Latest Articles in Fabrication

  • High-efficiency automated IG production can present challenges in getting orders to the jobsite on time, in the right places and in the right sequence. Additionally, jobsite delays can lead to space issues back at the factory. In some ways, automation has become a great equalizer of the large-scale commercial insulating glass fabrication market. Having made the investment in automation, capacity...
  • High tech comes to the glass industry
    During glasstec 2016, Lisec introduced the 65-meter-long TPA insulating glass line, which requires only one operator. Photo by Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann. The future of glass fabrication is automated. It is online and optimized. It is interconnected, and it is efficient. This future is all part of “Industry 4.0,” which took center stage earlier this fall during glasstec 2016, the...
  • Manufacturing improvements address price, quality and labor concerns
    High-speed automated insulating glass line. The ways in which insulating glass fabricators can more efficiently produce their products is a well-worn topic by now. We know that plant managers can buckle down on simple operational efficiencies—I’ve written recently in these pages about how taking care of the basics, like maintaining a robust maintenance schedule, can help avoid downtime. We know...
  • IGE’s Michael Spellman discusses the evolution of glass tooling and fabrication
    Michael and Carolyn Spellman, owners of IGE Solutions, at the company’s offices in Jupiter, Florida. Can you talk about your history in the glass industry? I started calling on glass fabricators in the late 1970s, promoting grinding and polishing supplies for several manufacturers as an independent manufacturers’ representative. In the 1980s, I began to focus primarily in glass fabrication and...
  • Dilworth Park, Philadelphia. GGI fabricated self-supporting, oversized glass for the underpass canopy. The project was designed by KieranTimberlake and installed by APG International International. European Glass Laminators laminated the glass panels. Photo by Adrian Wilson. The use of glass as a building material is not the novelty it once was in the building and construction industry. The...
  • Technology, automation and precision combine at SageGlass' HVM plant
    An employee handles a completed SageGlass insulating glass unit. Five years ago, a 14-acre soy bean field stretched out directly to the north of the SageGlass R&D and manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minnesota. Today, there stands an impressive 329,000-square-foot high volume manufacturing plant for the company’s SageGlass electrochromic dynamic glass. “The scale of the project was...
  • Glass software platforms, tools and apps for architects, suppliers and installers
    Software technology continues to develop, improve and expand in the glass industry, providing increasingly sophisticated options for business management, production, building design and project execution. The following guide presents new software products, tools and apps for the glass and glazing industry, organized according to user base. To add a software product to the guide, contact Editor...
  • How is your company incorporating technology into its processes and projects?
    CommercialCory Philippy, senior project manager, RG Glass / Carvart“With today’s fast paced construction schedules, you need to have instant contact between the field and the office. The days of heading to the site with a rolled up 24-inch by 30-inch set of shop drawings and taking pictures with your camera are [becoming] a thing of the past.I am currently working on the Baccarat Hotel in Midtown...
  • How 3D printing is changing R&D and product design
    3D printing has fostered a new era of research and development among glass and metal system manufacturers. With rapid prototyping, glazing system components can be designed and printed within hours. Systems can be tested for fit and function with minimal cost. And custom designs can be prototyped quickly and easily.Enclos Corp. printed a full scale mockup of a complex curtain wall assembly joint...
  • DOE program helps promote and create energy-efficient windows of the future
    Sawyer is Technology Manager at U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies OfficeTell me about the Emerging Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office. How does it relate to the glass and window industries?The Emerging Technologies (ET) program within the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) funds R&D in academia, at the...
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