Division Meets During Glass Week
The GANA laminating division meeting began with the ball drop task group meeting
at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, and was chaired by Julie Schimmelpenningh
of Solutia. The group began by reviewing the comments for its draft
document, Standard Test Method for Ball Drop Impact of Laminated
Architectural Flat Glass. The document was presented to the technical
committee later that morning, which accepted it. The task group
now plans to begin working on a specification.
The product labeling task group met next and was chaired by Pete
Anderson of Viracon. The group is working to create a document on
labeling the various types of architectural glass.
The Laminated Glazing Manual task group, also chaired by Schimmelpenningh,
met next. The group is finalizing the 2006 edition of the manual
and hope to have it published an available for Glass Fabrication
2006, which will be taking place April 10-12 in Orlando, Fla.
Also during the technical committee meeting, Greg Carney, GANA
technical director, talked about the group's work in developing
a glass informational bulletin that talks about the hazards of walking
on skylights and sloped glazing. The document stresses that skylights
and sloped glazing are not intended to be walked upon and is being
sent to the GANA board of directors for approval.
There is also a new task group on glass flooring that is being
chaired by John Bush of Oldcastle Glass. The group plans to develop
a glass informational bulletin to inform and educate about glass
flooring; it will not be a design manual or guideline, but rather
and informative tool.
Other discussions that took place included the possibility of creating
a protective glazing committee as part of laminating division. Unlike
the activities of the Protective Glazing Council that have largely
focuses on blast and government applications, this proposed committee
would be focused more on commercial work.
Valerie Block of DuPont also proposed the development of a glass
informational bulletin on the proper maintenance of laminated glass,
stressing that when laminated glass breaks it needs to be replaced
During the membership meeting Schimmelpenningh recognized Rick
Wright of Oldcastle Glass as the outgoing laminating division chairperson.
John Bush with Oldcastle Glass will be serving as the division's
Photo caption: GANA incoming president Julie Schimmelpenningh
of Solutia recognized outgoing division chairperson Rick Wright
of Oldcastle for his years of service as laminating division chair.
Photo courtesy of Brian Pitman.