Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH

Postfach 11 55, 86661 Asbach-Bäumenheim/Hamlar
Albanusstr. 1-5, 86663 Asbach-Bäumenheim/Hamlar
Germany
Telephone +49 906 9822000
Fax +49 906 9822108
info@grenzebach.com

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glasstec 2018 hall map (Hall 15): stand D23

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glasstec 2018 fairground map: Hall 15

Contact

Egbert Wenninger

Senior Vice President Business Unit Glass

Markus Gruber

Vice President Sales Business Unit Glass

Lisa Reitschuster

Marketing Specialist

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Hall 15 / D23

24.10.2018

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15:00 - 15:30

Presentation "Automation 4.0 in the glass world" (German) Hall 10

Besides the program at the booth, Grenzebach will hold a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. at the VDMA glasstec conference Technology - interconnected production and new technologies (hall 10, booth C18-F18) Roland Jenning will talk on the topic: “Automation 4.0 in the glass world“.

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.10  Cold end technology for float glass, laminated glass, wired glass and other types of flat glass
  • 01.10.05  Stacking machines
  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.13  Conveying, transport, packing and warehouse technology
  • 01.13.01  Feeding and stacking systems
  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.13  Conveying, transport, packing and warehouse technology
  • 01.13.02  Transport and handling systems

Transport and handling systems

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.13  Conveying, transport, packing and warehouse technology
  • 01.13.03  Conveying, sorting and storage facilities

Conveying, sorting and storage facilities

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.13  Conveying, transport, packing and warehouse technology
  • 01.13.07  Vehicles for glass transport

Vehicles for glass transport

  • 02  Glass processing and finishing
  • 02.01  Cutting, breaking and snapping technology
  • 02.01.01  Cutting technology
  • 02.01.01.01  Cutting technology for float glass

Cutting technology for float glass

  • 02  Glass processing and finishing
  • 02.01  Cutting, breaking and snapping technology
  • 02.01.04  Snapping technology flat glass
  • 02.01.04.01  Mechanical snapping devices

Mechanical snapping devices

  • 02  Glass processing and finishing
  • 02.06  Coating technology
  • 02.06.01  Vacuum coating equipment

Vacuum coating equipment

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.02  Inspection technology
  • 05.01.02.01  Inspection of surface, contour and imperfection

Inspection of surface, contour and imperfection

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.02  Regulation technology
  • 05.02.01  MRP machine and transport adjustment

MRP machine and transport adjustment

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.04  Software
  • 05.04.02  Optimization of glass cutting and glass production yield

Optimization of glass cutting and glass production yield

Our products

Product category: Stacking machines, Feeding and stacking systems

TASS High-Speed Stacker: Innovative and sensitive

With the TASS High-Speed-Stacker the company is extending its portfolio of glass handling products with a high-performing new development. With the new double-arm kinematics connected with an ideally matching infeed section with glass sheet accumulator, a highly efficient, fast and flexible stacking cell for small glass sizes up to 2m was created. This is the perfect solution for new float line investments, replacement of manual unloading lines, exchange of slow and inflexible stacking equipment or upgrading high-performance hardening and coating equipment. The ability to very quickly pick sheets from the top (air side) as well as the bottom (tin side) gave the High-Speed-Stacker for small size glass sheets its name: TASS stands for Tin-Airside-Speed-Stacker.

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Product category: Vacuum coating equipment

Coating Technology

Manufacturers of high-tech glass with highest requirements to architectural aesthetics and energy efficiency want to surprise their customers with innovations and therefore need coating equipment which allows for flexibility in their portfolio. As a supplier of complete system lines, Grenzebach takes this fact into consideration as well as the running optimization of productivity, energy efficiency and availability of systems. Grenzebach has once more refined its coating technology and will give a detailed insight into the series of current innovations. 

