Volume 48, Issue 3- March 2013
Fragmento can be textured on both sides, one side or with a mirrored back for wall applications. In addition, it can be customized with color to create a different design altogether.
Fragmento is available in four patterns: single sided, double
sided, single sided mirror and double sided mirror.
The Digital Age
machinery and equipment
According to A.W.T., its Accu-Print High-Tech flatbed rigid-panel printers are equipped with a special belt delivery system for safe, scratch-free transport of glass panels. Models include the four-post “high-lift” HL/RP for printing on extra-thick panels and the two-post long-stroke V-LS/RP. A.W.T. also offers the three-post V-LS/OS for panels up to 20 feet long and 7 feet wide, with larger sizes available through custom orders.
A.W.T. also offers glass printers a full line of post-press
options, with quartz, infrared and hot air (electric or gas) drying systems.
The latest A.W.T. dryer is the Jet-Stream Q-Series, which combines what
the company calls a high-efficiency quartz-tube modular heating chamber
with fully adjustable air recirculation, touchscreen controls and a pneumatic
roof lift for heating system maintenance.
Grenzebach Hat Trick
The modular and clear-cut structure is said to improve online service and commissioning while the service technician can identify and test the current software structure and the values of the respective interface variables at a glance, according to the company.
External machines and systems, for example, can be integrated into the modular and clear structure and the company describes that action as “quick and easy.” The entire software is based on an open source kernel which the company says allows customers flexibility in the use of the control system.
Meanwhile, the new Grenzebach stacker generation offers what the company calls “a significantly faster cycle time, higher plate weights and safe handling of plates up to 16 m in length.” The new stackers can be operated in various loading and unloading modes (tin and air side) without the need for additional mechanics. The machine is entirely software controlled. The new direct drive stackers are available in three models, small, medium and jumbo series.
Other Grenzebach products that deal in “jumbo” size are
the company’s gantries. The stackers and feeders can handle medium, large
and extra-long jumbo sizes. Due to their construction, gantries can stack
to two opposing sides, allowing different qualities to be sorted out during
stacking, and the panel position measured during transport; the machine
controller can correct a possible skew during the stacking process. The
gantries have servo drives in all axes and are numerically controlled.
The GRS glass rail system structural glass balustrades evaluated
in the ESR-3269 report are intended for interior and exterior weather
exposed applications, and according to company literature, are suitable
for use in most natural environments.
According to the company, SolarSmart is 100 percent solar activated, powered and controlled. It requires no wires, electronics, external power or user involvement, helping simplify installation and maximize potential energy savings.
SolarSmart incorporates a proprietary Suntuitive interlayer that responds to the heat and warmth of the sun. In addition, the company says SolarSmart reduces the need for blinds and drapes, and reduces cooling and lighting costs of office buildings, schools and homes.
According to the company, SolarSmart has passed NREL’s durability and exposure tests, and meets ASTM E2141-06 standards for long term, maintenance-free performance; it can also be used as a net-zero-energy glazing solution that contributes to LEED points.
SolarSmart is available as insulating glass units for curtainwalls,
atriums and OEM applications, as well as complete doors, windows and skylights
for contractor installation.
The company also offers LED glass/film, which can be used
in similar applications as well as in hurricane-resistant windows. With
Polymagic, LED light sources are supplied with power through a laminated
glass capable of conducting electricity without visible wires. Electrical
power is supplied by nearly invisible circuit boards in the base glass.