PPG Invests in Automated Triple-Pane Line
PPG Industries is continuing to invest in its PPG Residential IG Service Center in Carlisle, Pa., including installation of the first Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (ATLAS) production line for insulating glass.
Formerly located in Allentown, Pa., the residential IG facility was consolidated at PPG’s Carlisle Works in 2011 to maximize operational efficiencies at the plant, which also produces PPG residential glass products such as SunClean self-cleaning glass, SolarBan solar control, low-E glasses and SunGate passive, low-E glasses.
As a full-service fabrication facility, the operation supplements the production capabilities of residential window and patio door manufacturers. With the addition of the ATLAS system, the plant can help customers meet high-volume demand for highly insulating, energy-efficient triple-pane IG units, officials note.
Developed by GED Integrated Solutions, the IG line is part of a project initially sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to help window manufacturers produce triple-pane IG units more affordably and without reconfiguring existing production lines. At the Carlisle facility, the new line enables PPG to produce triple-pane IG units at a significantly faster rate than it could using a traditional IG production line and with better quality control because of the high level of automation, the company reports.