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Specialist Article No 5: Facade Engineering Trends


Construction will have to change fundamentally over the coming decades due to the requirements brought on by climate change, dwindling resources and the energy transition. glasstec discussed the major trends in facade engineering with Dipl.-Ing. Jochen Hölscher, Managing Director of the medium-sized façade construction company Hölscher.
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Specialist article No 4: Flat Glass Recycling: Current State of Play


The construction sector is the biggest consumer of resources and energy in Germany. There are still too many valuable and dwindling resources used for new construction and hardly any “real” material cycles based on the "closed-loop recycling" model are used when buildings are demolished. The ift Rosenheim and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC have studied how flat glass...
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Lasers add value in the glass industry


Today, mechanical processes are reaching their limits when it comes to many glass products. Precision cutting, drilling, coating, melting and texturing state-of-the-art specialist glass are now all performed by lasers.
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Specialist article No 3: Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)


Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) have until now only been a niche feature in architecture. 2045 climate targets and future independence from fossil energy and fuel imports mean sustainable power generation via BIPV could potentially become a mass market.
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Sepcialist article No 2:Decarbonisation in the Float Glass Industry


It is not just advancing climate change and the need to reach carbon neutrality by 2045 but also our current dependency on fossil fuel imports that make it clear there is no alternative to switching to renewable energies and new technologies. How can the energy-intensive float glass industry so far heavily dependent on natural gas become carbon neutral by 2045...
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OPC UA - The dawn of a new interface generation


Digitalisation creates added value. How the manufacturer-independent communication standard OPC UA can contribute to this will be illustrated at glasstec from 20 to 23 September 2022 in Düsseldorf at the glasstec conference, among other events.
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Specialist Article VDMA: Why use blockchain and track & trace in the glass industry?


Automation and digitalisation are making their mark on glass as a product and on how it is made. They therefore require digital forms of tracking and methods to manage and exploit the glut of data being produced.
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Specialist Article VDMA: Glass surfaces


Glass surfaces can be pre-treated so that they do not offer bacteria and viruses a chance to survive and do not aggregate layers of dirt.
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Specialist Article VDMA: Recycling flat glass – circular economy with potential


Sustainability and the circular economy are increasingly influencing work and production processes in glass manufacturing, too. While these aspects have long been key aspects in the hollow glass industry, the flat glass industry is in a more difficult position.
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