Volume 41, Issue 11 - November 2006

On a Roll
The GANA 2006 Fall Conference Scores In Las Vegas 
by Alan Goldberg

Las Vegas may not be a baseball town, but during the week of September 18, 2006, the glass industry was hit with a double-header. While GlassBuild America took place September 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (see related article on page 92), the Glass Association of North America (GANA) opened its 2006 Fall Conference September 20-22 at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino. The event was attended by 140 participants. 

“The amount of technical work for the advancement of the glass industry that takes place at these conferences is usually overwhelming, but this year’s conference was exceptional,” said Solutia’s Julie Schimmelpenningh, who also serves as the GANA president. “We started off with our decorative division kick-off session that was attended by almost 70 people (see sidebar below). The level of enthusiasm to construct informational and educational documents, develop standards and marketing materials to spread the uses of the various decorative glasses was exciting. There was no lack of volunteers for any of the critical functioning areas of the division. Kris Vockler [interim division chairperson] from ICD did a great job in communicating the mission and objectives at this meeting.”

Tempering Division
During the tempering division meeting numerous projects were covered and discussed, including a revision of the construction subcommittee’s “Proper Procedures for Cleaning Architectural Glass” glass informational bulletin (GIB). 

The optical distortion subcommittee provided the group with an update on a number of related standards being developed by ASTM including:

  • Standard Guide, Measuring Index of Refraction and Dispersion;
  • Standard Practice for Reflectance Measurement of Color and Appearance Properties for Flat, Coated and Uncoated Glass;
  • Standard Practice for Transmittance Measurement of Color and Appearance Properties for Flat, Coated and Uncoated Glass;
  • Standard Test Method for Measuring Optical Distortion at a Point Using a Two-Beam Flatness Instrument;
  • Standard Test Method for Measuring Optical Distortion in Flat Glass Using Digital Photography of Grids; and
  • Standard Test Method for Measurement of Deformations and Roll Wave Distortion in Heat-Treated Flat Glass.

The committee is also working on developing an educational PowerPoint presentation titled “An Overview of Optical Distortion and Roll Wave Measurement In Glass. ” A task group was formed to complete the project.

Numerous sections and appendices of the Engineering Standards manual were reviewed and updated as well. The committee is also developing a GIB on post fabrication of heat-treated glass. 

In addition, GANA technical director Greg Carney led a discussion on a proposed ASTM standard for glass used in furniture, such as a coffee tables and tabletops. Carney said the question to consider was whether safety glass should be required for these applications. Carney will continue to monitor the situation and report on related issues to the members.

Next, Jeff Haberer of Cardinal IG and Francis Serruys of Saint-Gobain Glass presented a seminar about international standards for tempered glass. Serruys outlined a brief history of European standards for tempered glass and reviewed the tests that are performed and the results that have been obtained. Presently, there are two standards in Europe that relate to tempered glass. Haberer compared the International Organization for Standards (ISO) to European Committee Standardization (CEN) and said developments in Europe should be taken as a wake-up call for the U.S. glass industry to get involved.

“CEN is taking hold and we must be involved in meetings (in Europe),” said Haberer. 

“Presently, CEN standards are stricter than ours. CEN is moving forward. We are global and we must be engaged,” he added.

Laminating Division
In the laminating division task group chairs updated the group on some of the division’s many ongoing activities, including the development and approval of the product labeling GIB, the development of the ball drop test method for laminated glass (see page 64 for more on this) and the development of a GIB on glass floor and stairs. 

In addition, as part of the division’s new protective glazing committee, three bulletins are being developed focusing on three specific areas: blast-mitigating glazing, bullet-resistant glazing and detention glazing. 

During the technical committee session, Dan Laporte of Solutia provided an update on ASTM documents, and also announced that the GIB titled “Suggested Procedures for Dealing With Broken Glass,” had been approved by the GANA board of directors. In addition, Laporte outlined a GANA member survey that was conducted to find out about edge-alignment tolerances with laminated glazing. The group plans to develop a GIB on the subject once results are finalized and then work toward adding the information into ASTM C 1172.

Insulating Division
As part of the insulating division’s marketing committee meeting, two key projects were discussed: an insulating glass presentation titled “Thermal Performance and Improvement in Insulating Glass,” for the next Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, which will take place in Las Vegas, March 4-6, 2007, and the development of “Insulating Glass 101” an AIA-accreditation course that would serve as an introduction to insulating glass for architects not familiar with double- and triple-pane glass. 

The BEC presentation will focus on a number of areas such as heat flow and thermal performance measures, geographic and regional differences and a comparison of different insulating glass configurations. The AIA presentation will define insulating glass; describe design guidelines and practices, benefits and features; provide specific terminology; identify components; and cover warranties.

