GPAD Detailed Seminar Program

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Registration Open

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Official Welcome Reception JW Marriott Hotel

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast in conference area

9:00 am – 9:45 am - Grand Opening of GPAD 2014 conference

Speakers: Ronald W Crowl, President & CEO, FeneTech Inc., Horst Mertes, VP of Sales & Marketing and GPAD organizer, FeneTech Inc.

The opening session will summarize the efficiency gains that can be found with the complete integration and automation within the manufacturing facility. Special focus will be placed on what should be looked for when selecting equipment for your facility in order to eliminate inefficient islands of automation and allow for a completely integrated operation.

9:45 am – 10:15 am - Past, Present, Future in Glass Fabrication – starring the Game Changer from FORVET

IGE Glass Technologies Inc.
Speakers: Michael Spellman, Manny Borda, Giancarlo Jemma

IGE’s Presentation will take the audience on a short journey through time from the early 1970’s glass fabrication machinery through today's highly advanced technology in the glass fabrication industry, with a future look into what's on the horizon for the industry in the upcoming years. IGE will briefly introduce their newest manufactures and their unique glass equipment with a focus on Forvet's Super Game Changer.

10:15 am – 10:30 am – Coffee Break

10:30 am – 11:15 am - Modern software ERP solutions – order entry, integrated CAD and capacity planning – FeneVision ERP software

FeneTech Inc.
Speaker: Horst Mertes

Modern and fully integrated order entry solutions are quite important nowadays to be successful in the glass processing industry. FeneVision ERP offers a very modern user interface in terms of order processing and includes a fully integrated CAD solution for shapes, including processings such as edge processing, surface processing and others. The system allows the full control of pricing and creates all necessary DXF files on the fly in order to control CNC processing lines such as Forvet, topDrill or others. Integrated capacity planning is also essential in order to confirm exact delivery dates. This presentation will give the audience a detailed demonstration of all the possibilities FeneVision ERP offers in this area.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm - What Else Can You Sell That Will Make You 88 Percent Profit?

Diamon Fusion International
Speaker: Russ Slaybaugh

Speaker: Jim Arnold

Demand for hydrophobic coatings has increased significantly because consumers are beginning to recognize the benefits such coatings deliver including longer lasting surfaces and an easier, more beautiful life.  As consumer demand has grown, the ultra-efficient application methods DFI has been perfecting since 1997 have delivered increasing benefits for those with the foresight to adopt them; while others sat on the sideline.  Now DFI’s new FuseCube™ makes applying a world-class hydrophobic coating as simple as operating a vending machine.  Jim Arnold, President of the company GlasSource, will speak about his experiences with this technology after a 10 year relationship with DFI.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm- Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm - Total Automation – Zero labour from breakout to finished tempered product

Ashton Industrial
Speaker: Richard Green

After decades of manufacturing professional, very heavy duty manual seamers, Ashton Industrial tackled the challenge to automate the process and 16 years ago designed and manufactured the world’s first truly fully automatic horizontal seaming line that efficiently handled random mixed glass sizes as fast as they could be cut.

It’s not just about labour cost. There is quality and consistency - manual seaming is dependent on operator skills, attitude and fatigue. Health & safety risks linked to posture and fatigue are minimised if you take away manual handling. And damage to glass and its delicate coatings are virtually eliminated too once the

“human factor” is removed. Nearly 100 seaming lines later, Ashton has achieved high speed automation of all processes direct from breakout to finished tempered lites, with zero manual labour. The presentation focuses on the very latest developments and advantages of high speed horizontal seaming of up to 7 lites a minute which can include in-line edge deletion, laser marking, corner dubbing and furnace batching, innovations that reduce cost and increase output while improving quality and profitability.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm - Cutting and Handling – Automation, Integration, Innovation

Turomas Tecnocat
Speaker: Alvero Tomas, Jordi Fortuny

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm - Tempering, Heat Soak and Laminating

Mappi North America
Speaker: Nancy Mammaro

Mappi was founded in 1993, quickly becoming a leader in the production of furnaces for tempering of flat glass throughout the world. This was achieved by using the most sophisticated technology innovations while maintaining a very high qualitative standard. The more than 300 Mappi furnaces installed worldwide, and 70 in North America achieve an elevated production capacity, but remain simple to use, extremely efficient and reliable. The ability to roll out their patented bottom-heating chamber makes maintenance easy and is just one example of the many design innovations from Mappi.

As the need for laminated and heat soak products increased, Mappi took their vast experience and developed highly efficient and unique machines to accomplish this. Mappi recognized that many fabricators have little extra room, and therefore designed machines that offer a solution for this.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Coffee Break

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm - Insulated Glass Production & Process Automation Trends

Forel North America
Speaker: Michael Schmidt

There are many different Insulated glass systems in production today but there is not a definitive best solution.  Each system offers different advantages but the industry continues to undergo process changes in response to new requirements for automation and Insulated glass unit (IGU) performance.  We will explore the IGU production trends and options in respect to advanced automation for both residential and commercial systems.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm - Digital Ceramic Printing Evolution and Revolution

Dip-Tech North America
Speaker: Alysa Hoffmeister

Dip-Tech will offer an informative presentation and discussion on today's trends in decorative glass aesthetics, durability, functionality, business opportunity and marketing methods to architects.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm - Closing Session GPAD2014 Day 1

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm - Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River

Friday, March 21st, 2014

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast in Conference area

9:00 am – 9:15 am - Opening Session GPAD2014 Day 2

9:15 am – 9:45 am - Automated Seaming and Furnace Batching Technology

TSS  Sales & Service / Tenon
Speaker: Clifton Green

Manual Seaming of glass is considered one of the hardest jobs in a glass fabrication facility. It is the cause of many back injuries and is a very high employee turnover position. Additionally, because of belt wear and skill of the employee the seam is inconsistent in quality, thus contributing to increased furnace breakage. Additionally, most fabricators are limited on space.

