For an installation that will have a major impact on the IG manufacturing market throughout the UK it was imperative that only the highest standards of technology could be considered. Ravensby Glass the leading sealed unit manufacturers and glass tougheners based in Dundee consequently has amalgamated the resources of two major industry forces in this expansion programme.
In an unprecedented contract Bystronic Glass UK and Edgetech have been appointed by Ravensby Glass to assist in the redevelopment of production methods using state-of-the-art technology in order to achieve A to C energy rated windows.
This substantial investment incorporates the purchase of a Bystronic Glass fully automatic IG line which includes the new ESA Super Spacer ® applicator, which is the first of its kind to be installed in the UK.
For Edgetech the company that is recognised for providing the industry with only the highest standards in terms of warm edge technology this installation will be the largest of its kind within the Scottish region.
With consumer awareness developing at a rapid pace regarding window energy ratings (WER) the desire to purchase environmentally friendly products is escalating considerably. Subsequently, the forward thinking approach from Ravensby Glass to install equipment that will meet future market demands will place them ahead of competitors.
Predominantly, the installation will provide Ravensby Glass with the ability to manufacture cost-effective window energy rated units across the spectrum of rated bandings. This gives a clear advantage to the company as all ratings from ‘E’ to ‘A’ are achievable plus any product above a ‘C’ rating can be branded with the important industry logo of the Energy Saving Trust, an organisation that actively promotes more efficient use of energy in homes. This is a focal aspect in relation to Ravensby Glass’ products that consumers and installers will instantly recognise.
Ravensby Glass has one of the most modern glass processing sites in the country with 40,000 sq ft equipped with some of the most advanced machinery available. The company produces high quality processed glass which is supplied to various commercial sectors and produces approximately 1200 Kite marked insulated glass units per day.
This combined Bystronic Glass and Edgetech installation will position Ravensby Glass as the most progressive manufacturer within the market. Already recognised for the quality, reliability and assurance guarantees the company now has a prominent distinction over other manufacturers in Scotland through the superiority of warm edge technology.
Gordon Dickson, Managing Director at Ravensby Glass considered technical investment at the company of vital importance because of the new market regulations and the recognition that through consumer demand energy efficiency must be accommodated into manufacturing procedures.
The fully automatic Bystronic Glass IG line with a capacity for units up to 3500 x 2700 metres will help to further automate the facilities and improve production quality, volume and service levels for customers.
Using Edgetech’s premium Super Spacer ® will ensure that all ‘A’ rated products manufactured will satisfy the toughest warm edge demands including resisting condensation and helping to prevent mold growth, increasing long-life durability and reducing energy costs.
This joint project provides Ravensby with a unique, cost effective solution that will improve on-site efficiency and output at the company as the globally recognised innovative standards of both companies are renowned. The superiority of the Bystronic Glass and Edgetech brands were instrumental aspects in Gordon Dickson’s decision making process.
Gordon Dickson comments, “We approached Edgetech and Bystronic Glass because of the formidable reputations both companies have in the market, knowing we could achieve excellent results in terms of the potential for ‘A’ rated products and thermal efficiency. Consumers are leading the industry so for this company the importance of this installation is evident.”
Scottish regulations are slightly more stringent for manufacturers and energy conservation is becoming widely recognised as a major issue to be considered in many fields, consequently Ravensby Glass felt this development programme was essential in order to maintain the reliable standards for which the company is recognised.
Gordon Dickson continues, “With public awareness growing about climate changes, energy efficiency and reducing energy bills it was evident that manufacturing methods had to be assessed and restructured. We felt it imperative to adapt production methods accordingly through superior warm edge technology as we consider this is the only way forward.”
Andy Jones, Managing Director, Edgetech IG comments, “Up to 30% heat or air-conditioning energy can be lost through the windows of an average home. This is a statistic that consumers and installers are acutely conscious about when it comes down to choice. Edgetech can provide the right solutions, and for Ravensby Glass we have the unique opportunity to make a difference by helping them to produce energy efficient windows with Super Spacer. We are delighted to be working with them during such a consequential development in their history.”
Steve Powell Managing Director Bystronic Glass UK comments, “Bystronic Glass provides customers with efficient tailor-made solutions that will achieve optimum results. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with Ravensby Glass at an exciting time in their corporate development programme.”