The last two days of the GlassBuild America show in Atlanta featured higher attendance than the first day as the remains of Hurricane Irma cleared the area, allowing for more attendees and exhibitors to make their way to the Georgia World Congress Center after numerous airline delays and cancellations early in the week.

Software is Hot

One of the most interesting products that was at GlassBuild isn’t for sale yet, and may never be.

CRL showcased its Series 3000 sliding door.

FeneTech launched its FenML initiative, which stands for “fenestration manufacturing language.” As automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) become more prevalent in production, FeneTech saw the need to create a single baseline standard that will allow all machinery, software and suppliers to communicate with each other. The company envisions FenML as a publicly accessible open standard that will be developed in coordination with stakeholders in the glass and door and window industries.

Soft Tech Group also showed its new automation module and scheduling software at GlassBuild.

The Soft Tech Automation Module allows users to connect their company’s production line with Soft Tech’s design and estimation software. Users simply choose the extrusion automation needed and send the information along to the correct machine. According to Soft Tech, the software is easy and requires little training, allowing for long-term cost savings.

The Soft Tech Scheduling Software streamlines scheduling by automating employee shift and production scheduling. It allows users to schedule the right staff for the right job by looking at workers’ skills and efficiency.

Cutter Croix had some unique products for various segments of the industry. This includes Giddyup for CRM and estimating; a product for canvassing; Customer Connect, which allows contractors to give an app to the customer so they can check in all aspects of their remodeling job; and show floor, an app used at trade shows which makes follow up and tracking easy, in fact, a few exhibitors used it at the show.

What Else is New

Argon Filling Systems (AFS) had several products in its booth, including a new handheld gas fill analyzer that can provide an accurate reading of initial fill percentage to determine manufacturing accuracies for insulating glass units (IGUs).

H.B Fuller, which recently agreed to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants in a $1.57 billion deal, rolled out several new sealant products, including the SN2310T silicone sealant, the HL-5171 warm melt matrix and the HL-5202 backbedding sealant.

Wood’s Powr-Grip Co. Inc. showed its IntelliGrip system, a microprocessor that conducts safety checks of its lifters’ vacuum cups. The company plans to test new features to expand the IntelliGrip system’s applications among its products.

Wood’s Powr-Grip also presented an integrated hoist control. The joystick allows users to safely control the tilt of lifters holding large lites of glass.

The Quanex booth highlighted its glazing and fenestration solutions, including Q-Glaze sealants, which are available in a range of material options; Edgetherm insulating glass sealants, including the Edgetherm 3000 hot-melt butyl sealant and Edgetherm 3400 desiccant matrix for rigid spacers; and High-Heat Glazing Bead, a PVC clad bead with aluminum that’s stabilized to prevent shrinking and deformation in high-heat environments.

CRL showcased its Series 3000 sliding door, which can be used for commercial and residential applications. The product has a new security screen, which Andrew Haring, vice president of marketing, says is an aesthetically pleasing solution to a security door. It’s available in a variety of options, including swing doors and egress windows.

The show closed Thursday, but our coverage will continue. Stay tuned to next week for our September Newscast on the event.