More than 250 guests from more than 30 countries participated in a three-day event dedicated to technological innovation in the glass sector. Forel hosted an open house in Vallio di Roncade, Italy from June 28-30, which had a special focus on processing large-sized insulating glass units (IGUs). The event also included information about the latest developments in the production of laminated glass, edging, drilling and milling, vertical cutting and automation inside the glass factory.

This year, the highlight of the event was the presentation of a massive line for insulating glass production, known as the No Limits 9000 line. The new system is capable of producing IGUs up to 9 meters in length and 3.30 meters in height, usually manufactured for building façade applications. The new No Limits range can be configured to process IG panes up to 15 meters long.

“This is a line designed to respond to the growing demand for large sizes coming from the glass market,” says Fortunato Vianello, founder and president of Forel. “Despite being an exceptional product, it is born from the same philosophy from which all our machines were born, for more than 40 years now: understanding the customer needs, foreseeing the market trends and developing new solutions accordingly.”

Participants had the opportunity to take a closer look at Forel’s solutions and also see them at work through a number of machinery demonstrations, including processing extra-jumbo sheets and an automatic handling and sorting system complete with infeed, buffer and outfeed stations.

The Conferences

The event was not limited to machinery, but also offered guests the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, inspired by the contributions of speakers.

Giuseppe Vita, head of the technical department from Saint-Gobain Italy, and Maureen Tsagouria, product and market manager of Saint-Gobain Building Glass Europe’s Façade Business Unit, led the presentation, “The Evolution of Glass for Architecture,” followed by a second session titled, “Market Trends in Facades,” led by Giacomo Sangalli, commodity manager of Permasteelisa Group.

Applications in the building industry was also a key-point during the conference session from Ennio Mognato, flat glass laboratory director of the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro. Mognato discussed “Glass in Large Formats: Regulations and Issues,” and was followed by Sandro Casaccio, sales and market development manager of Kuraray Italy, who spoke about “The World of Interlayers in Laminated Glass.”