Volume 35, Number 10, October 2000

Fifth Annual Guide to Glass
Equipment and Machinery

Below is a listing of companies participating in the Fifth Annual Guide to Glass Equipment and Machinery. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate and complete information, USGlass cannot be responsible for errors and/or omissions. For information on a particular product please circle the reader service number for that particular product and information on that item will be sent to you. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars, based on information provided by each company.

 

Andela Products Ltd.
493 State Rte. 28
Richfield Spring, NY 13439
Phone: 315/858-0055
Fax: 315/858-2669
http://www.recycle.net/ap/

Bolla Luigi SRL
Distributed in the United States by DeGorter Inc.
5623 Cannon Drive
Monroe, NC 28110
Phone: 704/282-2055
Fax: 704/225-8290
http://www.degorter.com

Bottero Flat Glass Inc.
230 U.S. Route 202,
Box 163
Pomona, NY 10970
Phone: 800/900-7559
Fax: 845/362-1856
http://www.bottero.com

Bovone
Distributed in the United States by Salem Distributing Co.
5901 Gun Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 800/234-1982
Fax: 336/766-1119
http://www.salemdist.com

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.
2503 E. Vernon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Phone: 800/421-6144
Fax: 800/262-3299
http://www.crlaurence.com

Casso-Solar Corp.
230 U.S. Route 202
Pomona, NY 10970
Phone: 800/988-4455
Fax: 845/362-1856
http://www.cassosolar.com

CMS/Brembana Machine
4095 Karona Court
Caledonia, MI 49316
Phone: 616/698-9970
Fax: 616/698-9730
http://www.cmsna.com

Desert Laminator Inc.
1838 Ewing Court
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Phone: 626/912-9404
Fax: 626/810-5769 

Edgetech I.G. Inc.
800 Cochran Avenue
Cambridge, OH 43725
Phone: 740/439-2338
Fax: 740/439-0121
http://www.superspacer.com 

Electronic Design to Market Inc.
5333 Secor Road, #6
Toledo, OH 43623
Phone: 419/480-1098
Fax: 419/480-1099
http://www.EDTM.com

Elumatec USA
4320 Ralph Jones Court
South Bend, IN 46628
Phone: 219/273-1790
Fax: 219/273-1890
http://www.elumatecusa.com

EMAR SRL
Distributed in the United States by DeGorter Inc.
5623 Cannon Drive
Monroe, NC 28110
Phone: 704/282-2055
Fax: 704/225-8290
http://www.degorter.com

Fratelli Pezza
Distributed in the United States by Salem Distributing
5901 Gun Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 800/234-1982
Fax: 336/766-1119
http://www.salemdist.com

Glass Equipment Development
1943 Midway Drive
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Phone: 330/425-3876
Fax: 330/425-3081
http://www.gedusa.com

Glassline Corp.
P.O. Box 147
Perrysburg, OH 43551
Phone: 419/666-5942
Fax: 419/666-1549
http://www.glassline.com

Glassrobots Oy
Hepolamminkatu 32
Tampere, Finland 33721
Phone: +358 3 2837 111
Fax: +358 3 2837 230
http://www.glassrobots.fi

Glastar Corp.
20721 Marilla Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone: 800/423-5635
Fax: 818/998-2078
http://www.glastar.com

Graco Inc.
P.O. Box 1441
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Phone: 877/844-7226
Fax: 319/395-9816
http://www.graco.com

Hi-Tech Engineering Co.
4-40-13, Higashi-Cho, Koganei-Shi
Tokyo, Japan 184-0011
Phone: +81-42-384-0379
Fax: +81-42-384-0335

 Ianua of the America’s Inc.
2634 Joelle Drive
Toledo, OH 43617-1317
Phone: 419/843-4949
Fax: 419/843-2139
http://www.protec.it/ianua

Inland Diamond Products
32051 Howard
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: 248/585-2330
Fax: 248/589-0499
http://www.inlanddiamond.com

New Hudson Corp.
57077 Pontiac Trail
New Hudson, MI 48165
Phone: 248/437-1701
Fax: 248/437-0420
http://www.newhudson.com

Pistorius Machine Co.
1785 Express Drive N.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: 631/582-6000
Fax: 631/582-6278
http://www.pistorius.com

Power Brushes Inc.
756 S. Byrne Road
Toledo, OH 43609
Phone: 800/968-9600
Fax: 419/382-0756
http://www.powerbrushes.com

