Shows Off New Names, New Properties and New Directions at GlassBuild
From flat glass to laminated to decorative and beyond, and all
of the tools and equipment to shape these products, new developments
in glass were at the heart of the recent GlassBuild America trade
show, which took place earlier this week in Las Vegas.
During the show, Alice Dickerson shared that architectural glass
fabricator Vitro America is focused on expanding and branding its
product offering in a new way. As Dickerson commented, "It
is important to have branding that speaks to the performance of
the product and inspires design creativity," and that's just
what the company expects the Envision Glass Systems to do.
The Envision product line includes the company's all-glass doors,
clad doors, sliding and stacking doors, glass walls, handrails and
PPG Industries had added new options to an old name during the
show. Solarban 80 Optiblue glass now provides two new blue-green
tints with strong solar control. In addition, company officials
noted that PPG had become the first architectural glass manufacturer
to earn silver-tier Cradle to Cradle certification for all of its
architectural glass products. The certification evaluates the total
impact of a product on human health and the environment throughout
its life cycle, as well as the manufacturer's corporate practices.
And speaking of "going green," while solar control and
energy-efficient glass remained a hot topic at this year's show
as in years past (CLICK
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could also be found on the show floor.
John Reed, service engineer with Benteler Mechanical Engineering,
noted that the company is "trying to crack into the solar market."
Reed mentioned that the company's new edge-deletion system is specifically
targeted for glass used in solar applications.
Glasstech Inc. was spotlighting its new systems for producing bent
or curved glass parts ideal for the concentrating solar power and
concentrating photovoltaic markets and the extremely flat glass
parts required by the PV markets.
As Tom Noe, vice president of customer service and systems engineering
for Glasstech Inc., noted, "Alternate energy is a big opportunity
for the glass industry."
While there is some learning involved when making the jump from
traditional architectural glass production to solar glass, he said
that glass industry professionals taking on this trend need to remember
that they'll need to do some of the teaching.
"Most of the people in this solar industry are not glass guys,"
Noe said, explaining that many are coming from the semiconductor
industry. "We, as an industry, have a big task in educating
them as to what glass can do."
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