Emerging technologies to take centre stage at IGMA conference

Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
May 18, 2012
By Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
May 18, 2012 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Technical Conference offers a program filled with top notch industry networking, a new round of document creation for the industry, a female Top Gun, and an Emerging Technology and Innovation Committee that promises to excite fans of next generation IG technology and its use in building innovations today.  The Conference is scheduled June 4 to 7 in historic Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

"IGMA represents the best of the best in the insulating glass industry,” says Dave Cooper of Guardian Industries and president of IGMA. “Our new ETI Committee will be setting up task groups to work on specific emerging technologies and innovations. With the current window market being extremely competitive, it is even more imperative to stay abreast of the standards and issues involved with them, especially with new technologies. I encourage everyone to be a part of tomorrow’s technology today and join our efforts by attending and getting involved in the future of our industry."

"This event offers some of our best networking opportunities on top of the fantastic technical work," says Margaret Webb, executive director of IGMA.  "On Tuesday, June 5, attendees will work together on the Urban Quest Scavenger Adventure in teams and armed with a clue package. The reward at the end of the quest is a mystery restaurant located in Ottawa’s historic downtown Market and a shared experience with others in the industry."

The IGMA Summer Technical Conference will feature extensive committee work by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Advanced Fenestration Testing Task Group. The Task Group exists to assist NREL in developing a standardized approach to the creation of testing methodologies for new glazing technologies in fenestration products.  In addition to new technologies, this task group will also look at existing test methods in use by industry for possible enhancement or for the creation of more expedient testing of new insulating glass products that do not require a new standard.
“This task group will potentially have an enormous impact on the industry as a whole,” said Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director.  “Ultimately the methods created by this task group will benefit the fenestration industries by creating a standardized, accepted method for testing prior to bringing new technologies to market.  Our work at the Summer Technical Conference will lay the foundation for these new test methods.”
Industry members should plan to attend the Conference to be aware of the proposals for the test methods, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback into them.  “This task group puts IGMA ahead of the pack in terms of next generation testing for existing and new technologies,” said Webb.  Registration for the event is available online at the IGMA website at www.igmaonline.org.

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