Participants Master the Art of Glass Cutting and Washing at FGIA Summer Conference
The recent FGIA Summer Conference, where participants were given a remarkable opportunity to delve into the proper techniques of cutting and washing glass. Held in the scenic city of Vancouver, BC, this hands-on workshop proved to be an invaluable experience for all involved. In this article, we’ll explore the key takeaways from the workshop and discover the expertise shared by renowned presenters Meghan Chamberlin (Lippert), Adina Dobre (Intigral), and Jeff Haberer (Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions).
Before immersing themselves in the workshop’s practical sessions, all participants were keen on ensuring safety by donning personal protective equipment (PPE). The workshop organizers prioritized the well-being of attendees, providing properly rated gloves, arm sleeves, and eye protection for everyone.
Meghan Chamberlin commenced the workshop by shedding light on the crucial process of washing and cutting glass. She emphasized the significance of adhesion in achieving successful Insulating Glass (IG) units. “Why is clean glass so important?” rhetorically questioned Chamberlin. “Adhesion! If the components don’t stick together, your IG unit will fail.” Additionally, she stressed the importance of using clean water that is free from total dissolved solvents (TDS). Haberer and Dobre skillfully demonstrated the testing of TDS levels, showcasing how the addition of substances like sugar or salt can influence the readings.
Chamberlin also provided valuable advice, cautioning against using recycled water for glass cleaning and warning participants never to halt the glass in a washer while the brush is still spinning. “The brushes can cause low-E burn, and your customer will not be happy,” Chamberlin emphasized. “Furthermore, ensure that gloves do not leave any residue.”
A noteworthy adhesion test was conducted during the workshop, revealing that distilled water yields superior adhesion, while common glass cleaners yield the worst results. Chamberlin clarified, “Most household cleaners leave a shiny finish, but that’s a disaster for adhesion in IGUs.”
When it comes to cutting glass, Chamberlin highlighted four crucial components: angle, speed, diameter, and force. Participants were given the opportunity to practice glass cutting by scoring and carefully breaking the glass. They initially attempted this process without cutting fluid and then repeated it using fluid, realizing the considerable ease facilitated by the presence of fluid.
“Remember, the thicker the glass, the lower the cutting angle,” advised Chamberlin, providing participants with a valuable insight into the art of glass cutting.
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Source: FGIAonline.org with additional information added by Apazone