Sapphire invests in IGU automation

Sapphire Glass Merchants has invested in automated Super Spacer application technology.

The Hinckley-based company has been using Super Spacer to provide IGUs to trade and retail customers around the region for over 15 years.

However, by 2021, Sapphire had reached the point where the many benefits of embracing automation were becoming increasingly hard to ignore, as director, Stefan O’Meara, explained.

“We’ve seen huge success with Super Spacer and the outstanding IGUs it’s allowed us to offer.

“However, we began to realise we were reaching the limit of what we could achieve with the spacer application process we’d been using.

“We knew automation made sense – it would allow us to do more, more quickly and efficiently, and to an even higher standard.

Ian Pickard, director of operations added: “Automation technology can be a major investment. That’s why we decided to acquire a pre-used, refurbished automated line – which has allowed us to benefit from all those advantages, but at a fraction of the cost.”

Edgetech head of sales, Tony Palmer, commented: “By far, automation is the best long-term strategy for boosting productivity and improving quality in IGU production.

“Switching to a high-speed automated Super Spacer line can yield major savings and increase output by 18%.

“We’re delighted that a manufacturer as respected and committed to quality as Sapphire Glass Merchants has seen the many benefits of automating its spacer-application process, and decided to invest.”