BERGEN OP ZOOM, NETHERLANDS- Your neighbor's home gets broken into and robbed. You make a call the next morning and, by that afternoon, a van arrives and a team of installers retrofits your house with security windows with panes of Lexan and frames of carbon-filled Noryl GTX. ``We're thinking about setting up franchise operations,'' said GE Plastics' Peter Wahsner, manager of security systems.
Sound like something from violence-soaked America? Wrong.
GE Plastics has introduced the Trigard window first in Europe. Wahsner said Trigard should prove popular in Europe ``given the rising rate of home burglary and the rising rate of insecurity on the part of many people.''
A window pane of Lexan, GE's bulletproof polycarbonate, has obvious attractions. But the frame is usually the weak spot in a break-in, according to GE Plastics of Pittsfield, Mass.
Trigard is a complete system. The sash, glazing bead and frame are extruded profiles of Noryl GTX, a blend of polyphenylene oxide and polyamide.
Noryl GTX profiles combine thermally efficient properties with superior stiffness, eliminating the need for steel reinforcement, GE Plastics said. The profiles can be powder coated.
Lexan sheet is sandwiched between two panes of safety glass in a sealed, glass-filled cassette. The system also uses gaskets of extruded silicone, also supplied by GE.
Wahsner said GE Plastics may introduce the security window to the United States later.