Breakfast and lunch will be served in Salon AB. Coffee breaks will be held in Foyer A-C. All GPAD educational sessions will be held in Salon C.
This is where the Digital Factory begins
FeneTech examines modern trends in ERP software for glass fabricators that feature flexible and fully integrated quoting and order entry solutions that are critical for success in this industry. Additionally, modern tools such as an integrated CAD application and capacity planning capabilities can be used to easily process both simple and complex quotes and orders. FeneTech also takes a peek into the future of ERP systems by forecasting future industry needs and outlining how FeneTech plans to meet these challenges.
Mike Synon & Terry Hesson
Minimizing Downtime During the Automation Age
We’ll explore the staggering costs of unnecessary downtime in today’s automated production facilities. HHH Tempering Resources, the leading U.S. technical team, will address preventative maintenance solutions that reduce lost time and profits. The team will also share insights on how NorthGlass technology is driving oversized glass innovation via the world’s largest flat and bent glass furnaces.
The Evolution of Automating Low-Maintenance Coatings
At the heart of any well-oiled glass fabrication facility there is always one common thread: automated equipment. Accordingly, this session by Diamon-Fusion International (DFI), will examine the growing trend of automating low-maintenance coatings in the industry. As a global developer and manufacturer of easy-to-clean coatings, DFI will look at how these trends in automation have come about, their importance in the digital factory, and which markets are experiencing the most success with it. DFI will also introduce their line of automated machinery being used by glass processors worldwide.
Robotic Integration is Industry 4.0
We’ll explore the infinite possibilities that robotics are bringing to glass fabrication environments. Through the use of cutting-edge integration, robotics are revolutionizing glass fabrication and handling. The BRS (Bovone Robotic System) is a proven system that is changing the way glass is manipulated through the fabrication process. By reducing dependence on operator interface, the BRS increases production, reduces rejects, improves throughput with product flow efficiency, reduces tooling costs, and minimizes work place related injuries associated with lifting heavy glass sheets.
Lights Out Automation
This is the goal of all custom glass fabricators. It has been said that there is no such thing as a good day in glass fabrication, only a degree of how bad it is. However, the major problem is with people. Today and for the foreseeable future, this will be the biggest problem facing our industry. The solution is automation and not just a robot here and there—total automation. With total automation will also come software that maximizes and optimizes production, greatly reduces labor, handling and waste due to remakes (among many other things), while increasing production and profits. From storage through cutting and breaking to pre-processing and tempering / laminated processing, the future is here now.
Automated Digital Glass Printing Within Industry 4.0
Game changing technology is now available in Digital Ceramic Printing for glass. This technology promises to be a value- added product in the decorative side with Ferrari red and Ferrari yellow (once known as impossible), along with the highest DPI of 1440. Additionally, this new technology will replace silk screen technology of old in the OEM, commercial / architectural and automotive markets. Can you imagine production that is superior to screen printing with no screens? Yes, it’s here, and no screens means a reduction in manpower, costly screens and expensive screen storage space.
Automation, Robotics & Industry 4.0: Solutions, not just products
Today, understanding the real needs of every customer and offering them the best solution is becoming the key element in case of automation, integration, robotics, Industry 4.0, and IoT or digital factory projects. Thanks also to our partnership with Knittel and Holonix, we will present a variety of possible applications (especially applied to edging and grinding machines) and we demonstrate how the experience within specific fields can give customers the advantage of a top-level consultancy. We will present additional details regarding the Lattuada Robotic Solution that recently received USGlass magazine Readers’ Choice award in the Machine Automation Category.
Nate Huffman & Peter Pfannenstill
Recent Trends for Inline Quality Inspection and How This Data Can Be Used
We’ll outline for you each of the new trends and latest developments regarding quality inspection. Standard surface quality check, glass thickness check—in addition to dimension control—are standard and for most customers a ‘must have’. Now, the next evolution in inspection is to check tempered lites according to their tempering quality, which means anisotropy effects as well as measuring the level of tempering.All of this data is a tremendous treasure that can be used to take actions and gain experience. Relating batch load, glass type and tempering recipe, together with the achieved quality, leads to a great knowledge base. Everything comes together in a quick management overview to see the status of a LineScanner together with the indication of proactive maintenance, as requested out of IoT.
Automating a Flat Glass Tempering Line
Let’s examine the steps necessary to increase the automation level on a flat tempering line. In this session, we’ll address the current situation with the flat tempering line and provide insights how a more automated tempering line can be developed using IIoT, AI, and all the modern digitalization tools combined with R/D initiatives.
