Latest Articles in Fabrication

  • Handling and transportation product showcase
    A Steel Encounters crew of glaziers installs 35-foot-tall lobby glass at the 111 Main Office Building in Salt Lake City, using a specially designed motorized counterweight system. Photo courtesy of Steel Encounters.Handling and transportation equipment suppliers offer a range of solutions to help companies tackle bigger and more complex projects, and move glass more safely and efficiently....
  • In push for automation, North American glass fabricators begin to adopt factory robots
    Salem Distributing supplies the Bovone Robotic System from Bovone, which provides automatic loading and unloading of vertical glass edgers, says Mike Rosato, machine sales engineer. At GlassBuild America, the company displayed the system with robots at each end of the edging line. “There is almost no operator intervention,” Rosato says. “You need at least one operator to wheel the frames up...
  • Creating a culture of maintenance for specialty glass fabrication
    Louis Moreau, tech specialist for AGNORA, inspects the Intermac 9000. Photo courtesy of AGNORA Two types of maintenancePreventative maintenance: based on knowing the needs and requirements of the equipment and following those requirements closely and diligently.Predictive maintenance: a proactive approach to maintenance by tracking the history of the equipment, being knowledgeable about...
  • Tracking the trends of the advancing glass fabrication facility
    Industry 4.0 is “the fusion of the words Internet of Things, Smart Factory, transparency, intelligent control circuits and self-learning systems. [It is] a continuous integration over the whole value and process stream between the different stakeholders, from customers, across production, all the way to the actual products and delivery. The most important point is to find out ...the purpose ......
  • Increasing productivity and profitability with preventive machine maintenance
    Glass plate cleaning with a Bystronic glass washing machine. Photo courtesy of Bystronic Glass.Glass fabricators want one thing when it comes to their machinery: no down time.“It is the same for all: profit. Machine down time means no product is being made. Therefore you want to limit the amount of time the machine is not producing product,” says Dan deGorter, vice president, operations, DeGorter...
  • Vitrum Glass Group sees operations transform with ERP integration
    How does a glass company that processes more than 1,000 truckloads of glass every year for insulating, laminating, tempering and more, fully transition to a plant-wide, integrated computer system without negatively affecting production, delivery or customer service? Two years ago, leaders at Vitrum Glass Group, decided to find out.Vitrum’s new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system went live...
  • 10 Essential Considerations for Machine Purchases
    New equipment acquisitions can transform a glass company, increasing capacity and opening doors to new business segments. However, the addition of new machinery is also capable of straining workflow processes and personnel if it is not chosen appropriately or successfully integrated into operations. Because such purchases constitute one of the most major capital investments for a glass company,...
  • Do's and don'ts for the glass washing stage of the IG fabrication process
    Fabricating insulating glass is a multi-dimensional process that requires communication between a number of suppliers.
  • Tips for purchasing machinery and equipment
    Five top recommendations for glass companies looking to grow their business and product offering through the acquisition of new machinery
  • Talking family, history, debt and growth potential with Dino Fenzi
    At Vitrum 2011 in Milan, October 26-29, 2011, Glass Magazine interviewed Dino Fenzi, president of the Fenzi Group, the Italian mirror, decorative paints and IG sealants and profiles manufacturer. It was the 70th anniversary of the company's founding and also the year he was born. 
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
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    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...

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