Glaston, Softsolution to Collaborate on Inspection Solutions for Tempering Lines

Finnish equipment manufacturer Glaston Corp. and Softsolution, an Austria-based manufacturer of quality assurance systems for the glass industry, have announced a collaboration to create inspection solutions for tempering lines. The goal of the partnership is to establish a new industry standard in glass quality, and to develop new solutions to benefit glass fabricators.

Glaston has been focusing mainly on the issue of anisotropy, which led to the company’s iLooK Distortion launch in 2010 and iLooK Anisotropy in 2017.

“Our extensive tempering process expertise is the basis for the current partnership. By joining forces, Glaston and Softsolution can take advantage of the strong measurement equipment know-how of both companies to develop more and more advanced quality measurement systems for tempered glass. This will allow us to [provide] our glass processing customers more sophisticated solutions faster,” says Riku Färm, product manager for Glaston iLooK.

The first joint project addresses anisotropy, a glass quality issue visible after the tempering process. Glaston will utilize Softsolution’s LineScanner anisotropy inspection technology as part of its iLooK quality measurement system to deal with this issue.

“By using the anisotropy measurement competencies of both companies, the partnership will open up new opportunities to further develop these systems,” says Färm.

Skyline Windows Celebrates a 100-Year Milestone

Skyline Windows, once a small business from New York and now a company servicing many states, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Founder Sam Kraus arrived in the U.S. from Hungary skilled in metalwork and engineering, and in 1921, he started the company as a roofing and waterproofing business.

His son, David, worked in the business as a teenager whenever he could. Then, after serving in World War II, he returned to Skyline and began working full-time. In the mid-20th century, under his direction, Skyline entered the window replacement business, and the scope of the company started to change.

“He was interested in doing more work and wasn’t as interested in doing the work with his own hands, even though he was very capable of doing that,” said Steven Kraus, Skyline’s current CEO, of his father. “He got into more extensive building maintenance work, including the metalwork, the roofing, waterproofing, even did occasionally some general contracting… Sometime in the 1970s, as part of the exterior building maintenance work that he was doing, he would occasionally get involved in replacing old windows — buildings built in the 20s.”

With the increased influence of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Skyline began to shift its emphasis. The buildings in the city were aging, and instead of replacing all of the windows with modern fixtures, the company offered solutions that would allow historical structures to maintain their aesthetics and last as they were intended. Skyline had to fabricate windows to accomplish this vision. So, in the late 1980s, the first factory opened in a Brooklyn basement.

Today, the company employs about 350 people in different branches in the Northeast. Matt Kraus, a great-grandson of founder Sam Kraus, is the president of Skyline Windows and works alongside his father.

“Our design capability is to make a window look exactly like the old existing window, but incorporate all of today’s new modern technology,” said Matt Kraus. “As tenants exit their office or their space, we come in and change out the windows … so we do 1,000 or 2,000 a year … it’s just a really interesting operation.”

Miller Glass and Glazing Donates Glass for Fire Training

Miller Glass and Glazing, based in Pompano Beach, Fla., is donating unused glass to the Boynton Beach Fire Department for use in fire training. The first donation was valued at about $3,000. The idea came from one of the company’s staff members, whose husband and brother-in-law work in the fire department.

Fire departments throughout the country train their staff in different scenarios for the personnel to be efficient in their jobs, many of which are life and death situations. The glass that has been provided is unused and varies in thickness, which allows firefighters to assess which tools are the best to use in certain situations. Impact glass was also included in the donations, as several homes and businesses across South Florida have impact glass installed due to frequent hurricanes.

“The first donation of glass has been delivered and we will continue on-going glass donations to support our firefighters. Thank you to all of our first responders who make continual sacrifices to serve our community,” says Sid Miller, owner and president of Miller Glass and Glazing.

“We are thrilled that a local company like Miller Glass & Glazing recognizes the importance of our training and would team with us on this initiative. We thank them for their support,” says paramedic Bernard Arias.

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