Volume 37, Issue 10, October 2002


Sneak peek
A glimpse of what you'll find at glasstec 2002
by Ellen Giard Chilcoat

Looking for new equipment? No problem. How about CNC machines, tempering systems, software or tools and accessories? Or, perhaps you want to learn about new trends in architectural glass. Look no further. Whatever your glass-processing tastes seek, chances are good that you’ll find it at glasstec 2002, which is set to take place October 28 though November 1 at the fairgrounds in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

(For more info on glasstec and Dusseldorf, see the August issue of USGlass, page 52 and the September issue of USGlass, page 35.)

Show Schedule at a Glance



October 28, 2002 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October 29, 2002 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October 30, 2002 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October 31, 2002 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November 1, 2002 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For the latest in architectural glass innovations, the symposium “Transparency as Aesthetic Architectural Concept” will take place all five days of the show. The symposium will begin at 10:30 a.m. on October 28, led by Martin Nagel, head of the Federal Association of German Glazing Guilds (BIV). The BIV, the Window Technology Institute, the VDMA’s (German Engineering Federation) German glass machining and plant division, the German Glass Technical Institute and the Federal Association of Young Glaziers and Windowmakers will contribute to the symposium. All presentations will be conducted in both German and English. 

Be sure and visit the “glass technology live” exhibit as well. The showcase will feature an architecture exhibition featuring projects, drawings, photographs and more that illustrate the use of glass in buildings and structures.

If you’re in the market for new products, companies from across the globe will be offering their latest. Following is a sampling of just some of the products that will be on display at glasstec. 


Hall14, Stand C30
Albat+Wirsam to Demonstrate New Cutting Technology
Albat + Wirsam Software of Oakville, Ontario, along with its technology partners, will present a new concept for cutting, production and packing at glasstec 2002. 

According to the company, the concept allows for glass lites that are already in the cutting stage to be supplied smoothly to the next production process, such as insulating, laminating and tempering.
For example, in the case of insulating production, the company says the system could synchronize and sort the lites so arbitrary insulating units could be put directly on shipping racks, according to the results of either a packing/loading optimization or a loading assignment.

In laminated glass production, the lites can be synchronized so the laminated configurations would be already completed at cutting, with the appropriate sequence for the lay-up area considered. 
Albat + Wirsam says it will be providing the software, while its partners will be providing the required cutting, sorting and production technology.

Hall 14, Stand E17
Bystronic Services Architectural Glass Needs with New Launch
Bystronic Inc. of Hauppauge, N.Y., plans to demonstrate its new equipment for both the architectural and automotive glass segments.

BYSTRONICFor the architectural industry, Bystronic will showcase the latest in Lenhardt Thermo Plastic Spacer (TPS®) insulating glass (IG) production. Through TPS, an elastic, thermo-plastic spacer replaces traditional metallic spacer frames in insulating glass units. New features include a fully automatic, optical glass plate inspection system, Vision Master, and an automatic muntin bar positioning system. The company says the TPS IG production line’s flexibility is demonstrated by the efficient manufacturing of standard IG units, as well as by the almost unlimited application for special products. The line can also be equipped to manufacture stepped IG units, shaped units and free shapes, cast-resin units or sizes up to 236 inches in a continuous and order-specific production process.

In addition, the lines’ new Vision Master inspection system is said to offer the manufacturer optimal quality assurance with a fully automatic optical in-line inspection of glass plates. Smudges, scratches and inclusions larger than .5 mm can be detected anywhere on the glass’ area, and possible defects are displayed on a monitor that indicates the location and classification of the defect.

With the new muntin bar placement station, the system can handle muntins of different types automatically. According to the company, the unit holds each bar of muntin grids with up to eight ends, installs the grid accurately in the TPS IG unit and presses the ends into the thermoplastic spacer automatically.

Hall 14, Stand E06
Ashton Demonstrates Equipment Lines at glasstec
Based in the United Kingdom, Ashton Industrial will showcase a number of machines during the event. 
The FastTrack reverse-G line is one of the company’s new pieces it will display. The system can perform fully automatic seaming of random-sized rectangular lites prior to tempering. It has a cycle time of about seven seconds per lite inclusive of four-side edge deletion and laser marking.

Other equipment demonstrations from Ashton include a new generation of stainless steel diamond-belt seaming lines and the company’s new horizontal washer, the HWPRO, which will be linked to the seaming line. 

Hall 10, Stand 73-1
CGI Heats Up with Pyroguard Offering
Warrington, England-based CGI International will exhibit at glasstec, and will display its Pyroguard un-wired stockable fire glass.
According to CGI, Pyroguard glass has been tested in the United States to the 20-minute fire standard, and also achieves a CAT 1 impact rating.

