Volume 35, Number 10, October 2000


glasstec 2000
Descends Upon
Düsseldorf, Germany

By Penny Beverage

he year 2000 has brought the world many events, from the retiring of the Big Apple’s New Year’s Ball, to the Summer Olympics, to the U.S. presidential election in November. This month, the glass industry will top off the year with its signature event—glasstec 2000, the 16th Annual International Trade Fair for Machinery, Equipment, Applications and Products, taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany, October 24-28.

This show will include a symposium titled “Glass, Light and Sun” emphasizing related topics such as solar heating, photovoltaics, high-tech glass and other new products.

Nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies and 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, sponsored by Messe Düsseldorf at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre, Halls 9 to 17. The show, held biannually since 1970, will cover 690,000-square-feet of floor space this year. The United States will be represented by approximately 55 exhibitors. The following is a sampling of the companies who will introduce new products at the international glass show.

Glasslam NGI Features Bevelpane®

Glasslam NGI of Pompano Beach, Fla., will display its Bevelpane, a patented decorative doorlite. The company produces the Bevelpane by casting a crystal clear polymer against a mold, and then sealing this casting inside an insulating glass unit, which, according to the company, creates the look of beveled glass at a fraction of its usual price. The doorlite is completed with Breakthrough® resistant glass or SafetyPlus® hurricane-resistant glass as the outboard lite of the insulating glass (IG) unit, which Glasslam says provides additional security to the window.


International Glass Products Cleans Up

International Products Corp. of Burlington, N.J., will brighten things up this year at glasstec with its line of aqueous glass cleaners. According to the company, the products are helpful for cleaning glass both while it is being fabricated and after it is completed. The cleaners can be applied to an array of items including unsilvered mirrors. International Products says its line is especially beneficial for cleaning glass because each product in the line mixes readily with water, stays in the solution and rinses easily from the glass. Available in a range of sizes from 1-liter containers to 200-liter drums, the cleaner’s capability will be demonstrated at the company’s exhibit stand during the show. The company also urges those who plan to visit its stand to bring glass items which need cleaning for use in the demonstration.


ICD Exhibits
Newest Coatings

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Industrial Control Development Inc. (ICD) of Vancouver, Wash., will display two products at this year’s show, one of which is brand-new to the coatings market, Aqua-Vue™. The ink, made from a combination of polymers, adheres chemically to the glass and provides a low-temperature cure that the company says is “not achieved by any other coating process.” Aqua-Vue can be used on surfaces for both exterior and interior applications such as wall-cladding, partitions, shower doors and store fixtures.

In addition, ICD will display its OPACI-COAT-300®, which the company developed for architectural spandrel glass applications. According to ICD, the water-based silicone glass coating can be applied to any type of flat, bent or block glass, and does not require heat at the final stage of the coating process. It also can provide opacification in any color to glass or other related materials.


Strainoptic Visits Germany Toting Various Products to Display

Strainoptic Technologies, haling from North Wales, Pa., will be on site at glasstec exhibiting several of its testing instruments, including the Grazing Angle Surface Polarimeter (GASP), Glass Edge Stress Meters (GES), polariscopes, roller wave gauges and the SCA-1500 Stress Scanner. The GASP is a piece of equipment used for measuring surface stress of flat glass or curved glass. Similarly, the GES checks the edge stress of tempered glass, automotive glass and all flat glass products. Strainoptic’s SCA-1500 Stress Scanner, which the company also will exhibit, is a PC-based automated stress scanner for glass inspection.

Tamglass Introduces HTBS ProEä Bending and Tempering System

Tamglass Ltd. Oy of Tampere, Finland, will exhibit its new bending and tempering system, HTBS ProEä, at the show. The machine, which the company says is ideal for large cylindrically bent glasslites, produces both automotive safety sidelites and architectural safety glass. The machine can bend glass up to 1.5-m in length and 2.4-m in width, utilizing the Tamglass HTF ProEä tempering furnace. It can also handle both basic clear float glass and coated glass, according to the company.


