The Fabrication Process
A Bottero computerized cutting table with an integrated glass rack system makes short order of getting the glass cut to our customer’s specifications. The automated glass cutting line comes with an automatic loading system and glass breaking table designed for cutting float glass. With its loading robot, the line is able to load glass sheets from the different glass racks automatically from both sides. After the glass sheet is cut the glass is transferred to the breaking table for separation.
Polishing and Special Cutting
Two Schiatti Angelo polishing machines create a smooth transparent polished edge on the glass after it has been cut. In addition, each machine is equipped with a glass lifting crane that enables a single operator to handle glass that would otherwise be too heavy to handle.
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) fabrication and polishing using a Bottero Pratica GLP precision milling machine. This state of the art unit will cut complex curves, edges and interior cut-outs that are required in this high demand market.
Waterjet cutting is best described as a controlled, accelerated erosion process. The high-pressure water is transported through a series of stainless steel tubes, then often mixed with abrasive and propelled through the cutting head. At 50,000+ psi the waterjet has the ability to cut through glass quickly and accurately and the onboard software system directs the cutting head to the exact cutting position.
A Custom automated grid system is one of the newest equipment purchases made. This system will automatically cut custom grids to the size specified in the system software. A single operator has the ability to prepare hundreds of straight grid configurations in a single day.
As the fabricated glass moves through the LiSEC insulated production line the glass will be washed, the spacer will be inserted between the panes of glass, the grids will be installed and the sealing robot automatically applies the sealing compound around the unit quickly and with a high degree of precision. This automated equipment has the ability to produce a single standard insulated unit every 2 to 3 minutes.
Prior to the tempering process the glass will go through a washing and inspection process. Making sure that the glass is clean and free from defects is a critical function as the glass moves to the tempering oven.
The HHH Double Bay Tempering Oven provides A. L. Smith Glass Company with the ability to efficiently temper the glass before it is delivered to the customer. Our SGCC certification ensures our customers that they are getting the highest quality of tempered glass.