Prestik Manufacturing
29-1285 Eglinton Avenue E.
Mississauga, ON
L4W 3A6 Can.
Phone: 905/624-5582
Fax: 905/624-5556
http://www.prestik.com

Rolltech Industries Ltd.
11 Dansk Court
Toronto, ON M9W 5N6 Canada
Phone: 800/881-6857
Fax: 416/675-4533 

Schiatti Angelo SRL
Distributed in the United States by DeGorter Inc.
5623 Cannon Drive
Monroe, NC 28110
Phone: 704/282-2055
Fax: 704/225-8290
http://www.degorter.com

Sommer & Maca Industries Inc.
5501 W. Ogden Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: 773/242-2871
Fax: 708/863-5462
http://www.somaca.com

Strainoptic Technologies
108 West Montgomery Ave
North Wales, PA 19454
Phone: 215/661-0100
Fax: 215/699-7028
http://www.strainoptic.com

U.S. Centrifuge
4011 Championship Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: 800/899-2040
Fax: 317/299-2284
http://www.uscentrifuge.com

Wakefield
31070 Shaker Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44124
Phone: 216/464-9455
Fax: 216/464-9592
http://www.wakefieldequip.com

Western Glass Supply
1424 W. Cedar Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
Phone: 303/744-9990
Fax: 303/744-9991
http://www.westernglasssupply.com

Wood’s Powr-Grip Co.
P.O. Box 368
Laurel, MT 59044
Phone: 800/548-7341
Fax: 406/628-8354|
http://www.powrgrip.com

Zanetti
Distributed in the United States by Salem Distributing
5901 Gun Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 800/234-1982
Fax: 336/766-1119
http://www.salemdist.com

 

GLASS MACHINERY

Assembly Stations

Product: Assembly and Squaring Racks

Company: Wakefield

Lead Time: Three weeks

Price Range: $1,000-$4,000

Country of Origin: Canada

Year Introduced: 1998

Capabilities: Wakefield offers a complete line of assembly equipment for insulating glass and windows. The line includes conveyors, transfer tables and squaring racks.

 

Bending and Tempering Equipment

Product: Bending Equipment

Company: Glassrobots Oy

Lead Time: Four to five months

Price Range: $100,000-$500,000

Country of Origin: Finland

Capabilities: Glassrobots Oy has available single-, double-, and multi-chamber furnaces, both semi-automatic and automatic versions for architectural and automotive applications, as well as auxiliary equipment. The company says its advanced bending technology guarantees high optical quality and dimensional accuracy of the end product and its compound tooling system is the solution for oversized mold storage and high tooling costs.

 

Product: Bent Tempering Furnace (BTF)

Company: Ianua of the America’s Inc.

Lead Time: Six months

Year Introduced: 1992

Capabilities: The BTF bends and tempers sidelites, quarter vents and sunroof panels, and offers a quick change of 10 to 15 minutes, according to the company. The company also says the machine is capable of simple bending fixtures for radius and complex bends with a maximum size glass of 1.2- by 2.0-m.

 

Product: Convair® Horizontal Tempering Machine (HTM) Convection

Company: Ianua Inc.

Lead Time: Six months

Year Introduced: 1990

Capabilities: The Convair HTM Convection produces tempered glass from 3.0- up to 19-mm. The size of machines ranges from 1.0- by 2.2-m up to 2.5- by 5.2-m. The company says the machine saves 35 percent in electrical costs over similar radiant furnaces on clear or tinted glass and 65 percent or higher on reflective or low-Emissivity (low-E) glass.

 

Product: Glass Bending and Tempering System

Company: Hi-Tech Engineering Co. Ltd.

Electrical Requirements: 300 KW to 800 KW, depending on machine size

Lead Time: Five to seven months

Price Range: $500,000-$1,500,000, depending on machine size

Country of Origin: Japan

Year Introduced: 1990

Capabilities: Hi-Tech’s Glass Bending and Tempering System can make bent and tempered glass for architectural use, shower enclosures and other industrial uses. The machine can also make J-shaped curves, V-shaped curves, and U-shaped curves, as well as other shapes, according to the company.

 

Product: Glass Bending Machinery

Company: Casso-Solar Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 240, 380, 480 or 575 volts

Lead Time: Ten to 30 weeks

Price Range: $80,000-$800,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1996

Capabilities: Casso-Solar Corp. offers single station, shuttle or serial bending machines for the manufacture of laminated windshields, bullet-resistant glass and security glass. The line includes systems for automotive, aircraft, bus, truck and recreation vehicle glass, where annealed glass is required for laminating. Systems may include three-axis programmable crease heaters for tight bend radius. All systems are custom-designed and built to the customer’s process specifications, according to the company.

