Volume 47, Issue 10 - October 2012

The Road to glasstec
2012 Event in Düsseldorf to Feature Range of Products, Sessions
If you’re in Düsseldorf this month, you’ll want to be prepared for a show that offers a little of everything glass—from the latest machinery to the latest in solar offerings to the newest and most unique façade design options.

glasstec, the International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, will be held October 23-26 at Messe Düsseldorf. Spread across nine halls, the event also features solar energy/transparent thermal insulation, as well as display glass and laser technologies.

Nearly 1,300 exhibitors from around the world presented their innovations at glasstec 2010, and this year is expected to be just as large. More than 45,000 trade visitors attended the event, as well as the closely related solarpeq, a new trade fair for solar production technology.

Read on for an overview of products on display, and be sure to stop by these booths for a closer look at the newest innovations available throughout the world.

Hall 11/stand C28 hall 17/a24:
A range of solutions

Lisec will present solutions for glass cutting and sorting, insulating glass production, laminated glass production, and flat glass processing.

Among the machines to be featured is the company’s line of insulating glass production machinery, which offers optimized cycle times and ability to manufacture double, triple, or quadruple glazed units and stepped glass units.Additionally, Lisec is displaying its frame bending system, the BSV-45ANK, which is suitable for all common types of spacer frames, as well as automatic sealing systems for sealed insulating glass units.

The company’s sorting systems, designed to ensure that manufacturing lines are fed with the appropriate glass sheets in a fast and reliable manner and in optimum time, also will be on display.

Hall 12/Stand C69:
The Strength of ATLAS

GED Integrated Solutions will feature demonstrations of its Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (ATLAS) throughout the event. The glass fabrication system automatically produces triple-pane insulating glass (IG) units in 20-second cycles.

ATLAS is a stand-alone solution and is adaptive to a range of combinations, including standard and branded warm-edge spacer systems, small and large units, dual- and triple-glazed, and in any order or combination of the above, according to GED.

The system’s machine-controlled consistency is designed to produce uniform, high-quality sealed units without operator handling.

Hall 13/Stand C47-6:
Appliance Applications

Glassline Corp. is displaying its fully automated appliance glass processing lines for the fabrication of appliance glass. The lines can include: automatic Loaders with rack turntables; inline corner mitering with automatic setup; fully automatic edging systems including options such as grooving and servo corner dubbing; in-line double hole drilling with fully automatic setup; in-line corner radius machine with four corner programmable radiuses; and silkscreen printing and drying.

A nominal appliance glass can be produced with ground edges, grooves, two holes and corner treatment in approximately seven seconds per part, according to the company. The line features fully automatic setup of each machine.

Hall 13/Stand B59-9:
New Conveyor, No Autoclave

Casso Solar Technologies Inc. of Nanuet, N.Y., is featuring its conveyorized laminating system for medium-sized formats without the need for an autoclave. The new laminating system will allow customers to provide same-day turnaround and will require minimal handling on the part of operators. The system can process glass sizes up to 96 by 180 inches, along with a variety of options such as PVB, urethane, and DuPont SentryGlas. It also can be used with both coated and non-coated glass, decorative glass, structural glass products, photovoltaic, ballistic and appliance glass.

Hall 14/Stand D29:
Through Thick … or Thin

Whether you want to process extremely thick or thin glass applications, Glaston’s new GlastonAir air flotation technology can temper glass down to 2 mm or heat-strengthen glass up to 19 mm, according to the company. The technology can be used with any new or existing continuous tempering furnace production line. yyä www.glaston.net Hall 11/Stand A03: From Bending to Tempering Yuntong Glass is displaying its range of machinery offerings, including its flat glass tempering system, cylindrical bending and tempering system, J-shape tempering system, glass washing and drying machines, laminated glass production line and autoclave. Company officials say the machinery allows for high productivity, thermal stability, low energy consumption and high accuracy, resulting in excellent flatness and high optical quality.

Hall 15/Stands A04 & A15:
Automatic from Ashton

Ashton Industrial is displaying its new high-performance SEAMMAX-X PRO, designed with a small footprint to free up factory space. According to the company, the machine was designed to provide accurate seaming of rectangular glass plates in random size sequence using diamond belt technology. The system features automatic glass dimension sensing.

