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GGP February 2017

28 G L A S S & G L A S S PROCESSING www.ggpmag.com February 2017 According to Palmer, the most significant individual area of growth was, however, the private sector, and in particular, offices, which shot up 59% in installed value terms and by 35% in volume terms over the two year period. Although made pre-Brexit, Palmer’s forecast was for the continuation of this trend through to 2019, contributing to total growth at 39% by 2020. Education was also forecast to see growth of 22% over the five year period on the back of increasing private funding of the school building programme through PF2 and privately funded investmenrts by the Universities sector. Retail was also forecast to see growth of 14%. “These are forecasts made pre- Brexit but unless the economy takes a real long term tumble, the demand for glass in the commercial sector is going to remain high in the longer term,” says Joe. “That’s driving growth, particularly for laminates given the areas of growth identified.” Promac Group is exclusive supply partner for Forel’s vertical cutting line for laminate. Capable of processing sheets of up to 6,000mm x 3,300mm, it gives processors scope to manufacture large units, which define many commercial properties. Having come ‘into its own’ with the increased use of laminated glass, particularly in the commercial but also residential sectors, the Forel vertical laminate cutting line turns the horizontal cutting process into the vertical, reducing machinery footprint, whilst delivering increased productivity and performance, also reducing manpower equivalents and handling. According to Promac, the cut-tosize accuracy of the line is within +/- 0.2mm per linear metre, while the square cut is guaranteed by the revolutionary cutting bridge that tilts via fixed axis +/- 15 mm, automatically adjusting for glass outof squareness. Keeping glass in the vertical plane throughout the cutting process is also said to reduce tension of the applied load on the glass sheet and with it, the risk of breakage. The fact that it can also be operated by a single operative is another major advantage and one which has set the tone towards increasing automation in glass processing and IGU manufacture. “Keeping glass vertically delivers advantages that increase performance by reducing handling and manpower processes,” Joe continues: “Glass stock is almost always transported and delivered vertically so removing the need to drop huge glass sheets into the horizontal plane removes process but maximises the potential area between the factory floor and its ceiling.” This thinking is evident in Forel’s newly launched sorting system. The line solution for cut glass reportedly delivers new efficiencies and improved product flow throughout the factory or individual lines by automatically collecting, sorting and then racking cut glass, optimising production. Promac says this not only eliminates manual handling but also delivers a step change in efficiency, thanks to a quality scanning system that identifies glass surface defects immediately after washing. Preventing poor quality glass from being processed up stream improves overall performance. “This is a potentially big saving,” continues Joe. “If there is a surface defect, it’s identified before you lose time at the top of the process. The sorting system is also very flexible. It’s modular so it is adaptable and can be designed to meet the specific requirements of the individual customer.” He concludes: “Growth across the commercial sector is driving the specification for laminated glass, work that is defined by unit size and larger applications. Greater volumes ultimately require extra capacity and the Forel vertical laminate glass cutting line provides all of the key ingredients that justify investment.” Forel’s vertical cutting line for laminate


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