“Digital Glass Production – Your Future Success“ – With this slogan Grenzebach presents at the glasstec the quantum leaps which the glass producers can make thanks to the intelligent handling of data. In the coating process up to 20 single layers are applied onto the substrate. This means an abundance of data with respect to the exact use of resources, which can be used for optimized coating as well as for improved up- and downstream processes. The future: The measuring values, which are gathered by means of the sensors in the coater, allow an automatic process control which allows a complete evenness of the layers over a complete campaign. The optical properties of the high-tech glass are at any time during production of high-tech glass at 100%.

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Product category: Optimization of glass cutting and glass production yield

Data-on-glass: Product Traceability

Use data of the complete value-added chain

 “Digital Glass Production – Your Future Success”, true to this motto Grenzebach presents various methods for product traceability. Data generated along the value-added chain can directly be applied onto the product and of benefit for other actors on the way towards the final product as well as for users; Data, which is also useful for applications on basis of the Grenzebach Application Server

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Product category: MRP machine and transport adjustment, Optimization of glass cutting and glass production yield

IIoT Platform: Grenzebach Application Server

Visitors to the Grenzebach booth at the glasstec in October in Düsseldorf can take a peek into the future: The company provides its own lloT platform (Industrial Internet of Things) for the glass factory of tomorrow. 
"With high-performance technologies we pave the way for the glass industry towards the Factory of the Future. With digital solutions and new features, most important to the customer is a tangible added value: We are looking for a highly flexible system which can be modularly extended – locally at the customer site, but also using Cloud Services. This ensures added value – even for applications, we do not yet know of", says Roland Jenning, Head of Innovation at Grenzebach. The answer is a high-performance IIoT platform the company developed in-house: the Grenzebach Application Server. A local solution for the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) for all industrial applications; with the integrated expandability of Cloud computing.

At the world’s leading trade fair glasstec in Düsseldorf from Oct. 23. – 26, visitors to the Grenzebach booth will be able to experience the new platform – booth 15D23 in hall 15.

 

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Sep 21, 2018

The innovative Turbo for the Cold End

High-quality technology from Grenzebach for high-precision stacking at the end of glass lines in times of Industry 4.0: The TASS High-Speed-Stacker with a new type of  double arm kinematics processes small size glass sheets with high efficiency. This novelty will be presented at the glasstec fair in Düsseldorf in October.

It is the smart and innovative turbo among the glass stacking equipment from Grenzebach: With the TASS High-Speed-Stacker, the company is extending its portfolio for glass handling products with a high-performance new development. With the new double-arm kinematics connected to an ideal matching infeed section with accumulator, a highly efficient, fast and flexible stacking cell for small glass sizes up to 2m was created. This is the perfect solution for new float line investments, replacement of manual unloading lines, exchange of slow and unflexible stacking equipment or upgrading high-performance hardening and coating equipment.  During the world's leading trade fair, glasstec, in Düsseldorf from Oct. 23 to 26, 2018, visitors to the Grenzebach booth 15D23 in hall 15 can watch a live demo of the TASS stacker.

Flexible handling from top to bottom

The ability to very quickly pick sheets from the top (air side) as well as the bottom (tin side) gave the High-Speed-Stacker for small size glass sheets its name: TASS stands for Tin-Air-Speed-Stacker. Synchronized sheet infeed towards the unloading position with simultaneous approach and picking of the product with the gripper allow for high unloading cycles. The fully integrated accumulator for sheets allows for optimum utilization; only one of the strong features with which the TASS contributes to automation at the Cold End. "Performance is improved and costs are reduced due to the fact that backwards cycling of the glass rack is no longer necessary. This task is done by the stacker kinematics from Grenzebach. Rack positioning is much easier that way", says Markus Gruber, Vice President Sales Glass Technology at Grenzebach.

Precise product handling

Glass packages can be stacked at the rack in several rows next to one another (multi-row) and even several rows on top of one another (multi-tier). The cycle times for the single sheet in one-track operation, depending on the product type, count 3 to 5 seconds, in two-track operation we have 1.5 to 2.5 seconds per plate. High quantity for highest quality: TASS stands for fast yet precise product handling. 

