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High-performance, intelligent, low-maintenance Coating

Supplier of complete lines for coating technology including upstream and downstream processes, Grenzebach keeps improving equipment efficiency.

Manufacturers of high-tech glass with highest requirements to architectural aes-thetics and energy efficiency want to surprise their customers with innovations and therefore need coating equipment which allows for flexibility in their portfolio. As a supplier of complete system lines, Grenzebach takes this fact into consideration as well as the running optimization of productivity, energy efficiency and availability of systems. From the raw substrate feeding down to the removal of coated glass and towards the unloading: The solution package comes from a single source; and the Coating experts are also involved in the upstream and downstream processes. „Globally leading glass manufacturers appreciate the wide range - when it comes to the supply of new equipment as well as the upgrade of existing production technology. We are partners for difficult questions about the complete value-added chain“, says Dr. Jens Ellrich, Head of Coating Technology at Grenzebach.

New and upgraded features
Visitors will be able to see a chain of detail improvements on the Coating equip-ment from Grenzebach. This helps to achieve a modular shield and drive system and a higher productivity due to lower maintenance time. The focus is on reduction of downtime and permits higher productivity. A whole series of optimizations contribute to this benefit:

- Gas bar segmentation: Adjustable gas bar segmentation ensures an optimum adaptation to the respective requirements. This leads to a better process control and thus increased productivity.

- Process gas management: The inlet of the process gas directly into the area, where it is needed - at the glass surface in the plasma - in combination with process pumps directly on the cathode lids guarantees highest process stability and optimum reproducibility for lowest possible gas cost.

- Gas separating tunnel: The automatic adaptation of the height of the gas separating tunnel allows a constant gas separating factor for different glass thicknesses, improving process stability, allowing the use of shorter coaters.

For special-purpose applications as they are needed in solar industry or special coatings, the heating of the substrates to 225 degrees Celsius is possible, achieving higher variability in the product portfolio.

In the case of glass gaps of 30 millimeters or less, the coating technology now works even more solidly and reliably. This helps to produce longer campaigns and to reduce the maintenance effort and productivity rises.

The Grenzebach coating equipment is optimized to the lowest floor load possible. For the installation we only need minimum floor reinforcements without special requirements to the foundation. Effect: reduced overall costs.

From the foundations to the finesse of equipment configuration: These have an auto-configuring design. The system automatically identifies the equipment control system, the assignment of pumps, cathodes or empty positions; multi-couplings allow automatic connection to the vacuum, water, current and control system connections.

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Exhibitor: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH