Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005


Arch Aluminum & Glass to Undergo Major Extrusion Expansion
Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc. will expand its extrusion operations in Miami over the next 12 to 14 months with the addition of a second extrusion line, expanded finishing capability and 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space. 
The company says it will be installing new equipment, including one of the largest extrusion presses in Florida. The press will be manufactured by Clecim, part of the Siemens VAI group and will be designed and built in VAI CLECIM’s workshops in Montbrison, France to the ISO 9000 standard. Designed to run with either 8- or 9-inch billet, the 2,750 US ton press features Clecim’s front loading design.

“This state-of-the-art expansion gives us the capabilities and increased capacity that will allow us to provide even more services directly to our customers with increased levels of service and support. We truly believe that it is our duty to provide the best possible quality and “one to one” service to our customers,” said Michael E. Rodriguez, Arch extrusion general manager.

The expansion of the Miami plant will include more than 70,000 square feet of new manufacturing space and will almost triple the current extrusion production capacity. The additional square footage will house the new fully-automated anodizing line, designed and manufactured by Italtecno of Modena, Italy, that is capable of finishing profiles to more than 26 feet in length. The environmentally-sensitive design will feature chrome-free chemistry, a waste-water treatment facility and the Freeal sulfuric acid recovery system. 

PPG Offers Certified Laminator Brochure
A brochure that describes its recently launched Certified Laminator Program is now available from PPG Industries. The PPG certified laminators are part of a nationwide network of glass fabricators who have been certified by PPG to produce laminated glass that includes their high-performance products such as Solarban 60 solar control low-E glass.

The four-page brochure provides information on the benefits of working with a PPG certified laminator, and also provides information on the annual audits program in which members must participate. The audits cover every aspect of production and service capability from initial glass storage to final packaging and shipping. In addition, there are strict procedures for glass cutting and seaming, PVB interlayer preparation and laminate assembly and processing, including heating, de-airing and autoclaving.

PPG certified laminators can also laminate glass in any thickness, in a variety of tints and coatings and in array of shapes and sizes.

Vos Glass Recognized by Associated 
Builders and Contractors of Western Michigan

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Michigan has honored Vos Glass of Grand Rapids, Mich., with the 2005 Award of Excellence in the glass and glazing category. The award was presented for the company’s work on the St. Mary’s Richard J. Lacks Cancer Center, which showcases a variety of glazing systems and products.

Some of the products installed by Vos Glass include the following:
• Kawneer aluminum entrances and curtainwall combined with YKK series YOW 250T operable windows in charcoal gray custom painted finish on the exterior construction;
• Nearly 18,000 square feet of reflective gray, high-performance Viracon vision glass and spandrel glass;
• “Radiused” curtainwall that featured Pilkington’s Activ glass; 
• Custom glue-chip acid-etched glass from Echo Etching of Grand Rapids;
• FireLite glass in the interior doors and sidelites;
• Custom-shaped glass etched with inspirational verses in the interior design of the fifth floor corridor; and
• A 7-foot by 28-foot skylight from Naturalite.

GPD Redesigns glassfiles.com to be User Friendly and Flexible
The organizing committee of Glass Processing Days (GPD) has redesigned its website, www.glassfiles.com, to enhance user friendliness, information and offer flexible updates. According to organizers, the design is part of the GPD mission to collect and distribute educational information on the properties, processing and use of architectural and automotive glass, and also to encourage cross-functional networking.

Among the changes to the site is the elimination of the drop-down menu. Organizers say this was removed to make it easier for visitors to “perceive the structure of the versatile and extensive information provided on the site and to facilitate the finding of the information most relevant to the site visitor.”

The site’s log-in procedure is also different. Users are now authenticated based on e-mail address and password, eliminating the need for a separate user name. Users can also log in permanently, so they are automatically authenticated on the same computer.

“Glassfiles.com, the concept we launched in 2001, is an important part of our concept and mission to support continued learning within the industry,” said Jorma Vitkala, chairperson of the GPD organizing committee. “It is important to improve and modernize the site continuously to reflect the developments within the industry as they are documented at GPD conferences and in the time period between them.” 

Cefla Launches New Website
Cefla of High Point, N.C., a provider of glass finishing technologies, has launched a new website, dedicated to the North American market.

From the homepage users can select: About Cefla, Products, Press or Contacts. About Cefla provides an overview of the company, its history, philosophy, capabilities and unique technological advantages. The products page provides a selection of 16 applications from which to choose and then links to a range of machines engineered to fit the needs of that application. Articles about manufacturers that use Cefla finishing systems, news releases about the company’s machinery and advertisements from trade publications are all available from the Press page. As the name implies, the Contacts page provides an easy way to contact the company’s staff of finishing experts and acquire specific information. 

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