Volume 46, Issue 7 - August 2011



Process Efficiency

Spotlight on the Latest Machinery and Material Handling Equipment

Former college football coach Lou Holtz once said “It’s not the load that breaks you down—it’s the way you carry it.” Well, there’s no time like the present to take a look at how your plant operators are carrying and processing loads of glass and see how you can ease that burden. It could mean an investment in new handling equipment that protects your plant operators from heavy loads, or it could mean that shiny new automatic line that all but runs itself. Peruse some of the newest glass machinery and equipment options below to find the solution you need for boosting your productivity and bottom line.

Macotec’s Multi-Process Line Does More
Italy-based Macotec, represented by Besana Lovati in Winston-Salem, N.C., reports that its new multi-process laminated cutting line is able to cut two lites of laminated glass automatically at the same time, on the same bridge. The manufacturer reports that the machine is able to increase productivity at least 30 percent using glass sheet optimization.

This capability has been introduced into cutting systems that already offer features such as: automatic scoring, breaking and separation of laminated glass as small as 20-mm wide trims, automatic dumping of trims into under-table waste bins, automatic positioning and rotation of each glass sub-plate and automatic presentation of each finished lite to the operator at the end of the cutting table.

Bystronic Glass Speeds Up IG Manufacturing
The Bystronic Glass Group says its speed’sealer quickly seals double and triple IGUs with consistent quality, regardless of the sealing material selected. The constant mixing ratio of the two adhesive components is monitored electronically. In addition, the self-cleaning dynamic mixer prevents clogging of the mixing section.

The flexible sealing of triple IGUs that have varying gap sizes between lites is produced in a double circulation process without having to change the nozzles or encounter machine downtime. With this, the middle lite of a triple IGU can be secured via an adjustable motor. Alternatively, the speed’sealer can be equipped with an automatic changeover system, which allows for an unmanned change of materials within two minutes.

Haeco Offers a Friendly Hand
The pneumatically powered Famatec Friendly ergonomic manipulator counterbalances heavy loads to allow an operator to suspend, rotate, tilt and transfer product with precision. It is equipped with end-of-arm tooling. Three different models offer load capacities of 330, 550 and 880 pounds, with a working radius of 20 feet.

The Friendly adapts to the operator’s preferred working height and position, allowing loads to be positioned smoothly and placed during assembly, suspended for further processing or transferred from one location to another. The simple control console allows adjustment of the counterbalance force, rotation, tilt, braking and parking. Suspended product can be rotated around 90 degrees under power, or rotated continuously by hand, with a powered tilting range of 0-93 degrees. Product release is protected by a safety device.

The Friendly, available exclusively from Haeco in Loveland, Ohio, comes in a range of mounting options.

JLG Raises the Bar with 150-Foot Boom Lift
JLG Industries Inc. in McConnellsburg, Pa., an Oshkosh Corp. company, has added a new model to the JLG line of Ultra Series boom lifts. The 1500SJ is the first boom lift that elevates operators 150 feet requiring only a weight permit. It includes a telescopic jib that extends up to 25 feet for additional vertical and horizontal reach. In addition, the 1500SJ delivers terrainability and access to more work.

Standard steel hoods provide durability, low cost of ownership and long-term value. In addition, operators receive key information with new graphic LCD displays in the platform. As with all Ultra Booms, the 1500SJ delivers dual 1,000/500 pound capacity, three steering modes and advanced systems to assist in safely positioning the platform.

Schiatti Meets Glass Drilling/Milling Demand
Schiatti Angelo srl in Seregno, Italy, says it’s meeting market demand with its TFV 2000 vertical drilling/milling machine. The machine’s open-top structure allows for transit of lites of any dimension, keeping the maximum drilling and milling height of 2,000-mm. The manufacturer says the machine is versatile and easy to use, as it is fully automatic and the installed PC manages all the machine’s functions.

The machine, along with an overview of edging and drilling machinery from Schiatti, will be displayed at Vitrum in October.

Wood’s Helps Loads Keep a Low-Profile
Wood’s Powr-Grip in Laurel, Mont., says its MRTALP611LDC and MRTALPCH611LDC low-profile series manual rotator/tilters feature a low-profile design that makes them suitable for installing glass between buildings and scaffolding or similar narrow locations. The vacuum lifters feature 180° manual rotation and 90° manual tilt for ample load maneuverability, while a specially designed tilt mechanism reduces operator effort. Adaptable pad frames supply the flexibility to handle various load dimensions, and on-board DC power allows for use at construction sites or any location lacking AC power. The company’s dual vacuum system comes standard on these vacuum lifters to reduce the risk of falling loads.

