ExactaBlend improves bonding and sealing speed for Viracon

  Adhesives and sealants

Insulated glass manufacturer Viracon uses a two-part structural glazing sealant for insulating glass (IG) production on large and high-profile building projects around the world.

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ExactaBlend improves bonding and sealing speed for Viracon
Since installing the Graco® ExactaBlend™ AGP Advanced Glazing Proportioner, Viracon has increased production by 20 percent and achieved quality, health and safety and environmental benefits. Viracon had been using an older mechanical technology that could go off-ratio with mechanical failure and had no feature to alert operators of an off-ratio situation. The company was looking to improve productivity by increasing the speed process speed. 
Viracon, based in Owatonna, Minnesota, produces insulating, laminated, and monolithic glass products for large building projects. The Freedom Tower at the new World Trade Center, the Minnesota Vikings’ Stadium and many of the major Las Vegas casinos are just a few of the well-known buildings in which their glass is found - including at least 5 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings. To succeed at this level, on-time delivery and superior quality are critical.
“We don’t have the luxury of delaying projects,” said Steve DeNeui, Viracon’s senior IG manufacturing engineer. “We work on high-profile jobs and they must be delivered complete and on time. We do not want other contractors waiting on us. We carefully monitor our on-time deliveries and if they fall below 95 percent, we hold a series of meetings to get back on track.”
DeNeui said that the Freedom Tower pushed Viracon to its limits due to the sheer size of the units required – 165 inches tall by 60 inches wide. In fact, the bottom stories of the building had specifications...
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