GlassBuild Exhibitors Focus on  
Products, Partnerships and Expansions  
y all accounts,GlassBuild Amer- hibitors, the show wasn’t as much about can guarantee delivery of a completely  
ica 2017 is one event that will the number of attendees,but the quality. automatic smart glass processing line by  
not be quickly forgotten. Not It provided an opportunity for many ex- integrating the various areas of compe-  
because of all that happened inside hibitors to promote a range of new prod- tence and related production chains of  
the Georgia World Congress Center in ucts, partnerships and expansions.  
Atlanta, September 12-14, but what  
the four partner companies.  
John Lloyd with machinery rep-  
resentative Matodi said most of the  
One common theme among a num- machines his company represents are  
didn’t happen. Hurricane Irma, which Move to Automation  
had pounded its way up through Flor-  
ida and into Georgia, then as a tropi- ber of exhibitors, particularly those on Industry 4.0 ready.  
cal storm, the day prior, ultimately not the equipment side, is the move toward  
“All of the manufacturers are going  
only kept attendees away, but also a Industry 4.0, also called “the Internet in that direction,” he said, speaking of  
number of exhibitors. There were quite of Things.” This refers to the automa- this trend toward automation.“You can  
a few empty booth spaces throughout tion and data exchange in manufac- have remote access from [the manufac-  
the expo hall that featured signage an- turing technologies that allow for the turer] in Italy.”  
nouncing canceled exhibitors. Walker communication of the software and  
Glass, Dow Corning and Wagner were machinery throughout the plant.  
Some of the equipment Matodi fea-  
tured included the GoldGlass glass  
just some of the many companies that  
chose to not risk the trip into Atlanta.  
Mappi was present, promoting the painting solutions, a Batellino edg-  
Industry 4.0 capabilities of its ma- er-beveller,which Lloyd says is ideal for  
Andrew Chatfield, director of market- chines and equipment. Mappi’s Nancy smaller glass shops, the Vipotron scan-  
ing for Wagner, told USGlass magazine Mammaro said that atVitrum in Milan, ning device, which checks for imper-  
that his company decided to pull out the company will be exhibiting with fections (i.e. anisotropy) in the glass,  
of this year’s show, and cited employee Triulzi, Cugher, and Iocco highlighting and the Barbaric single glass lifter.  
safety as their first and foremost priority. the connections of these glass process-  
Also on the equipment side, De-  
Gorter exhibited with a new partner,  
For the first time,the glass processing an Australian software company called  
While the weather may have kept ing abilities.  
GlassBuild America 2017 from an ex-  
pected record attendance, for many ex- market world has a single entity which Spil. The company offers business  
Given the weather, a number of exhibitors decided to not risk the trip to Atlanta. As a result, signs like these could be  
found in a number of empty booths throughout the show floor.  
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Matodi featured a variety of equipment and machinery lines, including the Goldglass paint line.  
management software for glass com- for getting into tight areas. The rotat- ries features polyamide struts and ad-  
panies, including manufacturers, fab- ing manual lifter can handle up to 400 vanced internal insulation to produce  
ricators and glaziers.  
pounds. (Editor’s note: handling and an energy-efficient door that’s only 1- /  
lifting equipment was a focus for several inches in depth. The door thickness al-  
Partnerships and Products companies at the show. Turn to page 66.) lows the system to be compatible with  
Spil’s Lakshman Kalupathirana said In addition to equipment and ma- a wide range of locking and mounting  
glaziers in particular sometimes strug- chinery, other exhibitors focused on hardware, which makes it ideal for up-  
gle with things such as managing sched- architectural trends and new products grading existing entrances.  
ules,and the software can help with that. in that realm.  
The options range from estimating,cod-  
“Everyone is making super-high-per-  
formance doors. We want to hit those  
numbers,but also solve other problems,”  
ing, production and optimization.  
Architectural Insight  
One popular product at the show, ac-  
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. introduced the Haring said. He explained that while  
cording to Gareth Francey with Bohle, new Mojave advanced thermal store- companies are aiming to accommodate  
was the company’s AquaDrill. This front and entrance system. According the evolving codes, a lot of doors on the  
tool has a diamond drill bit and allows to vice president of marketing Andrew market perform well but don’t always  
shower door installers to drill through Haring, this series is designed to com- address the need for systems that can  
porcelain or stone in less than 10 sec- ply with California’s Title 24.He said that upgrade existing openings.  
onds.Another product Bohle displayed increased stringency in energy codes is  
was its Liftmaster, which can be used driving product development. The se-  
continued on page 34  
Bohle featured a number of new products for contract glaziers, including its Liftmaster, which can be used for getting  
into tight areas.  
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Mappi exhibited alongside Cugher, and was focused on Industry 4.0 solutions for the glass industry.  
Simply having the high-performance new polyamide pressure plate options looked at areas where growth was fore-  
product is no longer enough,” he said. designed to help improve thermal per- cast and that was in the Midwest.While  
Glaziers are looking for project part- formance in curtainwall systems. De- the company considered other areas, it  
ners that can help navigate the code and veloped with YKK AP, the polyamide ultimately selected Indianapolis.  
project requirements.The products need composition creates a thermal barrier “We have four new salaried employ-  
to meet the spec,but our real success has that helps insulate better than alumi- ees; we’re distributing out of the facility  
been found in our ability to provide our num, according to the company.  
customers with the tools and services  
and have fabrication equipment there  
as well,” he said.  
Aldora was also at the show, excited  
needed to take on these projects.”  
New Expansions  
Also responding to architectural  
In addition to products,some compa- about its new location, which will be in  
glazing trends,J.E.Berkowitz (JEB) fea- nies were also focusing on their newest the Atlanta suburb of Austell, Ga. The  
tured its new 3Seal HM+, a high-per- locations. Southern Aluminum Finish- facility is expected to be open later this  
formance, warm-edge insulating glass ing (SAF), which is headquartered in fall. Jim Pande, in sales and marketing,  
spacer with high-modulus structural the Atlanta area, recently opened a said being at GlassBuild was an oppor-  
silicone. According to JEB vice presi- new location in Indiana. In making tunity to get in front of local customers  
dent Bob Price, this technology helps the decision on where to expand, John to establish relationships even before  
with argon gas retention.  
“Architects and consultants are seri-  
McClatchey, sales manager, said SAF opening in the area. n  
ous about argon retention, so good just  
got better,” said Price, explaining that  
they worked with Sika in developing  
this new product.  
Technoform was another company  
focused on new innovations.It featured  
a number of new products, including  
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