Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013

Just Hear Those Motors Hum

USGlass Magazine’s Annual Guide to Equipment and Machinery

Fall. It’s that time of year in which many of us start making our holiday wish lists. A new coat? A new car? If you’re lucky enough, perhaps a new tempering line, beveler or cutting machine? Ah yes, for those of us in the glass industry the sound of a new machine gradually warming up, preparing for its first run is pure music. USGlass magazine is here to help. In this special section we bring you a look at some of the industry’s latest product launches. Then, beginning on page 40, take a look at this detailed chart breaking down the offerings from many of the industry’s manufacturers and distributors.

Spray painting lines
Automatic Gold

Matodi USA now offers the GoldGlass M.R.C. 2350-C automatic glass spray painting machine. The machine offers low paint consumption—150 to 180 grams per square meter—and a spraying speed of 2.6 seconds per meter. Complete auto detection of surface size and external contour lines make shaped glass surface painting possible. It is equipped with and can handle dual paint containers for alternating between colors, and comes with a metal and glass cover for protection against unwanted spray or smell.

The line can process metallic, ceramic frit, as well as organic and solvent paints.

The machine is PLC controlled via a full-graphic Soft-Touch 7-inch screen that allows for complete control of paint quality, spray gun speed and pace range. www.matodiusa.com

Laminating lines
Batching It

Casso-Solar Technologies offers a complete line of laminating machines for use without an autoclave. Batch systems can provide production rates up to 800 square feet per shift, for low production requirements and conveyor systems with tacking, curing and cooling stations yield up to 1200 square feet per shift. Continuous systems with ovens and press rolls can produce more than 3000 square feet per shift, the company says, adding that process times vary with the type of machine from 20 minutes to two hours.

All systems are made in the United States with standard available parts and are a combination of infrared/convection for short cycle times. Systems are customized to the individual application and can run PVB, EVA, Urethane, TPA and DuPont SentryGlas. Systems are modular and expandable and high production autoclave systems are also available. www.cassosolartechnologies.com

Cutting and edging equipment
Bennies of the Jet (Edge)

Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge Inc. introduced the Edge X-5, a 5-axis waterjet system that cuts complex, taper-free and 3D parts from virtually any material. Featuring the company's Permalign® Edge technology, the Edge X-5 is capable of cutting chamfers, weld bevels and 3D parts such as impeller blades.

The Edge X-5 features an industrial PC controller designed specifically for 5-axis waterjet cutting. The AquaVision Di® Controller’s open architecture design allows operators to fine-tune programs from any CAD/CAM/nesting software. The system's intelligent work envelope automatically adjusts depending on the angle of the cut to protect the operator, material and system components. The Edge X-5 is available in a range of sizes, from 5- by 5-feet to 24- by 13-feet, and is powered by a Jet Edge waterjet pump. www.jetedge.com

If That Doesn't Trumpf Everything
The Trumpf TruLaser 3030 5 kw by Hafendorfer Machine Inc. can cut intricate designs for many metals including mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum materials. A specialized laser on the Trumpf allows users to cut mild steel up to 1-inch thick, stainless steel up to ¾-inch and aluminum up to ½-inch thick. It has the capability of handling any size project, large volume or a small lot production, according to the company.

Specifically, the Trumpf TruLaster 3030 has a 60- by 120-inch bed capacity with a cat eye feature that, according to the company, allows sheets up to 72- by 120-inches to be cut on the machine. It also has a dual pallet changer and offline programming for sheet maximization. www.junglejimsap.com

No Li. Lisec Does it All
Austrian manufacturer Lisec offers machinery for almost every stage of the production line: vertical glass processing, laminated glass production equipment, frame production, float glass cutting and glass handling.

Its KSU, a new vertical edge processing machine, has been developed for seaming glass edges. The vertical design offers short processing times, easy glass handling and straightforward operation as well as seaming large glass sheets and shapes, according to the company. It can work as a stand-alone operation but can also be directly integrated into vertical production lines.

In addition, Lisec also has a role in frame production, established by its automatic production line for all 'traditional' spacer types made from a range of different materials, such as metal, plastic or hybrid materials. The company offers an automatic bending machine, a frame filling system and a new, fully automatic butyl applicator for precise sealant application.

