Sparklike Oy

Hermannin rantatie 12 A 21, 00580 Helsinki
Finnland
Telefon +358 44 2373770
Fax +358 10 3877707
fana.immonen@sparklike.com

Hallenplan

glasstec 2018 Hallenplan (Halle 14): Stand B38

Geländeplan

glasstec 2018 Geländeplan: Halle 14

Ansprechpartner

Miikkael Niemi

CEO

Telefon
+358 40 7323 272

E-Mail
miikkael.niemi@sparklike.com

Mauri Saksala

Sales Director

Telefon
+358 400 834796

E-Mail
mauri.saksala@sparklike.com

Andreas Kotzke

Sparklike distributor: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Deutschland

Telefon
+49 9101 99 47 17

E-Mail
Andreas.Kotzke@rottler-ruediger.de

Jolene Hu

Sparklike Representative officer - 芬兰斯巴莱克有限公司上海代表处

China

Telefon
+86 13916048414

E-Mail
jolene.hu@sparklike.com

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IG-LINE INTEGRATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Sparklike Oy is proud to introduce their new turnkey Sparklike Online™ system, which allows IG-line integrated and non-destructive insulating glass gas fill analysis for triple and double glazed insulating glass units, even through coated and laminated glasses. 

An operating Sparklike Online™ will be demonstrated, for the first time ever, at this year’s glasstec event. The Sparklike Online™’s dimensions and speed are compatible with all kinds of IG-lines and the level of integration can be adapted based on the customer’s needs and product line requirements.

During the entire trade fair, the visitors have the opportunity to test Sparklike devices™ and to consult with their engineers and sales staff.
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IG-LINE INTEGRATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Sparklike Oy is proud to introduce their new turnkey Sparklike Online™ system, which allows IG-line integrated and non-destructive insulating glass gas fill analysis for triple and double glazed insulating glass units, even through coated and laminated glasses. 

An operating Sparklike Online™ will be demonstrated, for the first time ever, at this year’s glasstec event. The Sparklike Online™’s dimensions and speed are compatible with all kinds of IG-lines and the level of integration can be adapted based on the customer’s needs and product line requirements.

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IG-LINE INTEGRATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Sparklike Oy is proud to introduce their new turnkey Sparklike Online™ system, which allows IG-line integrated and non-destructive insulating glass gas fill analysis for triple and double glazed insulating glass units, even through coated and laminated glasses. 

An operating Sparklike Online™ will be demonstrated, for the first time ever, at this year’s glasstec event. The Sparklike Online™’s dimensions and speed are compatible with all kinds of IG-lines and the level of integration can be adapted based on the customer’s needs and product line requirements.

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IG-LINE INTEGRATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Sparklike Oy is proud to introduce their new turnkey Sparklike Online™ system, which allows IG-line integrated and non-destructive insulating glass gas fill analysis for triple and double glazed insulating glass units, even through coated and laminated glasses. 

An operating Sparklike Online™ will be demonstrated, for the first time ever, at this year’s glasstec event. The Sparklike Online™’s dimensions and speed are compatible with all kinds of IG-lines and the level of integration can be adapted based on the customer’s needs and product line requirements.

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Produktkategorien

  • 03  Glasprodukte und Glasanwendungen
  • 03.07  Verarbeitetes Flachglas
  • 03.07.02  Transparente Glasfassadensysteme
  • 03.07.02.05  Sonstige Fassadensysteme
  • 05  Messtechnik, Antriebstechnik, Steuertechnik, Regeltechnik und Software
  • 05.01  Messtechnik und Regeltechnik, Sensorik
  • 05.01.01  Messen und Regeln
  • 05.01.01.04  Messen und Regeln der Glasdicke
  • 05  Messtechnik, Antriebstechnik, Steuertechnik, Regeltechnik und Software
  • 05.01  Messtechnik und Regeltechnik, Sensorik
  • 05.01.02  Inspektionstechnologie
  • 05.01.02.02  Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gaszusammensetzung
  • 05  Messtechnik, Antriebstechnik, Steuertechnik, Regeltechnik und Software
  • 05.01  Messtechnik und Regeltechnik, Sensorik
  • 05.01.02  Inspektionstechnologie
  • 05.01.02.03  Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gasfüllgrade
  • 05  Messtechnik, Antriebstechnik, Steuertechnik, Regeltechnik und Software
  • 05.01  Messtechnik und Regeltechnik, Sensorik
  • 05.01.03  Baustellenmessgeräte
  • 05  Messtechnik, Antriebstechnik, Steuertechnik, Regeltechnik und Software
  • 05.01  Messtechnik und Regeltechnik, Sensorik
  • 05.01.05  Regelungstechnik und Automatisierungstechnik
  • 05  Messtechnik, Antriebstechnik, Steuertechnik, Regeltechnik und Software
  • 05.03  Leitsysteme, IT-, Kommunikations- und Sicherheitstechnik
  • 05.03.03  Prozessleitsysteme
  • 06  Contracting, Consulting, Engineering, Dienstleistungen

Unsere Produkte

Produktkategorie: Gasfüllgeräte und Gasanlagen, Isolierglas, Sonstige Fassadensysteme, Messen und Regeln der Glasdicke, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gaszusammensetzung, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gasfüllgrade, Baustellenmessgeräte, Regelungstechnik und Automatisierungstechnik, Prozessleitsysteme, Contracting, Consulting, Engineering, Dienstleistungen

Restsauerstoffanalyse

Die SPARKLIKE Laser™ Produktlinie basiert auf der TDLAS-Lasertechnik und misst Restsauerstoff in zwei und dreifach Isolierglaseinheiten zerstörungsfrei. Der ermittelte Füllgrad wird nach der Messung angezeigt.

