Picture above: Innovation from HEGLA: The new RapidLam makes use of its patented cutting technique and accurate grippers to score out precise shapes and models from laminated glass in just one work operation.

As the glass industry once again begins preparations for the Vitrum exhibition in Milan, this year will see HEGLA, a leading glass machinery innovator, bringing linear drive technology and LSG cutting into focus.

New solutions and concepts for cutting laminated glass shapes will be presented by HEGLA and they will play a significant role in the on-stand exhibits. Visitors will be able to see the performance capabilities of electromagnetic linear drives in action with the Rapidline cutting system on show.

The Rapidline will be the centrepiece of a three-part line with manual break-out table and automatic loading, which has proved particularly popular as a product in the HEGLA portfolio. Fitted with low-maintenance electromagnetic linear drives which is considered a key technical feature, the system provides accurate, high speed cuts via the cutting bridge.

It’s compact design and balanced levels of automation have seen this system increase in popularity for customers looking to optimise efficiency whilst also wishing to create special shapes in float and ornamental glass.

“The market for free designed forms from LSG is growing rapidly,” says HEGLA’s Manfred Vollbracht – underlining that shape cutting will be a big topic at the trade fair. “When we first presented a cutting system with this technology back in 2012, we would not have expected that just five years later almost every second one of our laminated glass systems would be ordered and delivered with the Shape equipment”.

Equally, attention will also focus on the Prolam and its LSG cutting systems which can score pretty much any shape, from simple rectangles to more complex designs such as trapezia or circles and, in the case of straight sections, it can also perform automatic cutting.

New to the machine builder’s programme is the RapidLam, which was primarily designed as a stand-alone system for processing laminated safety glass products. Depending on customer requirements, the system can be incorporated into an existing production line.

In order to be able to move glass in the easiest way, grippers are integrated into the table so they can be lowered, providing a high degree of flexibility.

HEGLA Managing Director Bernhard Hötger, who played a key role in its development stage, is convinced the new concept will revolutionise the sector. Mr Hötger comments: “With significantly less time requirements, and a high degree of precision, our customers can offer LSG models of the highest standards that will create competitive advantages for them”.

The patented HEGLA process scores free forms and models, with the glass initially fixed by grippers which is then moved underneath the dual cutting head that moves on a single axis. Precision cutting is controlled by a separate drive which follows a cutting plan and generates exact, synchronised cuts on both sides of the pane.

For UK customers the exhibition will provide the ideal platform to demonstrate the engineering excellence that has been synonymous with the HEGLA brand for over 4 decades.

To see the revolutionary HEGLA concepts in action join the team on Stand R01 in Hall 5 at the Vitrum Trade Fair. For more information on the range of automated glass cutting solutions or to pre-arrange a meeting at Vitrum please call Steve Goble or Paul Gibbs on 01908 261933.