Glaston http://www.glaston.net Sat, 19 May 2018 19:58:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 http://www.glaston.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-favicon.png Glaston http://www.glaston.net 32 32 Glaston at Glass South America 2018 http://www.glaston.net/2018/04/glaston-at-glass-south-america-2018/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:56:32 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=21890 Glaston focuses on key factors for success – Better data leads to uptime and quality As our industry has started to embrace digital technology to improve performance, Glaston is focused on helping customers put the power of the data to work for them. Those glass processors who have taken the leap are already realizing tremendous gains. […]

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Glaston focuses on key factors for success – Better data leads to uptime and quality

As our industry has started to embrace digital technology to improve performance, Glaston is focused on helping customers put the power of the data to work for them. Those glass processors who have taken the leap are already realizing tremendous gains. It’s actually easier than you think: by getting better information from your machinery and being connected, you can improve your uptime and reach higher quality output than ever before.  

At Glass South America 2018, we will be telling you more about the possibilities of these latest technologies: what easy steps you can take to tap into data from your equipment, how this translates into more uptime, and why it allows you to produce better quality products. This data also enables you to stay on top of excellent customer service.

Find out what getting better data means specifically in glass tempering, laminating and bending and learn why being a part of the Glaston Insight ecosystem could be perfect for your business.

We’ll also demonstrate our latest iLooK machine for online scanning of the anisotropy and how it helps you reach even higher performance levels by using real-time information for improved uptime and quality.

We’re available to answer your questions

At Glass South America 2018, our experts will be available to provide you with recommendations and solutions for any of your glass processing challenges.

Come ask us more!
Booth #765

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Janne Puhakka starts in new Glaston position as ICT Director http://www.glaston.net/2018/04/janne-puhakka-starts-in-new-glaston-position-as-ict-director/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:21:29 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=21810 On March 1, 2018, Janne Puhakka, took over the newly-created position of ICT Director. He’s excited to help Glaston change from being a production-driven company to a more service- and data-driven one. According to Sasu Koivumäki, Senior Vice President, Machines: “Glaston has been investing heavily on digitalization – and through digitalization, ICT has become an […]

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On March 1, 2018, Janne Puhakka, took over the newly-created position of ICT Director. He’s excited to help Glaston change from being a production-driven company to a more service- and data-driven one.

According to Sasu Koivumäki, Senior Vice President, Machines: “Glaston has been investing heavily on digitalization – and through digitalization, ICT has become an integral part of our core business.”

“It’s now easier to take things forward when you’re actually inside the company,” Janne explains. “And I believe there is a huge amount of opportunity presented by digitalization, which will be a key focus area for Glaston in the coming years. The importance of ICT is growing quickly. Digital and cloud-based solutions will have a significant impact on current and future R&D projects.”

“It’s no longer possible to work in a siloed company today. At Glaston, I’m excited to drive the change from a production- and project-driven organization to one that is service- and data-driven for the future. And then to ensure we’re all committed to the same goals. We’ll need to move fast to keep up with the changes in technology.”

For Janne, he was very pleased to make the move to Glaston, working closely with the digitalization team. He appreciates the good dynamics among the people he works with. What’s also been important is that he sees a positive outlook for the company with huge opportunities for the future.

It’s also been extremely important to him to work closely with Kai Knuutila, the new Digitalization Manager. “Kai and I started at about the same time in Glaston and we really click as people. Kai’s focus on digital solutions truly complements my contribution with architecture, applications and infrastructure. Together, we work as a great combination!”

Janne has worked in numerous US, German, Swedish and Indian companies in the IT area. Some of these companies include TeliaSonera, SAP and Tieto, where he has headed up regional work and telecommunication services.

Most recently, he moved from Espoo, outside Helsinki, to Tampere to serve Glaston as part the outsourced ICT team at Sofigate, an IT management company. Cooperation with Sofigate will continue. Tampere is familiar to Janne, because he studied at the University of Tampere 20 years ago. And since he and his family have their summer vacation house there, he knew of Glaston thanks to his neighbor, who has worked for the company for years.

Janne is an early bird. He was on his way to work after a 7:00 am ice hockey practice when interviewed. Additionally, he enjoys outdoor sports like golf and fishing. And he especially appreciates spending time with his wife and teenage children downhill skiing in the Alps or relaxing at their vacation home.

“Glaston has a fantastic opportunity ahead to be the change leader in the industry. And ICT can indeed enable that!”

Janne Puhakka Glaston ICT Director

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Vetroseal decides in favor of Glaston FC Series http://www.glaston.net/2018/04/vetroseal-decides-in-favor-of-glaston-fc-series/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:22:48 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=21719 “Since starting up my business 18 years ago, my focus has always been on providing excellent customer service and high-quality double-glazed sealed units. Delivering them the next day, if needed, has set us apart from our competitors,” says Eric Falisi, Managing Director of Vetroseal. “To raise our throughput and quality, we’ve just ordered Glaston’s FC […]

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“Since starting up my business 18 years ago, my focus has always been on providing excellent customer service and high-quality double-glazed sealed units. Delivering them the next day, if needed, has set us apart from our competitors,” says Eric Falisi, Managing Director of Vetroseal. “To raise our throughput and quality, we’ve just ordered Glaston’s FC Series flat tempering furnace as the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle.”

Vetroseal started in a small 2,000 square-foot factory and then moved into a facility that doubled the space. After only five years, the company relocated again, to a factory with 12,000 square feet, and purchased its first toughening furnace. Today, Vetroseal manufactures 6,000 sealed units per week and operates out of a 20,000 square-foot premises.

“It became evident after only two or three years that we’d outgrown the furnace,” Eric admits. “But the move was big for us. And we also invested a lot in other machinery, like cutting equipment, an automated IG line – we even bought the factory next door for additional space.”

“I have wanted a Glaston furnace for some time,” Eric acknowledges. “But I studied the market offering first to consider the various options of furnaces that are available for our needs.”

At the end of January 2018, Eric decided in favor of Glaston. He placed the order one week later.

Glaston FC Series at Vetroseal, UK

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Glaston at China Glass 2018 – Better data leads to uptime and quality http://www.glaston.net/2018/04/glaston-china-glass-2018/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:43:11 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=21673 As our industry has started to embrace digital technology to improve performance, Glaston is focused on helping customers put the power of the data to work for them. Those glass processors who have taken the leap are already realizing tremendous gains. It’s actually easier than you think: by getting better information from your machinery and […]

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As our industry has started to embrace digital technology to improve performance, Glaston is focused on helping customers put the power of the data to work for them. Those glass processors who have taken the leap are already realizing tremendous gains. It’s actually easier than you think: by getting better information from your machinery and being connected, you can improve your uptime and reach higher quality output than ever before.  

At China Glass 2018, we will be telling you more about the possibilities of these latest technologies: what easy steps you can take to tap into data from your equipment, how this translates into more uptime, and why it allows you to produce better quality products. This data also enables you to stay on top of excellent customer service.

Find out what getting better data means specifically in glass tempering, laminating and bending and learn why being a part of the Glaston Insight ecosystem could be perfect for your business.

We’ll also have our latest iLooK machine on display at China Glass, where you can see for the first time how the combined version of iLooK Distortion & Anisotropy helps you reach even higher performance levels by using real-time information for improved uptime and quality.

We’re available to answer your questions
At China Glass 2018, our experts will be available to provide you with recommendations and solutions for any of your glass processing challenges.

Come ask us more!
Hall E1, Booth #329

Glaston at China Glass 2018

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Independent Glass upgrades lamination with Glaston ProL-zone http://www.glaston.net/2018/03/independent-glass-upgrades-lamination-glaston-prol-zone/ Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:15:57 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=20710 “Integration is always the biggest risk when combining sections from two different manufacturers,” says Andrew Smith, Group Manufacturing Manager at Independent Glass. Speaking about his company’s recent upgrade, he continues: “The entire upgrade project with Glaston’s ProL-zone went very smoothly. We’ve now been able to increase our laminating capacity, run the line with flexibility and […]

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“Integration is always the biggest risk when combining sections from two different manufacturers,” says Andrew Smith, Group Manufacturing Manager at Independent Glass. Speaking about his company’s recent upgrade, he continues: “The entire upgrade project with Glaston’s ProL-zone went very smoothly. We’ve now been able to increase our laminating capacity, run the line with flexibility and ease – and lower our energy consumption.”

Glaston is no stranger to Independent Glass. For over a quarter of a century, the laminating and glass toughening company has been investing in lines from Glaston for its three sites in Glasgow, Scotland, and the one in Mansfield, England.

In late 2016, the company decided to upgrade the lamination oven at its Mansfield location – which focuses on structural glazing, architectural glass and balustrades – to better serve the growing needs of their market. “The first question was whether to retrofit the oven or to upgrade,” Andrew  explains. “We looked at several options alongside of Glaston, but in the end, we decided to go with the advantages the ProL technology could offer, rather than an infrared retrofit solution.”

Integration of the new machine was a key concern for Andrew and his team, since the existing laminating line was from a different manufacturer. So he went to see another ProL-zone in Denmark with Glaston’s UK representative Steve Brammer. The trip offered exactly what Andrew wanted to see: Glaston’s ProLzone working seamlessly with another manufacturer’s laminating line.

Andrew says that his company has been receiving benefits from the upgraded machine since day one. The machine has been operating in an extremely reliable manner. The new line has achieved increased capacity, greater flexibility and ease of running.

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Glaston HTBS supports automotive glass exports from Egypt to the world http://www.glaston.net/2018/02/glaston-htbs-supports-automotive-glass-exports/ Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:45:23 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=20492 “Our definition of glass has changed over the years – from a simple see-through, solid material to a high-performance smart product,” says Mohamed Ezz El-Din, Technical Department Manager at DG Glass. “That’s why we have had to change too. Today, we’re investing in new technologies like Glaston’s HTBS bending and tempering furnace to change the definition of […]

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“Our definition of glass has changed over the years – from a simple see-through, solid material to a high-performance smart product,” says Mohamed Ezz El-Din, Technical Department Manager at DG Glass. “That’s why we have had to change too. Today, we’re investing in new technologies like Glaston’s HTBS bending and tempering furnace to change the definition of automotive glass we’re bringing to the market.”

Dr. Greiche Glass (DG Glass) has grown from being established in automotive glass in 1985 to presently running six top-quality production facilities with over 1,600 employees. Headquartered in the city of 10th of Ramadan, near Cairo, DG Glass is the leading glass processor in the Middle East and Africa and is the main glass supplier for all car manufacturers in Egypt. The company’s production has also expanded over the years to cover quality glass products for the architectural, decorative, home appliance, security industries and others.

At the end of 2016, DG Glass commissioned the new HTBS bending and tempering furnace from Glaston to help the company increase its production capacity for glass products to serve both passenger cars and bus manufacturers. “Glaston’s HTBS bending and tempering furnace is well known in the market for its flexibility and high end-product quality. This is exactly what we were looking for to meet the growing requirements of the modern automotive market. And indeed, it allows us to be more creative when needed,” explains Mohamed.

The company’s relationship with Glaston dates back to 1992, when the first bending and tempering line for sidelites was ordered. DG Glass has several Glaston furnaces. One of the previous investments included Glaston Matrix, a modern windshield bending furnace, commissioned in 2016, along with the new HTBS.

Glaston HTBS at Dr. Greiche Glass in Eqypt

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Euroview completes changeover to stay on top http://www.glaston.net/2018/02/euroview-completes-changeover-stay-top/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:27:27 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=20325 “With a company name change and a GBP 4 million investment in new machinery and equipment, Euroview Architectural Glass has set out to provide the finest specialized glass available to commercial applications across the UK. A key part of our drive for quality has been the addition of Glaston’s FC500 flat glass tempering furnace with the first iLooK online […]

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“With a company name change and a GBP 4 million investment in new machinery and equipment, Euroview Architectural Glass has set out to provide the finest specialized glass available to commercial applications across the UK. A key part of our drive for quality has been the addition of Glaston’s FC500 flat glass tempering furnace with the first iLooK online glass quality measuring system in the UK,” says Steve Larvin, Euroview Managing Director in Essex, UK.

Steve Larvin has been leading the company through an all-encompassing change process for the past two and a half years, ever since he started as Managing Director at Village Glass. Once he arrived, he saw a huge opportunity for the company to raise both output levels and quality to reach a new standard of glass for the growing commercial and high-end sector in the UK. “As our investment plans got underway, the former name, Village Glass, just didn’t seem appropriate any longer for the company. So while promoting a complete cultural change, we decided to rename the company to be in line with our future focus,” he says.

One of the key components of Euroview’s investment has been the new Glaston FC500 flat glass tempering furnace with the UK’s first iLooK online glass quality measuring system. Today, the furnace is proving its worth. It provides greater output and is capable of running larger glass sizes of up to 6,000 x 3,300 mm. This has enabled Euroview to cut its turnaround time to just over a week.

“For our customers, the iLooK online quality system offers proof that we’re delivering what we’ve promised. Every sheet of glass comes with its own report from the online system. This means that customers can really see the quality for themselves from the documents produced.”

For Steve, the ability to get feedback on how much glass is being produced and the quality in terms of roller wave, edge lift and actual sizes has been very important. For him, this is exactly the intelligence he needs to maintain a leading edge with customers and develop his business.

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ABC Glass Processing selects Glaston’s RC200 for larger, thicker glass http://www.glaston.net/2018/01/abc-glass-processing-selects-glastons-rc200/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:31:39 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=20251 To keep up with the demands of its customers, ABC Glass Processing started up its new Glaston RC200 tempering furnace in spring 2017. “Now we’re able to toughen glass in just a fraction of the time and in larger, longer and thicker sizes than ever before. This investment has enabled us to continue to serve […]

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To keep up with the demands of its customers, ABC Glass Processing started up its new Glaston RC200 tempering furnace in spring 2017. “Now we’re able to toughen glass in just a fraction of the time and in larger, longer and thicker sizes than ever before. This investment has enabled us to continue to serve our loyal customer base with outstanding quality and service, the hallmarks that have always made us special,” says Alan Hellyer, Director at UK-based ABC Glass Processing.

On the very first day of the year 2000, three enthusiastic colleagues from Solaglas decided to set up business for themselves. The three, lightheartedly known as Alan the office boy, Barry the cutter and Craig the processor, started ABC by combining the letters of their first names. Their goal was to supply the local market around Portsmouth, in Southern England, with high-quality glass products and services.

The new Glaston RC200 furnace was commissioned in February 2017 and started running two months later. “The potential for us moving forward is tremendous. Running time and capacity are unbelievable,” Alan emphasizes. Everyone at ABC is very happy with the new furnace. The company can now process glass in just a fraction of the time it took before – exactly what is needed to keep up with the reduced lead times our customers are demanding.

“Again, this new furnace is changing the dynamics of our company. We can now run larger glass on a bed size of 2,400 x 4,800 mm in thicknesses from 4 up to 19 mm. The quality and processing output the furnace offers us are exactly what we were expecting,” Alan says.

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Amber-Glass selects Glaston to support its century-long growth http://www.glaston.net/2018/01/amber-glass-selects-glaston-support-century-long-growth/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:46:52 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=20121 From a Polish family tradition, where knowledge of glass was passed through generations, Amber-Glass has accepted new challenges and changed with time. “Today, we are extending the possibilities of our glass processing business,” says Marcin Karel, Member of the Board and Production Director of Amber-Glass. “We’re doing this by using only high-end machines from the best […]

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From a Polish family tradition, where knowledge of glass was passed through generations, Amber-Glass has accepted new challenges and changed with time. “Today, we are extending the possibilities of our glass processing business,” says Marcin Karel, Member of the Board and Production Director of Amber-Glass. “We’re doing this by using only high-end machines from the best manufacturers, so we can deliver the best-quality products and service.”

Amber-Glass is located within 600 km of six European capitals – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw. An excellent business location, but widespread urbanization has created more environmental concerns. Companies committed to energy efficiency, such as Amber-Glass, are front-runners in Chorzow.

Using eco-friendly methods, Amber-Glass has continued its business expansion. In 2016, the company decided to improve its glass processing by strengthening the company’s tempering capabilities while staying energy efficient. As part of this ambitious aim, Amber-Glass purchased a Glaston RC350 tempering furnace.

“Our furnace is equipped with Glaston Insight, for monitoring production data, energy consumption and maintenance needs,” Marcin notes. “One year of use,
however, is little time to fully understand all the capabilities of such machines.”

“It didn’t take long to see that the new quality of glass, simplicity of operation and the availability of performance reports are the best parts of Glaston RC350. Definitely the biggest advantage is the quality we can now offer our customers, and they’ve noticed the difference too,” he says.