Vorteile der zerstörungsfreien Messung mit SPARKLIKE Laser™
  1. Messung des Restsauerstoffes bei zwei- und dreifach Isolierglaseinheiten mit beschichteten und laminierten Gläsern in einem Vorgang!
  2. Genaue Bestimmung des Elementaufbaus sowie der Scheibenzwischenräume!
  3. Die Messung kann an jeder sinnvollen Stelle im Produktionsprozess stattfinden, bis hin zur Integration in die IG-Linie!
  4. 100% Kontrolle jederzeit möglich, da die Messung direkt an der Kundenscheibe vorgenommen werden kann, ohne diese zu verletzen.
Drei Varianten sind erhältlich:
  1. SPARKLIKE Laser Standard™, die Stand-alone-Lösung für Testlabore und stationäre Messungen.
  2. SPARKLIKE Laser Portable™, die mobile Mess-Station mit integrierten Komponenten, geschützt durch einen stabilen, luftbereiften Trolley, der mit Akku für die nötige Mobilität im Produktionsbetrieb oder auf der Baustelle sorgt.
  3. SPARKLIKE Online™, die maßgeschneiderte Integration in die jeweilige Produktionslinie sorgt für die automatisierte Eigenüberwachung. Anwender Zum Anwenderkreis zählen der qualitätsbewusste Isolierglashersteller, Fensterbauer, sowie Fassadenberater und Prüfinstitute.
Hersteller und Vertrieb
Die Firma SPARKLIKE ist bekannt für ihre non-invasiven Methoden der Restsauerstoffmessung und Gasanalyse. Seit über 15 Jahren setzen die Geräte aus Finnland weltweit den Standard auf diesem Gebiet.

Im deutschsprachigen Raum werden die Geräte von ROTTLER UND RÜDIGER UND PARTNER vertrieben, die sich seit mehr als 30 Jahren mit Restsauerstoffmessung befassen und auf vielen weiteren Gebieten Ihr kompetenter Ansprechpartner sind.

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LAUNCH: SPARKLIKE ONLINE™ - TURNKEY SOLUTION FOR IG-LINE INTEGRATED NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT

SPARKLIKE ONLINE™ : IG-LINE INTEGRATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT

Sparklike Oy is proud to introduce their new turnkey Sparklike Online™ system, which allows IG-line integrated and non-destructive insulating glass gas fill analysis for triple and double glazed insulating glass units, even through coated and laminated glasses. 

An operating Sparklike Online™ will be demonstrated, for the first time ever, at this year’s glasstec event. The Sparklike Online™’s dimensions and speed are compatible with all kinds of IG-lines and the level of integration can be adapted based on the customer’s needs and product line requirements.

Sparklike Online™ is based on laser technology (TDLAS). The devices measure oxygen, and the results are converted to argon, krypton and other insulating gases.  The device is based on Sparklike patented and proprietary technology. All Sparklike Laser devices are developed and manufactured in Finland.

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Produktkategorie: Gasfüllgeräte und Gasanlagen, Isolierglas, Sonstige Fassadensysteme, Messen und Regeln der Glasdicke, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gaszusammensetzung, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gasfüllgrade, Baustellenmessgeräte, Regelungstechnik und Automatisierungstechnik, Prozessleitsysteme, Contracting, Consulting, Engineering, Dienstleistungen

ONSITE NON-DESTRUCTIVE INSULATING GAS MEASUREMENT

SPARKLIKE LASER PORTABLE™ : ONSITE NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT

Measurement can be done for triple and double glazed IGU's with coatings and laminations.

Sparklike Laser Portable™ is based on laser technology (TDLAS). The devices measure oxygen, and the results are converted to argon, krypton and other insulating gases. Sparklike Laser Portable™ has the whole system integrated into a robust case with wheels and a battery for mobility in factories and building sites.

The device is based on Sparklike patented and proprietary technology. All Sparklike Laser devices are developed and manufactured in Finland.

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Produktkategorie: Gasfüllgeräte und Gasanlagen, Isolierglas, Sonstige Fassadensysteme, Messen und Regeln der Glasdicke, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gaszusammensetzung, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gasfüllgrade, Baustellenmessgeräte, Regelungstechnik und Automatisierungstechnik, Prozessleitsysteme, Contracting, Consulting, Engineering, Dienstleistungen

OFFLINE NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT

SPARKLIKE LASER STANDARD™ : OFFLINE DEVICE FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT

Measurement can be done for triple and double glazed IGU's with coatings and laminations.

