GED Goes Virtual at 2020 Tradeshows
GED Integrated Solutions has been a major player at GlassBuild America, the annual glass, window, and door expo, for many years in September in Las Vegas and Atlanta. As the world faces a global pandemic, tradeshows transition to a new venue, and GED will participate in these new events, including GlassBuild Connect and Glass Expo VE.
The live GlassBuild America trade show, scheduled in Las Vegas for September of 2020, has been canceled due to COVID-19 health and travel regulations. A different kind of trade show will take place online and continue for a month rather than a couple days. This virtual event, called GlassBuild Connect, connects buyers and sellers, attendees, and exhibitors online where products can be showcased, and educational events are broadcast. According to GlassBuild.com, starting Sept. 1, registered visitors to the site can view and connect with others to learn about thousands of products and services from nearly 350 of the industry’s leading glass and fenestration suppliers, GED being the leader in insulating glass and window fabrication systems and software.
Another virtual tradeshow, Glass Expo VE, kicks off Sept. 9 and goes through Sept. 10. This event features leading architectural glass and glazing industry experts from around the world to expand the application and use of glass and metal in interior and exterior construction. GED will exhibit the same 5 products at Glass Expo VE and is excited to have the opportunity to be part of this new virtual event.
“It is crucial during this global pandemic to seek out networking opportunities and continue to build relationships with customers and other industry professionals,” says John Moore, vice president – marketing. “We are grateful that the fenestration industry, glass and glazing community, and manufacturing and construction industries are offering these types of networking, product promotion, and educational events suppliers and customers can utilize to maintain key connections to keep operations running, with the ultimate goal of seeing our customers succeed,” he says.
GED will feature their industry-leading innovation, the Intercept 2.5 Spacer Fabrication System, along with the newest sealant and desiccant application system, SmartExtruder+. GED’s RoboFlow PT automated robotic pass through system for vinyl welding and cleaning will also be on exhibit showing the power of four robotic heads in vinyl window production. The newest member of the tried and true RoboClean family, RoboClean Sash (RC2000-S), offers a sash option for vinyl corner cleaning technology, and will be introduced for the first time at the virtual event. The revolutionary RFID innovation in software technology for manufacturing, WinTrax intelligent logistics system, shows visitors the potential for an organized, completely transparent window manufacturing facility with the use of custom RFID tags and gateways to track window assembly components.
“Bridging the gap between virtual and in-person product demonstrations will be an adjustment all exhibitors will find challenging in some way or another,” says Tony DiFiore, Software R&D manager, who pushed a vinyl cart of window frames with RFID tags on them through gateways to demonstrate WinTrax, the technology that won the Window + Door Award for “Most Innovative Technology” at GlassBuild America 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. “We are all now forced to push our creativity and find new ways of communicating our products and technology, and it’s interesting to see how everyone is doing that through these virtual events.”
GED’s headquarters, in Cleveland, Ohio, has been operational since being deemed “essential to the construction industry” by the State throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ultimately, GED wants our customers to know we are continually reliable for equipment manufacturing and value-added services and are dedicated to keeping our customers up and running with our trusted IG and window systems and software,” says Joe Shaheen, vice president of sales.
With opportunities to take products and technologies to new communication channels, GED embraces new virtual events and looks forward to virtually seeing customers at GlassBuild Connect and Glass Expo VE soon. Register at GlassBuild.com and GlassExpoVE.com.