CNC Cutting Equipment

Save on Labor

Billco’s new patent-pending, cutting table, the Ultra Series X, includes an integrated breaker bar for automated breakout. The system features a robust cutting head that delivers smooth and precise acceleration and deceleration for a powerful combination of performance and reliability, according to the company. The table features a servo-driven belt drive system, integrated breaker bar and new cutting head oil delivery system. New options include blue film removal, an improved edge deletion system and the ability to integrate with HP3 Software’s new patent-pending Sub Plate Cutting software.

A Quick Drill

The Neptun QuickDrill T8, available through Matodi, is a vertical CNC solution that allows for maximum flexibility for both production lines and customer work, according to the company. With an automatic tool redressing system, tool changer and measuring system, companies can let the machine do most of the work. This CNC machine is not only easy to operate, but its drill control system manages the cutting capacity of the tool for a long life and high performance, making it easy to maintain, according to the company.

Increased Uptime

Salem Flat Glass & Mirror now offers a modern alternative to horizontal CNC work centers: the Advance Plus by Denver. Representing a new generation of vertical CNC work centers, the Advance Plus features integrated opposing drilling, and reduced overall dimensions, along with standard horizontal CNC machining capabilities. The work center turns glass coming from the cutting table into finished product, handling all processing steps with no need for operator intervention. Now with a large cutting envelope, and processing glass up to 137 by 59 inches, this zero set up machine has 100% uptime with its optional continuous “flow” capability, according to the company

Curved Glass

The Beauty of Curves

New machinery that Tvitec has developed to process curved glass is able to provide two main solutions: annealed curved glass and heat treated curved glass. On annealed curved glass Tvitec can fabricate large sizes with assorted geometries either in insulating glass, safety and acoustic laminates, as well as printed glass.

The company also offers heat treated curved glass cylindrical lites. By using the length bending technology, and depending on the glass size and overall thickness, a minimum radius of 500 mm can be achieved. The cross bending technology allows Tvitec to fabricate sizes up to 236 inches with radius starting at 2,000 mm.

Augmented Reality

Modern Observation

Adelio Lattuada now offers an augmented reality program dedicated to service. The company provides technical assistance to customers in a simple way using a tablet or a smartphone. According to the company, using the smartphone or tablet’s camera, the company can observe problems, errors, faults or alarms on the machine. They can then address any issues intuitively through 3D icons and indications applied to the real environment. This provides clear, fast and economical service, reducing downtime and costs.

Insulating Glass

Bullet-Resistance That Performs

The new sedak Isosecure combines bullet-resistance with the performance capabilities of modern insulating glass, according to the company. This is not a traditional polycarbonate system. Glass with coatings for solar control and heat retention can now be used in the construction of bullet-resistant insulating glass, so building security and modern energy characteristics are no longer incompatible in insulating glass façades. According to the company, the product protects without splintering up to bullet-resistance class BR7 NS according to DIN EN 1063. The maximum size of the bullet-resistant glass is 137 by 787 inches.

The new construction also allows for the use of coated glass, according to the company, explaining that the insulating glass fulfils the desired energy standards despite its protective qualities. Likewise, since polycarbonate is not used, sedak isosecure can achieve a fire protection class, according to the company.


Movement Capability

Sika Corp.’s Sikaflex-510 AM50 is a one-component, low modulus, fast-curing and elastomeric hybrid sealant with a high movement capability of +/- 50%. The sealant is suited for weather sealing window perimeters, joints or gaps connecting dissimilar substrates. It is also suitable for adhesion to non-porous substrates and applications that
will require painting. Additionally, it meets ASTM C920, Class 50, offers UV resistance and weathering, low VOCs, color retention and a fast skin time, according to the company.

Sunshades, Skylights, and Daylighting

Engineering Shade

Clover Architectural Products’ sunshades are available as airfoils, tubes, flat bars or perforated metals for use in horizontal or vertical applications. They typically attach to a curtainwall system, into the building structure or as an infill in a steel frame. Clover’s sunshade finish options include Kynar paint, powder coat, wood grain powder coat and clear, bronze and black anodized.

The company recently fabricated vertical perforated sunshades for the front entrance façade of Harper College Building M in Palatine, Ill. This project featured four different colors with three shades of blue and one in white, which gave a rainbow effect. In addition, Clover was able to design it so the sunshade would not have to attach to the storefront.

A Sustainable Skylight

Exterior Technologies Inc. (Extech) has expanded its skylight product offering with a new Skygard 2500 Series aluminum-framed, monumental glass skylight system. Available in pyramid, single slope and ridge configurations, Extech’s new skylight complements commercial, institutional and industrial building designs, according to the company. It is also engineered with separate gutters to control condensation and leakage.

The Skygard 2500 skylight system accepts glass up to 1-5/16 inches thick, including monolithic or insulating glass units. Optional glass coatings and custom silk-screen patterns help to diffuse the direct top-lighting and to control unwanted solar heat gain.

The skylight is offered as a silicon butt-glazed system to accommodate both intermediate joints between glazing panels and joints at the sills. Conventional aluminum cover caps also are available. The skylight system has passed industry-standard testing for air infiltration per ASTM E-283 to 12 psf and water infiltration per ASTM D-331 to 15 psf.

Coatings for Daylighting

Guardian’s SunGuard SNR 43 coating on clear glass delivers a low, 0.23 solar heat gain coefficient and 43% visible light transmission combined. It offers a 28% reflectivity out and 15% reflectivity in. With a 15% reflectively in, patients and staff at hospitals can benefit from natural light during the day, and evening views at night.

Reflectivity can be a challenge when building with glass. Architects may envision a level of reflectivity out that protects the privacy of occupants; however, today’s designers want the reflectivity in to be low enough to allow abundant visible light and clear views, even at night. This is particularly applicable in healthcare, because studies have shown that views of natural light and nature are often beneficial to the healing process, both physically and psychologically.

In the past, it was difficult to specify a reflective glass product that offered a low solar heat gain coefficient and a neutral aesthetic. Additionally, any window would turn into a mirror in the evenings when lights were switched on. A project such as Northside Hospital Cherokee, designed by HDR Architecture, illustrates how glass coating technology has advanced, according to Guardian Glass. The project uses Guardian SunGuard SNR 43 coating on clear glass to achieve this effect.

A Sleek System

Southern Aluminum Finishing Co.’s (SAF) new SAF 4200 RainScreen panel system is a drained and back-ventilated ACM panel system designed to eliminate the visual appearance of mechanical fasteners from the panel edges. The sleek panel system has the features most recently requested by architects, fabricators and installers, according to the company, which adds that architects desire sleek-looking panels with continuous edge surfaces. Fabricators benefit from the elimination of secondary drilling and countersinking of fasteners, reducing assembly time. While installers benefit from using the same wall panel extrusions and installation methods.

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