and Suppliers Launch Latest at Auto Glass Expo at NACE, From Cordless
to One-Tech Setting Tools
Several manufacturers saved their latest new products and developments
to launch at last week's Auto Glass Expo at NACE, which was held November
5-8 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The PipeKnife® Co. introduced several new tools, including.the
Side- Kick, a one-man setting system. The patent-pending system has three
small parts that attach to the vehicle and the glass, including an upper
support arm that attaches by vacuum to the roof of the car, a lower notched
arm that attaches by vacuum to the hood, and a standard set of double
vacuum cup, allowing a single technician to set large pieces of glass
In addition, PipeKnife unveiled the sliding blade cover for its line of
cutout tools. The cover is designed to protect the exposed blade during
storage, and to keep it from cutting or damaging other items in a technician's
Nelson Marketing, which is best known for its invention of the
Glass Bot, introduced the latest version of the removal tool at
the show. The newest version of the Glass Bot is cordless and comes with
the Milwaukee Tools 18-volt NiCad battery attached to it. The wire-winding
system is mounted on a vacuum pad and operates via a remote control grip,
and the cutting wire is placed around the exterior of the glass part,
pushing one end through the adhesive and attaching it to the winding shaft
of the system, mounted on the interior surface of the glass part, and
pulling the wire, cutting through the adhesive to release the glass.
Equalizer Industries displayed its new Gorilla lift system, designed
to set windshields in large buses. (CLICK
HERE for a video of that product.)
ADCO promoted its new "Safe Drive Away Initiative and Sell
with Speed and Safety" program. The company is providing customized
posters, banners and literature with point-of-purchase displays that include
shop company logos to help shops promote safe drive-away times and safety
to their customers.
AEGIS Tools International Inc. showed its new SOLO II one-tech
windshield-setting tool, which features a reversible arm to allow technicians
to work from either the passenger or driver side of the vehicle. The arm
also extends to accommodate extreme windshield rake angles, wing windows,
heavy-duty and loop arm mirrors and larger truck windshields.
Creative Extruded Products Inc. launched its new environmentally
friendly universal moulding, the Eco-Trim. Eco-Trim is made from a rubber-like
material with rubber performance but is designed to have less of an impact
on the environment. It's 100 percent recyclable, according to the company,
and contains neither lead nor chlorine.
REHAU Incorporated showed its new UniFit Pinch-N-Go universal
moulding, which is manufactured with an elastomeric polymer for cold flexibility
and squeak resistance. The moulding is available in five sizes and is
equipped with a "clothespin" hinge.
Gold Glass Group's new SensorTack GGS 901 gel was also on display.
The gel is designed to make it possible to re-use the round rain/light
optical gel-filled sensors so that they can be re-attached to a windshield
Crystal Glass unveiled a new windshield removal tool. Click on
the video above for a live demonstration.
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