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Erdman Automation offers new automated horizontal Super Spacer line


March 30, 2010
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March 30, 2010 – Because most insulating glass (IG) manufacturing in North America is done using horizontal equipment, Erdman Automation Corp. has developed a new domestically made Super Spacer solution that the company says can be easily assimilated into existing lines. Available in manual, semi-automated and fully automated versions, the new Super Spacer line can be sold modularly or as a full production line for up to 50 percent less cost than vertical equipment solutions.

March 30, 2010 – Because most insulating glass (IG) manufacturing in North America is done using horizontal equipment, Erdman Automation Corp. has developed a new domestically made Super Spacer solution that the company says can be easily assimilated into existing lines. Available in manual, semi-automated and fully automated versions, the new Super Spacer line can be sold modularly or as a full production line for up to 50 percent less cost than vertical equipment solutions.

“There was an unmet need in the North American IG manufacturing market for cost-effective, automated equipment that could be easily integrated into existing horizontal production lines,” said Michael Schmidt, IG sales specialist for Erdman Automation. “Erdman’s new line does all of these things, plus offers the additional benefits of Edgetech’s Super Spacer technology, including production efficiencies, thermal performance and long-term durability. Super Spacer is a proven performer, and we are excited to offer this new line at approximately half the cost of other automated solutions.”

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With a fully automated, horizontal Erdman Super Spacer production line, manufacturers can achieve a 25-second cycle time per unit with no increase in personnel. Erdman’s solution is also significantly faster, especially in a horizontal configuration, than existing automated equipment. In addition to these solutions, Erdman is in the process of developing a system to achieve a 15-second cycle time per unit.

“Horizontal IG equipment is faster than vertical counterparts partially because you have the ability to wash multiple glass lites at one time,” Schmidt said. “Our user interface is also simplified so that the line can run efficiently with less skilled workers – enabling companies to better utilize their star personnel in other areas of the operation.”

Automated equipment provides other efficiencies as well, including keen precision for optimal consistency and repeatability. Additionally, the company says that by its nature, Super Spacer application is more efficient than other spacer types because there is no need for an oven roll press, work in progress (WIP) and scrap rates are reduced, and the entire line can be manned with fewer workers.

“Erdman’s automated Super Spacer line meets a growing need for equipment designed specifically for North American manufacturers,” said Larry Johnson, executive vice president for Edgetech I.G. “Customers will benefit from significant time savings and labor costs, as well as the superior thermal efficiency, long-term durability and proven performance provided by Super Spacer.”


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