Westcrowns Profilit Passes Dade County Hurricane Tests

Westcrowns Inc., the Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.-based distributor of Pilkington Profilit™, has announced that the Profilit channel glass system has passed Florida's Dade County hurricane testing.

Profilit is a translucent linear cast glass structural glazing system with self-supporting glass channels and a metal perimeter frame. Through a patent-pending manufacturing process, the structural glass system features laminated polycarbonate on the inside of the channel glass surface.

According to information provided by Westcrowns, the large missile impact test showed that the new product could endure significant impact from a wooden 2-by-4 shot from an air cannon at a distance of approximately 20 feet and a speed of 35 mph. The 10-foot high by 45-inch wide eight plank Profilit glass wall assembled for the testing incurred fractures but did not break through or shatter.

"The testing people were extremely impressed by our structural load test performance that evaluates wind pressure, in our case, at 60 psf," said Michael Clay, field engineer. "All other Dade Country products require passing two impacts. Since our product is so unique, we had to pass three impacts and still maintain the same results as those tested twice."

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