September 18, 2019

GlassBuild 2019: Day 1 Highlights and Analysis

by Guest Blogger

GlassBuild America kicked off at the Georgia World Conference Center Tuesday, and it’s been a busy and exciting day.

Outside of our own booth, the Quanex team always tries to keep our fingers on the pulse of the show floor and some of the important meetings that take place throughout the week. So, without further adieu, here are some of our top insights and analysis from Day 1 of GlassBuild.

Rising to the challenge. In its from-the-floor reporting on the show, US Glass magazine noted a couple of key topics from Day 1: “The battle for the wall,” as discussed at this morning’s Executive Glazing Forum, and the continuing emergence of large glass for all sorts of new applications. I think these trends are interrelated, and point to the continued ingenuity and innovation of the glass and glazing industry.

One might think that increasing stringency on required building performance, like what’s happening in states like New York, California, and Washington, would temper expectations on what we can accomplish with glass in commercial applications. Instead, the opposite is occurring—we’re pushing the boundaries with larger format units and innovative designs that highlight the beauty of glazing as well as the delivering greater occupancy benefits in all sort of building interiors.

Critically, this can only continue happening when glass and glazing provide the right performance to meet the codes and new design demands. As NGA Codes Consultant Tom Culp noted during the Executive Glazing Forum, high-performance elements of glazing can’t be ignored. It will take a combination of already-proven and newly-emerging technologies to deliver performance that meets future performance demands.

A great example can be found in the Quanex booth, where we’re highlighting skinny triples—triple-paned units that incorporate an ultralight, non-structural center glass lite. Super Spacer® technology delivers the necessary structural performance required in this application, and the resulting unit boasts thermal benefits comparable to a traditional triple without the extra weight or design concerns. Stop by Booth #2517 today to learn more.

Automating the right way. The footprint of automated equipment at GlassBuild in recent years is impossible to ignore. Beyond the automated lines, we’re continuing to see an increase of ancillary robotic and automated equipment that enables glass producers to drive efficiencies throughout the entire plant.

It takes strategy and integration to get the most of these new equipment technologies, and our own Joe Erb offered some tips on how to make it happen in his own Express Learning session, “After Automation: Next Steps for Fabricators.” Collaboration with vendors and suppliers, taking advantage of software technology, and keeping an open mind are just some of the ways to optimize an investment in automated technology. Stop by the Quanex booth to learn more from Joe, or any of our other Technical Service experts.

Something to celebrate. At the Quanex booth, we’re highlighting the 30th anniversary of Super Spacer® warm-edge systems, and the 50th anniversary of Mikron®. Both product brands have been trusted by our customers for decades, and it’s exciting to celebrate with the entire industry.
These anniversaries offer us an opportunity to reflect on the histories of these brands, and how they’ll continue to make an impact for our customers into the future. Both Super Spacer and Mikron® remain highly applicable to our customers toughest challenges, and nowhere is that more apparent than right here on the floor at GlassBuild.

That’s it for Day 1—and I’m excited to see what the rest of the show brings.

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Posted: September 18, 2019 by Guest Blogger Filed under: GlassBuild 2019