FOREL AT GBA 2018: THE BOOTH OF THE DEBUTS

 Forel Booth at GBA 2018

Forel Booth at GBA 2018

The 2018 Glass Build America trade show in Las Vegas September 12-14, will be a special event for Forel. During the trade show, Forel will display products that are new to the American market. Forel’s GlassBuild America booth #3127 will be the “booth of the debuts”.

On the “GlassBuild America Must See List” is Forel’s Sorting System (Art. SS). The Art. SS is the complete solution to optimize the handling and storage of glass within the production line. This will be the first time the Art. SS will be displayed in the USA. Composed by one or more mobile shuttles and multiple storage slots, the Art. SS is equipped with an innovative software for real-time inventory counts, allowing you to locate any glass lite at any time. This machinery significantly increases productivity and efficiency.

 The Sorting System by Forel, from the “GlassBuild America Must See" list.

The Sorting System by Forel, from the “GlassBuild America Must See" list.

Another debut is Forel’s Drilling and Milling Machine (Art. DM); this high-tech, 6 axis controlled machine has two opposing electronic spindles to deliver high precision and fast production. The solid construction guarantees extreme accuracy and performance.

The new version of the Seaming Machine (Art. EG) will also be on display. The Art. EG has two operating heads capable of working simultaneously on two different pieces of glass, or can operate both heads onto one square or rectangle piece of glass. Thanks to the “self-learning” mode, the Art. EG can automatically acquires sizes for each piece of square or rectangular piece of glass.

 The Seaming Machine Art. EG by Forel

The Seaming Machine Art. EG by Forel

“We are a growing industry leader, one that has proven to be able to successfully serve and retain its current customer base while at the same time obtain new clients,” explains Fortunato Vianello, founder and CEO of Forel “This has been possible thanks to the quality of our products, the reliability demonstrated, the investment made in our Service Department and, more generally, the philosophy that has always guided our business: to listen to our customers, to try to identify market trends, and to develop new solutions as a result.”

Forel, established in 1976, produces and exports their high-quality, “Made in Italy” machinery around the world, thanks to two commercial branches (North America and Russia) and 21 global agencies. Forel North America has two locations, with its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota and their Canadian office in Toronto, Ontario. Both locations have their own spare parts warehouse and Service Department to assist customers in their needs. 

 Forel Booth at GBA 2018

Forel Booth at GBA 2018

FOREL AT GLASSTEC '18: BEYOND THE LIMITS

Glasstec is an unmissable event for all the players of the glass business. Forel, always working on new and more advanced solutions for flat and insulated glass processing, has been attending Glasstec for more than 40 years. Also this time, will attend the event to meet customers, exchange information with other players and, of course, showcase the best products of its range.

At Forel Booth (Hall 16, Stand A21/A41) visitors will have the possibility to look at a “No Limits” Insulating Glass line, from the new range of IGU lines designed to “go beyond” Jumbo size. To answer to the growing request for larger glasses, the “No Limits” range can process panes up to 15 meters long and 3.30 meters high, with a load capacity per linear meter that reaches 350 kg for the single pane and 600 kg for the assembled panes. To process such large formats, Forel has also developed a number of special applications that allow to better control and manage possible glass bows (even of centimeters) in every step of the insulating process.

 The "No Limits" Insulating Glass Line by Forel

The "No Limits" Insulating Glass Line by Forel

The development of the “No Limits” range will also allow to upgrade the “standard” IG lines, for example with the innovative technology to straighten up any glass planarity unevenness in the coupling press, the continuous and dynamic dosing circuit in the sealing robot, the new glass displacement driving system and many other features.

The “No Limits” line showcased at Glasstec will be a 9000m x 3300mm line, composed by washing machine, quality scanner, frame application and inspection station, turning conveyor, gas filling coupling press and sealing robot complete with pumping system.

Besides the “No Limits” IG line, Forel will display a Vertical Cutting Line for Laminated Glass and a Vertical Line for Flat Glass Processing.

The vertical cutting line, equipped with two cutting bridges and an impressive turning section, can process Jumbo size sheets and cut on the three axes, X, Y and Z. Each bridge consists of two opposing engraving carriages and two breaking bars to cut and open the glass sheet along its entire height, the split being supported by a special motorized system. A unique line that continues to distinguish Forel as a world leader in providing the highest quality technology.

