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Supplement, November 2000

Fabrication Education

Check Out the Latest Products Available in the Fenestration Industry

Early in a glasslite’s life, it undergoes the special process of fabrication. Although that process itself is quite old, the products utilized by the fabricators of the industry are changing continually. To help you keep up with the latest advancements in the arena of fabrication, the premier issue of Door & Window Maker is giving you an inside look into some of the latest updates in fabrication equipment. Read on to find the answers to your fabrication needs.


Wegomaź Spices Things Up with Advanced Products

Wegoma of Twinsburg, Ohio, recently introduced two new products to the arena of fabrication equipment, an advanced version of its DMV platform and the brand-new Glass Bead Fabrication Center (GBFC). The DMV Automated Fabrication Saw Platform features two independently-controlled 45-degree miter saws with specifically balanced 3-horsepower direct drive motors, according to the company. In addition, the company says the new version, DMV-I, includes a 90-degree, straight-cut saw assembly, offering increased processing capabilities for a wider range of window and door systems. Both saws have up-cut blade feed, computer- controlled material positioning, standard 19.7-inch blades and a 24-inch wide tabletop capacity.

WEGOMA WELDER Wegoma’s GBFC is designed to automatically feed and cut or punch glass beads to the appropriate lengths. Utilizing a servo-controlled positioning system, the GBFC senses remaining lineal length and automatically reloads, as required, to create the correct size glass bead. In addition, the system can be configured for a fabricator’s specific construction application, including single-walled or chambered glass bead lineals, mitered or straight-cut fabrication requirements with notch back of insertion legs, and processing via punch die station or saw assembly.

Wegoma’s VW-4 Vertical Four-Point Welder features an automatic four-point PVC welder with single- or double-layered welding capacity for frame or sash. According to the company, it also offers welding heads and support bridges engineered to simplify the set-up and adjustment process, vertical movement through a ballscrew axis, and horizontal movement utilizing two helical gear racks. Available in two-weld size capacities, Wegoma says the VW-4 can be placed against a wall or back-to-back to minimize floorspace requirements.


Thermal Plastic Welders Revolutionizes Welding Process

Thermal Plastic Welders (TPW) of Royal Oak, Mich., has developed a specially-designed resistance blade welder for use in the vinyl window welding market. With both single- and two-point welders available from TPW, the company says both welders significantly improve production on corner welding operations. With a built-in blade cleaner, the system minimizes contamination at the weld joint and eliminates the need for anti-stick tape, according to the company. Likewise, the company says the system produces read-outs which keeps the operator updated on temperature, time and other data.


ATCO Inc. Picks Up Speed

OCTAWELDER Tucker, Ga.’s, ATCO Inc. has attempted to make its OCTA Weld and Clean in One, Four-Point Welder, even more efficient than before with its new ATCO Speed Ejection System. The system, optional with the OCTA Welder, will transfer the fusioned double-stack sash or frame within seconds after the fusion cycle is completed, according to the company. The sash or frame cools as it is transferred, so that it may be ejected towards the rear of the four-point welder for further processing by optional workstations. Then, according to the company, the machine is ready for another job 40 seconds after the vinyl squares of the previous job have left the system.


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