With many years of experience, over sixty years in the architectural glazing industry, we have learned that innovation is a necessity for growth and success for both our customers and ourselves. The architectural community rewards innovation and appreciates ever-changing architectural advancements because this innovation allows them to introduce interesting, new and creative projects, be it innovations in application, performance, safety, aesthetics or the environment. The architectural community is a leader in creating many game-changing solutions by pushing glazing manufacturers to create new products and solutions to enhance and add value to their designs. This includes their request to combine performance, energy efficiency, code requirements, design, and lifetime cost reduction in our products. These demands and desired combinations have created a history of more efficient, durable and architecturally improved products for projects around the world.
SAFTI FIRST has responded to these demands for innovation in our systems and manufacturing capabilities to bring these glazing innovations to life. First, by being the first to manufacture and bring to the United States fire-resistant glass that acted as a transparent wall, with ratings available for up to 3 hours. We’ve created world-class facilities in Merced, California to produce these made-in-USA products. This has enabled us to meet the ever-increasing demand for clear and advanced fire rated glazing products while offering competitive pricing and fast delivery times. Quality manufacturing in the USA also allows us to accommodate custom designs and rapid response to complex delivery schedules unmatched by overseas vendors. Current supply chain disruptions have shown the benefit of having SAFTI FIRST, a fully integrated US manufacturing company as a supplier of these products.
This experience in delivering new innovations and in-house manufacturing has, in turn, allowed us to move forward and grow. SAFTI FIRST is excited to announce many new innovations and manufacturing capabilities.
The most recent capability added is the installation of a state-of-the-art Pujol 100+, a two million dollar complete rolling line with an oven for the standard layering process and an oven a bomb explosion and detention products. This state-of-the-art automated lamination line is capable of manufacturing almost any variation of laminated glass products: bulletproof glass, blast, hurricane, forced entry/attack, switchable and dynamic glass, art glass, floors Glass, Glass Stairs, Glass Railings, Mirrored or One Way Glass, Decorative Glass with Inserted Organic Fabric, Metals, Stones and Papers, Colored Glass, LED Glass, Bird Friendly Glass, Glass with Ceramic Chips , TV and Internet mirror glass, Protection against vandalism, Decorative, Energy performance and Soundproof glazing. Each of these options can be mixed or added in most cases and all are available to incorporate fire ratings up to 120 minutes or some for protection ratings up to 45 minutes. This offers architects maximum flexibility for their specific needs.
SAFTI FIRST the innovations are many and varied this year. They understand SAFTI FIRSTdevelopment, testing and referencing of a new innovative curtain wall system. This patent pending “SAFTI Wall System” (SWS) panels, recently successfully tested and UL listed, is designed for use in not rated Where rated applications, with fire resistance ratings up to 2 hours and more scheduled tests to meet the demands of hurricanes, explosions and tornadoes.
“SAFTI Wall System” or “SWS” is the first truly panelized and versatile structural glazing curtain wall system developed for a dual purpose. Patent Pending”SWS SAFTI Architecture” is a unique system that will facilitate installation in a curtain wall, and a fire rated version, patent pending “SWS SAFTI Architectural EN“The two can be used alone or paired easily for uninterrupted and seamless sightlines. A revolutionary product that offers architects, owners and facade consultants the greatest design flexibility. All designed with lower cost in mind thanks to ease of installation and the largest fire rated glass areas available and UL Listed”SWS SAFTI Architectural EN“provides one hundred and thirty inch high and eighty inch wide (130″ x 80″) panels and even larger panels for unclassified areas,”SWS SAFTI Architecture. “Those Big, Conventional”SWS SAFTI Architecture” Where “SWS SAFTI Architectural EN”ASTM E-119 Fire Rated Wall Panels can be mixed up to their maximum engineering sizes. All this with a nice, thin two-inch (2″) sightline. SAFTI FIRST anticipates that this capability will be extremely popular with architects by allowing unparalleled design flexibility with options for energy performance, decoration or security, ballistics, blast, hurricane, and more. Wall SAFTI SWS The products will offer versatility, cost savings and ease of installation with the added option of fire resistance up to 2 hours.
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SAFTI FIRSTThe innovation of has also been directed towards residential areas at high risk of fire with the development of “SAFTI Fence”, a glass fence rated up to 1 hour. “SAFTI Fence” brings innovation to an area of growing concern by bringing forest fires under control that can devastate these high fire risk areas. A product first tested and released for use in Southern California in areas where views interface with fire zones along coastal areas. This allowed for unobstructed views while providing fire safety and protecting the property. “SAFTI Fence” was recently awarded a one hour rating by UL and Intertek. This “SAFTI Fence” from SAFTI FIRST is a clear and impact-resistant safety glazing. A fence that can surround an entire residential development or individual homes in wild urban areas providing security, fire protection and the added benefit of sound or animal control. SAFTI FIRSTThe “SAFTI Fence” from is proudly made in the USA and impact tested to 400 pounds or more in a laminated version. It can be supplied in custom laminated options, decorative, colored, satin etched, bird or animal designs. Fire insurance premiums may be reduced in some areas due to the additional fire and security protection provided.
New innovation on an old product
SAFTI FIRST is in the final testing phase of “SAFTI Block” and will deliver this desired product to the architectural community. Giving it additional attractive capabilities by offering clear or patterned makeups in 10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch or 20 inch size. “SAFTI Block” will be fire resistant with fire resistance ratings up to 3 hours. The reinforced transparent “SAFTI block” can provide many other additional features such as bomb explosion, detention and protection against vandalism. “SAFTI Block” will provide other options for the maximum security and fire resistant ratings available for any glazing product. Current glass block products are unusable in many fire rated areas due to the limited fire rating they carry, only up to 45 minutes. These new glass block configurations will carry fire resistant ratings meet ASTM E-119 for up to 3 hours, the highest fire resistance rating. This specialized “SAFTI Block” product can be used in all fire barriers, fire walls, stairwells, shaft enclosures, exit ramps, prisons, floors, government buildings and many other applications. They can incorporate additional security features such as ballistics, bomb blast, hurricane, forced entry, alarm systems, shading, sound, EMF, etc.
I wish everyone a very happy new year
We are very proud to have developed and now be able to supply these exciting new products to the architectural community. Providing these innovative glazings all made right here in the USA. SAFTI FIRST thanks and looks forward to working with the architectural community and wishes everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!