By Cameron Chai
Praxair, a producer, marketer and distributor of process, atmospheric and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings, and Integrated Automation Systems, a developer of breakthrough manufacturing systems and supplies for insulating glass fabrication firms, have signed a deal to market an innovative technology for insulating glass in doors and windows.
The advanced, patent-pending OptiGas gas-filling system will be introduced and demonstrated by both the companies at the GlassBuild America Expo that is to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 12 to 14, 2011.
The major disadvantage of the conventional gas-filling systems is the huge amount of gas losses ranging from 40 to 70% during the fill. The OptiGas technology uses a proprietary filling process and infuses the accurate quantity of argon, krypton or a mixture of both gases into the insulated glass component at a controlled flow rate. This prevents loss of gases while filling. The innovative gas-filling system can decrease consumption of krypton by nearly 70% per unit. The OptiGas filling system includes a ThermalCert module, which can assess the gas present in doors and windows for content verification.
Integrated Automation Systems has collaborated with Fenetech to develop a software solution for the OptiGas filling system.