Processing & productivity
Last summer, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal had to decide whether to keep Canadian tariffs in place on unitized curtainwall modules imported from China, or to let them expire as scheduled in November.
Thanks to our sister publication, Plant magazine, for sharing its Outlook 2019 study of confidence levels among Canadian manufacturers (see page 22). The overall picture is one of cooling activity in the short term demanding a renewed focus on productivity and innovation to control costs. In general, I’d say the overall results match closely what a similar study restricted to glass fabricators would find.
In its fall economic statement, the federal government has announced its intention to allow businesses to write off the entire cost of machinery used for manufacturing and processing the same year it is put into use. This is up from the 25-per cent writeoff allowed in the first year presently.
Oct. 18, 2018 - On Tuesday October 2, 2018, Vitrum Glass Group celebrated the grand opening of their new Calgary manufacturing facility in Rocky View County, Alberta, located just 10 minutes North of Calgary’s international airport. The new 65,000 square foot facility currently employs 35 employees who manage and fabricate local orders for shower doors, railings, monolithic glass products, and tempered glass.
Meeting the budget for construction of a building can be a challenge, especially when a proposed design may be aspirational rather than strictly practical.  Public and private sector owners, construction managers, general contractors, sub-contractors,  fenestration  system and component suppliers have, for many years, looked for cost savings through continental and increasingly, global procurement (i.e. outside North America and overseas). 
When it’s time to take IG production to the next level, fabricators can consider integrating automated spacer production into their process. It’s a big investment of money, space and training time, but a big payoff in reduced inventory, supply control and input costs.
Sept. 12, 2017 - Glaston Corporation has closed a deal with U.S based Trulite Glass & Aluminium Solutions for a FC Series jumbo-size tempering furnace. The order is part of Glaston third-quarter expected order intake. The line will be delivered to the customer by the end of this year.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is inviting Ontario Glass and Metal Association members to attend its Fabricators Workshop in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 28 - March 2 at the same discounted rate IGMA members pay. The workshop will be hosted at Exova's facility. OGMA members have received a code via email that will qualify them for the discount.
Over the past decade, client relationship management (CRM) has become a common industry buzzword like social media marketing. These relationship management tools in the form of computerized programs were designed to automate interaction between you and your customers, however, in the window and door industry, automating personal interaction can be complex.
Sept. 8, 2016 - Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Glass Processing Equipment Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. The global glass processing machinery market to grow at a CAGR of 3.83% during the period 2016-2020.
When construction professionals consider the challenges we may encounter in the coming decades the question of what we need to do to effectively “future-proof” our buildings will inevitably enter the equation. Updating and renovating buildings as standards, use and technology change carries costs. Designs that anticipate and mitigate those future costs are more valuable.
We live in a globalised world. Global trade is a fact of life and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the construction industry now more than ever. Arguably the sector most affected by this shift is Section 8, glass and building exteriors.
July 28, 2016 - At sedak GmbH & Co.KG in Gersthofen (Bavaria), approximately 150 employees are processing glass into high-quality and unique oversized insulating and safety glasses. Everything is premium in Gersthofen: the employees, the machinery and, of course, the delivered quality. sedak masters the art of making large-format dreams made of glass come true and enables an exciting architecture, exceptional designs and visionary buildings. “There is no such word as 'impossible' in our dictionary“, is a popular saying in the sedak halls – not unusual if you are committed to your claim ”leading glass”.
July 14, 2016 - Quanex Building Products Corporation and sedak have broken boundaries for large format insulating glass unit (IGU) production with sedak’s innovative, large-scale fully automated line, utilizing Quanex’s Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ warm-edge technology.
June 30, 2016 - Cost cutting, it is often said, is difficult in glass production and processing since this sector is characterized by manual processes. At the upcoming glasstec 2016 trade fair however, the industry will prove the opposite: further savings are to be expected through innovative approaches for automation, smart networking of production machines and value-creation stages as well as through new handling devices. This means that the glass industry should be well prepared for international competition.
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