More investment at Glass Systems Ltd makes things even better

Viprotron ScannerGlass Systems Ltd, part of the UK’s largest independent sealed unit manufacturers, the Glass Systems Group, has invested £40,000 in a Viprotron Scanner to monitor glass quality and further improve efficiencies at their Swansea factory.

Situated on the sealed unit production line, the Viprotron Scanner uses the latest generation of intelligent CCD cameras and an intuitive Windows-based user interface to reliably monitor quality within the assembly process. It enables the operators to quickly identify marks or blemishes to the glass surface, including defects that are sometimes not visible in factory conditions.

Managing director Alan Atkinson comments: “The Viprotron Scanner is another major acquisition for Glass Systems and will significantly improve the quality of sealed units leaving our factory. With the high volume of sealed units we produce any machinery that can help us operate more efficiently, and at the same time improve the quality of the finished product, is not only a huge benefit to Glass Systems Ltd, but also to our customers. It ultimately means we can offer a faster turnaround and still offer the same high quality that we have become renowned for.”

The installation of the Viprotron Scanner is the latest in a long line of investments for the Glass Systems Group in recent years. In 2010 they became the first company in the UK to purchase a Lisec spacer bar bender, with the capability of bending Swisspacer warm edge bar. This followed the installation of three new gas presses into their Bystronic lines and the addition of two new edge deletion cutting lines.

More recently Climate, the Glass Systems Group conservatory roof glass division, purchased a third Lisec automatic arising line, an additional auto-cutting table with edge deletion and a fourth tempering furnace.

“We have invested over £2m across the three business divisions (Glass Systems Ltd, Glass Systems Direct Ltd and Climate) in the last two years” Alan adds. “This has considerably strengthened the infrastructure at the Glass Systems Group and further cements our position as the UK’s leading sealed unit manufacturers.”

The Glass Systems Group manufacture the full spectrum of sealed unit solutions, including Eco-Pane sealed units (the branded name for soft coat units), Pilkington EnergiKare sealed units, and Climate conservatory roof glass. The company also offers the full range of decorative options including Georgian leaded, stained and bevelled units to compliment any installation.

Major capacity increase at Climate

Climate Capacity IncreaseClimate, the conservatory roof glass division of the UK’s largest independent sealed unit manufacturer the Glass Systems Group, has seen a significant increase in capacity following the installation of a third Lisec automatic arising line, an additional auto-cutting table with edge deletion and a fourth tempering furnace at their factory in Port Talbot.

The company is now comfortably producing around 3,000 units a week of their popular Climate conservatory roof glass and tempering 30,000m2 of toughened glass each week – and according to managing director Alan Atkinson the recent investment means there is room for further growth.

“The conservatory roof glass market is going from strength to strength and Climate is better equipped than ever to supply this increasing demand. The new Lisec automatic arising line, auto-cutting table and furnace has significantly enhanced our manufacturing capabilities and has enabled us to produce higher volumes with greater ease. This is good news for our customers who are ordering glass roofs in ever increasing numbers and need a fast turnaround and flexible service to suit their needs.”

Climate conservatory roof glass is available in five options – Aqua H.P, Activ Blue, Activ Neutral, Privacy and 4S – and each option reduces glare, cuts heating bills and keep the room temperature consistent whether it’s the height of summer or depths of winter.

Climate Aqua H.P is the company’s premium quality glass and has proved a big seller since its launch early in 2010. Manufactured using Bioclean Cool-Lite Aqua Green, Climate Aqua HP combines two coatings to enhance glass performance. The first coating harnesses UV light and rain to effectively break down and rinse away dirty residues to keep the glass cleaner for longer. The second coating reflects up to 72% of the suns rays, which keeps the interior temperature cooler during sunny spells.

“Climate glass is available in a variety of options and we will be manufacturing a lot more of it thanks to our recent machinery investment” Alan concludes.