In addition, it addresses glass cutting demands with a new compact GCL cutting table for split stock sizes, a startup system for small- and medium-sized companies. The company will also introduce an enhanced sorting system to allow glass processing companies to transport cut glass sheets easily and ergonomically to other production stations. www.lisec.com

Do UC What I See?
Glaston's Got a Double Edge

Glaston has introduced its new series of UC cutting lines that includes new loaders and break-out tables. Each line is designed to decrease operating costs and reach high energy efficiency, the company says, adding that the use of new production methods ensures the highest possible processing reliability and energy efficiency.

Glaston is also launching the Omnia, an all-purpose series of double edging machines with peripheral wheels. This series, in two machine versions, specifically addresses manufacturers’ needs for productivity and glass finishing. The double edging machines process pencil edges with peripheral wheels using the latest technology in their design and construction, according to the company. www.glaston.net

Seaming tables
Seam Like a Pro

Ashton Industrial has introduced the RoboSeam-Pro, the company's latest fully-automatic seaming line.

A spin-off of the ShapeSeam-Pro, which premiered last year, the new addition offers a compact and low priced robotic seaming option, according to the company. Both models incorporate robotic arms that carry a special seaming tool based on Ashton’s Unix professional seamers.

While ShapeSeam-Pro handles different shapes of flat glass, RoboSeam-Pro is designed for processing random size rectangles that can be fed in any sequence with no pre-programmed limitations. The machine calculates for itself the size and position of the glass. Its straightline format makes the overall footprint smaller than comparable vertical machines, the company says, and it can be linked to any preferred washer. The output typically is approximately two to three lites per minute, depending on size. Maximum lite size options are 80- by 100-inches; 80- by 144-inches; or 100- by 144-inches. www.ashton-industrial.com

CRL, Belt, Delete
CRL Glass Machinery has introduced two new machines this year. The CRL dry twin belt seamer is used to remove the sharp edge quickly from both surfaces of flat glass prior to coating, tempering, insulating or any additional handling steps.

By using the optional dust collector unit, users can, in most cases, seam glass and skip the washing stage, the company says. This keeps glass grind out of the air and makes the work environment cleaner.

This seamer can operate as a stand-alone or with additional ball caster tables and can be integrated into a multi-step process. A new optional roller track kit is designed to simplify belt change when the seamer is inset in the caster table. The electrical controls are on a cable 16 feet (4.87 m) long, so they can be remotely positioned convenient to the operator.

The second machine CRL is promoting is its new manual low-E glass edge deletion table. The EDT60X84 is a manually-operated machine capable of removing the soft, low-E surface coating from a glass panel’s perimeter.

To remove the low-E coating the operator places a glass panel on top of the 60- by 84-inch (1500 by 2200 mm) ball caster table. The ball casters are made of a special 2-inch (50mm) diameter, non-marking soft rubber. Next, the glass is positioned against an edge guide and then slid under the motorized abrasive edge deletion wheel. The glass is then rotated and the next side’s low-E coating is removed. The glass panel is complete when all coated edges have been processed.

The caster table also has an opening that allows an operator to get closer to the edge deletion area when processing smaller panels. www.crlaurence.com

The H-A series of tempering furnaces from HHH Tempering Resources incorporate parts easily found in the United States and are serviced by coast-to-coast technical locations.

The H-A series can be customized to the size and production output the customer specifies as well. www.hhhtempering.com

An Exact Mix
Graco Inc. introduced its ExactaBlend AGP advanced glazing proportioner. The product is designed to solve the inherent challenges of on-ratio silicone mixing that curtainwall and insulating glass manufacturers often face. The system’s real-time ratio assurance also is said to reduce material waste by shutting down automatically if off-ratio conditions occur.

It is also easy to operate, according to a company press release, because the unit’s electronic controls remove the guesswork from ratio setting and maintenance and provide simple set ups of ratios and also allow operators to make ratio changes on the fly.