Among the machine’s features is a loading conveyor that is constructed of heavy-duty aluminum beams supporting driven high-grip transport belts supported in belt runner guides, powered from a central stainless steel drive shaft. An AC-geared motor with inverter speed control is mounted directly on the drive shaft, eliminating chains, sprockets and any other wearing parts, according to the company.

Glass plates are transported through the seaming station by two vacuum belts, one on each side directly in front of the seaming heads, according to the company. In addition, a series of driven belts mounted on pivoting arms are arranged across the width of the seaming station. These are designed to help transport the glass and provide support for wide plates.

Hall 13/C55:
Go External

Glasstech’s new external press bending system (EPB-L) for annealing windshield glass is designed to satisfy the OEM demand for tight surface tolerances with optical quality, while also meeting the glass processor’s need for productivity, economical tooling and energy conservation. The EPB-L is part of a family of systems, including the EPB-T-SS, which forms and tempers a single-stream of sidelites, and the EPB-T-DS, which forms and tempers a single backlite or a dual stream of sidelites.

Hall 17/Stand C77:
Same Products, New Name

Quanex Building Products will display the Super Spacer, Super Spacer TriSeal, Duraseal and Duralite spacer lines for the first time under the Quanex name during glasstec.

“As a regular exhibitor at glasstec, we wanted to do something special to celebrate the record-breaking sales we’ve enjoyed over the last year in Europe … ,” says Andy Jones, managing director of Quanex’s European operations. “We expect an excellent turnout as we showcase Quanex’s warm-edge spacer products that are proven in the global marketplace to provide optimal thermal and production efficiencies.”

Hall 11/Stand E77:

Interlayer Solutions, the official North American distributor of Bridgestone’s EVASAFE glass lamination interlayer, is displaying the ethylene vinyl acetate thermo set interlayer film with 3D cross-linking capability during glasstec. According to the company, the interlayer contains no plasticizers, can be stored at room temperature, is resistant to humidity, and can perform at both high and low temperatures.

Hall 15/Booth C42:
Grenzebach Drives Direct

The new direct-drive stackers from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH can handle any rack geometry, according to the company. The stackers are designed to provide a fast cycle time, high weight plates and safe handling of plates up to 16 m in length. In addition, operators can store, retrieve and set up various rack types quickly and easily using the new system. The new stackers can be operated in various loading and unloading modes (tin and air side) without the need for additional mechanics, and the machine is entirely software-controlled. The new direct-drive stackers are available in three model series: small, medium and jumbo size.

Hall 11/Stand A35:
Rubber Grip for No Slip

Dr. Gold & Co. will show its range of Carrymate non-slip safety grips, which enable transport of many different kinds of materials, from very thin to triple-glazed windows, up to a width of 6.2 inches, allowing users to lift up to 440 lbs. in weight. The company also will show its Carrymate X-Spanders replacement rubbers, which are applied by putting them over each clamp like a rubber band.

Hall 16/Stand C12:
A Warm-Edge Complement

Fenzi will display Multisafe, an innovative, flexible spacer, during the event. Company officials say the spacer provides low thermal conductivity, stability and speed of application, along with a pleasant and functional design. Multisafe was designed to complement the company’s line of warm edge products. Fenzi also will display its Duralux mirror and solar coatings; Thiover, a polysulphide, two-part sealant; Butylver, a P.I.B. sealant for primary sealing of insulating units; Poliver, solvent-free polyurethanes engineered specifically for insulating production; Hotver 2000, a one-component hot-melt sealant for insulating glass production; and more.

Hall 14/Stand D29:
Down to Business

Albat + Wirsam has a new software solution, A+W Business 5, designed for medium-sized flat glass processors and insulating glass (IG) producers. The system is designed to be transparent, ergonomically friendly and user-friendly. The system comes as a multi-dialogue application, and each can be opened and edited at the same time. Menus and dialogues also can be positioned at random, and dialogue sizes can be adjusted by a mouse-click. In addition, the company’s new A+W Production Cockpit is designed to compile information and make it available to the production manager in real-time. The system is suited for a variety of applications, such as insulating glass lines, edgework, screen printing, tempered and laminated glass production, productivity ratios and machine status. The production manager configures the individual control stations based on ongoing and critical processes, sorts the information and decides about the necessary steps.

