Solar Seal News
April 2011 – Solar Seal is excited about the release of two new solar-control, low-e products. The first, SolarBan 72 is a new triple-stack, softcoat low-e available exclusively to members of PPG’s Certified Fabricator Program Network. Touting a very high (72%) visible light transmittance, and much better SHGC than SolarBan 60 on Starphire, this product offers a VLT/SHGC ratio unmatched by any other product available today. More information can be found at: http://www.ppg.com/en/newsroom/news/Pages/20110420A.aspx
Also newly released is Guardian’s SNX 62/27. With similar performance to other triple-stack low-e products, Guardian’s SNX 62/27 arrives on one substrate whether annealed or tempered eliminating the confusion associated with other products. It is also being released at a lower price point, which is very important in today’s economic climate. For more information on Guardian’s SNX 62/27, please visit: http://www.na.en.sunguardglass.com/stellentdev/groups/sunguard/documents/native/gi_001680.pdf
January 2011- Although the economy may be down, Solar Seal isn’t taking a break. Instead, Solar Seal is using what is typically the slower winter season for enhancing its shop layout, cross-training its employees, and furthering its competitive advantage. The widely used Lean and 5S concepts have been around at Solar Seal for several years. However, with the economy “on-hold” Solar Seal is using the down time to its advantage to reinvest in itself through a variety of shop wide projects which it plans to complete before the typical late spring pick-up in glazing activity. As a result of these efforts, Solar Seal expects to improve its operational efficiencies through internal reorganization of products, machine placement, and improved storage and work areas.
April 2010- Solar Seal has just announced its switch to Albat and Wirsam’s state of the art software system. A&W’s software suite will be used for everything from quoting and order entry to production fulfillment and capacity management.
Because the software ties directly into many of Solar Seal’s already existing production equipment, this package will create Company wide enhancements including Solar Seal’s ability to track customer’s orders through real time information from the shop floor as well as an enhanced user interface allowing for the expedition of paper processing within the office.
This project has been in the works for over a year while the Company strategized to not only find the best supplier for its software package but to also put the right amount of effort into the set-up and installation to minimize any transitional hurdles. Although it was a painstaking process at times, Solar Seal believes its customers will reap benefits immediately due to the improved timeliness of information and productivity enhancements this software is already providing.
August 2009- Solar Seal has just taken shipment of Bystronic’s latest and largest Insulated Glass Processing Line. This will give Solar Seal the ability to process IG units as large as 9 by 11.5 feet on automated assembly equipment which includes a station that fills the air cavity inside an insulated glass unit with argon gas to improve energy efficiency with a single push of a button! This will be Solar Seal’s 4th Bystronic Insulating Glass Line which will allow for the decommission of one of its older lines when the newest addition is up and running. Bystonic’s enhanced design will allow for improved efficiency, larger sizes, and higher output at Solar Seal’s production facility.
October 2008- Solar Seal has taken shipment and is in the process of installing its new 14 spindle polishing and miter machine. As a result of having 14 variable grinding, polishing, and mitering wheels, Solar Seal is now able to produce glass with miters up to 45 degrees with a single pass system. This is Solar Seal’s 3rd Bovone Edger installation which will result in faster output and shorter lead times on customer’s orders.