Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2003
SashLite Introduces New Technology to the Insulating Glass Industry
Bob Hornung, president of SashLite LLC, believes his company’s technology is poised to revolutionize the insulating glass industry. SashLite features two lites of glass adhered directly to the extruded sash as opposed to the existing technology that requires two lites of glass be adhered to a spacer, which is then adhered to the sash.
A summary of the manufacturing process is as follows: the extruded insulated sash is cut to the required lengths; these are welded into one solid frame, desiccant is applied; muntin grid is assembled and attached to the frame; sealant is applied; lites are adhered to each side of the sash and glazing beads are attached.
“The largest benefits are performance, aesthetics and quality of the product,” said Hornung. “When you can make a better looking product with reduced space and power requirements, you have a great technology.”
He adds that flexibility and scalability are also great benefits and the fact that any size manufacturer can use the technology. According to Hornung, the only equipment needed is an upgraded glazing table and, potentially, a washer. He adds that since companies will be able to combine their insulating glass and backbedding departments, companies will reduce space and labor.
Survivor Technologies in Hillside, N.J., is the first window manufacturer to which SashLite has licensed the technology. (At press time, Survivor was still in the beta development process but was set to start producing units using the technology in the near future).
Hornung said numerous manufacturers are excited about SashLite.
“We have a growing list of companies that have signed letters of intent to use the technology,” he said.
|2004 Glass Expos USA™ Show Schedule Announced
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Glass Forum™ 2004
February 12-13, 2004
Holiday Inn Center
of New Hampshire
International Window Film Expo and Conference™ 2004
March 4-6, 2004
Mar Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Glass Expo Niagara™ 2004
June 3-4, 2004
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Center
Glass TEXpo™ 2004
October 1-2, 2004
Moody Gardens Resort
Glass Expo Midwest™ 2004
October 14-15, 2004
Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport
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