GlassBuild America rolled into its second day on Thursday at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center with big crowds IMG_5305 (1)and a bevy of new products.

Integrated Automation Systems showed off a couple of products for filling insulating glass units (IGUs) with gas.

OptiClose is a new argon-filling system for Intercept lines that delivers higher quality at a lower labor cost, according to the company. IAS president Mike McHugh say the product provides a faster and more complete fill, a better metal-to-metal seal that reduces gas loss, and more room for sealant behind the closure.

The company also showed off its FastGas machinery, which it says can fill a standard IG unit with argon in 10 seconds.

EDTM showcased a prototype of a product coming in 2016 that it says can measure the U-value of the glazing in a window. EDTM is partnering with a German company on this Uglass product, which is a two-piece system that tests windows that are installed, coming off the factory line or at the jobsite. The measurement time can take about 10-15 minutes, and the product runs on rechargeable batteries.

The company also showcased an online version of its tin side detection system. Now available in a handheld version, it will be production-line ready, and will detect the presence of the tin side automatically.

Skyreach showed off its new Harmony series of sliding patio doors that the company’s Alessio Mazzone says is fully integratable with three-panel and four-panel configurations. Skyreach also displayed its Boulevard series of wide-sash sliding doors that Mazzone says can accomodate openings as large as 24 feet.

Pro Line Sales’ booth featured some of its more advanced machinery offerings, according to sales director Todd Tolson. The CNC 6100 twin head sash cleaning and processing center, the newly redesigned FH-88 four-head vinyl welder, and the QS-10 QuickStop, a servo-controlled, ball-screw-driven saw stop.

Chris Bullock of Ultrafab showed off the company’s new fire-rated SP-000-12 weatherstrip brush seal that recently passed UL94 testing to become certified as V-0 rated.  “It took us a long while to get the ingredients just right,” he said. “It should do very well, especially in commercial buildings and hospitals.”


Roto exhibited at the show for the first time since 2008, and president Chris Dimou reported that the Fasco and Roto brands have been fully integrated.

“We have continually and consistently been growing with the casement and European products,” said Dimou. “We are very hopeful that with all the new customers we have acquired that we will continue our extraordinary growth in 2016.”

The company had many products on display, including its Op08, which is an extension of its x drive casement line and features a different design. The company also showcased new handle options based on the company’s European heritage. On the Fasco side, the company showcased new architectural finishes for the sliding patio door line and prototypes of some new handles.

AmesburyTruth offered an abundance of new products and had an innovative display wall in the booth showcasing all of the products on display. The wall had some info on each product and a QR tag, so a visitor can scan and retrieve the URL for that product for easy reference later.

The company showcased its Harmony System,which offers a new contemporary low-profile lock. Brand new in the booth was SecureGuard, a product that allows you to use a key and lock the window so it can’t be opened in certain situations. The product can work well for nursing homes or in childcare situations. Also new was a hardware system for bi-fold doors in its Sentry line. The hardware can accommodate doors with a maximum width of 52 inches and can accommodate eight panels to the left and eight panels to the right.

GlassBuild continues through Friday.

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