SWISSPACER spacer bar processing: with more and more opportunities in terms of frame production, innovation and comprehensive service
Be it manually, with bending machines, which are now available from four manufacturers, or the welding robot, there are more and more opportunities on the market for working the highly efficient composite spacer bars from the Swiss premium manufacturer SWISSPACER into frames. New bending machines finish aesthetically pleasing corners; speed-up kit for frame cycle times of under 25 seconds and Fill-it technology is setting new standards for welding and filling with desiccant. So that insulating glass manufacturers use the best and most economically attractive processing solution, SWISSPACER supports its customers with great service – in the selection of the technology, commissioning and production.
"Today we can offer a perfect solution for every need and every insulating glass manufacturer to produce frames with SWISSPACER spacer bars – from simple, manual production of small quantities up to automated insulating glass production on a large-scale industrial level," says Rutger van Eijk, Sales Director Europe at SWISSPACER: "This is not just about new systems, but also order upgrades to existing systems."
The ROWELDO welding robot from Rottler und Rüdiger is ideal for large-scale industrialised production of large quantities with high-quality looks: the SWISSPACER spacer bars are welded in here. The results are a secure connection, a repeatable, very high level of quality and frames with clean, sharp 90° corners. The ROWELDO welding robot is available in different versions: the XL version with four welding heads and the all-new speed-up kit mean that unparalleled cycle times of less than 25 seconds can be achieved on the market. Another new feature is the time-saving Fill-it technology, which means that the desiccant is inserted into the frame during the manufacturing process, so almost nothing is added to the cycle time.
When it comes to bending machines, SWISSPACER works with Lombarda, Lisec and Forel, while there is also an entry-level version from Boza in China to process SWISSPACER spacer bars with a bending machine. "Up until now, composite spacer bars have been bent in the corners with a small radius. This meant that some of the material was pressed into the corner of the frame. Now there are more and more bending machines that finish the corners so that they look very similar to a 90° inserted or welded corner," explains van Eijk: "The fact that our spacer bars are bent while warm is a prerequisite for this new, great opportunity."
Bending machines allow for a high degree of flexibility: A variety of bending machines already on the market from Forel and Lisec, which are used to produce metal spacer frames, can be retrofitted to include an additional SWISSPACER unit. The new systems from Lombarda have been set up from the outset to process nearly all bendable spacer bars – those that are bent both cold and warm. For smaller quantities, manual production is often a good option. For this purpose, SWISSPACER offers classic corner angles as well as corner angles that already have a butyl coating.
If manufacturers want to expand or automate SWISSPACER processing, the service of the Swiss manufacturer can be tailored to help. "We highlight the various options, perform a needs analysis and process cost calculations and find the best and most economical solution together with our customers," stresses van Eijk. Customers can also rely on the help of SWISSPACER after this. For example, SWISSPACER supports the commissioning on site and is available as a contact for any technical issues regarding processing. Rutger van Eijk: "A lot of people only look at the price per linear metre of the spacer bars. We look at the effectiveness and efficiency of the process as a whole."