Exhibitors Showcase New Glazing Opportunities at GlassBuild America
September 13, 2012

by Ellen Rogers, erogers@glass.com, and Casey Neeley, cneeley@glass.com

As GlassBuild America 2012 opened yesterday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, many exhibitors were prepared with displays and demonstrations of their newest developments for the glass industry. While some commented that the day saw a slow start, others reported steady, quality traffic and overall interest from attendees, who walked the show.

Accurate Perforating was exhibiting its perforated product offerings. According to Gary Huppert, marketing manager, the company's core competency is focused on metal perforation, for a variety of product lines. Sunshades, for example, are one of the company's lines popular among contract glaziers, which are available both vertical and horizontal.

Huppert explained that it's important for the glazing community to know about this type of product offering.

"Many considerations are the same as glass," he says. The company does more than just simple patterns, and can apply any image to its products.

"We can bring that vision to reality," says Huppert.

On the glass side, Cristacurva is featuring a number of products, including two dynamic glass offerings. In addition to its switchable glass, the company is showing what it calls Adapt-E glass.

"It's thermally activated," explained Matt Vasquez, architectural product specialist. "As the sun rises it changes."

Speaking of the increasing interest in this type of product, Vasquez added, "It's definitely the future."

"Architects are continuing to learn about it and will then take that [information] to the owners who are asking about it," says Vasquez.

Machinery companies are also featuring a number of new lines. Steven Vanderburg of Anderson America Corp., said his company is displaying its CoJet 2612 UV digital inkjet printer work. The CoJet is a flatbed printer designed to allows easy handling of a variety of media that maintains printing accuracy. The machine can print on a variety of substrates, including glass, wood and aluminum, among others. It can print to a maximum thickness of 3.94 inches with a maximum weight of 1,100 pounds.

Other features include a dual UV lamp, a safety device, high resolution printing, a multi-zone vacuum system, multi-reference points and visually guided interface. In addition, an automatic print head maintenance, automatic ink refill system, print head heater, white-color simultaneously printing function, white ink circulation system and eco-conscious performance are designed to help make the machine efficient.

"The machine helps to take down the printing process from 20 minutes to 30 seconds," said Vanderburg.

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