From machinery to hardware, and various components, following are some of the products you will see on the show floor. And if you can’t make it to Atlanta, perhaps you will see them up close at another trade show soon. Or simply go to the individual websites to learn more. If you will be at the event, the [DWM] staff looks forward to seeing you there. Stop by and see us in booth 3008.

Booth 819 – Continental

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With skai Mattex, Continental presents a new exterior surfaces program that officials say is meant to inspire the market with an extreme matte in laminated surfaces. The product has a gloss level of two—an innovation that they say, “perfectly replicates the look and feel of powder-coated aluminum, with a particularly fine, yet concisely structured surface.” The surface is scratch-resistant due to its grain structure and is sealed with a polyvinylidene fluoride

(PVDF) layer, resulting in a particularly low surface tension that makes it easy to clean. Due to a high temperature resistance, it shows no gloss development during welding or bending. The product is available in nine solid colors, ranging from white to black, and the matt trend also expands the choices of woodgrain finishes through the skai Woodec program.

Booth 819 – Fux

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Fux will show off the first model of its 83-CLM-327 Plus, a compact version of its 83-PLM-327. Designed as an attractive opportunity for lamination startups and small runs, the line is equipped with a 4.4 lbs. adhesive topmelter, but can be changed within minutes to an external 5-gallon pre-melter. Standard features include one side-based drive train with full accessibility on the operator side, a patented anti-scratch, non-stick and low maintenance slot nozzle and a precision primer application through centrally-controlled primer pumps.

The unit also features a central touch screen panel for the control of the line, two laminate unwinding reels and a protective film applicator.

Upgrades over previous models include an integrated, automatic on-spot humidifier system, an automatic foil positioning system, laminate preheating system and remote access maintenance modem.

Booth 1103 – EDTM

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EDTM plans to provide hands-on demos for its line of American-made tools and instruments, including the latest improvements to Glass-Chek Elite. Updates include the ability to identify laminated glass in a window and to measure the thickness of laminate inner-layers. The unit’s graphical display shows an illustration of the profile of the window, helping the user to better understand construction and the location of low-E coated surfaces. In one of its 12 special operating modes, the Glass-Chek Elite can even identify which surface of glass has a low-E coating when the coating is placed against a laminate inner-layer. The meter stores the most recent 28 measurements, allowing users to pull them up after returning to the shop or office.

Other special operating modes include detecting multi-laminate applications, such as bullet-resistant or fire-rated glass, reflective/mirrored commercial glass, low visible light transmission (VLT), suspended film and quad-pane windows.

Booth 1403 – Chelsea Building Products

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Chelsea plans to use the show to introduce its latest window: the 9600 Series Single Hung. Designed for new construction and featuring a sideload bottom sash, the Side Load Single Hung series includes coordinating picture window, XO horizontal slider and XOX horizontal slider windows. The 9600 utilizes a universal frame system for the single hung and horizontal slider models for ease of manufacturing, while welded frames and sashes enhance structural integrity and weatherability. The 3-inch frame has a streamlined, simple, clean exterior that officials say offers “a pleasant, aesthetic design that is easy for manufacturing.” The product accepts ¾-inch insulating glass.

Booth 1505 – American Renolit Corp.

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Renolit has more to celebrate than just a return to in-person shows and new films. The company is also celebrating its 75th birthday. Officials say the show will mark an opportunity to show appreciation to all of the customers and partners that helped to make this milestone possible.

In the meantime, the company isn’t resting on its laurels. Instead, it’s announcing the addition of Exofol FX Black exterior films to its standard stock, following the ongoing trend toward dark colors. Five different black options are now available, with different hues and surface embossing. The latest options round out the company’s standard offering of colors, such as architectural bronze, grey, clay, almond and more.

Officials say Exofol FX remains the only true acrylic/PVDF film on the market, including an industry leading 20-year warranty, which applies to all U.S. and Canadian climate zones.

Booth 1739 – GED Integrated Solutions

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GED’s booth will feature several kiosk monitors with product videos, while a large display will play corporate and product messages on one side, creating a meeting and conference area on the other. Officials say a section of the booth will be used to demonstrate the WinTrax Intelligent Logistics System, a software package that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to locate window components throughout manufacturing facilities. “We’ve made enhancements to the software that benefits the window manufacturing processes and distribution channels,” says Tony DiFiore, software R&D manager. “With the introduction of the WinTrax Handheld, we’ll demonstrate the ease of finding windows versus using a barcode scanner.”

A large kiosk monitor will offer an inside look into a GED window manufacturing facility, with machine “checkpoints,” rotating 3D machine renderings, product videos, sales literature and brochures. Visitors can go directly to The GED Store onsite and register to view more than 20,000 genuine OEM parts for the company’s machines.

Booth 2221 – FeneTech

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Earlier this year, FeneTech released FeneVision Ultimate v.15.3. Among the enhancements included in the new version are advanced purchasing and inventory control functions that officials say, “will revolutionize the user experience.” New features include the ability to create a vendor scorecard report, define inventory bins as non-nettable, designate ABC and XYZ inventory classifications, view inventory demand by either day or month, and many more.

Booth 2231 – Erdman Automation

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With labor shortages persisting, Erdman will display its One Man Robotic IG Cell, an IG production line that’s designed for one operator. The unit has a cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per 2-foot-by-3-foot IG unit without grid. The machine’s expected throughput is near 500 units with a 40-50% grid mix, or over 600 with no grids, in a full eight-hour shift.

The company will also share concepts that utilize two application stations, dropping the cycle time to 30-35 seconds, for a 25% increase in throughput.

Booth 2503 – Strybuc Industries

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An in-person show marks the perfect opportunity for Strybuc to show off one of its latest tools: the first touch-screen kiosk for door and window parts. Designed for use in retail stores, kiosks allow visitors to shop over 36,000 popular, hard to find and obsolete door and window parts using a touch-screen format and printed catalog. Counter- and floor-based stations are available, offering an easy process for shopping and ordering. After finding the parts they need, customers can add them to a cart, enter a credit card number, and have parts delivered direct to stores or shipped to their homes. Meanwhile, there’s no need for retailers to stock hundreds of regional specialty hardware items.

The company will also have its new sliding door roller assembly identification selectors on hand. A countertop model displays 45 of the company’s most popular roller assemblies, while a floor model includes 90 assemblies—with five variations of wheels.

Booth 2519 – Quanex Corp.

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Visitors can expect to see the full gamut of offerings from Quanex, including patio door products, screens, vinyl systems and insulating glass spacers. The company also plans to emphasize its services in marketing and technical support.

Some of the top highlights will include the 900 and 1350 Patio Screen Door with Inset Handle, which integrates handle hardware into the frame, removing it from view and helping to prevent wear and tear. The company’s Mikron House Systems will be on hand as well, including the 8200 Series and 9300 Series, offering benefits ranging from speed to market and structural strength to energy efficiency and aesthetics.

The Mikron C3-11300 AW-Rated System will also be on display, which meets the needs of mid- and high-rise commercial buildings with an optimal mix of strength, energy performance and aesthetics. The company’s K2 Impact Sliding Patio Door System features MikronBlend vinyl, for durability and resistance to heat, impact and corrosion in coastal hurricane locations.

Last, but not least, the company will have an air float table to demonstrate the use of skinny triple IG units to meet production and energy efficiency requirements.

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