Inagas has long been recognised as the market leader when it comes to IGU gas filling technology. This year is their 25th anniversary, and in that time they’ve built a reputation as true global experts in the gas filling industry. To mark the occasion we asked Inagas Director Chris Kemp to give us a preview of their newest gas filling system – SmartSpeed.
While Inagas already offers a range of seven IGU gas fillers, this year we’ve continued our history of development and innovation by launching the brand new SmartSpeed range.
SmartSpeed builds on both the success and the technology of our SmartFill system. But with SmartSpeed the clue is in the name – it has been designed for high speed argon gas filling.
There are two models in the range – the single line, single screen SmartSpeed 1 and the dual line, dual screened SmartSpeed 2. Both feature internal IGU pressure sensors on the lance, which allows the system to regulate the variable filling speed between 70 and 85 litres per minute, to ensure a fast, pressure-balanced, accurate gas fill.
To put that into context, at 85 litres per minute the flow rate on the new system is almost three times that of SmartFill. The result is that SmartSpeed fills a standard 1000 x 1000 x 16mm test IGU in 40 seconds, compared to 95 seconds with SmartFill. For our customers this means that each line will fill an IGU in less than half the time is used to take. And on SmartSpeed 2 that flow speed is per line, not combined. So when both lines are filling you can get a rate of up to 170 litres per minute.
We’ve also made sure that the new system utilises some of the key innovations from previous systems that we know our customers love. The system is operated using the same 250mm touchscreens as before, which give a live display of the gas filling process and IGU pressure as well as access to all the various settings and controls that are available. The Data Logging and Print features are also included as standard. And perhaps most important of all, we’ve included SmartStart as standard, which allows operators to start and stop the filling process directly from the interactive lance rather than having to return to screen each time. The system is so fast that they won’t have time to keep running back and forth!
At Inagas our mission has been the same for the last 25 years; to help our customers save time and money. To do that we continually innovate – developing new systems and components, testing new ideas, and pushing at boundaries that created limits in the past. We’re out in the field on a daily basis, working with IGU manufacturers. This is how we identify market needs – by talking to our customers.
That’s exactly how SmartSpeed came about. Through our customers we identified that on-line gas filling could be a bottleneck in a fast moving IGU line. To get around it you used to need more gas fillers, which is expensive and takes up more space in a busy factory. So in response to customer needs we developed a faster system, and overcame the numerous obstacles that faster filling presented.
Inagas has come a long way in the last 25 years, and constant evolution is the key to our success. We’re looking forward to being at the forefront of gas filling technology – with all the benefits it will bring to our customers – for many more years to come.