Ensinger Heats Things Up

Ensinger Inc. of Washington, Pa., is heating things up at glasstec with its new Thermix® warm-edge spacer system. According to the company, the Thermix system, used in the manufacture of insulating glass units, has a steel diffusion barrier encapsulated in the modified polycarbonate. It provides a ventilated surface to allow any moisture to be absorbed by the desiccant and still seals the gas inside the insulating glass unit. Likewise, Ensinger’s spacer minimizes heat transfer at the sight line and eliminates condensation and fogging. According to the company, Thermix also is available with rectangular or Georgian-style ventilated muntin bars that allow equilibrium inside the insulating glass unit. Available in black and gray, the Thermix warm-edge spacer system comes in a variety of sizes from 8- to 20-mm, and has a full line of accessories, including corner keys, straight connectors, gas plugs and tubes, muntin connectors and cruciforms.

Vesuvius Visits glasstec with a Bang, Displays Two New Products

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The Vesuvius Glass Group brings two of its companies, VGT-Dyko of Düsseldorf and Vesuvius France & McDanel of Beaver Falls, Pa., to glasstec this year. VGT-Dyko will be on-hand with its Antexon, a chromic oxide quality either isostatically- or hydraulically- pressed, which finds applications in tanks producing float glass, insulating glass wool and other types of glass.

The company says Antexon solves the problems associated with the preferential erosion of other refractory products when used in these processes. In addition, Vesuvius France & McDanel will display its Side Seal, which cuts down on the wear and erosion that contaminates tempering furnaces. According to the company, the product is designed for durability and creates an insulating furnace wall and a decrease from the previous internal furnace contamination.


Lasry Vitrage Decorates glasstec with Acid-Etched Glass

Lasry Vitrage of Bayonne Cedex, France, is heading to glasstec with its lines of smooth and decorative acid-etched glass. The company will exhibit its smooth acid-etched glasses, Biselux and Biselseda, and its decorative acid-etched glass, Mateglass. According to the company, the smooth acid-etched glasses are available in a range of qualities from light to opaque, are fingerprint-proof, and can be used for furniture, partition walls, doors, beveled table tops and shower screens. Likewise, decorative Mateglass is produced in clear 4-mm, and upon request, can be made in 5-, 6-, or 8-mm. The company says it can also be beveled, bent and tempered and used for doors, partition walls, shower screens, double glazing, furniture and lighting industries.


Grenzebach GmbH Releases Cutting System

glasstec will welcome to the show Germany’s own Grenzebach Masch-inenbau GmbH, who will exhibit its float glass cutting system. The machine features a measuring bridge which holds the feed-rate measuring system based on twinned measuring wheels. By utilizing Floatscan Edge, Grenzebach’s camera system for monitoring the position of both glass ribbon edges, the system holds up to three longitudinal cutter beams, each of which can be equipped with up to 16 cutting tools.


New Hudson Corp. Introduces In-Situ Lehr Roll Cleaning Machine

The New Hudson Corp. of New Hudson, Mich., has introduced a brand-new product to the float glass industry, the In-Situ Lehr Roll Cleaning Machine, which will be on display at the show. The machine is designed to clean the sodium sulfate and tin deposits from the surface of stainless steel rolls while they are in place, but without disturbing the glass ribbon and without damaging the roller surface, according to the company.

The company says the roller cleaner accommodates roll surface irregularities, eccentricity problems and inaccuracies in roller alignment and position.


Ashton Advances Auto Seaming Lines

England-based Ashton Industrial is returning to glasstec this year with its Auto Seaming Lines, which the company introduced for the first time at glasstec 1998. The lines consistently produce quality edges, according to the company, yield high output rates and reduce labor costs. With six of the machines installed in the United Kingdom and two in the United States, the company says it is improving the Ashton Auto Line continually, customizing it to meet each customer’s needs. Ashton provides numerous options for its Auto Lines, such as a number of layout choices, including G-, L-, Z-, and U-shapes, online automatic edge deletion of soft-coat glass, automatic laser marking of logos and/or bar codes, triple belt grinders and a robot arm version.


Z. Bavelloni Presents New and Improved ALPA

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Z. Bavelloni will also exhibit at glasstec 2000, displaying a range of machinery for the needs of the glass industry. Utilizing approximately 22,800-square-feet for its exhibit, the company will present a new version of ALPA, a CNC machine which the company says can execute many types of functions including grooving, beveling and edging. In addition, Bavelloni will display the Shuttle Storage System, a new automatic system for glass storage which has a cutting line for jumbo glass sheets, a new cutting table for laminated glass, and its new range of GEMY machines for flat edge and corner cutting.



