for the installation. Steel Encounters
worked closely with its glass supplier,
Germany-based sedak (see sidebar on
left), on how the glass would be pack-
aged and shipped, unloaded, the equip-
ment needed and to gain an overall
understanding of the project. Several
trips to visit the fabrication facility
in Germany were made. This allowed
them to see not only the production of
the glass, but also how it was handled,
packaged and transported.
Sedak designs its own wooden crates for shipping, and makes sure that
height and weight restrictions for the shipping company are matched
when they are packed.
From Point A to Point B
Transporting jumbo-sized glass from
Germany to Utah isn’t a simple task.
This, too, requires a lot of planning and
coordination to ensure the shipment ar-
rives on time and free of damage.
From Here to There: Fabricating,
Handling & Transporting Jumbo Glass
Currently, the largest fabricated glass in the world is made in Europe by
the German company sedak. Before transporting and shipping to the contract
glazier, the jumbo units must move--throughout the factory, and onto trucks,
boats and possibly other means of transport before reaching the jobsite. For
this purpose, sedak built a semi-automatic transport and storage rack system.
Glass packaging is a major
“Because the glass was too large to
ﬁt into standard high-cube ocean con-
tainers, the manufacturer modified
open-top containers, adding 2 feet to
accommodate the glass,” Jackson says.
Once crated, the glass was loaded on
to a barge for transport by river to a
seaport,where it was loaded on a cargo
ship for the transatlantic shipment to
New York City and then transported
via rail to Salt Lake City.
“In order to protect the glass and
keep it clean and pristine until delivery
to the jobsite, we rented a warehouse
with an overhead crane where we un-
loaded and stored one dozen contain-
ers of glass,” says Jackson. “Careful
consideration and planning went into
ﬁnding the proper location where we
could back the oversized loads through
the overhead door and under the over-
head crane to unload. We engineered
and built custom steel racks to store
the glass. We received and staged 90
percent of the glass in that warehouse
before [installation] began.”
At some areas it’s handled fully automatically and only on a few stations
is the glass] supported manually with special suction cups,” says Rana Far-
man, a sedak project manager.
We decided to design and build our own wooden crates, based on design
and size of the pieces,” she says, explaining that when the logistics depart-
ment packs the crates they make sure that height and weight restrictions
for the shipping company are matched. She says crates are only used when
the glass leaves their facility. The glass may be stored on an A-frame inside
a wooden crate or, if necessary, within an open-top container.
When it comes to shipping, the company has developed its own system to
make sure that all pieces, whether regular or oversize, arrive on site without
any interruptions or cracks. Farman says each piece of glass and each proj-
ect is different so each needs different packaging.
“The sedak truck will deliver it to the harbor or airport, depending on which
freight option was chosen by the client,” she says, adding that in the U.S. it
might be transported on a ﬂatbed truck to ensure it meets height restrictions.
In collaboration with a freight forwarder and the airport/harbor facility, the
crates are moved out of the containers/planes with special lifting devices,”
says Farman. “Due to the weight and height, most of the time sea freight is
the only option.” One exception, she says, are glass ﬁns with an overall length
up to 15 meters (49.2 feet).
Glass over 40 feet is delivered in wooden crates from “roll-on-roll-off ships”
with MAFI trailers. She says when secured by sedak-attached slings around
the crates, moving those enormous pieces will be a little easier.
Jackson says the glass was so large
they also built a custom trailer for
transporting the glass to the jobsite.
It was capable of holding two pieces
of the 10-by-35-foot glass. Another
engineering design consideration
To make sure our clients know what to expect, packing lists including
each crate piece with overall height and weight are provided before arrival
on site,” she says.
If necessary, they will also suggest needed equipment, such as a suction
cup machine to support overweight pieces.
For storage, Farman says warehouses should have easy entrance access
and, preferably, a moving crane system installed.
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