Amber-Glass selects Glaston to support its century-long growth

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Kai Knuutila appointed as Glaston’s Digitalization Manager http://www.glaston.net/2017/12/kai-knuutila-appointed-glastons-digitalization-manager/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:45:59 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19782 Starting at the end of August 2017, Kai Knuutila took the helm as Digitalization Manager, a newly-created position at Glaston. His goal will be to bring the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to glass processing equipment, to foster solutions within the company that lead to a brighter future by embracing the power […]

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Starting at the end of August 2017, Kai Knuutila took the helm as Digitalization Manager, a newly-created position at Glaston. His goal will be to bring the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to glass processing equipment, to foster solutions within the company that lead to a brighter future by embracing the power of new technology.

“I’m a big believer in technology in general. From my previous work experience, I’ve seen how the silicon industry has enabled new things that were beyond the ordinary at the time of introduction – and now are ordinary in our lives. In 2012, we weren’t even thinking about some of the ways that technology can help us. So just think about where we will be in 2022 – and all the possibilities we don’t even know yet!” Kai says enthusiastically.

He started his career at Nokia in 1998, then spent 13 years working for Nokia’s smart phones in many different roles, including system design and architecture, and on many different teams. Once Nokia changed its course, Kai went on to work for Intel Corporation, which had just opened facilities in Tampere, Finland.

Kai worked on Intel’s platform architecture for four years, helping to bring an understanding of Nokia mobile phones to the biggest processor company in the world. He worked on software architecture and system performance. Once Intel decided to shift its focus away from smart phones, Kai decided it was time to move on.

Thanks to his experience with technologies enabling IoT at both Nokia and Intel, it was easy for him to continue at a startup called Trelab, which focuses on wireless sensor solutions that measure vibration, movement and other performance data in machinery such as glass processing machines. Although Trelab is one of Glaston’s business partners, Kai actually knew the glass processing machinery supplier from much earlier on – his mother used to work for Glaston, former Tamglass.

“Nokia was a big company, and Intel even bigger. Over the years, my passion has changed to focus on a smaller company, but one that is also a technology leader. Therefore, the time was right for my move to Glaston as Digitalization Manager, supporting the company with my experience and knowledge. And I’m happy to bring my vision and capabilities into my new role to create a concrete plan for implementing IIoT and to make it happen,” Kai says.

Kai also masterminded the first-ever Hack the Glass – Hackathon, an event held in Tampere in November 2017, to bring the potential of digitalization to glass processing by allowing a group of 70 software developers, startuppers and researchers gather and explore new solutions to “hack” the challenges presented to them.

“The future is looking very bright for Glaston and everyone who is ready to embrace new technological opportunities.”

Kai Knuutila Digitalization Manager Glaston

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Peterlee Glass expands – a celebration of 40 years of success http://www.glaston.net/2017/11/peterlee-glass-expands-celebration-40-years-success/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:25:05 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19661 Glaston RC350 enables move to bigger glass sizes “Although October 2017 officially marked our 40th birthday, we’ve been celebrating throughout the entire year with a significant investment in new machinery that will help us continue to grow and thrive in the architectural glass sector. At the end of summer, we started up our new Glaston RC350 […]

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Glaston RC350 enables move to bigger glass sizes

“Although October 2017 officially marked our 40th birthday, we’ve been celebrating throughout the entire year with a significant investment in new machinery that will help us continue to grow and thrive in the architectural glass sector. At the end of summer, we started up our new Glaston RC350 tempering furnace that
allows us to deliver larger oversized glass and a wider portfolio of coated glass to better serve our customers,” says Graeme Hawes, Managing Director of Peterlee Glass Company Ltd., Peterlee, County Durham, UK.

Founded in 1977, near the Durham Heritage Coast, Peterlee Glass (PLG) has grown from a local glass glazing service to a specialist in providing architectural glass products for retail and domestic use. The company has extended its reach from the village of Peterlee to customers nationwide.

Now after four decades of success, the company decided to increase production and boost sales by moving to a new factory and investing in specialized processing
equipment, including Glaston’s RC350 flat tempering glass line. Other new equipment includes a vertical CNC station along with cutting and washing machinery. The new machines will enable PLG to offer oversized glass – to drive new sales growth, streamline production, improve productivity and reduce lead time.

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Kimmo Kuusela as new Sales Director for Glaston North America http://www.glaston.net/2017/11/kimmo-kuusela-new-sales-director-glaston-north-america/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:43:05 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19560 As of the beginning of November 2017, Kimmo Kuusela has been appointed as the new Sales Director for North America. He will be located in Glaston’s office in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia, to oversee the sales of all Glaston products in the US, Canada and Mexico. The goal of this new position […]

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As of the beginning of November 2017, Kimmo Kuusela has been appointed as the new Sales Director for North America. He will be located in Glaston’s office in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia, to oversee the sales of all Glaston products in the US, Canada and Mexico. The goal of this new position is to strengthen sales in the region and to meet the high expectations for quality and productivity from the North American customers.

“North America is an extremely important market for Glaston. The market demand for high-quality, heat-treated glass, has been strong in the region. With new glass types and growing sizes, the demand for machinery has also significantly increased. Therefore, we feel it is essential to strengthen our presence and grow our 35-person New Jersey sales and service facility to further support our customers goals in the region. With his extensive experience and excellent communication abilities, Kimmo will be a tremendous addition to our team,” says Scott Steffy, Vice President of Glaston North America.

“I’m looking forward to working together with our existing and new customers to improve their businesses and to fulfill their ever-growing demands for quality and productivity. Automation and digitalization are becoming more and more everyday life in a glass factory, and this will enable all of us to further develop the glass processing industry,” says Kimmo. “Glaston’s diverse product portfolio supports our customers’ needs for new machines and upgrades. And we are rapidly developing our products to help strengthen the industry’s growth.”

Kimmo started at Glaston in 2005 and has rotated throughout the company in many different roles. He’s had hands-on experience in glass processing and technical support. Additionally, he has focused on improving products during his time with R&D and was responsible for the digitalization of Glaston’s products.

Kimmo will transfer to the US from Finland, where he headed up Glaston’s Customer Engineered Solutions.

Kimmo Kuusela Sales Director, Glaston America

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Crystal Safety Glass improves performance – simply, quickly, economically http://www.glaston.net/2017/10/crystal-safety-glass-improves-lamination/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:16:49 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19437 Outdated lamination line upgraded with Glaston ProL Enhancing its flat glass lamination line by replacing outdated components with new technology, Malaysia-based Crystal Safety Glass (CSG) turned an expensive problem into an unexpectedly positive experience. The move was not easy, but it helped bring the processor’s existing line back up to date with an impressive list of value-added features. For […]

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Outdated lamination line upgraded with Glaston ProL

Enhancing its flat glass lamination line by replacing outdated components with new technology, Malaysia-based Crystal Safety Glass (CSG) turned an expensive problem into an unexpectedly positive experience. The move was not easy, but it helped bring the processor’s existing line back up to date with an impressive list
of value-added features. For the plant operators, the upgrade lowered the cost of modernizing the existing line and provided less downtime, higher productivity and significant improvements in energy consumption.

Frank Tan, Group Managing Director at Crystal Safety Glass and his team decided to go with Glaston’s ProL flat glass laminating zone to replace their outmoded pre-pressing unit and heating chamber. Not only is the technology new, but it includes a wide range of features. In particular, the full convection technology of the new ProL seemed ideal for providing much more accurate and optimized heat transfer, therefore enabling consistently high glass quality.

The promise of a quick turnaround also helped. It was essential for CSG to minimize production downtime – with numerous customers expecting orders all
across Asia Pacific. “It took only seven days for Glaston’s installation team to dismantle, install, integrate and commission the new parts,” Frank recalls. “The transition was so smooth, in fact, that it barely interrupted our production schedule.”

A month after the upgrade, the customer reported great performance improvement and even an unexpectedly considerable production increase. “We are really pleased with the results we are seeing now,” Frank comments. “We reached over 90% in capacity increase, which was unexpected and really an impressive figure. The upgrade resolved a lot of our issues and improved our yield significantly.”

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Glaston at VITRUM 2017 http://www.glaston.net/2017/09/glaston-vitrum-2017/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:37:56 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19304/ Glaston puts you in control of anisotropy At VITRUM 2017, Glaston will showcase its brand-new products that promise to take glass processing performance and quality another notch higher. These include flat tempering and laminating technologies that take advantage of digitalization, products for scanning anisotropy and a way to improve throughput by monitoring an entire factory. Glaston […]

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Glaston puts you in control of anisotropy

At VITRUM 2017, Glaston will showcase its brand-new products that promise to take glass processing performance and quality another notch higher. These include flat tempering and laminating technologies that take advantage of digitalization, products for scanning anisotropy and a way to improve throughput by monitoring an entire factory.

Glaston iLooK Anisotropy – automatic scanning of all tempered glass
Online scanning of anisotropy has now been made easy for all glass produced and available for all tempering lines. The system includes a monitor at the unloading end where an anisotropy scan is shown and saved automatically in a database for load traceability. With iLooK Anisotropy, you can be certain of consistent glass quality deliveries to even your most discerning customers.

Glaston FC and RC Series – built-in intelligence
Glaston is setting new flat tempering standards with its renewed RC and FC Series™ featuring built-in intelligence with smart systems.

Glaston FC Series flat tempering furnace

The iControL automation platform provides the intelligence needed to meet the latest processing demands. This platform extends the lifetime of any tempering line and features the easiest user interface in the market. It also includes Glaston’s extensive reporting systems. Any existing Glaston (Tamglass, Uniglass, Glassrobots) flat tempering furnace heating chamber can now be upgraded to a modern FC or RC Series based heating chamber and include Glaston iControL.

Glaston ProL – revolutionizes laminated glass production
ProL flat glass laminating furnace helps reach a production capacity balance with Low-E and clear glass because its full convection technology does not differentiate between glass types or product modes. The furnace’s convection system provides accurate and optimized heat transfer. This gives consistently superb glass quality and an up to 100% capacity increase over traditional infrared heating. ProL is available as an upgrade for any laminating line in the market.

Glaston ProL flat glass lamination

XtraSharp – exceptional and long-lasting grinding performance
The sharpest grinding tool in the market today, the new metal bond XtraSharp is designed for high productivity and flawless quality. XtraSharp grinding tools allow 20% higher feed rates than with conventional wheels. These self-sharpening grinders are available for both straight-line and double-edging machines.

Glaston XtraSharp tools for glass pre-processing

We’ve got the innovations and knowledge to move you ahead. At VITRUM, our experts will be available to provide you with recommendations and solutions for any of your glass processing challenges. Come ask us more! Hall 7, Stand P21 Q26

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Kensington Glass Arts challenges the startup of Glaston’s RC350 http://www.glaston.net/2017/09/kensington-glass-arts-challenges-startup-glastons-rc350/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:52:28 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19112/ Sharpening the edge in a niche interior market Celebrating 40 years of being in business, Kensington Glass Arts decided it was time to upgrade its old Tamglass furnace to Glaston’s RC350. The deal-clinching factor was Glaston’s agreement to get the new furnace installed, commissioned and running saleable tempered glass in just three weeks. With his exceptional […]

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Sharpening the edge in a niche interior market

Celebrating 40 years of being in business, Kensington Glass Arts decided it was time to upgrade its old Tamglass furnace to Glaston’s RC350. The deal-clinching factor was Glaston’s agreement to get the new furnace installed, commissioned and running saleable tempered glass in just three weeks. With his
exceptional ability to orchestrate teamwork, David Stone, CEO of Kensington Glass Arts, coached the joint teams into completing this nearly impossible schedule on time.

“Instead of buying new equipment, we got a used Tamglass along with new CNC and polishing equipment in 2002. After using the old furnace for 15 years, it was a clear priority on our list to upgrade,” David explains. “The market has improved over the past five years. So, we have had our eyes set on upgrading how we fabricate glass, as this area offers us the biggest growth potential.”

David had been tracking manufacturers of tempering furnaces for a number of years. He also visited the top international glass shows.

“We reached out to several manufacturers to find out how long it would take them to deliver a new tempering furnace, what all would be involved, and what would be the costs and process. We stipulated that the new furnace had to be up and running in three weeks from the time that the delivery crates arrived. The ultimate challenge, I guess,” David smiles.

“Since I was already predisposed to liking Glaston, I listened to all they agreed on – and was convinced by their confidence in being able to help us make the deadline,” he says.

“In the end, it all went well, because everyone did their best to pull together. By June 12, the new furnace was producing glass, exactly three weeks to the day,” David says with a smile – exactly what Glaston promised. “The entire project worked because we were all on board fully to get it done.”

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Kensington Glass Art USA chooses Glaston RC350 glass tempering furnace

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Swedish Martin G chooses to simply upgrade furnace into 2017 model http://www.glaston.net/2017/09/swedish-martin-g-chooses-upgrade-furnace-2017-model/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:21:04 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=19086/ Walking the extra mile for customers since 1899 Founded in 1899, Sweden-based Martin G Anderson has a long history in the glass business. Always ready to walk the extra mile to fulfill the needs of customers, the company completed an upgrade project to turn its 2008 Glaston tempering furnace into one ready for 2017. The […]

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Walking the extra mile for customers since 1899

Founded in 1899, Sweden-based Martin G Anderson has a long history in the glass business. Always ready to walk the extra mile to fulfill the needs of customers, the company completed an upgrade project to turn its 2008 Glaston tempering furnace into one ready for 2017. The upgrade has allowed the company to increase output, improve quality and use less power.

In 2008, Martin G acquired the ProE tempering furnace from Glaston. “Everything was good. But in recent years, we started to realize that the line’s output was not enough to cover the growing demand. In fact, we worked overtime a lot to be able to deliver on time to our customers,” Joacim Dahlkvist, Quality and Production Development Manager at Martin G Anderson explains.

“Since we already have the tempering furnace from Glaston, the choice of supplier was easy,” Joacim says. “Just increasing our output by turning our existing machine into a two-chamber furnace wasn’t possible because of the layout and the extra power needed. There were not many alternatives to consider when looking to improve output with better quality. Then we heard of the opportunity to modernize the furnace bottom and the control system by selecting the automatic roller heat control (RHC) upgrade.”

“It’s a very nice package,” he emphasizes. “A way to transform our 2008 furnace into a 2017 model that is up to modern standards. And no need for a bigger machine. It’s got the same layout without requiring any extra power. In fact, the furnace uses less power now.”

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Roller heat control RHC upgrade at Martin G Andersson

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Dialum makes its customers’ dreams come true http://www.glaston.net/2017/08/dialum-makes-customers-dreams-come-true/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:11:07 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18987/ For Dialum, an avant-garde glass processor in Santiago, Chile, keeping up with the latest technology available has always been natural. “This is what has helped us be chosen for some of the most prominent architectural projects in our region,” says Dialum’s owner Don Fernando Diez. “There is no such thing as a complex project – rather each […]

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For Dialum, an avant-garde glass processor in Santiago, Chile, keeping up with the latest technology available has always been natural. “This is what has helped us be chosen for some of the most prominent architectural projects in our region,” says Dialum’s owner Don Fernando Diez. “There is no such thing as a complex project – rather each is a great opportunity for us to continue growing and dreaming with our customers.” To support him in achieving his customers’ dreams, Fernando just purchased a large Glaston FC Series tempering furnace, complete with numerous advanced features.

“Our customers today are looking for glazing solutions with maximum efficiency and increasingly larger sizes. In addition, eliminating glass aesthetic issues, such as anisotropy, is currently a very hot topic. That’s why we decided to purchase a furnace that can temper bigger glass sheets of 3,300 x 7,200 mm and control the visual quality in the best possible way,” explains Fernando.

Glaston’s delivery not only will include the flat tempering furnace but also includes the Chinook Pro with top and bottom convection circulation, as well as the Insight Assistant Pro, iLooK integrated online glass quality measuring system and Insight Online Reporting for live information and notification.

“Glaston has been a great partner for Dialum over the years, and we hope this will continue as we still push to grow. The company is a world leader in what it does. It has the latest technology and is always investing in R&D. This is very much in line with the spirit of Dialum and the reason we chose them as partner.”

