Latest Articles in Fabrication

  • How best to compete on a global basis and maintain current market
     The economy is ambling along in what a recent Wall Street Journal article called the “Goldilocks Economy”-–not too hot and not to cold. As I write this on Oct. 1, the Dow Jones industrial average is pushing a record, and the 30 component stocks are trading at 19 times their combined earnings per share of the past 12 months. This is well below the 26 price-earning ratio of...
  • Nonresidential market looks up
    The residential market The residential new housing market showed a decline in 2006 for the first time since 2001. Although this decline has been forecasted for the past several years, it was more severe than expected. Most forecasters expected a decline in single-family housing in the mid- to upper-single digits, but at the current rate a decline of about 14 percent from 1.71 million homes to 1....
  • Variation in color a plus, sometimes a problem
    Metallic paint coatings can add vibrancy and visual appeal to your project. Their lively appearance is caused by the way visible light reflects off the metallic flakes. Variations in appearance Be aware that the same qualities creating depth and brilliance also can cause variations in appearance within a project or even within a single part. Specifically, metallics can have variations in the...
  • Showtime in Vegas!
    Box ScoresRegistrants:  10,000 glass, window, and door industry professionals Visitors’ places of origin: All 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and 59 other countries International registrants: 1,672 Annual sales volume of attendees’ companies: 41 percent—less than $5 million 29 percent—$5 million to $25 million 10 percent—$25...
  • Twelve days of hearings and just the beginning
    The first, and longest, set of code-change hearings for the 2009 edition of the international codes was held Sept. 20-Oct.1 in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by the International Code Council of Falls Church, Va. During the 12 days of hearings, a committee heard a record 2,300 proposals to revise the international codes. Many proposals deal with energy conservation (see Glass magazine, July, p. 132);...
  • Modern hardware complements the look
    The days of intimidating paneled boardrooms, opaque, studded walls and wooden doors could be numbered; glass is catching on in the workplace faster than ever. It adds sophisticated architectural statements rarely rivaled by other materials. Additionally, glass remedies the bomb-shelter syndrome in offices by allowing natural light in, creating bright, productive spaces conducive to modern work...
  • Architects’ desire to bring daylight deep into office buildings fosters floor-to-ceiling glass walls
    Dilbert would agree: Floor-to-ceiling glass walls can revolutionize office life, ignite the shopping impulse in the most parsimonious people and expose residents to beautiful vistas throughout vacation homes. At least two such fire-rated systems distributed in the United States—the Vision 60 System from AFG Industries Inc. in Kingsport, Tenn., and  InterEdge Technologies of Sausalito,...
  • Look at negative spaces when considering attributes of aluminum frames
    Cavity design, size and location play important roles in the designing process of a thermally improved aluminum profile. Improper cavity sizes or styles can lead to structural and thermal inefficiencies. However, the properly fitted cavity will show increased thermal energy efficiency and correct structural support. To achieve such optimal results, the extrusion or product designer should answer...
  • A European researcher compares European and North American quality standards
    Last year, the European Community published harmonized standards on insulating glass units. Every insulating glass unit put on the market in the EC will carry the CE label starting March 2007. The CE mark indicates compliance with health and safety requirements set out in European directives, specified in the EN 1279 series. The letters “CE” stand for Conformité Europé...
  • Professionals outside the industry laud the move
    Relax. Kick back. Enjoy the International Building Code’s new marking system for fire-rated glazing. It’s going to make your life a lot easier. That’s what some people familiar with the new marking system say. Let’s begin at Undewriters Laboratories. According to Bob Berhinig, principal engineer at UL’s Northbrook, Ill., facility, UL encourages use of the system as a...
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