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Super Spacer celebrates 30th birthday

Super Spacer's 30th birthday

What were you doing in 1989? Indiana Jones was in the cinemas, Madonna was in the charts – and in the slightly less day-glo world of fenestration, Super Spacer® was released to market.

Super Spacer wasn’t the first warm-edge spacer. They’ve been around for generations – as far back as 1865, in fact, American inventor Thomas D Stetson was patenting double-glazed windows that used wood or rope to separate glass panes.

But Super Spacer was the first foam warm-edge spacer – and it was only with its launch that the warm-edge concept in general really took off.

Rather than metal, Super Spacer was made with heat-insulating foam, over 950 times less conductive than aluminium, and significantly more productive for manufacturers.

 

Thirty years later, Super Spacer is still the leading foam warm-edge spacer on the market.

Companies around the world use it to complete ambitious architectural projects.

It’s recently been used in Dubai’s striking Museum of the Future, and in renovations to the Eiffel Tower – and, increasingly, to automate window production, and manufacture products that offer outstanding performance.

That’s because Super Spacer units can be manufactured in under twenty seconds. Even using our most basic, entry-level manual application tools, we’ve seen some people make a unit with it in under 15 seconds.

Upgrade to a fully-automated Super Spacer line, and the efficiency gains drastically increase. A nine-person line applying traditional rigid spacers can produce around 1,200 units every shift.

A high-speed automated Super Spacer line, by contrast, can produce 23.5% more units and requires just 3 employees to operate. In total, that equals savings of approximately £180,000 every year.

But that’s just the beginning of the potential benefits of switching to Super Spacer. Competitor products don’t just take longer to apply, they’re a lot more labour-intensive too.

Your average rigid spacer has to be cut into bar length form, made into a frame, have PIB applied and be filled with desiccant beads before it can be used.

With Super Spacer the between seven and nine processes that go into making an IGU the traditional way are cut to just three.

In an era of increasing skills shortages, Super Spacer is more relevant than ever, even three decades after its introduction.

That’s an astounding achievement. How many other products can you think of that are still helping their customers achieve optimal efficiency and performance thirty years after their launch?

That’s why, at this year’s FIT Show, we’ll be celebrating Super Spacer’s incredible career with a thirtieth birthday party at our stand on Tuesday evening. We hope to see you on stand C24 within the Visit Glass area to help us celebrate!

 

Edgetech goes the extra mile to support Senior Glass Systems

Edgetech team in action

Leading British IGU manufacturer Senior Glass Systems has praised Edgetech’s commitment to going the extra mile for its customers.

The Scarborough firm uses Edgetech’s highest performance Super Spacer product T-Spacer to offer exceptional product quality, outstanding thermal efficiency and speedy lead times to commercial customers nationwide.

But Edgetech’s expertise doesn’t stop at spacer, as Senior’s Managing Director Rebecca Castle explains:

“What we love about working with Edgetech is that they’re willing and able to support us across the board.

“They’re warm-edge experts – but they’ve got a huge amount of knowledge about all the other aspects of IGU manufacturing too.

“Tony Palmer, our key account manager at Edgetech, has thirty-five years’ experience in the field. He’s proved to be an extremely valuable source of support and advice over the years, on everything from specifically spacer-related processes like PIB application, to more general issues like gas-filling and unit testing.

“We’re also able to draw on the vast technical expertise of Edgetech’s Technical Development Manager, Gary Shoesmith, who’s always a huge help.”

Tony Palmer comments: “Doing the right thing has always been an integral part of the Edgetech ethos – and that means helping our customers however we can.

“We never say, “We’re just a spacer manufacturer, and that’s all we’ll support you with”. At Edgetech, we’re lucky enough to employ people with decades of expertise in all aspects of IGU manufacturing, and if any of us can help address an issue a customer is having, we’ll do it.

“A critical part of our three-step strategy for the years ahead is what we call ‘Customers at the Centre’. It’s our commitment to prioritising the needs of the IGU businesses we work with in everything we do – and as we implement it, we’re already seeing ways to further expand our market-leading support services.

“Senior Glass Systems is a fantastic IGU business, and it’s always a pleasure working with them!”

