Volume 50, Issue 10 - October 2015

Torna in Italia
Industry Heads Back to Italy for Vitrum 2015
by Ellen Rogers

The two-year wait is over.

The 19th edition of Vitrum, an international trade show featuring innovations in machinery, equipment and special products for glass processing, will be held this month at Fiera Milano Rho in Italy.

The last show, in 2013, brought in exhibitors from 28 countries and more than 20,000 attendees—and show coordinators expect this year’s edition to be jam-packed.

Taking place October 6-9, Vitrum 2015 will feature four days of events, honing in on industry-related research topics and technologies through various presentations. The show will also feature technical and production innovations in the flat and hollow glass sectors, via its partnership with the Association of Italian Glass Technicians (ATIV).

“Vitrum 2015 will be the culmination of an enormous amount of teamwork: all the activities were developed by a team in perfect continuity with the past, in partnership with ATIV and with the support of [promotion agency] ICE,” Vitrum president Dino Zandonella Necca said earlier this year. “Which is why Vitrum will be focused on innovation and competitiveness, a meeting place for industry players and the ideal venue for exploring all the aspects of the world of glass applications, products, machines, technology and culture.”

A Meeting Place

ATIV will hold its 30th annual conference, “Advances in Glass Processes: Key Innovation Topics in Hollow and Flat Glass,” at the Fiera Milano on October 8.

The event, which focuses on cutting-edge technologies for glass, will give exhibitors and research centers from around the world an opportunity to present their process and product innovations in flat and hollow glass to an audience of experts.

At the conference, ATIV and Vitrum aim to provide the glass trade “with the ideal meeting place where they can discuss and find out what will be the most innovative developments in the sector over the coming years, reinforcing their joint effort to spread the applied technical know-how of the precious material.”

Past, Present and Future

Vitrum will host a presentation on the past, present and future of glass. The presentation will showcase “[m]ore than 2,000 years of history of a material that has always fascinated humankind and stimulated its creativity,” according to event organizers. “Between past and future, ancient and modern, glass is ultimately the star player in a themed exhibit designed to offer a vast panorama of the use of glass in outstanding products.”

The exhibit will be divided into three themed sections: glass in history and design; glass as a key player in architecture; and glass and the new technologies.

The event was conceived by Vitrum in partnership with ICE, the agency for overseas promotion and internationalization of Italian businesses.

In the Workshop

Milan-based Polytechnic University (Politecnico di Milano) and Freiburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts set up a workshop to develop innovative uses for glass through design.

The universities’ collaboration with Vitrum seeks to “study experimental courses and [develop] new opportunities for students and for companies in the sector.”

The workshop is for university students attending a course in industrial product design. The students will be involved in an exercise in which they’ll create and test new combinations of glass with electronics and information technology to transform the material into new-concept products.

What's Showing?
Hundreds of exhibitors will be on the Vitrum show floor in October featuring a range of products and innovations for glass processing. Here’s what some of them will be highlighting.

Drill it Home — Forel

Booth 22 L 19 N18

Forel’s DM machine provides vertical hole-drilling and milling operations and is configured with two opposing heads, as well as two sets of stock tools with six positions. This allows for the execution of holes, notches and flares on glass panels for the mounting of hinges, supports and locks, according to the company. Each spindle is served by a six-position tool exchanger and through a rotary joint, which allows the passage of water inside to cool the tool during the working process.

According to Forel, the machine also features a system of moving and locking the glass during the process steps to allow for precise machining without ever touching the front of the glass, making it ideal for running low-E glass. Whether as a stand-alone machine or integrated with Forel's vertical EM edging machine, the system allows fabricators to produce arrissed, ground or polished glass of all types.


A Wide Range—Bohle

Booth 24 G11

Apart from Bohle Group’s range of products for glass bonding, glass cutting, measuring devices and surface protection that will be featured in its booth, the company will also show an overview of its expanding hardware portfolio.

Additionally, the SlideTec Optima 80 sliding door system will be exhibited, along with new shower door fittings.
The company will also showcase its Easy Mount Vario balustrade system with its numerous adjustment options.


