German glass technology provider, Bystronic Glass, has built an insulating glass (IG) production line

Bystronic Glass has built the B’Jumbo XXL, a 165-metre IG production line, which will automatically produce insulating glass of up to 18 metres.

The production line has recently entered service at Thiele Glas, a German glass manufacturer.

Stephen Kammerer, Product Engineering Manager of Bystronic Glass, said: “This production line is an enormous unique step that was previously unheard of and offers the glass processing industry comprehensive new options.

“We are proud to combine our experience in innovation with our glass processing machine understanding which dates back over 50 years and subsequently can launch lines such as the B’Jumbo XXL onto the market.”

Bystronic Glass states that this production line is the 'longest glass production line in the world'. It is also resource-efficient and sustainable.

Mr Kammerer said: “However, sustainability is also extremely important to us.

“Despite all over-dimensions, extreme importance was attached to energy efficiency and sustainable production during the design of the line.”

The B’Jumbo XXL is able to produce insulating glass or façade glass in new dimensions. Its maximum dimensions are 3.30 metres in height and 18 metres in length. The maximum glass that can be processed is up to 10 tonnes.

Mr Kammerer explained: “What also sets it apart from other sealing robots in the glass industry is its automatic material changing system that allows operator-free changing of the sealing material – from polysulphide to silicone for instance – inside two minutes.

“Furthermore, there are several under-gripping options in the discharge area that support the removal of the fully sealed Jumbo units.”

The production line is able to seal even deep spacer setbacks of rectangular units and shaped formats considerably quicker than other robots that are common in the sector, even with the current maximum size.

Pictured: B'Jumbo XXL's semi automatic frame positioner