Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005

Man-made Machinery
A Look at Machinery 
Innovations from the Atlanta Show

IGE Solutions Gets an Edge with Fushan 
IGE Solutions Inc., the Jupiter, Fla.-based distributor, was at the show with plenty of machines for its client, Fushan.
The company offers several beveling machines—both straight-line and a wave and straight-line—as well as edging machines, CNC machines, automatic shape glass cutting tables and vertical drilling machines. Even with five machines at the show, IGE Solutions managed to still have an open and inviting booth with ample room to walk around and ask questions about the machines.

Some Stuff to See at Sommer & Maca
Sommer and Maca Industries Inc. joined the ranks of companies with vertical drills at the show. The Somaca machine is a TD-2.5 vertical two-sided glass drill with the ability to drill glass up to 1.25-inches thick and up to 300 pounds. Measuring 120 inches long by 48 inches wide, the machine’s maximum drill depth is 32.5 inches. The motors are mounted horizontally on adjustable pneumatic tracks and drilling is done with a joystick lever control.
Sommer and Maca representatives also distributed information on VistaCleerXP™, a glass cleaner made for windows, mirrors, windshields, all other kinds of glass, plastic (acrylics and polycarbonates) and plexi-glass surfaces.

Super Sonic Tamglass
Tamglass and its machinery arm, Bavelloni, shared booth space at the show, where the Tamglass Sonic™ high convection furnace made its American debut as a “prelaunch” of the machine to be introduced to the market officially at Vitrum.

The Sonic is the newest generation in Tamglass’ high tempering line. According to the company, it provides 60-percent more output than previous versions and has a higher capability for super low-E tempering.
Using new convection booster technology, the machine can process at speeds up to 33 seconds/meter and is made primarily for insulating glass and flat glass manufacturers.

Lovin’ the Booth Lovati 

Besana Lovati, the U.S.-branch of Costruzioni Meccaniche Besana S.r.l, brought two newly updated machines. The R-11 TS vertical edger and the R-4 automatic straight line machine have both been modified for either size or style. 
The R-11 has undergone a change in its layout; all the flat edge spindles can be found together with the arising function following—and separating the diamond wheels from the rest of the machine.
The R-4, designed for grinding and polishing edges, has two spindles for diamond wheels and two spindles for polishing wheels. These can be manually adjusted according to the thickness of the glass. It operates at speeds from 1- to 5-meters per minute.

CMB also had its VD-2H/130NC vertical drill. The drill’s main features include the capability to handle glass from 3 to 25 mm thick. It can drill holes up to 50 mm, though the company can design it to drill larger holes upon request. The machine has four heads, two on each side, and is fabricated of welded and normalized steel.

Bovone Brings ‘Em In
Electro Bovone, distributed in the United States by Salem Distributing, had a number of machines at the show. Included in the offering was a new laminated line, as well as the Retilinea Elb miter machine, which has been designed to handle glass up to 90 mm thick. 

Jammin’ with Jordan
Jordan Glass was the only glass machinery company that could claim to have a full tempering furnace operating at the show, and closed the sale of two lines there. The QX Series tempering line is computer controlled and comes with software available in both English and Spanish. It has a touch-screen operation and a computer controlled quenching section.
Jordan also introduced water jet machines, a new product for the company that stemmed from its partnership with SAME Water Jet Co. in China. The machine is available in six standard sizes ranging from 40- x 48-inches to 80- x 120-inches. 

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