Republic Windows and Doors of Chicago has announced a $75,000
investment in a wet glazing process, which will be used initially
on its Contour single-hung window series.
Joe Neely, director of technical services, said the moisture
cure polymer used in the wet-glazing process has three times the
holding power of standard pressure sensitive adhesives.
"The moisture cure polymer process is truly the cream of
the crop," said Neely. "Of the few innovative companies
that have converted to wet glazing, most are still using standard
silicone, or a form of quick-set silicone. The major advantage
of the new moisture cure polymers from HB Fuller is in the manufacturing
environment, where windows are produced quickly, packaged and
shipped, sometimes in the same day
Republic expects the new process to increase its manufacturing
capacity by 15 percent, while reducing the risk of potential seal
failures currently experienced with standard pressure sensitive
applications. The company also says re-glazing time in the field
will be faster. Erdman Automation manufactured the machinery for
the wet-glazing process.