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USGNN Original StoryCMS Demonstrates Equipment Lines During Open House
July 27, 2009

CMS North America located in Caledonia, Mich., hosted an open house last week for its glass and stone industry customers. During the event the company demonstrated a number of its machinery lines and also offered software classes that Stuart Gill, CMS North America's southwest sales manager, said provided an opportunity for those in attendance to discuss technical issues, customization and how to integrate the machinery into their current production flow.

One of the machines featured was the company's Delta Grind equipment.

"Glass can be processed non-stop from grinding, drilling, washing and unloading," said Gill.

Another machine the company demonstrated was its Automated Shower Door System with Enhanced Technology (ASSET), which the company introduced last year. In addition to shower door applications, the equipment line can also be adapted for the production of solar panels. Saba Vansanthan, stone/glass product manager, said it is a cost-effective way to keep production of solar panels in the United States.

"No one has streamlined production yet. It's very labor intensive. With a 10- to 20-percent modification of the line the ASSET machinery can be used to process solar panels," said Vansanthan. He added that the equipment would also allow for seven-day production.

Gill added, "We are [reducing] labor with this equipment line."

"This area will not stay low-tech forever," said Vansanthan. "We have the technology. It will be easier to do here [in the United States]."

When asked about sales volume for 2009, Vansanthan said, "We are in a survival mode. CMS North America did better than we expected in glass for CNC sales this year. Our philosophy of 'Be good with the dollar -- what we have and how we are going to spend it' has worked well." He continued, "We are keeping the customer happy; we have a large customer service department and that comes back to us."

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