More colleges using Schlage Recognition Systems’ biometric handreader controls
April 1, 2007
West Virginia University’s Student Recreation Center is using Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ biometric handreader technology, in addition to the card swiping system, to control access to the facility. HandKey readers simplify credential management and ensure that only authorized individuals enter the recreation center. Handreaders automatically take a three-dimensional reading...
October 3, 2006
Glaziers say success depends on industry involvement A panel of building owners said the construction industry needs a major de-fragmenting, requiring improved technology for all players in the process, including glaziers...
September 1, 2006
Artists have long decorated the surface of annealed glass with thin pieces of colored substrate and used heat to fuse them to the surface. The thermal tempering of such fused glass panes has been of great interest to users of this material—particularly glass artists—and has been extremely difficult to achieve.The challengeResearchers at Schott AG in Germany conducted tests with...
June 28, 2006
Lean manufacturing is about to get leaner with radio frequency identification. Officials from GED Integrated Solutions of Twinsburg, Ohio, now enter the final testing stages of adding RFID to its Glass-On-Demand scheduling system...
June 1, 2006
The roots of thin interlayers used in and on windows and glazing date to the 1930s, the first Golden Age of the American automobile. A consortium, including DuPont of Wilmington, Del., developed glass fashioned from tough, clear polyvinyl butyral. Sandwiched between glass, it created a safety windshield, and lamination was born. Since then, the processes, applications, thicknesses, colors and...
January 1, 2006
With the soaring cost of energy to heat and cool homes, energy conscious glass and window manufacturers search for technologies to reduce energy loss through window glass panes and frames. At present, state-of-the-art insulation glass technologies achieve, at best, U-values of 0.2 BTU/hrft2F0. One BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of...
Even grocers want the cells
December 1, 2005
Supermarket News reported the trend Sept. 19 in announcing the opening of at least the fourth U.S. grocer to garner some electricity from the sun. Woodlands Market, a single-store retailer in Kentfield, Calif., became one of the largest solar-powered supermarkets in California when officials recently turned on its 100-kilowatt system, according to the report.The article also documented similar...
Internet-based collaboration tool may turn dreams of automation efficiency to reality
September 1, 2005
The building construction industry has been slow to embrace technology and slow to react to technology as it affects day-to-day business. Other industries have embraced technology with significant benefits of improved efficiencies, lower costs, reduction of errors and faster and easier ways to do business. Now, automation for participants in the glass industry via computers and the Internet will...
When antiquities, priceless collections, venerable art, fussy curators and deep pockets come into play.
September 1, 2005
Museums and art galleries present challenges to glazing designs, given the tight environmental conditions that must be met. Consideration must be given to many parameters, often conflicting, including the quality and quantity of light, ultraviolet resistance, aesthetics, thermal performance, condensation resistance, strength, security performance, safety and cost. For a best-practice curatorial...
November 1, 2004
A two-decade-old technology recently found its place in the glass industry.Developed in Russia in the 1980s, high-frequency microwave technology has sparked the interest of several top glass manufacturers, including Auburn Hills Mich.-based Guardian Industries. This advanced microwave technology may affect processes such as shaping and bending, tempering, laminating and cutting, says Lian Sawires...