Germans at glasstec
For the Germans, glasstec is a domestic show and their chance to show their
wares to the world, as the Italians do at Vitrum (held in Milan
on the years that glasstec is not).
Of the exhibitors at the show this week in Dusseldorf, there are
392 German exhibitors in 22,298 square meters of space, followed
by the Italian contingent with 198 exhibitors in 18,759 square meters
Hall 15 in the Messe is a German hall, with many large booth spaces,
including Hegla. The company is showing several new items including
the Galaxtica cutting table, which features a pulse magnetic drive
system that has no moving parts. It operates at 240 meters a minute
and is twice as accurate as the company's previous models, and achieves
good results on grinding at the same speed.
According to Jim Van Riper, Southeast regional manager for Hegla
Corp., in situations where two tables were being used for high-volume
the same amount of work can be done with one table. "It's something
for those in this situation to look at," he stated.
The company was also promoting its MarcColor laser unit for marking
glass. The unit is integrated into the cutting line in front of
the cutting table and the mark gives visual confirmation if the
glass has been tempered and washed.
The Sort Jet handling unit sorts the lites into harp racks for insulating
glass production in production sequence. It can be coupled with
an automatic IG loader.
Nearby in the hall, Maver was showing edge deletion capability on
its cutting table that doesn't use a grinding wheel or create any
dust. The company has applied for a patent for the process, and
one person in the booth reported that there was so much interest
from competitors that they have to take the cutting head off at
night and put it away.
A special metal milling tool that lasts a "life-time"
is utilized, according to the company.
Hardly Just Hardware
Over in Hall 10, CHMI had a position in the KL Megla booth promoting
its various hardware products. "We do joint manufacturing with
them," reported Tony Lambros, president of the Keokuk, Iowa
based company, "so the products here at the show will also
be available in the United States."
He reported seeing a "fair amount" of attendees from the
U.S., and said that there was a lot of interest in the sliding door
systems being shown as well as a folding system that has no bottom
track. Magnets are used to hold it together when it closes.
"They can be used in big hotels to separate space and the glass
can be decorated in any way," he explained.
- Charles Cumpston is the editor of Architects Guide to Glass
and a contributing editor to USGlass magazine.