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Interview

MR ASHOK JAIN, MD of FUSO Glass

‘Our vision is to be

India’s market leader in

processed glass segment’

FUSO GLASS MD Mr Ashok Jain Speaks To GB

About His Aspirations, Focus Areas & Future Plans

From establishing FUSO as a well-accepted brand in the

Indian and the global markets to becoming the market

leader in the processed glass segment and entering solar

glass and OEM, MD Ashok Jain touches upon a variety of

aspects during this conversation with Glass Bulletin.

Tell us how you entered the glass

business and about your journey with

FUSO Group.

I hail from a glass trading family.

My father and uncles started

the business about six decades

ago. After graduation in 1986, I

pursued CA till I joined business

in 1990. It was the tremendous

encouragement given by my

brothers encouraged me to enter

the glass business.

Those days, it was figured and

sheet glass market. It was a seller’s

market. Demand was multi-fold.

Clear sheet glass supply was in

shortage and tinted glass was a

luxury. Dealers and customers used

to wait in glass factories for their

orders. It was a time manufacturers

and dealers enjoyed good profit.

This prompted me to enter the glass

business, visualizing the industry’s

bright future.

Since 1990, the glass industry

has undergone a tremendous

transition, and I am proud and

lucky to have travelled along with it

ever since.

FUSO has had a remarkable role

to our credit in these transitions.

We introduced in India many

architectural glass products for the

first time. Till we started our first

architectural plant, we had been

importing architectural glasses.

In 1994, we imported heat

strengthened glasses for the first

time in India, for India’s first

IT Park, ITPL, in Whitefield,

Bangalore. In 1996, for the first

time, we imported hi-performance

soft coated DGU glasses, for

India’s second IT Park, Tidel Park,

Chennai. In 1998, we started

selling soft-coated laminated glasses

and we served Infosys alone with

more than one lakh square metres.

By the time we started our first

architectural plant in Chennai in

2004, we had over 100 projects to

our credit in India. In the process,

I had travelled extensively world

over and gained micro and macro

techno-commercial knowledge in

both glass and glass processing

industry.

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FUSO • 2

How did FUSO establish its prominent

position in the industry within such a

short span of time?

It is all team effort. Our team

is working round the clock with

dedication, loyalty and sincerity, in tune

with FUSO’s vision. We have treated

every setback as a stepping stone

and milestone towards success. We

are united in achieving and retaining

leadership. We are united in knowledge

acquisition. This is the secret of our

success.

FUSO is the only company with three

state-of-the-art glass processing

factories in India that are equipped

with all major processing machinery.

Please tell us something about this.

In tune with our vision and to be

nearer to the market, strategically we

opted for plants in different locations

— Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

It’s true FUSO today has the largest

processing capacity in the country and

most importantly, FUSO family’s vision

to go all out with all the processing

facilities viz., tempering, insulating,

laminating, screen printing, heat soak

etc., at one go in all our plants. This

has, in fact, built our strength from Day

One of our plant operation.

In fact when FUSO was

constructing its first plant in Chennai,

I happened to meet one of the veterans

of that time in the industry who asked

me, “Are you sure you want to put up

all these lines at one go without having

any experience in glass processing

industry?”

It was shocking for a second. But

FUSO took it as a challenge and just

in two years, i.e. in 2006, we saw that

we were right in our vision. We found

tremendous market acceptance, which

paved way for our further expansion in

Hyderabad and Mumbai.

You recently invested a lot on

upgrading your facilities with world

class machinery. Few of them are even

the first in India. Share with us your

thoughts behind this.

The purpose behind our investment

in upgrading our facilities is to be the

market leader. Many of our machineries

are world-class and first in India.

We have a strong technical advisory

committee, which is monitoring

global techniques and performance

parameter criteria. Healthy periodical

debates are undertaken and decisions

taken for upgrading and modification.

FUSO was awarded the Best Glass

Processor Award – National, for thee

continuous years since 2017.

What facilities do you have in your

factories to test the quality of

processed glass?

FUSO’s plants are equipped with wellestablished

and fully equipped state-ofthe-art

glass testing facilities. We adopt

uniform processing techniques and

FUSO’s In-House Quality Testing Facilities:

Sno. Tempering Lamination DGU Pre process

1 Overall Bow High Temperature Tests

– Boil & Bake

2 Roller Waviness Fracture & Adhesion Test

/ Ball drop Test

3 Edge Lift Resistance to Human

Impact / Shot bag Test

4 Fragmentation /

GASP

5 Visual Zebra

Inspection

6 Resistance to Shock

test

Desiccant (∆T) Test

Butterfly Test

Snap/Pot life Test

Dimension Check

Thickness Check

Diagonal check

Displacement Check Shore A hardness Test Float Glass Inspection for

Spot Faults, Linear Faults

Visual Inspection on Peel Adhesion Test Water Quality Inspection

Final Glass

Layup Room – Rh,

Temperature Check

Overall Thickness /

Parallelism Test

7 Water Quality Inspection Air gap Test

8 Pummel Test Dew Drop Test

9 Water Immersion Test

10 Water Quality Inspection

11 Butyl Quantity Test

The Quality Standards Fuso offers:

testing facilities in all our three plants

to ensure uniform quality of the end

product delivered to our customers,

irrespective of the source of supply.

In FUSO, we follow global standards.

FUSO holds certificates viz., ISO 9001-

2015, QNL, BIS/ISI, IGCC (soon),

ARAI etc. Our Plants are accredited

and certified by Saint Gobain to

process their hi-performance coated

glasses. FUSO was the QNL (Qualified

Network of Laminator) certification by

Kuraray (globally renowned lamination

interlayer manufacturer) which is

issued to competent glass processors

globally.

Below is the chart of standards

followed and the Quality testing

facilities we have:

Drawing Check

Standards EN ASTM IS

Tempering 12150, 1863 1048, 1651 2553-1: 2018 (TG),

16982: 2018 (HS)

Lamination 12543 1172 2553-1 :2018

DGU 1279 2188 17346: 2020

Float 572, 1096 1036 14900 :2018

Heat Soak 14179

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Interview

What makes FUSO India’s largest

glass processing company?

Customers support – every increasing

customers and their appreciation,

guidance and support are the very

reasons behind our growth year

on year. FUSO reciprocates our

customers’ confidence, with our largest

glass processing facility.

Having every type of glass

processing facility under one roof is

another strong factor.

What is the importance of safety

standard in your view? How are your

factories equipped in this regard?

We care for our human assets first.

Glass is heavy, fragile and dangerous to

handle without proper safety standards

and equipment in place.

In our Chennai plant, we have 6

EOT Cranes covering the entire factory

floor area. In all our plants, loading and

unloading in seaming, double edger

line, insulating line, laminating line

etc., are automated — first of its kind

in the country. All our glass handling

systems are fully mechanized.

We don’t compromise in safety

standards. COVID-19 has made us

much more cautious about the health

of our employees. Periodical training

and monitoring safety measures are

part of our routine operative system.

In short, we minimize people’s direct

contact with glass.

FUSO is entering the OEM

segment in a very big way.

We will have our first OEM

plant in Chennai, followed

by another in the west.

In the next five years,

we will be investing in two

plants for OEM segment,

two for architectural at

new strategic locations and

a solar glass plant.

FUSO’s PROCESSING CAPACITY:

Process

Production

Lines

How did FUSO establish itself as a

big name in the export of processed

glass?

With two factories located strategically

in port cities of Chennai and Mumbai,

we are able to serve the global market

effectively. We have all standards,

certificates and facilities to meet global

expectations. Our team is strong to

understand and meet the technocommercial

requirements of our

international customers.

Our first mega break was with

the execution of 40,000 sq m Vision

Exchange Project in Singapore. This

gave us confidence to cater to the

global demand, and presently, we are

involved in projects in Singapore,

Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand,

Colombo, Dubai, Qatar, Africa,

Bangladesh, Europe etc.

Now-a-days, float glasses of many

international brands are available

in India to suit the choice of global

customers. Best process quality of

international standards are available

with FUSO. All these factors give

momentum to our export business.

You have family members in your

business. What role did this aspect

play in the journey of FUSO?

Our joint family is our biggest strength.

Each family member has a specific

strength in one or few particular fields.

Our head of the family and my

uncle, Tarachandji, is our group

chairman. My brothers Mr C L Jain is

a great visionary and controls corporate

finance and Mr Madanlal is an expert

in admin, legal matters and taxation.

Our director, Mr R K Chouhan, excels

in operations. My younger brother,

Max Size

Width-mm Length-mm Capacity Sq.Mtr / Annum

Flat Tempered Furnace 6 2440 / 2800 8000 / 5000 20,00,000 (6 mm basis)

Insulating Glass 5 2500 5000 5,00,000

Laminated glass 3 2400 6000 3,00,000

Curved Tempered Furnace 3 2440 (Arc) 3660 1,00,000

Heat Soak Test Furnace 3 2400 6000 2,50,000 (6 mm basis)

Silk-Screen Printing 2 2440 4500 1,50,000

Sarad Jain, heads our trading and

interior division and Anuj Jain is an

expert in business administration.

My core competency is executing

group vision involving in plant lay-outs,

machinery and technology acquisition,

strategic tie-ups, techno-commercial

and sales and marketing.

In the next gen, Ms Himansee Jain,

my elder brother’s daughter, who is

also a director, is focusing on branding

and business development apart from

playing a major role in controlling the

Mumbai plant operations. My son

Jainik Jain is actively participating

in technology development and

implementations. He is also

participating in FUSO’s expansion

programme. Jainik Jain is successfully

heading FUSO’s new vertical - entry

into OEM and locomotive segments.

All major decisions are taken

by the Board of Directors. Going

forward, FUSO wants to transform

professionally.

What changes have you seen in

the glass processing industry and

how did this lead to the necessary

transformation?

Glass processing industry has

undergone tremendous changes in last

two decades in many ways.

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If you look at the processed

glass size, it has moved from

semi-jumbo to jumbo, facade

has started demanding floor to

floor glass panels, shop-fronts

have started asking for single

panel of double floor height.

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It has moved from normal

processing to more of

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structurally designed glass to

take care of wind-loads velocity

and becoming a substitute to

walls.

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Glass being the aesthetic

element in the building, facade

consultant and end-clients are

keen on processing parameters

viz., roller waves, bow/warp,

and edge dip these days.

To accommodate these customer

expectations, glass processing industry

has transformed by up-grading plant

machinery and technology from time

to time.

What are your thoughts on

innovation in the glass industry in

the present day?

Customers are contemplating to use

glass for more and more applications

such as cook-tops, bullet proof

vehicles, fire-protection areas, privacy

cubicles and so on. From lighting to

home appliances, from facades to

locomotives and from ship to mining

equipment, processed glasses are

taking substantial presence.

Customers are foreseeing more and

more advantages in using glass and

hence, innovations in glass processing

is ever increasing. FUSO is gearing up

to accommodate new innovations with

ease.

What is your primary focus for FUSO

in India?

Branding — making FUSO a wellaccepted

brand in the Indian market.

Making this brand recognition possible

by delivering value for money, to

its customers with consistency in

maintaining global glass process

standards. FUSO also aims to place

brand Fuso as the well-sought ‘Makein-India’

product, globally.

What is your vision for FUSO for the

upcoming years?

Our vision is to be India’s market

leader in the processed glass segment.

We have been contemplating on the

next step of FUSO. We will soon enter

all segments of glass processing. In

fact, we are entering in a very big way

in OEM segment. We will have our

first OEM plant in Chennai followed by

another in the west.

Fuso will also enter into solar glass

manufacturing. We are already into

architectural, automotive, locomotive

and interior segments with remarkable

presence.

In the next five years, we will

be investing in two plants for OEM

segment, two in architectural at new

strategic locations and a solar glass

plant.

FUSO will stay in the glass business

only and invest accordingly. Thanks

to our government, our customers,

dedicated team and Board of Directors,

we are moving ahead in our successful

business journey.