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Glaston FC Series at Dialum, Chile

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HSA Lachowicz Krzysztof tempers glass for the first time – and finds it easy http://www.glaston.net/2017/08/hsa-lachowicz-krzysztof-tempers-glass-first-time_fc500/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:03:23 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18697/ Glaston FC500 selected for tempering It takes courage, market agility and a lot of effort for any business to grow and develop. For family-owned HSA Lachowicz Krzysztof in Poland, it took a bold move to tap into a new business and expand its offering to include tempered glass. But when there’s a reliable equipment supplier […]

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Glaston FC500 selected for tempering

It takes courage, market agility and a lot of effort for any business to grow and develop. For family-owned HSA Lachowicz Krzysztof in Poland, it took a bold move to tap into a new business and expand its offering to include tempered glass. But when there’s a reliable equipment supplier to provide support, everyone is a winner.

HSA was founded in 1999 as a trading company in Katowice, a city in Upper Silesia in southern Poland. Now almost 20 years later, this family-owned company is one of the most prestigious glass processing professionals with big customers and even bigger plans for the future.

In mid-2016, tempered glass was added for the first time to the HSA offering when the company purchased its first flat glass tempering furnace –  Glaston’s FC500.

For Krzysztof Lachowicz, owner of the company, this investment in new machinery is a strategic move to ensure the further expansion of his business. The acquisition of Glaston FC500 enables his company to extend its offering to include new products that are currently in such high demand.

“We focus on quality. Our furnace is certified and very efficient in producing Low-E tempered glass. In our opinion, investments in modern technology allow us to offer high-quality products at a competitive price,” Krzysztof states. “Following this approach is something that makes us different from other glass processing companies in the region. We also treat customers individually and try to fully understand their needs. And we know how important it is to keep deadlines.”

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HSA Lachowicz Krzysztof chose Glaston FC500 tempering furnace

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Glaston at GlassBuild America 2017 http://www.glaston.net/2017/08/glaston-glassbuild-america-2017/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:32:41 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18759/ Glaston puts you in control of anisotropy At GBA 2017, Glaston will showcase its brand-new products that promise to take glass processing performance and quality another notch higher. These include flat tempering and laminating technologies that take advantage of digitalization, products for scanning anisotropy and a way to improve throughput by monitoring an entire factory. […]

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Glaston puts you in control of anisotropy

At GBA 2017, Glaston will showcase its brand-new products that promise to take glass processing performance and quality another notch higher. These include flat tempering and laminating technologies that take advantage of digitalization, products for scanning anisotropy and a way to improve throughput by monitoring an entire factory.

Glaston iLooK Anisotropy – automatic scanning of all tempered glass
Online scanning of anisotropy has now been made easy for all glass produced and available for all tempering lines. The system includes a monitor at the unloading end where an anisotropy scan is shown and saved automatically in a database for load traceability. With iLooK Anisotropy, you can be certain of consistent glass quality deliveries to even your most discerning customers.

Glaston FC and RC Series – built-in intelligence
Glaston is setting new flat tempering standards with its renewed RC and FC Series™ featuring built-in intelligence with smart systems.

Glaston Insight Assistant gives operators their own assistant to automatically adjust furnace settings based on measured glass size and loading pattern information to determine the best production heating setting. It’s also a perfect scanner to verify uniform glass heating, especially for demanding Low-E coatings.

Glaston Insight Reporting is an extensive reporting system, which brings smart tools to improve glass processing machinery productivity, uptime and profitability. Now it’s possible to monitor heat treatment machinery online and get immediate feedback from anywhere in the world.

The iControL automation platform provides the intelligence needed to meet the latest processing demands. This platform extends the lifetime of any tempering line and features the easiest user interface in the market. It also includes Glaston’s extensive reporting systems. Any existing Glaston (Tamglass, Uniglass, Glassrobots) flat tempering furnace heating chamber can now be upgraded to a modern FC or RC Series based heating chamber and include Glaston iControL.

Glaston FC Series flat tempering furnace

Glaston ProL – revolutionizes laminated glass production
ProL flat glass laminating furnace helps reach a production capacity balance with Low-E and clear glass because its full convection technology does not differentiate between glass types or product modes. The furnace’s convection system provides accurate and optimized heat transfer. This gives consistently superb glass quality and an up to 100% capacity increase over traditional infrared heating. ProL is available as an upgrade for any laminating line in the market.

Glaston ProL flat glass lamination

Glaston Insight Full Factory – monitor the performance of your entire factory
Now you can take control of your whole factory by continuously monitoring your throughput with real-time machine status and alarms. Insight Full Factory includes wireless smart tags and gateways so you can even see how things are running from your mobile phone.

XtraSharp – exceptional and long-lasting grinding performance
The sharpest grinding tool in the market today, the new metal bond XtraSharp is designed for high productivity and flawless quality. XtraSharp grinding tools allow 20% higher feed rates than with conventional wheels. These self-sharpening grinders are available for both straight-line and double-edging machines.

Glaston XtraSharp tools for glass pre-processing

We’ve got the innovations and knowledge to move you ahead. At GBA, our experts will be available to provide you with recommendations and solutions for any of your glass processing challenges. Come ask us more!

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GPD 2017 Step Change announced the winners of the pitching competition http://www.glaston.net/2017/07/gpd2017-step-change-announced-winners-pitching-competition/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:55:28 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18443/ Brite Solar Glass became the winner of the Step Change pitching competition with NEXT Energy and LightGlass coming second and third. All three happen to address their solutions to the glass efficiency issues, developing intelligent glass for the intelligent world of tomorrow. After a brisk and energetic pitching session, the winner of the very first […]

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Brite Solar Glass became the winner of the Step Change pitching competition with NEXT Energy and LightGlass coming second and third. All three happen to address their solutions to the glass efficiency issues, developing intelligent glass for the intelligent world of tomorrow.

After a brisk and energetic pitching session, the winner of the very first Step Change program has been selected by the jury on Thursday, June 29. The Step Change program is one of the novelties introduced by GPD 2017 aiming to move the glass industry forward by bringing in startup companies, new technologies and innovative ideas.

On the second day of the conference, 22 companies coming from different parts of the world shared the stage to give a 3-minute pitching presentation and convince the jury of the viability of their business idea. The diversity of the lineup was impressive. From integrated electronic solutions, to AR and VR, to advanced coatings and cutting technologies – the unfolded spectrum proved that there are a lot of undiscovered opportunities for glass.

GPD2017 Step change

Brite Solar Glass was selected to be the winner of the pitching competition. Founded in 2009 in Thermi, Greece, the company develops transparent solar cells for usage as power-producing glass for greenhouses, homes and office buildings. The solution promises to reduce the energy footprint and at the same time produce electrical energy from light – all at very competitive cost.

Rick Orlando, VP Business Development of Brite Solar Glass, shared his impressions from the competition: “Wining the competition means exposure to us. The Step Change program gives visibility to companies, which they otherwise wouldn’t have. And that’s the best thing – trying to get the message out to as many people as possible and find partners.”

“I think the main reason why we won the competition is because we are addressing the issue critical to people. The technology existed for years, but it has been too pricey and never realized. But now we can do that,” Rick adds.

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The other two companies honored by the jury are NEXT Energy from Santa-Barbara, CA and Vienna-based LightGlass Technology.

NEXT Energy, a company developing energy-producing windows, became the third winner.  “We were waiting for GPD for years, so now we are excited to finally be here,” says Corey Hoven, CTO of the company. Corey is very proud for NEXT to be one of the winners. “This competition gave us a chance to show off. However, I think that more important than the competition itself is the general Step Change attitude present at this event. It’s all about communication and people building the culture of the entire industry,” he says.

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Felix Zabel, Board Member of LightGlass, comments: “Being named among the winners of the Step Change competition is a big honor for us. It is also a statement that we are moving in the right direction, but the glass industry is moving into the better future. Besides, thanks to GPD, we are bringing home a lot of new contacts and great ideas for our future development.” With its smart glass product with integrated ALED technology that provides artificial lighting in daylight quality, LightGlass has won many awards already.

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Step Change 2017 is one small but very important ‘step’ for all the program participants in the way of their business development – and a big initiative to foster positive ‘change’ for the entire industry.
The high level of appreciation of the program received from the GPD’s participants gives a confidence that this new endeavor is here to stay and bring even more companies and ideas for the years to come.

About Brite Solar Glass
Since 2009, Brite Solar develops affordable and efficient technology for solar glass suitable for usage in greenhouses and building windows.

About NEXT Energy
Founded in 2010 in Santa-Barbara, California, NEXT develops transparent energy-harvesting window technology that allows architect and building owners to transform windows and glass facades into producers of low-cost, onsite, renewable energy for buildings.

About LightGlass Technology
Based in Vienna, Austria, LightGlass develops and licenses self-luminous glass in daylight quality as well as glass with integrated technical modules for the international industry.

 

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GPD 2017 – Celebrating 25 years http://www.glaston.net/2017/06/gpd-2017-celebrating-25-years/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:48:39 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18408/ Where we’ve come from; where we’re heading The Opening Ceremony of the 25-year-old Glass Performance Days conference (GPD) that took place in Tampere’s TähtiAreena on June 28 was filled with music, fireworks and high-energy presentations to support the spirit that makes GPD so unique. Combining tradition with a look into the future, an impressive line-up […]

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Where we’ve come from; where we’re heading

The Opening Ceremony of the 25-year-old Glass Performance Days conference (GPD) that took place in Tampere’s TähtiAreena on June 28 was filled with music, fireworks and high-energy presentations to support the spirit that makes GPD so unique. Combining tradition with a look into the future, an impressive line-up of speakers viewed the glass industry from multiple angles. Each speaker’s eye-opening presentation compared the last 25 years with where we’re headed in the next 25 years. More than 650 international specialists, newcomers, mentors and investors gathered to kick off the world’s number one glass industry event.

The Glaston-organised GPD celebrated its silver anniversary with a theme of “All Eyes on Glass” in the same year that Finland is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Over the years, the event has become known to the entire glass industry as a place to introduce new technology, distribute information, meet, share and network to move the glass industry ahead. Since the first event in 1992, GPD has had over 1,000 international speakers, 14,000 delegates, 3,000 presentations and 10,000 pages of technical papers.

Keynote speaker Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland, urged for the need of a step change in the glass industry. He compared the similarities of transformational change in government and business, highlighting the need for contextual and conceptual balance. He used Nokia as an example of a business that created its own transformational success story by predicting the future ahead of everyone else. As a good case for government, Aho mentioned China. No one would have believed that the future-oriented concept chosen in 1978 would allow China to be the key challenger to the US today. He concluded saying: “A person is young as long as he or she has more dreams than memories,” and encouraged all businesses to look to the future to enjoy success.

According to the father of GPD, Jorma Vitkala, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, two new programs were introduced this year to drive the industry forward. The Step-Change Program supports collaboration with startups to trigger faster development of the industry through new technologies. The Mentor and Ambassador Program, or the “Old Foxes Club”, aims to pass knowledge to the next generation to ensure talent for sustainable growth.

Arto Metsänen, CEO and President of Glaston, challenged the audience by asking if we want to be part of the big transformation. There are millions of ideas out there in the glass industry – but how can we choose the ones that make our lives better and are commercially viable? We must all work together to reach this goal. We must be willing to take risks.

James Carpenter, Founder of James Carpenter Design Associates Inc., gave a summary of landmark buildings built with glass over the last 25 years. His presentation entitled “Light in the Public Realm” showed how the building’s glass skin can become a part of our lives, capturing and reflecting the environment. “There are so many opportunities to use digital information in buildings to enable a much richer experience for us all to enjoy,” he advised.

As the “dessert of the Opening Ceremony”, as he dubbed it himself, Michael Robinsson, CEO and Design Director, ED Design srl., looked at glass from another perspective: adding augmented reality. He discussed how ultra-thin glass curtain walls can be used for cars, even when steering wheels and gasoline will be prohibited. “Cars can become sexy again because they will have intelligent glass, not normal glass,” he underlines. And the same technology can be applied in homes or airplanes to shape our surrounding reality using digital technology. “Even though this may seem to be an ambitious goal, we can sell multiple times more glass than what we’re selling today by moving this direction,” he declared.

Other fascinating speakers included Bernard Savaëte, Founder of BJS Différences, who gave his own “Old Fox” view of the past 25 years with numerous expectations for macro trends, glass products and new markets for the next 25 years. Jingong Pan of CBMC Research Institute in China also presented some of the remarkable achievements they have been working on, especially when it comes to energy savings and emissions reduction using glass.

As a special surprise, the first-ever Jorma Vitkala Award was given to none other than – Jorma Vitkala. Guests from all over the world sent in video messages filled with gratitude to the man who started this all and had the energy to keep innovating GPD to become the premier event in the glass industry a quarter of a century later.

GPD 2017 Opening ceremony

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Glaston at China Glass 2017 – Smart connectivity and cutting-edge technology http://www.glaston.net/2017/04/glaston-china-glass-2017/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:36:44 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18275/ At China Glass this May, we will showcase our top products developed with smart technologies, interconnected machines and online reporting to help glass processors reach the highest level of quality and glass processing performance possible. We have a long history of leading with product innovation and the world’s firsts in technology. Our recently introduced IoT smart […]

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At China Glass this May, we will showcase our top products developed with smart technologies, interconnected machines and online reporting to help glass processors reach the highest level of quality and glass processing performance possible.

We have a long history of leading with product innovation and the world’s firsts in technology. Our recently introduced IoT smart technologies, the Glaston Insight platform, allows machinery to be interconnected with each other, its operators, site managers and business owners. Now it is easier to follow performance, output, maintenance and more with online reporting.

Glaston FC and RC Series – Built-in intelligence
We are setting new flat tempering standards with our renewed RC and FC Series featuring built-in intelligence with Glaston Insight Assistant. This gives operators their own assistant to automatically adjust furnace settings based on measured glass size and loading pattern information to determine the best production heating setting. It’s also a perfect scanner to verify uniform glass heating, especially for demanding Low-E coatings. Glaston Insight Reporting is an extensive reporting system, which brings smart tools to improve glass processing machinery productivity, uptime and profitability. Now it’s possible to monitor heat treatment machinery online and get immediate feedback from anywhere in the world.

Any existing Glaston (Tamglass, Uniglass, Glassrobots) flat tempering furnace heating chamber can now be upgraded to an FC or RC Series based heating chamber and includes Glaston iControL. The iControL automation platform provides the intelligence needed to meet the latest processing demands. This platform extends the lifetime of any tempering line and features the easiest user interface in the market. It also includes Glaston’s extensive reporting systems, like Glaston Insight Reporting, for higher quality, energy savings and production reports.

GlastonAir – The thinnest and lightest solar panels in the market
The solar market has clearly picked up during the past year. An increasing number of panel manufacturers are moving towards 2.0 mm or even thinner solutions. GlastonAir thin glass tempering line offers a high-volume solution for the thinnest heat-treated glasses in the market with full safety glass fragmentation.

Glaston ProL – Revolutionizes laminated glass production
ProL helps reach a production capacity balance with Low-E and clear glass because its full convection technology does not differentiate between glass types or product modes. The convection system provides accurate and optimized heat transfer. This gives consistently superb glass quality and an up to 100% capacity increase over traditional infrared heating. ProL is available as an upgrade for any laminating line in the market.

Glaston Matrix – Maximum yield and flexibility for windshield bending
This automatic windshield bending furnace is the flagship for fast, efficient and high-performance windshield production. New active convection heating enhances conductive or heat-reflexive coatings. Gravity bending allows you to create the most demanding windshield shapes, including deep sags and wrap-around corners, in a cost-effective way. You can use different types of molds at the same time, which makes it the best bending process for replacement windshields. The press bending process is ideal for OEMs. It is relatively simple with only two phases: heating the glass and using molds to press it into the desired shape. This gives you very high output, good repeatability and tight tolerances.

Heat treatment knowledge available to you
At China Glass, our experts will be available to provide you with recommendations and solutions for any of your glass processing challenges. Come ask us more!
Hall E1, Stand 313

Glaston at China Glass 2017

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Al-Hadi Glass Industries lifts its level of professionalism http://www.glaston.net/2017/04/al-hadi-glass-reaches-high-performance-fc500/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:35:22 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=18172/ Glaston FC500 reaches high performance “Once we saw Glaston’s FC500 at Glasstec in Dusseldorf a few years ago, we knew that this was the tempering furnace for us. High-performance glass is required in our region, since temperatures soar to +50°C. And high-performance glass needs high-performance machinery. This is what Glaston’s FC500 tempering furnace is providing […]

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Glaston FC500 reaches high performance

“Once we saw Glaston’s FC500 at Glasstec in Dusseldorf a few years ago, we knew that this was the tempering furnace for us. High-performance glass is required in our region, since temperatures soar to +50°C. And high-performance glass needs high-performance machinery. This is what Glaston’s FC500 tempering furnace is providing for us, so that we can serve our market using the most professional equipment,” says Abdullah Al-Qabandi, General Manager of G.M Al-Hadi Glass Industries in Kuwait City, Subhan Industrial Area, Kuwait.

