This weeks blog is the seventh in a series of changes we've experienced in the glass and window industry in the last 25 years, and changes we've made to our company and its products to suit the industry we serve.
The adoption of double glaze as the norm for residential windows has been relatively new in some markets. The impact on the industry has been enormous. A single glaze window pane at 5mm thick is quite different from a double glaze unit of 5mm glass pane, a 10mm space and another 5mm glass pane. The weight doubles and the volume required to store and transport these units increases 4 fold.
In factories we've seen the space required for storing double glaze units suddenly become a problem. We supply our tooth style trolleys for storage of double glaze units at glazing companies and window fabricators which assists with making the units easier to access, but the issue of sheer space required remains.
With transportation traditional external racks were home built and used a steel channel as the ledge. Many of these had 80mm or less of width, which was acceptable in a single glaze market, but falls very short when loading double glaze. Our van and ute (pickup) racks have 200mm wide ledges with 120mm of useable load space which makes loading larger volumes of double glaze possible. (Making ledges any wider than this can cause weight load issues for the vehicle).
Many customers now have dual external racks plus internal racks to allow them to load the required volume of double glaze units.
As a company we help our customers to save time, reduce damage and rework, and address health and safety. This has not changed in 25 years.