Email: admin@fuso.in

Website: www.fuso.in

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Event

glasstec VIRTUAL strengthens

glasstec’s position as leading trade

fair for global glass sector

Over 10,000 Experts From More Than 110 Countries Made Use Of Content

Offered On The Platform

glasstec VIRTUAL from 20th to 22nd October has successfully bridged the gap between

now and the forthcoming glasstec in June 2021. With its concept comprising digital

knowledge transfer, novel presentation possibilities for exhibitors as well as additional

virtual networking options, it has convinced the international glass sector.

“With glasstec’s virtual portfolio,

Messe Düsseldorf shows that it

can succeed in bringing together

industries worldwide, not only at

physical events but also with digital

formats. This means it continues to

position itself once more as a No. 1

destination for global communication

business contacts,” says Erhard

Wienkamp, COO of Messe Düsseldorf.

“The global pandemic is a major

challenge for the glass industry and

thus also for the machinery and

plant manufacturers in this sector.

Therefore, it was very important that

Messe Düsseldorf provided us the

new format ‘glasstec VIRTUAL’ to be

able to present our new products in

these times as well. Different from

the normal glasstec, but an important

and clear signal for the industry. We

were happy to take advantage of the

extensive conference program and the

opportunity to show new developments

and highlights via web sessions and our

own channels, and we also received

positive feedback. Nevertheless,

we are of course looking forward to

meeting again personally at glasstec in

Düsseldorf in June 2021,” states Egbert

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glasstec VIRTUAL • 2

Wenninger, Senior Vice President,

Business Unit Glass, Grenzebach

Maschinenbau GmbH and Chairman

of the glasstec exhibitor advisory board.

“During the pandemic period,

this solution enabled us to offer the

industry an additional platform to

intensify and expand international

contacts. Now the focus is entirely

on preparing glasstec, which will be

held here in Düsseldorf from 15 to 18

June 2021,” notes Birgit Horn, Project

Director glasstec.

glasstec VIRTUAL in numbers

glasstec VIRTUAL saw over 10,000

experts from over 110 countries

make use of the content offered

on this platform. The proportion of

international visitors stood at 73% (the

top-ranking visitor countries being

USA, Italy, UK, India and Germany).

Over 120,000 page impressions

underscore the avid interest taken by

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Event

the glass community in the content

of glasstec VIRTUAL. At the Exhibitor

Showroom, 800 exhibitors from 44

countries presented their products,

solutions and applications. More

than 5,000 people participated in the

interactive formats. All web sessions

and conference tracks will soon be

available on demand. The showrooms

of participating exhibitors will also be

available to visitors until glasstec in

June 2021.

–Daniel Krauß

Email: KraussD@messe-duesseldorf.de

–Brigitte Küppers

Email: KueppersB@messe-duesseldorf.de

Website: www.messe-duesseldorf.de

Exhibitor Statements

Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH

The global pandemic is a major challenge for the glass industry and thus also for the machinery and plant

manufacturers in this sector. Therefore, it was really important that Messe Düsseldorf provided us the new format

“glasstec VIRTUAL” to be able to present our new products in these times as well. Different from the normal

glasstec, but an important and clear signal for the industry. We were happy to take advantage of the extensive

conference program and the opportunity to show new developments and highlights via web sessions and our own

channels, and we also received positive feedback. Nevertheless, we are of course looking forward to meeting you

again personally at glasstec in Düsseldorf in June 2021: Egbert Wenninger, Senior Vice President, Business Unit

Glass, Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH, and Chairman of glasstec exhibitor advisory board.

Bekaert NV

Bekaert participated in glasstec VIRTUAL and experienced it as an interesting learning step in this fast-changing

world. We hope situation normalizes and we look forward to partner up at glasstec 2021 to discuss your projects:

Johan Palmers, Global Segment Manager heat resistant textiles & burners, Bekaert.

Dip-Tech Ltd

Dip-Tech was very pleased with the opportunity to share its newest solution for the architectural flat glass market

on glasstec VIRTUAL this year. Joining forces with glasstec VIRTUAL enabled us to present our new machine,

Dip-Tech DX-3, in an innovative way, showcase its advantages and capabilities and of course, connect with our

customers from around the world. We look forward to being able to meet with everyone at glasstec 2021 and to

bring you the latest innovations – this time face-to-face: Yariv Ninyo, Head of Business Development, Dip-Tech

Ltd.

Dow Silicones Belgium SPRL

Dow was delighted to be active in all areas of the glasstec VIRTUAL e-vent and have the opportunity to personally

showcase our exciting developments during our web session: Markus Plettau, Global Façade Segment Leader, Dow

High Performance Building.

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Event

First webinar on Indian standards

of glass held

Session Jointly Organised By GSI, CGCRI, BIS and IIT Madras

The first webinar on Indian standards for glass and its architectural and general purposes

was held on October 9, 2020.

Mr. Sachin S Menon,

Scientist C, Bureau of Indian Standards

Overview of BIS

Standardization

Activity in the Field

of Glass

Dr K Annapurna,

Senior Principal Scientist,

CSIR-Centre for Glass and Ceramic

Research Institute & Convener, Subcommittee,

CHD-10, Bureau of Indian

Standards

Indian Standard

on Transparent

Float Glass

Mr. Sharanjit Singh,

Member, Glazing Society of India

and

Convenor, BIS sub committee

CHD 10:4 for processed glass

Indian

Standards on Heat

Strengthened

Glass & Insulating

Glazing Unit

Mr. G N Gohul Deepak,

Director, Glazing Society of India &

Member, CHD 10 Sectional Committee,

Bureau of Indian Stanards

Indian

Standards on

Safety Glass - IS

2553 Part 1: 2018

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS),

Glazing Society of India (GSI),

CSIR – Centre for Glass and

Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI)

and Indian Institute of Technology

Madras jointly organized the webinar.

The session covered Indian

standards for float glass, heat

strengthened glass, toughened glass,

laminated glass and insulated glazing

unit used for architectural and

other general purposes. The target

audience for the webinar included

float manufacturers, glass processors,

fabricators, builders, government,

professionals and others.

The webinar began with a welcome

address by A R Unnikrishnan,

chairman of GSI, followed by a

mention of the programme objective

by Dr K Annapurna, Senior Principal

Scientist and head of Glass Division at

CGCRI.

Ajay K Lal, Chemical Department

head at BIS gave a special address.

This was followed by a keynote address

by J R Chowdhury, Deputy Director

General (Standardization), BIS.

The inaugural address by presented

by Dr K Muraleedharan, Director,

CGCRI, and Chairman, CHD 10,

BIS. Prof (Dr) S Arul Jayachandran,

Professor and Head, SGRT Facility,

Department of Civil Engineering, IIT

Madras, gave a vote of thanks to all

who took part in the session.

Sachin Menon, Member Secretary,

CHD 10, BIS, gave a presentation on

the overview of Indian glass standards.

Dr K Annapurna gave a presentation

on float glass. This was followed by a

presentation on heat strengthened and

insulating glazing unit by Sharanjit

Singh, GSI member, and one on

standard for safety glass by G N Gohul

Deepak, Director, GSI.

A question and answer session took

place after the presentations.

Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020 47


Event

GB, MDI jointly conduct webinar on

future of Indian glass industry

Panellists Say Coming Year Will Be Big For The Industry, Project Tremendous

Growth Of Glass Sector

Glass Bulletin (GB) and Messe Düsseldorf India (MDI) together organized a webinar on

trends of industry growth for flat glass on September 15. The session featured eminent

speakers from the industry who deliberated and shared their perspectives on the future of

the Indian glass industry.

The panellists were Mr Divyendu

Pundhir, Vice President and

CEO of Gujarat Guardian

Limited, Mr Chaitanya Madan of

Manchu Toughened Glass, Mr Ali

Kamil, Director of Kaenat Glass, Mr

J D Pawar, glass industry consultant,

Mr Shetha Bhavesh, Director of

Naitri Enterprise, and Mr Prashant

Bagkar, Business Head at Pulsar

Technologies.

The session was moderated by Mr

Anand Nair, Director of Projects at

MDI, and Mr Lakhan Singh, Editor

and Publisher of Glass Bulletin.

The webinar began with a welcome

note by MDI Managing Director Mr

Thomas Schlitt.

Mr Schlitt announced the new

dates of glasspro INDIA 2021. The

fourth glasspro INDIA, which was put

off due to the outbreak of COVID-19,

will now be held on September 23-25,

2021 in Mumbai. He also introduced

a new segment that will be part of the

exhibition – fenestrationpro INDIA.

The moderators expressed hopes

that although the country and

the industry were going through

a difficult time because of the

pandemic, the worst was over. The

glass industry will bounce back in no

time aided by collective efforts of all

those associated with it and supported

by the government’s initiatives and

policies, Mr Nair said.

The discussion began with the

panellists presenting their opening

remarks. They opined that the

coming year would be big for the

industry and projected tremendous

growth of the glass sector.

ANAND NAIR

Mr Pundhir spoke about

customers’ requirements in the

present day. He said aesthetics and

performance of glass are the two

aspects customers were looking for

Energy efficiency is talked about a lot.

Mr Pundhir added that the customer

was aware about sustainability and

green buildings because there is so

much information available to them.

He said that the Union government

has regulations for high performance

glass at par with developed countries.

The industry can greatly benefit

by adopting these provisions and

educating itself, Mr Pundhir added.

Speaking on profit margins,

Mr Pundhir said per capita

consumption of glass in India has to

be increased and value addition of

glass enhanced. Also, opportunities

Moderator

LAKHAN SINGH

should be explored to export glass

to Western countries and not just to

those in the neighbourhood, he said.

Talking about the designer glass

industry, Mr Kamil said it is growing

and has a wide product range. As long

as creativity in this sector is growing,

we can learn new things, he said,

adding there is a lot of innovation

in this field and it has a great future

ahead.

Adding to this, Mr Madan said

there is a huge market for export

of designer glass products made in

India. Awareness should be created

about this segment in the market, he

added.

Mr Bagkar focussed on quality as

one of the most important aspects to

be considered. Processors should be

quality-conscious besides being price-

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GB Webinar • 2

Panellists

An Opinion Poll

Do you think 2021 will be huge for the

glass industry?

Maybe

29%

No

8%

Yes

63%

Mr Divyendu Pundhir,

Vice President and CEO of Gujarat

Guardian Limited

Mr Chaitanya Madan,

Director of Manchu Toughened Glass

Mr Ali Kamil,

Director of Kaenat Glass

Yes No Maybe

Do you think this is the right time to

invest or expand?

Maybe

17%

No

21%

Yes

62%

Mr J D Pawar,

Safety Glass Project Consultant

Mr Shetha Bhavesh,

Director of Naitri Enterprise

Mr Prashant Bagkar,

Business Head at Pulsar Technologies

Yes No Maybe

Speaking on profit

margins, Mr Pundhir said

per capita consumption

of glass in India has to

be increased and value

addition of glass enhanced.

Also, opportunities should

be explored to export glass

conscious, he said. All processors

should set up a laboratory, Mr Bagkar

added.

Speaking on how the government’s

‘Make in India’ was gaining traction

in the industry, Mr Bhavesh said

small equipment for glass is being

manufactured in the country now

unlike in the past when everything

had to be imported. He said this trend

will slowly grow, and with focus on

quality and also availability, the glass

industry in the country can become

independent.

Mr Pawar said this is undoubtedly

the right time to invest in the glass

industry in India. He said that 60-70

per cent glass for the home appliance

sector is imported. With emphasis on

value addition in glass in this sector,

the domestic market can be easily

captured, Mr Pawar added.

He said the demand for domestic

producers will double itself in

the next two years if investments

are made and expansion plans

undertaken now. Mr Pawar stressed

on the need to think about cutting

operational costs which will definitely

lead to increase in profit margins.

The webinar also conducted an

opinion poll, in which all panellists

and participants voted on three

questions on the glass industry in

India.

Are you following the minimum credit

policy?

No

18%

Yes No Maybe

Yes

82%

Asked if they thought that 2021

would be huge for the glass industry,

63 per cent said yes, eight per cent

voted no and the rest said maybe. On

if they thought this is the right time

to invest or expand, 62 per cent said

yes, 21 per cent said no and 17 per

cent voted maybe. Asked if they are

following the minimum credit policy,

82 per cent of participants voted yes,

while the rest said no.

