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June 2013: Improved Hinged Screen

Since the middle of 2012, we have offered a hinged screen solution for cam handle casement windows. Prior to our hinged screen customers used a wicket style (see image), which was crude and unsightly. Within the next few months, we are releasing a whole new hinge and screen design....

May 2013: Threshold Protection

We are now offering brake aluminum shapes for job site threshold protection. The shapes will be made to fit the door track configuration and can easily be installed. We considered tightly fitting plastic protection but discovered it does not help keep construction debris out of the sill. The method we chose is simple but effective....

April 2013: Narrow Style Hardware Design

Our entry-level sliding door products (Series' 1070, 1050, 1000) come with hardware available from the "industry", which is primarily overseas production. The quality of this hardware falls short of our customer's expectations. We have made a commitment to design our own hardware, which will aptly be called "Archetype Narrow". It will come standard on all entry-level sliding doors silver painted but will also be offered on the premium product lines (Series' 3070, 3050, 3300, 3000) with a narrow lock stile and in #316 alloy stainless steel. The designs were completed weeks ago and we anticipate the arrival by September....

March 2013: High Performance Interlocker 3070-T / 3300

Our October 2012 spotlight concerned three products in development. Two of those items (thermally broken interlockers) has just been completed and are now available for quoting and purchase. The standard interlocker is similar to the current shape but with struts instead of poured in place thermal material. The High-Performance interlocker is a new design and will allow the Series 3300 and Series 3070-T to be made with greater height and wind performance....

February 2013: Casement Limit Device

Now shown in the Hinges section of our hardware page is a casement opening limit device. It is designed for butt hinge Series 250-T and Series 2000 windows installed in windy areas. This optional "sash limiter" prevents the casement from opening further than 45 degrees (approximately). Though an option, we default to this device on larger casement windows....

December 2012: Casement/Awning/Hopper Screen Clip Improvement

The swivel clip used to attach screens to our Series 250-T and Series 2000 casement, awning and hopper windows are being replaced by a non-invasive stainless steel spring clip. Orders shipping in April will come with this new clip. Orders shipping prior to April can be ordered without screens and later be retrofitted easily....

November 2012: Window-Wall Inserts

Our Series 3800 window-wall system is a dynamic construct that allows many configurations. One such feature is the "inserts" option, which allows operable windows to be easily inserted, reducing sight lines and avoiding sealant joints....

October 2012: New Products & Additions

ONE: Designs are completed for the Series 3200-T hinged door. It has begun the five-month development process and is on pace to be ordered by March 2013. TWO: The Series 3070-T and Series 3300 sliding doors will soon have a new style interlocker AND a high performance option. The factory is currently verifying the first articles and anticipate to have finished material on the factory floor by December 1st. The new design has rigid struts in place of the poured-in-place polyurethane....