Monday, March 13

6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Welcome Reception, Eighth Floor Terrace

Tuesday, March 14

7:45 AM-8:45 AM

Breakfast & Registration in Salon III of the Ile de France Ballroom

8:45 AM-9:00 AM

Opening of GPAD 2017

9:00 AM-9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker, sponsored by FeneTech

IoT / Industry 4.0:  Buzzwords or Actual Value?

Joe Maukonen, President RoviSys

Keynote Speaker Joe Maukonen’s discussion will revolve around what value can IoT  / Industry 4.0 provide to manufacturing companies in both the short and long term.  Joe will also discuss how IoT  / Industry 4.0 has become a hot topic, the challenges facing existing facilities in moving towards Industry 4.0, and the potential pitfalls of a poorly planned migration to the future.

9:30 AM-10:15 AM

Session 1

Modern Software ERP Solutions

presented by FeneTech

This is where complete automation and integration begins. FeneTech’s Dave Miller will examine 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.

10:15 AM-10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM-11:00 AM

Session 2

The Benefits of Automation

presented by TSS

Cliff Green of TSS Sales will discuss benefits of automation—from material handling to glass exiting the furnace. Green will present examples of different solutions based on specific business needs and discuss the entire automation process from automated storage, loading for cutting, to seaming, logo placement, and furnace batching, with an emphasis on how software is capable of keeping track of glass throughout this process.

11:00 AM-11:30 AM

Session 3

How 4.0 Technology is Changing the Glass Industry

presented by Mappi

This session takes a look at the benefits of Industry 4.0 / IoT within the tempered glass industry. Mappi’s Nancy Mammaro will describe how these new technologies facilitate interaction between the user and the manufacturer in each stage of the manufacturing process. IoT responds best to changing market needs and affords those in construction the greatest possibilities in terms of customization. Additionally, IoT expedites daily operations, under both normal conditions and under digital control
systems that operate in a self-adaptive environment.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Session 4

The Endless Applications for Inline Quality Inspection

presented by Softsolution

In this session, FeneTech and Softsolution, the world’s leading experts in the field of inline quality inspection, will illustrate different scenarios where the inline quality inspection tool—the LineScanner—can be utilized.   FeneTech’s Nate Huffman and Peter Pfannenstill from Softsolution will present real world examples of the different uses for the LineScanner.  In addition, attendees will catch a glimpse of the LineScanner in action by viewing short videos that highlight the different benefits of each application.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch, Salon III of the Ile de France Ballroom

1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Session 5

Arrissing Flat Glass

presented by Forel

In this session, Michael Schmidt of Forel and Doug Mangus of Salem Flat Glass & Mirror will focus on the physical properties and requirements for arrissing (seaming) flat glass in the glass fabrication process. This includes a review of the physical properties and microstructure of cut and broken-out glass edges and how this affects the characteristics and performance of flat glass. Also included is a discussion of the necessity of arrissing, why Forel recommends it, and several reasons why it is beneficial for
downstream flat glass fabrication or finished product applications. Additionally, Forel will compare the historical methods and processes for arrissing
flat glass with the more current methods used today.

1:45 PM-2:30 PM

Session 6

Taking Control of Anistropy

presented by Glaston

Glaston presenter Kimmo Kuusela will provide insights into controlling and measuring anistropy by taking a look at anistropy as a phenomenon and how it can be measured. Though anisotropy is not considered a defect from a structural point of view, it can greatly affect visual quality in certain instances.

2:00 PM-2:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:00 PM-3:30 PM

Session 7

Bovone Robotics System

presented by Salem Flat Glass & Mirror

The Bovone Robotic System (BRS) offered by Salem Flat Glass & Mirror isthe solution to providing more automation to increase production andto reduce labor costs and risks within your glass fabrication facility. Doug Mangus will describe how this system revolutionizes glass handling with cutting-edge technology. The BRS brings a new level of production capability to the glass industry by providing automatic loading and unloading of vertical glass edgers in addition to a variety of other applications that maximize productivity. The BRS is available in an array of configurations and can be custom designed to fit most applications.

3:30 PM-4:00 PM

Session 8

Neat Solutions to Problems Old and New

presented by Ashton Industrial

Ashton Industrial Senior Business Development Manager Richard Green will demonstrate a variety of clever yet uncomplicated solutions being applied to overcome persistent challenges in the glass tempering environment with an emphasis on delicate coated glass.  Additionally, Green will outline solutions for achieving higher yields with fewer rejects, accomplishing full automatic seaming and batching while saving money and eliminating problems associated with manual handling, avoiding issues associated with stricter regulations on airborne dust while at the same time dispensing entirely with costly and ineffectual extraction systems.

Green will also provide insight into the latest developments at Ashton Industrial which include the new UNIX professional manual seamer that effectively doubles capacity at no extra cost in addition to the innovative “Best-of-Both” seamer that delivers all of the high quality benefits of wet diamond belt seaming combined with near-effortless air flotation handling.

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Keynote Speaker, sponsored by FeneTech

Setting Goals and Obtaining Focus

presented by Courtney Seard

Courtney Seard has worked with a diverse range of companies and individuals. From professional athletes, entertainers in film and music, to corporate giants like Microsoft and Zappos—no client is too big or small.

Courtney is well-versed in many fields, including Accelerated Business & Career Development, Life Transformation,
Communication, Financial Freedom, and Health and Wellness.

From a treacherous childhood, to a near-fatal biking accident, the story of her life is astounding and inspiring; illustrating how hard work and determination can always overcome great obstacles.

In this fast paced presentation Courtney will discuss the science behind FOCUS and setting goals that WIN.

