GLASS SYSTEMS LEAD THE WAY WITH IGU ADVANCED PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY PURCHASING THE FIRST IG-L ROBOTIC LOADING SYSTEM DESIGNED & MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY GS-MR
25 MAY 2022 – LINKEDIN
Glass Systems have purchased the first IG-L Robotic Loading System from GS-MR.
An unplanned, candid discussion regarding the tangible benefits of incorporating bespoke automation within the glass processing industry, which took place in 2018 between Robert Owen, co-Director of GS-MR and Khaled Elleboudy, Managing Director of Glass Systems, inspired GS-MR to take the lead in Glass Industry Automation by designing, developing and manufacturing the IG-L Robotic Loading System – a unique robotic system which has been called, “The most advanced automation to be incorporated into the global glass industry in twenty years.”
Robert Owen and Khaled Elleboudy’s business relationship reaches back to 2015, during Robert’s 12 year tenure with Lisec, covering their UK & Ireland Southern Regional Sales.
Robert Owen said, “GS-MR were privileged to design and manufacture the IG-L Robotic Loading System for Glass Systems, who continually demonstrate to lead the glass processing industry within the UK.
With my extensive engineering background, I always pushed for improvements in functionality, promoting much needed industry automation, especially due to manual loading being such a potentially unsafe and uninspiring employee environment. Designing a solution which affiliated Industry 4.0 principles, further evaluating and improving safety, alongside enabling improved quality and production was an absolute must. Without question, automation must be able to contribute to future proofing the global glass industry.”
The agreed conceptual scope covered automating the removal of glass from existing racks, loading the glass onto the existing IG line vertical transport systems; the glass pane to be removed on its edge, instead of via the traditional suction system, which would easily damage high performance coatings. The scope required verifications against production data via existing glass industry software platforms, processing double and triple IGUs, with zero defects to coated glass, reducing safety issues whilst affording improvements in both quality and safety.
Fast forward to 2022, GS-MR’s IG-L Robotic Loading System has quickly proven to be the automated solution to the problem.
Conceptual engineering projects are subject to wide ranging challenges at the best of times and the development process of the IG-L was no exception. However, the IG-L, designed, developed and manufactured in the UK by GS-MR, has successfully surpassed the original specification, affording the customer the ability to load 180 verified glass panes, every hour, every day.
Khaled Elleboudy said, “The glass industry knowledge and integrity repeatedly demonstrated by GS-MR throughout the automation development has resulted in establishing GS-MR’s IG-L Robotic Loading System as the clear industry success it is, leading Glass Systems to invest in further automation with GS-MR. Glass Systems are harnessing the undisputed benefits advanced automation technology is bringing to our industry.
Our IG-L at Glass Systems has quickly developed into a standard processing feature – put simply, we wouldn’t want to operate without it. The functionality of the IG-L has completely exceeded the original plan. The specification improved substantially as the design progressed and it was clear when GS-MR completed functionality testing during late 2021 that what GS-MR had designed and produced was nothing less than a glass industry game changer. To be a part of this exciting automation at the very start gives Glass Systems a significant leading edge.
Growth and development are key areas for Glass Systems, and we were able to increase sales volume by approximately 15-20% in 2021 compared to previous years. With the global challenges experienced more recently, it is more important than ever to focus on customer service and the consistent quality of deliverables. The business relationship we have developed with GS-MR is key not only to our business strategy of implementing improved automation processes, but also contributes to Glass Systems maintaining their UK premier industry status.”
The IG-L is secured within a safety cell which utilises a similar footprint to that required for a manual operation. The IG-L dedicated software pre-loads automatically prepared batch files from the customer’s existing software platform and processes the pre-loaded racks automatically.
The IG-L installation coincided with a visit to the UK by the board of Press Glass, who were as equally impressed with the demonstrated abilities of the IG-L.
The interest shown in the IG-L throughout the industry has been incredible, with companies recognising and acknowledging the undisputed benefits the IG-L affords. Moving forward, further automation solutions designed by GS-MR will complement and bring much needed automation to long standing industry wide processes.
Glass Systems UK
Glass Systems, UK, has six sites located throughout the UK. They employ in excess of 1100 personnel and manufacture and deliver on average over 100,000 insulating glass units per week, for a wide range of business platforms. Originally founded in the 1980’s, Glass Systems has been owned by the Press Glass Group since September 2015 and is headed up by Khaled Elleboudy, Managing Director. Glass Systems commitment to customers is to surpass their expectations through exceptional performance by continuing to manufacture and deliver products and services.
6 MAY 2022
GS-MR’s IG-L Robotic Loading System.
Here’s one we made earlier….
GS-MR’s unique glass handling technology, utilising a Kawasaki BX130X.
Designed and manufactured in the UK by GS-MR.
As 2021 is rapidly drawing to a close, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all customers and suppliers, old and new, for their valued custom and support.
2020 became a year that none of us shall ever forget and 2021 has been no exception. It remains a pleasure to know there are such exceptional people with whom we continue to be acquainted.
As per Christmas 2020, in lieu of Christmas cards and gifts we have taken the decision to donate to The Salvation Army. A most worthy of charities throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland who offer friendship, practical help and support to some of the most disadvantaged people within our communities. The Salvation Army continues to be a power of strength where it is needed.
Wishing you, your families and businesses a very happy Christmas, together with a peaceful and prosperous 2022.
29 NOVEMBER 2021 LINKEDIN
GS-MR ‘got out the good biscuits’ recently when they invited Stuart Cheyne, UK Marketing and Sales Manager and Ian Hensman, Channel Manager, of Kawasaki Robotics (UK) Ltd to GS-MR’s new premises in Centurion Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
In addition to the continuing success of GS-MR’s IG-L Robotic Loading System, which utilises the extensive capabilities of a Kawasaki BX-130X, other exciting live customer projects were discussed for various areas within the glass industry.
