As glass sizes increasingly are pushed to the limit by manufacturers, other companies within the supply chain have to adapt. The same holds true for companies trying to meet architects’ demands for innovative glass that both looks good and performs. Exhibitors presented their solutions to these industry-wide needs at glasstec in Düsseldorf, Germany this week.
ClearVue created some buzz on the show floor with its transparent photovoltaic glass. The product uses an interlayer to reflect and spread the UV and infrared light rays toward the outside of the glass where it is collected by solar cells in the frame. It allows 70 percent visible light transmission. glasstec was ClearVue’s launch in the European market, but it is already being specified in Australia, where the company is based.
Bystronic set up several of its new machines at glasstec, including its automated jumbo sealer. The XXL version of the machine can seal glass up to 18 meters, or approximately 708 inches, in length. The B’Vacoom handling machine was created, in part, to increasing safety standards. The machine includes integrated load control which prevents overloading of the vacuum cups.
Hoaf is also responding to the oversized glass trend with a larger autoclave-free laminating machine. The Heatbox can laminate all interlayer types. The 650 jumbo version can accommodate glass sizes up to 3.3 by 6.3 meters, or approximately 130 by 248 inches.
Sevasa, a Spanish acid-etched glass company, revealed its ability to fabricate glass up to 9 meters, or approximately 354 inches. This can be done for its LuxFine anti-scratch and LuxMat finishes.
The company offers around 20 different degrees of translucency to meet architects’ demand for customization. Sevasa is also showcasing its new Grid collection pattern, which can be used for collision prevention and privacy applications.
OmniDecor, based in Italy, used its patent-pending marble glass design throughout its booth at glasstec. The marble effect is created with acid etching and backpainted glass techniques. The marble glass is currently available in white or black, and can even be laminated to expand its potential application capabilities. According to Elettra Bresciani, marketing manager and product development at OmniDecor, the market is trending toward patterns and textures. She said the benefit of using glass with a marble effect compared to actual marble is that it’s color consistent and easier to replace.
Ensinger is also aiming to improve aesthetics for architects. The German company’s Thermix black flank hides the spacer and sealant of insulating glass for a cleaner look. The company also highlighted its new low-psi Thermix warm-edge spacer, which provides a low thermal transmission coefficient.
glasstec ends today at Messe Düsseldorf. Stay tuned to USGNN™ and usglassmag.com for more coverage of the event.