Glasstech Inc.’s Shape Modeler® Saves Time and Money

At the show, Glasstech Inc. of Perrysburg, Ohio, will display its Shape Modeler software package, a program which allows glass designers to evaluate computer simulation of glass shape designs and avoid costly sampling of glass flawed by optical distortion, according to the company. Using the program, designers can evaluate the feasibility of new and complex glass designs while the designs are still in CAD format, created digitally by computer. Thus, the company says time and money are saved, as the designer does not have to actually create the glass design to find out if it will be stable. According to the company, tests have shown that the software package is accurate up to ¼-thousandths of an inch.

In addition to the Shape Modeler, Glasstech will exhibit its SDBL™ Advanced In-Line Windshield System, SDBT™ Advanced In-Line Bending and Tempering System, CRB™, CRB2™, FCH2™ System and ERH2™ System at glasstec 2000.


Rohmer and Stimpfig Unveil Four New Machines for Cutting

Rohmer and Stimpfig of Fürth, Germany, will introduce several new products at this year’s show, including updated versions of the CNC-grinding machine, CNC-Calotte-cutting machine, CNC-cutting and grinding combination machine and a second CNC-grinding machine in a different model.

The first CNC-grinding machine, Type RS 8.27, can grind up to four glasses with a maximum size of 525- by 1500-mm at the same time, the company says. In addition, the machine can transport eight glasses at a time, allowing it to work at a rate of 680 glasses per hour. The company also says the machine can grind two glasses at a maximum size each of 1300- by 1500-mm at the same time.

One of Rohmer and Stimpfig’s other new machines, the CNC-Calotte-Cutting machine, Type RS 7.47, equipped with seven CNC-controlled axes, cuts various radii and spherical and aspherical calottes without difficulty, according to the company.


TruSeal and Besten Join Forces to Speed Things Up

TruSeal Technologies Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio, and Besten Inc. of Cleveland have united for glasstec 2000. Together, the companies say they have increased the output of TruSeal’s insulating glass manufacturing system, the Totally Automated Production Equipment (T.A.P.E.), designed by Besten for use with Tru-Seal’s Swiggle® Seal warm-edge spacer system. According to the company, with four operators working and 100 percent of its grids at 90 percent efficiency, the T.A.P.E. system has the ability to produce 38 units of glass per man every hour.

In addition to its fast output, the T.A.P.E. system is designed to mark location points on the glass for the proper placement of internal grids, utilizing a computer which numerically calculates the correct location of the grids, according to the company. The system works in conjunction with the man-machine interface, a computer interface which controls the system’s production and uses operator station terminals to convey data about glass moving through the line, according to the company. “T.A.P.E. is a must for manufacturers who consider consistency, reliability, and flexibility to be top priorities,” said Fred Floyd, chief executive officer of Besten Inc. “And it’s very cost-effective at less than $600,000 for a complete, ready-to-use system.”


Bowman Exhibits State-of-the-Art Lehrs

E.W. Bowman Inc. of Uniontown Pa., will also be on-hand at glasstec to display its lehrs. The basic modular, recirculating lehr has a belt width of up to 18.5-feet and a speed of up to 60-feet per minute. According to the company, each of its lehrs saves energy with its internal belt return, ceramic fiber insulation and proportional gas and/or electric heat control. Likewise, E.W. Bowman says the lehr maintains a consistent temperature at all times and maintains enough heat to sustain its process control no matter what its current glass load.

The E.W. Bowman lehr has a stainless steel interior, belt frames, fans and ducts, heavy-duty state-of-the-art drive systems, digital or PLC instrumentation, electric power disconnect, Watt-per-hour or gas meter, a process control function display, a warranty on its electric element and bottom charge-end roll for belt-tracking adjustment. The company says it also offers routine after-sales service.


Hi-Tech Offers Scaled-Down Demonstration of Flat Glass Laminating Machine

Hi-Tech Engineering Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, will exhibit a scaled-down model of an autoclaveless flat and bent glass laminating machine for automotive sidelites at glasstec 2000. The company plans to not only display the product, but also provides demonstrations of what it can create.