 Vertical Cutting Line for Laminated Glass (detail)

Vertical Cutting Line for Laminated Glass (detail)

The vertical line for flat glass processing (for seaming, edging, drilling and milling) is composed by an edging machine, a drilling & milling machine and a washing machine. A processing line that the international market appreciates more and more for its productivity and remarkable reliability, as evidenced by the ever increasing success in sales.

Glasstec will be also the opportunity for Forel to anticipate the latest innovations on its systems for handling, storing and sorting glass inside the factories: in fact, in addition to the solutions already developed in this field, other new solutions for the logistics of the finished products will be available soon.

“Coming back to Düsseldorf is always a special emotion, but this year Forel will attend the exhibition with a special enthusiasm. We are glad to announce the new enlargement of our factory: 10.000 square meters of productive area will be added to the actual 20.000 square meters of the existing plants, by the end of 2019” says Fortunato Vianello, Founder and President of Forel “The enlargement is an important investment, a decision taken with the awareness that our commitment is rewarding us and will bear fruit. We are a growing company, able to deserve the loyalty of the “old” customers and, at the same time, to keep on convincing many new ones. This is possible thanks to the quality of the product, our reliability, the investments made in our Service Dept. and to our philosophy: listening to the customers, trying to understand market trends, developing new solutions”

 Forel Plant - Treviso (Italy)

Forel Plant - Treviso (Italy)

ONLINE THE NEW VIDEO OF FOREL DRILLING AND MILLING MACHINE

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The new video of the Drilling & Milling Machine Art. DM by Forel is online on Vimeo.com.

The Art. DM is an high-tech, 6 axis controlled machine equipped with two opposing electronic spindles to deliver high precision and fast production. The solid construction guarantees extreme accuracy and performance, and Forel’s patented fixed and mobile suction cup system ensures stability during operation. The tools and glass are kept cool at all times by two water circuits. Art. DM is also equipped with a self-diagnostic system that identifies faults with codes, descriptions and images.

As one of the best products of Forel, Art. DM will be displayed at Glass Build America (14th-16th September, Las Vegas – Nevada, USA) and at Glasstec (23rd-26th October, Dusseldorf, Germany).

FOREL AT GA18 - AGGA (AUSTRALIA)

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Forel will attend at GA18, the annual National Conference organized by the Australian Glass and Glazing Association at Goald Coast (Australia), from 28th to 31st of August.

Come meet us at Overseas Glass Agency booth!

FOREL OPEN HOUSE 2018. “NO LIMITS” - NOW MORE THAN EVER

 Glass sheet 9.000 x 3.210 mm

Glass sheet 9.000 x 3.210 mm

Over 250 guests from more than 30 Countries all over the World, for a three-day event dedicated to technological innovation in the glass sector, with special focus on the processing of large formats insulating glass units but also relative to the latest developments in the production of laminated glass, edging, drilling & milling, vertical cutting and automation inside the glass factory.

These are the numbers of the FOREL OPEN HOUSE 2018, held in Vallio di Roncade (TV) from 28 to 30 June, an appointment that gave the historical Treviso-based Company the opportunity to welcome many customers to its headquarters, to show the innovations applied to its machinery and discuss market and technological trends of the sector.

This year, the "highlight" of the event was the presentation of a massive line for the production of insulating glass, known as "NO LIMITS" 9000 line, an impressive system capable of producing insulating glass units up to 9 meters in length and 3.30 meters in height, usually manufactured for building façade applications. (The new “No Limits” Range can be configured to process IG panes up to 15 meters of length.)

 Forel "No Limits" IG line 9.000

Forel "No Limits" IG line 9.000

"This is a line designed to respond to the growing demand for "large sizes" coming from the glass market" explains Fortunato Vianello, Founder and President of Forel "Despite being an exceptional product, it is born from the same philosophy from which all our machines were born, for more than 40 years now: understanding the customer needs, foreseeing the market trends, developing new solutions accordingly"

All participating entrepreneurs had the opportunity to take a closer look at the innovative solutions of Forel and also see them at work through a number of machinery demonstrations, including the processing of extra-jumbo sheets and the automatic handling and sorting system complete with infeed, buffer and outfeed stations.

 Forel Open House 2018

Forel Open House 2018

The event was not limited to machinery showcasing but also offered all guests the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, inspired by the contributions of some first-rate speakers.

