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March 26, 2021  By Glass Canada Staff

A preview of what to expect at Top Glass.

One operator only
The Erdman OMRC (One Man Robotic IG Cell) IG Line has been designed to only require one operator.  It has a cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per two-by-three-feet IG unit without a grid and approximately one minute to one minute 15 seconds with a grid. The through put expected would be a near 500 with a 40 to 50 percent grid mix, or over 600 with no grids in a full eight hours. Erdman also has a concept that utilizes two application stations and drop the cycle time to 30 to 35 seconds, for a 25 percent increase in through put. While safety and ergonomics for operators has always been Erdman’s top priority in developing equipment, the COVID-19 outbreak has inspired the company to think outside the box with the concept of the Erdman OMRC.

Using the Erdman OMRC has the following benefits:

  • Maximum social distancing
  • Maximum safety and ergonomics
  • Maximum IG Output with Only One Operator
  • 35- or 45-second cycle time (per two-by-three-feet IG unit) available
  • Grid application adds roughly 20 seconds per unit

Lowering the carbon footprint
CPS is developing its wholly owned low iron silica sand deposit in Manitoba to supply the company’s planned sustainable float glass manufacturing and coating facility.  Utilizing 96 percent renewable electricity from the grid and the advanced available technology, this facility aims to set a new standard for low-carbon footprint to produce solar glass and energy efficient ultra-clear architectural glass. 


“Today there is not a single float glass manufacturing facility in Canada”, says Glenn Leroux, president and CEO. “Every pane of glass utilized in this country is imported. Current dynamics in North America show a manufacturing supply deficit demonstrating the requirement for up to four additional float glass facilities by 2025 for North America to be self-sufficient. Establishing a float glass facility in Canada using responsibly sourced local raw materials and responsibly produced Canadian energy creates a unique opportunity to provide much needed sustainably manufactured float glass to Canadian, North American and international markets in an environmentally responsible manner.” 

Energy efficient architectural glass and solar glass are both carbon-negative products based on a life-cycle carbon assessment as they save or avoid more non-renewable energy consumption and associated emissions after installation of end use products than is consumed during manufacturing. Energy consumption by buildings is a significant source of Canada’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. Use of energy efficient architectural float glass in residential homes and commercial buildings is a key component of emissions reduction strategies as outlined by the federal department of Environment and Climate Change Canada in ‘Canada’s Buildings Strategy’ document. The demand for solar glass to manufacture solar panels is expected to accelerate in the coming years resulting from global electricity grid de-carbonization and net-zero climate action plans. Hence, CPS has decided to embrace a more sustainable process. 

Strong and clear
The SentryGlas interlayer from the Trosifol Structural product family is designed to be five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials. With this kind of strength, the glass can be a more active structural element in the building envelope, opening up more design possibilities. Besides its strength, SentryGlas ionoplast interlayer retains its clarity – even after years of service. SentryGlas ionoplast interlayer is less vulnerable to moisture exposure or yellowing over time. Initially developed for the high building envelope protection required for hurricane glazing in the United States, the use of SentryGlas ionoplast interlayer has now expanded considerably as structural engineers have recognized that the performance benefits developed for hurricane applications could also be beneficial for many other aspects of a building, including facades, overhead glazing, balustrades, doors and partitions.

Long lasting and energy efficient
LiteZone is a next generation, award-winning, ultra energy efficient insulating glass unit that makes it possible to create highly energy efficient and long lasting windows. Windows using LiteZone insulating glass units achieve overall insulating values up to R18.7 (u=0.0535) and up to R21.7 (u=0.046) at the centre of glass (NFRC method). LiteZone embraces the need for

thicker insulating glass units to achieve remarkable performance. LiteZone IGUs have a proprietary system that allows air pressure between the inside and outside of the glass unit to equalize with changing temperatures, while keeping water vapour from entering the unit. The insulating and performance values are customized to specific project requirements by varying the number of suspended films, the space between the layers and the number of low-e coats used in the configuration. LiteZone is air filled so that there is