The session was wrapped up with a

vote of thanks from Mr Lakhan Singh.

Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020 49


Event

Ready for Re-Start: Messe Düsseldorf

draws up Hygiene and Infection

Protection Concept

We Offer All Prerequisites For Safe And Successful Trade Fairs In The Times

Of Coronavirus: CEO Diener

Here we go again: CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf, the world’s leading trade fair for

motorhomes and caravans, marked the resumption of trade fair operations at the

homebase in Düsseldorf from September 4 to 13, 2020.

After the lockdown in spring

it has been possible to hold

trade fairs and congresses

again subject to specific conditions

in North Rhine-Westphalia since 31

May 2020. Other Düsseldorf events

on the agenda for this year include

the medical technology trade fairs

MEDICA and COMPAMED (16 –

19/11), the industrial fittings event

VALVE WORLD EXPO (1 – 3/12)

as well as the trade fair duo for

wire, cable, pipes and tubes, wire

and Tube (7 – 11/12).

The hygiene and infection

protection concept of the

Düsseldorf exhibition centre

enables relevant industry platforms

to be held while ensuring the

greatest protection possible for

exhibitors, visitors, partners and

members of staff.

It ensures observance of the

required health precautions,

hygiene measures and distancing

rules and encompasses both

measures for headcount and space

management as well as hygiene,

technical and organisational

measures provided by the federal

state government for holding

congresses and trade fairs.

The current Corona Protection

Ordinance of the federal state of

North Rhine-Westphalia serves as

a basis.

At the same time, the gradual

easing of international travel

restrictions promotes the

resumption of trade fair operations.

Following the first border openings

within Europe, the German Federal

Government has gradually lifted

the restrictions for entries from

third countries since 1 July 2020.

Such initiatives especially benefit

Düsseldorf’s leading international

trade fairs as they stand out with

their particularly high international

attendance. In 2019 this stood at

73.4% for exhibitors and 37.1% for

visitors.

Significant Step for Business

“I welcome how responsibly

Messe Düsseldorf deals with the

topic of infection protection and

takes all precautions to ensure

that safe trade fair operations are

also possible in Corona times,”

emphasises Thomas Geisel, Lord

Mayor of the state capital and

chairman of the supervisory board

of Messe Düsseldorf.

“With its concept the trade fair

company provides the basis for

the re-start that business needs so

urgently. Its global No. 1 trade fairs

are indispensable for this; and this

not only applies to exhibitors and

visitors from throughout the world

but also to the numerous firms

operating in skilled crafts, stand

construction, transport, catering,

hospitality and retail that all benefit

from the events,” he adds.

According to a study by Munichbased

ifo Institute, Düsseldorf’s

trade fair and congress operations

induce annual sales of approx.

EUR 2.98 billion across Germany

(in Düsseldorf: EUR 1.66 billion),

secure 27,692 jobs (in Düsseldorf:

16,664) and generate additional

tax revenue of EUR 567 million (in

Düsseldorf: EUR 36.3). One third

of all overnight stays at hotels are

accounted for by trade fairs.

Emphasising on the special

relevance for the exhibiting

industries, Wolfram N. Diener,

CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, says:

“All signs are pointing towards

a new departure. Enterprises

need platforms now to present

themselves and their innovations,

to network and jointly chart

the course for the future. With

our leading international trade

fairs, we deliver second-to-none

prerequisites for doing so. Our

hygiene and infection protection

standards ensure that the safety

and health of our exhibitors,

visitors, partners and members

of staff are protected in the best

possible way. We are ready.”

Detailed Concept based on Proven

Measures

As a matter of principle, the

official distancing and hygiene

rules shall be applicable at events

held at the Düsseldorf exhibition

centre, compliance is also up to

each individual – as is the case in

the public sphere and in retail.

These rules include maintaining

a minimum distance of 1.5 m,

seeing to one’s own hand hygiene,

50 Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020


Messe • 2

wearing a face mask, following the

sneeze etiquette and foregoing

such welcoming rituals as shaking

hands. If needed face masks will be

handed out by service staff at the

entrances and at the premises.

All forthcoming events at the

Düsseldorf location will be subject

to a limitation on persons present

to ensure minimum distancing

can be observed. Tickets will

therefore be limited and only

available online; visitors will have

to register upon purchasing them.

This permits the monitoring of

headcount as people enter the

venue. At the same time, the

provisions of the Corona Protection

Ordinance of the federal state

North Rhine-Westphalia governing

the traceability of all persons

present can be complied with and

implemented.

Concrete Measures during Trade

Fair Operations

Wherever queues form, floor

markings will draw attention to the

minimum distancing requirements.

Here and on all public spaces,

Messe Düsseldorf staff and security

personnel will ensure these

distances are observed. This is

performed on site and by means of

existing video systems.

At the exhibitors’ stands this is

done by their employees. To avoid

bumping into people all aisles are

to be used as in road traffic i.e. by

keeping to the “right-hand lane”.

All doors – with the exception of

fire protection doors – will be wide

open for contactless use.

Sanitizers will be made available

across the entire premises; at

stands exhibitors themselves will

be in charge of this. All payment

transactions will be cashless –

to the extent possible. For this

reason all ticket counters will

remain closed. Service desks,

counters, etc. will be equipped with

transparent partitions as hygiene

guards. At least twice a day – also

more frequently depending on

the footfall – turnstiles and ticket

scanners, service desk and counter

tops as well as contact surfaces

such as door handles etc. will be

cleaned.

In the toilet facilities, the

maximum number of persons is

determined by the number of open

WCs and urinals. Here one out of

two urinals and wash basins will be

blocked off; WC cubicles will all be

accessible without any restrictions.

To monitor the number of users

and safeguard the shorter cleaning

and disinfection intervals of WCs,

handles, washbasins and taps

all toilet facilities will be staffed

permanently by cleaners.

Constant and sufficient

ventilation is ensured – by

the air-handling systems and

the specifications for stand

construction and exhibit displays:

the volume of fresh air constantly

supplied to the halls exceeds the

actual need many times over and

the fresh air quality corresponds to

the outdoor air.

Furthermore, conference rooms

or ground floors in multi-storey

stands are only permitted with

open layouts to ensure they receive

sufficient ventilation. The same

applies to walk-in exhibits whose

doors, windows and roof hatches

have to be open at all times.

As before, there will be food

service and catering offered at the

events. The operators have to draw

up their own hygiene and infection

protection concept for this based on

the Corona Protection Ordinance

of the federal state of NRW and its

annexes.

For the duration of the Corona

pandemic there is a general ban

on stand parties and/or exhibitor

parties at the premises. Stand

construction is governed by the

“SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzstandard”

H&S standard of the

Federal German Ministry for

Labour and Social Affairs.

Safety for the Workforce of Messe

Düsseldorf

The protection of the workforce

is also guaranteed: all members

of staff will receive textile face

masks; for outdoor jobs there will

be an additional visor. Tools are,

if possible, personally assigned to

individual employees – and will be

cleaned before being handed over

to third parties. Protective gloves

are mandatory if jobs cannot be

performed with personally assigned

tools or if an immediate exchange

of materials and objects is required.

The hygiene and infection

protection standards are constantly

adapted to future developments

and changing legal requirements.

Messe Düsseldorf will provide

timely information on any changes.

Wolfram N. Diener emphasises:

“The safety of our exhibitors,

visitors, partners and employees is

always our top priority. As usual,

they can expect a high level of

hygiene, safety and good medical

care at the Düsseldorf exhibition

centre”.

About Messe Düsseldorf Group

With revenue of EUR 378.5 million in 2019,

Messe Düsseldorf Group has maintained its

position as one of Germany’s most successful

trade fair companies. As many as 29,222

exhibitors presented their products to 1.4

million trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf

in 2019. Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre hosts

around 40 trade fairs in five sectors of

expertise: machinery, plants and equipment;

the retail trade, trades and services; medicine

and healthcare; lifestyle and beauty, and

leisure.

–Andrea Gränzdörffer

Email: GraenzdoerfferA@messe-duesseldorf.de

Website: www.messe-duesseldorf.de

Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020 51


Event

4th glasspro INDIA & 7th glasspex INDIA

to be held on Sep 23-25, 2021 in Mumbai

The forthcoming editions of

glasspro India, the country’s

leading glass products and

technology exhibition jointly organized

by Messe Düsseldorf India and Glass

Bulletin, and glasspex India, the

nation’s leading exhibition in glass

production and processes organized by

Messe Düsseldorf India, will be held

from September 23-25, 2021 at Hall 4,

BCEC, Mumbai.

Both events are powered by glasstec,

Düsseldorf, Germany – the world’s

leading exhibition on glass.

glasspro INDIA 2021 will

continue to showcase the latest trends

and innovations in the field of flat

and processed glass products and

innovations and feature the largest

display of the latest glass processing

solutions, tools, auxiliary products and

services.

As an additional feature, glasspro

India will bring along fenestrationpro

INDIA, a show designed to cater

to the door, window and the façade

segments and unite architects,

fabricators, developers, policymakers,

façade consultants, engineers, and

stakeholders from the Indian industry

and beyond.

Synergistically, this show will drive

discussions on the design trends

which can be harmonized with energy

efficient building technologies, bringing

the widest fraternity under one roof.

The door, window and façade

industry in India is emerging rapidly

and the need for sustainability,

comfort and aesthetics continues to

drive innovation in the construction

sector. This industry has given up its

traditional structure and expedited

to modernism. This new taste and

necessity caused the manufacturers

to change their production platform

to manufacture new and updated

products.

On the other hand, glasspex

INDIA 2021 will continue to

showcase the widest range of glass

production technologies, glass

processing and finishing, hollow

glass products and applications, glass

packaging technologies, automation,

measurement and control engineering,

tools, auxiliary equipment and fittings

and many more.

Announcing the new dates for the

exhibitions, Thomas Schlitt, Managing

Director, Messe Düsseldorf India,

said, “Health safety of our exhibitors,

sponsors and visitors has been the

biggest priority for us during past

As an additional

feature, glasspro

India will bring along

fenestrationpro INDIA, a

show designed to cater

to the door, window and

the façade segments

and unite architects,

fabricators, developers,

policymakers, façade

consultants, engineers,

and stakeholders from

the Indian industry and

beyond.

few months and it continues to be

so. However, we are hopeful that the

world as well as businesses will soon

take a hopeful turn. As we regret the

inconveniences occurred due to our

plan to postpone this year’s show,

we are very excited to meet you in

September, 2021 with even more

enthusiasm and expectations.”

“We have also realized that tough

times give us initial challenges

but present to us a great deal of

opportunities. Keeping that in mind, I

am sure that we can expect an array

of even more advanced products,

technologies and solutions. We will also

be delighted to offer a potent platform

for the industry stakeholders to meet,

greet, share ideas and do fruitful

businesses together,” he said.

Asked about his expectations

from the exhibitions, Lakhan Singh,

Editor and Publisher, Glass Bulletin,

said although the industry was going

through a very difficult time because of

the pandemic, he was hopeful that the

worst was over.

“Though we have had a few setbacks

this year, we are sure the glass industry

will bounce back in no time aided by

our collective efforts and supported

by our government’s initiatives and

policies. We are confident that the

coming year will be huge for the

industry and the glass sector will see

tremendous growth,” he asserted.

The last edition of the events was

a huge success. There was a marked

increase in the number of exhibitors,

visitors and international participants

compared to the year before that. The

number of exhibiting companies stood

at 192. Given the growth in popularity

and clientele, the exhibitions are

certainly going to script yet another

success next year.

The show is supported by prestigious

industry associations like AIGMF (All

India Glass Manufacturers Federation

Ltd), Builder Association of India,

Ludhiana Glass Dealers Association,

Noida Glass and Dealers Association,

The Madras Glass & Plywood Merchant

Association and Rajkot Glass Merchant

Association.

Website: www.glassproindia.com

52 Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020


Product Hunt

Strato Bird Friendly: First anti-collision

EVA film to protect birds

Designed By Satinal In Italy, It Is Based On Studies Carried Out By

International Associations, Labs

Satinal produces in Italy the first anti-collision EVA film for bird-friendly applications, thanks

to the development of its own exclusive extrusion technology.