4:30 PM-4:45 PM

Closing Day 1, GPAD 2017

6:00 PM

Dinner Cruise on the Creole Queen

Wednesday, March 15

7:45 AM-8:45 AM

Breakfast in Salon III of the Ile de France Ballroom

8:45 AM-9:00 AM

Opening of Day 2

9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Session 9

Worldwide Glass Market and Trends – Executive Summary from GPD 2015

presented by Glaston

Chair of the organizing committee for Glass Performance Days (GPD) Jorma Vitkala will analyze glass industry developments and trends by reviewing the state of the industry reflected by the GPD 2015 Conference.  In addressing the future challenges facing glass design, construction, and glass industry solutions, Vitkala will highlight the most salient information presented at the executive summary session held in June 2015.

GPD has developed into the hub of the international glass industry and serves as the leading forum for the presentation of new technologies, industrial practices, and energy-efficient solutions offered in the service of construction, design, and interior decorating applications.

9:45 AM-10:15 AM

Session 10

Hydrophobic Coating Gaining Popularity

presented by Diamon Fusion International

Hydrophobic protective coating applications is a growing trend in building envelope and other exterior applications. Syndi Sim will describe how DFI is accelerating this trend. Improving Your Outlook Through Hydrophobic Coatings is offered worldwide to architects, fabricators, engineers, and others in the commercial building market. This segment will focus on the benefits of low-maintenance coatings and how they can contribute to LEED points. DFI will demonstrate how you can position your company now to capitalize on this trend and maximize profits.

10:15 AM-10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM-11:00 AM

Session 11

Accommodating Large Size Glass

presented by CMS Brembana

CMS Brembana will share their real-world working experience with the challenges of producing larger-sized parts. Chris Cullum from CMS will address how larger-sized machinery can accommodate oversize glass and discuss how automated devices designed to handle these larger glass pieces are revolutionizing the industry.

11:00 AM-11:30 AM

Session 12

Not Just Machines—Tailor-Made Solutions

presented by Adelio Lattuada

Over the past few years, Adelio Lattuada’s non-standard applications and options have fulfilled the customized needs of their clients. Nicola Lattuada will demonstrate these applications from large glass to small, from technical glass to new materials, from parallelograms to grooving solutions—and more. They will also introduce the innovative automation, robotic, and integration solutions that Adelio Lattuada offers.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Session 13

Glass Cutting Optimization—Dynamic v. Batch

presented by FeneTech

In this presentation, FeneTech’s Horst Mertes will address glass cutting optimization, taking participants through a live demonstration that shows the possibilities FeneVision’s Opti-Glass has to offer in addition to the connectivity to modern CNC equipment.  Mertes will also set a focus on dynamic optimization v. batch optimization.

*This presentation takes the place of an earlier scheduled presentation by Nicole Harris of NGA.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch, Salon III, Ile de France Ballroom

1:00 PM-2:15 PM

Session 14

Dynamic Opportunities in IG Automation

dual presentation by Forel & Quanex

Insulated glass automation offers dynamic opportunities via flexible spacer systems with regard to labor reduction, unparalleled quality control, in addition to high-speed production efficiency for increased demand. Mike Schmidt from Forel and Tony Thiret from Quanex will describe how, over the past five decades, fenestration technology has evolved to meet the needs of end users with regard to comfort in addition to meeting the ever increasing code requirements both domestically and internationally—from single plate glass 100 years ago to high performance low-E IG units manufactured as triples and quads.

Insulated glass technology has been forced to handle not only thermal efficiency via warm edge spacer technology, but also handle extreme climatic and structural conditions, very large sizes, and dynamic glazing applications with the development of non-metal, flexible spacer systems. As our industry continues to see a strong demand for both residential and commercial windows and doors (in addition to glass and glazing systems), both manufacturers and glazers look for automation to increase production
efficiency, reduce labor costs, and maintain the highest level of quality and long-term durability.

Automation has revolutionized the fenestration industry. Forel presents exciting innovations to both high speed and standard automated lines.

2:15 PM-2:45 PM

Coffee Break

2:45 PM-3:15 PM

Session 15

Automated Equipment Solutions

presented by Schiatti & DeGorter

Pete DeGorter, Vice President of Sales for DeGorter, Inc. and Cinzia Schiatti, Sales Manager for Schiatti Angelo will highlight automated equipment solutions provided by premier equipment supplier Schiatti Angelo of Milan, Italy.

Specifically, this session will introduce The Turnover, a machine designed for automated processing of glass in straight-line equipment.  The Turnover rotates glass 90⁰, automatically sends to process the next edge, and handles varying sizes of glass, in succession, with a maximum glass size of 156” X 78” or 550lbs.  Photoelectric cells, computer programing, and failsafe systems eliminate risk of glass impacting each other during processing. In addition, the machine can be programmed to recognize varying thickness of glass in succession and will automatically open or close the edger’s or edgers’ track (s), thus minimizing breakage due to operator error.  A single Turnover unit can be paired with a single edger and process all edges in a looped system of conveyors without operator intervention.  A complete Turnover line consists of three Turnover units transferring glass automatically between four edgers / bevellers in a straight line.  Additionally, DeGorter and Schiatti will briefly touch on high-speed double edging solutions, as well an automated Vertical CNC, The TFV, also provided by Schiatti Angelo.

3:15 PM-4:00 PM

Session 16

Into the Future

presented by FeneTech

FeneTech president & CEO Ron Crowl will offer a critical look at the present state of glass fabrication and his vision of the future, taking into consideration IoT  / Industry 4.0, industry trends, and how an integrated ERP software solution will be the foundation for becoming truly efficient and allow companies to find success in an ever-changing industry.

4:00 PM-4:15 PM

Closing, GPAD 2017