Laminating 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 promptly.

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 new chairperson.

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.

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