October 18, 2021

Tackling Performance Challenges at GlassBuild America 2021

by Cristina Murray

GlassBuild America returned to Atlanta in September, where eager attendees and vendors converged on the show floor for the first time since 2019, looking for new ways to solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

At Quanex, we’re committed to helping our customers do just that. Our team was happy to return to GlassBuild America once again, and the show was a great reminder of the power of in-person conversation and collaboration. Here are some of the things we heard:

“I need to speed up and streamline my insulating glass production.”

When demand is up and you need to keep up with production schedules, look no further than the Quanex Edgetherm® family of high-performance insulating glass (IG) sealants.

Quanex’s Edgetherm® 3500 is a single-part, butyl-based sealant that sets quickly from its molten state, allowing units to be moved from their assembly locations between two and five minutes after application and glazed the same day. A combination of high output and fast heat-loss properties reduces the risk of corner defects for a complete seal around the unit.

Edgetherm® 3600 hot-melt butyl sealant for IG units is an active, single-part sealant that offers superior performance, productivity and durability over comparable technologies for IG. It’s formulated with i-Boost™, an exclusive technology from adhesive company Bostik, making it easy to produce more robust and durable units at the highest application speeds, with no curing time and the shortest skinning time on the market.

“I need efficient, large-format door technology that meets commercial structural ratings.”

Large glass is increasingly desirable in commercial applications, and delivering on that demand requires the technology that meets critical specifications and high structural ratings while balancing outstanding thermal performance. The answer can be found in Quanex’s new K2 series commercial vinyl door systems.

The K2 series commercial vinyl sliding door has been thoroughly tested to AAMA standards, achieving an HC50 rating for 8-foot heights and a C35 rating for 10-foot heights in multiple-panel configurations. Its design includes equal glass and sight lines and multichambered profiles for strong welds and maximum thermal performance. It can accept multiple glazing options, such as monolithic or insulated, and utilizes a variety of hardware options. The K2 door is manufactured with long-lasting, .100"-thick-walled MikronBlend® extrusions that will stand up to even the harshest weather conditions and will never pit, warp, rot, corrode, peel or crack.

“I’m going to market in a new region—how can I meet that region’s specific needs?”

With maximized thermal efficiency and proven performance that stand up to the North American market’s hottest and coldest extremes, residential window OEMs can trust Mikron® house systems from Quanex for lasting beauty, operation and performance in a variety of climates. The Mikron® 9300 and Mikron® 8200 window systems and are:

  • Ideal for both new construction and retrofit applications
  • Exclusively formulated with Quanex’s proprietary MikronBlend® vinyl compound across all Quanex manufacturing facilities for extreme batch consistency
  • Available in a variety of configurations to suit your needs
  • AAMA certified to provide peace of mind from production to installation

“I need a proven spacer system for commercial performance.”

For commercial IG, there can be no compromise when it comes to dependability and performance. Providing a unique triple-seal design, Super Spacer® TriSeal™ is the premium choice for commercial insulating needs, including silicone structural glazing. Found in architectural marvels all over the world, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Museum of the Future in Dubai, Super Spacer TriSeal incorporates an inner acrylic adhesive seal for immediate unit handling, a polyisobutylene primary seal for enhanced gas retention and low moisture vapor transmission, and an outer silicone seal for proven structural strength and superior durability.

Super Spacer is uniquely suited for use with modern, high-speed spacer processing equipment, including vertical automated lines, helping today’s commercial glazing professionals drive their business forward efficiently and with confidence.

For more information about these solutions and everything Quanex has to offer for today’s fenestration professionals, visit www.Quanex.com/GlassBuild.

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