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Stabilize Pressure Variations in Insulating Glass Cavities

IG units can be provided with a compensation system that permits regulation of internal gas pressure. Several methods for compensating the IG unit cavity are described in the newly published IGMA TM-3200 manual, Design Considerations for IG Unit Cavity Pressure Compensation.

Insulating Glass Production: the 3 Most Critical Points

All parts of insulating glass manufacturing are important. But uncompromising quality on these three points can best help prevent unit failure.

Introducing a New Name in Float Glass

It’s not often the North American float glass industry welcomes a new plant, let alone an entirely new company, to the market. Learn more about Canadian Premium Sand's plans to start a float plant outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Manufacturer Outlook Strong at Start of 2021

A glance at one economic indicator for glass industry leaders to track as they look to identify opportunities for growth and potential challenges ahead.

Italian Glass Industry

The Italian Trade Agency and GIMAV produced a dynamic digital publication highlighting glass machinery, equipment and tool solutions from leading Italian manufacturers. The dynamic and mobile-responsive digital publication highlights products from 22 companies, with videos, photos and additional…

Booting Up: Your guide to adopting new software and digital technologies

A glass industry guide to adopting new software and digital technologies, for manufacturers and contractors.

120 Years in Glass

NSG Pilkington's Rossford, Ohio, plant includes two float glass lines, running 24/7. The long and rich history of the Rossford plant, traces the advancements of glassmaking in the U.S. Its current operations demonstrate the industry’s advancements over the decades.

How Will Coronavirus Affect Manufacturing and Construction?

Now that cases of coronavirus have increased across the country, and cities and states have instituted more extreme measures to control the spread, the construction and manufacturing sectors could be in for more serious disruptions. Some reports from across the industry:

The Future of Labor in the Glazing Industry

Gone are the days when shop-glazed projects were only for large-scale buildings in big cities. Contractors are becoming more adept in prefabrication techniques, particularly for healthcare facilities, hospitality and multifamily projects, college buildings and dormitories, and residential.

Do’s and Don’ts for New Machinery in 2020

The future factory features high-speed, efficient, automated machines whirring away, connected by the Internet of Things. Shop floor workers, rather than piecing together products with their hands and tools, are busy working with software to ensure that all processes are flowing as they should.…

16 Tips for Glass Handling Safety

The consequences for mishandling glass can include punctures, crush and strain injuries, severe cuts, amputations and even death. Observing proper glass handling techniques is a major aspect of safety in any workplace where large volumes of glass are handled daily.

The Decision-making Supply Chain

The quality level of all manufactured goods assembled and delivered in the curtain wall supply chain flow downhill from design and engineering decision-making, whether good or bad. The assembled system of products that is a “curtain wall system” applied uniquely to each building type and layout is…

Your Profits | Three Steps To Quality

An automated insulating glass line at the Sedak, fabrication facilities. Photo courtesy of Quanex Building Products. Shipping high-quality products is the lifeblood of any glass manufacturer, but how we work toward that goal has changed in recent years. Between a skilled labor shortage, the…

Keep DIY Fixes out of the Glass Plant

Growing up, my dad was the king of do-it-yourself fixes. He used to say that, provided with enough duct tape and a hanger, he could create a quick, temporary repair for almost anything that went amiss around the house. Those handy DIY fixes, however, are not for the glass plant. Last week at the…

Underrepresented Groups Offer Opportunity to Combat Labor Shortage

In the CMD iSqFt webinar, “Construction 2016: How Sustainable is the Construction Economic Recovery?” several leading construction economists addressed the challenges of the labor shortage in construction and manufacturing. To combat the shortage of skilled labor, economists noted opportunities in…

Drying and Curing Inks and Coatings on Glass

Editor’s note: This article is the first of a two-part series on inks and coatings. Read how to troubleshoot common problems with inks in the May 2013 issue. As the application possibilities for decorative glass continue to grow, so does the number of inks and coatings available. These inks and…

Anodize vs. Paint

  Structural glass plays a central role in many of the most recognizable buildings in the United States. The John Hancock building in Chicago, for example, features 16,000 windows on 100-stories. Whether the glass is curved, tinted or etched, the materials holding it in place must complement the…