Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013
Just Hear Those Motors Hum
USGlass Magazine’s Annual Guide to Equipment and Machinery
Fall. It’s that time of year in which many of us start making our holiday wish lists. A new coat? A new car? If you’re lucky enough, perhaps a new tempering line, beveler or cutting machine? Ah yes, for those of us in the glass industry the sound of a new machine gradually warming up, preparing for its first run is pure music. USGlass magazine is here to help. In this special section we bring you a look at some of the industry’s latest product launches. Then, beginning on page 40, take a look at this detailed chart breaking down the offerings from many of the industry’s manufacturers and distributors.
Spray painting lines
The line can process metallic, ceramic frit, as well as organic and solvent paints.
The machine is PLC controlled via a full-graphic Soft-Touch 7-inch screen that allows for complete control of paint quality, spray gun speed and pace range. www.matodiusa.com
All systems are made in the United States with standard available parts and are a combination of infrared/convection for short cycle times. Systems are customized to the individual application and can run PVB, EVA, Urethane, TPA and DuPont SentryGlas. Systems are modular and expandable and high production autoclave systems are also available. www.cassosolartechnologies.com
Cutting and edging equipment
The Edge X-5 features an industrial PC controller designed specifically for 5-axis waterjet cutting. The AquaVision Di® Controller’s open architecture design allows operators to fine-tune programs from any CAD/CAM/nesting software. The system's intelligent work envelope automatically adjusts depending on the angle of the cut to protect the operator, material and system components. The Edge X-5 is available in a range of sizes, from 5- by 5-feet to 24- by 13-feet, and is powered by a Jet Edge waterjet pump. www.jetedge.com
If That Doesn't Trumpf Everything
Specifically, the Trumpf TruLaster 3030 has a 60- by 120-inch bed capacity with a cat eye feature that, according to the company, allows sheets up to 72- by 120-inches to be cut on the machine. It also has a dual pallet changer and offline programming for sheet maximization. www.junglejimsap.com
No Li. Lisec Does it All
Its KSU, a new vertical edge processing machine, has been developed for seaming glass edges. The vertical design offers short processing times, easy glass handling and straightforward operation as well as seaming large glass sheets and shapes, according to the company. It can work as a stand-alone operation but can also be directly integrated into vertical production lines.
In addition, Lisec also has a role in frame production, established by its automatic production line for all 'traditional' spacer types made from a range of different materials, such as metal, plastic or hybrid materials. The company offers an automatic bending machine, a frame filling system and a new, fully automatic butyl applicator for precise sealant application.
In addition, it addresses glass cutting demands with a new compact GCL cutting table for split stock sizes, a startup system for small- and medium-sized companies. The company will also introduce an enhanced sorting system to allow glass processing companies to transport cut glass sheets easily and ergonomically to other production stations. www.lisec.com
Do UC What I See?
Glaston is also launching the Omnia, an all-purpose series of double edging machines with peripheral wheels. This series, in two machine versions, specifically addresses manufacturers’ needs for productivity and glass finishing. The double edging machines process pencil edges with peripheral wheels using the latest technology in their design and construction, according to the company. www.glaston.net
A spin-off of the ShapeSeam-Pro, which premiered last year, the new addition offers a compact and low priced robotic seaming option, according to the company. Both models incorporate robotic arms that carry a special seaming tool based on Ashton’s Unix professional seamers.
While ShapeSeam-Pro handles different shapes of flat glass, RoboSeam-Pro is designed for processing random size rectangles that can be fed in any sequence with no pre-programmed limitations. The machine calculates for itself the size and position of the glass. Its straightline format makes the overall footprint smaller than comparable vertical machines, the company says, and it can be linked to any preferred washer. The output typically is approximately two to three lites per minute, depending on size. Maximum lite size options are 80- by 100-inches; 80- by 144-inches; or 100- by 144-inches. www.ashton-industrial.com
CRL, Belt, Delete
By using the optional dust collector unit, users can, in most cases, seam glass and skip the washing stage, the company says. This keeps glass grind out of the air and makes the work environment cleaner.
This seamer can operate as a stand-alone or with additional ball caster tables and can be integrated into a multi-step process. A new optional roller track kit is designed to simplify belt change when the seamer is inset in the caster table. The electrical controls are on a cable 16 feet (4.87 m) long, so they can be remotely positioned convenient to the operator.
The second machine CRL is promoting is its new manual low-E glass edge deletion table. The EDT60X84 is a manually-operated machine capable of removing the soft, low-E surface coating from a glass panel’s perimeter.
To remove the low-E coating the operator places a glass panel on top of the 60- by 84-inch (1500 by 2200 mm) ball caster table. The ball casters are made of a special 2-inch (50mm) diameter, non-marking soft rubber. Next, the glass is positioned against an edge guide and then slid under the motorized abrasive edge deletion wheel. The glass is then rotated and the next side’s low-E coating is removed. The glass panel is complete when all coated edges have been processed.
The caster table also has an opening that allows an operator to get closer to the edge deletion area when processing smaller panels. www.crlaurence.com
The H-A series can be customized to the size and production output the customer specifies as well. www.hhhtempering.com
An Exact Mix
It is also easy to operate, according to a company press release, because the unit’s electronic controls remove the guesswork from ratio setting and maintenance and provide simple set ups of ratios and also allow operators to make ratio changes on the fly.
Optional data reporting capabilities allow window manufacturers to track key information such as ratio, material usage, flow rate, alarm events and system errors. Graco says, the information can be downloaded via USB and used to streamline the production process and increase effectiveness of the line. www.graco.com
The P² product line is said to ensure the highest possible inspection reliability, even for batches that include rectangular glass plates or those with random shapes. Individual defective plates are detected and can be sorted out immediately, according to the company. The machines also can assist in pinpointing where and why the defect occurred.
The PowerPlate family consists of nine products that can be combined randomly to account for the variety of different quality needs. All inspection data is processed and classified in real time and the information can be recalled at any time. www.isravision.com
New Equipment Demo Makes
Created with contract glaziers in mind, particularly those working with curtainwall and storefront materials, the Rhino Fab 600 is manufactured by Advanced Technology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DeMichele of Meza, Ariz., which provides the operating software. The new line is designed to take fabrication instructions, then drill and cut materials to exact specifications.
Capital City Glass has been running the machine since June. It was the third machine the suppliers delivered; the eighth line was on display during the GlassBuild America show in Atlanta.
“Curtainwall is where we make our money,” says Brad Pruitt, vice president of operations for Capital City Glass, explaining that with the new machine, “Two guys do in eight hours what six guys could do in three days. Now fabrication has more capacity than the field.” He adds that processing horizontal storefront is also more efficient.
Glaziers Center, based in Canisteo, N.Y., and represented by Bill Cole, is the authorized sales arm of the equipment line. According to Cole, the new line comes with a lower price tag than some competitive systems and this is “because the machine is specifically deigned as a glazier’s tool. It is not made for aluminum fabrication for a variety of industries, such as automotive,” says Cole, who expects to sell six to eight machines per month.
The first machine on the market was sold to Lansing Glass Co. in Lansing, Mich. Ron VanHorn, vice president, also attended the Capital City Glass event. Speaking of his company’s own line, he says, “We figure it’ll pay for itself in two years.”
The P1 channel lifter is available with an upgraded dual vacuum system that requires less power and provides longer battery life than similar systems, according to the company. Push-button vacuum controls are conveniently located for ease of operation, stability and enhanced control, and optional radio remote control is available. It is shipped ready to facilitate retrofitting of remote control or a movable pendant at a future date. www.powrgrip.com