Starting solely as an aluminum production company in 1973, Al-Hadi has slowly evolved to match the market needs over time. The company aims for excellence in providing the best in glass quality products and services with dedicated technical support for local, regional and international markets in a timely and professional manner.

The FC500 has been running smoothly since February 2017. According to Abdullah: “Everything has been running fine, and we’re getting very good quality glass output.” Customers, too, have especially been able to see the difference in glass quality, noting the considerable quality improvement.

In Kuwait and the region in particular, certification testing is key to show that the glass fulfills all the standards that are needed to withstand the very hot temperatures. Abdullah is pleased with the possibility to produce reports through the machinery’s iControL automation system to verify the certification tests. “No other competitor is doing this – and yet, this is something consultants and customers highly appreciate,” he says. “It enables us to prove that we are producing better glass that complies with the most stringent regulations.”

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FC500 at Al-Hadi Glass Industries Kuwait

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Peterlee Glass celebrates 40th anniversary with major growth http://www.glaston.net/2017/03/peterlee-glass-celebrates-40th-anniversary-major-growth/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:47:06 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=17930/ Glaston RC350 helps aim for the top “Glaston’s RC350 opens up new opportunities for the architectural market. This furnace is part of our major multimillion-pound investment project for a prestigious new factory that will enable us to serve our customers with larger pieces of processed glass, better toughened lamination quality and a wider portfolio of […]

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Glaston RC350 helps aim for the top

“Glaston’s RC350 opens up new opportunities for the architectural market. This furnace is part of our major multimillion-pound investment project for a prestigious new factory that will enable us to serve our customers with larger pieces of processed glass, better toughened lamination quality and a wider portfolio of coated glass,” says Graeme Hawes, Managing Director of Peterlee Glass Company Ltd., Peterlee, County Durham, UK.

The timing for the investment couldn’t be better. Peterlee Glass has experienced many exciting changes in its four decades in the glass business. Still, 2017 is going to be one of its most exciting years to date with a multimillion-pound investment relocation to Mill Hill, on the North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.

The investment will give PLG a prestigious 60,000 ft² facility equipped with a new Glaston RC350 tempering furnace and processing machinery capable of producing safety glass up to 6,000 mm x 2,800 mm. Other new equipment includes a CNC, cutting and washing machinery.

Before placing the order with Glaston, Graeme visited other glass processors to see another two Glaston furnaces in operation. “I was convinced by the owners that Glaston’s service and availability of the service personnel in the UK was exceptional,” Graeme says. “Although I have never seen the Glaston RC350 in action, I have high expectations.”

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Village Glass to use data as key to develop business http://www.glaston.net/2016/12/village-glass-use-data-key-develop-business/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:20:37 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=14503 Glaston FC500 with first iLooK in the UK “When I came to Village Glass in May 2015, I was excited about the opportunity to grow the business to become the largest independent producer of glazed units in the UK. Data is key to develop any business. That’s why we decided to invest in Glaston’s FC500 […]

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Glaston FC500 with first iLooK in the UK

“When I came to Village Glass in May 2015, I was excited about the opportunity to grow the business to become the largest independent producer of glazed units in the UK. Data is key to develop any business. That’s why we decided to invest in Glaston’s FC500 with the iLooK online glass quality measuring system,” says Steve Larvin, Managing Director of Village Glass in Essex, UK. “We’ll be the first company in the UK to have iLooK.”

When Steve Larvin came into the family owned Village Glass company, he had a strong vision for raising output levels and reaching new standards in glass quality. He saw an opportunity to be able to better serve the growing commercial market in London, such as hospitals and schools, as well as to be able to offer the massive glass screens to the high-end, multimillion pound British homes.

Glaston’s FC500 will actually run more glass than both of the company’s two older furnaces combined. This will give Village Glass greater output and also the capability to run much larger glass sizes of up to 6,000 x 3,300 mm to better serve the requirements of London’s booming commercial market.

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New business opportunities with Glaston Matrix for Shandong Donghao Autoglass http://www.glaston.net/2016/11/new-business-opportunities-glaston-matrix-shandong-donghao-autoglass/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:01:23 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=14455 With quality as a priority, the Shandong Donghao Autoglass in China chose Glaston Matrix to bend even the most demanding windshield shapes and meet the highest OEM standards. Founded in 2009 in Liaocheng City, Shandong Donghao Autoglass is one of the biggest automotive glass companies in China, processing all kinds of glasses for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, […]

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With quality as a priority, the Shandong Donghao Autoglass in China chose Glaston Matrix to bend even the most demanding windshield shapes and meet the highest OEM standards.

Founded in 2009 in Liaocheng City, Shandong Donghao Autoglass is one of the biggest automotive glass companies in China, processing all kinds of glasses for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses. The company’s products are distributed through a global sales network worldwide, with North America and Europe and Middle East being the primary markets.

“The automotive glass market is highly competitive. Success can only be achieved by offering the best quality and customer service. Thanks to our experience professionals and state-of-the-art production equipment, we have managed to maintain the highest quality in our operations. This guarantees stable relationships with importers and wholesalers in our export countries,” states Mr. Yan Fabing, CEO of the company.

“We have always given priority to quality when investing in glass processing equipment. We knew Glaston from the past and recognize the company’s expertise as a supplier of automotive glass equipment. We were therefore fully confident to choose the recently launched Matrix bending furnace for our next windshield furnace.”

Glaston Matrix windshield bending furnace at Shandong Autoglass

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United Plate Glass shares best kept secret http://www.glaston.net/2016/11/united-plate-glass-fc500-zone-upgrade/ Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:46:15 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=14416 Glaston heating chamber replacement for tempering furnace “When you’re basically happy with the quench and your bed size, it becomes a no-brainer to change the furnace chambers with Glaston’s chamber replacements to get a completely new furnace. The best thing – you’re only paying about half the price of a new furnace and you get […]

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Glaston heating chamber replacement for tempering furnace

“When you’re basically happy with the quench and your bed size, it becomes a no-brainer to change the furnace chambers with Glaston’s chamber replacements to get a completely new furnace. The best thing – you’re only paying about half the price of a new furnace and you get the latest tempering technology,” states Darin Vietmeier, Vice President of Operations at United Plate Glass of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His company purchased Glaston’s chamber replacement upgrade in early 2016 for a Glaston Uniglass UniCharge furnace that dated back to the turn of the millennium. “It’s the best kept secret out there!”

United Plate Glass has grown despite economic ups and downs thanks to its wise decisions to move with a high-quality glass offering for its customers. originally, the company started as an automotive glass distributor with no manufacturing capabilities at all. Later, it started with light manufacturing when it purchased polishing and beveling equipment, and from there, moved on to insulated glass.

“We got the furnace replacement chamber in spring 2016, and we haven’t looked back. Now everything’s up-to-date and it will be much easier now to maintain the software and other controls that were becoming obsolete,” Darin says.

When asked about the future of his other existing tempering furnace, Darin smiles. “Yes – I’ve already been sold on our next heating chamber replacement. It’s a really good secret – an ingenious solution for glass tempering furnaces!”

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Glaston at Glasstech Asia 2016 http://www.glaston.net/2016/11/glaston-glasstech-asia-2016/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:58:26 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=14348 Glasstech Asia 2016 will be staged in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 24 – 26 November 2016. Meet as at our stand E17 in Hall A2, to learn more about: Glaston Insight – a platform that gathers global processing data and transforms it into production excellence. The result is improved automation based on actual measured data […]

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Glasstech Asia 2016 will be staged in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 24 – 26 November 2016.

Meet as at our stand E17 in Hall A2, to learn more about:

  • Glaston Insight – a platform that gathers global processing data and transforms it into production excellence. The result is improved automation based on actual measured data from your machinery that enables you to get excellence as standard. Glaston Insight brings you new smart tools to improve your machinery productivity, uptime and profitability. You can monitor your heat treatment machinery online and get immediate feedback from production, quality and maintenance – wherever you are.
  • All-new flat tempering range – we launched our RC200 and FC500 flat glass tempering furnaces at Glasstec in 2010. Since then, over 300 lines have been sold, making these furnaces the most successful premium tempering lines in history. This year, we are again setting new flat tempering standards with our renewed FC and RC Series. Being a masterpiece of intelligence, the FC Series provides a range of cutting-edge technological features for even more efficient flat glass processing, while the RC Series offers unprecedented flexibility, ease of use and consistently high glass quality.
  • Game-changer in glass lamination – Glaston ProL flat glass laminating line now allows lamination production to be managed using only the glass thickness, leaving all other parameters unchanged. This is a true game-changer developed to increase laminated line yield, reduce waste and improve the quality of all glass types. The unit is available as an upgrade for any laminating line brand.

Glass Processing Conference 2016 (GPC)
Glass Processing Conference 2016 (GPC) returns for its second edition on 25 November 2016 also at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center. The conference program includes a presentation Reaching the most growing façade glazing market: high quality heat-treated and laminated glass by Miika Äppelqvist of Glaston. Register for the conference here.

All about both events: http://www.glasstechasia.com.sg/
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Glaston at GlassBuild America 2016 http://www.glaston.net/2016/10/glaston-glassbuild-america-2016/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:32:08 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=14121 Glaston presents the next chapter in the glass heat treatment business at this year’s GlassBuild America by combining its technology leadership with smart connectivity.  Glaston Insight – excellence comes standard Glaston Insight is a platform that gathers global processing data and transforms it into production excellence. The result is improved automation based on actual measured […]

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Glaston presents the next chapter in the glass heat treatment business at this year’s GlassBuild America by combining its technology leadership with smart connectivity. 

Glaston Insight – excellence comes standard

Glaston Insight is a platform that gathers global processing data and transforms it into production excellence. The result is improved automation based on actual measured data from your machinery that enables you to get excellence as standard.

Glaston Insight brings you new smart tools to improve your machinery productivity, uptime and profitability. You can monitor your heat treatment machinery online and get immediate feedback from production, quality and maintenance – wherever you are.

Glaston iControL automation upgrade – join the Insight community

To reap all the benefits of Glaston Insight, you also need to have the latest Glaston iControL automation platform, which is now available as an upgrade for any Glaston/Tamglass/Uniglass/Glassrobots tempering lines regardless of its age. Not only does this upgrade extend the lifetime of your tempering line and give you the easiest user interface in the market, it also includes Glaston Insight online reporting, a new and smart tool to improve your machinery productivity uptime and profitability.

All-new flat tempering range

Glaston launched its RC200 and FC500 flat glass tempering furnaces at Glasstec in 2010. Since then, over 300 lines have been sold, making these furnaces the most successful premium tempering lines in history.

This year, Glaston will again be setting new flat tempering standards with its renewed FC and RC Series. Being a masterpiece of intelligence, the FC Series provides a range of cutting-edge technological features for even more efficient flat glass processing, while the RC Series offers unprecedented flexibility, ease of use and consistently high glass quality.

Game-changer in glass lamination

Glaston’s ProL innovation now allows lamination production to be managed using only the glass thickness, leaving all other parameters unchanged.

This is a true game-changer developed to increase laminated line yield, reduce waste and improve the quality of all glass types. The unit is available as an upgrade for any laminating line brand.

Heat treatment knowledge available to you

At GBA, our experts will be available to provide you with recommendations and solutions to any of your glass processing challenges. With world-class expertise from more than 40 years, Glaston has an unrivaled reputation for a quick and professional business response. Come ask us more!

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Glaseksperten gets better than expected results http://www.glaston.net/2016/08/glaseksperten-prol-upgrade/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:55:59 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=13846 Glaston ProL-zone upgrade for old lamination line chamber “It’s really something when you have a new section installed in between all the old, and everything works seamlessly both mechanically and electrically,” says Lone Kjaer Joergensen, Production Manager of Glaseksperten A/S in Hjorring, Denmark. “I was really excited and a bit nervous, but with our new Glaston ProL-zone upgrade, we got […]

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Glaston ProL-zone upgrade for old lamination line chamber

“It’s really something when you have a new section installed in between all the old, and everything works seamlessly both mechanically and electrically,” says Lone Kjaer Joergensen, Production Manager of Glaseksperten A/S in Hjorring, Denmark. “I was really excited and a bit nervous, but with our new Glaston ProL-zone upgrade, we got something far better. Although we initially aimed to correct our temperature imbalances, we got better lamination quality, higher capacity and reduced energy consumption. Plus, we have been able to reduce the thickness of the PVB foil from 1.14 mm to 0.76 mm, and are looking forward to pushing the limits even more.”

Glaseksperten, which means “the glass expert”, began in 1990 as a local glazier. Since 2000, the company has moved into major projects and special deliveries of laminated glass to customers and construction projects across the country and outside Denmark. Today, Glaseksperten creates glass solutions in all imaginable shapes and forms, making the company one of Europe’s most reliable and dynamic glass suppliers and enabling it to take steps towards its global ambitions.

“The problem with our existing furnace was getting worse. Temperatures on the edges of the glass as well as on both ends were not the same as in the middle,”
describes Lone. “On a normal day, when there were no bigger issues, about 13% of the glass had bubbles after the autoclave. Some of it may have been caused by the glass being too hot when leaving the autoclave or when relieving pressure. But most of it came from uneven glass heating in the furnace.”

Once the upgrade had been completed, Glaseksperten discovered that it could run the glass with the same temperature all the time for all glass types. “We only need to change speed, and the changeover time is nothing compared with what we had earlier,” Lone states.

Glaston ProL flat glass laminating line upgrade at Glasexperten, Denmark

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Glaston at Glasstec 2016: Insight leads to smart machines http://www.glaston.net/2016/08/glaston-glasstec-2016/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:36:17 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=13791 We're happy to present the next chapter in the glass heat treatment business at this year’s Glasstec 2016 by combining our technology leadership with smart connectivity. With a strong focus on giving customers the best possible experience and business results, we will introduce our latest innovations to help glass processors reach an even higher level of performance.

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We’re happy to present the next chapter in the glass heat treatment business at this year’s Glasstec 2016 by combining our technology leadership with smart connectivity. With a strong focus on giving customers the best possible experience and business results, we will introduce our latest innovations to help glass processors reach an even higher level of performance.

Glaston Insight – excellence comes standard

In our highly networked world today, huge amounts of data can be combined into valuable information with smart data analysis that leads to faster response times, increased efficiency and lower costs in business processes. This is the future – and exactly what Glaston Insight is all about.

Glaston Insight is a platform that gathers global processing data and transforms it into production excellence. The result is improved automation based on actual measured data from your machinery that enables you to get excellence as standard.

Glaston Insight brings you new smart tools to improve your machinery productivity, uptime and profitability. You can monitor your heat treatment machinery online and get immediate feedback from production, quality and maintenance – wherever you are.

This is the journey we have created to help digitalize your heat treatment business. And we encourage you to be part of the movement by joining the Glaston Insight community.

All-new flat tempering range

We launched our RC200 and FC500 flat glass tempering furnaces at Glasstec in 2010. Since then, over 300 lines have been sold, making these furnaces the most successful premium tempering lines in history.

This year, we will again be setting new flat tempering standards with our renewed FC and RC Series. Being a masterpiece of intelligence, the FC Series provides a range of cutting-edge technological features for even more efficient flat glass processing, while the RC Series offers unprecedented flexibility, ease of use and consistently high glass quality. We also offer the FC and RC Series based heating chamber replacements, which allow your existing tempering line to meet the latest market demands in high glass quality and Low-E processing.

Game-changer in glass lamination

Glaston’s ProL innovation now allows lamination production to be managed using only the glass thickness, leaving all other parameters unchanged.

This is a true game-changer developed to increase laminated line yield, reduce waste and improve the quality of all glass types. The unit is available as an upgrade for any laminating line brand.

Glass tempering LIVE

Special this year, Glaston will be showcasing something that has never been done before. Come see us temper glass live in Hall 15, Booth A 41 to experience the performance of today’s premium tempering lines.

Don’t miss your chance to see what we call production excellence for real!

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Agnora creates oversized masterpieces for iconic brands http://www.glaston.net/2016/08/agnora-creates-oversized-masterpieces-iconic-brands/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:40:40 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=13757 “Agnora is known for fabricating the largest architectural glass in all of North America. We’ve chosen to specialize in custom fabrication and oversized glass. We’re not a glass factory,” underlines Richard Wilson, President of Agnora, Inc., in Collingwood, in Ontario, Canada, about two hours north of Toronto. “To stay as the leader in this area, we continue to invest in […]

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“Agnora is known for fabricating the largest architectural glass in all of North America. We’ve chosen to specialize in custom fabrication and oversized glass. We’re not a glass factory,” underlines Richard Wilson, President of Agnora, Inc., in Collingwood, in Ontario, Canada, about two hours north of Toronto. “To stay as the leader in this area, we continue to invest in the latest and most advanced technology, such as Glaston’s Roller Heat Control (RHC) upgrade for our special ProE Magnum flat glass furnace.

