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Hot Topic at glasstec 2024: Circular Economy in the flat glass industry


In 2023 industry emissions fell by 12% against the previous year – as found by the current study “Agora Energiewende”[ ]. A positive development at first sight, which is, however, largely due to declining production in the energy-intensive sectors driven by lower demand in a competitive environment made difficult by high energy prices.
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Technical paper VDMA: OPC UA 40301: Standardization of machine interfaces for flat glass processing


In 2019, the VDMA Glass Technology Forum established a joint working group to define the requirements of the flat glass industry in an OPC UA companion specifica-tion (CS) for flat glass processing machinery. Now, four years later, we are proud of the standardized communication for flat glass processing machinery that has been established.
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Technical paper VDMA: Flat glass - life cycle and recycling


In the 33rd meeting of the Industry Working Group Research & Technology in April 2023, three experts from industry and research devoted themselves intensively to the topics of sustainability and CO2 reduction with regard to climate change
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Technical paper VDMA: Decarbonisation in glass machinery manufacturing


How do I reduce my CO2 footprint as a manufacturing company? The industry working group Research & Technology conveyed various approaches that can also be implemented in glass machinery manufacturing.
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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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