For more information please visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Edgetech to unveil new innovations at FIT 2019

Edgetech FIT Show Stand 2019

Warm-edge experts Edgetech will launch a state-of-the-art product at FIT Show 2019.

From the 21st-23rd May, the respected firm will be showcasing the new offering, alongside a whole range of other cutting-edge innovations, to thousands of visitors from right across UK fenestration.

Edgetech’s stand will form part of VISIT Glass, the new show-within-a-show entirely dedicated to glass manufacturing, processing and installation.

There, visitors will be able to see live demonstrations of both Edgetech’s best-in-class spacer products and its intuitive new online ordering system.

What’s more, Edgetech’s Commercial Projects Manager Joe Erb will be flying in from the US to give a daily seminar, and, on the Tuesday night, the company will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flagship Super Spacer with a party at its stand.

“We always look forward to the FIT Show, but this one is shaping up to be particularly special,” comments Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson.

“We’ll be taking the opportunity to celebrate Super Spacer’s astounding success over three decades with friends throughout the industry. We’ll be introducing customers to our new e-commerce system. And, after a lot of intensive research and development behind the scenes, we’ll be unveiling a cutting-edge new spacer product for the very first time.

“I’m also delighted that Joe Erb, one of Edgetech’s most senior and long-serving employees, will be making the journey to share his wisdom with us!

“What’s more, we’re sponsoring the VISIT Glass bar – so head down and have a drink on us! We look forward to seeing you in May.”

Edgetech’s biggest FIT Show yet

FIT Show 2019 logo

Charlotte Mercer, Edgetech’s Head of Marketing, explains why FIT Show 2019 is shaping up to be so special.

At Edgetech, we always look forward to exhibitions. We were early supporters of the FIT Show and have exhibited each year since it launched.

It’s not just a great way of raising your profile – it’s an invaluable opportunity to take the temperature of the industry and get a feel for where it’s heading.
But this year, it’s shaping up to be particularly special for us for two reasons.

One – Super Spacer is celebrating its thirtieth birthday.

Over three decades, it’s blazed a trail in the world warm-edge spacer market, and been installed in millions of homes right around the globe.

Thirty years later, Super Spacer is still the leading foam warm-edge spacer. Companies around the world use it to complete ambitious architectural projects like Dubai’s striking Museum of the Future, and in renovations to the Eiffel Tower.

Its increasingly in demand as a way of automating window production, and manufacturing products that offer outstanding performance, too.

So what better place to mark those incredible achievements than at the biggest event in the glazing industry calendar?

Two – we’re releasing a brand-new product!

We’re not going to spoil the surprise beforehand though so you’ll have to head over to our stand to find out.

This year, you’ll find us as part of VISIT Glass, the exciting new show-within-a-show aimed at giving glass manufacturing, processing and installation a national platform.

The VISIT Glass section will combine key exhibitors representing leading brands with thought-provoking seminars on the hottest topics in glass and glazing – including ones from one of our most senior staff members!

We’re incredibly excited that our Commercial Sales Specialist, Joe Erb, will also be flying in from the US to give a daily seminar.

With a quarter of a century of fenestration sector expertise under his belt, Joe is chairman of America’s Insulating Glass Certification Council, and one of our most experienced and longest-serving employees.

He’s also a regular contributor to a number of American and Canadian glazing publications, and for more than a decade has been making technical presentations to some of the world’s largest construction, architectural and consulting firms.

Today, he takes the lead in growing Edgetech’s presence in the commercial and architectural markets.

His FIT Show presentation will focus on changing trends in the architectural sector, including the rising importance of shaped units, sustainability, and automated manufacturing.
He’ll also touch on the dramatic rise of traditionally commercial products in the residential sector, like bifold and wide-span patio doors.

What’s more, on the Tuesday night, we’ll mark Super Spacer’s 30th anniversary with a party at our stand!

It’s a chance to celebrate the market leadership that led us to launch the world’s first foam warm edge spacer – and the continuing commitment to evolution that’s fuelled the development of our latest product.

But as well as taking the opportunity to celebrate Super Spacer’s astounding success over three decades with friends throughout the industry, we’ll be introducing customers to our new e-commerce and technical support systems too as part of our digital transformation.

All in all, it’s shaping up to be our most memorable FIT Show yet – and we hope to see as many of you as possible at stand C24 in May!

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