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Making the Cut - Glass Machining

Glass processing companies looking to improve operational efficiencies should take a close look at the new Vertmax One from Intermac, as Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell found out when he spoke to Chris Arend, UK Commercial Director at Intermac.

Since the Vertmax was launched by Intermac in 2014, customers have benefited from the production efficiencies vertical processing provides, along with its smaller footprint.

The more compact Vertmax One was launched in March this year, and promises to bring those same efficiencies to a wider audience. “The Vertmax One does everything in one operation, so there is a massive reduction in handling,” Chris Arend, UK commercial director at Intermac, said. “Plus, you can process a variety of products – shower doors, balustrades, furniture glass, and even commercial IG glass – suiting companies with a mixed order book. “It is also very keenly priced to make it accessible.

"The Vertmax One reduces the overall processing time for companies who want to CNC, drill and do edgework all in one operation, with reduced manual handling. It does this with exceptional speed and efficiency."
Chris Arend Commercial Director - Intermac UK
“This also makes it particularly useful for companies processing toughened laminates: it improves the accuracy because a single piece is processed on one machine rather than several.”

One of the key benefits of the Vertmax range, Chris said, is the ‘zero set up’ time, as the positioning of the suction cups is defined in the machine software, with only those needed activated. The benefit of zero setup means time savings over traditional flatbed CNCs, including the Master series, and can save up to 30% in time.

Another benefit is that glass can be loaded on the infeed conveyor while other products are being processed. This is known as tandem loading. This increases efficiency further as once the machine finishes processing a glass, the next piece is collected for processing, meaning the machine has been loaded in ‘hidden time’.

"The joint benefit of zero set up and tandem loading means a continuous process and maximum efficiency of the available time."
Chris Arend Commercial Director - Intermac UK
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As part of the continual research and development process across Intermac, the company has launched the new ‘IC’ software for the Vertmax series, and is built on the same ‘iCam’ platform that Master and Primus users will be aware of, and was developed on the principle of ‘five clicks’.

Satisfied customers of the original Vertmax include Specialist Glass Products (SGP), which chose it for its new glass processing factory. Headline positives announced by owner Andrew Taylor include: 137% increased productivity; 50% increased efficiency; and a 10% reduction in waste. “Our relationship with Intermac, with their consultative approach and inherent quality of machines, has been instrumental in our success.” - Andrew SGP.

With the expansion of the Vertmax range to include the Vertmax One, and the Aqua series washing machines, Intermac can offer a production line solution for vertical glass processing that incorporates the ability to load a glass from the end of the cutting line and for it to be ready for the toughening process with no other machines required.

To find out more about the Vertmax One machine, click here

For more information, contact Chris Arend on 07775951661.
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