machinery and equipment
Glaston Helps Fabricators Add Capabilities
Finland-based Glaston has developed a number of solutions to help fabricators
move into new application areas, such as low-E glass production, simply
by upgrading their existing machinery. Among its offerings are the SuperE™
high speed convection system, which helps fabricators reach high optical
glass quality and high low-E tempering capacity for 0.04 soft coatings.
It processes all temperable pyrolytic and soft-coated glass types with
relative ease, and features balanced heat transfer and fast cycle times.
In addition, the CGS™ coated glass system uses profiled air flow by incorporating
a focused convection system lengthwise between all upper heating elements.
It provides thermally stable glass sheet, and features high optical quality
and flexibility for both low-E and traditional glass. The company also
offers a low-E kit for VX machines, DE machines and lines to replace the
upper belts with softer ones to protect the sensitive low-E coating. Cylindrical
brushes keep the belts constantly clean.
Somaca Introduces New Vertical Closed Top Washer
The Sommer & Maca Machinery Division of C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. in
Los Angeles has introduced its newest 70-inch vertical closed top glass
washer—the SM70V—suitable for general glass cleaning. Using power driven
conveyors in all sections, it easily moves multiple or large glass lites
through the process at speeds up to 14.7 feet per minute. It can clean
and dry glass up to 70 inches tall and ½-inch-thick in one pass.
The washer features 100-percent recirculating wash and rinse compartments
with low-E brushes as standard.
The final spray rinse also is 100 percent recirculated through a cartridge
filter, reducing total water usage. Fluorescent lights on the outlet conveyor
aide glass inspection. The drying blower is housed in a filtered sound
reducing enclosure. The compact washer is 51 inches deep and 198 inches
wide and built from corrosion-resistant stainless steel.
Grenzebach Automates High-Speed Float Glass Stacking
Grenzebach Corp. in Newnan, Ga., in conjunction with Siemens Industry
Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., is developing a new line of glass-handling equipment
with integrated controls systems to provide a fully automated solution
to the handling of finished float glass. The first piece is the company’s
new High-Speed Stacker, which it reports currently is the only device
that can stack glass sheets in less than a one-second cycle. The robot-assisted
float glass stacker reaches its speed from quickly forming sub-packs of
glass and achieves its flexibility by stacking the sub-packs with a robot.
The system’s six-axis robots are capable of correcting stacking alignment
and creating precise glass stacks. The robots have a payload capacity
of up to 220 pounds and also feature integrated energy supply systems
to reduce floor space. The stacker can stack multiple sizes of glass with
varying orientation quickly and accurately. It offers manufacturers the
flexibility to adapt to product variations and rack and equipment changes.
Vitro America™ Glass Systems Now Available in
Vitro America in Memphis, Tenn., is now offering building information
modeling (BIM) data on a range of its glass systems. Architects, specifiers,
glaziers and others can access its library of BIM objects through the
ARCAT® website at www.arcat.com.
BIM product models are available for the company’s Envision™ glass systems,
including all-glass entrances; sliding, stacking, and clad doors; glass
walls; handrail systems; and shower enclosures. The company will continue
to add other architectural products to its library of BIM models. Users
can access its BIM models in a range of file formats, including Autodesk®
Revit®, Google™ SketchUp and Bentley Architecture.
Perforated Panel and Wire Cloth Provide Attractive
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) now is manufacturing and
distributing a wide variety of perforated panel and architectural wire
cloth systems for exterior and interior building enhancements. These systems
can transform a building’s façade, while also offering protection
from the sun.
The perforated panels are available in steel, galvanized steel, stainless
steel and aluminum. Panel finishes of mill, powder paint, and KYNAR®
cover almost any color selection. Stock sheets are in various thicknesses
are available, and the company can custom-fabricate panels.
The wire cloth systems also can be effectively used on interiors for ceilings,
wall paneling and railing infills. It’s available in several meshes to
cover a wide variety of applications.
PPG Sample Kits, White Papers, Help Architects Make Decisions
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has a new sample kit featuring its Pacifica
and Solarblue glasses, its two newest blue-tinted glasses. In addition
to their uncoated versions, Pacifica glass is shown with Vistacool subtly
reflective and Solarcool reflective coatings, and Solarblue glass is shown
with a Solarcool coating.
Dark-blue Pacifica glass has VLT of 38 percent and a SHGC of 0.35 when
combined with clear glass in a 1-inch insulating glass unit. The result
is a LSG ratio of 1.07.
With a VLT of 50 percent and a SHGC of 0.49, the sky blue Solarblue has
an LSG ratio of 1.03 in a clear, 1-inch insulating glass unit.
In addition, PPG has published two white papers. One details how its paint,
glass and coatings can help building projects earn green certifications;
the other helps architects, building owners and others evaluate and compare
extrusion coatings warranties from coating suppliers.
trucks and transportation
MyGlassTruck Launches Options for Sprinter’s
MyGlassTruck.com, a division of Demountable Concepts Inc. in Glassboro,
N.J., has released new optional equipment and features for its value line
of aluminum glass carriers for Sprinter cargo vans to make delivering
and installing glass easier and more efficient for glaziers using the
vehicle. Among the new options is a base model roof rack designed to be
installed without the need for drilling holes in the vehicle. Fabricated
from aluminum or stainless steel, it has three sturdy cross-members with
vertical end posts to support ladders and other items during transport.
A full-length welded stainless-steel roof rack conveniently transports
ladders, stock lengths of extrusion and other glazing supplies above the
roof. It features full-length side rails and is available in an extended
model for additional storage above the cab.
An optional interior fold-down glass cutting table offers a level, and
protected, work surface at the jobsite. Interior glass carrying racks
mounted inside the Sprinter’s cargo bay protect glass from the elements
and increase the amount of glass that can be transported per trip.
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