 

Product: Rainbowmaker TSF

Company: Glassrobots Oy

Lead Time: Five to seven months

Price Range: $1,000,000

Country of Origin: Finland

Capabilities: The Rainbowmaker TSF features a patented mold system and gravity-based bending method inside the furnace. It allows the user to make short series, bent, fully-tempered glass with thicknesses of 6- to 15-mm and annealed, laminated and insulating glass units, the company says. The maximum size of glass which the machine can handle is 3,500- by 2,600-mm or 2,200- by 3,500-mm.

 

Bevelers and Edgers

Product: Combination 7-Spindle Beveler/Edger

Company: Sommer & Maca Industries Inc.

Electrical Requirements: As specified

Capabilities: The Combination 7-Spindle Beveler/Edger saves space and is capable of straight line glass processing, according to the company. Sommer & Maca says the machine is capable of separate or simultaneous processing of bevels and edgework. A computer memory stores setting information, according to the company, and can calculate angle for specific stock removal. In addition, two-wheel
configurations are available to fit product requirements.

 

Product: B8-Small Shape Beveler

Company: Glastar Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 110 volts

Load Requirements: 9.4 amps

Lead Time: Varies from 24 hours to one week

Price Range: $6,900-$8,100

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1991

Capabilities: According to the company, the B8’s preset heads make creating perfect bevels foolproof. Glastar says the machine produces large quantities of specific geometric shapes such as ovals, circles, diamonds, crescents and other shapes made by combining straight edges and inside and outside curves.

 

Product: Glass Edging Machinery

Company: Schiatti Angelo SRL

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase, 60 hz

Lead Time: 15-90 days

Price Range: $20,000-$120,000

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1969

Capabilities: Schiatti Angelo SRL’s line of glass edging machinery can edge and polish glass 1/8- to 2-inches thick and can produce flat edge, flat edge with arris, flat edge with mitre and arris or pencil edge, water fall edge, etc.

 

Product: B.O.B.

Company: CMS/BREMBANA

Lead Time: Three months

Price Range: $230,000-$270,000

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1997

Capabilities: The CNC machine for beveling, grooving, edging, polishing and cutting is supplied with six axes and can cut with router bits or saw-blades, bevel, edge, polish, drill, groove, and engrave, according to the company.

 

Product: Bovone ELB 7

Company: Bovone

Electrical Requirements: 44- or 220-volts three-phase

Lead Time: 30 days

Price Range: $77,500

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: The Bovone ELB 7, the second peripheral edger from Bovone, is capable of producing high production pencil edge profiles with a cerium oxide polished finish, according to the company.

 

Product: Panther Diamond Glass Edger

Company: C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 110 VAC

Load Requirements: 140 lbs.

Lead Time: One week

Price Range: $7,590

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1998 (with upgrades)

Capabilities: The Panther Diamond Glass Edger grinds and polishes a variety of glass and mirror thicknesses with either a smooth flat seamed ground finish or a pencil edge. The company says glass can be up to 60- by 100-inches in size for use with the machine.

 

Product: SE71

Company: Glassline Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 480 VAC

Lead Time: Five to six months

Price Range: $150,000-$250,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 2000

Capabilities: The SE71 is capable of edge seaming, pencil edging and basic polishing of rectangular glass sheets. The company says a special feature of the machine is that the customer can run any size of like thickness one after the other with no changeover. The machine has a seaming speed of 1,200 ipm, pencil edging speed of 800 ipm (3 mm) and is great for batch furnace operations or very small production runs, according to the company.

 

Product: Vision, Variant, and Victralux

Company: Bottero Flat Glass Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 240, 480 or
575 volts

Lead Time: 14-16 weeks

Price Range: $49,000-$120,000

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1957

Capabilities: The Vision, Variant, and Victralux is a straight line edging machine for polishing glass. The company says its user-friendly operator interface and ultra-reliable sturdy design combines speed and precision for a beautiful polish.

 

Product: Zanetti Bismatic 2

Company: Zanetti

Electrical Requirements: Three phase 440 or 220 volts.

Lead Time: 30 days

Price Range: $28,750

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1974

Capabilities: The Zanetti Bismatic 2 is an updated version of the original shape beveler and edger from the company. On the newest version, AC inverters control the machine’s wheel spindle and turntable to further enhance productivity, the company says.

