John Kent of AMS gives IGMA members an update on safety glazing standards and certification programs at the association’s summer conference in Montreal.

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is hard at work this week in Montreal for its summer conference. Closed meetings started Monday, and open sessions began Tuesday morning with Certification Committee discussion.

John Kent of AMS opened Tuesday with an update on safety glazing standards, as well as the certification programs involving IGMA and the Insulating Glass Certification Council.

He said that last year, the big news in safety glazing was that CPSC 16 CFR 1201, the U.S. federal safety glazing standard, adopted the ANSI z97.1 testing procedure. This year, Can CGSB 12.1, the Canadian standard, also harmonized with ANSI z97.1.

“For the first time in 40 years, North America has a single safety glazing testing procedure,” Kent said.

Quality Management

IGMA’s Certification Committee continues to work on a four-document quality management system standard, which it expects to complete by the end of 2017.

The first part, the “Quality Manual,” has been published. Dave Cooper of Guardian said the 40-page document is the basis for the program.

The “Quality Procedures” document is being finalized, and IGMA anticipates it will be published in September. The other two documents being completed are the “Quality Work Instructions” and the “Quality Forms.”

While no action was taken at the meetings on the work instructions document, several committee members suggested focusing the document around a template. Cooper said this would be further worked out within the task group, and members agreed on the template direction.

When all of the quality manual documents are complete and published, users will have the option of buying all four in a bundle or each one separately, depending on their requirements.

Adhesion and Complex IGUs

A task group in the Certification Committee has developed a test procedure for sealant-to-spacer adhesion, which is being finalized. IGMA executive director Margaret Webb said the sealant adhesion to spacer document has passed multiple committee levels and publication is expected by the end of October, ideally prior to IGMA’s next IG Fabricator Workshop.

Additionally, a group is developing a technical manual on considerations for IGUs with stepped edges, units with edge deletion variations, edge notches, varying gap widths, different thicknesses, glass types, coatings, speedier glazing, exposed sealants, support systems and shaped units.

Roland Rossman of Garibaldi said the task group is seeking additional members familiar with complex IGUs to help complete the manual.

Other Items

Kent discussed a new Certification Information Portal (CIP). CPI is a cloud-based program in which testing reports, audit reports, compliance information and other documentation are filed. The username- and password-protected resource is available for fabricators to access this information anytime they want.

Near the end of the morning gathering, Webb said IGMA is looking for volunteers to work on its sealant dimensions survey. She said the technical bulletin is popular among the industry but it was last updated in 2015, and it needs to be revised to include new technologies that have since emerged.

Stay tuned to™ for continued coverage of the IGMA Summer Conference, which continues through Wednesday.