Crystal Adds Glass Cutting Line

February 15, 2011

Crystal Window & Door Systems has increased production capacity with the recent addition of a second glass cutting line.  Cutting glass for IG units for Crystal's vinyl and aluminum window products, the new equipment will be the primary glass system for the manufacturer, with its existing automated cutter to be refiurbished and used as a secondary system, officials note.

 The new glass cutting equipment fully integrates with Crystal’s order and production scheduling software by Friedman, as well as the company’s GED i-3 Intercept Spacer equipment which fabricates the insulating glass units, officials note.

“Crystal constantly reinvests in new state-of-the-art production equipment and the new GED glass cutting system is the latest example of that policy,” says Steve Chen, executive vice president for the Flushing, N.Y.-based company. “The new equipment is highly precise, extremely fast and provides increased throughput. The combination of the new system and our existing automated glass cutter eliminates potential bottlenecks and allows our manufacturing operations to keep pace with our sales growth for years to come.”

The new equipment is the 1600 Gen 4 Glass Cutting System designed and manufactured by GED Integrated Solutions. The new line is said to provide greater accuracy, consistent high quality, improved productivity increased throughput capacity, and it can handle glass sheets up to 72” by 96” and ¼” thick. The line also incorporates a GED Free-Fall Glass Loading System with dual automated drop-arm mechanisms to facilitate ready access of different glass size, thickness or coating types. This reduces glass rack changeout and improves overall throughput.