Fensterbau FrontaleJuly 21st, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs
The Industry’s Biggest Show is all About Business
Billed as “the world’s leading window and construction exhibition,” Fensterbau Frontale returns to Nuremberg, Germany in March, bringing with it the motto: “Your Window to a Better World.” With that analogical nod to the show’s door and facade segment, the show hangs its theme on profile products, glass and hardware, as well as technical information. But by and large, statistics show that the biggest draw includes machinery.
Officials say they expect it to draw more than 111,000 international visitors. While the stats from this year’s show are yet to be known, on its last occurrence (in 2018), the event brought in 1,300 exhibitors—roughly half of which hailed from outside of Germany. Meanwhile, 62% of attendees represent window manufacturers, show officials report—84% of whom label themselves as decision makers.
So far as why they’re heading to the show, officials say research indicates that the largest slice (36%) are interested in information about new products—35% of whom say they’re mostly interested in looking at machines.
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The show takes place Wednesday, March 18, through Saturday, March 21, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of the final day, when it closes at 5 p.m.
Hall 1, Booth 329: A+W
As manufacturing advances on Industry 4.0, officials for A+W say they aim to help companies “scan smarter,” while leaning on digitalization. As barcodes are used for everything from goods receipt to status registration, the company promotes its Smart Companion app as a means for utilizing mobile devices as easier and less expensive alternatives for scanning.
Paired with the company’s latest digital document management system, Cantor DMS, processes can be made faster, more secure and cheaper, officials suggest. Cantor DMS makes finding a document as easy as conducting a Google search, utilizing digital archives.
Hall 3, Booth 143: Fux
In hall three, Fux will make the world premier for its 83-SLM-327 Speed line. After the 83-PLM-327 wrapping line introduced two years ago became an “instant bestseller,” officials say the new line provides continuous lamination of decorative and functional exterior and interior foils, laminates or veneers, onto various substrates, including window profiles made of vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and composites.
The 83-SLM-327 is equipped with new, automatically adjusting features that were previously manual, including adjustment of the machine bed and transport rollers, the foil positioning and guidance system, and pressure adjustment of the application roller. The unit also includes a turbo primer drying unit and a new feature that allows five-gallon adhesive slugs to be pre-melted. While the pre-melter is normally an external piece of equipment connected via a hose, with the new 83-PLM-327, it’s offered as a fully integrated part of the wrapping line.
Hall 3, Booth 208: Eurotech
Eurotech will be in Nuremberg to draw attention to its tube lifters, lifting devices and handheld grabbers, including two new devices from its eT-Lift tube lifter series. Officials say devices from its eT-Hover series will be on hand for demonstration and the battery-powered, handheld grabber: Nemo.
Attendees are invited to test the company’s devices onsite, as well as consult with the company’s experts regarding the use of vacuum components, handling devices or complete vacuum solutions.
Two new versions of the eT-Lift tube lifter are designed to be easy to handle, thanks to an ergonomic one-hand control system, while the eT-Hover-univac is a more compact and lightweight version of its eT-Hover-univac, including a two-circuit system and four suction plates arranged in line.
Hall 3A, Booth 223: Stürtz
Machinery maker Stürtz plans to exhibit the latest technology in saw centers, including with simultaneous processing and transfer. The company’s fully automated welding and cleaning line will also be on hand, featuring its turbo horizontal welder, with a newly designed four-head CNC pass through cleaner.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out a concept the company refers to as “See What I See,” including field service demonstrations with the latest technology in maintenance and troubleshooting techniques.
Hall 3A, Booth 303: Glaston
Officials for Glaston say they’re focusing on digitalization at this year’s show—aiming to demonstrate how data holds the key to “unlocking more effective ways to reach higher uptime” and producing higher quality products.
For instance, a new version of the company’s Glaston FC Series flat glass tempering line incorporates automation and intelligent process control. Insight Assistant Pro gives intelligent online process assistance, while Insight Reporting Pro allows users to track trends online for long-term planning. Other new features include an active edge control technology that automatically adapts to glass size, eliminating issues with edge lift.
The company’s Glaston ProL glass lamination line will also be on display, which now comes equipped with the latest PVB cutting technology and a convection heating chamber for advanced flexibility. It’s suitable for all types of glass, including low-E, and can also laminate all sizes.
Hall 5, Booth 202: Continental
Officials for Continental say they’re planning to make a “world premier” for Mattex, an “extreme matt film.” Designed to mimic the look and feel of powder-coated aluminum, Mattex “doesn’t just follow the ongoing matt trend,” they suggest, but offers the “mattest matt that is available” through a gloss level of two.
The film’s surface is scratch-resistant due to a newly developed grain structure and is sealed using a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) layer. The company will also introduce its best-seller in the U.S., Cool Color Plus Jet Black, to the worldwide market, while unveiling Turner Oak toffee, a new dark, warm wood tone for its skai Woodec line of films.
Hall 5, Booth 303: Ventana
In addition to its lift and slide doors, and specialty windows in PVC, Ventana now offers an additional material: aluminum. Company officials say they’ve begun to manufacture its new Lift-Slide-Door system ASE 60/80 HI from Schüco at a new production facility. Other innovations set to be displayed include new Aluplast Smart Slide and Gealan Smoovio sliding windows, and innovative curved window shapes, as well as “a wide range of future-oriented solutions,” officials say.
In the meantime, to flesh out its motto, “Ventana Connects!” the company plans to incorporate a modern and newly designed bar area into its booth, replete with drinks from all over the world.
Hall 6, Booths 101 and 103: Deceuninck
Deceuninck plans to unveil a new door and window profile in Nürnberg known as Elegant. The line is based on what the company refers to as its iCOR principle, which enables door and window companies to combine and exchange various profile designs and technologies.
From elegant to minimalistic, in products that are designed to be flush-mounted or recessed, made for new construction or replacements, iCOR reduces the complexity of warehousing and production, according to company information.
Hall 6, Booth 153: Veka
Officials for Veka say they plan to display an innovative system-based solution that unites the best of aluminium with the best of PVC, all without compromising on fabrication or product performance.
The company plans to draw attention to the fully redesigned version of its lift and slide door system Vekamotion 82. In addition to improvements to accessibility, security, shading and simplified installation, the new design allows for even more natural light.
Hall 7, Booth 118: Kömmerling USA
The motto for this year’s show (Your Window to a Better World), “sums up our CSR activities and our brand essence,” says Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of Profine Group. Among those solutions is Kömmerling Unity, the first to combine PVC-U and aluminum, according to company officials.
The technology is based on the company’s System 76 center seal for tilt and turn variants, and the PremiDoor 76 for lift and slide doors.
Hall 7A, Booth 302: Quanex
Quanex Building Products’ Edgetech Europe will feature its Super Spacer warm-edge spacer system. In Europe, officials say its warm-edge systems have surpassed 50% of market share. Meanwhile, “intense competition,” and pressure to become more energy efficient have led to combining the product with automation.
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