20/05/2022Today, 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.
10/05/2022Building-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.
11/04/2022It 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...
17/02/2022Digitalisation 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.
11/08/2021Automation 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.
21/04/2021Glass 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.
24/11/2020Cities are growing worldwide. Even today, the earth is populated by just under 8 billion people. By 2050 this figure will have risen to some 9.7 billion people, according to various projections. Most of this population will live in parts of the world that are generally referred to as growth regions, i.e. in Asia, Latin America as well as the African continent...
24/11/2020Sustainability 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.
04/11/2020Many still believe that skilled craftspeople often have difficulties with digitalisation. However, this is not quite true, as shown by a current and representative study commissioned by Bitcom, the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and ZDH, the Confederation of German Skilled Crafts. For this study 502 businesses in the skilled trades were polled across Germany.
07/04/2020Glass production is highly energy-intensive. This is why this industry is constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption at the same time. The use of renewable energies will therefore also play a role at “glasstec 2020” as well as at its special show “glass technology live” held in Düsseldorf from 20 to 23 October 2020.