no concern with deteriorating insulating values or failure due to escaping argon or krypton gas. LiteZone has an extremely strong and flexible edge seal that is impermeable to water vapour. Edge seal stress due to changing temperatures is minimal because all materials used have comparable coefficients of linear thermal expansion and the unit is pressure equalized. The expected life of LiteZone is more than 60 years. LiteZone only uses two glass lites and weighs less than triple pane glass units. With its weight,

performance, and other important advantages, a LiteZone insulating glass unit offers flexibility to design with generous glass viewing areas and can be installed without a window frame in fixed window conditions. LiteZone insulating glass is manufactured in Edmonton, Alta., and is offered as an option by a growing number of quality window, window wall and curtain wall manufacturers.

Smart choices
Smart Glass Ontario’s switchable Smartglass is now made in Canada. It can be ordered in the desired sizes of Smartglass where the Smartfilm is laminated between two glass panels. In Switchable Smartglass the film is laminated between two glass panels; this way the Smartfilm is protected between the panels. Smart Glass Ontario recommends its architects to use Smartglass in case of new construction. The switchable Smartfilm, which is prepared with utmost precision is made in Canada. The transformer used for this purpose is also made in Canada. Smart Glass Ontario offers high quality products that have transparency of 89 percent. Switchable Smartfilm is applied on existing glass, which means it is a retrofit application. The company’s tenured technicians precisely measure the customer’s glass panels. The measurements are then sent to production where the order is custom made in Ontario. Once ready, the technicians install the Smartfilm with utmost precision and accuracy. Every project is different, so the team is trained well to examine the site and find ways to conceal the wires. Smartglassontario technology uses Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals. The way the Electrochromic Smart Glass works is that without electricity the liquid crystal molecules are disordered, hence making the film opaque. Once the power on the liquid crystals become parallel, it makes the film transparent. With a dimmer you can even control the degree of transparency that you desire. Smartglassontario offers an eco-friendly technology reducing energy costs and stopping up to 98 percent of UV rays. 

Storefront systems on offer
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope has announced that it will be offering a selection of its storefront systems to customers in Ontario through its Mississauga location. The company designs, engineers and manufactures fully integrated all-glass and aluminum entrance doors and storefronts. With its own aluminum extrusion and glass facilities in North America, the quality of its product and delivery lead times are assured. Its teams of engineers and project managers have industry experience in all applications including hospitality, retail, education, government, healthcare, military, museums, airports and more. The company’s thermal systems such as the Series 3000 thermal Multiplane have been designed to ensure that its customers’ project solutions meet requirements and look great. The Series 3000 Thermal Multiplane offers improved thermal performance and multiple glass plane options. The Series 3000 Thermal Multiplane provides more options for head and sill anchorage, structural silicone glazing and a front set installation option utilizing continuous head and sill members. Designed for one-inch infill, the Series 3000 Thermal Multiplane has available glazing adapters and gasket options for infills ranging from one-fourth of an inch to one and one-eighteenth inches. The following are the features and benefits of the series. 

  • Overall system dimensions: two inches by four and a half inches 
  • Front set, centre set, back set or multi set glazing configurations
  • Optional sill receptor requires no additional anchoring of sill member
  • Optional thermally broken head anchor clip
  • SSG glazing with patented funnel bridge option for Front Set
  • Continuous head and sill assembly option for Front Set
  • Screw spline and shear block assembly
  • Outside and inside glazing options complete
  • 90-degree and 135-degree corners
  • High sidelite base
  • Thermally broken members with polyurethane thermal breaks
  • Accommodates projected and casement vents
  • Factory painted Kynar 500/Hylar 5000 finishes, meeting all provisions of AAMA 2605
  • Factory anodized finishing
  • Configurations of system exceed the latest SB 10 prescriptive requirements for Zone 5 (Toronto) and Zone 6 (Ottawa)

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