 

Curing Ovens

Product: Spandrel Drying Ovens

Company: Casso-Solar Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 240, 380, 480 or 575 volts

Lead Time: Ten to 24 weeks

Price Range: $80,000-$150,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1995

Capabilities: The Spandrel Drying Ovens are infrared drying and curing ovens for water- miscible, lead-free ceramic paints and silicone-based paints used in the manufacture of spandrel coated glass. Paints typically are applied with a reverse roll-coater to glass with widths from 48- to 120-inches. According to the company, the machine’s typical line speed is between 5- and 15-feet-per-minute.

 

Double Miter Saw

Product: MGS 500 SA Semi-Automatic
Mitre Saw

Company: Elumatec USA

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase

Lead Time: Varies according to factory

Price Range: $14,975

Country of Origin: Germany

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: The MGS 500 SA Semi-Automatic Mitre Saw has a 5.5- to 7.5-horsepower motor with a 500-mm saw blade. In addition, the system has a pneumatic feed and clamping system, two-hand safety control, pulse spray mist lubricant and 45-degree mitre capability, according to the company.

 

Product: MN-200

Company: Pistorius Machine Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase 208-230/460-volts , 60-hz

Lead Time: Three to four weeks

Price Range: $5,975

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: The MN-200 is designed and constructed to withstand continuous high speed production, according to the company. The company also says the MN-200’s sawhead movement is achieved by large diameter precision pivot ball bearings.

 

Drilling Machines

Product: AMZ1 Drilling Machine

Company: C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 110 or 220 volts

Lead Time: Three days

Price Range: $1,085

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: The AMZ1 features electronic speed control, a DC motor that produces full torque at all speed ranges, precise twin post design, a built-in water coolant check and a vacuum base. The portable, high-speed drilling machine accepts Belgian thread diamond drills 1/8- to 4-inches, according to the company.

 

Product: Tripod Drilling Machine

Company: Western Glass Supply Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Four amps

Lead Time: In-stock

Price Range: $429

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: According to the company, the Tripod Drilling Machine has proven its consistency over many years. With its 1,300-rpm heavy-duty motor with adjustable speed, the company says the drill is great for use with diamond drills for professionally- drilled holes.

 

End Milling Equipment

Product: SEM-P Single-End Milling Machine

Company: Pistorius Machine Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Three phase, 208-230/460-volts, 60-hz

Lead Time: Three to four weeks

Price Range: $5,590

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: The SEM-P is designed for low volume single-end profiling applications in wood, aluminum and vinyl extrusions, and eliminates the cost of set-up for double-end machines when only short runs are required, according to the company.

 

Float Glass Machines

Product: Float Glass Annealing Lehr Rolls

Company: New Hudson Corp.

Lead Time: Eight weeks

Price Range: $5,000

Country of Origin: USA

 

Glass Handling Equipment

Product: Glass Dollies

Company: Wakefield

Lead Time: Four weeks

Price Range: $500-$1,000

Country of Origin: Canada

Year Introduced: 1998

Capabilities: Wakefield offers a complete line of dollies for handling glass including insulating glass, single lites and systems, according to customer specifications, the company says.

 

Product: Glass Drawer Storage System

Company: Rolltech Industries Ltd.

Lead Time: Six to eight weeks

Country of Origin: Canada

Year Introduced: 1987

Capabilities: The standard unit is capable of storing 96- by 130-inch packs of glass while keeping floor space usage to a minimum. The drawers can be pulled out to access the needed product. The system can also be customized to the customer’s specific needs, according to Rolltech.

 

Product: Powr-Grip Multipurpose Below-the-Hook Lifters

Company: Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Standard 12-volt DC operation, other AC voltages available

Lead Time: Six to eight weeks

Price Range: $2,150-$5,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1977

Capabilities: Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. says its multipurpose lifters are compact, versatile and economical, and attach to the overhead cranes or hoists. Standard models provide 500- or 700-pound lifting capacity and both rotation and tilt for precise load positioning. Multipurpose lifters are available in three basic configurations—the Powr-Frame, the 1104 Series and the Manual Rotator Tilter. Standard power is a cord-free, on-board, 12-volt DC vacuum system, according to the company.

 

Product: Powr-Grip Production Line Lifters

Company: Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Standard 115-volt operation, wother voltages available

Lead Time: Six to eight weeks

Price Range: $2,000-$15,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1977

Capabilities: Lifters are built to handle the day-to-day demands of the glass processing line. According to the company, Powr-Grip’s Production Line Vacuum Lifters help speed production, reduce glass damage, operator fatigue and related injuries. The company says the production line lifters are lightweight and easy to maneuver and quick to apply and release, helping to increase productivity and decrease processing time. A variety of models are available, including vertical lifters, rotators, tilters and rotator/tilter combination units, available with manual or power load movements.

