Volume 50, Issue 12 - December 2015


Safti First Completes Major Expansion

A $6 million expansion is now complete at the Safti First manufacturing facility in Merced, Calif. According to the company, the investment came as the result of the rising demand for fire-rated glass and framing systems, and to ensure quality and streamline the manufacturing process. The new equipment purchases include:

• Glaston tempering furnace;

• Bystronic Thermo Plastic Spacer (TPS) automated glass line;

• Hegla glass-cutting table;

• Bromer automatic glass-loading table;

• Bromer glass edge sander;

• Costruzioni Mecchaniche Besana glass polisher;

• Quaranta glass washer;

• Fadal C&C mill;

• Amada turret punch press;

• Amada hydraulic press brake;

• Elumatec profile
machining center;

• Global Finishing Solutions paint booths; and

• Flow International water-jet.

The new equipment is housed near the existing manufacturing facility in a new 100,000-square-foot plant in Merced, bringing the company’s total manufacturing, research and development space to 300,000 square feet.

In addition, the company invested in a new clean room to provide a higher-quality filming operation and improved water-jet cutting for wire and ceramic glass. A turbine energy electrical system also was installed to make the manufacturing facility more energy-efficient, according to the announcement. “All of the investments that we are making take us one step closer to being the first fully vertically integrated fire-rated glass and framing manufacturer in the U.S.,” says William O’Keeffe, president and CEO.

Safti First’s new equipment is housed near the existing manufacturing facility in a new 100,000-square-foot plant in Merced, Calif

Trulite Expands Distribution
and Production Options

Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions has taken steps lately to grow its distribution and production capabilities.

The company is now fabricating and distributing Fireframes Designer Series and Fireframes Aluminum Series fire-rated frames for door, sidelite, transom and window applications from Technical Glass Products (TGP). According to Trulite, the new offerings supplement its existing distribution of TGP’s FireLite fire-rated glass ceramic products throughout the United States and Canada. An agreement will also give Trulite a sublicense to process and distribute Pilkington Pyrostop transparent fire-rated glass wall panels at its Atlanta service center.

Trulite is also expanding its capabilities in other areas. It is purchasing three Glaston FC500 tempering furnaces, which will be delivered during the first and second quarters of 2016.
The parties previously agreed on major upgrades for two Glassrobots machines, as well as other machine upgrades and relocations.
The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing features the Fireframes Aluminum Series frames with Pilkington Pyrostop fire-rated glass.

YKK Adds New Markets
to Freight Program

YKK AP America Inc. has expanded its direct freight service program to the Northeastern and Midwest U.S. markets. The company previously had launched programs in the Texas, Gulf Coast, Florida, Southwest and Central U.S. regions and decreased the use of less-than-truckload transportation.

“YKK AP is dedicated to providing the best service and product quality to its customers,” says Dennis Howard, transportation and logistics manager, YKK AP America. “Our direct freight program allows us to continue to provide that undisputed level of service and quality. We want our customers to receive quality products when they need them, without the risk of damage in the delivery process. This is a delivery service they can count on.”

According to the company, the program utilizes a dedicated logistics system with company trucks to handle transportation and deliveries. Each shipment is moved by hand. Additionally, shipments are scheduled for delivery on a regular date.

The program will expand to additional sales regions over the next year, according to YKK.
YKK AP’s direct freight service program now includes the Northeastern and Midwest U.S. markets.

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Consolidated Glass Holdings installed a bent tempering glass furnace at its Dlubak Specialty Glass plant in Blairsville, Pa. The new furnace can produce sizes upwards of 98 by 138 inches and features glass-defect measurement tools … Prelco recently added an oversized autoclave at its head office facility in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec. The new autoclave will be able to produce laminated glass up to 102 inches by 204 inches … Jenison, Mich.-based Pleotint formed a sales and distribution partnership with Manko Windows Systems Inc., which will now offer self-tinting Suntuitive Glass with its full line of new and retrofit products … Bunting Architectural Metals added a liquid Kynar coating line to its painting capabilities at its primary facility in Verona, Pa. According to the company, the system can coat parts up to 6-by-9-by-30 feet in width, height and length, with a maximum weight of 2,400 pounds … FlachGlas Wernberg GmbH has installed Bystronic glass’ B’Jumbo insulating glass line at its Neuhausen-Hamberg, Germany-based facility. The line enables FlachGlas to produce jumbo glazing with a dimension of 3,210 by 6,000 millimeters “faster and with an even better quality,” according to a release from Bystronic.

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