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Vitro Glass Launches Operations of Jumbo MSVD Coater at Wichita Falls

Vitro Architectural Glass launched its new jumbo magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition coater at its Wichita Falls, Texas, manufacturing plant. The coater allows the manufacturer to produce energy-efficient glass in sizes 112.5 percent larger than standard size lites, the company reports.

“The trend in buildings today is large, expansive glass—with some panels over 12 feet tall—that is also energy efficient,” says Bill Haley, Wichita Falls plant manager. “Vitro can now meet architects’ growing demand for low-emissivity glass in sizes as large as 130 by 204 inches. The coater further enhances our ability to cost-efficiently produce a variety of high-performance architectural glasses that comply with more stringent building codes and meet the industry’s increasingly complex design challenges.”

The jumbo MSVD coater applies Solarban solar control low-E coatings on a variety of large-area glass substrates in standard thicknesses while providing precision color control and aesthetics. It will produce more glass-per-energy-unit than most MSVD coaters currently in operation, says the company, while increasing the plant’s annual low-E glass production by 20 percent.