Tekna’s Machine Software Offers New Interpretation
TKcadX from Tekna USA Corp. in Crystal Lake, Ill., is 3D CAD model interpretation software that enables the generation of NCX files directly from 3D drawings.

3D-models contain only information about the planes and features of a working piece, not the machining processes necessary to arrive at them. TKcadX solves this by independently scanning and analyzing the features on a 3D drawing and then separating them into recognizable machining operations for the programmer to verify as operations to be performed on the CNC machine. These operations are then exported to CAM software such as TK-Cam, which optimizes the tool assignment, calculates the clamp-positions and generates the NC-code that runs the machine.

Go Mini with Arlington’s New Glass Handler
Arlington Equipment in Queenbury, N.Y., has rolled out its new AA-500 Mini Mobil Ergonomic Handler (MEH). The manufacturer says this product brings the advantages of MEH technology to glass handling and installation for units weighing up to 500 pounds.

The AA-500’s low cost of ownership, operational simplicity and compact configuration is incorporated to satisfy the needs of smaller shops. The AA Mini MEH is designed to handle and manipulate glass seamlessly from truck or case to install and transport glass in narrow aisles. It can be transported in any van or pickup truck.

Millet Installs First Automated Super Spacer® Line in Latin America
Edgetech I.G. announced that Millet Industria de Vidrio in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, has completed installation of the first automated Super Spacer® line in Latin America. The fully automated Bystronic line enables Millet to increase capacity to meet a growing demand for high-performance insulating glass in the commercial market.

“Architects are not only using more glass in projects, but they are creating more complex designs,” says Miguel Millet, commercial director of the company. “The new Bystronic line helps us simplify the manufacturing process while delivering efficient, high-quality IG to our customers.”

Millet runs both Super Spacer T-Spacer™ and Super Spacer Standard on the new line.

Glasstech Grows CRB-S™ for CSP Apps
Glasstech in Perrysburg, Ohio, has brought the concentrated solar power market a new solar glass processing system: the CRB-S™ 1900 for solar parabolic shapes. The CRB–S 1900 is the only commercially available technology that will temper or heat-strengthen the industry standard LS-2, LS-3 and LS-4 monolithic glass sizes. Thin parts also can be heat-strengthened for lamination.

This bending technology features high output, ease of operation and high repeatability, and is production-proven, with millions of parabolic trough glass shapes provided to date. The systems use less energy and no tooling compared to traditional sag processes.

Glass Racking Co.’s New Products Protect Glass
The Glass Racking Co. in Seattle has a number of solutions to keep glass in one piece.

Profoams provide a protective barrier between layers of stacked window frames. It is manufactured in non-marking copolymer with a soft texture that is non-abrasive, doesn’t collect dirt and is “springy” to assist with retention of loads. The reusable product is clipped around extrusions at the completion of manufacturing and used to protect the finished product from storage to delivery.

Protop is a retrofittable protective topping product for use in glass and window factories to reduce scratching. The bearing surface is a soft non-marking polymer with a raised curved surface that has been designed specifically for the glass industry. Debris won’t stick, shavings roll off and most small joint sealers and glues won’t adhere.

The adjustable Packlifter is an engineered steel lifting frame for unloading packs of glass from delivery trucks and stacking them onto storage systems and free-falls quickly and safely. Adjustable securing arms at top and bottom ensure safety. Standard size lites from jumbo to half sheets can be lifted, and the adjustable width means that storage systems with varying load support structures can be unloaded onto it.

For.El’s New Series Grinds Quicker
Italy-based For.El’s GM and EM series of vertical edge-working machines allow insulating glass (IG) producers to grind the edges of glass lites while maintaining the pace dictated by the IG assembly line.

This vertical solution for conveying and processing lites features two operating heads and offers high output. It processes rectangular, raked and curved edges, minimizing the setting time to pass from one thickness to the next and from one dimension to the other. Detection and processing of rectangular lites may be performed by directly setting the final dimensions of the lite or using the fully-automatic self-detection function.

The shapes, including those with curves, are processed by either setting the dimensions or by selecting them from the archive in the on-board interface. If connected with a shape detection scanner, the machine is able to detect and process shapes automatically.

The machine allows for quick fitting of several grinding wheels on a series of interchangeable tools onto the same spindle, so that different thicknesses and types of finish can be obtained, including arrissing and industrial polish. During the grinding process, the glass is held by means of a patented system that grinds the glass without touching low-E coatings.

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