September 22, 2015

GlassBuild 2015: Old Friends, New Innovations

by Erin Johnson

As we all get busy in the day-to-day, it’s easy to forget how tight-knit the fenestration world is. Until GlassBuild. As people made their way to the show floor on the first day, it somehow felt more like a reunion of friends than an industry event.
Some relationships span decades. We’ve seen each other in different roles and companies, we’ve even watched each other’s kids grow up. A lot has changed over the years, but one thing has stayed the same: our collective dedication to making this one of the most progressive, yet tight-knit industries you can imagine.
It was great to see so many familiar faces and to connect with new ones. It was also rewarding to see us all work together to bring innovations to life that will help us continue to advance our industry.
Aside from the incredible networking opportunities, in my opinion there were three main themes that summarize the GlassBuild 2015 experience:
The equipment. In previous years, investing in equipment felt risky given economic conditions.  That all changed this year. People came to the show as serious buyers, looking to make much-needed upgrades – and equipment suppliers delivered with high-speed automated lines that could do more, faster and with fewer touch points than ever before. Watch Video.
We had a chance to catch up with our friends at Sparklike, Erdman and For.El to check out the latest and greatest in gas-fill analyzers and automated equipment.

The innovation. There was discussion about where our industry is headed, conceptualizing windows and homes of the future, in addition to unveiling new, tangible innovations. For example, the Quanex booth featured our new Q-Glaze sealants and configurations for the Mikron C3-11300™ AW-Rated system. Brian Kress and Eric Thompson explain: Watch Video.

The learning. One of my favorite additions to GlassBuild over the last couple of years is the Express Learning sessions. Based on the volume of attendees and buzz surrounding the presentations, many others agree. Watch Video.
We had the opportunity to provide two sessions this year: “How to Win Social Media Fans and Influence Your Audiences” and “Five Myths of User Experience.” The full presentations will be made available by the NGA, but we were able to provide a quick summary of the learning opportunities provided at GlassBuild. 

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