Optional data reporting capabilities allow window manufacturers to track key information such as ratio, material usage, flow rate, alarm events and system errors. Graco says, the information can be downloaded via USB and used to streamline the production process and increase effectiveness of the line. www.graco.com

IG production
Give Me Some Spacer

The Erdman 400 Series spacer applicator insulating glass production system works with all flexible spacer systems applying the spacer straight with true 90-degree corners. Minimal operator training and no data input are required for standard operation, the company says. Some of the benefits of the 400 Series include simplicity; an increase in IGU quality through consistent spacer offset from edge of glass, which in turn guarantees the desired amount of secondary sealant is applied; the elimination of operator fatigue and repetitive motion injuries; an increase in productivity due to consistently quick cycle times; a significant reduction in spacer waste when compared to typical manual application and the option to provide accurate grid placement via slicing the spacer prior to glass application. www.erdmanautomation.com

Inspection equipment
Step Up to the (Power)

Plate Isra Vision, a surface inspection technology company, has introduced the modular PowerPlate (P²), which is designed to inspect and optimize the quality of the manufactured glass products.

The P² product line is said to ensure the highest possible inspection reliability, even for batches that include rectangular glass plates or those with random shapes. Individual defective plates are detected and can be sorted out immediately, according to the company. The machines also can assist in pinpointing where and why the defect occurred.

The PowerPlate family consists of nine products that can be combined randomly to account for the variety of different quality needs. All inspection data is processed and classified in real time and the information can be recalled at any time. www.isravision.com

Double Check
For companies that might need information on a product's relationship with solar spectrum elements, EDTM has the gadget to help. The Solar Spectrum Transmission Meter, a new field measuring instrument, offers accuracy in providing six performance values that are important to a variety of industries: Tuv, Tvis, Tsolar, Tir (from 900 to 1000nm), Tir (for fuller IR range from 780 to 1700nm +), and Damage Weight Coefficient. It can be used as a standard to measure the performance of glass, windows, window film, and specialty coatings; these capabilities allow it to serve as a tool for testing product performance. The Solar Spectrum Transmission Meter is calibrated to ISO9050, NFRC300 and EN410 standards and the user can switch between standards on the instrument, as needed. www.edtm.com

New Equipment Demo Makes
the Cut for Capital City Glass

When you’ve got a good product you like to show it off in action. And that’s just what Capital City Glass of Lawrenceville, Ga., did last month. The contract glazing firm recently installed new equipment and welcomed 30 visitors to its facility for a demo of the Rhino Fab 600 fabrication center.

Created with contract glaziers in mind, particularly those working with curtainwall and storefront materials, the Rhino Fab 600 is manufactured by Advanced Technology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DeMichele of Meza, Ariz., which provides the operating software. The new line is designed to take fabrication instructions, then drill and cut materials to exact specifications.

Capital City Glass has been running the machine since June. It was the third machine the suppliers delivered; the eighth line was on display during the GlassBuild America show in Atlanta.

“Curtainwall is where we make our money,” says Brad Pruitt, vice president of operations for Capital City Glass, explaining that with the new machine, “Two guys do in eight hours what six guys could do in three days. Now fabrication has more capacity than the field.” He adds that processing horizontal storefront is also more efficient.

Glaziers Center, based in Canisteo, N.Y., and represented by Bill Cole, is the authorized sales arm of the equipment line. According to Cole, the new line comes with a lower price tag than some competitive systems and this is “because the machine is specifically deigned as a glazier’s tool. It is not made for aluminum fabrication for a variety of industries, such as automotive,” says Cole, who expects to sell six to eight machines per month.

The first machine on the market was sold to Lansing Glass Co. in Lansing, Mich. Ron VanHorn, vice president, also attended the Capital City Glass event. Speaking of his company’s own line, he says, “We figure it’ll pay for itself in two years.”

Handling equipment
Don't Change the Channel (Lifter)

The design of the P1 channel lifter vacuum lifter from Wood's Powr-Grip® has been re-engineered to incorporate features that the manufacturer says increase operator safety, and add versatility and longevity to the product. A new lift bar for the P1 channel lifter now features a replaceable spool, designed to provide extended service life. The lift bar is pre-drilled and ready for use with the company’s counter-balancer, which is used for glass installations in airport towers, as well as for installing glass under eaves and other obstructions.

The P1 channel lifter is available with an upgraded dual vacuum system that requires less power and provides longer battery life than similar systems, according to the company. Push-button vacuum controls are conveniently located for ease of operation, stability and enhanced control, and optional radio remote control is available. It is shipped ready to facilitate retrofitting of remote control or a movable pendant at a future date. www.powrgrip.com

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