Strato Bird Friendly is the first

innovative and unique EVA

interlayer on the market: it makes

it possible to obtain a laminated safety

glass characterized by lines, dots or

patterns, recognizable by birds that,

consequently, will avoid colliding

against the glass.

Satinal has created the design of

these effective patterns in its R&D

Laboratory, based on studies carried

out by international associations and

laboratories that have been analysing

the flight and behaviour of birds

for several years. Some tests have

shown that birds avoid flying through

horizontal spaces less than 2″ (5 cm)

high or through vertical spaces 4″ (10

cm) wide or less.

These guidelines are commonly

known as the “2×4 rule”, but actually

there are exceptions resulting from

research conducted on specific species.

This new range of EVA interlayers,

has been designed by Satinal with the

aim to raise awareness of designers,

glaziers, architects etc. by encouraging

them to use the right tools to reduce

the problem.

Laminated glass with Strato Bird

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only limit bird collisions, but will also

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There are many factors that

affect the selection of a product that

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collection to laminate the glass, its

transparency and reflection can be

reduced.

Birds do not recognize glass as an

obstacle because it is a transparent and

reflective material.

Transparency, sometimes, can be

a problem even for man: in fact, it

happens not to notice the presence of

a door or a glass wall. However, man

is able to recognize details such as

handles, uprights and fixtures, thus

avoiding collision.

Unfortunately, birds do not have this

kind of perception and they are also

attracted by plants, food, water etc.

placed inside or outside the rooms that

they see through glass.

Another aspect, in addition to

transparency, is the reflection of light:

depending on how and where the glass

element is positioned – for example in

relation to the sun, the surrounding

environment, internal light levels etc.

– it can look like a dark passage that

birds might mistakenly see as a usual

space between branches and leaves.

Moreover, glass can act as a mirror:

reflecting the sky, clouds or vegetation

around buildings, it attracts birds and

this effect is the most frequent trigger

of the impact.

With Strato Bird Friendly you can

get a product created by humans but

designed for nature, without sacrificing

its aesthetic appeal.

Email: customer@satinal.it

Website: www.stratointerlayers.com

Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020 53


Company News

Şişecam continues

investments in full

speed

Turns Ankara Facility Into One Of The Largest Flat

Glass Production Bases In Europe

As a global industrial enterprise that operates in all core

areas of glass production, including flat glass, glassware,

glass packaging and glass fiber along with business lines

comprising soda and chromium compounds, Şişecam

continues its investments at full speed.

The new investment at its flat

glass production facility in

Ankara’s Polatlı district aims to

expand Şişecam’s production capacity

in line with higher domestic market

demand. A new furnace with an

annual capacity of 240,000 tons was

established with an investment of USD

130 million.

Şişecam has added yet another

major investment to its production

portfolio in Turkey: A second furnace

with annual capacity of 240,000

tons at its flat glass manufacturing

facility in the Polatlı district of Ankara.

This investment aims to expand the

Company’s production capacity in line

with higher demand in the domestic

market. Şişecam’s new furnace, with

an investment cost of about USD 130

million, was commissioned on October

2, 2020 following the firing ceremony.

Şişecam Vice Chairman and CEO

Prof. Ahmet Kırman, in his remarks

on the new investment, stated that the

company continues its investments

without interruptions despite the

uncertainty caused by the global

pandemic and focuses on creating

value for the economy. “We have

commissioned significant additional

capacity at Polatlı for our domestic

market, in line with our strategic

investment plans. We aim to create

value for all our stakeholders with

future investments in line with our

sustainable growth targets,” Kırman

added.

“We have further bolstered our

leadership in flat glass production in

Europe.”

Kırman emphasized that Şişecam has

continuously broken new ground in all

its fields of activity and pioneered the

development of the flat glass industry

in Turkey and across the region.

“Today, Şişecam conducts flat glass

operations in three key business lines:

architectural glass, energy glass and

home appliances glass. We provide

input for major industries, including

construction, furniture, energy and

home appliances,” he said.

“Şişecam executes its flat

glass operations in Turkey at four

production facilities, in Bursa

Yenişehir, Kırklareli, Mersin and

Ankara Polatlı. Our facility in Polatlı

has reached an annual production

capacity of 540,000 tons with this new

investment. As a result, this facility

has become one of the largest flat

glass production bases in Europe. We

now operate eight flat glass furnaces

in Turkey. Şişecam’s total flat glass

production capacity has climbed to 3.4

million tons per year. As a result, we

have further bolstered our leadership

in flat glass production in Europe,”

Kırman added.

“Şişecam’s total investment amount

in the Polatlı facility is over USD 268

million.”

Kırman pointed out that Şişecam

operated the largest flat glass furnace

in Turkey and the near region with an

annual capacity of 300,000 tons when

the Polatlı flat glass production facility

was first commissioned in 2014. He

said, “We established our flat glass

production facility in Polatlı with an

initial investment of more than USD

138 million. Following the most recent

about USD 130 million investment for

the second furnace, Şişecam’s total

investment in the Polatlı facility is over

USD 268 million.”

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Şişecam • 2

“Total employment at the Polatlı

facility will increase by 30%.”

Kırman stated that Şişecam ranks

among Turkey’s leading industrial

enterprises in terms of employment

generated. “We plan to expand our

workforce at the Polatlı facility with

the second furnace investment, which

significantly increases our flat glass

production capacity. Total employment

at the facility will increase by 30% to

about 300,” he said.

“We aim to capitalize on

opportunities in new business areas

that will add value.”

Kırman emphasized that Şişecam

continued to operate, produce and

invest in 2020, a year marked by the

global pandemic. He stated, “We

remain committed to safeguarding

the health and well-being of our

employees, business partners and

customers, without interrupting our

production and services related to

the essential needs of society during

these challenging times. We are

effectively contributing to the battle

against the pandemic thanks to our

superior research and technological

development expertise and production

strength. In addition to strategic

moves to boost efficiency in our

existing business areas in the future,

we will also capitalize on opportunities

in new business areas that will add

value to Şişecam.”

“We are making necessary

preparations to achieve our

ambitious goals in the ‘new normal’.”

Stating that 2020 has been both an

extraordinary period as well as a

historical turning point for Şişecam,

Kırman said, “2020 is a critical year.

We are making necessary preparations

to achieve our ambitious goals in the

world of ‘new normal’ – where nothing

will ever be the same again, neither

economically nor socially. We are also

excited about completing the merger

process that started at the beginning

of this year with the purpose of

consolidating all our business activities

under a single entity to boost our

global competitive edge in line with

our long-term strategies.”

“Currently, our only company

trading on Borsa Istanbul (Istanbul

Stock Exchange) is Şişecam. We

have completed the largest merger

of the Turkish capital markets with

exemplary success. Şişecam has

become the industrial enterprise

with the highest free float rate in

Turkey – 49 per cent. Thanks to this

important step toward building the

Şişecam of the future, we will focus on

the principle of global excellence. In

the coming period, we aim to become

more integrated, digital, optimized

and operationally excellent,” Kırman

added.

About Şişecam

One of the most established

enterprises in Turkey, Şişecam is a

global actor in business lines including

flat glass, glassware, glass packaging

and glass fiber as well as soda and

chromium chemicals. Şişecam,

one of the three largest producers

in glassware and the five largest

producers in glass packaging and

flat glass today globally, is the world’s

eighth largest soda producer as well

as the world leader in chromium

compounds.

Operating in Turkey, Germany,

Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia,

Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the

Russian Federation, Georgia, Ukraine,

Egypt, India and the USA, Şişecam

plays a leading role in flat glass,

glassware, glass packaging, chemicals,

automotive, glass fiber, mining, energy

and recycling business lines.

As a company at international scale

with its 85 years of experience, 22,000

employees, production activities

spanning 14 countries on four

continents, and sales in 150 countries,

Şişecam continues on its journey

to become one of top three global

producers in its all-main business

lines.

Email: baharyasli@lobby-pr.com

Website: www.sisecam.com

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Company News

Introducing ‘Better Home’

‘India’s First And Only Hyper Local App For Home Improvement Services

And Products’

‘Better Home’ connects dealers of glass, mirror, plywood, hardware, facade materials and

similar products with buyers near their locations, just like foodtech platforms Swiggy or

Zomato.

Here’s a solution to connect

dealers of glass and mirror

with customers near their

stores. The founders of ‘Better Home’

have brought a platform to sell home

improvement products (building or

construction materials) and services

online and get unlimited leads too.

When a buyer needs customised

products or solutions (like changing

their kitchen splash-back to glass),

‘Better Home’ lets them book

enquiries directly with the store

providing the required details. Dealers

will confirm an appointment with the

buyer, visit the home/office, provide

consultation, use the app to place the

order and get paid.

A dealer in Delhi can also service

an architect customer in Bangalore

using the premium dealers in the

app, ensuring good service. “As the

app is designed to get leads directly

from the customers, the conversion

ratio will be 300% higher compared

to portals like India Mart or Just

Dial. Dealers will get unlimited

leads. Further, if enquiries come to

the app, we will assign to premium

dealers in that locality,” says ‘Better

Home’ co-founder and CEO Balaji

Kalyansundaram.

Kalyansundaram founded the

company with Karunakaran S L, who

holds the position of CTO.

Kalyansundaram’s father was one

of the leading mirror manufacturers

in south India, and the CEO is glad

to be associated with glass and mirror

dealers in the digital age through the

app, which was born out of 40 years of

glass business experience and 20 years

of global IT experience.

“With over 5,400 glass dealers

and 65,000 dealers from all the 25

categories (across India) in the app,

we are launching the buyer app for

Diwali,” he said.

Kalyansundaram says his mission is

to enable local businesses serve their

customers with convenience and safety

online. The values of the company are

“Customer Obsession, Ownership, and

Continuous Improvement.”

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Better Home • 2

Visit the website, download the

app, register and start selling —

it’s that simple.

Better Home is an online platform

that addresses the issues of sellers

and customers alike.

99

Local seller wants to sell

online

99

Customers want convenient,

quick, safe & quality service

99

Cost effective for both seller

and buyer

How it works?

What are the benefits for dealers?

1. Increase Sales for Local

Businesses

It is an online channel

to increase sales with

transparent buyer ratings,

which enables more discovery

in the app, and even more

sales.

2. Unlimited Leads and

Orders

Leads and orders will be

delivered to the seller’s

mobile. Seller will use the app

to provide quote, convert to

order and get it paid online or

cash on delivery.

3. Convenient and Safe for

Buyer

It provides a great experience

for the customer to buy

products or get customised

solutions using their mobile

phone.

4. 25 Main Categories

One-stop app for home

improvement, with all the

main categories covered like

interior design, glass, timber,

paint, hardware, etc., and

more will be added soon.

5. New Age Technologies

Better Home is the first

e-commerce app in India

to provide options to see

products in 360-degree view.

Use Augmented Reality (AR)

to “try before buy, virtually”.

These will enable buyers make

better decisions and hence,

lead to more sales for dealers.

Website: www.betterhomeapp.com

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Company News

Glaston celebrates 150th anniversary

To Showcase Solutions That Give Companies A Better Competitive Edge

As companies gear up to become more competitive in these challenging/uncertain times,

Glaston is ready to help. The company has taken note of the concerns of its customers. How

to reduce costs? How to increase use of automation? How to become more competitive?

This year, Glaston is celebrating

150 years of being in business,

thanks to its dedication to

helping its clients find the smartest

machines and achieve the highest

performance. The company pledges

to always keep your business one step

ahead.

Glaston is happy to tell its clients

more about how they can achieve

their goals with its latest technologies

and answer any questions they may

have. What easy steps can be taken to

tap into data from your equipment?

How does this translate into more

uptime? What’s the easiest way to

produce better quality products?

Glaston will help you find the best

solution.

Turning digitalization into your

advantage

Glaston’s latest flat glass tempering

furnaces Glaston FC Series, RC

Series and Jumbo Series incorporate

high levels of automation and

intelligent process control. Vortex

Pro utilizes glass-size-sensitive

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glaston • 2

convection profiling that precisely

follows the glass in the furnace,

enabling higher loading efficiency

with top quality. Glaston’s 50

years of know-how in glass heat

treatment technology has been

used to create special glass types

such as super-tempered, fireresistant

glasses (FRG) without

compromising on yield. View more:

https://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=ltVKpYGI0gE

Glaston ProL flat glass lamination

line provides unprecedented

flexibility for mixed production.