Richard Wilson and his wife started Agnora about six years ago to provide the exceptional high-quality, oversized architectural glass units that are available in Europe, but are hard to find in the North American market.

With a passion for excellence and penchant for challenges, Agnora has been selected to serve the likes of world-class companies, such as Apple, Microsoft and Dior, as well as leading cultural institutes, such as the Onassis Cultural Center on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. “Our customers use our glass units to make an unforgettable statement and to support their iconic brands.”

Agnora purchased the tailor-made Glaston ProE Magnum 3372 flat tempering furnace in 2010, and it has been operating flawlessly over the past five years.

In June 2015, Richard visited the Glaston factory in Tampere, Finland, during his participation at the Glass Performance Days (GPD) conference. Glaston presented the Roller Heat Control (RHC) as part of their latest furnace technology showcase. “Even though our furnace is only five years old and in reality would still have another good 20 years of life, I decided on the spot that I couldn’t live without this technology,” Richard smiles.

Richard explains that his goal is to continue to focus on this specialized area of oversized glass. “And to do that, we plan to stay on top of technology. Our aim is to continue to produce the best quality glass in the largest sizes for our discerning customers,” Richard says. “If Glaston were to come out with the best technology a year from now, we’d be more than happy to do it all again,” he states. “It’s simple,” Richard sums up. “Our customers expect from us what we expect from Glaston – the best. And that’s what Glaston has been able to deliver.”

Laura and Richard Wilson, Agnora, Canada upgrades tempering line with Glaston Roller Heat Control
Laura and Richard Wilson, Agnora, Canada

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Tambest upgrades performance with control system http://www.glaston.net/2016/06/tambest-upgrades-control-system/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:16:18 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=13321 “Over the years, we’ve always been able to differentiate our offering by providing the very best quality with very short delivery times. Recently, our reputation has enabled us to win challenging architectural glass projects from many countries around the world,” says Keijo Uusitalo, Production Manager of Tambest in Forssa, Finland. “To keep our performance at such a high level, we decided to […]

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“Over the years, we’ve always been able to differentiate our offering by providing the very best quality with very short delivery times. Recently, our reputation has enabled us to win challenging architectural glass projects from many countries around the world,” says Keijo Uusitalo, Production Manager of Tambest in Forssa, Finland. “To keep our performance at such a high level, we decided to invest in a Glaston iControL upgrade for our older Glaston flat tempering furnace. And all has gone extremely smoothly with the project, enabling us to keep making outstanding results.”

It’s no easy feat for a company that started out as a small glass shop in the countryside of Finland to become a world-class player when it comes to tempered glass quality and innovative curved architectural glass. But that’s exactly what Tambest has been able to achieve in the 32 years that it has been in business. Keijo Uusitalo says that Tambest has chosen all major furnaces from Glaston, formerly Tamglass, throughout the years because of the great quality output as well as the local service and support.

“We chose the iControL upgrade for the furnace to help us reach a higher level of quality that was not possible earlier with the old system. The new infrared scanners give us precise information about the temperature of the glass inside the furnace. As the glass passes through the furnace, our upgraded system now gives us better control and thereby much better results.”

Glaston iControL automation system upgrade at Tambest, Finland

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Most successful premium tempering furnace of all times http://www.glaston.net/2016/06/successful-premium-tempering-furnace/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:14:25 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=13254 Glaston sells over 130 FC500 units in just five years    Despite turbulence in the world’s economy and construction industry in particular, Glaston has set a new sales record with its premium FC500 tempering line for unmatched glass processing versatility and end product quality. In 2015 alone, Glaston delivered more than 30 FC500 tempering furnaces […]

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Glaston sells over 130 FC500 units in just five years   

Despite turbulence in the world’s economy and construction industry in particular, Glaston has set a new sales record with its premium FC500 tempering line for unmatched glass processing versatility and end product quality.

In 2015 alone, Glaston delivered more than 30 FC500 tempering furnaces from its factory in Tampere, Finland, to customers throughout the world. Of the total number of over 130 sold in the past five years, 25% of these are repeat orders for the FC500 tempering furnace. An additional three FC500-zone heating chamber replacements have been ordered to date by processors who wish to modernize an existing furnace without purchasing a new line.

The FC500 furnace was developed specifically to meet growing market demands for lower energy consumption, higher glass quality and increased capability to temper a larger number of coated glasses, such as Low-E.

“FC500 took off almost immediately as an ideal solution not only for large processors, but also to help newcomers grab a significant share of the tempering business,” says Anna Holmqvist, Product Manager of Glaston’s FC Series.

Great way to enter tempering business

North American sales with around 30 Glaston FC500 lines have been especially brisk. Mid-American Glass in Iowa, US chose to invest in the FC500 furnace to move into tempered glass. With the help of the furnace and sound business planning, both companies have now established themselves with a profitable position in the tempering market of their respective regions.

According to Michelle Magyar, President of Mid-American Glass: “Glaston FC500 is an essential tool to help our company bring customers the quality and efficiency they deserve. The FC500 has an amazing top-of-the line quality.”

Giant leap in quality and energy efficiency

Another example is Tecnoglass of Colombia that decided to change its entire tempering furnace fleet over to Glaston FC Series furnaces. With a total of seven FC500 lines, Christian T. Daes is proud to have the most modern fleet of furnaces in the world today.

Daes says: “Glaston’s FC500 has created the industry’s new standard for optical quality and glass distortion. The results have enabled a giant leap forward in final soft-coated glass quality and in the line’s energy efficiency.”

Tim Kelley, owner of TriStar Glass in the US states: “We’re very quality conscious. With triple-stack Low-E, there is normally a lot of distortion and roll wave. Our customers are looking for the flattest, most aesthetically appealing glass for their structures. That’s why I initially purchased our first Glaston FC500 for our plant in Houston to provide this kind of high-quality glass.” After the first experiences with the first FC500, TriStar Glass decided to invest to another FC500 furnace for their plant in Dallas.

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Glass Team starts operations with top equipment line-up http://www.glaston.net/2016/05/glass-team-starts-operations-top-equipment-line-rc200/ Mon, 16 May 2016 10:48:46 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=11107 “When you start up a glass processing facility from scratch, you need to know that you can be comfortable with your choice of equipment. We wanted to have technology that would give us the ability to process high-specification Low-E glass, reliable operation and local engineering support in case we need it,” says David Whitburn, Managing […]

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“When you start up a glass processing facility from scratch, you need to know that you can be comfortable with your choice of equipment. We wanted to have technology that would give us the ability to process high-specification Low-E glass, reliable operation and local engineering support in case we need it,” says David Whitburn, Managing Director and Shareholder of Glass Team in Auckland, New Zealand. “So far, we feel that our investment in Glaston RC200 was absolutely worth it, as our investment in this particular tempering line helps us master those three factors really well.”

Glass Team Ltd was born in June 2014, and in May 2015, the company began its operations of being a full service provider of glass for windows and doors as well as frameless glass installations, including showers and glass balustrades. “Our main goal is to satisfy our customers’ demands,” David states with pride. “My role since I joined has been to put the company together for Glass Team. It’s been challenging just as much as it has been rewarding to steer the success of our young startup.”

RC200 tempering line at GlassTeam, New Zealand

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Quartz Glass & Mirror makes tempering personal http://www.glaston.net/2016/04/quartz-glass-mirror-makes-tempering-personal/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 07:39:22 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9424 Glaston RC200 brings service closer to customers “In the past, we tempered our glass some 40-minutes’ drive away. Since there were always delays, we decided to purchase a Glaston RC200 furnace and expand our offering to bring a faster, better service – closer to our customers,” Mariusz Lojowski, President of Quartz Glass & Mirror (QGM), states. “After careful consideration, we decided […]

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Glaston RC200 brings service closer to customers

“In the past, we tempered our glass some 40-minutes’ drive away. Since there were always delays, we decided to purchase a Glaston RC200 furnace and expand our offering to bring a faster, better service – closer to our customers,” Mariusz Lojowski, President of Quartz Glass & Mirror (QGM), states. “After careful consideration, we decided we were ready to add tempering to our in-house capabilities. We really appreciated the great installation and startup work that Glaston provided for us.”

With a great passion for engineering and working with machinery, Mariusz Lojowski graduated with a degree in engineering from the Tadeusz Kosciusko University of Technology in Poland and started QGM in his garage in the US 15 years ago. From there, he moved into a small warehouse, and then finally into a much bigger one five years ago, in Schiller Park, Illinois, a suburbof Chicago, where he currently runs his business.

RC200 tempering furnace at Quartz Glass & Mirror, USA

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TuffX Glass times it right http://www.glaston.net/2016/03/tuffx-glass-times-it-right/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:22:17 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9427 Glaston FC500 starts up according to plan “It’s perfect timing,” says John Tierney, Operating Directorof TuffX Glass, as his third and newest Glaston furnace, the FC500 is starting to roll out glass. “The market is back with a vengeance. Demand for high-performance glass used in the UK conservatories is starting to outpace supply. And we […]

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Glaston FC500 starts up according to plan

“It’s perfect timing,” says John Tierney, Operating Directorof TuffX Glass, as his third and newest Glaston furnace, the FC500 is starting to roll out glass. “The market is back with a vengeance. Demand for high-performance glass used in the UK conservatories is starting to outpace supply. And we don’t want to turn away any more business.”

John has been involved at TuffX Glass since 1998 and has helped steer its growth into becoming a specialist and the UK’s largest manufacturer of glass conservatory roofs and processed glass. Located close to Liverpool, the facility that is now housed in 55,000 ft2 is currently expanding with a new extension to encompass 80,000 ft2. Joining two previous Glaston tempering lines, purchased in 2007 and 2010, Glaston’s FC500 has been installed in February 2016, giving TuffX Glass the capacity needed to serve the growing market demand.

Glaston FC500 at TuffX Glass, UK

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TriStar Glass moves fast, adapts quickly to change http://www.glaston.net/2016/03/tristar-glass-moves-fast-adapts-quickly-to-change/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:25:03 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9430 Second Glaston FC500 soon in operation “I’d say we’ve always been informed opportunists,” states Tim Kelley, owner of TriStar Glass. “What sets us apart is being able to move fast, to adapt quickly to change. We’re proud of being privately owned and independent. Our company has been built by our people who give us a […]

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“I’d say we’ve always been informed opportunists,” states Tim Kelley, owner of TriStar Glass. “What sets us apart is being able to move fast, to adapt quickly to change. We’re proud of being privately owned and independent. Our company has been built by our people who give us a constant competitive edge. And we invest in quality.”

Tim Kelley founded Tri Star Glass 11 years ago in Catoosa in the greater Tulsa metropolitan area in Oklahoma. But he’s no newcomer to the glass industry. Previously, he and his brother Mike worked for another metal and glass supplying company in the region.

“The reason to select Glaston’s FC500 line was that we wanted an uptick in our technology. Minimum roll wave and no glass distortion are the requirements from the larger commercial construction builders we serve. It seemed to us that Glaston FC500 represented the best technology on the market for products that are hard to temper. The furnace offers high performance for Low-E, which is exactly what we were looking for.”

FC500 at TriStar Glass US

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UniGlass Polska offers top-quality tempering with Glaston FC500 http://www.glaston.net/2016/02/uniglass-polska-offers-top-quality-tempering-with-glaston-fc500/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:41:08 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9436 Creating lasting customers relationships From the beginning, UniGlass Polska has consistently pursued a dynamic growth strategy in providing high-quality glass and being a reliable supplier with short delivery times for its customers. In response to recently evolving customer requests, UniGlass purchased its first tempering furnace from Glaston. Thanks to the high quality and large capacity, […]

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Creating lasting customers relationships

From the beginning, UniGlass Polska has consistently pursued a dynamic growth strategy in providing high-quality glass and being a reliable supplier with short delivery times for its customers. In response to recently evolving customer requests, UniGlass purchased its first tempering furnace from Glaston. Thanks to the high quality and large capacity, Glaston FC500 has helped the glass processor create lasting relationships with an increasing number of customers in Poland and abroad.

“The idea of purchasing a tempering furnace came up several years ago. When our customers really started demanding tempering glass, we decided that it was time to make the investment,” Radoslaw Florczyk, Owner of UniGlass Polska says.

“The great quality of the final product is the best part of the Glaston FC500 tempering line,” Radoslaw underlines. “As soon as a new customer tries the glass that we produce on this line, he immediately notices the difference – and stays with us. The furnace has been key to our recent customer retention and growth strategy.”

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AluNile praises its experience with first exported Glaston FC500 http://www.glaston.net/2016/02/alunile-praises-its-experience-with-first-exported-glaston-fc500/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:44:58 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9439 For the past five years, Nile Aluminium & Metals Company, or AluNile, has had very positive experiences with Glaston’s first FC500 tempering furnace sold outside Finland. The company prides itself on designing and delivering truly aesthetic, economical and high-performance glass and aluminum solutions. With Glaston FC500, AluNile has expanded its capacities to process all types of highly demanding glass products for the Egyptian […]

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For the past five years, Nile Aluminium & Metals Company, or AluNile, has had very positive experiences with Glaston’s first FC500 tempering furnace sold outside Finland. The company prides itself on designing and delivering truly aesthetic, economical and high-performance glass and aluminum solutions. With Glaston FC500, AluNile has expanded its capacities to process all types of highly demanding glass products for the Egyptian market, enabling it to become the undisputed leader.

“We are especially proud of being the first outside Finland to buy the new Glaston FC500 tempering furnace. We signed the contract in 2010, and Glaston delivered the furnace to our facilities in 2011,” says Seif Eissa, Managing Director of AluNile.

Seif visited Glasstec in 2010, where Glaston launched the FC500 together with iControL, the completely new automation system, which were received very well by the market right from the start.

“Later, we inspected the prototype furnace in Finland to see that the glass quality would meet our expectations – and it definitely did!” Seif says and continues to admit being anxious at the time about being one of the first processors to buy the FC500. “But Glaston promised to give us any extra support, if needed. And in the end, everything turned out fine,” he emphasizes.

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Tufwell Glass Ltd gains greater capacity with Glaston RC200 http://www.glaston.net/2015/10/tufwell-glass-ltd-gains-greater-capacity-with-glaston-rc200/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:47:42 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9442 Being highly focused on flat glass processes for partitioning used in the office industry, Tufwell Glass Ltd has carved out a unique and resilient position for itself in southeast region of England. Backed by over 30 years of business success, the company reached the point where it needed to increase its toughening capacity. The Glaston RC200 flat tempering furnace fit the company’s […]

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Being highly focused on flat glass processes for partitioning used in the office industry, Tufwell Glass Ltd has carved out a unique and resilient position for itself in southeast region of England. Backed by over 30 years of business success, the company reached the point where it needed to increase its toughening capacity. The Glaston RC200 flat tempering furnace fit the company’s specifications nicely, now enabling Tufwell to work more quickly and efficiently with the additional throughput.

In January 2015, Tufwell made the decision to purchase the RC200 furnace. “The delivery was within one week of what was initially stated, which is excellent,” Andy Maslin, Managing Director of Tufwell confirms. “Commissioning went exceptionally well. It took just three weeks to put everything together. Glaston’s lead engineer who took care of the commissioning and acceptance tests was very knowledgeable,” he continues.

“Once commissioning was completed, we were pleasantly surprised that we were processing glass within one day! And we are also very pleased with the glass quality,” he emphasizes.

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European Glass sets records with first of two new Glaston FC500 lines http://www.glaston.net/2015/08/european-glass-sets-records-with-first-of-two-new-glaston-fc500-lines/ Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:50:09 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9446 Headquartered in Park Royal, London, European Glass Group is the largest independent glass processor in the UK and Ireland with production in four facilities, including two in London, and sites at Swindon and Manchester. Staying at the forefront of the glass processing industry has always been the guiding principle for the company. This was also one of the main drivers late last year for […]

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Headquartered in Park Royal, London, European Glass Group is the largest independent glass processor in the UK and Ireland with production in four facilities, including two in London, and sites at Swindon and Manchester. Staying at the forefront of the glass processing industry has always been the guiding principle for the company. This was also one of the main drivers late last year for investing in the two Glaston FC500 furnaces. According to Mick Johal, owner and founder of European Glass, “We strongly believe in adding value for our customers. That’s why we knew it was time to invest again in the latest technology to be able to meet the evolving needs of our market.”

