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New ultraHD™ Technology Improves Color, Clarity of FireLite® Products

SNOQUALMIE, Wash., June 8, 2010 - To provide more options for fire-rated glazing that meets demanding aesthetic design requirements, Technical Glass Products (TGP) introduces ultraHD™ Technology — a new manufacturing process that improves the color, clarity and surface quality of its entire line of FireLite® ceramic glass products.

The ultraHD Technology improves the overall clarity of each glazed lite for enhanced viewing and creates a smoother surface by reducing slight imperfections that can result during glass production. It also reduces the visible color in transparent glass ceramic, which otherwise has an earth tone compared to the blue-green tint of typical float glass. The end result is superior glazing that meets both design and life safety requirements.

"Design professionals don't want to compromise on aesthetics like color and clarity when using glazing to meet fire-safety codes," says Jeff Razwick, vice president, Technical Glass Products. "FireLite has been the industry standard in fire-rated glazing for many years, and with the ultraHD Technology, it ties in even better where a crystal-clear view is important."

FireLite products with ultraHD, including FireLite, FireLite Plus, FireLite NT and FireLite IGU, are available in two different surface conditions to meet specific design needs — premium grade and standard grade.

For more information on ultraHD and how it compares to other fire-rated ceramic glass brands, visit There, visitors can view a brief video on the ultraHD photography process, compare product shots for sharpness and clarity, and enter to win a HDTV by participating in a quick survey.

For more information on the FireLite family of products, visit or call (800) 426-0279.

FireLite® with ultraHD™ Technology improves the overall clarity of each glazed lite.
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On the left: FireLite® Premium with ultraHD Technology.
On the right: PYRAN Platinum®.*
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*This glass was shot in a gallery setting, with equal amounts of natural light across both pieces of glass, gallery white walls and a large, real-world installation size to most fairly and accurately compare the glass. The frame is set at an angle to the natural light source to avoid capturing the reflection of the photographer, camera and equipment. No retouching. No tricks. No kidding. Visit to view more comparison images.

About Technical Glass Products

Technical Glass Products (TGP) is your one source for fire-rated glass and framing systems, along with specialty architectural glass products. The company offers AIA-registered continuing education, project consultation, product specifications, CAD drawings and rapid-response quoting. For more information about TGP's products and services, call (800) 426-0279 or visit (fire-rated glass) or (architectural glass).

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