With all of these issues in mind, Tenon saw a need in developing a reliable and compact solution. After years of development Tenon introduced a horizontal automatic seaming machine utilizing diamond wheels and taking up no more room than a manual seaming line.
TSS – Sales & Service saw a need to take the seaming line further and asked Richter Enterprises to develop an automated conveying and furnace batching system utilizing common market washers and laser logo machines. Utilizing the strength of Fenetech’s FeneVision ERP software the fabricator is able to effectively manage all these processes.

9:45 am – 10:30 am - Fully integrated Shower Door Designing software

FeneTech Inc.
Speaker: Craig Morris

Completely integrated multi-user shower door designer for the handling and design of framed as well as non-framed shower doors. Template showers, including fittings, metal and other parts can be created by means of a powerful graphical designer. The FeneVision Shower Door Designer is unique in that it is independent from any fitting manufacturer and can handle fittings from different suppliers within the same database.

Depending of the fitting manufacturer an automatic download of catalogue parts may be achieved. The designer is based on the standard FeneVision option wizard and offers a 2D as well as a 3D view – the models can also be rotated as required on the graphical screen. After design of the shower door, the system calculates the bill of material fully dynamically and compiles all glass sizes, including drill holes, cut-outs and allows for any type of edge processing, including miters for glass connection (frameless shower doors). As the shower door designer uses the integrated FeneVision CAD designer it is able to create the necessary multi-layer DXF files and drawings, which are necessary for the production and to automate the direct control of CNC lines such as Forvet, topDrill and others. Furthermore, the system prices the whole shower door kit, including glass, fittings, handles, metal profiles and other parts of the dynamic bill of material. Shower Doors can be mixed with normal order entry items such as tempered or processed glass, IG or laminated glass by means of the standard FeneVision ERP order entry function.

10:30 am – 10:45 am - Coffee Break

10:45 am – 11:15 am - Do we need new systems for CNC glass processing?

Schraml Glastechnik - topDrill
Speaker: Horst Schraml

Glass processing with CNC machines is a long-standing and mature technology. Why should anyone think to change or improve this?

The market for processed glass is rapidly increasing, the new decorating techniques and many new fittings allow the use of glass in previously unknown application areas.

Existing horizontal CNC machines are proven - but the speed is not very efficient due to complicated loading and unloading processes.

The new vertical and highly dynamic CNC center topDRILL M-RX offers a lot of unique advantages:
- Loading of the next sheet already DURING processing
- No problem with drill holes or countersunk drill holes thanks to double-sided operation
- Batch size 1 through easy software is possible
- Perfect and highly dynamic vacuum system for one-sided fixation

11:15 am – 11:45 am - The state of the art of vertical grinding: structural glass, quality, flexibility & automation

Adelio Lattuada
Speaker: Clifton Green

Since 1978 Adelio Lattuada is specialized in glass grinding technologies, being able to offer today the widest range of straight-line edging, mitering and beveling machines. The product range also includes double-edger’s, corner grinding machines and vertical washing machines.

The requests for heavy and thick glass are increasing: Adelio Lattuada’s experience in this field is considerable; the company is present in all markets, including major German glass companies. The machines are capable in processing glass weighing up to 3,000 lbs, and thicknesses up to 4”, and as long as 49’ in length, thanks to Adelio Lattuada’s unique conveyor and spindles which guarantees strength, reliability, ease and reduced maintenance costs.
Quality, flexibility and automation are now the key points: the need to offer top quality products by keeping flexible, increasing productivity and decreasing the costs.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm - Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm - Products to check and improve quality

Speaker: Peter Pfannenstill

“Do you ever accept a single product in your daily life that has poor quality?  - especially if you paid a pretty penny for such a product?  Perhaps you might not claim or reject your purchase, but you will definitely never buy that product or anything made by that company again, right?”

With that said, could you take the risk of turning a blind eye to the quality of your products?
SOFTSOLUTION’s LineScanner, CulletScanner and VirtualDigitizing make sure, that you recognize defects or quality issues as soon as possible, increase the way of automation and furthermore boost the speed of your production.

Virtual Digitizing               
Highly accurate conversion of templates to CAD drawings

  • Check the quality for optical defects like scratches, inclusions, finger prints
  • Check the quality of dimensions like drill hole diameter and position, overall size
  • Check the quality of distortion like roller waves
  • Check the quality of your product setup, like glass thickness, laminated build-up, IG unit build-up, coating side


  • Archive and fully document the quality of your tempering process

SOFTSOLUTION – you can set your mind at rest.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm - The future is here!

Speaker: Giancarlo Jemma

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Coffee Break

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm - Evolution of Glass Tempering – Full Convection

Speaker: Hermann Frey

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm - Past, present and future about the treatment of water in glass processing

IGE Glass Technologies
Speaker: Joseph Sais

This presentation will go through all solutions historically used to treat water (decantation, centrifugation) and will analyze weak and strong points - a study of the VITROSEP filtration solution. How did we get there? The water quality in the glass industry is quite important. Moreover this presentation will explain all advantages of working in a closed circuit, the collection and distribution of water in the glass processing factories with good examples. The VITROSEP glass particle separator is a fully automatic system. Remote access feature: supervision and optimization of water treatment. The future: perhaps grinding without water? VITROSEP will be also focusing on air filters. VITROSEP - an investment with a quick payback.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm - Closing Session GPAD2014