Machinery and Equipment

High-Speed Automation

Glassline’s development of a special underline shuttle provides for the ability to form and transport rows of glass to be placed in-line with a tempering furnace. The shuttle is placed in-line behind Glassline’s high-speed (98 feet per minute) diamond wheel seaming line. The system was created for smaller part sizes, with the shuttle designed for parts 10 inches by 10 inches up to 40 inches by 60 inches.

That’s Genius

Intermac’s Genius CT-RED series of machines are versatile glass cut-ting systems with Windows-based PC controls. These controls allow remote troubleshooting for all aspects of machine functions. A high-tech operating head fitted with an automatic cutting pressure control system controls wheel pressure from the beginning to the end, automatically adjusting the pres-sure according to the geometry of the cutting path. With the optical reader of glass sheet orientation, wait times are reduced and maximum precision is guaranteed, according to the company. A patented tool magazine provides automatic tool changes based on glass type and thickness. Cutting table sizes are available for either half jumbo or full jumbo glass.

Up to Speed

With the new F Type F K Series line, Tecglass introduces a versatile, multi-functional machine engineered to meet the needs of single- and multi-pass high-speed mass production processes. It can also deliver high performance in speed, efficiency, precision and a powerful ink jet stream for multicolor printing on large glass sheets, according to the company.

The F Type F K Series technology makes it possible to print glass sizes up to and including approximately 177 inches by 47 inches in single pass, and larger sizes in multi passes, in just a few seconds. The F Type F K Series performance features include a single-pass print speed of 20 seconds for glass sized approximately 177 inches by 47 inches (single color) and a multi-pass print speed of 90 seconds for glass sized approximately 177 inches by 98 inches (single color). It can be upgraded for up to seven color channels and 72 single print heads (1,000 nozzles per color)/36 print heads for dual-color technology. It prints up to 1,440 dpi print resolution and utilizes simultaneous drying technology.

Lifting & Handling Equipment

Reducing Strain

Piab’s Vaculex lifters handle glass products and components safely while providing ergonomic working environments. Vaculex lifters offer specially adapted solutions for all kinds of windows or assembly situations and are designed to provide safe handling of windows in both production and ware-house settings. The flexible vacuum lifters can be adapted to fit a wide range of different window designs and manufacturing processes. The Vaculex range of standard components can be used to make up solutions for safely lifting, tilting and turning sheets of glass or entire windows, and for positioning windows during assembly. The ergonomic Vaculex lifters are designed to take the strain off the workforce, reducing the risks associated with manual handling, such as pain and injuries to the spine, back or shoulders, and repetitive strain injuries. Enabling procedures to be carried out in space-restricted areas, the lifters offer unique and flexible solutions where ceiling height, narrow and confined areas with limited working space may be an issue. The semi-automated Vaculex lifters allow efficiency improvements, raising the productivity of a plant by enabling a good flow in handling procedures, and guaranteeing high product quality through damage limitation.

Glass Trucks

Maximize Payload Capacity has designed a 16-foot-long Patriot body around the Ford F550 and F450; Ram 4500 and 5500; the upcoming iteration of the Chevy Silverado 4500 and 5500; and other chassis models. The compact glass delivery vehicle has extra-wide 14-inch outer ledges and up to 9,200 pounds of payload capacity. The aluminum body and racks are engineered to weigh less to maximize payload capacity while being strong and durable because rack posts and slats are made from custom aluminum extrusions. The body is fabricated with Huck aircraft-grade fasteners and is supported by a welded steel sub-frame. A flat deck with generous floor space and interior racks, and a section of tall exterior racks, provide ample cargo space. All surfaces that contact glass are padded fully with rubber for glass protection. T-topped adjust-a-poles with triangular neoprene cleats are included for securing cargo of varying thickness. Optional E-track and straps are available. The body can be installed at the company’s service centers or shipped for self-installation.


A Historic Profile

The new GT6700 from Graham Architectural Products is a commercial window system with a historic window profile option that’s available in casement, projected and fixed configurations. The GT6700 incorporates dual thermal strut technology for optimum thermal efficiency and low U-values. It is AAMA AW rated in all configurations with minimum air leakage and high water resistance. This projected window system is available with either a slim sightline or an equal sightline fixed option, depending on intended use and preferred aesthetics. It incorporates a deeper sloped glazing bevel for an authentic historic look, and the strut framing allows for an optional dual finish. A euro groove frame design enables easy accessory attachment and a wide variety of multi locking hardware. Both true and applied grids are available, and a fixed-over-operable intermediate design offers minimal sightlines. Optional roto or single-lever operator and limit devices are also available.

Glass Storage

Time-Tested A-Frame

Groves Incorporated’s new single-sided A-frame was designed to store materials in a tighter footprint. It features Groves’ A-frame profile with a single storage ledge. This allows users to place it against walls or in tight aisles where a double-sided unit would not be practical. The A-frame is made with a heavy-duty powder-coated finish. The bottom U-channel is 2.5 inches wide with a 1.5-inch side ledge. There is a 6-inch spread on top of the A-frame.

Digital Printing

Vivid Colors

With accuracy and precision, AGNORA’s digital print technicians use the AR8000W to provide digital in-glass solutions that combine the durability of ceramic inks with the versatility of digital printing up to 130 inches by 300 inches in size. The company’s digital printing process applies ceramic ink directly to the glass surface. After printing, the glass is tempered, fusing the ceramic ink permanently into the surface of the glass. This results in resistance to scratching, UV and weather. The printed glass can then be laminated or insulated.

Clean Up Your Act

Wandres manufactures a system for cleaning interleaving material, glass chips, grinding dust and ambient dust from flat or curved glass. A linear Sword Brush gently sweeps the debris off the panels and the particles are collected in a dust collection system. The bristles overcome the mechanical attraction that typically adheres the particles to the surface. Additionally, Ingromat solution is applied to the bristles to dissipate the static bond. Neither the brush nor the solution leaves scratches or residue on the glass panel. The thin profile enables the system to retrofit easily onto most conveyor lines.


Calculating Acoustics

Eastman has developed a Saflex Sound-Pro acoustic glazing calculator that allows architects and engineers to compare a variety of glazing components and technologies to determine optimal glazing configurations for specific acoustic performance targets. SoundPro offers two modes to generate calculations. The product selector mode requires users to input acoustic performance targets using global standards of Sound Transmission Class (STC), Outside Inside Transmission Class (OITC) and Reduction index (Rw). The calculator then identifies the acoustic glazing solutions that meet these specifications. The second mode is the glazing configurator, which provides estimates for custom-designed glazing systems. Users have a range of variables to consider, including the type of acoustic interlayer, glass thickness, air space, types of insulating glass and design strategies. Once a calculation is complete, users have the option to refine these selections, and then receive a detailed report including acoustic ratings, test details, a sound transmission loss chart, glazing conflguration details and more.

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