In fact, on the Thursday, Giuseppe Vita, Head of the Technical Department from Saint-Gobain Italy and Maureen Tsagouria, Product & Market Manager, Façade Business Unit, from Saint-Gobain Building Glass Europe, held the conference “The evolution of glass for architecture", followed by a second conference entitled “Market trends in facades” held by Giacomo Sangalli, Commodity Manager of Permasteelisa Group.

The topic of applications in the building industry was a key-point also during the conference session on Friday, opened by Ennio Mognato, Flat Glass Laboratory Director of the “Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro”, with a speech entitled "Glass in large formats: regulations and issues", and continued with Sandro Casaccio, Sales & Market Development Manager of Kuraray Italy, who spoke about "The world of interlayers in laminated glass".

 Forel Open House 2018

Forel Open House 2018

SILCAR CHOOSES FOREL' S Flexible Profile APPLICATOR

 Silcar production plant in Zalau (Romania)

Silcar production plant in Zalau (Romania)

Silcar is a market-leading PVC Window and Door manufacturer, their production and assembly facilities are located in Romania. Silcar historically manufactured and distributed its finished products primarily in the Romanian market but increasingly over the last number of years, it has broadened its scope to a wider range of clients in Europe-hence the creation of Silcar International. Silcar has grown and developed over a period of 26 years and prides itself on customer satisfaction which is reciprocated with multiple repeat orders from satisfied clients from Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland as well as the existing client base in the local market.

SC Lightglass, the Glass production facility of Silcar, has just recently installed an automatic applicator of the spacer profile at its glass facility. Lightglass is the very first company in Romania that has invested in this technology.

The automatic applicator system chosen by Silcar is Forel’s ART. TBB, which feeds a continuous strip of “warm edge” spacer from a reel and applies it directly on one of the two glass sheets, to obtain a closed frame. In the TBB applicator, the butyl extrusion is independent to the spacer application.

The introduction of this new automated system removes the conventional spacer frame processing techniques and improves performance and efficiency of the double & triple glazed units, both in warm edging and argon gas filling.

SC Lightglass is now producing its double and triple glazed glass units with an entire IGU line by Forel consisting of the washing machine ART.VW, the ART.TBB applicator, the coupling flat press unit with gas filling ART. APG and the sealing robot unit ART. SA.

INTERVIEW TO OVIDIU CARABA, GENERAL MANAGER OF SC SILCAR

- What are the strengths, in your opinion, of flexible profile? 

We can say that now we have the best quality available in the market place for our residential doors and windows thanks to the new technology of automatic application of the flexible spacer: SUPER SPACER profile. Some of the new technology advantages are:

- A saving of up to 20% on the heating costs of a building.

- Reduces perimeter condensation by 70% compared to the aluminum spacer.

- Great aesthetics: the self-adhesive band of the spacer prevents the penetration of the butyl inside the visible glass panel; this system also eliminates the gap between the glass panels, which is very visible especially for triple glazed units.

- Due to its flexibility, the spacer better absorbs shocks caused by solar heat expansion and contraction.

- Better argon retention due to the continuous application of the spacer and the automatic sealing of the final corner.

 Ovidiu Caraba, General Manager of Silcar

Ovidiu Caraba, General Manager of Silcar

- What are the benefits of assembling an IGU in line, thanks to an applicator of flexible spacer? 

I think all of the companies in the Romanian market are realizing that it is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to find good employees to expand our existing business. So, we need to invest in new technologies to reduce the dependency on a finite labor market.

This new line vastly reduces our unit production time and as it is a highly automated process by its very nature it gives us a superior high quality finished unit. This gives us great confidence to know that we are giving to our clients only high quality finished glazed units, which outlast the older glazing techniques.

- SILCAR is the first Romanian company choosing the flexible spacer: what do you think about Romanian market? Will it appreciate this? 

Yes, I think so. Indeed, we are the very first company in Romania which has invested in this new technology. After extensive research of the different automatic spacer systems, we choose the Forel Super Spacer system: it’s a proven and tested system, used all over the world.

We have already started to market and advertise the new spacer system in all the major cities in Transylvania. Our sales partners and also our competitors are very interested in this new technology. We are very confident that will be are able to raise the quality standards in the Romanian market for the thermal-insulating double and triple glazed units.

- What do you think about your Forel IGU line? 