With its massive 3300 x 6000 bed size, the first of the two new Glaston FC500 furnaces, installed and commissioned in July ahead of schedule, is already adding substantial value for its owner. It’s the first 3300 mm-wide furnace in the UK that is capable of processing 4 mm thick glass in both clear and coated products. For European Glass, this enables the company to offer a portfolio of products unlike any other.

“Once the two new Glaston FC500 furnaces are both up and running at expected capacity, we’ll have all the latest technology for glass cutting and processing. This will ensure that our company can stay out in front for the foreseeable future,” Mick explains.“European Glass will be able to supply all types of high quality glass products for exterior and interior architectural applications to our main markets in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.”

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Independent Glass, UK reaches larger projects with Glaston FC500™ http://www.glaston.net/2015/08/independent-glass-uk-reaches-larger-projects-with-glaston-fc500/ Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:52:46 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9450 Independent Glass, one of the largest independent toughened and laminated glass manufacturers and merchants in the UK, chose the FC500 as its fifth Glaston furnace for use at its Quay Road site in Glasgow. Quality has been so good that the company is now capable of producing 2.8 mm toughened glass to ECER43 automotive standard and a thickness range of 2–12 […]

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Independent Glass, one of the largest independent toughened and laminated glass manufacturers and merchants in the UK, chose the FC500 as its fifth Glaston furnace for use at its Quay Road site in Glasgow. Quality has been so good that the company is now capable of producing 2.8 mm toughened glass to ECER43 automotive standard and a thickness range of 2–12 mm heat- strengthened glass. This investment has been critical to help the company meet the increasing market demand for laminated and toughened glass combinations for structural glass applications.

The new FC500 was installed in December 2014 and into the new year. Production began in February 2015. “Today, we’re more than happy with the quality that’s coming off the line. The FC500 furnace is giving us everything that we had hoped for in terms of flatness, economy and product range,” John Devine, Managing Director, says.

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Glaston opens brand-new showroom in Finland http://www.glaston.net/2015/06/glaston-opens-brand-new-showroom-in-finland/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:55:20 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9453 Opportunity to experience the future of glass processing technology During GPD 2015 this week Glaston will open its brand-new showroom in Tampere, Finland, to give guests a first-hand opportunity to see some of its latest glass processing technology in action. The main goal of Glaston’s new showroom is to present what is possible today as […]

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Opportunity to experience the future of glass processing technology

During GPD 2015 this week Glaston will open its brand-new showroom in Tampere, Finland, to give guests a first-hand opportunity to see some of its latest glass processing technology in action.

The main goal of Glaston’s new showroom is to present what is possible today as well as present the possibilities of what the future holds for the glass processing industry in terms of new solutions and applications. Our showroom will be a place where the latest Glaston R&D products and solutions can continuously be experienced also in the future.

“We feel that this innovative showroom underlines Glaston’s openness about displaying our view of where the industry is going,” says Juha Liettyä, Senior Vice President, Glaston Machines. “This is further supported by Glastory, our recently launched online platform for openly sharing and exchanging information to reach new levels of success in the industry together.”

Technologies featured at Glaston’s new showroom this summer include:
• Glaston FC1000 with GlastonInsight – producing the world’s highest-quality glass with unbeatable top and bottom circulated air convection using intelligent online process assistance.
• GlastonAir – our unique air flotation technology that temper special glass or extremely thin glass.
• Special software & machinery upgrades – including GlastonInsight, iControL and our latest heating chamber replacements – the smartest way to reach long-term sustainable business results.

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Lindes of Mexico – Bringing comfort and sustainability to the people http://www.glaston.net/2015/03/lindes-of-mexico-bringing-comfort-and-sustainability-to-the-people/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:57:23 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9456 Starting with innovative glass solutions for the building and housing market in 1980, Lindes, formerly Vidrios Marte, in Mexico City, Mexico, is today known for being an ambassador of sustainability. It is also the country’s leader in the fabrication and distribution of insulating glass. To help support its goal of bringing eco-friendly comfort to the people it serves, […]

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Starting with innovative glass solutions for the building and housing market in 1980, Lindes, formerly Vidrios Marte, in Mexico City, Mexico, is today known for being an ambassador of sustainability. It is also the country’s leader in the fabrication and distribution of insulating glass. To help support its goal of bringing eco-friendly comfort to the people it serves, Lindes purchased a Glaston FC500 tempering furnace with the iLooK online quality measurement system. The furnace was located in the company’s third factory, H3, which started up in 2014 and represents the largest investment of the company ever.

The machine was shipped from the factory in Tampere, Finland, in the end of March 2014, and installation began in August.  “There are lots of tempering furnaces in Mexico, says Hugo Hernández, CEO. “But only one that can temper Low-E. That gives us an edge over our competitors.” He goes on to say that he has been especially pleased with the service and support. “When there’s a problem, the Glaston experts get online and we can work with them. They have always managed to solve our problems. And we have always received support when needed.”

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Royal United Metal & Glass orders first Glaston FC500 in UAE http://www.glaston.net/2015/03/royal-united-metal-glass-orders-first-glaston-fc500-in-uae/ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:00:12 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9459 Exceeding expectations with quality and beyond Royal United Metal & Glass has its sights set high to create not only architecturally exceptional buildings and structures, but also to provide its United Arab Emirates market with quality glass that is second to none. The business plan for 2015 alone calls for a growth from the current 120 employees […]

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Exceeding expectations with quality and beyond

Royal United Metal & Glass has its sights set high to create not only architecturally exceptional buildings and structures, but also to provide its United Arab Emirates market with quality glass that is second to none. The business plan for 2015 alone calls for a growth from the current 120 employees to 500 by year-end. This is thanks to the accelerated market pickup throughout the region in the past few months. To be prepared, the company is now investing in Glaston’s highly esteemed FC500 tempering furnace to be able to deliver the highest possible glass quality to its customers.

“We finalized the contract for the FC500 in November 2014 and made the down payment before the turn of the year,” Achyuth Krishnan, Managing Director of the company says. “The plan now is to take it into use in our new factory that will be ready by August 2015 when we know we’ll need extra capacity for glass tempering, fabrication, double-glazing and coating. Glaston will continue to train our operators to get the greatest advantages from the machine through the end of 2015.”

FC500 tempering furnace at Royal United Metal & Glass UAE

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Welcome to Glastory, the first-ever glass community for learning and sharing http://www.glaston.net/2015/03/welcome-to-glastory/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:03:30 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9462 We at Glaston believe sharing is caring. Very little information and know-how related to glass processing has been openly available until now. With the idea of making the glass processing industry more accessible and clear, we created Glastory for everyone to learn, use and succeed. Glastory is a one-of-a-kind community for collaboration of glass processors and […]

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We at Glaston believe sharing is caring. Very little information and know-how related to glass processing has been openly available until now. With the idea of making the glass processing industry more accessible and clear, we created Glastory for everyone to learn, use and succeed.

Glastory is a one-of-a-kind community for collaboration of glass processors and users. By connecting its members to insightful stories, visionary experts, exclusive resources, such as research, eBooks and other inspiring content, Glastory is all about making a difference and driving results.

Plus, you get access to community knowledge through the blog series #AskGlaston, where your posted questions are answered and discussed. Being a revolutionary tool for solving your business challenges and improving performance, the blog can be used by filling out a form on the website or tweeting with #AskGlaston.

We invite you to join the conversation today by signing up at the Glastory website and turn what you learn into your success.

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PJB Glass Group chooses Glaston RC200 http://www.glaston.net/2015/02/pjb-glass-group-chooses-glaston-rc200/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:10:01 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9469 Serving all glass requirements After 10 years of experience with the Glaston HTF 2142 furnace, Paul Buckley, Managing Director of the PJB Glass Group, decided to complement his flat glass production offering by investing in a Glaston RC200 furnace. This will enable the company to increase production of a broad range of tempered glass types for customers. Flat […]

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Serving all glass requirements

After 10 years of experience with the Glaston HTF 2142 furnace, Paul Buckley, Managing Director of the PJB Glass Group, decided to complement his flat glass production offering by investing in a Glaston RC200 furnace. This will enable the company to increase production of a broad range of tempered glass types for customers. Flat Glass Merchants, one of the three companies in the glass group, will take delivery of the new furnace in April 2015 and plans to have it up and running by early May.

The new Glaston RC200 will help PJB’s Flat Glass cope with the growing demand for coated glass. The two furnaces will be run together to complement each other. The older HTF will be used for 6 mm upwards, while the RC200 will process all 4 mm clear and coated glass.“This furnace will not only enable us to temper coated glass quicker, it will also give us more capacity to grow in the future,” Paul explains. “The RC200 is designed to handle all of today’s modern glass types. For us, it’s vital to be able to keep up-todate with the latest development trendsin coated glass and continue so we can serve our customers with the wide range of products they’ve come to expect from us.”

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Anglian Windows selects Glaston FC500 for Norwich site http://www.glaston.net/2015/02/anglian-windows-selects-glaston-fc500-for-norwich-site/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:07:12 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9466 High capacity, low energy usage – and above all – quality As the UK’s leading home improvements company, Anglian Windows, a part of the Anglian Group, has chosen Glaston’s FC500 tempering furnace to replace an existing machine for its site in Norwich. With consumer confidence now growing again, and in particular the housing market picking up, the time seemed […]

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High capacity, low energy usage – and above all – quality

As the UK’s leading home improvements company, Anglian Windows, a part of the Anglian Group, has chosen Glaston’s FC500 tempering furnace to replace an existing machine for its site in Norwich. With consumer confidence now growing again, and in particular the housing market picking up, the time seemed right for the investment. Glaston FC500 will provide Anglian with higher capacity, lower energy consumption, and most of all, the quality that enables them to continue to meet their customers demands for superb products and unbeatable service.

“After thorough research, we came to the conclusion that Glaston FC500 is the best option to meet our customers’ demands for quality and service,” James Wilson, Production Director of Anglian says. “We’re the UK’s number one home improvements company and we couldn’t have chosen anything but the number one glass tempering machine available on the market.”

Glaston FC500 replaces an existing furnace at the site and will be the main machine for the company’s toughened glass units. The furnace will enable Anglian to produce over 20,000 m2 of 4 mm product with two shifts per day, five days per week.

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Northern Express Glass stays unrivalled with Glaston FC500 http://www.glaston.net/2015/01/northern-express-glass-stays-unrivalled-with-glaston-fc500/ Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:12:25 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9473 Bigger bed, bigger capacity – far better quality For over 20 years, Northern Express Glass (NEG) has enjoyed controlled growth in its home region of Lancashire, England. The family owned and run company is most appreciated by its customers for offering quality at a competitive price. Until now, Glaston furnaces have been an aspiration for the company. […]

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Bigger bed, bigger capacity – far better quality

For over 20 years, Northern Express Glass (NEG) has enjoyed controlled growth in its home region of Lancashire, England. The family owned and run company is most appreciated by its customers for offering quality at a competitive price. Until now, Glaston furnaces have been an aspiration for the company. As part of its latest investment, though, NEG has purchased the Glaston FC500 tempering furnace to enable it to meet its ambitious expansion plans in the upcoming years.

The Glaston FC500 has been installed in December 2014 and will be fully commissioned by the end of January 2015. Glaston FC500 will provide NEG with the capability of improved technical performance and outstanding visual quality of the end product. For window glass in particular, the furnace allows the company to step up to 100% tougher requirements.

“We’ll also be able to temper a wider range of glass products with greater thicknesses. This enables us to stay out front for our customers. The furnace will give us a bigger bed, bigger capacity – and far, far superior quality,” Paul Williams, one of the three directors at NEG, says. “We’ll be able to use it to develop new coatings and a variety of new glass products so that NEG can be at the forefront of new technologies.” “We also feel confident that by investing now in the Glaston FC500, we’ll have fewer problems to deal with down the line,” Paul acknowledges.

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Strong 2014 for Glaston in UK http://www.glaston.net/2014/12/strong-2014-for-glaston-in-uk/ Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:15:39 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9476 Throughout all of 2014, Glaston had exceptionally strong FC500 tempering furnace sales in the UK market. The latest contract signed in early December with European Glass Group is for two more FC500 lines, one of which will be the biggest FC500 furnace that Glaston has sold to date. This deal now brings the total number […]

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Throughout all of 2014, Glaston had exceptionally strong FC500 tempering furnace sales in the UK market. The latest contract signed in early December with European Glass Group is for two more FC500 lines, one of which will be the biggest FC500 furnace that Glaston has sold to date. This deal now brings the total number of Glaston furnaces sold this year in the UK alone up to 11.

According to Steve Brammer, Glaston’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland, the outstanding sales success of the Glaston tempering range, and the FC500 in particular, is a reflection of the latest trends in glass processing in the UK and other global markets.

“We’re seeing a strong demand from glass processors to invest in their equipment to ensure that they can deliver a higher quality end product and also temper larger glass sizes. Requirements have been evolving rapidly, and glass producers are seeing the business potential in providing customers with advanced glass product performance,” he says.

The main drivers for UK glass processors are the increasing demand for higher quality, larger sizes, an ever greater variety of glass types, reduced environmental impact and much lower energy consumption, as well as the expansion into more sophisticated and advanced glass products.

“What we are also seeing is that the average size of new furnace is increasing dramatically, with 8 out of the 11 furnaces sold being a 2800 mm x 6000 mm bed size or larger,” Steve highlights.

The beauty of the FC500 concept is that the quality of the glass being produced remains constant, regardless of whether the customer is processing 4 mm domestic window sizes or beds full of large high performance glass types. Switching from one type of product to another is seamless. The furnace easily delivers the levels of flexibility required by modern glass processors.

Launched in 2011, the Glaston FC500 tempering furnace offers customers a way to increase production capacity by up to 40% while decreasing energy consumption by 30%. The furnace also allows glass processors to expand into new areas, including tempering Low-E glass, which they may not have been able to do with their existing lines.

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First-ever GlastonInsight to Japan http://www.glaston.net/2014/11/first-ever-glastoninsight-to-japan/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:21:10 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9482 Sanshiba Shozai goes for gold Sanshiba Shozai of Japan chose to be the first glass processor in the world to invest in Glaston’s latest GlastonInsight, the intelligent online assistance system, at the same time as it ordered the Glaston RC350 tempering furnace. The main reasons for the investments are to increase the company’s tempering production […]

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Sanshiba Shozai goes for gold

Sanshiba Shozai of Japan chose to be the first glass processor in the world to invest in Glaston’s latest GlastonInsight, the intelligent online assistance system, at the same time as it ordered the Glaston RC350 tempering furnace. The main reasons for the investments are to increase the company’s tempering production throughput along with being able to better monitor and develop the tempering process. The company is getting ready to meet the growing demands for architectural glass now that Tokyo will host the Olympic Games in 2020.

Earlier in 2014, Norihide Funase, Directorat Sanshiba, and Toshiyuki Takashima, Manager of Tempering, visited various glass processors to see the technologies they were using. The Tvitec factory in Spain was one that had just started operating its new RC350 furnace from Glaston. “For a long time, we have been interested in Glaston machinery, especially the tempering furnaces. We were impressed by the production capacity and the latest technology,” Funase says. “After careful comparison, we chose the Glaston RC350 furnace because we feel that it best matches our business expansion goals. We feel that Glaston’s tempering line performance and quality is much better compared with other solutions. So, this will be our first Glaston machine.”

“We are especially looking forward to GlastonInsight, which automatically gives our operators a proposal for quality improvement,” Funase says. “It’s based onthe iLooK™ system that measures glass in production online. This latest system will help ensure that we consistently provide our customers with the highest possible glass quality.”

GlastonInsight uses an accurate temperature scanner and online quality measurements to help raise glass quality to an excellent and more uniform level. The system provides operators with automatic proposals on how to tune the process to achieve outstanding production results. It also helps minimize waste because the process is tuned immediately if there are any deviations.

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First-ever GlastonAir together with Glaston ProBend to Tecnoglass Colombia http://www.glaston.net/2014/11/first-ever-glastonair-together-with-glaston-probend-to-tecnoglass-colombia/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:18:15 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9479 Tecnoglass invests new Glaston machinery to stay ahead After a game-changing decision in early 2013 to change all six of its tempering furnaces over to Glaston FC500, Tecnoglass of Colombia has continued to set new records. Now Tecnoglass is setting additional records by being the world’s first owner of the latest GlastonAir. The company is also investing in Glaston […]

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Tecnoglass invests new Glaston machinery to stay ahead

After a game-changing decision in early 2013 to change all six of its tempering furnaces over to Glaston FC500, Tecnoglass of Colombia has continued to set new records. Now Tecnoglass is setting additional records by being the world’s first owner of the latest GlastonAir. The company is also investing in Glaston ProBend. The two machines will give them another leap ahead of their competitors by being able to provide the ultimate glass products.