Communication in Industry 4.0

The TASS is a high-performing link in the value-added chain of glass Industry 4.0.

A new type of operational concept allows for smart HMI dialog during which the machine communicates and collaborates event-driven with the operator, of course also via mobile devices. Thanks to the new IIoT platform, the Grenzebach Application Server, the stacking unit is integrated efficiently into the plant. The Application Server acting as a communication, data and analysis platform processes and evaluates all relevant data and makes the results available to other systems. This way, the Grenzebach Application Server allows for optimization of the production efficiency.

Quantum leap in stacking technology

Grenzebach offers this new piece of glass handling equipment to the glass industry world-wide. Grenzebach expert Gruber says: "For those who build a new glass production line, this high-efficiency stacking cell catapults them to the top level of Industry 4.0." For glass manufacturers stacking glass manually up until now, this High-Speed-Stacker represents a quantum jump with respect to automation and an increase in efficiency while saving cost at the same time. This High-Speed-Stacker is also a good opportunity to replace existing stackers, to increase optimization potential and to significantly reduce intelligent energy management of resource consumption.

A high performer for a range of products
       
The three-axis glass stacker, an ideal innovation complete the Grenzebach portfolio, is especially appropriate for:

»      Stacking at float lines with small size and medium size formats in product mix

»      Stacking for cutting lines

»      Feeding and stacking of small and medium size formats in the high speed Tempering area (hardening of glass, safety glass production)

»      Feeding and stacking of small size and medium size formats in the Coating area (glass surface coating)


The TASS can handle the following glass formats:

»      Maximum sheet size: 1,982 mm x 1,220 mm / 78“ x 48“

»      Minimum sheet size: 508 mm x 305 mm / 20“ x 12“

»      Maximum glass thickness: 6.0 mm

»      Min. glass thickness: 2.0 mm

Collaboration with AGV

Combined with the accumulator, conveyor line and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), the Tin-Air-Speed-Stacker shows numerous advantages. The device is optimized to place and energy requirements of modern production. Regarding the rack handling, the TASS is optimally conceived for collaboration with Automated Guided Vehicles, supplied by Grenzebach as well as for interaction with conventional shuttle and rotating platforms. Compared to its predecessor, the TASS High-Speed-Stacker due to its new functional principle and product supply concept exceeds the performance values and does so at low cost basis without additional industrial robot.

Improved technology

For the development of the TASS High-Speed-Stacker, the automation experts at Grenzebach started out with the successful High-Speed-Stacker HSS. "We have further refined a solid technology and besides the double-arm kinematics added a lot of features, such as the fully integrated accumulator", says Markus Gruber. Grenzebach has more than 50 years of experience in glass production technology. More than 300 lines are currently in operation world-wide. With the TASS High-Speed-Stacker, Grenzebach completes the portfolio of direct drive stackers for smaller formats and lower product weights with high stacking capacity.

 

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Aug 23, 2018

High-performance, intelligent, low-maintenance Coating

Supplier of complete lines for coating technology including upstream and downstream processes, Grenzebach keeps improving equipment efficiency. At the glasstec, in Düsseldorf in October, visitors receive an insight into the new technology and will be able to see the options made possible by the lloT platform from Grenzebach in the area of coating technology.

Manufacturers of high-tech glass with highest requirements to architectural aesthetics and energy efficiency want to surprise their customers with innovations and therefore need coating equipment which allows for flexibility in their portfolio. As a supplier of complete system lines, Grenzebach takes this fact into consideration as well as the running optimization of productivity, energy efficiency and availability of systems. From the raw substrate feeding down to the removal of coated glass and towards the unloading: The solution package comes from a single source; and the Coating experts are also involved in the upstream and downstream processes. „Globally leading glass manufacturers appreciate the wide range - when it comes to the supply of new equipment as well as the upgrade of existing production technology. We are partners for difficult questions about the complete value-added chain“, says Dr. Jens Ellrich, Head of Coating Technology at Grenzebach. The company shows details at the world's leading trade fair glasstec in Düsseldorf from Oct. 23 to 26, booth 15D23 in hall 15.

