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.
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."