Volume 42, Issue 7 - July 2007

GANA Perspectives
Fall to Action
Fall Conference is the Heart of Glazing Technology
by C. Gregory Carney

When divisions of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) gather for the GANA Fall Conference in Atlanta, some of the finest technical minds in the flat glass and glazing industry will be in attendance. All will have a common purpose: bringing positive resource development to the industry. Known as the primary technical gathering for flat glass manufacturers and fabricators in North America, six of GANA’s seven divisions will have full agendas. 

In the Works
A number of Glass Informational Bulletin (GIB) drafts from several divisions will be discussed and potentially finalized. These include:

  • Weight Range for Architectural Flat Glass by the flat glass manufacturing division;
  • Describing Architectural Glass Constructions by the insulating division;
  • Glass Floors & Stairs by the laminating division;• Proper Procedures for Fabrication of Flat Glass Mirrors by the mirror division;
  • Quench Patterns in Heat-Treated Architectural Glass by the tempering division;
  • Post Fabrication of Heat-Treated Glass by the tempering division; and
  • Bullet-Resistant Glazing by the protective glazing committee

In addition to these new GIBs, the divisions will work on updating some previously released GIBs, including the Proper Procedures for Cleaning Architectural Glass Products by the tempering division. 

Other projects to be worked on during the conference include:

  • A new GIB on the effects of weld splatter on architectural flat glass by the flat glass manufacturing division;
  • A new version of the 2005 Specifiers Guide to Glass titled “The Guide to Architectural Glass” by the flat glass manufacturing division;
  • Two new GIB’s titled Edge Seals for Insulating Glass Units and Insulating Glass Units with Gas Content by the insulating division;
  • A new video on fabricating insulating glass units by the insulating division;
  • A potential draft document, Standard Specification for Ball Drop Impact of Laminated Architectural Flat Glass, by the laminating division;
  • A review of ASTM C 1172-03 - Standard Specification for Laminated Architectural Flat Glass and C 1349-04 - Standard Specification for Architectural Flat Glass Clad Polycarbonate by the laminating division;
  • The latest revision of the Laminated Glazing Reference Manual, scheduled for a 2009 release, by the laminating division;
  • A review of ASTM C 1503-01 - Standard Specification for Silvered Flat Glass Mirror by the mirror division;
  • A new presentation titled “An Overview of Optical Distortion and Roller Wave Measurement in Glass” by the tempering division;
  • The updated Engineering Standards Manual, scheduled for release in 2008 by the tempering division; and
  • A review of the ISO Technical Committee 160 Subcommittee 1 Work Group 2 draft international standards on heat-treated glass by the tempering division.

Our newest division, the decorative division, will also hold technical task group meetings and begin working on documents important to that industry segment.

Along with the division meetings, GANA’s protective glazing committee will meet to discuss its ongoing activities, including creation of technical documents and a presentation on judicial architecture. The new fire rated glazing council will convene and finalize its scope and objectives and then work to create a list of future council activities and projects.

A Group Effort
The Fall Conference is being held in conjunction with GlassBuild America, with the bulk of the meetings occurring the two days following the show. GANA members and potential members are encouraged to attend these busy sessions to provide their input, as a comprehensive approach to these items is vital in bringing them to completion. 

The GANA Fall Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, very close to the Georgia World Congress Center downtown, September 12-14. Registration for the event is now open online at our website at www.glasswebsite.com. The GANA staff looks forward to working with you in September for the betterment of the industry. 

the author: C. Gregory Carney is the technical director for the Glass Association of North America based in Topeka, Kan. Mr. Carney’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine. 


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