Hall 11, Stand E23
CRL Cleans Up with Shower Enclosure Offerings
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) of Los Angeles will offer a number of products and services for the shower door industry, including hinges, pull handles, clamps and extrusions. Specific products available include the 135º movable transom clamps, CRL’s “sleeve-over” glass clamps and its adjustable self-brackets.

According to the company, the 135º movable transom clamps are used to pivot transom panels above frameless shower doors, when it is meeting a fixed panel at 135º. The clamps are made of solid brass and are available in five finishes. Custom finishes are also available.

CRL’s sleeve-over glass clamps are secured over adjoining fixed panels at 90º or 135º. They are designed to provide a mechanical fastener and provide a securing clamp to hold the glass panels in position while the applied silicone sealant in the joint cures. The solid brass clamps are available in brass, chrome and brushed nickel.

Adjustable shelf brackets work with 1/8- to 15/16-inch glass or wood shelves up to 10 inches deep. According to the company, the brackets are secured with one screw to the substrate, and an adjustment screw is included to accommodate various glass thicknesses.

Hall 13, Stand E49

Vesuvius to Offer Wide Range of Refractory Products and Services
The glass group from Vesuvius, which is headquartered in Belgium, will be on hand at glasstec with a number of new products and services.

  VESUVIUS2 Included in the line-up is the company’s Zyacil® non-scratch roll covers, for float glass annealing lehrs, as well as other float glass operations. The covers are made of high-purity amorphous silica fibers and colloidal particles. The company says they contain no impurities or coarse particles that could cause bottom surface damage to the glass. The company also says they are thermally stable, durable and resistant to sulphate build-up.

VESUVIUS1 Other products that will be available from Vesuvius include its Zyarock® tempering rollers, Antexon® chromic oxide bricks that are designed to be used in tanks for textile glass, insulating glass wool and other applications.

In addition, Vesuvius offers refractories for glass melting furnaces and much more.

Hall 17, Stand D17
TruSeal to Introduce Newest Spacer
TruSeal Technologies of Beacwood, Ohio, will be introducing its latest spacer, Insuledge™.
According to the company, Insuledge features a non-metal, corrugated tube that offers superior performance. It also has a hollow, non-metal core instead of conductive solid or foam materials. 
In addition, TruSeal says Insuledge is 50 percent lower in conductivity compared to other warm-edge spacers, and also offers less condensation and better U-values.

TruSeal adds that Insuledge has a smooth surface appearance and gray siteline. It can also follow the edge of almost any insulating glass unit’s shape.

Visit USGlass at glasstec 2002
After all the sights you’ll be seeing around Düsseldorf, don’t forget another important attraction—the USGlass magazine glasstec booth! Several members of the USGlass team will be on hand at glasstec 2002. Stop by and visit us in hall 12 at booth B2 9, and pick up free copies of USGlass magazine, as well as our sister publications, Door & Window Maker, AGRR, Window Film and SHELTER. We’ll also have information on our Glass Expos USA™ conferences and expos. 

Hall 12 Stand E35
Tamglass Offers Convection and Bending Equipment
Tamglass of Tampere, Finland, will demonstrate several pieces of equipment during the show. 
The company will display its ProConvection™ and SuperConvection™ lines, which can be used in tempering all types of glass. According to Tamglass, the furnaces are capable of handling hard-coated low-E, soft-coated super low-E and clear glass in a wide range of sizes. 

Tamglass will also introduce ProBend™, a new method of bending and tempering large glass lites. According to the company, the process is unique in that it is done without any molds, and the shapes, sizes and thickness can be processed at high production speeds with little changeover time.

Hall 13, Stand E13
Glassrobots Offers Equipment For Bending, Tempering and Laminating
For new technologies in bending, tempering and laminating, Glassrobots Oy of Finland will be offering its new equipment during glasstec.


For example, it will be showcasing its vacuum conveyors, which are designed for de-airing different types of glass. It will also introduce the members of the Rainbowmaker TFS series of bending and tempering systems. The Combi and Turbo versions can bend and temper glass sizes up to 2,500 mm by 3,500 mm and 3,500 mm by 2,500 mm.

For big-girth versions, Glassrobots says the system incorporates automatic middle support. The company says that the Rainbowmaker TSF enables production of glass with small girth and standard height, as well as large girth and low height.

In addition to its bending equipment, Glassrobots also offers production lines for flat, laminated safety glass. Features include: batch processing for small lites to optimize the line capacity; high convection for effective heating; automatic measurement of laminate thicknesses, ensuring correct settings for press rollers and conveyor speed; and more.

Hall 12, Stands C69
A Fresh Coat: ICD Offers New Glass Coatings
Vancouver, Wash.-based ICD USA will offer its Opaci-Coat-300® spandrel coatings, including the new Crystal finishes.

According to the company, the new coating process increases depth of color and metallic look options for both spandrel and interior wall applications such as cladding.



Ellen Giard Chilcoat is managing editor for USGlass magazine.


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