In addition to its laminating system, Hi-Tech will display a glass bending and tempering system, a continuous glass bending system for an aquarium tank, a continuous glass bending system for a pot lid, a small size glass bending tempering system for an oven and a glass chemical tempering system.


Samhan Glass Unveils Updated Proformer-Wave and Proformer-Free

Samhan Glass Technology Inc., a Korea-based company, will unveil two new products at the show, the Proformer–Wave and the Proformer–Free.

According to the company, the Proformer-Wave is the first shape beveling machine which can do wave beveling as well as regular beveling on the irregular line without a template.

Likewise, the Proformer-Free has a free-moving table mechanism that the company says removes almost all the limitations on the shape beveling process. In addition to these two new products, Samhan will exhibit an updated version of the Wave2000, which was originally released at an Italian glass show last year. According to the company, the original Wave2000 was the world’s first wave and straight beveling machine and is now even more advanced after a year of improvements.


Schiatti Angelo SRL Introduces SME 10

Schiatti Angelo SRL of Seregno, Italy, will introduce its new straight mitering grinding machine model SME 10 at glasstec 2000. According to the company, the machine grinds and polishes flat edges with arrises and mitre, giving them the ability to create an angle with a minimum size of zero degrees and a maximum of 45 degrees. The machine fits two electronic cards, located on the control panel, that check and adjust the mitering group inclination, check the rising and lowering of the polishing wheel, display the advancing speed, visualize the worked meters and input the date for programming, according to the company.

In addition, Schiatti Angelo SRL will exhibit one of its newest models of drilling machines, the model FPD60. The FPD60 is equipped with a movable glass locator for the X- and Y-axes which allows the machine to position the glass depending on the drilling values, according to the company.


Glassrobots Sees
Rainbows at glasstec

Glassrobots Oy, based in Tampere, Finland, will exhibit a number of its products at the show. Among these are the Rainbowmaker TSF™ Series bending and tempering furnaces for annealed, heat-strengthened and tempered glass, designed for short series production. The Rainbow TSF Series utilizes a patented module type bending mold and can handle glass of sizes up to 3,500- by 2,600-mm and 2,200- by 3,500-mm. Likewise, Glassrobots says it can provide individual bending surfaces for annealed and laminated glass, both semi-automatic and automatic, flat, laminated glass production lines for production of mixed glass, and plant lay-out design, installation and commissioning, training of operators, and maintenance.

In addition, Glassrobots has available a number of products for the production of automotive safety glass, including fully-automatic windscreen bending furnaces, large bending furnaces and vacuum de-airing and assembly conveyors.

Bottero Has Much to Offer glasstec Attendees

Bottero S.p.A. and Bottero Flat Glass Inc. will exhibit a wide variety of machinery and equipment at glasstec 2000. In fact, the company said it has expanded its booth size by 30 percent to allow for the new equipment being demonstrated at the show.

The company’s BCS series of shape cutting tables have been redesigned and now offer features such as reduced cycle times, high cutting accuracy and an enhanced operator interface. According to the company, Bottero has made improvements in both speed and acceleration, and all the Bottero tables will have a new look to enhance these performance enhancements.

At the 1998 glasstec show, Bottero introduced the on board Shape Scanner. The company says it has improved this tool which now includes upgraded operator software, ScanCut and ScanCad.

The company has also redesigned its Titan flat edge, double edger which now includes the new 3-seal spindle design common to all Bottero edge working equipment. In addition, the company will display several models of its straight line edgers and bevelers.

But that’s not all. On the laminated glass end, Bottero will exhibit the 501 laminated glass cutting machine, which according to the company, is capable of diagonal cutting and can be used to cut standard and mirror glass.


Quick Glance at Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, the capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is to many the most important trade center in Europe for the steel industry. The home of Heinrich Heine University, the city also offers about 6,500 service companies, approximately 400 advertising and public relations agencies, more than 500 management and personnel consulting firms and “IGEDO,” the largest fashion fair in the world.

In addition, Düsseldorf is the home of the International Trade Centre, which was built in 1995. Within the International Trade Centre are three landmarks, the World Trade Centre, the Russian House of Trade and Industry and the Park Tower, which stands 39 stories. The Messe is located conveniently between downtown and the airport.

Penny Beverage is editorial assistant of USGlass magazine.

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