These hot topics will play a central role at glasstec 2018 will be presented by our exhibitors as well as in numerous conferences and our special shows and will inspire you with new products, applications, solutions and approaches to thinking.
How does Industry 4.0 influence the production and technological processing of glass products?
“Everything moves. Industry 4.0 revolutionizes the production and processing of glass products and presents people in this field with completely new challenges. The production process becomes more efficient and flexible, the glass products smarter. Intelligent value chains are created from the idea of a product through development, production, use and maintenance to its recycling”- Egbert Wenninger, Chairman of VDMA Glastechnik
HOT TOPIC INDUSTRY 4.0
Which applications will be possible in the future?
“Whether in consumer electronics, printed electronics or photonics – ultra-thin glasses can replace polymers wherever extreme demands are placed on the material. Optical applications benefit from the excellent transmission values of the material, high-frequency applications from the electrical properties and display applications from the barrier and surface quality. Today’s high-tech applications are improved by ultra-thin glass, making others possible in the first place.”- Herr Dr. Heinricht, Schott AG
HOT TOPIC THIN GLASS
What future potential do you see for the material glass in the building envelope? What functions will glass perform? (constructive, informative)
“The landscape of glass for building envelopes is changing rapidly due directly to the increasing demands we are putting on façade performance. To remain relevant innovation in how the material can be augmented to meet the performance targets while inherently allowing light in to our buildings has never been more important. We see the future of glass in buildings being one where technological advancements allow the glass to be adaptive and responsive to the performance requirements, making space comfortable to be in and reducing energy demands. There are many interesting ways in which this is being tackled many of which are in an embryonic stage. I see this as an exciting area of study and development, one which glasstec is fundamental in the promotion of.”- James O. Callaghan, Eckersley O`Callaghan
HOT TOPIC FACADES
INTERIOR/ SMART GLAS/ CRAFTS
Which new glass products and solutions will enrich our private and professional lives in the future?
“Flexible, stretchable glass with the ability to reproduce media and offer additional interaction possibilities are the future. This applies to the interior fittings and to glass in the façade. The possibilities are manifold. For example, digitally printed shower back panels or shop windows that offer countless possibilities for product presentation. Mirrors that are partially painted and equipped with LEDs, or partially transparent room dividers with laminated films will shape our private and professional environment and massively change our everyday life. However, these products pose a challenge for companies and their future direction. The path to the future of the glazier trade lies clearly ahead of us, we only have to follow.” – Hermann Fimpeler, Regional Guild Director North Rhine-Westphalia
HOT TOPIC CRAFTS
HIGHLIGHTS & VISIONS 2018
GLASS IS GETTING THINNER
- Thin glass from 0.1–2 mm thick, triple or quadruple insulated
- Thin glass as a basis for bioengineering
INNOVATIVE USE OF THICK GLASS
- Cast glass solutions and layered float glass panels
- For example, Chanel stores Amsterdam as well as the Atocha station in Madrid
INTEGRATED FUNCTIONALITY IN GLASS
- Sensors integrated in glass and electrochromic glass
- Liquid crystal glass for switchable glazing
NEW SCOPE FOR CURVED GLASS FORMATS
- Free façade shapes with no breaks even with extreme curvature
- Cold and hot distortion or tight fit of a glass package
EFFICIENT RESOURCE AND GLASS DESIGN
- Design developments and manufacturing technology for optimum use of energy
- New composite components from glass and other material
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