 

Product: Powr-Grip N-Series Vacuum Cups

Company: Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. Inc.

Lead Time: One to two weeks

Price Range: $70-$115

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1964

Capabilities: According to the company, its N-Series vacuum cups have the capacity for nearly any manual lift and are available in four models for handling glass. The company says a few swift strokes on the pump locks the cup onto the glass and the red-line vacuum indicator lets the user know the cup is attached properly. According to the company, heavy-duty construction, close attention to detail, and individual testing have earned Powr-Grip vacuum hand cups a reputation for excellence and a solid place among the standard tools used by glaziers.

 

Product: Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Lifters #P1-1104

Company: Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. Inc.

Lead Time: One to two weeks

Price Range: Lease or purchase

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1998

Capabilities: The P1-1104 Vacuum Lifter may be hooked onto a crane for high lifts. The unit then rotates 180 degrees and tilts horizontally to vertically. Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Lifters #P1-1104 are available from the company and, in addition, for purchase or lease from Western Glass Supply, one of Wood’s distributors.

 

Grinders

Product: D6052 High Production Small Part CNC Grinder

Company: Glassline Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 480 VAC

Lead Time: Five to six months

Price Range: $150,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: The D6052 High Production Small Part CNC Grinder works with lites of glass at a minimum size of 2- by 4-inches and a 24-inch maximum diagonal. With the capability for a 1-inch internal radius and an 18,000 rpm spindle, the company says the dual grind positions for optimum overall cycle rate and low cost.

 

Halving Machine for Window and Door Grills

Product: MB-1 Muntin Bar Notching Machine

Company: Pistorius Machine Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Three phase, 208-230/460-volts, 60-hz

Lead Time: Three to four weeks

Price Range: $13,500

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: The MB-1 Muntin Bar Notching Machine is a high-speed halving machine for window and door grills and related items. The semi-automatic machine is equipped with three separate cutter spindles to notch out the top, bottom, and center of the joint simultaneously, according to the company.

 

Insulating Glass Machinery

Product: EMAR Insulating Line

Company: EMAR SRL

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase, 60-hz

Country of Origin: Italy

Capabilities: The EMAR Insulating Line contains washing machinery, inspection stations, assembly stations, unit press machinery and a tilt-table for unloading.

 

Product: Manufacturing Systems for Insulating Glass

Company: Sommer & Maca Industries Inc.

Capabilities: Sommer & Maca Industries Inc. manufactures complete fabrication systems for producing insulating glass. The systems are flexible to stock size and custom size needs, according to the company, and various levels of automation to suit manufacturing requirements are available. Each system has a capacity of up to 576 units per 8-hour shift, according to the company.

 

Product: Willian/Spadik Vertical Insulating Glass Line

Company: Edgetech I.G. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Specifications vary, depending on options

Lead Time: 24 weeks

Country of Origin: USA and UK

Year Introduced: 1997

 

Laminating Machines

Product: Architectural Laminating Lines

Company: Casso-Solar Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 240, 380, 480
or 575 volts

Lead Time: 16-24 weeks

Price Range: $175,000-$450,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1995

Capabilities: Casso-Solar Corp. offers complete laminating lines with washer, lay-up room with lay-up equipment, dual oven press, unload conveyor and autoclave. The laminating lines can work with glass 60- to 150-inches wide, five to 20 fpm throughput with 3 mm + 3 mm with .030 PVB. The lines have a maximum capacity of 12 mm + 12 mm with .090 PVB. The company also offers DuPont Sentry Plus which includes multiple laminates and specialty lay-up. Oven systems are electric or gas catalytic infrared. All systems are customized to the process requirements of each customer, according to the company.

 

Product: Glass-App

Company: Desert Laminator Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 110 VAC

Lead Time: Five to six weeks

Price Range: $2,300-$10,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1995

Capabilities: The Glass-App is a powered applicator with a roll width of up to 102-inches. The powered machine has a rewind shaft that removes a liner from the film and is ideal for safety films, according to Desert Laminator.

 

Product: Sidewinder

Company: Desert Laminator Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 110-VAC

Lead Time: Five to six weeks

Price Range: $2300-$10,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1995

Capabilities: The Sidewinder is a hand-cranked applicator with a 62-inch roll width.

 

Product: Therm-O-Flow Plus™

Company: Graco Inc.

