Triton networks with V-Kool in May
Date(s) - May 7, 2014
One the first Wednesday in May, captains, crew and industry professionals are welcome to join The Triton’s monthly networking event with V-Kool. We’ll have a crayfish boil from 6-8 p.m. on May 7 at 1304 SW 1st Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale (33315).
Until then learn more from owoner Scott Frischhertz.
Q. How does the V-Kool work?
V-Kool is made of multiple layers of optically clear polyester sheets embedded with silver. The silver allows visible light to pass through while rejecting 94 percent of infrared. Infrared is the largest component of heat from the sun. Our film is one-percent less reflective than glass and does not diminish nighttime visibility.
V-Kool was invented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-70s for the defense department. It wasn’t until 1995 that the technology was developed into a thin film which is applied to the inside surface of glass.
Q. So it’s better than tint?
When tint is applied to glass, it causes an increase in heat absorption, much like wearing dark clothing when in the sun. Heat absorption causes an increase in glass temperature. The heat in the glass radiates into the room.
V-Kool has an extremely low absorption rate and consequently, the glass doesn’t increase in temperature. Also, tint decreases light transmission. With tint, the interior lights usually have to be turned on during dusk and dawn or even on a cloudy day. Because V-Kool is clear, it harvests the natural light from the sun while rejecting the heat.
Q. Why is the film called V-Kool?
The “V” in our name symbolizes the angle which is formed when infrared rays are bounced off of the glass.
Q. What can the captain or owner expect after the installation of V-Kool in their bridge?
We have seen the reduction in heat as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit in pilothouses. Most captains and crew discontinue installing their mesh windscreen covers after the installation of V-Kool.
Q. How long have you been in business?
Our company, V-Kool of Florida, started in February of 2004. We have completed over 700 yachts. V-Kool the manufacture was purchased this past year by Eastman Chemical.
Q. How long does the treatment last?
The very first application of V-Kool on a yacht is now 13 years old and still looks and performs as the day it was installed. We’ve been installing V-Kool in yachts in South Florida for the past five years.
Q. Is there anything new in your business since the last Triton event?
A. Just after last year’s Triton event, we took on 3M as a product line. 3M manufactures a very good line of conventional and specialty films. We use these tint on top of V-Kool to achieve different looks. The first layer of film against the glass is V-Kool which rejects nearly all of the infrared and the second layer is a colored film which changes the appearance. For example you could install limo tint or blue tint over V-Kool and obtain privacy as well as heat rejection.
Q. Who should know about V-Kool?
A V-Kool has applications in many fields.
– Condominiums are a big market for us. Condos don’t allow an individual owner to change the exterior appearance of the building which tint would do. The installation of V-Kool isn’t detectable from the outside or inside.
– Another application is the reduction in fading. We’ve installed V-Kool in many clothing stores to block UV. Clothing fades rapidly when exposed to ultra-violet. Some of the notable clothing stores which have V-Kool are Charlie’s Locker and Essentials Boutique.
– Last year we installed V-Kool on the east facing windows of the Nissan dealership just south of the tunnel on Federal Highway. The morning sun heated the showroom and the air-conditioning couldn’t keep up for the rest of the day. Autonation choose V-Kool so their customers could still see their product night or day while keeping the building cooler.
More more information on V-Kool of Florida, visit www.v-kool-usa.com or call +1 954-761-8463.