Tempering Division moves scraper issue forward at GlassWeek

Katy Devlin
February 15, 2009
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

The Tempering Division of the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., discussed scraper warning labels, alternative cleaning methods and window washer collaborations during its Feb. 14 meeting at GlassWeek in Las Vegas.

Greg Carney, GANA technical director, said that he has met with some members of the International Window Cleaning Association, Kansas City, Mo., to try to spur productive discussion about ways to avoid scratched and damaged glass caused by metal scrapers used in cleaning. “Paul West, the president of IWCA, took a very constructive step in trying to communicate with us about glass. We’re trying to work together and not battle against each other,” Carney said.

Carney said he will continue to push for further discussion with the IWCA.

The Construction Committee of the Tempering Division provided an update on the scraper warning labels under development. The 4-inch-by-4-inch static-cling labels warn that metal scrapers damage glass. Glass companies would purchase the labels and put them on lites before sending them to job sites. The design of the labels is nearly complete.

Finally, the group discussed developing a cleaning glass guide that outlines alternative cleaning methods that don’t require scrapers. The group will move forward on the project, testing various cleaning methods on glass samples containing different forms of construction debris. The Insulating Division also voted to be involved on the project, as various chemical cleaning methods may affect the sealant in an IG unit.