Volume 45, Issue 2 - February 2010


machinery and equipment
Glaston Helps Fabricators Add Capabilities
Finland-based Glaston has developed a number of solutions to help fabricators move into new application areas, such as low-E glass production, simply by upgrading their existing machinery. Among its offerings are the SuperE™ high speed convection system, which helps fabricators reach high optical glass quality and high low-E tempering capacity for 0.04 soft coatings. It processes all temperable pyrolytic and soft-coated glass types with relative ease, and features balanced heat transfer and fast cycle times. In addition, the CGS™ coated glass system uses profiled air flow by incorporating a focused convection system lengthwise between all upper heating elements. It provides thermally stable glass sheet, and features high optical quality and flexibility for both low-E and traditional glass. The company also offers a low-E kit for VX machines, DE machines and lines to replace the upper belts with softer ones to protect the sensitive low-E coating. Cylindrical brushes keep the belts constantly clean.

Somaca Introduces New Vertical Closed Top Washer
The Sommer & Maca Machinery Division of C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. in Los Angeles has introduced its newest 70-inch vertical closed top glass washer—the SM70V—suitable for general glass cleaning. Using power driven conveyors in all sections, it easily moves multiple or large glass lites through the process at speeds up to 14.7 feet per minute. It can clean and dry glass up to 70 inches tall and ½-inch-thick in one pass. The washer features 100-percent recirculating wash and rinse compartments with low-E brushes as standard.

The final spray rinse also is 100 percent recirculated through a cartridge filter, reducing total water usage. Fluorescent lights on the outlet conveyor aide glass inspection. The drying blower is housed in a filtered sound reducing enclosure. The compact washer is 51 inches deep and 198 inches wide and built from corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

Grenzebach Automates High-Speed Float Glass Stacking
Grenzebach Corp. in Newnan, Ga., in conjunction with Siemens Industry Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., is developing a new line of glass-handling equipment with integrated controls systems to provide a fully automated solution to the handling of finished float glass. The first piece is the company’s new High-Speed Stacker, which it reports currently is the only device that can stack glass sheets in less than a one-second cycle. The robot-assisted float glass stacker reaches its speed from quickly forming sub-packs of glass and achieves its flexibility by stacking the sub-packs with a robot.

The system’s six-axis robots are capable of correcting stacking alignment and creating precise glass stacks. The robots have a payload capacity of up to 220 pounds and also feature integrated energy supply systems to reduce floor space. The stacker can stack multiple sizes of glass with varying orientation quickly and accurately. It offers manufacturers the flexibility to adapt to product variations and rack and equipment changes.

Vitro America™ Glass Systems Now Available in BIM
Vitro America in Memphis, Tenn., is now offering building information modeling (BIM) data on a range of its glass systems. Architects, specifiers, glaziers and others can access its library of BIM objects through the ARCAT® website at www.arcat.com.

BIM product models are available for the company’s Envision™ glass systems, including all-glass entrances; sliding, stacking, and clad doors; glass walls; handrail systems; and shower enclosures. The company will continue to add other architectural products to its library of BIM models. Users can access its BIM models in a range of file formats, including Autodesk® Revit®, Google™ SketchUp and Bentley Architecture.

Perforated Panel and Wire Cloth Provide Attractive Building Additions
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) now is manufacturing and distributing a wide variety of perforated panel and architectural wire cloth systems for exterior and interior building enhancements. These systems can transform a building’s façade, while also offering protection from the sun.

The perforated panels are available in steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Panel finishes of mill, powder paint, and KYNAR® cover almost any color selection. Stock sheets are in various thicknesses are available, and the company can custom-fabricate panels.

The wire cloth systems also can be effectively used on interiors for ceilings, wall paneling and railing infills. It’s available in several meshes to cover a wide variety of applications.

PPG Sample Kits, White Papers, Help Architects Make Decisions
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has a new sample kit featuring its Pacifica and Solarblue glasses, its two newest blue-tinted glasses. In addition to their uncoated versions, Pacifica glass is shown with Vistacool subtly reflective and Solarcool reflective coatings, and Solarblue glass is shown with a Solarcool coating.

Dark-blue Pacifica glass has VLT of 38 percent and a SHGC of 0.35 when combined with clear glass in a 1-inch insulating glass unit. The result is a LSG ratio of 1.07.

With a VLT of 50 percent and a SHGC of 0.49, the sky blue Solarblue has an LSG ratio of 1.03 in a clear, 1-inch insulating glass unit.

In addition, PPG has published two white papers. One details how its paint, glass and coatings can help building projects earn green certifications; the other helps architects, building owners and others evaluate and compare extrusion coatings warranties from coating suppliers.

trucks and transportation
MyGlassTruck Launches Options for Sprinter’s Glass Vans
MyGlassTruck.com, a division of Demountable Concepts Inc. in Glassboro, N.J., has released new optional equipment and features for its value line of aluminum glass carriers for Sprinter cargo vans to make delivering and installing glass easier and more efficient for glaziers using the vehicle. Among the new options is a base model roof rack designed to be installed without the need for drilling holes in the vehicle. Fabricated from aluminum or stainless steel, it has three sturdy cross-members with vertical end posts to support ladders and other items during transport.

A full-length welded stainless-steel roof rack conveniently transports ladders, stock lengths of extrusion and other glazing supplies above the roof. It features full-length side rails and is available in an extended model for additional storage above the cab.

An optional interior fold-down glass cutting table offers a level, and protected, work surface at the jobsite. Interior glass carrying racks mounted inside the Sprinter’s cargo bay protect glass from the elements and increase the amount of glass that can be transported per trip.









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