Week Wraps Up in Las Vegas
The Glass Association of North America's (GANA) Glass Week wrapped
up over the weekend with several more division meetings, including
the following discussions:
Insulating Glass Division
Following updates on a number of items still in motion, Bill Yanek,
GANA executive vice president, presented information to the division
on the potential merger with the Insulating Glass Manufacturers
Alliance (IGMA) (CLICK
HERE for related story). Yanek noted that following the recent
IGMA annual meeting earlier this month, the two groups now "have
a checklist of deliverables to move forward with." For now,
IGMA is going to continue to poll its members for further input;
Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director, noted that she'll be calling
every member company to discuss the picture of what this merger
might look like.
In anticipation of such a move, Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning Corp.,
proposed adapting the GANA division's mission statement and objectives
to become more accepting of the IGMA members' concerns for, among
other things, a division dominated by commercial glass interests.
The group removed its "particular emphasis on commercial glazing"
from the mission statement and also tweaked its objectives. Webb
further added an additional bullet point to that list of objectives:
to work closely with IGMA. The addition was approved to read that
the IG Division will aim "to work closely with other industry/trade
associations to avoid duplication of efforts and enhance each others'
Within the Laminating Division, it was noted that the Laminated
Glazing Reference Manual is undergoing its final round of minor
tweaks and is looking at an estimated May publication. A glass informational
bulletin (GIB) on Emergency Egress Through Laminated Glazing
Materials is on the list to next be updated, followed by the
creation of a GIB on Hurricane Substitution Explanations (CLICK
HERE for related story) and the completion of a GIB on the Approximate
Weight of Interlayers Used in Laminated Architectural Glass,
a sister document to the earlier GIB on the Approximate Weight
of Architectural Flat Glass (CLICK
HERE for more information).
On the other hand, the group drew very near completion of its 101
presentation on laminated glass.
"The laminated glass 101 PowerPoint has been in the works for
a long time and finally I think we're finished," said Valerie
Block of DuPont. The division walked through a few editorial tweaks
before approving the presentation and forwarding it to the Marketing
Committee for review.
During the Mirror Division meeting, updates were provided on two
completed resource: ASTM's C1503 Standard Specification for Silvered
Flat Glass Mirror and the ISO TC 160 standard for mirrors. The
group soon will circulate its own document, Mirrors - Handle
with Extreme Care, to its members for review.
In addition, the group heard an update on the recently revised ANSI
Z97 standard for safety glazing materials. The presentation provided
examples of where the standard may cause confusing breakage evaluation.
The division agreed to ballot the document with a negative to allow
ANSI to fix these issues.
Also under discussion was a recurring topic: the possibility of
merging the small division (which has 17 members) with, perhaps,
the Decorative Division (CLICK
HERE for related story).
"We need help with this division," commented division
chair Jim Ventre of Vitro America. "The division has gotten
very small and it's questionable as to whether it will continue
on as a standalone division."
A motion was made and passed to survey the division membership about
interest in a merger, although Ventre made his opinion on the matter
clear: "I am very set against that," he said during the
full GANA membership meeting. He, and other division attendees,
pointed out that the mirror division has accomplished quite a bit
in recent years and will have more opportunities to do so in the
future as the use of mirrors in creating solar energy becomes increasingly
important to the industry.
The Tempering Division's Construction Subcommittee presented an
update of its ongoing communication with the International Window
Cleaning Association (IWCA) (CLICK
HERE for related story). Greg Carney, GANA technical director,
met with the association at the end of last year to "talk about
things like evaluating other means of cleaning glass other than
[metal] scrapers." Among ideas coming from the IWCA was the
suggestion of putting together a "best practices" document
for the operation of heat-treating ovens to at least address the
accusations of some window cleaners that many scratches arise from
the presence of fabricating debris on tempered and heat-strengthened
glass that is pulled along the surface of the glass.
The group also continued an effort in the other direction: the creation
of a sticker discouraging the use of metal scrapers. An image of
what the small cling stickers would look like--with a simple graphic
and text in English and Spanish noting that "metal scrapers
damage glass"--was presented to the group. The stickers, if
interest is expressed in purchasing them, would be available to
individual members to use at their discretion, rather than coming
with recommendations from the association.
In addition, the group expressed its interest in working across
other divisions to begin to research more appropriate ways of cleaning
HERE to read about the meeting of the GANA Fire-Rated Glazing
HERE to read about the meeting of the GANA decorative division.
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