Hall 10/Stands A62 & C60:
New Detectors
Make for easier job EDTM Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, will introduce its line-powered tin side coating detector, the TS1420. The most important feature of the new TS1420 is that it is line-powered by a 6-volt power supply.

To maximize the life of the product, there is a convenient “glass-present” sensor built into the product. When the glass is placed over the instrument, it will automatically illuminate the UV light inside the instrument to identify which surface is the tin side. The tin side surface will cause the UV light to glow a milky white color. If you are on the non-tin (atmosphere) surface, the lamp will glow normally. The glass-present sensor allows for hand-free operation when testing for the tin surface. According to company officials, users slide the glass over the top of the sensor and look for the glow after the TS1420 automatically powers on.

The company also will introduce its new Reflex programmable coating detector, the RX1550. This digital instrument comes pre-loaded with calibrations to identify numerous specialty coatings available to the glass and window industry. One of the meter’s features is its ability to be programmed for new coatings in the field. The meter allows users to store calibrations of new coatings that they can test in the field for themselves.

Special Sessions
In addition to a massive trade show filled with numerous halls of machinery and more, the upcoming glasstec will feature several special sessions and ancillary programs to meet the glass industry’s needs. Among these will be “Glass Technology Live,” which will feature Stefan Behling of the Institute of Building Construction at Stuttgart University. Behling plans to present “pioneering developments revolving around glass and its versatile applications as a high-tech material.”

Among these, the display will include a portion on Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) and will feature thin-film modules for overhead applications and façades, among others.

Another focus of “Glass Technology Live” will be the topic “Façade and Design.” In this part of the exhibition, Behling and his team will present hot and cold-bent glass sheets of large dimensions. “Glass Technology Live is not only a mirror image of current developments on the market, [but] it traditionally also allows visitors to look far ahead into the future of glass,” say show organizers.

Glass Technology Live will be accompanied by a technical symposium with more than 60 lectures and presentations designed around the future of the glass sector both in technical and aesthetic terms. The technical symposium agenda will feature a different focal theme on each day of the trade fair, including:
• energy efficiency in the glass melting process;
• energy and resource-efficient technologies in glass machinery construction;
• integrative building skins; and
• innovative manufacturing technologies for solar products and applications.

glasstec also will feature a Facades Center, which will focus on themes relating to energy-efficient and/or functional building skins. This portion of the show is designed for façade planners, construction engineers and architects as well as the craftsmen installing them, according to show organizers.

As part of glasstec’s ancillary program, an International Architectural Congress will be held for the fourth time. The Congress is organized by the North Rhine-Westphalian Chamber of Architects, the Technical University of Delft and the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University. It is scheduled for October 24 and has been designed to “provide a high-caliber setting for architects, structural engineers, construction engineers and façade planners.” Speakers will include Enrique Sobejano, co-owner of the Spanish architects’ office Nieto Sobejano; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, member of the architects’ team at the BIG Bjarke Ingels Group; Copenhagen; and Thomas Auer of the Stuttgart KlimaEngineering-Büro Transsolar.

The technical-scientific conference, “Engineered Transparency,” also will be held on October 25 and 26 as part of glasstec. It will address the research and development community as well as experts for civil engineering, construction engineers, planners/architects and building authority representatives. Items of focus will include structural engineering with glass (stress/strain and stability, laminates and composites, uni-axially and bi-axially bent glass), the building physics behavior of façades (building skin and texture, energy and sustainability, projects and case studies), and the use of solar systems in architecture (building integration and design and construction supervision requirements for solar module design). Keynote speakers will include Michael Bell of Columbia University in New York; Till Schneider of Schneider+Schumacher Architekten; and Wolfgang Schiel of Schlaich Bergermann and Partner.

Additionally, solarpeq, the International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment, again will be held concurrently with glasstec. solarpeq 2012 covers the segments of manufacturing technology for crystalline and thin-film photovoltaics, in an effort to complement the solar products and applications exhibited at glasstec.

In keeping with the solar theme, glasstec also will include a conference titled “Solar meets Glass - 3rd Industry Summit for Markets, Costs and Technology.” The event is being organized by Solarpraxis AG and Messe Düsseldorf and is scheduled for October 22 and 23. It will address the current topics affecting both sectors while addressing their different needs, including topics such as future-proof markets, cost-cutting and technology development.

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