Electrical Requirements: All common voltages

Lead Time: Two to four weeks

Price Range: $30,000-$40,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 2000

Capabilities: The Therm-O-Flow Plus is a heated, ram-mounted system that transfers hot-melt and warm-melt sealants and adhesives up to 204 degrees Celsius for industrial and automotive applications. According to the company, the machine has power ratios up to 65:1 for handling high viscosity materials and higher flow rates. The system features a heated Teflon™ inductor plate, heated outer hose and heated dispense valve to insure material conformity. The Graco Check-Mate, a patented MegaFlow™ plate for high melt rate, pumps for high output delivery and new electronic controls, according to Graco.

 

Laminated Glass Assembly Line

Product: Production Line for Flat Laminated Glass

Company: Glassrobots Oy

Lead Time: Five to eight months

Price Range: $400,000-$1,200,000

Country of Origin: Finland

Capabilities: Glassrobots Oy manufactures a complete production line for flat laminated glass. According to the company, the line features flexible lines for both stock size and custom size production, with the level of automation to be suited to the customer’s product mix. In addition, efficient convection heating allows production of colored and reflective glass.

 

Profile Fabricating Machinery

Product: Lineal Positioner

Company: Wakefield

Electrical Requirements: 110 volts

Load Requirements: 15 amps

Lead Time: Three weeks

Price Range: $3,500-$4,000

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1993

Capabilities: Wakefield’s Lineal Positioner is an automated positioner for changing stops on cutting operations for insulating glass spacers, muntin bars, screen rail and window parts. The company says communication and optimization software also are available.

 

Product: SBZ Profile Machining Center

Company: Elumatec USA

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase, 5.5 to 12 KW

Lead Time: Varies according to factory

Price Range: $181,000-$542,000

Country of Origin: Germany

Year Introduced: 1998

Capabilities: The SBZ Profile Machining Center is a six-sided processing, automatic tool changer, four-quadrant servo system with five-axis PC control, conversational software with graphics, two-section clamping, 2,360 ipm rapid traverse with up to 15 horsepower drive and a spindle speed of up to 25,000 rpm, according to the company.

Sandblasting Machines

Product: Mistral 200

Company: Fratelli Pezza

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase, 380 volts

Lead Time: 30 days

Price Range: $42,950

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1996

Capabilities: The Mistral 200 conducts automatic abrasive etching of glass lites. With easy programming of robotic blasting sweep and speed, the company says the machine serves as a self-contained blasting cabinet with automatic filtration and an abrasive recycling system.

Screenprinting Machinery

Product: Edge-to-Edge Screenprinting Machine

Company: Ianua of the America’s Inc.

Load Requirements: As required

Lead Time: Six months

Capabilities: From its complete line of printers and dryers, Ianua’s Edge-to-Edge Screenprinting Machine is a newly introduced and patented edge-to-edge glass printing and drying system. The product consists of a fully automatic loading and printing machine with position accuracy of +/- .002-inches. The system is an “Ink Suction System®” that sucks the excess ink along the perimeter.

Upright Belt Sanding Machine

Product: Wet Abrasive Belt Sander

Company: C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 110 VAC

Lead Time: Three days

Price Range: $1,478

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999 (with upgrades)

Capabilities: The Wet Abrasive Belt Sander sands the edges of glass to whatever finish is required, using 4- by 106-inch wet or dry abrasive sanding belts. The machine has a powerful 1-horsepower direct drive motor, durable urethane-covered roller platen and an electric water valve, according to the company. In addition, the machine features several new advancements including a new belt guard safety shield and fiberglass tank which were introduced in 1999.

GLASS EQUIPMENT

Brushes

Product: Glass Washing Brushes

Company: Power Brushes Inc.

Lead Time: Two weeks requested or as needed

Price Range: Varies

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1957

Capabilities: Power Brushes Inc. produces brushes used for glass washers including low-E soft-coat, or standard pyrolitic glasses, strips for bevelers and edgers to contain water, strips to wipe rubber rollers and donuts and rotary conveyor cleaning brushes.

 

Cutting Equipment

Product: Minispeedy

Company: Bolla Luigi SRL

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase,
60-hz

Country of Origin: Italy

Capabilities: Bolla Luigi’s Minispeedy cuts glass from 2- to 19-mm. The machine has a pneumatic tilting table, along with pneumatic brakes on its axis, drive mechanisms for accurate cutting dimension positioning, breaker bars, a fan to generate air flow, accurate dimension readings on its digital display and double-zero for cutting laminated glass, according to the company.

