Crystal Window & Door Systems recently added a new insulating glass unit (IGU) fabrication line at its Benton Township, Pa., factory. The new equipment has the ability for automated assembly of triple-pane insulated glass units (IGUs).

“We specified and purchased top-of-the-line equipment from leading U.S. manufacturers, including GED Integrated Solutions and Billco Manufacturing, to create our new automated insulating glass unit line,” says Steve Chen, COO for Crystal. “This allows our Pennsylvania factory to complete many more window orders much more quickly and automates the production of energy-efficient triple IGUs. Now Crystal can rapidly produce triple panes, as well as double panes, with improved uniform quality.”

The new glass line includes several cutting, washing, spacer, IGU, gas filling and grid fabrication components, which were integrated into a single operation. Three of the central components of the new IGU line were provided by GED Integrated Solutions of Twinsburg, Ohio.

Billco Manufacturing of Zelienople, Pa., supplied its Z-Series automated glass cleaning system, which accommodates glass thickness up to 19 mm and panel widths up to 96 inches.

Integrated Automation Systems-OptiGas of Bedford Heights, Ohio, supplied its Automatic Free Fall Glass Loader. The glass loader is synchronized with the new Billco CNC 2200 system featuring the Z-95 cutting head with edge deletion.

Rounding out Crystal’s new glass line are two more major pieces of equipment. The FastGas argon filling and monitoring system, also from Integrated Automation Systems, and a “between-the-glass” grid fabrication line by Dailey Automation Systems that automatically optimizes, cuts and notches flat and contour grids by batch without operators.

Installation of all the glass line components was accomplished using equipment supplier and in-house technicians. Crystal Pennsylvania has hired nine additional employees for the new glass line and related operations.