Laminating Furnace Without Autoclave
Glass Laminating Machine: QX-LM Series
The QX-LM series are professional glass laminating machines for use without an autoclave system. The QX-LM series can laminate EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), DuPont™ SENTRYGLAS® (SG), and PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral).
The QX-LM series consists of two heating tables arranged in line with a movable top hearth that may be positioned over an individual table at a given time. Each table has its own heating and vacuum system that encompasses the whole of their working area. A dual connection on the vacuum pump allows for both tables to be in compression at the same time if so desired. For example, heat/vacuum laminating on one and cool/vacuum material preparation on the other. The QX-LM series utilizes multiple propellers arranged on the top of the movable hearth as a convection system to assure even heat distribution. The upper heating elements are arranged in individually controlled groups for greater heat manipulation. The thermocouples are free moving and can be position directly on the glass to assure a “true” temperature reading. A PLC or simple timer combination assists the operator in introducing the heating recipes for batch production.
The laminating process with use of the QX-LM series works as follows: Glass is first seamed, cleaned, and assembled in sandwich form with the glass as the outer shell and the PVB, SENTRYGLAS®, or EVA film (or EVA+interlayer+EVA) constituting the inner layer(s) of the glass sandwich. The glass sandwich is positioned on the heating tables and the vacuum is drawn. The movable hearth is positioned over the production table and the heating process is initiated. Heating cycles may last anywhere from 60min – 190min depending on the interlayer, glass thickness, and/or type and thickness of interlayer film(s) used. After the heating cycles, the laminated glass is cooled. The movable top hearth may be moved to the other table for next batch production as the finished table is offloaded.
Lamination work may be done for an array of decorative glass, ballistic, or security applications such as for handrails, pointed support walls, and canopies. The PVB, SENTRYGLAS®, or EVA films may each be layered to its own type to achieve desired thickness of the laminate. In addition, decorative interlayers such as fabrics, rice paper, film, and PET may be used with EVA to achieve a desired effect.
*Note: The use of PVB requires additional material handling equipment prior to the actual laminating process. DuPont™ SentryGlas® is designed to withstand high wind forces and has received the Miami Dade County’s Product Control Notice of Acceptance (NAO).
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Cycle production time:
3ph, 220V, 60HZ
float, tempered, heat strengthened glass
60min – 190min
What is EVA?
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate is an interlayer used for laminating glass
EVA has been around for years and is used extensively in Europe and Asia
EVA adhesion to glass occurs at lower temperatures and pressures than traditional PVB film
EVA film is less expensive and easier to handle than PVB film
EVA can be used with other interlayers such as fabrics, rice paper, glow in the dark film, and others.
EVA also comes in comes in varying colors
Today’s EVA films provide optical quality that can rival PVB
What is PVB?
PVB stands for Polyvinyl butyral and is an inter-layer used for laminating glass
PVB has been the preferred inter-layer used in laminating glass. The use of PVB has traditionally required the use of a prepressing machine and autoclave system often placing the process beyond a small to medium shops fabrication budget.
PVB can now be laminated with our non autoclave glass laminating machines.
PVB does require special storage climate controlled conditions.
What is SGP?
SGP stands for SentryGlassPlus and is made by DuPont
SGP is designed for today’s architectural needs and is an excellent choice for handrails and staircase applications
SGP can be effectively processed in our non autoclave glass laminating machine.
SGP offers five times the tear strength 100 times the rigidity of conventional PVB interlayers.
SGP can be difficult to trim and requires special climate controlled storage.
SGP cannot be used with other interlayers
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