 

Product: Modulinea and Lamilinea Automatic Cutting Tables

Company: Bottero Flat Glass Inc.

Electrical Requirements: 240, 480, or 575 volts

Lead Time: 12-14 weeks

Price Range: $49,000-$200,000

Country of Origin: Italy

Year Introduced: 1957

Capabilities: Bottero Flat Glass Inc.’s Modulinea automatic tables are useable for entering, scanning, optimizing and quickly cutting glass shapes from 2- to 19-mm. Jumbo or regular, tilting and belt, air float and edge deletion options are available, according to the company. Lamilinea automatic cutting systems are for rapidly scoring, breaking, heating, and separating PVB laminated glass. In addition, the company says low-E, knife blade, automatic cutting and optimization options are available.

 

Product: Strip-T Speed Cutter

Company: Western Glass Supply

Lead Time: In stock

Price Range: $90-$110 (with trade-in)

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: According to the company, the Strip-T Speed Cutter allows its user to cut many lites of glass quickly after the size is set. Steel-bearing rollers glide along the glass with a Toyo cutter assembly smoothly dispensing oil and scoring. The machine uses a Toyo Carbide replaceable wheel.

 

Diamond Wheels

Product: High Production Edging Wheels

Company: Inland Diamond Products

Lead Time: Filled from stock

Price Range: Varies

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: The High Production Edging Wheels offer optimal cutting action, highest quality finish, maximum machine efficiency, exceptional stock removal, easy set-up, an extremely long life, and work with all machine types, according to Inland Diamond Products.

 

Product: i-Tech Beveling Wheels

Company: Inland Diamond Products

Lead Time: Up to three weeks

Price Range: $225-$245

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1976

Capabilities: The Inland Diamond i-Tech Beveling Wheels, made of metal and resin, are engineered for maximum removal capacity with the finest possible finish, according to the company. Likewise, the company says the wheels are easy to start up and change for bevel width and angle. Each wheel is approximately 150- to 175-mm.

 

Gas-Filling Equipment

Product: Automated Gas-filling Equipment

Company: Edgetech I.G. Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Specifications vary, depending on options

Lead Time: 24 weeks

Country of Origin: UK

Year Introduced: 2000

Washing Machines

Product: CLONE Flat Glass Washer

Company: Prestik Manufacturing Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Adapt to customer requirements

Lead Time: Ten to12 weeks

Price Range: $30,000-$250,000, depending on width and design

Country of Origin: Canada

Year Introduced: 1994

Capabilities: The CLONE Flat Glass Washer is available in widths from 16- to 130-inches for production flat glass washing. The machine has a normal speed range of up to 30 fpm, but the company says it can supply washers up to 100 fpm. In addition, Prestik supplies washers with a sound abatement package to lower the sound level to a maximum of 83 dBA.

 

Product: Horizontal and Vertical Glass Washers/Dryers

Company: Sommer & Maca Industries Inc.

Capabilities: According to the company, its glass washers are available in widths from 12- to 144-inches. The horizontal washers feature a tilt-top design and are available with the company’s patented second glass thickness adjustment system. Likewise, the company says the vertical washers are available in open-top and close-top designs.

Spacer Production Equipment

Product: Intercept Frame Machine

Company: Glass Equipment Development

Electrical Requirements: 240 VAC, 60 Hz, three-phase grounded +/- 10 percent

Lead Time: Ten weeks

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1992

Capabilities: The Intercept Frame Machine produces up to 3,000 u-channel spacer frames every eight hours, according to Glass Equipment Development. In addition, the company says Intercept spacers produce a structurally strong insulating glass unit with warm edge technology for high insulating power.

OTHER

Coolant

Product: Industrial Dry Coolant

Company: Inland Diamond Products

Lead Time: Filled from stock

Price Range: Varies

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: According to Inland Diamond Products, this concentrated powder coolant is superior for even the most demanding glass grinding applications. It mixes with water in the factory coolant tank, using 500 grams for every 400 liters of water. The company says it performs with the same high lubricity as regular coolant. The product’s important features include heat dissipation, rust inhibition, anti-foam and anti-bacterial features. In addition, the company says Industrial Dry Coolant is biodegradable and environmentally-friendly has demonstrated a longer life for fewer tank cleanings, and reduces the costs of shipping by eliminating the water and steel drum container weight typical of liquid coolant. Also, according to the company, it takes up less inventory space as it is typically sold in 18-kiloliter capacity plastic pails and is easier to handle and move than typical liquid coolant containers.