Richard Green & Heinz Wiedmayer
Smart Working with Digitized Automation: Reducing human error, fatigue and stress while increasing efficiency and profits
Methods of automation exist, especially for those maxing on digital systems for calculating, controlling and optimizing production methods and practices for best profits while at the same time taking out human fatigue, physical and mental stress and associated errors. These will include among other things, gleaning and use and further transmission of data for marking, routing and even passing of information to downstream processes. Removing the reliance on operator information features big, with digital systems employed to automatically measure sizes, shapes, contours, orientation and positioning of randomly sequenced lites in addition to automatically passing calculated information from station to station, and handover of data in digital format to third party processes. This results in better working conditions, less fatigue, and less stress. Fewer error equal more profits. The digital solutions are here!
Marco Schiavon & Troy Lentner
The Benefits of a High-Speed Insulating Line Combined with a Sorting System
Our presentation will focus on the efficiency benefits of utilizing a high-speed insulating line simultaneously with a sorting system. Combing the two equipment processes together will drastically increase your overall production output, increasing the quality of your production and drastically decreasing your handling time. To achieve maximum results, each process needs to be accurate and efficient. We’ll discuss what products Forel has to offer to achieve these results.
Michael Spellman, Art Huard & Martin Bracamonte
Vacuum Insulated Glass: Where today the window becomes the wall
Vacuum Insulated Glass (VIG) technology has been around for years. The only difference is we now can use flat SGCC certified tempered glass as the substrates and make it into a window or a door. VIG units are hermetically sealed with all air evacuated from the unit, thus, no molecular structure exists for transport of heat or cold. VIG units have a metal (non-lead) seal along with tiny pillars to keep the glass separated and can have an overall thickness as thin as 6.7 millimeters or as think as 12.3 millimeters. These VIG tempered glass units can also be made into a hybrid using the inside glass panel as a VIG with the outside panel in any type of coated glass desired and produced on your IGU line.
Thermo Plastic Spacer
The TPS® or Thermo Plastic Spacer is the only true, on-demand, warm edge spacer system available on the market. As the original inventor of the TPS® IG manufacturing process, Bystronic Glass has optimized the manufacturing process over 25 years of extensive experience. The result is IG units with some of the best thermal performance, longevity and reliability, featuring consistent quality and aesthetics. Combined with the improved overall efficiency gains in the manufacturing process and overall reduction in waste and labor, the TPS® manufacturing process adds immediate value and cost reductions, ensuring the customer’s overall success.
Automating a Flat Glass Lami Line
We’ll examine the steps necessary to increase the automation level on a flat laminating line. In this session, we’ll address the current situation with the flat laminating line and provide insights how a more automated laminating line can be developed using modern heating technology, IoT, AI, and all the modern digitalization tools combined with R/D initiatives.
Industry 4.0: What is it and how far will it go?
The glass industry is in its infancy stage of capitalizing on the benefits of 4.0. We will take a look at how this could be utilized in cutting and storage and the plans Mistrello has in moving toward this. In addition to looking at the benefits of 4.0, we will also cover storage and glass handling automation. Glass fabrication plants have different needs, and there is not a one size fits all solution. We’ll examine various configurations to open peoples’ minds to different possibilities.
A Real-World Guide to Glass Fabrication Facility Material Handling Automation & Integration
With labor continuing to be ranked high on the challenges faced by Glass Fabricators, CMS North America’s Chris Cullum will provide an overview of utilizing robotics for material handling in order to increase throughput and quality while reducing the labor required to do so. This presentation will also provide a historical look at material handling and a peek into the future with an eye on advances made with iOT and Industry 4.0.
Marco Schiavon & Troy Lentner
Industry 4.0 Equipment Software
We’ll discuss the effectiveness of embracing the new Industry 4.0 equipment software. Every glass fabricating owner, manager and supervisor wants to have an up-to-date dashboard on how their equipment is performing. Having accurate data is the first step to maximizing your overall OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). We will review the benefits of the dashboard overview and how it affects your entire production output.
Manual Borda & Martin Bracamonte
Machinery Data at Disposal for Real-Time Needs, Profitable & Customized Production
Our presentation will analyze how Industry 4.0—conceived as a new way of interpreting the functioning of the industry using data exploitation provided by the machines themselves—can be applied to the glass industry. TUROMAS will present the different technologies with which it is working currently: Smart storage, 4TOOL, and TUROMAS Software, which, when combined, give shape to an integral solution for the interpretation and management of data. TUROMAS’ main goal is to achieve a constant adaptation to the manufacturing needs in real-time and a more profitable, customized production according to the needs of each customer.
AJ Piscitelli & Kingston Eck
The Digital Factory—The Future is Now!
The Digital Factory becomes a reality when data is shared and presented in real time so that proactive decision making can occur and, in some cases, automatic decision making is possible. We’ll explore the possibilities and advantages of the industry’s converging on a standard communication methodology for machinery manufacturers, software providers and vendors. In addition, we’ll present the recent advances made with the fenestration manufacturing language, FENml.