complete business intelligence module. FeneVision Max ERP can be linked to almost every accounting system on the market, and it offers many tools for mobile tablets, such as the new mobile delivery planning module, developed as a native app for iPad.

Crystal now available through Everlast
Everlast announced at Windoor 2015 that it now offers aluminum residential window and door systems from Crystal Window and Door Systems. On display was the Crystal Series 2000A aluminum double hung tilt window with a 3 1/4-inch frame depth and 7/8-inch IGU. Rated for AAMA H-C60/CW-PG50, the Series 2000A is available with durable, environmentally friendly powder coat paint in standard colours. The windows feature tilting sashes for easy cleaning, a full curved lift handle for easy operation and an anti-drift head clip lock that automatically secures the top sash in the closed position for safety, security and strong weather resistance.  Special colour finishes are available, as are patterned glass, casement fins, continuous heads and sills and low-E argon gas fill for added energy efficiency.

Innovative vent extension
Elton Manufacturing launched its new venting door lite extensions at Windoor, designed for use with its current 2036 and 2236 vents. The extensions vent the middle of the door, offering safety for children and pets and an easy lifting position. No more broken screens from energetic dogs. The extensions feature the same ergonomic handle design with two-piece construction for easy storage, inventory and handling during installation. The vent latch features a solid design that holds the slider in place when raised. The vent spring is high-quality for longer use without loss of tension.

Reinforced mull post
Vi-Lux introduced a number of new components for entrance doors at WinDoor 2015. It now offers a single-piece reinforced mull post for added structural strength and security. Also on display was a 5 1/4-inch door frame and a one-by-4 1/2-inch extension for greater flexibility. All products are UV-protected and available in smooth white, woodgrain-embossed and Vi-Guard coated finishes. Sizes available are 4 9/16-, 5 1/4-, 6 9/16- and 7 1/4-inch.

Fold-away insect screen
The Accordion pleated hideaway insect screen by DraftSeal comes in two models: DSF1 for the exterior side of inswing doors and the DSF2 for the interior side of outswing doors. The system can be applied to single or double doors and can be built into the pre-hung door unit and shipped as a complete unit to the job site. The system comes with aluminum or PVC brick mould that enables the screen to entirely fold away from view. The pull bar has a pull tab allowing the user to easily pull the screen across the opening. The screen will not snap back when the pull tab is released. Also available is the DS1 storm sill with a built-in track and nose extension that has been tested to NAFS-11 standards for water ingress. The brick mould is available in brown or white. Accordion can be delivered in standard 6 9/16-inch, 7 1/4-inch, or custom sizes. The screen is easily replaced if damaged.

New fibreglass door
The new Plaspro fibreglass door available through Trimlite comes in 32-, 34- or 36-by-80-inch sizes at 3/4-inch thick. It is available as a slab only with a 22-by-15-inch glass option. The design is a three-panel shaker style with a smooth or fir grain and polyurethane fill. Plaspro doors are made in Ohio.

Wood grain colouring system
Decoral introduced its new Horizon UV ink PVC colouring system at WinDoor 2015. Available at lower cost than lamination or veneer systems, Horizon can colour PVC for outdoor applications with a 20-year warranty. Setup and colour changes are  quick and easy. No glues, volatile chemicals or flammable materials are involved. The Horizon system saves labour while producing up to 60 feet of coloured profile per minute. Solid colours can also be applied and the UV inks used are 99 per cent reclaimable.

Realistic mahogany
The new three-panel curved fibreglass door from Mennie comes prefinished with a realistic mahogany grain. Available in 32-,34-, and 36-inch sizes at a standard six-foot-eight-inches high, it features an available lite, CFC-free polyurethane fill and a hardwood LVL frame system.

Contemporary commercial hardware
AmesburyTruth introduced a new line of commercial-grade hardware for casement and awning windows called Contour, including locks, hinges and operators.  Designed for contemporary esthetics with softened edges, Contour features a longer handle that meets ADA requirements. The increased travel includes up to five lock points on casement sashes ranging up to 102 inches tall. Load carrying capacity is 100 pounds per hinge and comes standard with a removable pivot to simplify installation. The operator has increased load capacity and 22 per cent more operating leverage for easy operation.

Multipoint for less
The new multipoint manual door machining station by Eugenie, nicknamed “Stephany,” is a lower cost solution for rapidly preparing slabs for multipoint hardware installation. Distributed by JRC Machinerie, Stephany can handle doors up to eight feet long and 42 inches wide. It can machine hardware cavities in inside lites, and includes a self-centering feature that compensates for varying door widths, ensuring cavities are always correctly centered on the door profile. Cycle time for a typical vertical multipoint job is approximately 12 minutes including edge preparation and machining. Convenient stations at the end of the Stephany store the routers when not in use. Stephany is made in Terrebonne, Que., by Eugenie.

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