Glaston showcased smart glass, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) at glasstec in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The glass processor and Heliotrope Technologies in California have been working closely towards the commercialisation of Heliotrope’s colloidal nanocrystal-based NanoEC technology for dynamic glazing since late 2015.

With the project advancing on schedule, the companies will prepare for the commercial launch of the first pilot line in spring 2019.

Arto Metsänen, CEO & President at Glaston Corporation, said: “Smart glass has an enormous potential and the smart glass market is expected to grow significantly in the next few years. As a frontrunner in glass processing technology, our aim is to be the industry developer and accelerator for emerging technologies. By doing so we can combine commercial targets with societal needs.”

Glaston has made extensive investments in R&D and is heading towards automated processes and real-time customer support.

During glasstec, it presented how AI and AR are used in glass processing services.

Sasu Koivumäki, SVP at Glaston Machines business area, said: “Our progressive solutions, like Insight Assistant, gives operators their own assistant to automatically achieve the best furnace settings based on measured glass information. And Insight Reporting enables glass processors to monitor their machinery online, improving production from anywhere in the world.”

Glaston also showcased lamination technology with AR that enables glass processors to reach a higher level of productivity and performance.

Interest in Glaston’s advantageous ProL-zone upgrade solution has been growing briskly. Over the last few years, Glaston has carried out numerous ProL-zone upgrades worldwide.

Artturi Mäki, SVP at Glaston Services business area, said: “The upgrade cuts the cost of modernising an existing line and reduces downtime, while enabling higher productivity and significant energy savings as a final result.”

Pictured: Glaston’s Insight Assistant