fensterbau/frontale 2014 Snapshots

March 31, 2014
Meetings & Events | Products

The 2014 fensterbau/frontale trade show took place in Nuremberg, Germany, March 26-29. Nearly 800 exhibitors, 40 percent of which were international, gathered to show their products and machinery for windows, doors and facades. Following are snapshots from the show floor.

Machinery, equipment and software

Windows, doors and skylights

Colors and cladding 

Machinery, equipment and software

    Trending in machinery: more automation and faster welding. At URBAN, a high-speed welder for PVC
   
 Popular at the Sturtz Marchinery Inc. booth was an automatic sorting system. “Our North American customers are very interested in incorporating an automatic sorting system into their facility,” said Ellis Dillen, president and CEO. “It allows a manufacturer to stage the glass to use as they need it.”
   
  emmegi was running seven machines on the show floor, including its Integra Q1 for PVC frames.
   
  elumatec showed multiple equipment lines at the show, and unveiled the SPZ-137 ergonomically designed 4-axis profile machining center.
   
  Istanbul-based machine supplier Setino introduced the single-head frame assembly table for hinge holes in doors.
   
  Bystronic and partner company HEGLA showed a range of handling equipment, including lifters, profile storage systems, truck racks and harp racks. Pictured are Bystronic’s vacuum lifters that are capable of handling larger, heavier glass units.
   
  A+W introduced CANTOR, integrated, comprehensive software for window and door companies. The software is available to the North American market.
   
  Opera was demonstrating its suite of software for manufacturers, including its Job Management and Sprint Label software products.
   

 

Windows, doors and skylights

 Energy efficiency, durability and sustainability drive R&D at Technoform, according to company officials. During the show, the company displayed results of these R&D efforts: bio-based insulating strips, pictured, in green.
   
 During the show, UCS Ultraflex displayed a line of automated window openers/closers that can be integrated into a building management system.
   
 Inline Fiberglass is helping to introduce fiberglass to the European window market. Pictured is the Boavista window with Inline extrusions.

   
 Wider frame depths are more common in European window constructions, according to suppliers. While 70-millimeter depths are standard for U.S. systems, systems are wider in Europe. Pictured is the new 80-mm Synego profile system from REHAU.
   
 Veka introduced its 82 line of windows and doors. The systems feature an 82-millimeter frame depth; three weather seals; and high thermal performance.
   
  Architectural shapes are trending for windows in Europe, and to respond, manufacturers are developing bent vinyl profiles. During the show, Ventana displayed a 7-foot circular, operable window.
   
  During the show, Roto debuted several new products, including the Roto OK tilt & turn.  
   
  Large sliding door systems were very popular on the show floor. aluplast showed a large door system, the Lift-and-Slide Door 85mm, which will be coming to the U.S. market.  
   
  YKK AP also displayed a large door system, the Easy Motion.  
   
  Schuco displayed the large TermoSlide lift & slide. 
   
  Profine showed an oversized lift and slide door, the PremiDoor 88, with an 88 mm installation depth and a flush-mounted five-chamber sash and casement design. For thermal performance, the system features a wood-plastic composite, and fits triple-glazed IGUs.  
   
  VELUX debuted its new line of modular roof systems that are also available in the U.S. market. Pictured is the Ridge Light. 

 

Colors and cladding

 Companies are offering a wider range of color options for window and door customers. During the show, Renolit promoted its color options for both residential and commercial applications. In the United States, an increase in window replacement is driving the color trend, company officials say.
 
   
 Metallic colors are trending for commercial applications. To meet market demands, Konrad Hornschuch introduced its Alux line, which simulates the look of powder coating.
   
 Companies are also looking to show what is now possible with colors. Several promoted reds that would resist fading, and dark colors that would resist absorption and warping due to heat. Accoya showed a black-coated window that will resist expansion and shrinkage due to temperature changes.
   
 Gutmann showed aluminum cladding that goes over wood and PVC frames. The cladding is ideal for renovation projects, as it allows architects and owners to create a new look, with different color possibilities, without a complete window replacement, according to company officials.