Now it’s easier than ever to use

ProL convection heating chamber

to switch between glass types and

different sandwiches. The whole

line, from glass handling to the

latest PVB cutting technology, has

been designed for flexible operation.

Glaston ProL can be connected to the

Glaston Insight ecosystem to monitor

furnace production data online and

take advantage of the ecosystem

benefits. Updating your existing

laminating line has been made easy

with the ProL-zone heating chamber

replacement that can be installed on

any laminating line in the market.

View more: https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=d7rYcg4SaWg

Satisfying the toughest warm edge

demands

Glaston’s advanced architectural

glass TPS® (Thermo Plastic Spacer)

technology provides processors with

end products to satisfy the toughest

warm edge demands. Insulating

glass units made with TPS® improve

energy efficiency in buildings,

increase durability and reduce energy

costs.

A major advantage of TPS®

is its production flexibility. By

directly applying the Thermo

Plastic Spacer onto the glass lite

significantly simplifies the processes

for IG manufacturers. The entire

production mix can be manufactured

on one line using various TPS® IG

production lines – from individually

configurable solutions via fast system

solutions with shortest cycle times

to maxi size solutions for glass

sizes up to 9 m in length. View

more: https://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=nafa7GaEZxk

Maximum yield and flexibility

for automotive and display glass

processing

B’CHAMP automotive glass preprocessing

solutions enable you to

enhance efficiency in your daily

production of windshields, sidelites,

backlites or quarterlites. This means

a yield greater than 98%, shorter

cycle times, reaction-fast software to

minimize downtime and an excellent

cost-per-unit ratio. View more:

https://glaston.net/machine/b_

champ-ws/

B’BRIGHT display glass solutions

are individualized production systems

for automatic cutting, breaking,

grinding and drilling of thin glass

down to 0.4 mm in thickness. These

thin glasses are used for monitors,

TV screens, mobile devices as well

as automotive glass displays. The

machine configuration offers not only

a process-optimized line layout, but

also various expansion options using

upgrade kits. View more: https://

glaston.net/machine/b_bright-9/

Glaston Matrix, the automatic

windshield bending furnace for fast,

efficient and high-performance

windshield production, features a new

windshield press for bending deep sags

and wraps around corners to match

the tightest tolerances. The new

active convection heating enhances

the production of windshields with

conductive or heat-reflective coatings.

View more: https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=92zHostXCxA

Glaston HTBS bending and

tempering system covers a wide

range of application areas in the

automotive, appliance and furniture

glass industries. With its flexibility

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Company News

and high end-product quality, the

HTBS furnace allows you to meet

evolving market requirements and

process multiple glass sheets in one

production load. View more: https://

www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1-

3DULI0Bk

Glaston upgrades extend lifetime

For insulating glass, Glaston now offers

the opportunity to upgrade individual

machines or complete insulating

glass lines to achieve state-of-the-art

performance by replacing components.

Glaston’s recently launched IG Service

Upgrade team at our Technology

Center in Germany is ready to help

extend the lifetime of your line with

a tailored solution. For tempering

furnaces too, Glaston heating chamber

upgrade gives your furnace another

life. You can replace an outdated

or damaged furnace chamber and

control system to match the market’s

latest tempered glass needs without

investing in a totally new line. View

more: https://glaston.net/upgrade/

fc-zone/ and https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=Nf8xWPD-Ipw

Digital solutions and services for real

life

With extensive investments and R&D,

Glaston is heading towards automated

processes and real-time customer

support. To see more about how the

company is using augmented reality

in glass processing and services, visit

https://glaston.net/service/virtualengineer/

Glaston’s latest mobile application,

Glaston Siru, based on artificial

intelligence, allows anyone to perform

the tempered glass fragmentation

test quickly and easily with a mobile

phone. No longer do you need to

spend time counting cullets manually

or risk making mistakes. Watch the

video https://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=UPUTPw8C-CAlink – and

download Glaston Siru now from the

app stores.

About the Company

Glaston is the glass processing industry’s innovative

technology leader, supplying equipment, services

and solutions to the architectural, automotive,

solar and appliance industries. The company

also supports the development of emerging

technologies by integrating intelligence in glass.

Glaston operates globally with manufacturing,

services and sales offices in 12 countries.

Email: info@glaston.net

Website: www.glaston.net

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Company News

Guardian Glass and Eastman

partner on ultimate color neutral

laminated glass

The Companies Will Jointly Present The Innovation During A Live Stream

Event On November 10

Continuing demand for superior low-iron glass products in both premium commercial and

residential markets is being met with an innovative collaboration between Eastman and

Guardian Glass.

Eastman and Guardian are

jointly announcing Eastman’s

new Saflex® Crystal Clear

PVB interlayer, which is designed

to produce one of the most color

neutral, brilliant laminated lowiron

glass products available today:

Guardian UltraClear® LamiGlass

Neutral.

“Until now, laminating low-iron

glass was challenging because

traditional interlayers tend to reduce

the neutral, transparent properties

of low-iron glass,” says Priya Kalsi,

segment market manager with

Eastman.

“Our new Saflex Crystal Clear

interlayer dramatically enhances the

aesthetic appearance of Guardian

UltraClear® low-iron glass when

laminated, offering exceptional crisp

neutrality and beauty, providing

aesthetics that are very similar to

monolithic Guardian UltraClear

glass. All the traditional benefits of

laminated glass remain unchanged,

including safety, security and

acoustic control. Saflex Crystal Clear

PVB interlayer remains virtually

undetectable at any visible angle in

any light,” Kalsi adds.

“This collaboration with

Eastman answered a key concern

for both companies’ customers

in search for an endless need for

neutrality and transparency,” says

Eric Lassalle, product manager

Laminated Glass at Guardian Glass.

“Our joint cooperation enabled

us to deliver a greatly improved

aesthetic appearance when Guardian

UltraClear glass is laminated with

Saflex Crystal Clear PVB interlayer.

Crystal Clear PVB can also be used

with various combinations of coatings

and surface treatments on Guardian

UltraClear glass, making it ideal for a

targeted range of high-performance

solutions.”

Applications

Guardian UltraClear LamiGlass

Neutral can be used in a wide

range of applications where brilliant

neutrality, high transparency and

safety are required. These include:

Interior: Interior Doors /

Partitions / Balustrades / Stairs and

Railings / Furniture / Retail Shelving

/ Display Cases / Museum Glazing.

Exterior: Cladding / Curtain

Walls / Facades / Windows / Skylights

/ Exterior Doors / Storefront and

Shop Windows.

Product Availability and Innovation

Event

Both Saflex Crystal Clear PVB

interlayer and Guardian UltraClear

LamiGlass Neutral expanded

portfolio are commercially available

as of October 15, 2020, as a first step,

in Europe with a possible expansion

into the other regions during 2021.

The two companies will jointly

present this innovation during a live

stream event on November 10, where

there will be opportunities to make

enquiries.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global

specialty materials company that

produces a broad range of products

found in items people use every day.

Eastman employs approximately

14,500 people around the world and

serves customers in more than 100

countries. The company had 2019

revenues of approximately USD9.3

billion and is headquartered in

Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Visit

www.eastman.com to know more.

About Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass, a major business

unit of Guardian Industries, is one

of the world’s largest manufacturers

of float, coated and fabricated glass

products. At its 26 float lines around

the globe, Guardian Glass produces

high performance glass for use

in exterior (both commercial and

residential) and interior architectural

applications, as well as transportation

and technical products. To know

more, visit guardianglass.com.

–Janet Ryan, Eastman

Email: janet@ryan-pr.com

–Sophie Weckx, Guardian

Email: sweckx@guardian.com

Website: www.saflex.com/crystalclear,

www.guardianglass.com/ultraclear

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Company Report

Hanjiang India team worked in full

capacity during lockdown

With Fully Functional Local Sales, Service Presence, It Ensured Quick

Response To Each Customer

Even as the pandemic and the restrictions imposed to combat it slowed down operations

across industries and sectors in India, glass equipment manufacturer Hanjiang has been on

its feet, constantly providing support to its customers.

With the principle of ‘Think

Global, Act Local’, Hanjiang

today has local sales and

service presence in the country.

With more than 70 installations all

over India, it has become a trusted

partner for all glass processors. With

local warehouse for spare parts and

presence of well-trained technicians in

the country, Hanjiang ensures a quick

and positive response for each and

every customer.

Hanjiang’s fully functional unit in

India completed new installations in

Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra

even when the lockdown imposed to

curb the spread COVID-19 brought life

to a halt. These installations include a

completely new line and also some of

auxiliary equipment.

Hanjiang also completed shifting

of its own line from one location to

another for an existing customer.

Uninterrupted online technical

support backed up by essential spares

helped the firm serve its customers.

With the help from customers

who took utmost care for

Hanjiang’s technicians during this

period, providing them hygienic

accommodations, food and moral

support, these achievements were

made possible. In the coming days,

Hanjiang will strive to continue

providing more local services to its

Indian customers.

How to control production cost?

Hanjiang is not just a machinery

supplier. For over 20 years, the

company has been helping its

customers build stable high efficiency

production, outstanding end-product

quality, timely delivery and optimized

factory management to their

businesses become more sustainable.

Hanjiang can portray a clear picture

to explain how to calculate production

cost from the point of machine

investment, labour cost, raw material

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Hanjiang • 2

cost, maintenance cost, wastage and

rejective, utilities cost and others.

The glass equipment manufacturer

used the lockdown period to conduct

a detailed survey to understand the

consumption pattern of various IG

materials (basically argon gas and

silicon).

After this survey, the company

can show all clients how Hanjiang

intelligent IGU processing system

can help them save production cost

effectively.

New Revolution

Now Hanjiang is moving towards

Industry 4.0. It has developed

automatic glass loading machines,

automatic low-E edge deletion

machines, automatic online gas

filling IG lines, automatic cork

pad applicators, sealing robots and

automatic glass unloading machines.

Plus, a fully automatic IGU production

solution which requires just one labour

is coming soon.

Milestones in India

Hanjiang sold its first IG line in India

in 2007. In 2013, it built an office in

Delhi and displayed for the first time,

a total IG line in an exhibition. Each

year since then has been a different

milestone for Hanjiang in India.

In 2015, the first sealing robot was

installed by Hanjiang in India. Today,

almost 15 sealing robots are working in

the country.

In 2016, the first argon gas filling

line was installed in India and today,

there are more than 25 gas filling lines

in the country.

In 2017, Hanjiang installed a jumbo

IG line with automatic loading, low E

film removing machine, inline sealing

robot and automatic unloading.

In 2018, the company built a

raw material warehouse in Mumbai

with a vision to supply high quality

daily consumables and give the most

professional support to the glass factory

for quality production.

Hanjiang aims to support its

customers with A-class products

required to produce reliable quality of

value added glass.

Hanjaing’s operating policy

QUALITY + REPUTATION = CO-

OPERATION.

Hanjiang drives through this

principle by its four-point approach.

1. Customized: Depending on the

customer’s requirements, the company

can provide the best solution, such

as manual, semi-automatic, fully

automatic solution.

2. Developmental: It keeps learn

new technology, new trend and

developing new equipment.

3. Professional: From sales team

to after-sale service team, everybody

strictly follows business ethics and

provides timely service.

4. One stop solution: From raw

materials to equipment to training

operators, Hanjiang provides

everything.

About Hanjiang

Beijing HANJIANG Automatic Glass Machine

Equipments Co. Ltd is an internationally

acclaimed company for complete set of

insulating glass solutions. With five series of

automatic IG production lines and a full range

of auxiliary machines on different functions and

automation, Hanjiang serves more than 3,200

customers across 80 countries.

