A structural glazed slide
created by Cricursa and
Eckersley O’Callaghan drew a
lot of attention during glasstec.
There are a lot of investments going
into cutting equipment right now in
the U.S.,” said Elmar Zeidler. He said
yield is a major focus with U.S. com-
panies in cutting, as they seek to mini-
mize as much waste as possible.
Zeidler added that the U.S.continues
to be a growing market for machinery
overall for a variety of reasons.
What we see, and from what we
hear, the minimum wage increase to
15 an hour on the west coast and New
York could be leading these companies
to a lot of automation,” he said.
Another trend he’s noticed is that
laminated glass is being used much
more in the U.S. than in the past. He
also expects the North American mar-
ket will continue to grow its applica-
tion of jumbo-sized glass.
Besana-Lovati focused on equip-
ment and machinery that offers lots of
capabilities for fabricators.
glasstec Has it All—Even Slides,
Boats and Futuristic Showers
There’s more to glasstec than just halls and halls of machinery. The glass
technology live area provides a look at unique and innovative developments,
most of which are in non-commercialized stages. These can provide insight into
what the future may hold. Several displays had everyone talking.
We’re showing new additions to
make [the machines] easier for oper-
ators to use and have faster production
time,” said Joe Gates, technical service.
One example is the SQ10 horizontal
double edger, which was created to be
fast and efﬁcient. “There’s less set up
time for the operators. Everyone wants
to be more efﬁcient,” said Gates.
Other companies featured new op-
tions for drilling, milling, edging and
polishing. CMS featured its Proﬁle, de-
signed to carry out any type of mea-
sured edging and polishing as well as
milling, drilling or countersinking with
tight tolerance.The company combined
that with the Vertec vertical-oriented
drilling machine. Product manager
Cevin Moberly said there are a num-
ber of beneﬁts in vertical equipment
compared to horizontal.“It allows fab-
ricators to be more productive and [re-
duces] cost.Vertical equipment requires
less space, is safer for handling because
vacuum cups set up automation and
that allows you to streamline the pro-
cess. You also have faster throughput
and less cleaning and maintenance.”
Glass fabricator Cricursa and structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
(EOC) took the concept of structural glass a step further with their 9-me-
ter-long glass slide. The team engineered the slide as a way to highlight
structural innovations that maximize transparency—utilizing long, tight-cur-
vature glass and minimal adhesive bonds without mechanical fixings.
Lisa Rammig, an associate with EOC, explained that they had been working on
an architectural project with glass tubes that were fabricated by Cricursa. The
company asked if they could create something fun with the tubes to present at
glasstec. This led to the idea of the slide.
The slide has no metal connections. Instead, the treads are bonded with Dow
Corning’s TSSA connections.
Another glass technology live company, sedak, is no stranger to innovation.
The company has featured such applications as a glass staircase, bridge and
over-sized panels. While this year’s display was on a smaller scale compared
to those shown previously, it was still unique. Vice president Maic Pannwitz ex-
plained the company was showing a 1.3m x 3.7m, 20-mm thick, triple laminate
that was installed in a yacht’s hull. In addition, the glass was cold bent during
lamination with a rise of 120 mm and a diagonal bending line.
The company created 40 different elliptical pieces for the yacht, including one
10-layer laminate that weighs 1,250 kg and passed the required leak test 50 m
under water (load pressure: 50t/m²).
Derix Glass Studios presented a completely automated glass shower. Con-
structed of tempered-laminated glass, as soon as a user touches the exterior
handle and opens the door, the shower knows automatically that someone
is inside. A touchscreen allows users to choose and set their shower proﬁle
including temperature, music, even the colors on the interior. Everything is
controlled with a touch panel.
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