We found the Forel company to be highly open and collaborative in conjunction with the technical assistance they given us on an ongoing basis. Forel is always developing new solutions with their end customers in mind, so that we both achieve the highest quality and performance from their automated production lines. The new Forel line we have purchased will serve not just the Romanian market for us but also the European market which is growing year on year.

 Forel IGU line in Silcar plant

Forel IGU line in Silcar plant

- What are the next goals of SC Lightglass?

Our business plan is a long-term one and we are already looking at ways of developing new automated technologically advanced production processes, in order to provide our customers with superior quality products.

FOREL AT GLASS SOUTH AMERICA

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Glass South America 2018 will be for FOREL (stand 679) an important opportunity to present to all visitors the latest innovations developed, especially concerning IGU machinery. In this regard, FOREL staff will be glad to illustrate and describe the cutting-edge technologies implemented in:

  • the applicator of flexible spacer (Art. TBB), to further automate and optimize the process;

  • the flat coupling press with automatic gas filling system (Art. APG), designed to guarantee excellent results even with waved glasses, in the glass inspection station, to ensure effective monitoring of production;

  • the high productivity sealing robot (Art. SRHP), to obtain a high quality insulating glass unit in a quick time.

All these technologies allow FOREL lines to offer a very reliable performance also in the production of triple and stepped units and make them ideal for the production of insulating glass for industrial refrigeration, besides the established standard applications in the residential and commercial sectors and naval sector.

Moreover, FOREL staff will be at full disposal to provide more information on the other products of the range, which include vertical machinery for edge processing and CNC drilling and milling, vertical cutting lines (Art. VC02) for laminated glass (equipped with automatic loading arm, two independent cutting bridges and rotating element) and Sorting Systems (Art. SS) for the automatic handling, reordering and monitoring of the glass panes inside the factory.

THE PROFILE BENDER OFFERS THE ARM TO THE WARM EDGE

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Warm Edge insulating properties, which bring important economical savings, are the reasons for the growing success of this kind of profile. As glassworkers know, the bending of plastic profile is an extremely delicate operation which requires precision and attention.

FOREL developed and upgraded its Automatic Profile Bender (ART. PBA632) to cater to different needs and typologies of material. The Profile Bender can now support the profile during the processing, thanks to the special Smart Arm (an exclusive FOREL patent). The arm works to avoid the risk of breaks or deformations when working with larger sizes. This solution offers high productivity, quality and no risks of damage to the material.

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Specific improvements have been developed to obtain a better bending process which offers two different results:

•          The classical internal fold;

•          An internal fold of 90°, visually identical to the “corner keys” (but without thermal dispersion in the corner) or to the welding junction (but with faster production).

The calibration of the bending is managed by a software, which ensures a complete control and precision of the angle.

FOREL AT CHINA GLASS 2018

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FOREL will attend CHINA GLASS 2018 in Shanghai from 19 to 22 of April and will be
pleased to welcome all visitors to its stand E1 – 214 within the GIMAV Italian
Pavilion.

Among its novelties, FOREL will present the latest developments related to IGU
lines, especially the new Jumbo and “Off Limits” lines, designed to process glass
sheets of extra-large size.

These lines enhance the already wide range of FOREL products that, besides IGU
machinery, includes also Vertical Cutting line for laminated glass, Edge Processing
machinery, Laminating PVB lines and Sorting Systems.

FOREL REALIZES A “NO LIMITS” JUMBO IGU LINE FOR TVITEC

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“The market is moving more and more towards insulating glass with higher quality, as well as large sizes. For this reason, we needed a company that wanted to work with us as a partner, creating for us a particular machine, completely new to the market, able to offer high-tech and high-quality products, while guaranteeing high productivity. And with Forel we found this company.”

These are the comments from Roberto Arias, Marketing Manager at Tvitec, on the conclusion of the project that led to a new Jumbo line for insulating glass, aimed at the production of glass for façades and special glass types, with particular and dedicated requirements and construction features.  The result of this project is a line from Forel with exceptional  performance and features in terms of weight , thicknesses and nonplanarity of the processed glass sheets, aligned or stepped.