–Sameer Mohite of the Sales team

Email: indiasales.hanjiang@gmail.com

–Deepak Dubey of the Service team

Email: deepak4975@gmail.com

Website: www.hjglass.com.cn

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Project Hunt

Permasteelisa Group

completes facade

of One Vanderbilt in

New York City

Tower Offers Unparalleled Package Of Amenities,

Innovative Design, Sustainability Practices

The Permasteelisa Group, a world leader in the “curtain

wall” industry, has completed the architectural envelope of

the new One Vanderbilt, the iconic tower inaugurated on

September 14 in New York.

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Permasteelisa Group • 2

The ribbon cutting ceremony

was held on September

14 for One Vanderbilt,

the new 427-metre-high (1401

ft) skyscraper that redefines the

Manhattan skyline and constitutes an

important milestone in the ongoing

modernization project involving the

Midtown East area.

One Vanderbilt is the second tallest

office tower in New York, the tallest in

Midtown and one of New York’s most

sustainable office towers. Owned and

developed by SL Green, the iconic

building designed by Kohn Pedersen

Fox (KPF) Associates features four

interlocking and tapering planes that

spiral toward the sky.

With a size of 160,000 square

metres (1.7 million sq ft), the

building offers an unparalleled

package of amenities, innovative

office design, technology offerings,

best-in-class sustainability practices

and a prime location at the doorstep

of Grand Central Terminal.

An extremely advanced facade

The project has been performed

by Permasteelisa Group through

its subsidiary Permasteelisa North

America, based in Windsor (CT),

with the support of other competence

centres spread around the world in

Europe and Asia.

The group has designed, engineered

and produced 8,743 curtain

wall panels, with 1,060 different

configurations for a total of around

70,000 square metres (753,500 sq ft) of

curtain wall. This includes 660 corner

panels that were all different from each

other as the tower is tapering from the

bottom to the top, resulting in several

unique panel modulations.

In particular, this façade is

characterized by two main typical

panels. The vision panels, which are

used at the typical office space unit, are

equipped with very tall glass that reach

almost 6.7 m (22 ft) on the executive

floors, and a ventilated spandrel panel

cladded by terracotta tiles. There are

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Project Hunt

34,845 extruded terracotta tiles, with

a very specific concave shape and

finishing that reflects most of the sun

beams during the day, creating amazing

reflections.

In addition, a special solution was

developed for the mechanical floor

units, which are equipped with a

unique three IGU faces, of which one

is recessed from the others in order to

allow for natural ventilation.

This huge project required big

efforts by our organization and the

project team to manage such a large

scale and huge operations broken

down in many offices and vendors.

Thanks to the group’s DNA to operate

as a Transnational Global Enterprise,

the workflow has been steady for

almost two years of production and

installation, allowing us to achieve a

great on schedule completion.

Sustainability

Permasteelisa has always stood out for

its commitment to eco-sustainability:

the use of sustainable materials and

processes, as well as the constant

commitment to the development of

solutions capable of guaranteeing

energy savings, contribute to protecting

the environment, making more liveable

buildings and, finally, to improve the

quality of the world in which we live.

One Vanderbilt was designed to achieve

the highest level of LEED certification

and, in its path, even went beyond what

is required to achieve this status.

One Vanderbilt is also designed to

obtain a WELL certification, which is

awarded to buildings that maintain and

improve the health and well-being of

their users.

One Vanderbilt is, in chronological

order, the latest ‘supertall’

building successfully completed by

Permasteelisa Group, thanks to the

collaboration of all the players involved.

The ‘supertall’ category (> 300 m)

includes projects such as the Hong

Kong International Commerce Center,

the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg or

the Central Park Tower in the New York

City, now nearing completion.

About Permasteelisa Group

The Permasteelisa Group operates worldwide

in the design, production and installation

of architectural enclosures, curtain walls

and interior systems, placing itself in a

position of absolute leadership in the global

reference market. In all of its projects the

group contributes with its know-how and its

experience, especially for the “Special Features

Buildings”, from the design phase to the

successful completion, reaching the architectural

expectations of its customers.

–Massimiliano Fanzaga, Head of Communication,

Permasteelisa S.p.A.

Email: m.fanzaga@permasteelisagroup.com

Website: www.permasteelisagroup.com

66 Glass Bulletin | October - December, 2020


Technical Article

More daylight for good health

It Plays Important Role In Our Well-Being, Must Be Factored Into Design Of

Hospitals

As a modern society, we’re spending about 90 per cent of our time indoors – at home, in

offices or commuting. How is it possible to get access to daylight, when we can’t naturally

be outside? The solution lies in making buildings more transparent.

Sustainable buildings offer a

combination of economic,

environmental and social

benefits. And daylighting is an

essential element of sustainable

building design because of its proven

benefits for well-being and a healthy

society.

Turning back to daylight

Some European countries have

already addressed the daylight issue by

adding minimal glazing requirements

to their construction regulations. The

recommended optimum is around 30

per cent, depending on the climate

zone.

Glazed surfaces in buildings provide

occupants with natural light and

a visual connection to the outdoor

environment. Research shows that

daylighting improves people’s comfort,

sense of well-being, and even mental

and physical health. That’s why

architects are now designing buildings

with optimised daylight, along with

minimized energy requirements for

heating and cooling.

Dose of daylight for patients

Because daylight plays such an

important role in our well-being, it

must be factored into the design of

healthcare buildings and hospitals.

The founder of modern nursing,

Florence Nightingale, recognized the

importance of natural light in healing.

Her 1859 notes state: “Direct sunlight,

not only daylight, is necessary for

a speedy recovery. While we can

generate warmth, we cannot generate

daylight or the curing effect of the

sun’s rays.”

Although this old wisdom was

eclipsed for a time by the advances

in technology and modern medical

Kaari Hospital, Kuopio public area Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd, photo ©KariMattiAntero Puustinen

treatment, the tide is turning. Today,

numerous new studies demonstrate

that access to daylight reduces the

average length of hospital stay, speeds

post-operative recovery, lowers

requirements for pain relief, provides

quicker recovery from depressive

illnesses and even has disinfectant

qualities.

Case: Kaari Hospital in Finland

Kaari Hospital, a new extension

of the Kuopio University Hospital

(KUH) in central Finland, exemplifies

progressive daylighting strategies

realized in a most creative and

artistic way. Opened in May 2015,

Kaari Hospital specializes in surgery,

maternity services and intensive care.

Two architect firms partnered in the

project. Lukkaroinen Architects Ltd

had the lead role for the overall design

concept, as well as the clinical and

operating rooms, which are a specialty

of the firm.

Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd took

part in the overall design concept

and was responsible for the interior

design, covering all public spaces.

The firm had worked on the design

for the main hospital hall earlier, so

they were chosen again to keep the

same style for the new building. Most

importantly, the firm designed the

special Evolution façade, a unique

art piece that has made the hospital a

landmark.

Inviting natural light in

For both teams, daylighting guided the

design for this new building to offset

the long, dark days of winter in central

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Finland. The resulting spaces invite as

much natural light in as possible. The

basic elements for the new unit were

clear colors, shapes and motifs from

the natural world, bright spaces and

– most importantly – large windows to

the world outside.

“Daylight plays an important role

in an environment that supports

recovery,” says Chief Designer Pekka

Lukkaroinen. “We brought in as much

daylight as possible into the clinical

spaces by designing two atriums with

high ceilings at the centre of the

hospital complex. We added skylights

to the staff facilities, commonly located

in the middle part of a hospital, which

also need natural light.”

Chief Designer Heikki Lamusuo

adds: “The building itself is very large.

To bring in light to the hospital, we

created a 7-meter-wide inner street,

running north-south and featuring tall

open windows that allow daylight to

flood in.”

Kaari Hospital, Kuopio public area Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd, photo ©Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd

An evolution in internal beauty

The most distinctive feature of the

Kaari Hospital is its Evolution artwork

which covers the massive glass façade

on two sides of the building. Created

Evolution design by Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd,

photo © Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd

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“Digital printing is actually like working in three dimensions with transparency.” Printed glasses by Rakla Oy. Photo ©GlastonCorp

using digital ceramic printing on

glass, the surface area of Evolution is

around 1,500 m² and is composed of

476 glass elements. The printed glass

for this masterpiece was produced

by Finland-based Rakla, a long-time

user of Glaston’s glass processing

technology.

Chief Designer Jaana Partanen

explains the inspiration: “We wanted

to show something inside the body.

When reviewing pictures, we saw the

countless small elements familiar to

doctors and researchers that can’t

be seen without a microscope – and

blew them up. The colors are the

same as the dyes doctors use to see

the internal elements better, like cells,

tissue structures or magnetic brain

images.”

Depending on the time of day and

season of the year, the artwork helps

filter the amount of sunlight. Some

parts of the image are more opaque

while others are almost transparent.

“We’re very content with all

public lobbies, but most proud of

the Evolution artwork. It’s working

well, and we’re very satisfied with the

results. For the hospital, Evolution has

become their brand, and it connects

very well with the people who see

it. Usually, people go to a hospital

because there’s something wrong – we

want everyone to celebrate the beauty

of the human interior,” she explains.

Balancing transparency and color

depth

“At the time, this was the first big digital

printed art façade made in Finland.

And we are still the only Finnish

supplier with suitable digital print

technology,” Pertti Lukkari, CEO of

Rakla, explains.

Finding the right color and depth

was challenging because of the ceramic

colors. Once melted, ceramic paint

becomes a permanent part of the glass

during the tempering process. So,

digital printing is actually like working

in three dimensions with transparency.

“It’s easy to be proud of this hospital

façade, because you get a true ‘wow’

feeling when viewing. The complexity

came from trying to convert the

artist’s idea into a functional solution

that meets all the safety and façade

construction requirements,” he

continues.

Energy-efficient microclimate

The main façade is actually a double

façade, which creates its own

microclimate by protecting the building

from the summer heat and excess

light. The outer façade is the printed

glass sheet; the inner façade is normal

concrete with conventional windows.

This unique combination eliminates

the need for any cooling system and

was cheaper to build. It is energy

efficient, reducing the sun and extreme

seasonal climate change impacts.

Goodness through glazing

Modern glazing can now achieve

very high levels of durability, safety

and energy efficiency. Using the

transparency properties of glazing is

perhaps the easiest way to bring the

goodness of natural daylight back into

our lives.

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Email: info@glaston.net

Website: www.glaston.net

Kaari Hospital Kuopio – the outer façade is the printed glass sheet; the inner façade is normal concrete with conventional windows.

Photo ©GlastonCorp

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Technical Article

HEGLA app: Closes digitalisation gaps,

improves processes

Documents, Maintenance Info Filed In App Can Be Accessed Via

Smartphone, Tablet Or AR Headset

The glass production of the future will be fully networked and digitalized. Alongside digital

support for employees, it will provide quick insight into machine capacity and even the

current position of a specific pane. Thanks to central databases and open interfaces, many

of these concepts would be possible today, but they are not easy to realise in practice.

The Shop-Floor Assistant app was designed to be a stand-alone, manufacturer-independent system. Depending on the configuration, access to data is possible

from any location at any time.

Often, different production areas,

software and systems from a

variety of manufacturers must

be combined into one digital concept.

With the Shop-Floor Assistant app,

HEGLA New Technology has closed

these gaps, providing operating

personnel with key information and

helping to reduce process times.

“To a great extent, productivity

depends on machine performance

and the way they are embedded in

the production chain,” emphasised

Dr Markus Schoisswohl, Managing

Director of HEGLA New Technology.

“Beyond that, sideline activities often

have a significant impact on the overall

process – and such activities can often

be simplified and accelerated by means

of digital tools.” Schoisswohl said.

Searching for racks, transporting

them, fetching tools, gathering

documents and organising

maintenance and service work are

all typical tasks that can slow down

production. “We asked ourselves how

we can support glass processors with

such tasks using simple digital means –

irrespective of the manufacturer,” said

Schoisswohl. The answer: Shop-Floor

Assistant in smartphone and tablet

versions.

Support for maintenance and service

The “Maintenance” section of Shop-

Floor Assistant offers comprehensive

options for simplifying and centralising

maintenance and service tasks.