New and upgraded features

Visitors will be able to see a chain of detail improvements on the Coating equipment from Grenzebach. This helps to achieve a modular shield and drive system and a higher productivity due to lower maintenance time. The focus is on reduction of downtime and permits higher productivity.  A whole series of optimizations contribute to this benefit:

  • Gas bar segmentation: Adjustable gas bar segmentation ensures an optimum adaptation to the respective requirements. This leads to a better process control and thus increased productivity.
  • Process gas management: The inlet of the process gas directly into the area, where it is needed - at the glass surface in the plasma - in combination with process pumps directly on the cathode lids guarantees highest process stability and optimum reproducibility for lowest possible gas cost.
  • Gas separating tunnel: The automatic adaptation of the height of the gas separating tunnel allows a constant gas separating factor for different glass thicknesses, improving process stability, allowing the use of shorter coaters.
To be as flexible as possible with their product lines for the market is an important factor of success for our customers", says Dr. Jens Ellrich. For special-purpose applications as they are needed in solar industry or special coatings, the heating of the substrates to 225 degrees Celsius is possible, achieving higher variability in the product portfolio.

In the case of glass gaps of 30 millimeters or less, the coating technology now works even more solidly and reliably. This helps to produce longer campaigns and to reduce the maintenance effort and productivity rises.

The Grenzebach coating equipment is optimized to the lowest floor load possible. For the installation we only need minimum floor reinforcements without special requirements to the foundation. Effect: reduced overall costs.

From the foundations to the finesse of equipment configuration: These have an auto-configuring design. The system automatically identifies the equipment control system, the assignment of pumps, cathodes or empty positions; multi-couplings allow automatic connection to the vacuum, water, current and control system connections.

Consequent use of the data

“Digital Glass Production – Your Future Success“ – With this slogan Grenzebach presents at the glasstec the quantum leaps which the glass producers can make thanks to the intelligent handling of data. In the coating process up to 20 single layers are applied onto the substrate. This means an abundance of data with respect to the exact use of resources. "The consequent analysis of the data helps to reduce the work for the operator with manual coater control", says Ellrich. Besides, the upstream and downstream processes can be optimized based on the respective data. This is how the Grenzebach expert sees the future: The measuring values, which are gathered by means of the sensors in the coater, allow an automatic process control which allows a complete evenness of the layers over a complete campaign. The optical properties of the high-tech glass are at any time during production of high-tech glass at 100%. How does RFID technology in the integrated Grenzebach overall concept as another module of traceability contribute already today to product and process improvement? At the glasstec, the visitors will get answers to this question - and can in addition have a closer look at the options with the Grenzebach Application Server of the lloT platform developed in-house.

The glasstec is the platform to get a closer insight into the further developed Coating system from Grenzebach. For more details, please visit our in-house laboratory equipment at the headquarters of our company in the Bavarian village of Hamlar at any time. The laboratory is constantly being improved to find solutions for individual customer requirements, to hold trainings and to test new hardware components.

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Jul 19, 2018

With Grenzebach headed towards the glass production of tomorrow

Visitors to the Grenzebach booth at the glasstec in October in Düsseldorf can take a peek into the future: The company provides its own lloT platform (Industrial Internet of Things) for the glass factory of tomorrow. Furthermore, a live demo will show the TASS High-Speed-Stacker with its new type of double-arm kinematics, efficiently working on small size glass formats. The company will also present their improved coating technology.

