Volume 49, Issue 3 - March 2014

Distribution&Production

Pulp Studio Opens New Switchlite Glass Facility

Pulp Studio completed its 8,000-square-foot facility in Los Angeles, designed to produce its Switchlite Privacy Glass. According to company officials, lead time on the Switchlite product is now three to four weeks, due to the capabilities of the new facility, which is also designed to meet the requirements of UL and SGCC certification.

“We are transforming the privacy glass industry to become more of a science and less of an art. Our goal is to create standards with hard data, and make sure that every piece of glass that leaves here meets those standards,” says company founder Bernard Lax.

The new facility also is equipped with technical testing capabilities to measure the haze readings of each piece of LCD film every 12 inches across the material prior to laminating and then again on the final glass product prior to delivery. Additionally, each panel is tested for 10,000 on/off transitions and a 24-hour burn-in prior to shipping.


DFI Adds UK Distributor
United Kingdom (UK)-based Glass Machinery Solutions Ltd. (GMS) has begun distributing Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) products in the UK and Ireland markets. GMS also is in the process of becoming a DFI-authorized service provider for its patent-pending FuseCube™ technology.

“Customer satisfaction is paramount to our success and we pride ourselves on offering a service that is unrivaled in the UK,” says Richard Gerrard, director of GMS.

Guillermo Seta, corporate vice president and executive director of DFI, adds, “This new agreement with [GMS] represents not only a very solid step toward our continued expansion in Europe, but also, and more specifically, toward the broadening of our product line with our new offering of the FuseCube.”

RavenBrick Expands Distributor Network
City of Industry, Calif.-based PRL is now fabricating and distributing Denver-based RavenBrick’s RavenWindow technology in California.

“Since the day I met [PRL president] David [Landeros], I knew the company would be a great fit as a fabricator for us,” says Chris Ketchum, vice president of sales for RavenBrick. “I am really looking forward to moving ahead with this mutually beneficial partnership.”

Landeros adds, “In our efforts to achieve maximum thermal efficiency of our glass systems we are excited to team up with Ravenbrick.”

Technoform Bautec Expands Capacity
Twinsburg, Ohio-based Technoform Bautec North America Inc. increased its capacity by 29 percent to meet growing
demand for its polyamide thermal insulating strips.

“Increases in capacity allow us to maintain our make-to-order lead time of seven to ten days or less,” says Mike Berry, extrusion manager.

As part of the capacity increase, the company enhanced its production flexibility by adding new equipment and reconfiguring its existing facility’s floor space in Twinsburg. It also reinforced its essential secondary systems with shared production processes and technology, all with respect to its ISO-certified quality assurance practices.

According to the company’s Chad Ricker, new employees also have been hired as part of the expansion.

“The growth is due in part to energy codes, standards and programs in both the residential and commercial segments,” he adds.


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