EDTM released its new GlassChek Pro system during the Fensterbau show, which is held every two years in Nuremberg, Germany.

Exhibitors at last week’s Fensterbau/Frontale show in Nuremberg, Germany, released their most recent innovations at the show to large crowds, filling the show’s eight large halls.  

Electronic Design to Market Inc. displayed its Glass ChekPro for the first time at the show. The tool, which has been in development for some time, will be shipped to customers for the first time this month, company vice president Mark Imbrock reported.  

“This is the first time we’re showing it in its full functionality,” he said.  

The new tool is designed to detect coatings and various ratings of triple-paned windows, even displaying what company’s low-E coating has been applied to the glass.  

“It has a boat-load of features,” added Imbrock, a first-time exhibitor at the show.  

Imbrock said EDTM decided to exhibit for the first time in an effort to expand its world-wide presence, and found that to be a good decision.  

“We’ve definitely talked to enough people to make it worthwhile,” he told DWM magazine.  

Hamos, a break-through manufacturer of recycling equipment, was displaying the functionality of its new vinyl window recycling system.  

“More people think about re-using windows than recycling them,” said Dr. Rainer Kohnlechner, developer of the system. “A lot of material goes to landfills or secondary applications.”  

The company has sold approximately 50 of the systems so far, and Kohnlechner described the Fensterbau show as “quite good.”  

Software manufacturer Preference North America offered a new solution designed especially for glazing contractors. The system is called Preference Intelligent Model Entry, and has been released to a couple glass suppliers who have offered it to their customers, according to engineering services manager Leon Gefter. In addition, in North America the company is now offering more integration of its software system with CNC machinery and is helping manufacturers to go paperless.  

“These guys in Europe have been [paperless] forever, but in North America it’s becoming more important,” he said.  

Sturtz Machinery displayed a new frame insulation system, developed in conjunction with Veka; the new machine, on display for the first time at Fensterbau, places insulating material inside a vinyl window’s frame.  

AquaSurtech introduced its brand-new NuGrain™ coating, which is based on a low-VOC, water-based technology. One of the coating’s benefits, according to company president Michael Braeuel, is that it can be used in exterior applications, in addition to interior. It also is resistant to the sun’s rays and set-up time is short according to Brauel.  

“Set-up is very quick, and lends itself to just-in-time manufacturers, and that minimizes inventory,” said Brauel.  

“It’s clearly a new and distinct process,” adds Brauel.  

It’s particularly helpful for manufacturers seeking to offer new options during the down economy.  

“Door and window manufacturers seek to add value and this is the best – or one of the best – ways to do that,” he said.  

Technoform offered its new polypropylene muntin bar, according to the company’s Simon Rawlins, who is based in the United Kingdom. He explained that 15 percent of the company’s customers in Europe elect to utilize the muntin bar, and the market is growing. The company also is focused on energy efficiency, and is seeing 10 to 12 percent of the market using triple-glazing there. The new muntin bar is designed to be low in conductivity, Rawlins said.  

U-r-b-a-n Machinery offered a number of new machines at the show, but its main highlight for the U.S. market was a new two-headed flow-through corner cleaner.  

“Top tools and bottom tools on each side work simultaneously for very quick and fast flow-through times,” said company president and chief operating officer Volker Lamprecht.  

Renolit focused both on its recent re-branding and the latest products at the show; its acrylic foil coatings are now known as Renolit Exofol FX throughout the world. The products previously were known as Renolit FAST. The new foil products were developed with no PVC inside to withstand extreme weather conditions, according to North American product manager David Harris.  

Glasslam N.G.I. was offering a range of products, including its Air-Tight™ warm-edge spacer, its Colour Cote™ sprayed glass and its Breakthrough® Resistant Glass.  

Paddock Fabrications featured its multi-point door locks, designed for a range of door applications; the locks are available in a choice of backsets and an array of faceplate options, according to the company.  

Attendees come from around the world to attend the Fensterbau show, though many pointed out that U.S. attendance seemed to be down due to the economy.  

One U.S. attendee, Peter Eigenmann, marketing and product development manager for Westech, said he was seeing the newest ways to become more energy-efficient, though his search wasn’t specific.  

“I look to see what’s available,” he said.  

Window Maker was exhibiting at Fensterbau for the 24th time. The company, which originally was launched in the United Kingdom, now sells in 67 countries.  

“If we’d never come to Fensterbau, that would be at least 20 percent less,” said Window Maker managing director Goronwy Jones. “It’s definitely the most international show in the industry, and it shouldn’t be thought of as a German exhibition.”

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