"With high-performance technologies we pave the way for the glass industry towards the Factory of the Future. With digital solutions and new features, most important to the customer is a tangible added value: We are looking for a highly flexible system which can be modularly extended – locally at the customer site, but also using Cloud Services. This ensures added value – even for applications, we do not yet know of", says Roland Jenning, Head of Innovation at Grenzebach. The answer is a high-performance IIoT platform the company developed in-house: the Grenzebach Application Server. A local solution for the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) for all industrial applications; with the integrated expandability of Cloud computing.

At the world’s leading trade fair glasstec in Düsseldorf from Oct. 23. – 26, visitors to the Grenzebach booth will be able to experience the new platform – booth 15D23 in hall 15.

Use data of the complete value-added chain

“Digital Glass Production – Your Future Success”, true to this motto Grenzebach presents various methods for product traceability. Data generated along the value-added chain can directly be applied onto the product and of benefit for other actors on the way towards the final product as well as for users; Data, which is also useful for applications on basis of the Grenzebach Application Server.

TASS High-Speed Stacker: Innovative and sensitive

This is a platform, which last but not least stands for high-performance man-machine collaboration. This is where the TASS High-Speed-Stacker joins in. It is the smart and innovative turbo among the glass stacking equipment from Grenzebach: With the TASS High-Speed-Stacker the company is extending its portfolio of glass handling products with a high-performing new development. With the new double-arm kinematics connected with an ideally matching infeed section with glass sheet accumulator, a highly efficient, fast and flexible stacking cell for small glass sizes up to 2m was created. This is the perfect solution for new float line investments, replacement of manual unloading lines, exchange of slow and inflexible stacking equipment or upgrading high-performance hardening and coating equipment. The ability to very quickly pick sheets from the top (air side) as well as the bottom (tin side) gave the High-Speed-Stacker for small size glass sheets its name: TASS stands for Tin-Airside-Speed-Stacker.

New coating technology increases system flexiblity

Manufacturers of high-tech glass with highest requirements to architectural aesthetics and energy efficiency want to surprise their customers with innovations and therefore need coating equipment which allows for flexibility in their portfolio. As a supplier of complete system lines, Grenzebach takes this fact into consideration as well as the running optimization of productivity, energy efficiency and availability of systems. Grenzebach has once more refined its coating technology and will give a detailed insight into the series of current innovations. 

“Digital Glass Production – Your Future Success“ – With this slogan Grenzebach presents at the glasstec the quantum leaps which the glass producers can make thanks to the intelligent handling of data. In the coating process up to 20 single layers are applied onto the substrate. This means an abundance of data with respect to the exact use of resources, which can be used for optimized coating as well as for improved up- and downstream processes. The future: The measuring values, which are gathered by means of the sensors in the coater, allow an automatic process control which allows a complete evenness of the layers over a complete campaign. The optical properties of the high-tech glass are at any time during production of high-tech glass at 100%.

Besides the program at the booth, Grenzebach will hold a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. at the VDMA glasstec conference Technology - interconnected production and new technologies (hall 10, booth C18-F18) Roland Jenning will talk on the topic: “Automation 4.0 in the glass world“.

More powerful, more accurate and more intelligent: During the glasstec 2018, Grenzebach will present strong innovations and will take visitors on a journey towards the glass factory of the future.

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About us

Company details

Grenzebach is a world-wide leader specializing in the automation of industrial production lines. By providing services encompassing the entire life cycle of a project, Grenzebach’s tailor-made automation solutions have a positive impact globally in glass and building material manufacturing as well as intralogistics. Many years of experience, continuous development, and sustainable support services are what makes Grenzebach one of the most preferred partners world-wide. 3000 installed lines in 55 countries prove that the Grenzebach name stands for quality and reliability.  Amazingly, 90 percent of Grenzebach’s products are for export which reflects that the medium sized family-owned company from Hamlar is a global player in the industrial automation.

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Company data

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees

> 500

Foundation

1960

Area of business
  • Glass manufacture/production technology
  • Glass processing and finishing
Target groups
  • Manufacturing, Processing and Finishing
  • Flat Glass