“The Tvitec-Forel line can process some of the largest sizes of IG glass requested by today’s market,” explains Stefano Salvian, Sales Director of Forel “The design of the line involved commitment and skills. We had to take into consideration aspects that in the past were almost marginal, such as nonplanarity, which, for extremely large-sized glass sheets can be really important. The result is a line able to adapt itself to glass sheets that are not perfectly flat – and we are talking about centimeters here – with features that are completely different from other lines, with regards to size, accuracy and types of processes carried out.”

This important project took almost two years to be completed – in 2017 – with the delivery of the new Forel “No Limits” Jumbo line at Tvitec’s factory in Ponferrada (Castilla-Leon), northern Spain.

Made up of a loading area, coating removal, washing machine, inspection and frame mounting, glass turning section (180°), assembling press with gas filling (argon and krypton) and automatic sealer, the line was designed and built following a precise list of aims to be achieved:

- processing single glass sheet up to 40-millimetres thickness, and insulating glass up to 100 millimeters. This, in turn, requires load capacity of finished products of up to 550 kilos per linear metre;

- structural stepped units with vertical offset up to 250 millimetres and leading horizontal offset up to 1.000 millimetres;

- processing of bowed glass up to 2,5 millimetres per linear metre (15 millimetres on 6 meters glass length);

- sealing flexibility to use three different materials, and with high continuous material flow rate of 4 l/min;

- stepped unit assembling with the smaller glass in the front;

- dedicated glass unloading section.

FOREL AT FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2018

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FOREL, leader manufacturer of machinery for flat glass and double glazing industries, will attend Fensterbau Frontale 2018 (21-24 March, Nuremberg-DE, Nurnberg Mess, Hall 3 Stand 153), showcasing some of its best solutions for edge processing and IGU lines:

-          Automatic vertical edging machine (ART. EM), designed for processing the edges of float and laminated glass sheets. It can perform edge arrissing, grinding and polishing. In addition to the selflearning functionality, when processing squares or rectangles, the machine is able to square and bring the glass to the final required dimensions, being therefore very useful even for double glazing and pre-tempering  grinding applications.

    

-        Automatic Profile Bender (ART. PBA632) and Dessicant Filler (ART. DFN): thanks to the special Smart Arm (an exclusive FOREL patent), the Profile Bender can support the profile during the processing, avoiding the risk of breaks or deformations, also when working with large sizes. This solution offers at the same time high productivity, quality and no risks of damage for the material, and it is also suitable for bending plastic profiles. At Fensterbau, the Profile Bender will be showcased along with the Dessicant Filler, which can fill any type of spacer frames with hygroscopic material, both squared and shaped units. The two machines can be easily handled by just one operator.

2017 has been a very satisfying year for FOREL: what the customers appreciated about our way of working is the skill to listen and cooperate with them, in order to find the best technical solutions. In this view, Fensterbau Frontale is an important chance to meet our customers and partners, with the ambition to always achieve more significant goals.

2017 IN FOREL: GROWTH, RECRUITMENTS AND INVESTMENTS

 FOREL Sorting System

FOREL Sorting System

Turnover growth, plant enlargements and new recruitments.

This is the 2017 of FOREL, a year with the “+” sign in sales, thanks to the confirmed appreciation of our traditional customers but also to the increasing trust of the new ones. 2017 will be remembered in FOREL especially for the development of special Jumbo lines, capable of processing very large and heavy glass sheets specifically required for high performance facades: part of the important projects successfully carried out by the Company last year.

The growth was also “physical”: in 2017, indeed, FOREL completed important enlargements of both office and production areas.

The positive moment required also an enhancement on human resources: between 2016 and the end of 2017, FOREL hired many new employees (in production, sales, administration and marketing departments). Currently, the company employs more than 200 people directly, and over 300 people in partner companies and agencies. Other recruitments are expected before the end of 2018.

Therefore, important investments in the plant, in the machinery and in the people, after the achievement of a very important goal:

“We reached our 40th years of activity. Once, there was only an idea and a good young mechanic, today there is a worldwide known brand” says Fortunato Vianello, founder and CEO of FOREL “Though the investment done, our patents and our know-how, we want to grow more”.

Established in 1976, FOREL has two facilities in Vallio di Roncade and Meolo (Italy), a sales and service branch in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) and 21 Agencies worldwide: FOREL machines are now operative in over 60 Countries. The product range includes machinery for vertical cutting of laminated glass, automatic sorting systems, vertical edging, drilling and milling, PVB lamination and insulating glass production.