Glasstec 2022 – Glaston is shaping the sustainable future of glass

Come and join Glaston's live demos and meet with their industry experts at Stand A40/A41 in Hall 15

Below are just some of Glaston‘s latest developments that will be showcased to the participants at this year’s Glasstec 2022.

In flat glass tempering – with AI and automation

One of Glaston’s latest innovations to automate the flat tempering process are the online stress calculation solution using measured process data to calculate temperature and stress distribution in the quenching part of the tempering process. Another innovation is the unique white haze detection solution using artificial intelligence (AI). The tempering process autopilot reduces the need for operator input and offers process control without parameters.

The White Haze Scanner is the first AI-based solution to provide a high-quality visual indication of white haze on processed glass. The system instantly notifies users of an issue, allowing glass processors to react immediately when unacceptable haze is detected. This helps minimize waste and production reruns – and lowers costs over time.

By taking advantage of these latest innovations, customers gain higher bed utilization which leads to higher energy efficiency and capacity, better quality, repeatability and greater operational safety. Based on data, every machine is also able to manage its own predictive maintenance and suggest spare parts, when needed.

In flat glass laminating

The most recent trend in flat lamination is a growing use of structural interlayers. To process this type of glass, Glaston has introduced new convection control technology that offers a significantly wider operating window, even with complex laminates.

A higher degree of automation is also on the agenda for the laminating process. With our lamination process autopilot, the furnace learns to achieve the most optimal way to run, instead of having operators make adjustments manually.

In insulating glass manufacturing

Glaston MULTI’ARRISSER is a 3-in-1 solution for economical glass edge arrissing, flat edge arrissing and corner dubbing of the highest quality. All these benefits come with the proven Glaston cup wheel technology that uses only one wear part. With a maximum arrissing speed of 60 m/min, Glaston MULTI’ARRISSER is the fastest single-head machine in the world.

TPS® is not just a machine. It is an ingenious system solution for highly efficient insulating glass manufacturing. Glaston is the inventor of this technology with more than 150 installations worldwide.

Production is significantly simplified as the Thermo Plastic Spacer material can be applied directly onto the glass plate. This eliminates any need to stock different spacer profiles and connectors. The spacer width can be changed as desired during operation without any time loss. TPS® is the most flexible way of producing IG units, multilayer or solar panels.

Glaston ACTIVE’SEALER is the sealer family member that combines Glaston’s proven dosing technology with an outstanding economic advantage. Customers can rely on Glaston’s long-term experience in automatic sealing technology for IG units.

ACTIVE’SEALER is especially designed for mid-range markets and completes Glaston’s sealer product family. Together with COMFORT’SEALER, exclusively for the Chinese market, and SPEED’SEALER, the market leader for high-performance sealing, ACTIVE’SEALER is Glaston’s newest member to individually serve customer requirements for automatic IG unit sealing robots around the globe.

Glaston CORNER’REFINER provides automatic corner treatment for the SPEED’SEALER. A growing number of customers are demanding that recently sealed insulating glass corners are treated automatically with an effective corner treatment tool to relieve unloading operators from this work.

The new CORNER’REFINER from Glaston has been designed as a quick and easy auxiliary tool for existing SPEED’SEALER automatic sealing robots. After the corner treatment with the spatula system, a humified roll follows the corner contour of each IG unit. The nozzle change is not affected. Even removing the CORNER’REFINER for stepped units works without tools.

In automotive and display glass processing

Glaston CHAMP EVO represents the latest evolution in the CHAMP automotive glass pre-processing line. The newest CHAMP EVO generation includes high-precision features in a grinding machine. Maintenance costs and wear and tear have been reduced considerably with energy-saving, state-of-the-art linear drives that are accurately adjustable and a freely moveable glass holding system for short changeover times. The optimized cell also features lighter moving parts, such as the cutting bridge or grinding table and many other technological improvements.

This modernization gives CHAMP EVO better control, more dynamic movements and highest ground edge quality for any shape. It also reduces maintenance needs and offers even higher precision, among other benefits.

The Glaston HYPERFEX grinding system represents a revolution in glass edge grinding. The new HYPERFEX grinding wheels take into account all aspects of glass preprocessing for different applications and demonstrate significantly improved performance parameters.

The new Glaston MATRIX EVO automatic bending furnace is now available to revolutionize the way automotive windshields and sunroofs are bent to perfection. The line is specifically designed to meet the most challenging requirements in today’s automotive industry. It offers the best optical quality for applications, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), head-up displays (HUD) and coated glasses when combined with the most complex shapes.

The line is especially well suited for today’s fast-paced production with high-quality demands, fast job changes and a wide scope of end-product requirements.

In services
Glaston’s latest development in services includes new upgrade possibilities for glass heat treatment, insulating glass manufacturing as well as automotive and display glass processing.

The new modular Glaston Care service agreement concept offers a wide range of service options to match your specific needs.