This is the seventh blog is a series on the practicalities of the characteristics of glass.

This characteristic is that glass has poor heat insulation properties. Fortunately this can be addressed by double glazing, triple glazing, and interlayers. What this practically means for the glass and window industry is that in most worldwide markets glass is heavily processed before being installed into a house or commercial building.

Over the 25 odd years we've been supplying the glass and window industry we've seen processes which were at one time very manual and very expensive become far more automated and far less costly. Examples are double glazing and laminating. Nowadays in most large factories only a few staff are hands on with the glass during the processing. This automation leads to cost savings. The issue of the cost to improve the insulating properties of the glass have been addressed. 

Looking forward the desire for improved sound and heat insulation properties in glass will drive new forms of multiple-glazing and new and improved interlayers. 

The cost of providing bullet proof glass (high priority in US schools), solar interlayers (trendy globally), and interlayers to reduce bird strike are coming down as demand soars upwards. What may seem a costly investment today will become commonplace in a few short years.

At the Glass Racking Company our primary focus is on factory handling equipment and transportation of glass and windows. We assist our customers to save time, reduce damage to product (and hence reduce rework), and address health and safety. Looking forward its an exciting time for the glass and window industry where we believe our focus and solutions will be increasingly relevant.