Pulp Studio Creates Micro Factory to Produce Decorative Samples

Pulp Studio has created a micro factory within its facility to produce and maintain an inventory of glass samples for quick turnaround to designers.

“In our proactive approach, we built an independent micro factory that only produces samples,” says Bernard Lax, founder and CEO of Pulp Studio. “The micro factory has every machine that we would use for normal production such as a small double edger, a sample autoclave, a small water jet, etc.”

Lax says the company averages 200 samples a day including resource, approval and prototypes. Approximately 50 of those are custom samples. The company has a team dedicated to coordinating, tracking and managing this entire process.

“While a major investment in time, money and labor, sampling is a jumping-off point for design collaboration,” says Lax.

Gateway Extrusions Uses 3D Printer to Aid Pandemic Fight

Gateway Extrusions is utilizing its in-house 3D printing technology to make and donate face mask extenders for healthcare workers. The idea for this effort came from Gateway tooling engineer Jeremy Halterman, who read about 3D-printed face mask extenders online and wanted to do something to help during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The company has, for many years, used its 3D printer to design aluminum extrusion cross-section prototypes for its production operations. 3D printing equipment operates directly from electronic file design drawings developed in AutoCAD (or other similar software) to generate 3D models. The printer extrudes ultra-thin melted plastic thread material layer upon layer to build an object progressively.

The extenders take the pressure of face mask loop straps off the wearer’s ears to make the face mask more comfortable to wear for long periods of time while working. The 3D-printed extenders also allow wearers to adjust the mask fit according to head size.

Gateway embraced Halterman’s idea of using its 3D printers and agreed to provide the plastic printing materials and equipment. All face mask extenders printed by Gateway have been donated to healthcare workers.

Initially the plastic extenders were donated for workers at local hospitals and healthcare facilities in Missouri, and as word spread about Gateway’s offer, requests came in from states as far away as Michigan and New Jersey. To date, Gateway has printed and donated over 1,000 extenders.

Şişecam Group Develops Technology to Fight Viruses and Bacteria on Glass Surfaces

Şişecam Group has developed a coating that neutralizes viruses and bacteria on glass surfaces. The company currently is applying this technology on glassware products and plans to apply it to architectural glass in the future.

Patent processes were initiated upon completion of laboratory tests related to the formula and application method of the “Antimicrobial V-Block Technology,” developed by Şişecam with the goal of preventing the growth and spread of viruses and bacteria on glassware, which could further spread through physical contact.

“Following the registration and completion of the necessary official permission processes, our special technology that prevents harmful organisms from remaining on glass surfaces will be initially offered in Turkey,” says Ahmet Kırman, vice chairperson and CEO, adding that it will then be offered globally.

Anniversaries

AGNORA Celebrates Ninth Anniversary

AGNORA celebrated its ninth anniversary in May. “We’re proud of our accomplishments over these nine years. We’ve seen an incredibly talented group of people work together to redefine the status quo in the glass industry,” says president Richard Wilson.

“Our success stems from taking care of people first. We are about real relationships and working together to find solutions with our clients and colleagues, even when things get tough. Internally, we focus on the well-being of our employees with staff events, health and wellness programs and recognition for exemplary work. We believe that if we have a team that loves coming to work, then it projects positively into the relationship with our customers,” says Jeff Wilkins, vice president of operations.

Crystal Windows Celebrates 30 Years

On May 15, Crystal Window & Door Systems marked its 30th anniversary in business. The company was founded by Thomas Chen, who immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan. It now employs over 725 workers and expanded from its original small commercial space in Queens, New York City, to five major production facilities across the country. With factories in New York, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Illinois, Crystal’s manufacturing footprint totals almost 1 million square feet.

In recognition of the company’s growth and its contribution to the regional economy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presented official certificates to Crystal to mark the milestone.

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