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  • Simple device helps to determine the correct side
    Window installation has become more difficult because glaziers must ensure proper orientation of low-emissivity coatings.While fabricators have various means of determining low-e orientation during the manufacturing of insulating glass units, glaziers’ few conventional methods for on-site verification have proven ineffective, until the advent of portable detectors. With these devices,...
  • 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...
  • Click here to download PDF verison (371KB, Adobe Acrobat).Despite rising interest rates and higher oil prices, the U.S. economy plugs along fairly well. Federal data show 211,000 new jobs were generated in March, and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. Construction accounts for about 6.4 percent of U.S. jobs but provided 14.4 percent of last year’s job growth, according to The Christian...
  • Although it has been around for several years, many U.S. contract glaziers still view point-supported glazing or spider glazing as a highly specialized application. It’s use in the U.S. construction market represents only a fraction of that in Europe, where the application of structural glass within building design has become the norm rather than the exception. Unfortunately, most U.S....
  • North American mirror manufacturers have to try harder on world stage
    When some North America’s silverers look in their mirrors, they see: robots. The additional productivity that robots and sophisticated plant-management software lend to the silvering process could give North America’s 29 or so mirror manufacturers the edge they need to survive in an international economy. Automation becomes key, says Eddie Davis, silvering superintendent at Guardian...
  • After zipping to the lead in Chinese auto-glass exports, Xinyi Glass Holdings Ltd. revs its engine to catch up with other architectural glass Chinese exporters.Headquartered in Shenzhen, the boom town of southern China, Xinyi Glass started producing auto glass in 1988. Six years ago, it started making and selling architectural glass, and in February 2005, went public on the Hong Kong stock...
  • After five years and $650 million, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia now shines as the city’s latest architectural jewel. The three-phase project transformed CHOP from a dark, 1970s-era structure to a light and welcoming glazed expansion that tested technical and creative abilities of participants every step of the way.The importance of the CHOP expansion and recladding, however...
  • Prior to installation of a tempering line, the managers of a U.S. window manufacturer with a single plant determined they needed an enclosure. They had two main objectives: one, to protect their operators from the noise associated with this type of process; two, to avoid adding the heat load to their air-conditioned plant.The blower room is in a separate lean-to building outside the plant wall....
  • Online tool, a quicker way to get the numbers
    Ever increasing in popularity, minimally supported glass, such as glass canopies and balustrades, find their way into many commercial construction projects. These applications require designers to confirm that the glass meets the appropriate design loads. Whatever the situation, strength of glass plays an important role in choosing the best glass solution for a project. There are many references...
  • Understanding the basics
    Maintaining cash flow remains one of the most common challenges glass company managers face. Everyone, from manufacturers to glazing subcontractors, distributors to builders, and retailers to suppliers, is subject to the same type of progress payments that characterize nearly every sector of the construction field. Contractors and subcontractors usually receive payments 30, 60 or 90 days into the...
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