Introducing March 2020July 21st, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs
Hands On: 8 Hour Shifts? Not yet.
For wood doors and mouldings, DeWalt’s new cordless sander performs well, but requires changing batteries.
Even though power outlets might abound in most factory and workshop environments, the idea of “going cordless” has its appeal for door manufacturers. Case in point: eliminating power cords that slap across the faces of wood doors would be a welcomed change for most setups. Add to that major improvements to cordless models in recent years—like brushless motors and better batteries—and today’s cordless sanders offer plenty of performance. But having to swap out and keep track of batteries? Not so appealing. Can DeWalt’s latest 20V MAX XR Brushless Cordless ¼ Sheet Variable Speed Sander (DCW200) make it through a typical shift on a single battery? Out of the box, with a 5-amp-hour battery, the answer is likely no (depending on how much sanding you do throughout the course of a day). But for those who sand a little here and there, it’s a viable option.
With a variable, seven-speed dial offering speed control from 12,000-14,000 oscillations-per-minute and a rubber grip, the product is more than capable of providing comfortable, high-quality sanding. In side-by-side comparisons, performance wasn’t quite as smooth and vibration free as the most expensive corded models (like, say, Festool), but it was certainly on par with most quality, corded sanders.
Equipped with the company’s 5-amp-hour battery (included for $249) and medium-grit sandpaper, we connected the DCW200 to a test rig, running in a continuous motion over a sheet of fine-grade, oak plywood. Under one pound of pressure, the battery consistently produced approximately 90 minutes of continuous runtime on a single charge, with the sander dialed in at half speed. We thought we’d extend those measurements by adding one of DeWalt’s 9-amp-hour, 60-volt FlexVolt batteries (which produces 20 volts when connected to 20-volt tools), but discovered that it interferes with the sander’s dust collector coupling.
Nonetheless, for those looking to sand intermittently throughout the day, a 90-minute battery might go the distance, while taking cords out of the equation.
FeneTech’s latest initiative, FENml, is a baseline standard of communication that allows fenestration stakeholders to speak the same language. FENml combines data from users’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems directly with the machines on the shop floor.
With FENml, users can leverage historical data to make automatic decisions during production planning, trigger maintenance actions based on sensor values, and use collected data to better plan for maintenance.
Especially for Canada
Guardian Glass North America introduced a new residential product: ClimaGuard 80/71.
Developed in response to Canada’s Energy Star 5.0 requirements for residential windows, when added to surface three, the company’s new coating provides a high solar heat gain option, for a system that meets the path of ER rating for approval. Applied to surface two, the product helps to meet requirements for U-values, with an added interior surface IS coating on surface four.
“You can still comply with the new Energy Star requirements, with dual pane construction,” says Raymond Roy, the company’s regional technical advisor.
Easy Storage and Transport
If space is limited in the warehouse, or you have customers who deal with tight jobsites, Crystal Window and Door Systems’ new vinyl sliding door might help, as it’s designed to be assembled on the jobsite.
The new Series CVP-1100 KnockDown (KD) Vinyl Sliding Patio Door features welded-corner factory-glazed sash panels and a mechanically-fastened master frame that’s designed to provide easy handling, transport, storage, stocking and installation. The product comes in standard 5-foot by 6-foot sizes and is stocked with standard glazing for immediate availability. It can be moved and loaded for transport by one person.
“Crystal developed this product in response to our trade customers’ requests. They were seeking an affordable vinyl patio door in a [knock down] configuration suitable for jobsites challenged by small elevators, cramped staircases, narrow halls and tight doorways,” says Blaise Benevenga, the company’s New Jersey/New England sales manager.
Clean and Green
Cardinal CG Co. recently announced the next generation of Neat—a coating technology that’s designed to keep glass clean. According to company information, Neat+ uses static dissipation to reduce the amount of surface dust and relies on sunlight to breakdown greenhouse gases to keep windows “Naturally Cleaner.”
The technology makes glass surfaces more conductive, resulting in a decrease of static charge. According to officials, results from independent tests show 40% less dust on Neat+ surfaces, compared to uncoated glass. Meanwhile, titanium dioxide naturally reacts to the sun’s UV rays, resulting in advanced photoactivity that breaks down greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
“Another major advantage of Neat+ is that it can be combined with any of our proven energy-efficient LoE coatings,” says Bowie Neumayer, vice president of sales and marketing. “So, in addition to cleaner glass, homeowners can enjoy improved comfort and energy savings year around.”
Slide and Fold
Goldberg Brothers Inc. offers a Barnfold Series of hardware that officials say
is designed to combine the style and durability of traditional barn door hardware with the space saving benefits of bifold operation. The design allows builders to mount barn doors on closets, pantries, laundry nooks and anywhere there might be inadequate wall space, company officials suggest.
With the appearance of ordinary barn door hardware, the track is only slightly longer than the width of a door’s frame. Meanwhile, a pair of hinged door panels fold together as one of two hangers slides across the opening.
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