Heavydrive says that it installed the world’s largest lite of heat-strengthened, laminated safety glass at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The 18-meter (708-inch) long lite was manufactured by Saint-Gobain and featured a Saflex structural PVB interlayer.

The lite weighed 4 tons and was unloaded in the hall and placed into position by Heavydrive experts. After a period of intensive planning for this project, the company decided to use two VSG 3500 K MH vacuum suction systems, each with a capacity of up to 3.5 tons, along with two indoor-suitable MRK 195.0 assembly cranes, each with a capacity of up to 6 tons. The cranes were used simultaneously.

A total of 28 suction pads, each with a capacity of approximately 881 pounds (400 kg), securely gripped the 18-meter lite. The suction pads can be adjusted individually and the suction frames can be adapted freely, which allowed the Heavydrive systems to be adapted to fit the extra-large glass, according to the company.