Erdman Forms Partnership to Offer Commercial IG Line
Erdman Automation Corp. and IGis Co. Ltd are partnering to offer a vertical insulating glass production line targeted at the commercial market in North America. The equipment is being built in Korea with components chosen by Erdman for supportability, with its IG tech group supporting all installations from the company’s headquarters in Minnesota.
For years there had been no vertical IG equipment made in the North American market, Erdman officials note, but the Minnesota-based supplier changed that with a residential line made in America. “We have developed over 10 new machines for the residential IG market over the last 5 years, from spacer application to gas filling to secondary sealers in vertical and horizontal orientation,” states Morgan Donohue, Erdman VP. “Most of these machines are new inventions, fresh solutions to support all levels of budgets and production volumes.“
“We find the commercial market is more mature and the size of the units predestines the machines to be vertical. We decided we didn’t need to develop this equipment; we simply needed to source a good design and make it easily supportable in the North American market," Donohue continues.
"We nearly partnered with an Italian company two years ago, but the synergies were not right. IGis is the right fit. They are responsive, have robust designs, open to adaptations for our market, are quick to deliver and highly experienced. IGis has built hundreds of vertical lines for the Asian and Australian market over the last 20 years," he also reports. "They own that market. Erdman Automation is stocking spare parts, and instituting our legendary support and service on behalf IGis inn North America.”
Earlier this month, Anatoli Glass and Mirror, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, purchased the first IGis North American line from Erdman. It is scheudled to be delivered in 4 months. "We looked at all the players in the market, we decided on IGis because of their experience and the involvement of Erdman Automation,” says Marty Kania, AGM VP.
The IGis vertical IG production line to be offered in North America by Erdman Automation.