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The Latest/Special Report was evident in the booths of several hardware suppliers, including Aus-tralia’s Brio, which recently opened operations in the U.S. and made its Fensterbau debut this year. Siegenia, represented here by Interlock USA,, featured a variety of door hardware systems, including an electronically driven system with the sash frame embedded into the ﬂoor and header to offer the look of an all-glass system. Electronically-powered hardware was evident throughout the show. Both suppliers and door manufac-turers were featuring ﬁngerprint-activated locking systems in their products. Jon Walker of Yale Door & Window Hardware Solutions, formerly known as Paddock Fabrica-tion, noted that German market is willing to pay signiﬁcantly more for entry doors, making the cost of the hardware easier to swallow. Based in the UK, his ﬁrm was showing a new electronic lock that opened with the entry of a code on a numeric keypad. The battery-powered unit is designed to require no additional wiring. He described as a more affordable op-tion, which should have potential in North America. Most of the window hardware at the show is geared toward tilt/turn and other European style products, and often applicable to limited segments of the market in North America. One technology that could translate easily to products here, however, was an antimicrobial coat-ing featured on handles in the Hoppe booth. The company sees demand for applications such as schools and hospitals, reported Jeff Shehalis of Hoppe North America. He expressed even more enthusiasm, however, for a broadening line of handle designs, including new cast aluminum op-tions, which he predicts will attract interest in the U.S. market. featured two full halls primarily devoted primarily to vinyl and alu-minum fabricating equipment, while Holz-Handwerk, the woodworking show Fensterbau is paired with at the NürnbergMesse, featured woodwork-ing equipment throughout most of its halls. Perhaps most noteworthy of the new technologies on display for the North American window industry were advancements at Stürtz and Ro-tox booths in vinyl welding technolo-gies. A new high-temperature welding system will signiﬁcantly reduce weld times for European producers of tilt/ turn windows, reported Mike Bifﬂ, from Stürtz’s operation in the U.S. Rotox, meanwhile, was highlighting a new welding head system incor-porating CNC technology for much greater precision and speed, in addi-tion to allowing a higher welding tem-perature. The ﬁrm’s Joe Sigmund said the CNC welding heads, now available for North American machines, can increase output of the four-point ma-chines by as much as 20 percent. Among the other large equipment suppliers at the show, Urban was featuring a variety of new equipment geared to European manufacturers. Much of the emphasis in that market is on reduced handling, reported Mitchell Hackbert, who is with Urban in Canada. As a result, the supplier showcased a system that automati-cally unloads frame and sash com-ponents from the corner cleaner and buffers them in racks to be mated with glass units coming from a similar system. Of note to North American customers, he added, was a new corner cleaning machine with a ﬂexible tooling system that enables to not only clean corners quickly, but perform additional processing requirements. Stiles Machinery, which distributes a wide variety of woodworking equip-ment in the U.S., has increased its focus on machinery for the window and door industry in recent years. As a result, it was touting a number of CNC Roto was one of many suppliers featuring hardware for wide opening door systems. Fingerprint reading devices, such as the unit featured in the KFV booth below, were also prevalent at Fensterbau. NEW EQUIPMENT One of the biggest draws for North Americans to the German show is equipment. Once again, the event 14 | Window & Door | May 2012 routers and other machines in the Homag booth at this year’s show and also brought a tour group of North American customers to the show. Stiles is also stepping up its efforts to service not only wood window and door makers, but producers of other types of products, reported the supplier’s Erik Delaney. He said the distributor now plans to offer proﬁle processing lines from Schirmer, an-other exhibitor at the show. Its auto-mated equipment is primarily targeted at aluminum and vinyl proﬁles. More information about the next event, scheduled for March 26-29, 2014, is available at www.fensterbau. de.