Insulating glass manufacturers seek efficiency, labor savings
September 1, 2006
Automation isn’t new. Manufacturers can recite the benefits of automated insulating glass production: higher efficiency, increased units per shift, reduced failure rates and so forth. Given that, why are only an estimated 25 percent of IG manufacturers fully automated? “Automation is the way they have to go to compete,” says Eric Vidmar, president of Anlin Window Systems in...
July 1, 2006
Shopping for a new cutting table? There are many options to consider. Click here (23KB, Adobe Acrobat) for a collection of features for many brands sold in the United States. Equipment manufacturers, if your brand of cutting table isn’t shown, please write Jane Holtje at firstname.lastname@example.org, and have your information added to the chart.
April 1, 2006
Prior to installation of a tempering line, the managers of a U.S. window manufacturer with a single plant determined they needed an enclosure. They had two main objectives: one, to protect their operators from the noise associated with this type of process; two, to avoid adding the heat load to their air-conditioned plant.The blower room is in a separate lean-to building outside the plant wall....
Drills don’t just make holes; Study the various options
February 1, 2006
None of the following glass drill machinery choices would be considered ordinary. Today’s drills come with myriad bells and whistles. Listed below is a collection of features for many brands sold in the United States. Equipment manufacturers, if your brand of drill isn’t shown, please write to Jane Holtje at email@example.com, and have your information added to this chart.Click here to...
Software works only with supplier’s cutting tables
December 1, 2005
Recently patented, the optimization program BatchBan by Billco Manufacturing Inc. of Zelienople, Pa., might eliminate some of the bottlenecks fabricators face on automated production lines and improve yields, says Kevin Lear, Billco software engineer.The software was tested at Cardinal Insulating Glass’ Spring Green, Wis., plant and has subsequently been introduced at other Cardinal IG...
Fabricators demand faster, cheaper, better
December 1, 2005
European equipment manufacturers continue to hone tradition, reserving the biennial Vitrum to announce innovations. Executives of many major companies proudly brought forth and exclaimed over faster and more highly automated machinery during the 60,000-square-meter show Oct. 5-8 in Milan. Most of their lines now feature tightly aligned functions that almost entirely eliminate manpower....
Innovation reduces cost of production
October 1, 2005
At least two equipment manufacturers refine the workings of machinery that tempers and bends glass for architectural, display and shower-door applications without having to construct costly and time-consuming molds for each shape. Glasstech Inc. of Perrysburg, Ohio, plans to display the 1,520-millimeter-wide Tight Radius Cylindrical Bending and Tempering System at Vitrum in Milan Oct. 5-8. The...
LiteSentry machine spies defects before glass leaves the production line
August 1, 2005
The Hawkeye Scratch and Defect Inspection System addresses the subjectivity of human inspection and consistently identifies defective glass before it is shipped to the customer or before more processing.
June 1, 2005
Tempering requires that the glass gets heated to about 630 degrees Centigrade, or about 1,165 Fahrenheit. It is important to have all areas of the glass at the same temperature as it enters the tempering quench. It also is important to minimize the glass temperature gradients during the time the glass is heating.From the time the glass enters the oven, keep it riding flat on the ceramic...
Learn the basic components
May 1, 2005
Glasstech Inc. developed its Forced Convection Heating System for Architectural Glass, the FCH2, to efficiently temper high-performance, low-emissivity glass. The Perrysburg, Ohio, company’s FCH2 utilizes air heated by natural gas and distributed through nozzles above and below the glass to heat both surfaces by forced convection. Traditional electric radiant tempering systems use electric...