Earlier this year GS-MR were delighted to be awarded with membership of the Kawasaki Robotics (UK) Preferred Integrator Scheme.
Ian Hensman, commented ‘Kawasaki Robotics (UK) Ltd were keen to work with GS-MR as this is at the very start of suppling robots into an industry sector that traditionally has been reluctant to use robots for product handling. We were happy to allocate one of our demo cells for the development of the handling system for the duration of the project, whilst GS-MR were awaiting completion of their premises. Working closely with GS-MR we have come to understand the problems that the industry sector has and have used our experiences in other sectors to help’.
GS-MR design, develop and manufacture robotic automation systems in the UK for the global glass industry.
GS-MR have moved from strength to strength working with Kawasaki Robotics (UK) who have repeatedly demonstrated they are consummate professionals within their industry sector.
10 OCTOBER 2021 LINKEDIN
GS-MR have received a couple of interesting enquiry points regarding the IG-L. Feedback is invaluable. We would like to share these enquiry points with you, together with our feedback:
Enquiry Point 1: “It can’t handle broken glass.”
Only the glass crusher can handle broken glass. If broken glass finds its way into a production harp cart you have serious manual loading / internal transport issues.
Enquiry Point 2: “It can’t locate missing pieces or assume coating face is correct and all the things that can happen with human error, but I personally don’t think always removing the human is the answer.”
The IG-L has the capability to load 180 glass pieces per hour, every hour. However, GS-MR are delighted to confirm, the IG-L does not carry out this function blind, unlike other manufacturers that do.
IG-L software works with the production data supplied performing full cross-referencing verifications and full dimensional checks prior to loading. It is our understanding no other glass machinery manufacturer at this time is either able to perform or offer these checks to customers at the point of loading.
IG-L verifications performed eliminate the issue of mis-loading, where mis-loading is only discovered further down the production process, by which time the incorrect loading of this glass pane has cost you money and time by interrupting your production process.
The IG-L dimensional verification check for each piece of glass exceeds cutting table tolerances.
Of course, missing glass is obviously due to a production loading error. Human error – this can happen.
The IG-L informs you there is a piece of glass missing, the position it is missing from, together with the associated data for that piece of glass, the info is obtained from production data supplied. Of course, the IG-L won’t locate the missing glass within your facility, that is down to human intervention.
Regarding verification of special coatings, and whether the coating is facing the correct direction for loading/assembly, these checks are also performed by the IG-L prior to loading. Unique and invaluable features.
Removing employees, the most valuable asset, is never the answer. Making the absolute best possible use of the abilities of your employees is.
Proud member of the Kawasaki Robots UK Preferred Integrator Scheme.
27 JULY 2021 LINKEDIN
Glass Industry Robotic Automation, from Glass Industry experts.
Glass loading from harp carts to vertical transport systems, IG line, or other.
Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK by
GS-MR Glass and Stone (Machinery and Robotics) UK & Ireland Ltd.
Offering all window manufacturers, worldwide, the opportunity to automate their production processes, leading to quantifiable returns and increased output. Whilst also improving health and safety manual handling issues for your employees, and the quality of your deliverables.
To discuss the possibility of automating your facility, or to discuss our above design in detail, talk to the people who know about the glass industry.
22 JULY 2021 LINKEDIN
Someone once said, “There are 3 solutions to every problem:
Option 1: Accept it
Option 2: Change it
Option 3: Leave it
If you can’t accept it, change it. If you can’t change it, leave it.”.
After visiting a long standing customer of his in 2018, a leading UK IGU manufacturer, and discussing one particular issue, Robert Owen and his customer decided Options 1 and 3 were no longer acceptable.
The problem requiring a solution, as defined by Robert and his customer:
>Develop a system to automatically load glass panes of various sizes directly from harp carts to an IG Line, or other vertical processing stations. A system which utilises the edge of the glass for handling.
>The solution should ensure a consistent and efficient loading speed for improved production, reduce Health & Safety issues, with the potential to improve quality, in particular with zero damage to glass coatings. The solution should easily complement and integrate into existing glass industry software, with full batch processing control, again, with zero issues.
>The solution should offer a defined and calculable return on customer investment. The solution should be designed, developed, manufactured, installed and supported by recognised glass industry experts in the UK.
The solution to the problem?
As with all the best laid plans, a few unexpected twists and turns along the way. In the true spirit of progress, and with GS-MR’s industry knowledge and tenacity, our end design far exceeds our early specification.
Glass Processing Industry Automation:
The IG-L designed, developed and manufactured in the UK completely by GS-MR.
Proud to be a Member of the Kawasaki Robots UK Preferred Integrator Scheme.
14 JULY 2021 LINKEDIN
GS-MR are delighted to be welcomed into the Kawasaki Robots UK Preferred Integrator Scheme. The technical support given by Kawasaki Robots UK has been second to none.
GS-MR specialise in robotic automated handling systems for the glass and stone industries – systems designed and manufactured by GS-MR in the UK.
With our extensive and proven knowledge of the glass industry,
GS-MR’s robotic and automated solutions, together with our integrated software, bring you, the Customer, multiple benefits including reduced operating costs, improved safety, increased output and profit.
Robotic and automated solutions which clearly demonstrate a measurable return on your investment.
5 JULY 2021 LINKEDIN
This is the IG-L. The Robotic system which unloads glass panes from harp carts/vertical storage systems and then loads onto an IG line/glass vertical transport system.
Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK by GS-MR.