Whether it’s a glass machine,

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The app’s various functions map sub-sections and functions

of the value chain, simplify processes, structure workflows,

and make it possible to request the further transport of a piece

of glass, report breakage, identify a pane, determine a rack

position, organise maintenance process, and more.

stacker, roll-up gate, or indoor crane,

all documents and maintenance

jobs can be filed in the app, which

reduces handling time and means the

information is available anywhere via

smartphone, tablet, or an AR headset.

For example, if a machine has a QR

code, one scan provides immediate

access to its documentation. “Earlier,

staff would have to leave the floor to

search for the required documents, but

now the app provides not only a timesaving

alternative, but a user-friendly

one, too,” described Dr Schoisswohl.

If a malfunction occurs, the

PanePro is the section of the app designed

specifically for glass. It is used to identify glass,

report breakage, track production data, and

conveniently re-order right on the construction site

with a simple scan.

machine operator, foreman, or in-house

technician can take note of this in the

integrated ticket system and even add

a photo. The app informs the service

staff immediately, providing an initial

impression of the measures to be taken.

In this way, the head of production or

service always has an overview of the

work to be carried out, can prioritise,

delegate, and even have its completion

process documented.

Support in production

Missing production documents, glass

set down in the wrong location, and

the search for a rack are among the

most frequent difficulties and delays

that plague a smoothly dovetailed

production chain. HELGA New

Technology developed the “PanePro”

section of Shop-Floor Assistant

especially for such everyday tasks.

If a pane is laser-marked or has

labels, one scan via smartphone is

enough to pinpoint it at any position

in the production chain, query its

progress, or request a replacement in

the event of damage. It is also possible

to identify a rack and its load via scan,

or configure a repair ticket if necessary.

When the integrated rack tracking

function is used, the rack only needs

to be selected from the display and its

current location information will be

output.

Digital support for employees

“Our aim is to design simple, practical

mobile digitalisation for operators,” said

HEGLA Managing Director Bernhard

Hötger. All the more reason to design

an app that can intuitively provide

information without requiring access to

a machine terminal.

“The competitive pressure is

increasing, and it is becoming ever

more important to support people with

digitalisation, ensuring that their work

and expertise can make an optimal

contribution to value creation,” added

Hötger. In his opinion, reducing the

time it takes to carry out sideline

activities is an important step toward

increasing productivity.

Shop-Floor Assistant has a modular

structure and can be implemented in

stages, whether it’s to call up machine

data or for rack and glass logistics, onsite

pane identification or specific sets

of tasks that need to be digitised.

Scanning a QR code or barcode on the machine provides direct access to its documentation.

Email: carsten.koch@hegla.de

Website: www.hegla.com

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Technical Article

Insulating glass

product types

Unique Design Structure Makes It Ideal Glazing

Material, A Product With Strong Growth Prospects

Strong, resilient, with perfect thermal and sound insulation

properties, insulating glass has been used around the world

in applications ranging from family homes to high-scale

construction.

Its unique design structure makes

it ideal glazing material and

a product with strong growth

prospects. But what makes insulating

glass the most preferred choice in so

many applications? Here, we discuss

the different types of insulating glass

units and their special characteristics.

An insulating glass unit is a

contemporary glass composed of

multiple panes sealed together with

air space in between, which gives

the glass its insulating properties by

separating the outside pane from the

inside pane. Thanks to this unique

arrangement, insulating glass is the

most effective way to reduce air-to-air

heat transfer through glazing.

Insulating glass dates back to the

1960s when the concept of saving

energy became popular. Today, when

used together with Low-E or reflective

glass coatings, insulating glass is even

more effective in conserving energy

and complying with energy codes.

Depending on the application,

insulation requirement or end user’s

need, insulating glass is available in

numerous different types. Design

versatility is based on factors, such

as the number of glass panes used

in the unit production, cavity-filling

material, coatings, sealing material

and others.

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Insulating glass for structural

glazing

Because ordinary glass fails to

sustain expected wind forces and

severe weather conditions, it is an

unsafe material choice for outdoor

applications. In turn, the increased

strength of insulating glass units

makes them the most preferred glass

type for residential, commercial and

industrial structural glazing. Multiple

layers of glass boost the strength of

the design element, making it more

durable, resilient and secure.

What also makes insulating glass a

perfect choice for windows and doors

is its adaptability to different seasons.

Insulating glass was primarily designed

to protect glazed areas from excessive

heat loss or gain. During the summer,

this glass blocks the sun’s heat from

entering into the interior. In the

winter, it prevents indoor heat from

escaping outside.

Basically, insulating glass is truly an

eco-friendly glazing option. Thermal

insulation allows it to take the load

off heating and cooling equipment. It

also makes it much easier to achieve

a desired indoor temperature without

excessive use of power and energy.

And this is a big deal when reducing

heating and air conditioning costs, as

well as the carbon footprint.

Compared to ordinary single glass,

insulating glass also has the added

advantage of minimized condensation

issues.

But from the design perspective,

insulating glass offers a wide range

of solutions for both large and small

structural glazing projects. It can

be used, for example, to construct

visually impressive all-glass façades or

compelling architectural façades by

using profiles that are only visible from

the internal side.

Sound control glass

With increasing road, rail and air

traffic, noise insulation has become a

very important glass property. Today,

noise insulation is an undisputed

requirement in building construction

to help eliminate stress and noiserelated

issues.

Insulating glass, in turn, is a perfect

barrier against undesired noise. Its

effective sound control feature makes

it ideal for residential applications

where the need for seclusion is

important.

Without sacrificing daylight, the

desired acoustic performance of sound

control glass is achieved by combining

various thicknesses of glass with a PVB

interlayer within the double-glazed

unit. When even greater sound control

is required, adding a wider space

between the glass panes can help.

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Bulletproof glass

Widely used in bank counters, escort

vehicles and other security-related

applications, bulletproof glass is

another product type where insulating

glass is preferred.

Bulletproof glass is produced by

combining two or more sheets of

glass with PVB interlayers to prevent

a bullet from passing through. Its

lamination property enables the glass

to provide impact protection and extra

security. If damaged, the glass breaks

into numerous small cullets, reducing

the risk of serious injury.

Higher levels of security are

obtained by increasing the number of

layers and glass thicknesses.

The insulating glass used in bulletproof applications is typically up to five times

stronger than annealed glass of the same thickness and eliminates the risk of

thermal fracture.

Fire-resistant glass

Fire-resistant glass (FRG) is

designed for interior and exterior

use when thermal protection is

required in case of fire. This type

of safety glass is mainly produced

using clear, multi-laminated, fully

insulating glass.

Different fire-resistant glass

units offer varying levels of

protection. These are measured

in terms of glass integrity and

insulation levels. The integrity

characteristics determine the time

the glass remains intact in a fire.

Insulation defines how much the glass

limits the temperature rise on the

non-fire side.

Depending on the product quality,

fire-resistant glass should also ensure

protection from radiation and passive

protection from the effects of fire for

up to 180 minutes.

As you can see, there are different

types of insulating glass, each with

its own composition, performance

characteristics and purpose. Still,

one thing remains constant – all

insulating glass has unrivalled heat

insulation, sound insulation and

impact resistance.

If you are looking for more

information on insulating glass

and its production technologies,

your next click should be the IG

Manufacturing Line Buyer’s Guide.

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Technical Article

Waste glass processing: REDWAVE

enhances dark glass recovery

technology

Sensor, Software Can Be Upgraded, Eliminating Need For Facility

Extensions, More Sorting Machines

Glass recycling in Europe has become a significant industry. By using high-end sorting

technologies such as X-ray fluorescence and LED camera systems, a recycling rate of glass

of up to 74% can be achieved in current glass recycling facilities. The obtained recycled

glass can be used as a substitute for the glass re-melt industry for the production of new

glass containers.

Until now, the sorting process

in such a recycling facility

has caused a significant loss

of good cullet especially into the CSP

reject stream (Ceramics, Stone and

Porcelain) with glass contents of up

to 90%.

The reason for this significant

loss in glass is the result of outdated

sorting techniques. Due to the low

transmission value, dark and thick

glass pieces cannot be told apart from

CSP and are ejected along with the

CSP by optical sorters. This will result

in lower output rates and increased

disposal costs for the CSP reject

stream due to the higher volume.

REDWAVE has taken on this

challenge and through continuous

research and development of its

glass sorting sensors and software.

REDWAVE has achieved superb

detection rate of dark glass. Detection

of dark glass has improved by more

than 50% while there have been no

losses when it comes to semi-coloured

glass or thin porcelain. This new

REDWAVE sensor and software can

easily be upgraded thus eliminating

incurring costs on facility extensions

and avoid the need to purchase

additional sorting machines.

FURTHER USAGE POSSIBLITIES

Establishment of an independent level

for recovery of glass from CSP-rejects

of existing plants.

REDWAVE offers the possibility to

sustainably reduce losses of glass in

facilities through brand-new machines

and upgrade packages and eventually

adds an invaluable contribution to

the increase of productivity rates in

plants.

About REDWAVE

REDWAVE delivers profitable solutions in

the recycling and waste industry. It supplies

groundbreaking and economic sorting plants for

recyclables as well as turnkey waste treatment

plants. It is a leading manufacturer of sensorbased

sorting machines with a sturdy industrial

design, which achieves high performance, and

quality recovery of materials. REDWAVE operates

worldwide and headquartered in Austria. It

maintains branch offices in Germany, China,

Singapore and the US.

–Angela Thaller

Email: angela.thaller@redwave.com

Website: www.redwave.com

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Technical Article

Printing glass is also possible!

Scientists Plan To Exhibit 3D Printed Glass Staircase With Glass Brackets At

glasstec 2021

Metals, concrete, and plastics are all materials which can be printed. But what about glass?

Companies, institutes, and universities are researching the possibilities and have been able

to gain experience from experimental procedures.

The most common materials

used here are silica glass

or borosilicate glass, while

applications using soda-lime glass are

less common. Printed glass can be

used in many applications, which is

why it is certainly worth investing time

and money into research.

Glass is becoming ever more

popular in building architecture as

it is deemed a modern and elegant

material. The growing demand for

large and custom glass façades which

can take on additional functions is

spurring on designers. Glass fronts

must not only be aesthetically

appealing, but also securely installed

and durable, as well as being able to

permanently withstand the enormous

loads they are under.

However, visible joints

and load take-up points

disrupt the image of a

homogeneous, transparent

façade. In general, attaching

the panes requires holes to be

drilled in the individual elements,

which harbours the risk of damaging

the glass and thereby reducing its

strength.

Another option is to use adhesives

to join components, but this has

the disadvantage that the adhesive

materials can age quicker than the

joined parts due to UV radiation. A

further aspect is that joined elements

with different mechanical and thermal

properties are used for both drilled

and glued joints.

Using glass from a 3D printer

as a joint material, for example for

point fixing, results in two identical

materials with the same properties

being joined together. This avoids

different heat expansion factors

between the materials, and the risks

inherent with using drilled holes or

adhesives are no longer a factor.

The Glass Competence Center at

the Technical University of Darmstadt

is conducting research on how to

create a substance-to-substance

bond on float glass using additive

manufacturing (3D printing), while

simultaneously increasing its rigidity.

Scientists are testing fused

deposition modelling, amongst other

approaches. Their aim is to enable

glass panels with an area of up to

3.25 x 20 metres in the future. Two

important factors are the process

temperature and the viscosity of the

glass.

In

order to create

a joint between

a

pane and a glass structure, the pane

must be heated significantly beyond

the transformation temperature of

glass at the join. If insufficient heat

is applied, the structures will not join

together, while if the temperature is

too high, unwanted deformation can

occur. Internal tension in the joint

reduces its strength and ability to

support loads.

Brittle material behaviour and a

combination of individual process and

material parameters can also have

a significant impact on the result.

It is, however, absolutely possible to

manufacture a homogeneous joint in

a desired geometry with an appealing

and transparent appearance using

3D printing. The scientists at TU

Darmstadt also hope to find an answer

for the question of how to convert this

procedure into an automated process.

Visitors to glass technology live at

glasstec 2021 can also look forward

to a further research project, as the

scientists are planning to exhibit a

3D printed glass staircase with glass

brackets.

