Residential Product Options Shown at glasstec

Providing solutions for customers was the focus of exhibitors at glasstec this year, which took place last week in Düsseldorf, Germany. Thousands of people from the worldwide glass industry were there, taking in all of the latest developments and innovations in architectural glass and glazing products. Among the solutions showcased were those that can help customers increase automation and levels of efficiency. With 1,280 exhibitors, glasstec is one of the biggest glass shows globally, so it’s no wonder companies use the event as a launching pad for their latest products—and this includes residential innovations, as well. Below are just a few of those highlighted by the editors of USGlass magazine, DWM’s sister publication.

Glass and Everything in Between

ClearVue made a buzz with its photovoltaic glass.

When it comes to glass, if it changes appearance with the flick of a switch or based on light conditions, it’s something attendees were interested in seeing. So it came as no surprise when ClearVue created some buzz on the show floor with its transparent photovoltaic glass. The product uses an interlayer to reflect and spread UV and infrared light rays toward the outside of the glass, where it is collected by solar cells in a window’s frame, also allowing 70 percent visible light transmission. glasstec hosted ClearVue’s launch in the European market, but it is already being specified in Australia, where the company is based.

Several companies within Saint-Gobain were also at the show spotlighting new developments. For SageGlass, Harmony Glass was the big new launch. Harmony Glass provides a gradient level of tint, allowing occupants to balance daylight, while also reducing heat and glare.

The Italian company Pellini, which sells its products in the U.S. through Intigral, showcased a wide selection of products, including those that can be controlled with a push button, remote control or app, and now voice controls. Through this recent innovation with Amazon Echo, homeowners and building occupants can control the position of the blinds by telling the system to raise or lower.

Spotlight on Spacers

Ensinger’s Thermix black flank hides the spacer and sealant of insulating glass units for a cleaner look.

Several companies highlighted spacer options in Germany, including Ensinger. The German company’s Thermix black flank hides the spacer and sealant of insulating glass units for a cleaner look. The company also highlighted its new low-psi Thermix warm-edge spacer, which is designed to provide a low thermal transmission coefficient.

In the Technoform booth, representatives highlighted the company’s recent re-branding, along with a focus on edge-bond solutions. According to Milind Jhaveri, Technoform took a different approach to its display this year, choosing not to exhibit any existing products. Instead, the design featured innovative ideas of what could be done to the windows and insulating glass of the future.

For example, one prototype on display incorporated sensors into a window that allow you to monitor its quality, such as whether there has been any argon leakage. This information is displayed on an app that users control via their phones.

Another prototype is an idea for a self-illuminating spacer, which company representatives suggest could be used in applications where power isn’t available, or there are outages.

Hardware and Machinery

Although the big focus was on glass, all of the components that go into a window unit, and the machinery used for manufacturing, were in abundance at glasstec as well.

On the hardware side, Bohle featured its MasterTrack system for interior sliding door applications, including both residential and commercial. The company also showcased its FrameTec demountable system, also for interior applications.

C.R. Laurence showcased a number of new hardware products, as well, some of the newest of which include a sliding door system with a black matte grid pattern. A fixed panel/wall option is also available, allowing designers to create a complete look.

At the Forel booth, augmented reality (AR) met machinery as the company featured an AR-based service solution for customers. The technology allows the company to connect remotely, in order to see machines and provide help troubleshooting issues.

Sealants and Software

Door and window companies looking for sealants or software options had many to choose from this year. Bostik, for instance, has improved upon its hot-melt butyl secondary sealant with the addition of i-Boost technology. The company debuted its Bostik 6000 sealant for the European market. The sealant is meant to have a better synergy with warm-edge spacers, according to Olivier Bousquet, business development manager for building components.

Bostik’s 6000 series sealant is suited for high-speed automated lines.

The company’s 6000 series sealant is suited for high-speed automated lines, allowing for quicker application compared to its 5000 sealant. The 6000 sealant also provides improved heat resistance, moisture barrier properties and gas retention, company officials say, while i-Boost technology improves its durability over the lifetime of the product, actively resisting the effects of stress to perform better over time.

Bousquet says offering this improved secondary sealant expands Bostik’s potential customer base, as more companies move toward quick, automated production lines.

Meanwhile, German software company A+W focused on the internet of things (IoT), automation and smartphone integration. The company’s iShape app allows users to photograph a template with a tablet or smartphone, which is then digitized and ready to be produced.

glasstec ended last Friday at Messe Düsseldorf, but takes place every two years.

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