SAGE’s New Glass Manufacturing Plant Construction Accelerates
May 16, 2011

SAGE Electrochromics announced it has contracts with several equipment vendors to provide the important technologies for its new dynamic glass manufacturing plant. When complete, the company says the facility will be able to produce dynamic glass in high volumes and in large commercial architectural sizes at an affordable cost for the first time. SAGE’s green-built facility, which is seeking LEED Silver accreditation, is being constructed in Faribault, Minn.

According to the announcement, Germany-based Leybold Optics will install a thin-filming coating system for glass production. The coating line will be almost 500 feet long and feature a new kind of twin-sputter deposition system. In addition, the plant will employ technology from Manz Automation typically used in the production of thin-film solar photovoltaic modules. Manz will install a range of products including laser structuring, laser cutting and an LCD-grade chemical cleaning system.

Likewise, Lisec America will provide a variety of glass fabrication technologies that will automate and accelerate production of SageGlass in high volumes. These include glass loaders, cutters, grinders, sealers and frame benders, as well as factory control software to manage the production line.

"We are proud to partner with SAGE by providing automated solutions for the production of their next generation SageGlass," says Bob Quast, Lisec America's chief executive officer.

“We invested in the world’s best available manufacturing technologies to produce a dynamic glass product of uncompromising quality and reliability,” says Glenn Gengel, SAGE’s vice president of manufacturing operations. “Our challenge is three-fold: to deliver our next generation SageGlass in high volumes with incredible consistency and in large sizes needed by the commercial architectural market. The new plant will represent the state-of-the-art in dynamic glass production.”

SAGE’s new facility is expected to begin operations late 2012 and bring more than 160 “green collar” jobs and 200 construction jobs to the state.

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