“There is a clear need for true high-end glass in the facade market. With the new GlastonAir, we will be able serve this market with a quality level that the market has never seen before. Additionally, the thin glass capability allows us to provide lighter structures, for example, for cooler doors and other appliances,” says Christian T. Daes, CEO of Tecnoglass.

“Glaston ProBend will be used to provide sophisticated facades for customers in the US,” says Armando Del Vecchio, Technical Manager at Tecnoglass. “Until now, only a few suppliers have been able to serve this market. With the new machine, we will now be able to deliver special high-quality bent glass.”

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Glasstec 2014 – daily live demos at GlastOnStage http://www.glaston.net/2014/10/glasstec-2014-daily-live-demos-at-glastonstage/ Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:22:48 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9485 We welcome you to join live demos at GlastOnStage in Hall 14, Stand A20 during Glasstec 2014 to learn more about the latest in glass processing technology and services as well as what’s new in the architectural, automotive and solar applications.

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We welcome you to join live demos at GlastOnStage in Hall 14, Stand A20 during Glasstec 2014 to learn more about the latest in glass processing technology and services as well as what’s new in the architectural, automotive and solar applications.

GlastOnStage program 2014

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Glaston at GlassBuild America 2014 http://www.glaston.net/2014/09/glaston-at-glassbuild-america-2014/ Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:24:35 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9489 Coming: A strong line-up of products and services from Glaston At GBA 2014 Glaston will unveil many new and exciting products and services for your chosen sector of glass processing. We’re bringing you the strongest line-up ever for high-quality glass that answers your customers’ needs for the ultimate in excellence and operational efficiency. You can […]

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Coming: A strong line-up of products and services from Glaston

At GBA 2014 Glaston will unveil many new and exciting products and services for your chosen sector of glass processing. We’re bringing you the strongest line-up ever for high-quality glass that answers your customers’ needs for the ultimate in excellence and operational efficiency. You can count on our solid company foundation, strong focus on R&D, world’s-first products – and unique lifecycle thinking – to make you now stronger than ever. 

We have been focusing our efforts on raising the bar to solve even more difficult challenges. Now that your customers are ready to move forward again, we too are ready to help you reach higher business goals.

To drive glass quality and operational efficiency higher, we’ll be introducing a full scope of new products that make you stronger in your chosen glass processing area:

• New generation Glaston FC Series – the strongest, most durable furnace on the market for the ultimate glass quality. Energy-smart solutions with unique full-circulated top and bottom air convection

FC1000 tempering line

• GlastonInsight – intelligent process assistant for running the flat tempering line with the highest capacity, quality and production efficiency, while reducing waste. Also available as an upgrade for older tempering lines.

• Vortex Pro – the most advanced convection control system upgrade for any Glaston (Tamglass/Uniglass) flat tempering line

• Glaston UC Series – a complete range of cutting lines that boast affordable performance and top-notch reliability.

• Glaston VE Series – vertical edging lines, including straight-line edging and beveling machines for unmatched craftsmanship and precision.

• Glaston HE Series – all-purpose horizontal edging lines that take double-edging to a new level. Glaston SolarTech™ and White Tech™ peripheral diamond wheels are available for any brand of European- or Asian-made double-edging lines.

 

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Along with the strong line up in glass processing equipment, Glaston brings you something unique by serving you with our lifecycle approach. We call it Glaston’s Genuine Care, because we genuinely care about helping you be at your strongest for long-term business success.

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Mid-American Glass moves into tempering with Glaston FC500 http://www.glaston.net/2014/08/mid-american-glass-moves-into-tempering-with-glaston-fc500/ Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:30:33 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9496 Helping customers expect more Located in Davenport, Iowa, USA, along the Mississippi River, Mid-American Glass (MAG) decided to invest in its first Glaston FC500 flat glass tempering furnace to offer its customers added value, higher quality and superior service. As a medium-sized wholesaler, fabricator and distributor of glass in the region for the past 27 years, MAG […]

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Helping customers expect more

Located in Davenport, Iowa, USA, along the Mississippi River, Mid-American Glass (MAG) decided to invest in its first Glaston FC500 flat glass tempering furnace to offer its customers added value, higher quality and superior service.

As a medium-sized wholesaler, fabricator and distributor of glass in the region for the past 27 years, MAG has set out to make a difference for its customers in a very competitive business environment. Since spring 2014, Glaston FC500 is an essential tool to help the Midwest company bring their customers the quality and efficiency they deserve.

“We’ve known that we wanted to move into tempered glass for years,” Michelle Magyar, President of Mid-American Glass, says “It was just a matter of when.”

“Everyone knows the quality of Glaston, and the FC500 has an amazing top-of-the line quality. There was no other choice. FC500 echoes everything we want to do for our customers. We saw the first FC500 in Quebec City in Canada.The plant director was like a little kid at Christmas. When we asked, ‘Is this as good as it looks it is?’ He replied, ‘Yes it is – and more! It runs perfect glass.“Now with our own machine up and running, we have seen for ourselves that the furnace can produce the best glass around,” she says. “Even when unpacking the six containers shipped from Finland, our guys said we had a Cadillac because all the elements were so sturdy and well crafted.”

Once the tempered glass started coming offthe line, Michelle’s father said it looked too good to be tempered glass. The glass was immediately as flat as it could be.

FC500 tempering furnace at Mid-American Glass USA

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Float Glass invests in Glaston FC500 http://www.glaston.net/2014/06/float-glass-invests-in-glaston-fc500/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:35:45 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9499 Lower surface emissivity glass and superior flatness Float Glass Industries Ltd (FGI) of Manchester, UK, announce their decision to invest in Glaston’s FC500 flat glass temperingfurnace. “When we knew we needed to replace our oldest furnace, we went to see the Glaston FC500 in operation at another UK location,” Dawn Offland says. “The quality was […]

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Lower surface emissivity glass and superior flatness

Float Glass Industries Ltd (FGI) of Manchester, UK, announce their decision to invest in Glaston’s FC500 flat glass temperingfurnace.

“When we knew we needed to replace our oldest furnace, we went to see the Glaston FC500 in operation at another UK location,” Dawn Offland says. “The quality was definitely good. The machine provides the ability to toughen lower surface emissivity glass and give superior flatness, which are both very important to us. In particular, we were looking for higher capacity, exceptional glass quality and state-of-the art control systems, all of which Glaston FC500 can offer us.”

Thanks to the positive experience that Float Glass has had with Glaston’s other machinery over the years, it was easy to select the company again to provide this new flat glass tempering furnace.

“There is no proper alternative to Glaston when it comes to quality. We have also been extremely satisfied with the service back up we’ve received in the UK. And we know that the company is financially stable,” Dawn confirms.

For Float Glass, the commercial double glazing sector is growing rapidly. In addition to their range of products for partitioning, single-toughening for domestic installation and fire resistant glass, the new Glaston FC500™ will enable FGI to move into larger glass sizes of up to 6 m x 2.8 m.“It’s not just about piece size. We want toget more on each bed,” David says. “And we expect the furnace to give us more capacity with bigger and flatter glass.”

FC500 at Float Glass Industries, UK

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Ravensby chooses Glaston FC500 for new facilities http://www.glaston.net/2014/06/ravensby-chooses-glaston-fc500-for-new-facilities/ Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:37:47 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9502 Well positioned to advance as market pick ups While demand in the UK market starts picking up again, Ravensby Glass Co Ltd has been busy preparing itself to advance when the market rebounds. The Scottish company based in Dundee, has completed its investment in a second manufacturing facility in the beginning of 2014 and is […]

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Well positioned to advance as market pick ups

While demand in the UK market starts picking up again, Ravensby Glass Co Ltd has been busy preparing itself to advance when the market rebounds. The Scottish company based in Dundee, has completed its investment in a second manufacturing facility in the beginning of 2014 and is ready to make a significant contribution to raising the standard in its chosen glass processing sector.

When Ravensby Glass made a major investment decision to invest in building a second manufacturing facility in Dundee, it selected the Glaston FC500 tempering furnace, in addition to its existing Glaston Tamglass HTF-2142, to move into a new glass tempering era.

“As part of our overall production ramp up, we chose Glaston FC500 to be able to manufacture glass sizes larger than the company can currently offer. The key to choosing the FC500 is its ability to provide toughened quality, particularly on high specification solar control products and being able to future-proof our business by having the ability to toughen the next generation of coated glass products,” says Gordon Dickson,Managing Director of Ravensby Glass.

FC500 tempering furnace at Ravensby Glass UK

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Canadian Court ordered Chinese competitor Northglass to pay damages to Glaston in patent infringement case加拿大联邦法院裁定北方玻璃就其侵犯格拉司通集团专利一案向格拉司通集团做出赔偿 http://www.glaston.net/2014/05/canadian-court-ordered-chinese-competitor-northglass-to-pay-damages-to-glaston-in-patent-infringement-case%e5%8a%a0%e6%8b%bf%e5%a4%a7%e8%81%94%e9%82%a6%e6%b3%95%e9%99%a2%e8%a3%81%e5%ae%9a%e5%8c%97/ Mon, 12 May 2014 09:40:20 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9506 Glaston Corporation Press release 9 May, 2014 格拉司通集团 新闻发布稿 2014-05-09 Canadian Court ordered Chinese competitor Northglass to pay damages to Glaston in patent infringement case 加拿大联邦法院裁定北方玻璃就其侵犯格拉司通集团专利一案向格拉司通集团做出赔偿 In November 2010, Canada’s Federal Court in Toronto, Ontario, Canada granted judgment in Glaston’s favour on the infringement of Glaston’s two patents for its unique tempering and bending technology. […]

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Glaston Corporation Press release 9 May, 2014
格拉司通集团 新闻发布稿 2014-05-09

Canadian Court ordered Chinese competitor Northglass to pay damages to Glaston in patent infringement case
加拿大联邦法院裁定北方玻璃就其侵犯格拉司通集团专利一案向格拉司通集团做出赔偿

In November 2010, Canada’s Federal Court in Toronto, Ontario, Canada granted judgment in Glaston’s favour on the infringement of Glaston’s two patents for its unique tempering and bending technology. The Court declared that Shanghai Northglass Technology & Industry Co. Ltd. infringed Glaston’s Canadian Patent Nos. 1,308,257 and 2,146,628, and ordered that Shanghai Northglass pay damages in an amount to be assessed.
2010年11月,加拿大联邦法院在加拿大安大略省多伦多市,就对格拉司通起诉北玻侵犯其两项独有的弯钢化专利案件,作出支持格拉司通胜诉的判决。法院判定上海北玻玻璃技术工业有限公司(以下简称:上海北玻)侵犯格拉司通集团拥有的两项专利技术:加拿大专利号为1,308,257和2,146,628,并裁决上海北玻须依照评估的金额进行赔偿。

On 29 April, 2014, the Federal Court gave its decision on the damages. The Court ordered Shanghai Northglass to pay damages to Glaston in the total amount of approximately EUR 1.3 million, including interest. Glaston will not book any compensation in its financial results until the date of payment has been confirmed.
2014年4月29日,加拿大联邦法院对上述案件的赔偿数额做出了判决。法院裁定上海北玻向格拉司通集团进行赔偿,总金额约为欧元130万元及利息。格拉司通集团在赔偿付款日期确定之前,不会将任何赔偿金额计入集团财务业绩中。

Glaston Group will continue to be active in protecting its Intellectual Property Rights globally and has currently several proceedings and investigations ongoing in Europe, USA and Asia.
格拉司通集团将一如既往的积极行动,以在全球范围内保护其拥有的知识产权。目前我们仍在欧洲、美洲及亚洲地区持续开展专利维权的行动和调查。

For further information, please contact
Taina Tirkkonen, General Counsel, Glaston Corporation, Tel. +358 10 500 500
如需进一步信息,请联系
Taina Tirkkonen, 格拉司通集团法律顾问 电话: +358 10 500 500

GLASTON CORPORATION
Agneta Selroos
Director, Communications and Marketing
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Agneta Selroos
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Glaston Corporation
Glaston is a global company developing glass processing technology for architectural, solar, appliance and automotive applications. Our product portfolio ranges from pre-processing and safety glass machines to services. We are dedicated to our customers’ continued success and provide services for all glass processing needs with a lifecycle-long commitment in mind. For more information, please visit www.glaston.net. Glaston’s share (GLA1V) is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Small Cap List.

格拉司通集团
格拉司通集团是国际性玻璃技术企业,致力于为建筑、太阳能、家电和汽车玻璃行业研发及生产先进的深加工设备。我们的产品范畴包括预处理设备、安全玻璃机械和相关服务。我们为客户的持续成功竭尽全力,秉承自始至终用心服务的承诺,为您提供满足一切玻璃深加工需求的方案。如欲了解详情,请访问格拉司通网站 www.glaston.net 格拉司通是芬兰纳斯达克OMX赫尔辛基中小企业板块上市企业,股票代码GLA1V。

Distribution: NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd, Key Media, www.glaston.net
新闻发布:芬兰纳斯达克,主要媒体,格拉司通集团官网

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Metro Performance Glass upgrades with Glaston iControL http://www.glaston.net/2014/05/metro-performance-glass-upgrades-with-glaston-icontrol/ Thu, 08 May 2014 10:07:49 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9521 Producing higher quality at lower costs Established 26 years ago, Metro Performance Glass is the newly upgraded brand name for a well-respected glass company that until just recently has been known throughout New Zealand as Metro GlassTech. The company is also a longterm customer for Glaston since purchasing its first tempering furnace in 1994. While refreshing its […]

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Producing higher quality at lower costs

Established 26 years ago, Metro Performance Glass is the newly upgraded brand name for a well-respected glass company that until just recently has been known throughout New Zealand as Metro GlassTech. The company is also a longterm customer for Glaston since purchasing its first tempering furnace in 1994. While refreshing its name and branding, Metro Performance Glass also chose to upgrade one of its older Glaston ProE furnaces with the latest Glaston iControL automation system to gain an advanced approach for controlling the line’s glass processing production. Not only does iControL help the company produce higher quality at lower costs, it also extends the life of the furnace.

“We see the Glaston iControL as an opportunity to upgrade an existing machine or to extend the life of any machine. It allows us to produce a higher quality at lower costs. We’d definitely recommend it to others, and we’re currently considering iControL upgrades for our other machines,” says Geoff Rasmusen, General Manager Operations, Metro Performance Glass.

At the start of 2014, the company also installed three Glaston Integrated Scanners (SCA), which are used to measure and visualize temperature distribution for every batch at the exit of the furnace. Geoff is very pleased already with the results when it comes to using the scanners to improve process quality and yield. Not only has Metro Performance Glass upgraded its image, through the iControL automation system and the addition of the Integrated Scanners (SCA), it has upgraded its product quality production quite clearly as well.

icontrol automation upgrade at Metro Performance Glass, NZ

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Al-Manna purchases two Glaston FC500 tempering furnaces http://www.glaston.net/2014/05/al-manna-purchases-two-glaston-fc500-tempering-furnaces/ Thu, 08 May 2014 10:05:48 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9516 A long history of good business collaboration Traditions in the Saudi Arabian glass processing industry run deep at Al-Manna, a glass processing company started by Mr. Manna Al-Amri over 60 years ago. When his son, Ibrahim Manna Al-Amri took over at the helm of the company eight years ago, he continued to guide the company’s great […]

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A long history of good business collaboration

Traditions in the Saudi Arabian glass processing industry run deep at Al-Manna, a glass processing company started by Mr. Manna Al-Amri over 60 years ago. When his son, Ibrahim Manna Al-Amri took over at the helm of the company eight years ago, he continued to guide the company’s great history in the glass field. The aim of Al-Manna’s recently placed order for two Glaston FC500 tempering furnaces is to keep the company lead in the market when it comes to the long tradition in excellence and quality.

The boom in high performance andLow-E glass led the company to beginnegotiations for the new Glaston FC500 tempering furnaces. The Kingdom of SaudiArabia (KSA) is providing funding for theacceleration in construction projects that arehelping advance the country’s development.

Al-Manna has high hopes for the two Glaston FC500 lines, which will be installed in Jeddah and Riyadh in spring and summer 2014. A key driver is to increasecapacity to meet demand. “We’re lookingat these two tempering furnaces to be ourworkhorses,” says Ibrahim Manna Al-Amri.

