The LTI Group is a leading provider of innovative laminated glass and polymer products to a broad variety of industries, such as architectural, automotive, airline, marine, entertainment, security and industrial – among others – around the world. They are known as a pioneer in the processing and laminating of electrified films, and is renowned for their creativity in providing innovative, customized solutions to meet their specific customer needs.
For more than a decade, the Group has been a leading laminator for security products for detention facilities, the US Government and the Armed Forces. As a vertically integrated organization, the company sees the process through from start to finish, with design, clean room and production facilities designed to deliver reliable, high-quality products, be they for security, architectural, or decorative purposes.
Now they are the 4th generation owner, all of which were different families. From the 90’s they are primarily focused on high quality. They started only doing lamination but they found the surrounding area glass fabricators were constantly out of stock, disorganized, and that it would be much easier and better quality to supply their own tempered glass.
This is why they needed a tempering furnace that works hard and better than every other supplier and especially totally reliable.
They called many companies and found the best 2 samples for them, one of this was Mappi. After reviewing the 2 furnaces, they choose Mappi ATS 4.0 2200x4200.
They were impressed most of all with MHS and the Removable Heating Chamber. Let's discover them:
MHS | MULTIZONE HEATING SYSTEM
Automatically manages the temperature of the furnace through a network of electronically controlled sensors. This allows the temperatures to remain constant and focused only in areas where there is the presence of glass.
- Finely controlled heating zones insure thermal and energy efficiency
- Every heating element is equipped with an independently managed thermocouple
- Wire heating resistance made with special alloy,
- Heating zones ‘movable’ (they are interchangeable) in case of emergency
REMOVAL HEATING CHAMBER
Mappi is the only tempering producer that has this features for a much easier mainteinance and better finish product quality.
The fact that there is no more need to remove the roller to have access to the lower heating chamber in case in necessary, it also have a deep impact on the quality.
Roller removal it´s always a risky operation especially in reference of putting again the rollers in the exact micrometric position.
After 1 year, Chris Kapiloff, LTI owner, is extremely satisfied with his choice, the value of the furnace is amazingly noticeable for energy savings and keep the furnace clean and at optimal performance to guarantee highest standard of productivity and quality.
Thanks to its quick start up time they put it into sleep mode very night and any day they are closed. Promises were confirmed and verified: ATS 4.0 is 40% more efficient than its competition in energy savings so very environmentally friendly product.
Mappi Assistance always at your side, 24/7 thanks to TAB service is an other element that made this choice the right one.
"To be top quality, you need glass with no bending and extreme clarity. That’s what a Mappi furnace gives them. The furnace is like a space ship in the glass shop. Everyone stops and admires its beauty. It is so exotic and interesting to look at and every time a customer visits the shop, it is their favorite part of the entire facility." says Kapiloff.
Newly headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; The LTI Group offers more than 120,000 square feet of production capacity with four autoclave ovens, state of the art processing equipment, large-area glass cutting & polishing, and more.
With consistent growth since opening its doors, LTI has kept pace by continually monitoring the industry, assessing/predicting its needs, and adding/updating equipment and staff where necessary. This ability to fulfill the needs of each industry involved, has allowed for an efficient production environment, while maintaining the level of premier quality which has driven LTI’s success.
The LTI Group’s commitment to their clients results in “no job too small” or “no job too large”. Protective laminates, decorative laminates, and state-of-the-art technology laminates are a staple in today’s environment.
Thanks to Mappi they are now always more efficient and focused on the future of glass industry.