 

Metal Working and Vinylworking Machinery

Product: DG 244 Double Mitre Saw

Company: Elumatec USA

Electrical Requirements: Three-phase

Lead Time: Varies according to factory

Price Range: $61,440-$103,630

Country of Origin: Germany

Year Introduced: 1998

Capabilities: The DG 244 Double Mitre Saw has a saw blade with a diameter of 550-mm, double-mitre pivoting and tilting capability, a pulsed spray coolant system, auto-cuts length with electronic positioning and safety hoods, according to the company.

 

Testing Instruments

Product: BTU Solar Power Meter

Company: Electronic Design to Market Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Nine-volt battery

Lead Time: Stock

Price Range: $50-$125

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1999

Capabilities: The BTU Solar Power Meter measures incident solar energy. According to the company, window and film producers use the BTU Solar Power Meter to demonstrate the solar power of their products, along with the help of a small heat lamp. In addition, the company says meter is useful for identifying types of low-E coatings on glass.

 

Product: Glass-Chek

Company: Electronic-Design to Market Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Nine-volt
battery

Lead Time: Stock

Price Range: $590-$690

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1995

Capabilities: The Glass-Chek, a digital glass and air space laser meter, measures the thickness of both lites of glass and the air space of a sealed insulating glass assembly. The reading, taken from a single side of the glass, can also determine the overall thickness of double-glazed units, according to the company. The Glass-Chek then displays the glass’s measurements on a digital display.

 

Product: Grazing Angle Surface Polarimeter (GASP)

Company: Strainoptic Technologies Inc.

Lead Time: Two to four weeks

Price Range: $5,900-$6,500

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: The GASP measures surface stress in annealed, heat-strengthened and tempered glass. Both flat and curved surface models are available. The company says the product also conforms to ASTM C 1279.

 

Product: Low-E Coating Detector

Company: Electronic Design to Market Inc.

Electrical Requirements: Nine-volt battery

Lead Time: Stock

Price Range: $169

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1993

Capabilities: The Low-E Coating Detector from Electronic-Design-to-Market Inc. is a meter which determines the presence and location of low-E coatings on glass and sealed insulating glass windows. In addition, the meter is helpful in ensuring that the low-E lite of glass is installed correctly to the inside of the insulating glass unit.

 

Product: RWG Roller-Wave Gage

Company: Strainoptic Technologies Inc.

Lead Time: Five days

Price Range: $500

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: The Roller-Wave Gage is an economical tool to measure roller-wave in flat glass, according to the company. The equipment includes a dial gauge to measure peak-to-valley depth in inches or metric units.

 

Product: SCA-1500 Stress Scanner

Company: Strainoptic Technologies Inc.

Lead Time: 12 weeks

Price Range: $30,000-plus

Country of Origin: USA

Capabilities: The SCA-1500 Stress Scanner is a PC-based stress measurement system for on-line or off-line applications. The company says the product offers high speed and precision. In addition, systems for on-line float glass production are available from Strainoptic Technologies Inc.

 

Product Name: US Centrifuge Filtration System

Company: US Centrifuge

Electrical Requirements: Varies

Lead Time: Varies

Price Range: Varies

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1992

Capabilities: The US Centrifuge Filtration System continuously cleans coolant to reduce or eliminate tank clean-outs. According to the company, cleaner coolant extends the diamond wheel, conveyor bearings and coolant life, while also improving quality. The system ships as a complete system that can be installed in as little as a few hours, according to US Centrifuge.

Glass Working Machines

Product: GlassPasser System

Company: Glastar Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 110 volts

Load Requirements: 6 amps

Lead Time: Varies from 24 hours to one week

Price Range: $3,400-$4,800

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1990

Capabilities: The GlassPasser System with the 300DDC dust collector and 100S pressure blaster includes the first sandblasting cabinet designed for the glass industry, according to the company. Glastar says the system accommodates lites of glass up to 6- by 8-feet to be passed through and three-dimension objects up to 18-inches in diameter for etching.

Grinders

Product: B1-20” Diamond Disc Grinder

Company: Glastar Corp.

Electrical Requirements: 110 volts

Load Requirements: 10.6 amps

Lead Time: Varies from 24 hours to one week

Price Range: $4,800-$5,300

Country of Origin: USA

Year Introduced: 1986

Capabilities: According to Glastar, the B1-20 is a floor production grinder engineered for large-hand beveling and cold glass-working projects. The grinder produces large quantities of straight edges, outside curves and level bases for large objects. In addition, the company says the grinder delivers long hours of continual use with minimal downtime and maintenance.

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