From the fabricator: SAM to the rescue

When I saw the news come across about a robot that could help inspect glass on Toronto condos, I immediately clicked on it. I assume you are aware of the whole “glass falling from the condo” issue in Toronto (and elsewhere, but mostly Toronto). Now with this news, there could be a whole new angle. The robot SAM could scan the building and find the areas of need and distress. If this robot actually  works--and I am sure there are experts out there who believe it won’t--it could be a major player in the downtown high-rise markets for skittish developers worried about glass falling out. I still believe at the end of the day all balcony material should go to laminated, but that would only be new buildings. The thousands of current structures are here to stay, and now maybe we can get a glimpse into the future.


  • Speaking of glass breakage, I saw the story a few weeks back that glass at the new World Trade Center was damaged after being struck by a load of steel moved by a huge gust of wind. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and all is still supposedly on schedule. If true, I have to assume that the glass was made in the U.S. and did not consist of materials that came from overseas. I would have been curious to see how badly it would have turned out if it had been the overseas stuff. It could’ve been a great lesson for the Port Authority. Then again, they could probably care less.
  • This week’s note on GlassBuild America focuses on the networking aspect. Plain and simple: no other event brings the amount of people--quality, connected people--to one place like the show does. Add in the awesome reception (always the night of the first day of the show) sponsored by the fine folks at Quanex, and you have the recipe to not only network to the best of your ability but have a great night too. GBA is less than 60 days away!
  • Gotta say that last week’s post surely had legs. This blog was the first place that the info on Serious Energy appeared, including the ousting of Kevin Surace. Soon after, a San Francisco paper followed suit, as did others. Then the video of the week on the amazing 3D printing ended up as a front-section story in USA Today. And yes, I am sure it was all coincidence, but it sure was nice to be ahead of the curve!
  • Are you all as conflicted as me on who to vote for in the Glass Magazine Awards? Some amazing candidates! A massive congratulations is due to everyone nominated and the great companies that employ them.
  • Last this week… This link brings big news: The end of the world is not coming on December 21, 2012, as the Mayans supposedly predicted. New evidence and research is showing that 12/21/12 was just the end of the Mayan calendar. So, we have to still keep working…

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