SeamMaX-X TM from Ashton Industrial

Date: 29 September 2006
Source: Ashton Industrial
SeamMaX-X TM is the newest and most exciting development in fully automatic seaming (arrissing) of random glass sizes from specialist machine manufacturer Ashton Industrial.

At virtually half the size of their renowned FastTraK TM lines, the SeamMaX-X will fit into virtually any factory space where manual seaming operations are practiced, bringing it with it all the benefits of very high speed production and consistent quality seaming.Labour costs are eliminated completely where SeamMaX-X is fed directly from a breakout table.Damage to glass and coatings is a thing of the past when panes are pushed directly from breakout into the seaming line. There is no reason to touch the coated surface, no carrying or sliding in to carts, the risk of surface scratching is ruled out. And wet diamond ground edges mean less micro-cracks in seamed glass edges, leading to improved furnace yields and fewer remakes.

Typical cycle times are 7 –12 seconds per pane, seamed top and bottom on all four sides. And that can include edge deletion, corner dubbing and laser marking too.

Amazingly, the price tag is a princely $100,000 less than a typical FastTraK line, making SeamMaX-X probably the best investment ever in glass tempering. Payback times on multi-shift operations have been calculated less than 18 months.

The first SeamMaX-X has been built for Balink Glass in Holland, catering for sizes from 300 x 150mm (12” x 6”) up to 4 x 2m (155” x 80”).

The second SeamMaX-X is headed for Canada, complete with laser marking and Ashton Industrial’s fully automatic batching system where seamed lites are automatically measured and placed side by side into multiple rows which then form a complete batch for the furnace.

And the third and fourth SeamMaX-X systems are already destined for two US east coast tempered glass manufacturers.

On Ashton’s 3500 sqft stand in Hall 15 at GLASSTEC, the SeamMaX-X will be demonstrated complete with automatic batching and laser marking.

Automatic reading of 2D data matrix codes on glass will be featured! This represents a major breakthrough in potential for automation projects and demonstrates again Ashton’s commitment to ongoing improvements and technological advancement in glass processing.

Filstar is the ultimate in low cost but highly efficient separation of solids from recycled coolant water. It takes out 95% of anything over 10 microns and 50% of anything over 5 microns. Its only 300mm diameter and less than a metre high, no moving parts apart from an automatic dump valve, and saves an absolute fortune on maintenance parts and downtime as well as seriously extending machine life.

Possibly the fastest pay-back piece of kit seen for decades!

Sun, Sand and Sealed Units !
The established and highly automated I.G.PRO Insulating Glass production line has been redesigned and upgraded with the very latest PLC software controls, and will also be shipped by Ashton Industrial to Westshore Glass’ new facility in sunny Florida.

Specified to wash, dry, assemble and press units up to 125” x 78” (3200 x 2000mm) in an average 25 seconds per unit, this line delivers top performance in an uncomplicated, heavy duty and user friendly design.

600450 SeamMaX-X TM from Ashton Industrial

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