Introducing November/December 2019July 20th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs
Hands On: Hardware
Vision’s Dual Auto-Lock WOCD Venting Tilt-Latch System Does It All (Very Succinctly)
When it comes to using window opening control devices (WOCD), from a safety and compliance perspective they’re a no brainer. From a production perspective, however, unless you know exactly what the customer wants, it can be complicated. Vision Hardware’s new WOCD Tilt-Latch offers an integrated option for WOCD functions that can be installed into every window and activated only when you need it—including at the time of window installation.
With the Tilt-Latch system in place, every window is prepped to be WOCD compliant. The hardware incorporates lock, unlock, tilt and vent lock/WOCD features into a single set of routed or drop-in style tilt latches, eliminating the need for separate components. The same hardware can be used in windows for which WOCD isn’t desired, or WOCD can be added, “simply by adding a small block,” says Glen Paesano, Vision’s vice president of sales and marketing—including at the time of window manufacture, prior to final delivery or amid installation. An actuator block fits into the jamb with constant force balance systems for any single- or double-hung window and “can be added no matter how little space is available in the upper sash or vertical stile,” Paesano says.
In hands-on analysis: [DWM]’s editors found Vision’s new WOCD Tilt-Latch to be aesthetically streamlined and simple to operate. Its design is both compact and unobtrusive, especially compared to other multi-function hardware—most notably by eliminating the need for top-mounted latches.
By sliding two latches incorporated into the top corners of a window sash inward (where most tilt latches are expected to be), windows open to a safe (WOCD compliant) level. Sliding the latches a second time allows the window to open fully. The same hardware locks the window, as well as activates a tilt function.
R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co. recently introduced a new 26-inch, liner-less press. Company officials say the product is ideal for door and window brands that want to print on both sides of a label, including everything from safety and warning tags to installation instructions and logos.
Cleantech adhesives are designed to peel off clean (like Post-it notes) without leaving any messy residue. Meanwhile, liner-less labels eliminate materials that might otherwise end up in landfills, officials suggest. The company estimates that for every 1,000 4-inch-by-6-inch labels, up to three or four pounds of liner can be eliminated.
One of the drawbacks that holds some vinyl products back from achieving real-wood aesthetics includes weld lines. In July, ProVia introduced FineLine Technology, a technique that company officials say produces straight, clean corner welds. Employed on Endure Vinyl Patio Doors, the technology achieves “picture frame quality,” they suggest.
According to company information, ProVia is the first building products manufacturer to offer this technology in the U.S.
EDTM recently introduced a dual-purpose low-E detector that officials say is perfect for window manufacturing applications.
The device can be used for testing single panes of glass in production to ensure the coated surface is on top, or to see if the glass was properly edge deleted.
With the winter months setting in, it’s time for installers to take a close look at their sealants. LePage Quad Max is a door, window and siding sealant that’s designed to offer superior flexibility, durability and adhesion, company officials say, while sticking to wet and cold surfaces. According to company information, the product is resistant to bubbling, has no shrinkage and is paint-ready in one hour.
The sealant is formulated to provide a consistent bead in temperatures ranging from below zero to 140°F application. When the summer months roll around, it’s also designed to ensure long-term durability against sun exposure.
As door companies face the dilemma of labor shortages, ODL looks to gather their attention to ZEEL—a new door glass frame that attaches via metal clips, instead of screws. The product installs by tamping into place and includes a foam seal that removes the need for caulk or liquid-based sealants. The product is designed to provide a clean, low-profile look as an alternative to flush-glazed doors, while providing the benefits of a frame system. The frame can be pried off for easier and quicker door glass replacement, when compared to those that require additional sealants and fasteners.
The company also recently introduced Dialogue Layered Glass, a decorative glass product that’s engineered “to give subtle design a personality of its own,” officials suggest. ODL collaborated with Rhode Island-based design studio Observatory to produce six unique ceramic frit patterns that appear to move with changing daylight and vantage points.
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