November 4, 2008
The theme for Bystronic Glass, Aurora, Colo., at glasstec 2008 was “Glass and Energy,” and the company explored the areas of resource sustainability, environmental protection and energy-efficiency, among others.Bystronic's new products for the efficient processing of architectural and automotive glass, included smart’lamiline, a flexible, entry-level glass manufacturing...
Machine uses solvent-based ceramic link, no screens
April 1, 2008
The Eiserfeld Municipal Bank in Germany has a glass façade imprinted with a satellite image of the town and its surroundings. GlassJet digital printer from Dip Tech of Israel imprinted the image on the glass. GlassJet is marketed as the first industrial direct-on-glass digital printer that uses a computer inkjet printing method with solvent-based ceramic inks.
Vitrum 2007: Elegant venue, larger booths, new sectors highlight Milan show
December 1, 2007
Cutting-edge, gleaming machines in various shapes and sizes flaunted their superior capabilities at the 15th Vitrum International trade fair for machinery, equipment and systems for the processing of flat and hollow glass; glass and finished products for the industry, Oct. 3-6. Olive-skinned, raven-haired hostesses offered free wine and hors d’ oeuvre at bars that were part of most of the...
December 1, 2007
Insulating glass manufacturers strive for accuracy, repeatability and consistency in seal dispensing. Selecting the proper sealant is critically important; how to accurately dispense the material to maximize performance and minimize waste is just as important. Equipment suppliers offer a variety of pumping systems for insulating glass manufacturing, including piston pumps and spur gear pumps....
Decorating large format glass
April 1, 2007
For many sound reasons, architects today are rapidly changing the way buildings look by incorporating glass as a distinctive or important feature of their design. This modernistic approach is an ideal construction solution in terms of cost reduction, energy conservation, and meeting environmental concerns. Aesthetic appeal no longer stops at the exterior but has also found its way into interiors...
Equipment with smaller footprints hikes efficiency
December 1, 2006
Bromer Inc. of Terrebonne, Quebec, offers a horizontal seaming line that saves floor space in a fabrication plant. Its Automatic Seaming Line Z Path occupies a third of the floor space of a regular seaming line, according to information from the equipment manufacturer. When placed on the machine, glass sheets can follow a “Z” course on the seaming table surface.The line accommodates...
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....