Just like glass

When comparing the material

properties, environmental impact and

raw material properties of glass and

plastic, glass comes out on top across

the board. Unfortunately,

melting glass is both

complex and expensive,

which is why the industry

prefers plastic in part.

The general methods used to

process glass have hardly changed

over the centuries, with the most

common being grinding, polishing or

etching. Glassomer GmbH develops

materials and technologies which

first enable the shaping of polymer

nanocomposites at room temperature,

before they are subsequently

converted to glass at temperatures

between 700°C and 1300°C.

Glassomer® is a silicate

nanocomposite, which enables highly

pure quartz glass to be manufactured

from a solid, paste or liquid state.

Liquid Glassomer can be used to

duplicate components at room

temperature through casting or

stereolithography. Solid Glassomer

can be structured using traditional

subtractive techniques such as

drilling, milling and turning, or

even with a knife. Thermal polymer

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transformation technologies such as

nanoimprinting, thermoforming or

roll-to-roll replication are also possible.

Glassomer components are

chemically and physically identical to

commercial quartz glass. They have

comparably high optical transparency

in the visible, UV and infrared spectra,

as well as equal thermal and chemical

stability and mechanical strength.

Additional solids in the starting

material help prevent the glass from

shrinking during manufacturing.

It is also possible to manufacture

components with threads. Simple

technologies, such as casting, enable

uncomplicated replication, and

smaller components can be created

using simple 3D printers.

More complex tasks require highresolution

microstereolithography.

Using this procedure, extremely fine

structures with diameters of just

tens of micrometres can be created

without transitions. Glassomer is the

first product to enable the structuring

of high-quality quartz glass using

polymer processing technologies. The

replication is accurate right down

to just a few micrometres and the

resulting glass has a surface roughness

of a few nanometres, which meets the

demands of both optics and photonics

applications. Users can create voids

in bodies using sacrificial templates

and extremely fine structures in bulk

materials.

Melt first, then print

The Günter Köhler Institute for

Joining Technology and Materials

Testing in Jena collaborated with FH

Aachen University of Applied Sciences

to analyse laser powder bed fusion

(L-PBF) of borosilicate and quartz

glass powders within the process

chain of 3D printing. This procedure

has benefits including free geometric

shaping, low production costs in small

and medium-sized production runs

and comparable component properties

of the glass bodies.

The scientists characterised the

glass powder classes based on their

geometric, thermal and mechanicalphysical

properties, and analysed how

they can be processed at different laser

wavelengths in the L-PBF process.

To this end, the plant technology

was adapted to the conditions of

processing glass using CO2 laser

radiation. The effort is worth it,

as glass meets requirements in

glass equipment or chemical plant

construction that metal cannot.

Glass has a high temperature

resistance, thereby requiring a high

energy input to melt, and is a poor

conductor of heat. Scientists wish to

investigate how they can overcome

this factor and the poor absorption at

the wavelength of 1,064 μm.

They were already able to prove

that it is generally possible to process

glass powders and define process

parameters, such as laser power,

scan strategy, powder coat thickness,

chamber heating and much more.

Researchers manufactured test

specimens made of borosilicate and

quartz glass and subsequently assessed

their quality.

The parameters were strongly

dependent on the geometric shape

of the specimen due to the heat

agglomeration. Tempering can help

improve the quality of the glass

components. Further experiments

aim to test the porosity, roughness

and density in relation to the L-PBF

parameters and clarify the possible

application areas for the components.

The thermal and chemical

resistance inherent to quartz and

borosilicate glass have resulted in

them becoming proven materials

in glass equipment construction,

microfluidics, microelectronics, optics

and medical technology.

A further research project at ifw

Jena aims to develop an additive

process based on laminated object

manufacturing (LOM) with the goal

of enabling additional industrial

applications. In this project, complex

glass components – for example with

interior cavities – are constructed

which could not be manufactured

using conventional fabrication

technologies.

The procedure is intended to

combine laser cutting and diffusion

welding. Aside from quartz glass, CO2

laser cutting (λ = 10.6 µm) causes

the glass composition in the area of

the cut edge to change, the thermal

expansion coefficient to shift and a

bead to form. The research goal is

to define process parameters for the

respective glass in order to remove

these effects.

About VDMA

VDMA represents around 3,300

German and European companies in

the mechanical and plant engineering

industry. This innovative industry is

export-oriented and predominantly

made up of SMEs, employing around

four million people in Europe,

including more than a million in

Germany alone.

–Gesine Bergmann, Technology Consultant

Email: gesine.bergmann@vdma.org

Website: www.vdma.org/en/

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Technical Article

Convection is simple; return air

flow makes the difference

Convection Process Is Based On Radiation Heating, But It Was Not Known

For Quite Some Time

In the end of 1980’s the most popular and famous tempering furnace was the HTF series of

Tamglass Engineering Oy. It had a very accurate heating profile with C-C distance of heaters

120 mm.

However, it had no matrix heating system. The heater lengths were as

long as the heating length. Another alternative was that the heaters

were divided into 3 lengths; longer in the middle of the furnace and

shorter heaters at the ends. The heaters were difficult to change and also

expensive.

Also a known problem in radiation heating was cooling of rollers with

continuous loading of full batches. Also the rollers were too hot when the

furnace was empty. This caused breaking of glasses in the furnace and other

operational and glass quality problems.

Teaching of radiation was forgotten

Other known glass tempering machine manufacturers were English EFCO

and Swiss Cattin. They already used short, open resistors so they had a matrix

heating system. EFCO planned

convection heating as low emissivity

glasses entered into the market early

1990’s.

However, Cattin and German

company WSP made convection

furnaces. Cattin and WSP blew

uniform temperature convection air

onto the glass as the convection air

heaters were before the blowers.

They did not have any heating

profile and no matrix heating even

for radiation. They did not maintain

roller temperatures stable. Both were

poor for all glass types, but had high

heating speed.

Simple things are difficult to

realize, but simple ideas can make

wonders, too.

Italian IANUA made the first

effective convection process in 1996

Tamglass HTF (HTBS/HTS)

technology was used for the machine.

Also for control system. The

convection air was blown “through”

the heaters. This is why the heating

control configuration of HTF was

transferred into the convection air.

Another handicap of radiation

heating was also avoided. The

convection onto the rollers kept the

roller temperature stable and the

bottom glass temperature followed

the top heating configuration.

The heating and the furnace were

called “CONVAIR”, CONvection,

and IRadiation. The fact is, that it

included only slight radiation as the

furnace temperature was below

700 °C.

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The secrets of the high capacity are:

99

heating of the convection air by

the heaters,

99

narrow nozzle boxes and

99

some other little details

IANUA patented expensive and

unnecessary things; nozzles machined

into the radiation plates. IANUA

should have patented how to heat the

convection air by the heaters located all

over the heating area. This alone would

have made CONVAIR an unbeatable

convection heating machine for over

20 years!

Benefits

Huge capacity, 5 mm glass;

- Clear 25 loads/hour

- Low E 0,02 max. 10% lower

Disadvantages

- No matrix heating system

- Difficult to change heaters

- Very expensive convection fabrication and expensive heaters

GLASSROBOTS RoboTemp experience:

Because of IANUA patenting mistake

it was possible to copy CONVAIR.

Minor differences were made. The

Cost Reductions

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Elimination of nozzle boxes by “box construction”,

over 35% of expensive material and labor savings

compared to RoboTemp.

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Bottom convection reduction of blowers and

fabrication to 1/3 of CONVAIR and RoboTemp

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Less heaters, control components and wiring

The first step for cheaper costs was box construction

idea was to make a really superior

capacity furnace. That should

have been possible with almost

doubling the convection air volume.

However, the capacity was finally

Disadvantages

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No matrix heating

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Capacity for triple silver 5 mm glass 15 loads/hour

due to 33% reduction of convection coverage.

Clear glass capacity still 23 loads/h.

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Difficult change of the heaters and expensive

heaters

The most famous “box construction” designs are Jet Convection and Cyclone.

almost the same as in CONVAIR.

GLASSROBOTS had to add nozzles

all over the top convection. This and

narrow nozzle boxes made the design

expensive.

A Chinese company experience of

copying and modifying RoboTemp:

The company tried to make it cheaper

by very wide nozzle blocks. They also

installed nozzle boxes into the angle

compared to the glass travel direction.

Other cost reduction method as

shown below:

These systems do not meet low

emissivity glass requirements since:

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The radiation matrix heating

does not works for low emissivity

glass

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They have very low capacity for

low emissivity glass

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Their convection coverage is

about 33% of the heating area

and/or the convection is weak

However, for example the system

shown on the right side has high

capacity clear 5 mm glass, about 22

loads/hour. It is obtained by high

radiation heating intensity of about 90

kW/m² of the heating area added with

convection. For triple silver glass 5 mm

glass the capacity is just 12 loads/hour.

The above systems just circulate

convection air in the furnace but not

heat it. This is the main reason for low

capacity with low emissivity glasses.

These systems really work like radiation

heating furnaces. The radiation

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heating furnaces have lower yield and

they have more glass quality problems

like edge kink.

Another problem with this type of

the furnaces is that the thermocouples

are affected by the radiation, the return

air flow of various matrixes, mix of

the convection jets and the return air

flow. This is why the thermocouples do

not give the correct reading matrix by

matrix as they should.

How the convection problems and expenses can be tackled?

Feracitas convection unit and its applications. Number of units depend on the heating length.

Comment A:

Box convection eliminates nozzle

boxes and excessive ducting. Over

dimensioning of heating power and

convection blowers is not necessary

when the convection return air flow

is correctly arranged. The patent US

7 290 405 has expired but can be

used. However, not with nozzle box

convections.

Comment B:

The heaters are inside of the

convection unit. In CONVAIR,

RoboTemp and other good “pure

convection” methods they are inside

nozzle boxes.

Comment C:

The patent US 9,624,120 protects the

idea for the return air space. A small

under pressure at the top of the furnace

sucks the return air flow through the

return air space back to the blowers. It

works according to the Bernoulli effect

from the 16th century. The pressure

loss is only 4 – 7 % and working range

very large, secure. The benefits:

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The convection coverage can be

100% of the heating area and

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The convection jets do not hit

into the return air flow

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These are the key factors to the

effective heat transfer and high

capacity.

The new patent applications

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FI 20200015 adds radiation

into the convection heating.

Convection heats the glass

surface only. The radiation

enters into the clear glass.

This is why clear glass

tempering and lamination

should have radiation,

too. Furthermore, the

heater change is easy and

manufacturing cost is lower.

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FI 20200035 is for annealing

and continuous tempering

furnaces. The heaters can be

changed from outside of the

furnace.

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Notes:

1. The process in all alternatives

remains the same. Only the

return air flow is different.

Nothing is missed from

comments A and C.

2. Even comments A and C

and the 2 patent applications

can be combined into the

same package. However, if

the 2 patent applications are

combined together, an extra

cost applies.

3. All the convection embodiments

can be fitted into the same

furnace body and software with

minor changes in them.

The economic effects

The glass tempering can waste up to

80% labor wages when tempering 5

mm triple silver glass. This is due to

the waiting time, which is needed for

the glass to be hot enough to temper

it. This waiting time is the biggest

contributor to energy waste, too.

These wastes can only be reduced

by high heating speed. In high labor

cost countries this is huge money every

year. In some countries energy cost

savings are more important

Naturally also investment cost and

payback time are important.

All can be calculated by a simple

EXCEL sheet by inserting local costs

expenses and glasses divided into clear

glass and triple silver glass. This is an

example for 2 shift work in a high labor

cost country. 2/3 of the glass is triple

silver glass and 1/3 clear glass. Payback

time is 7 years.

This does not include breakage,

which is higher with the convection

processes, which function like

radiation heating furnaces. Also proper

convection heating furnaces produce

better quality glass.

Mr. Risto Nikander,

MD of Feracitas Oy

About the Author

Risto Nikander, MD of Feracitas

Oy, has 30 years’ experience

in safety glass processing. He

concentrated first in bending

and tempering technology.

Later, he involved himself in flat

glass tempering and convection

heating. His experience in

convection heating covers almost

all the time of the existence

of low emissivity glasses. He

has several patents in both

technologies.

Email: feracitas@gmail.com

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