Clearview National October 2018 - Issue 203 - Page 76

MACHINERY SOLAR SHADING SPECIALISTS SUPERCHARGED WITH MAJOR MACHINERY INVESTMENT Machinery from world-leading elumatec is helping a louvre and solar shading specialist gear up for growth. » » YORK-BASED SOLINEAR, THE respected manufacturer of architectural louvres, shading and façade screening solutions, has purchased an SBZ 122 3-axis CNC. The SBZ is one of the most popular and respected aluminium profile machining lines in the world, internationally renowned for its efficiency, reliability and outstanding overall performance. Alongside acquiring the SBZ 122 itself, Solinear has also purchased eluCad, the market-leading machine programming software from elusoft, elumatec’s software development arm. eluCad dramatically simplifies the programming of machining centres. Rather than requiring users to input complex code, the product can be operated by quickly and easily entering a few key pieces of data, and the machine will do its work. Alternatively, operators can input free-form drawings for the machine to follow – a function that’s exceptionally useful for companies like Solinear, which produces unconventionally shaped products that are completely bespoke. Neil Parton, elumatec Sales Director, comments: “We’re delighted that a company of Solinear’s calibre has seen the benefits of working with elumatec. “Today’s fabricators don’t just want machines – they want comprehensive production systems that can seamlessly integrate with their PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With elumatec and elusoft, that’s exactly what they get. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Solinear in the years to come.” Solinear Design Manager Jack Dwyer comments: “We design innovative, environmentally-conscious louvre and solar shading systems that lead the market in function, aesthetics and quality. “But we want to significantly increase our turnover in the next five years – and we need world-class technology to help us do that. That’s why we chose elumatec. “Over decades, their products have been tried and tested by fabricators all over the world – and today, they come backed with the best software support in the business.” ‘SUPER-SIZE’ MANUFACTURE A DEFINING TREND AT GLASSTEC » » CAPACITY TO MANUFACTURE ON increasingly large scale is one of the defining trends at this year’s Glasstec, 23-26th October, Düsseldorf, according to machinery specialist, Promac Group. With cutting-edge technologies on show at this autumn’s expo from its supply partners including Forel, Mappi, Soft Solution, and Macotec, Promac Group Managing Director, Joe Hague, said Glasstec 2018 was defined 76 » OCT 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M by the application of glass products on an increasingly large scale; “The requirement to manufacture large scale product – units around the 4m2 mark, so 2000mm x 2000mm and up - has increased significantly in the last year. “Mirroring growth in aluminium, this includes from the home improvement market, with larger IGU’s going into lift- and-slide and glass-wall type installations and continuing demand from the commercial and specification sectors. This makes capacity to manufacture at scale and automation of process key, not simply in terms of handling but quality and efficiency and there are some very exciting products being showcased at this year’s Glasstec which allow you to do it.” Chief among them is Forel, which unveiled its ‘No Limits’ range at Vitrum last year. This includes an IGU line with the capability to process panes of up to 15m long and 3.3m high with a load capacity per linear metre of 350kg for a single pane and 600kg for the assembled unit. The line on show at this year’s Glasstec (Hall 16 A21-A41) with a capacity to manufacture units 3300mm X 9000mm sits close to the mid-point of this heavy-weight offering. It features a washing machine, quality scanner, frame application and inspection station, turning conveyor, gas filling coupling press and sealing robot complete with pumping system – each geared to handle large units. Mappi will also showcase its leading-edge ATS ECO 4.0 High Performance Low Energy Tempering Plant on stand D39 in Hall 16. While Float glass cutting line manufacturer Macotec, will be in Hall 16, Stand D60. Innovations on show include its Master Shape 3.7FR automatic glass cutting table, the Strato Active automatic laminated glass cutting table, plus its automatic cutting lines. And flat glass inspection systems leader SoftSolution will also showcase its range of vertical and horizontal line scanners in Hall 14, Stand D60.