Robotic Productivity— Bovone

Booth 22 H01/L02

The Bovone Robotic System, recently introduced by Bovone and North American distributor Salem Flat Glass & Mirror, provides automatic loading and unloading of vertical glass edgers, as well as a variety of other applications to maximize productivity throughout glass manufacturing lines.

The system, which will be showcased at Vitrum, is available in an array of configurations that can be custom-designed to fit most any application, according to Salem.


Spray it On—Cefla Finishing

Booth 24 L10

Cefla Finishing Group will showcase its Mitgo KG product, an automatic spraying machine specifically engineered for short-run production and frequent changes.

The machine features an automatic oscillating design with a central arm, plus options for installing from one to four spray guns. It uses a piece-scanning barrier to automatically detect the shape and dimensions of the area to be painted and reduces paint waste by 30 percent, according to the company.

A new automatic cleaning system removes all excess paint so the machine is immediately ready to apply a different color.


Don’t Take Sides

Booth 24 G21

A new project developed by Schiatti Angelo involves the automatic processing of all four sides of a glass lite with a glass recirculation system called RING. Any model of a straight-edger or beveller can work with the turnover glass lite rotating unit and automatically process all four sides of the glass.

The two frames, which are controlled by the programmable logic controller (PLC) and move forward and backward, convey the glass sheets from the edger or beveller to the turnover unit, and vice versa. The mini-line is fully automatic and managed by the PLC, which includes software that releases the glass lites only after all four sides have been processed.


Part of the Process — Glaston

Booth 22 P01/S02

Glass processors will be able to look at Glaston’s new technologies, which the company claims can help them add new capabilities and reach high energy efficiency.

Machinery for architectural glass processing that will be on display includes its latest FC1000 tempering line, which builds on the FC500 model with a full-circulated top and bottom air convection.

The ProL laminating line, which uses full convection technology to turn heat-treated and low-E glass into high-performance laminated products, will also be featured. In addition, attendees can look at GlastonAir, an air flotation technology to temper thin and special niche products, such as vacuum-insulated or fire-resistant glass.


Neptun — The Rock Show

Booth 22 G21/H20

Neptun, which is represented in the U.S by Matodi, will launch its new mitering machine, the Rock 14-45. Derived from the Rock 10-45, the 14-wheel configuration processes high-quality flat edges and mitering. The Rock 14-45 is able to process glass with tight tolerances and is easy to set up, according to the company.

Other products featured include its vertical CN line Quickline for processing glass doors. Quickline consists of two modules, QuickDrill for drilling and countersinking and QuickMill for milling.

According to the company, the QuickLine products can function separately or integrated in a line afterward, and the Neptun LVTOP vertical washer and the CornerCut automatic corner dubbing machine can also be implemented.


Going Big — Liaoning Northern Glass

Booth 22 N29-R30/4

Liaoning Northern Glass will feature what it claims is the world’s largest autoclave.

The autoclave, which is now available to North America through IGE Glass Technologies, measures 4.5 meters by 18.5 meters. The technology has been used to produce laminated glass for Apple stores.


Gain an Edge — Quanex/Edgetech

Booth 22 L15

Quanex’s Edgetech Europe will feature its line of warm edge spacer systems and will have experts on hand to discuss the latest in equipment and technologies.

According to the company, Edgetech’s spacer can impact the overall thermal performance of a window, as well as improve the productivity in a manufacturer’s factory—whether it is applied with manual, semi-automated or fully automated machinery.


Living Large — Mappi

Booth 22 G01/H02

Mappi’s ATS J tempering furnace, which will be featured at Vitrum, was designed in response to demand for large lites of glass in construction.

The ATS J, according to Mappi, is one of the largest tempering furnaces in the world.
Development of the machine took more than a year of work and required re-engineering of its range.


the author

Ellen Rogers is the editor of USGlass magazine. Follow her on Twitter @USGlass and like USGlass on Facebook to receive updates.

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