September 13, 2018

GlassBuild America 2018: Day 1 Recap

by Erin Johnson

This year’s GlassBuild kicked off in Las Vegas today, and there was plenty to see for fenestration professionals looking to drive their businesses forward.

One point that particularly struck me early on was the continuous innovation and forward progress being made when it comes to efficient manufacturing. It’s there everywhere you look on the show floor, with automation continuing to be one of the industry’s hottest topics and talking points. The industry’s most prominent equipment suppliers are making it more and more attainable to save floor space, optimize labor and hit increasingly high production targets.

But as we’ve said in the past, it takes more than the equipment itself to make the most of an investment in automation. Here are some highlights from Day 1:

New frontiers. Quanex debuted its Edgetherm® 3600, a new hot-melt butyl sealant for insulating glass developed specifically with high-speed automated production in mind. Featuring exclusive technology from adhesive company Bostik, Edgetherm 3600 works well at the highest application speeds, with no curing time and the shortest skinning time on the market.

We were proud to showcase our new sealant in action over at the Erdman Automation booth, where Edgetherm 3600 was at work in the equipment supplier’s new fully automated high-speed line, producing IG units at lightning speed on the show floor. The line features automated loading, quality checkpoints and unloading technology, helping to further streamline operations in glass manufacturing shops.

Notably, the equipment at the booth had already been purchased, which I think is indicative of manufacturers’ eagerness to invest in their businesses and overcome challenges our industry continues to wrestle with, like labor shortages and making the most of floor space. Quality components, expertise and innovation are all key—and Quanex is always seeking to contribute to the bigger picture.

Speaking of the bigger picture…

Every bit counts. Anyone who may have picked up an issue of Glass Magazine on the show floor today can find a column from my colleague Joe Erb, commercial sales specialist at Quanex and a regular contributor to this blog and other industry outlets. In the column, Joe highlights that realizing today’s most adventurous new glass designs in the commercial space is about “creating harmony among a variety of products and materials.”
I can’t think of a more appropriate way to highlight what GlassBuild is all about. It’s where our industry comes together each year, with the shared vision of success and delivering high-quality products and solutions throughout the world of fenestration. Windows and glass play tremendous roles in the comfort and sustainability of the buildings where we live and work, and our industry is continuously delivering on that responsibility. 

Stay tuned for more updates from the show, and make sure to also check out video updates over at from our experts on the floor. See you on Day 2!

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Posted: September 13, 2018 by Erin Johnson Filed under: "GlassBuild 2018"