Exhibitors Prepare to Showcase Equipment and Machinery in Milan

The biennial international trade show Vitrum is returning to Milan, Italy, September 5-8. The event will take place at the Rho Fiera Milano fairgrounds. According to event organizers, Vitrum 2023, which is owned by GIMAV (The Italian Association of Suppliers of Machines, Systems, Accessories and Special Products for Glass Processing), will bring back some notable features from previous editions. Fee incentives will again be extended to GIMAV members and to exhibiting companies that are members of the associations affiliated with the Community of Glass Association. The event also includes “Specialized” and “Qualities” themed pathways for visitors—the former being an aid to industry professionals and the latter for visitors whose focus is less specialized. In addition, Vitrum will also be the venue for the Glass Group Open Days. Located in a special exhibit area, leading manufacturers will display their top design products and technologies employed in their production.

Exhibitors from across the industry will be on hand representing glass fabrication equipment and supplies. Here’s just a peek at what some companies plan to display.


A range of machines from Hegla and its various product lines will be displayed at Vitrum. These include the ProLam LSR laminated glass cutting system with a patented laser diode heating system. According to the company, almost half of all ProLam systems are shipped with optional diode heating. The technology primarily is used for line solutions with two
cutting systems and a high level of automation. The company says the ProLam links cutting tables with improved cycle time, a short boot-up time and a laser diode with an operating life of at least 20,000 hours.

In addition, the company will feature its CellFree Mobile and BirdFriend Mobile laser solutions, which can be implemented to make facades functional onsite, even after they have been in place for years. To reduce mobile radio loss, the company uses the example of metallic functional coatings of low-E, which it says are transformed with ultra-thin lines to
enable high-frequency communication waves to pass through the glass without attenuation. Small dots are applied 5 cm apart with a laser transfer printing process for bird protection.


Equipment manufacturer Mappi has invested its research in Edge Computing, an emerging computing paradigm that refers to a range of networks and devices at or near the user. According to the company, Edge processes data closer to where it is generated, enabling higher speeds and volumes, leading to greater real-time action-driven results. This also allows users to have data in-house for better security.

Mappi plans to present some possible applications on a real machine and, with the partnership of Siemens, will offer a master class on the possibilities of Edge Computing in industrial applications.

Salem Fabrication Technologies

Salem Fabrication Technologies will have a presence at Vitrum through two of its manufacturer partners, Denver Glass Machinery and Zafferani.

Denver will feature horizontal and vertical universal CNC centers, Digit Glass and Advance Elite, which is equipped with D-Shaping, the patented Denver solution for integrated vertical processing of shaped glass.

Denver Advance is a universal vertical working center designed to perform edging, polishing, notching, drilling and countersinking on any glass pattern in a single workstation run by a single operator. When equipped with D-Shaping, it can process shaped sheets directly from the cutting table.

Digit Glass is a five-interpolated digital axes universal CNC center featuring seven patents. It includes internal and external beveling, grooving, cup wheels, flat edging, notching and drilling.

Zafferani will be at the show with four machines. The first is the AZV Mill 1000 drilling/milling machine with numeric control. The company will also have the AZV 160 CN vertical double-head driller with numeric control and the Flat 830 L straight-line edging machine with a fixed angle and eight motors. Also on display will be the CNT 16 centrifugal water/sludge separator.

Schiatti Angelo

Energy savings and automation will be highlights for Schiatti Angelo. These include the vertical straight-line polisher model FPS50R, which represents one of the four models from the FPS50 series machines. The company says the FPS50R allows users to obtain a variety of quality finishes. It is also equipped with a system to process parallelograms. In addition, the company’s fully automatic double edgers for the flat edge with arris, model BFP20 and the accompanying glass loader mod CVB35 will be at the show. The BFP20 can process glass thicknesses from 3 to 20 mm, accommodating varying maximum dimensions from 1.3 mm to 4.5 mm. Both the edger and the loader are managed by a touchscreen PLC, which automatically handles all the machine/loader functions.


Fenzi Group companies, including Fenzi, Alu Pro, Roll-tech, Fenzi AGT and Tecglass, will all participate in Vitrum 2023. Product displays will include primary and secondary barrier sealants and spacers for high-performance insulating glass units, mirror-backing paints and silvering solutions, digital printing technology, and more.

The company will also highlight innovations such as chemicals for secondary flat glass processing, focusing on living comfort, energy savings and environmental sustainability.


Innovative grinding technology will be on display in the Lattuada booth. The company will highlight its new Lattuada-Knittel robotic solution, which features one polisher and one robot running on a track, achieving a maximum speed of 2.35 meters/second.

According to the company, this solution can reach a throughput up to 130 meters/hour, considering a speed of 3 meters/minute and glasses with dimensions of 1600 by 600 by 8 mm and 1000 by 2000 by 8 mm.

The line also includes a device to control glass edge correct positioning. Only one operator who loads a rack and starts the line is needed.


Glaston will feature several new machines to help streamline and add value to the manufacturing process. The company’s FC Series EVO, the latest addition to the FC Series, is part of tempering lines with advanced heating control, making it possible to increase loading efficiency and decrease energy consumption without sacrificing quality, according to the company.

Other types of equipment include the White Haze Scanner, which visually indicates white haze on processed glass. The system instantly notifies users of an issue, allowing glass processors to react immediately when unacceptable haze is detected.

For insulating glass manufacturing, the new automatic sealing robot Active Sealer is an entry-level solution for the automated sealing process. It has advanced gear pump dosing technology, which the company says is a volume-controlled dosing function that determines the sealing depth and width and then applies the exact amount of sealing material required to ensure sealing quality.

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