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Tvitec launches Glaston RC350 with super size and performance http://www.glaston.net/2014/05/tvitec-launches-glaston-rc350-with-super-size/ Thu, 08 May 2014 09:41:58 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9508 One of the Europe’s largest furnace for sophisticatedarchitectural glass Although the company was newly established in Cubillos del Sil, León, in northwest Spain in 2007, Tvitec (Technical Glass Transformed) has rapidly made a world-class name for itself when it comes to supplying demanding architectural projects internationally. Now with the most recent addition of Glaston RC350, it leads […]

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One of the Europe’s largest furnace for sophisticatedarchitectural glass

Although the company was newly established in Cubillos del Sil, León, in northwest Spain in 2007, Tvitec (Technical Glass Transformed) has rapidly made a world-class name for itself when it comes to supplying demanding architectural projects internationally. Now with the most recent addition of Glaston RC350, it leads in Europe with one of the largest tempering furnace to process glass in sizes of up to 12,000 x 3,300 mm. The 60-meter-long furnace puts Tvitec at the forefront when it comes to technical performance, since it includes all of Glaston’s very latest technological developments to ensure exceptional glass quality for all types of tempered construction and architectural glass.

“We are continuously trying to serve the needs of the discerning architectural glass market. Designs of new buildings are requiring ever-more sophisticated and technical glass solutions. This means that we need to move ahead rapidly to have the best machinery to be able to produce such high quality glass with special properties that are in demand. We need to stay ahead as the market develops,” says Javier Prado, CEO of Tvitec

In this spring, Javier hosted a large inauguration ceremony for his latest investment – Glaston RC350. This massive furnace will temper glass in sizes up to 12 meters (12,000 x 3,300 mm) for double glazed, tempered, laminated and printed glass applications, enabling Tvitec to double the current size of its products. Along with the Glaston 350, Tvitec purchased a high-capacity Glaston XtraEdge double edging line.

RC350 tempering furnace at Tvitec, Spain

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Four more FC500 orders for UK market http://www.glaston.net/2014/04/four-more-fc500-orders-for-uk-market/ Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:10:30 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9524 For Q1 2014, Glaston has won yet another four premium FC500 tempering furnace orders for delivery to the UK. These orders follow four earlier FC500 orders placed by UK companies during 2013. According to Steve Brammer, Glaston’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland, these new agreements represent a significant market rebound in the UK, […]

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For Q1 2014, Glaston has won yet another four premium FC500 tempering furnace orders for delivery to the UK. These orders follow four earlier FC500 orders placed by UK companies during 2013. According to Steve Brammer, Glaston’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland, these new agreements represent a significant market rebound in the UK, as the confidence of glass processors is continuing to increase when it comes to making larger investments in new, advanced glass processing machinery.

Glaston FC500 features a special top recirculation convection and bottom compressed air convection innovation protected by US and European patents that help it stand out as the industry’s premier furnace. This technology heats the glass from above and below. Hot air jets that are recycled and pressurized heat upper glass surface; air taken from outside the furnace and pressurized by a compressor heats the bottom glass surface.

Not only does the furnace produce extremely high quality tempered glass to match the toughest market demands, it also increases production capacity by up to 40% while consuming 30% less energy of a conventional tempering furnace. Glaston takes pride in these unique technological solutions, as they allow the furnace to be a first in its class in many respects.

Designed specifically to eliminate uneven heat transfer, Glaston FC500 makes it easy for operators to select the right heat setting for their production. A new automatic roller heat control (RHC) automatically adjusts the bottom heat level to eliminate disturbances caused by the roller heat. Using an array of sensors as the glass enters the line, the furnace determines the size, shape and location of the glass through the dynamic load pattern recognition (DLP) system. This data is then used to automatically generate a heating profile for each load, boosting higher capacity through automated glass production. Glaston’s iControL automation system allows the Glaston FC500 furnace to process an extremely wide range of high-quality glass that meets the most demanding standards internationally.

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Glaston at China Glass 2014 – latest innovations, expanding services and support http://www.glaston.net/2014/04/glaston-at-china-glass-2014/ Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:13:18 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9528 We welcome you to explore our latest innovations and expanded product series and services at China Glass 2014 in Shanghai next week. GlastonAir advanced air flotation technology supports the glass by hot air instead of rollers, allowing glass as thin as 2 mm to be tempered without compromising optical quality. Additionally, thicker glass can now be […]

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We welcome you to explore our latest innovations and expanded product series and services at China Glass 2014 in Shanghai next week.

  • GlastonAir advanced air flotation technology supports the glass by hot air instead of rollers, allowing glass as thin as 2 mm to be tempered without compromising optical quality. Additionally, thicker glass can now be tempered with the highest optical quality for the most demading applications.
  • Glaston IriControL technology, enables glass processors to measure and minimize the so-called ansiotropic phenomena in tempered glass.
  • For Asia market, the RC and CCS flat tempering furnace series are now expanded with new machine models to better meet the local needs of customers in the region.
  • For pre-processing needs we introduce the new automatic UC cutting lines, which combine high performance with a competitive price along with the Omnia double edging machine, which is ideal for both the solar energy and appliance industries.
  • For modernizations and upgrading of your existing tempering line we introduce you the Glaston iControL™, the popular and easy-to-use automation system upgrade, Glaston RHC™ automatic roller heat control technology, theRC200-zone™ replacement chamber solution as well as the Vortex Pro™ convection control system for most accurate heating control.

 

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  • Expanding services and supportGlaston Genuine Care concept is the most extensive in the industry. It offers customers continuous service throughout the entire lifecycle of a machine. The service covers maintenance support, spare parts and tools for all lines and equipment, as well as upgrades and modernization projects.The Glaston teams work with each customer to provide tailored solutions to increase their production capacity, boost overall glass processing performance and gain more efficiency from their existing machines and equipment.Meet us at Hall E1, Stand #500!

 

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The Day of Heat Treated Glass – the Latest Development and Possibilities http://www.glaston.net/2014/04/the-day-of-heat-treated-glass/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:17:49 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9534 Architect forum at Glaston Finland, Apr 3-4.2014 A group of invited, international architects specialized in glass usage in buildings are gathering at Glaston Finland during this week to discuss about the latest development and possibilities of thin heat-treated glass. The two day seminar will cover the following topics: The latest possibilities of thin heat-treated glass […]

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Architect forum at Glaston Finland, Apr 3-4.2014

A group of invited, international architects specialized in glass usage in buildings are gathering at Glaston Finland during this week to discuss about the latest development and possibilities of thin heat-treated glass.

The two day seminar will cover the following topics:

  • The latest possibilities of thin heat-treated glass
  • Market requirements and experiences for thin glass
  • Tools to control the glass iridescence
  • Market requirements for anisotropy: case examples

The seminar contains also two workshops; Thin glass usage possibilities today and in the future and a Concept workshop for overcoming the iridescence challenge.  During the days the architects will see a live demo of the thin glass production equipment (GlastonAir) and iridescence measurement system (IriControL).

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Four orders for Glaston FC500 during 2013 – Confidence on rise in UK market http://www.glaston.net/2014/01/four-orders-for-glaston-fc500/ Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:20:21 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9538 Marking the return of confidence in the UK glass processing industry, Glaston received four orders in 2013 alone from customers in the market for its premium FC500 tempering furnace. Glaston FC500 represents the industry’s highest standard for processing glass with optical quality and energy efficiency. Glaston FC500 increases production capacity by up to 40% while consuming 30% […]

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Marking the return of confidence in the UK glass processing industry, Glaston received four orders in 2013 alone from customers in the market for its premium FC500 tempering furnace. Glaston FC500 represents the industry’s highest standard for processing glass with optical quality and energy efficiency. Glaston FC500 increases production capacity by up to 40% while consuming 30% less energy of a conventional tempering furnace.

During its development, engineers introduced new technologies that eliminate uneven heat transfer and help operators select the most suitable heating setting for their production. The automatic roller heat control (RHC) system automatically adjusts the bottom heat level to eliminate any roller heat disturbances. The dynamic load pattern recognition (DLP) system contains sensors that generate an automatic heating profile for a specific load pattern, enhancing ease-of-use and boosting automated glass production.

Each Glaston FC500 furnace comes equipped with Glaston’s advanced iControL automation system, allowing a wide range of high-quality glass to be processed.

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New innovations at Vitrum 2013 http://www.glaston.net/2013/09/new-innovations-at-vitrum-2013/ Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:21:59 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9542 In all we do, we make sure our equipment and services help you stay at the leading edge of glass processing for the customers you serve. The latest additions to our comprehensive offering keep you continuously innovating higher quality products with better delivery flexibility along with ways to lower your operational costs. New pre-processing technology: The […]

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In all we do, we make sure our equipment and services help you stay at the leading edge of glass processing for the customers you serve. The latest additions to our comprehensive offering keep you continuously innovating higher quality products with better delivery flexibility along with ways to lower your operational costs.

New pre-processing technology:

The Glaston range has further expanded. Vitrum will be the springboard for the new UC series of automatic cutting lines, which deliver outstanding performance and reliability at an affordable price. UL fast and versatile loaders, UB breaking tables and UC cutting tables are available for half jumbo and jumbo glass size, and even come with a Low-E removal device.

Omnia, our innovative double edging machine with peripheral wheels, is suitable for solar glass applications as well as for the appliances and furniture industries.

The Hiyon vertical straight line edging machine range will be completed by a new model with 11 spindles that stands out with its structure, performance, available options and versatility.

For diamond and polishing tools for any brand of glass pre-processing machinery, or the latest innovations Glaston SolarTech and WhiteTech high performing wheels for the solar, white goods and furniture applications, visit:www.glastontools.com

New heat treatment technology:

Other new introductions in heat treatment technology include GlastonAir air flotation technology for thin glass tempering, Glaston IriControL technology to reduce and measure the iridescence of tempered glass and Glaston RC350 flat tempering lines that lower the cost of operation. Each of these solutions incorporates the latest Glaston innovations to help flat glass processors move into new areas of business.

New modernization services:

The new Glaston iControL control system upgrade for your existing flat tempering furnace brings next generation automation technology to better control your process. The Glaston RC200-zone furnace chamber replacement enables you to get a higher capacity of higher quality end products. Plus, Glaston Roller Heat Control RHC upgrade for your existing flat tempering furnace helps you reach better glass quality with ease.

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A control system upgrade brings you into this millennium http://www.glaston.net/2013/05/a-control-system-upgrade-brings-you-into-this-millennium/ Mon, 27 May 2013 10:25:00 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9546 How would you define a lifecycle-long commitment to customers? For us, it means taking equally good care of new customers as well as those who have been doing business with us since the very beginning in the 1970s. The latest and most advanced control system of the market, Glaston iControL is now available as an upgrade […]

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How would you define a lifecycle-long commitment to customers? For us, it means taking equally good care of new customers as well as those who have been doing business with us since the very beginning in the 1970s. The latest and most advanced control system of the market, Glaston iControL is now available as an upgrade for Glaston flat tempering furnaces, regardless of their age.

Fast to learn– Easy to use

iControL  automation system  has been designed by paying special attention to user-friendly features. One of them is an operator-specific interface based on full touch screen technology that helps operators customize advantageous production practices for better results. The control system is based on intuitive user technology with illustrative graphics. It is consistent with the most common and familiar user technologies, so that the new system is fast to learn and easy to use.

Expanded and error-free production with intelligence

iControL upgrade introduces a wide range of automated features to boost production. Our design goal has been to incorporate as much intelligence into the system as possible to eliminate manual functions and thereby human errors. One of these cutting-edge, automated features is an extensive recipe library in which all production data is logged. You can store a large number of value parameters to automatically produce different glass types in the best possible way – easily and efficiently.

Easy and quick maintenance

To support your production efficiency, iControL is equipped with easy maintenance features. Remote access enables quick troubleshooting and diagnostics of your system to minimize production disturbances. The upgrade is more compact and includes fewer parts than aged control systems, thereby requiring both minimized floor space and maintenance.

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GlastonAir air flotation technology – Discover new tempered thin glass applications http://www.glaston.net/2013/05/glastonair-air-flotation-technology/ Thu, 02 May 2013 10:31:58 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9556 Finding a way to truly temper extremely thin glass has posed a challenge to the glass processing industry. Either the solutions have been too cost-prohibitive or then the end glass products have been of sub-par quality. We have now developed a way to harness air flotation technology to temper glass down to 2 mm, allowing […]

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Finding a way to truly temper extremely thin glass has posed a challenge to the glass processing industry. Either the solutions have been too cost-prohibitive or then the end glass products have been of sub-par quality. We have now developed a way to harness air flotation technology to temper glass down to 2 mm, allowing it to be used as an economically viable and durable option for a wide range of weight-sensitive applications.

Solar panels drive development of tempered thin glass

One of the most pressing drivers to tackle the thin glass tempering challenge has been the exponential growth in the global solar industry and the need for lightweight, rugged solar panels at a reasonable cost.

The new air flotation technology not only provides a solution to overcome the technical, cost and energy consumption limitations inherent with conventional heat treatment technologies, it also provides a superb end product for various applications where weight and cost are an issue.

GlastonAir is the fruitful result of this development. The unique air flotation technology allows a higher exit temperature, making it possible to temper thin glass down to 2 mm. The stable bottom heating ensures excellent and consistent end product quality.

We welcome you to learn more at China Glass 2013 in Beijing, China, at GPD Finland 2013 in Tampere, Finland and at MirStekla in Moscow, Russia.

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Glaston IriControL – latest technology to raise quality http://www.glaston.net/2013/05/glaston-iricontrol/ Thu, 02 May 2013 10:29:38 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9553 Measure and reduce tempered glass iridescence We’re all familiar with the spots or streaks that show up on glass surfaces. This is especially true when there is a high degree of light polarization, with glass installations close to the sea or two to three hours before sunset. Thanks to the extensive research and development of […]

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Measure and reduce tempered glass iridescence

We’re all familiar with the spots or streaks that show up on glass surfaces. This is especially true when there is a high degree of light polarization, with glass installations close to the sea or two to three hours before sunset. Thanks to the extensive research and development of Glaston and Arcon from Germany to eliminate this phenomenon, it is now possible for the first time to measure just how much iridescence is occurring when tempering glass. And with Glaston IriControL, processors can manufacture unprecedented tempered glass quality in which iridescent marks are not even possible to see with the naked eye.

Glaston IriControL1 – technology to reduce iridescence

With the latest technology just released by Glaston, IriControL enables glass processors to temper glass with the most minimal level of iridescence possible. This allows glass to be produced for applications where iridescence is not tolerated or where iridescence is further emphasized with a high degree of light polarization.

The new technology specifically reduces iridescence for glass types that are more sensitive to it, including 8 – 15 mm glass, heat strengthened or clear glass.

Glaston IriControL2­ – measuring iridescence, or anisotropy, with isotropy values

 For the first time, iridescence values can be measured in real numerical values. Known as an isotropy value, the number indicates how visible or invisible the iridescence phenomenon is on each processed glass panel. A value from 0 – 50% is unacceptable. Values between 50 – 70% are common, but iridescence marks can easily be seen. Glass with values between 70 – 85% is considered to be high quality glass on the market today. In comparison, Glaston IriControL reaches values of over 95% on a consistent basis.

Glaston IriControL2 combines the IriControL1 technology with a new offline iridescence measurement system that shows the isotropy value as a real number. This provides a benchmark from which to improve processing or to confirm to customers that the glass exceeds all normal quality standards when it comes to iridescence.

We welcome you to learn more at China Glass 2013 in Beijing, China, at GPD Finland 2013 in Tampere, Finland and at MirStekla in Moscow, Russia.

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Glaston UC Series automatic cutting lines – affordable high performance and reliability http://www.glaston.net/2013/05/glaston-uc-series-automatic-cutting-lines-affordable-high-performance-and-reliability/ Thu, 02 May 2013 10:27:29 +0000 http://www.glaston.net/?p=9550 This spring we are introducing to the market the new range of automatic cutting lines, the UC Series, delivering outstanding performance and reliability at an affordable price. High levels of performance as well as accuracy have been achieved thanks to a double servo drive system and lighter but stronger bridge, and a new patented cutting […]

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This spring we are introducing to the market the new range of automatic cutting lines, the UC Series, delivering outstanding performance and reliability at an affordable price.

High levels of performance as well as accuracy have been achieved thanks to a double servo drive system and lighter but stronger bridge, and a new patented cutting head design.

Coupled with a new-generation, faster and more versatile range of loaders and proven break-out tables, the UC Series is well suited for the most demanding cutting applications.

We welcome you to learn more at China Glass 2013 in Beijing, China, at GPD Finland 2013 in Tampere, Finland and at MirStekla in Moscow, Russia.

 

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