This newest generation of stainless steel diamond-belt seaming lines is the third advancemednt since the first line was premiered in Duesseldorf some 4 years ago. In the meantime over 30 lines have been installed around the world for major independent tempered glass processors as well as leading names like Pilkington, Cardinal, Saint Gobain and Guardian.
An even faster version of the line for processing large numbers of equal-sized lites, the so-called High Volume lines, can be supplied with outputs as high as a lite every 4 seconds. These can be specified with Triple Belt machines too, able to grind the glass edge simultaneously with the upper and lower seams.
Possibly the most compact yet fastest horizontal washer ever built ? Ashtons latest HWPRO machine will be linked to the seaming line. Up to 45 ft/min washing and drying speed on 1/8 glass thickness with perfect results even on the trailing edge. This stainless steel high-performance machine packs a pre-spray zone, 2 wash sets each with a pair of cylindrical driven low-E compatible brushes, a pre-drying zone and a final drying zone, in just over five-and-a-half feet length ! Motorised upper frame lift with digital readout allows optimum setting for each glass thickness and easy access for maintenance and cleaning.
Leap-Frog © is the name of the game! The latest patented development from Ashton Industrial is a high-performance semi-automated line for producing IG units with the SuperSpacer method. The secret of this line is its ability to continue processing lites even while the SuperSpacer applicator table is tilted down. In the patented process, the applicator automatically moves forward out of the line at the same time as it tilts down for SuperSpacer to be applied. At the same time, a vertical conveyor moves into the gap vacated by the applicator. This allows the next lite, destined to be coupled with the one having Spacer applied, to move on thru to the automatic assembly and pressing station without waiting. The resulting increase in output with no additional labor is reckoned to be around 20 25% over conventional lines. The cycle time per unit is just 12 seconds plus the operators spacer application time.
At the flick of a switch, the line can also process conventional units with metallic spacer frames, thanks to the latest PLC touch-screen controls.