In addition, several new activities were suggested for the group, including the creation of a generic white paper about “green” building and daylighting, developing a division membership brochure and also developing a video, similar to those of other divisions, about the insulating glass process.

In the insulating division technical committee meeting members discussed a number of projects as well, including a bulletin that would describe different insulating glass constructions. The concept of developing the document came about, according to Carney, because GANA receives numerous questions on how to describe the construction of insulating glass units.

The development of two other bulletins, one on edge deletion of coated architectural glass and one on terminology in the commercial insulating glass industry, was also discussed.

Randi Ernst of FDR Design and Mats Thermaan of Sparklike Ltd. demonstrated the hand-held gas fill analyzer for doors and windows. According to Ernst, it is the world’s only way of measuring argon and krypton in insulating glass windows. He described it as being light, battery-operated and easy to use. All measurements can be logged and, at any stage, downloaded to a PC. The unit is used by window and IG manufacturers, contractors, test labs and for building inspections. (To learn more about the GasGlass products, see related article in the September 2001 USGlass, page 70.)

Mirror Division
During the mirror division meeting Brian Pitman, GANA’s director of marketing and communications, reported that the group’s video about the mirror manufacturing process has been very successful. Since its launch earlier this year it has been viewed more than 6,000 times from the GANA website.

Regarding the mirror design awards, the division discussed plans to market the program through media outlets directed toward homeowners. While still in the development stages, the initial proposal was received favorably. 

During the technical committee meeting members heard reports on the status of a number of documents in various stages, including GANA’s GIB that summarizes the differences between safety glazing standards ANSI Z 97.1 and CPSC 16 CFR 1201 requirements; a mirror update of ISO TC 160 SC1/WG6; a mandatory revision (based on ASTM guidelines) of ASTM 1503-1, Standard Specification for Silvered Flat Glass Mirror; and a review of the GIB “Proper Fabrication of Flat Glass Mirrors,” which is currently in draft stages. Other topics for potential GIBs include installation conditions that lead to edge deterioration and installation techniques designed to prolong the life of a mirror. 

Turning Talent Into Performance
During the final day’s general session, keynote speaker Garrison Wynn of Wynn Solutions touched on many topics that he says help turn talent into performance to achieve results. Trust, listening, believability, creditability and dealing with difficult people were among them. His comments were based on results from the largest management survey ever conducted, according to Wynn. 

“If you criticize others’ ideas too much, they will never use yours. If you make people feel comfortable, you will be successful,” he said.

According to Wynn, people will listen to everything you say—if you are sincere. He referred to this as the power of positioning and the power of trust. 

Jane Skeeter, founder and chief executive officer of UltraGlass, outlined opportunities for decorative glass. She gave a brief history and focused on its many uses. 

“Decorative glass has a wave of features … and it is here to stay,” she said. “It offers great light transmission, it can be made into many shapes, it can create diffusion for privacy, it can give continuity in between applications, it offers low maintenance and it provides limitless options for creativity.”

Henry Taylor of Kawneer Co. talked about LEED opportunities for the glass industry. Using a step-by-step approach, he described a theoretical building from initial design and model energy requirements to on-site renewable energy where spandrel becomes photovoltaic panels and punched openings can become curtainwall. 

“LEED is not a trend. It’s here to stay. It’s in all 50 states and 13 countries,” said Taylor (see page 126 in the September 2006 USGlass for related article). 

Based on the issues that were resolved and the projects that were initiated, reviewed and completed, the 2006 Fall Conference played well in Las Vegas. GANA’s next meeting, Glass Week, will take place in Sarasota, Fla., January 20-23, 2007, at the Ritz-Carlton.

First GANA Decorative Meeting Gets Division Off to a Strong Start

The first meeting of the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) decorative division took place September 19 in Las Vegas, just prior to the start of the Fall Conference. Almost 70 people attended, as the group laid the groundwork that members will follow as they shape and create the association’s latest division.

Chaired by Kris Vockler of ICD, she shared with the group how excited she was that so many people turned out and expressed their interest in being a part of the group.

“This is truly an exciting opportunity for GANA and myself to kick this off,” she said. “Decorative glass is a value-added area and this group [consists of] the people making it happen.”

Vockler talked about the variety of different decorative products, from sandblasting and etching to slumped glass and using color, as well as the many applications in which decorative glass can be used.

“Decorative glass is everywhere,” she said.

On that note, the group discussed a number of issues and topics that they felt would be important work areas for the division and, as a result, several committees were formed to begin working on the given areas. The new committees will be working in the following areas:

  • Developing the division’s scope and objectives;
  • Standards and testing, as well as other technical matters;
  • Marketing; and
  • Membership. 

GANA’s new decorative division currently has 22 members. Committee members will begin working via conference calls, etc., over the next few months before holding the next formal meeting, which will take place as part of Glass Week 2007 in Sarasota, Fla. 

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