Sparklike Laser Standard™ is based on laser technology (TDLAS). The devices measure oxygen, and the results are converted to argon, krypton and other insulating gases. Sparklike Laser Standard™ is an offline solution frequently used by test laboratories and as a desktop alternative for portable or online devices.

The device is based on Sparklike patented and proprietary technology. All Sparklike Laser devices are developed and manufactured in Finland.

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Produktkategorie: Gasfüllgeräte und Gasanlagen, Isolierglas, Sonstige Fassadensysteme, Messen und Regeln der Glasdicke, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gaszusammensetzung, Messen und Kontrollieren/Inspektion der Gasfüllgrade, Baustellenmessgeräte, Regelungstechnik und Automatisierungstechnik, Prozessleitsysteme, Contracting, Consulting, Engineering, Dienstleistungen

NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON AND KRYPTON MEASUREMENT

SPARKLIKE HANDHELD™: NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT FOR DOUBLE GLAZED IGU'S

The device is portable and battery operated, thus being practical and quick to use with a measurement time of 2 seconds!

Sparklike Handheld™ has become the industry standard for non-invasive measurement - and used by IG manufacturers, window and door manufacturers, testing laboratories, building quality inspectors and construction consultants worldwide.

The device is based on Sparklike patented and proprietary technology. All Sparklike Laser devices are developed and manufactured in Finland.

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12.09.2018

LAUNCH: SPARKLIKE ONLINE™ - TURNKEY SYSTEM FOR IG-LINE INTEGRATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE ARGON MEASUREMENT

Sparklike Oy is proud to introduce their new turnkey Sparklike Online™ system that allows IG-line integrated and non-destructive measurement of argon concentration for triple and double glazed insulating glass units, also through coatings and laminated glasses. Sparklike Online™, along with Sparklike's entire product range, will be on display at glasstec 2018 at Sparklike's stand number 14B38.

Sparklike Online™ is a turnkey solution that is integrated directly into the insulating glass line. This innovative system is developed and manufactured in Finland, and based on Sparklike’s patented and proprietary technology. With Sparklike Online™, the IG manufacturers are able to confirm the proper functioning of the gas press, in an automated way. Something that was not possible before. Finally, the use of Sparklike Online™ ensures that the end-user receives an IGU with the gas concentration that complies with industry norms, regulations, as well as customer expectations.

An operating Sparklike Online™ will be demonstrated at this year’s glasstec event, held in Düsseldorf between the 23rd and the 26th of October 2018. The visitors have the possibility to test out Sparklike’s entire product range at stand number 14B38. As the developer and manufacturer of world's first and only non-destructive argon measurement devices, Sparklike offers argon measurement solutions for standard double glazed IGU's and triple and double glazed IGU's with coatings and laminated glasses.

“We are proud to finally offer IG-manufacturers worldwide a turnkey possibility to install a measuring system directly to the IG line. Similar installations have already been realised with our Sparklike Laser™ measuring components, but now everything is available ready-made, including installation, commissioning and training, " says Mr. Mauri Saksala, Sales Director of Sparklike Oy.

“The Sparklike Online™’s dimensions and speed are compatible with all kinds of IG lines and the level of integration can be adapted based on the customer’s needs and product line requirements. The manufacturing of the first two systems has already started. We have no doubt that this highly anticipated system will receive a lot of attention, during and after glasstec,” Mr. Saksala continues.

The ever-growing popularity of Sparklike devices™ is due to the fact that this agile and innovation driven Nordic company – that holds various patents for their never-before-seen technology – is continuously able to develop their expanding offering to correspond to industry requirements. In other words, Sparklike devices™ allow the IG manufacturers, window and door manufacturers, testing laboratories, building quality inspectors as well as construction consultants worldwide the possibility to measure the gas concentration of IG units in a fast, economic and non-destructive way.

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17.07.2018

SPARKLIKE HANDHELD™ GIVEAWAY

In honour of the 25th glasstec trade fair, and to celebrate the continuous success of their devices, Sparklike is happy to give their Sparklike Handheld™device to one lucky winner!

Sparklike Handheld™ devices enable non-destructive insulating glass gas fill analysis of standard double glazed IGU's. The device is quick and easy to use, with a measurement time of only 2 seconds.

This device – as all Sparklike devices™ – is based on Sparklike patented and proprietary technology. The technology behind the devices is plasma emission spectroscopy, where a high voltage spark is launched in the IG unit's cavity causing a light emission which is observed and analyzed further.

Ever since Sparklike released Sparklike Handheld™'s predecessor, Gasglass 1001 in the market during the early 2000s, the device has become the industry standard, worldwide. The device is being used daily by world leading insulating glass manufacturers, testing laboratories and window manufacturers.

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31.05.2018

RESULTS FROM INDEPENDENT TESTING OF SPARKLIKE LASER™ DEVICE

A common insulating enhancement in modern insulating glass (IG) unit is filling it with argon or krypton gas. Insulating glass units (IGU) have higher and higher performance needs, and the requirements in insulating gas (IG) market are growing all the time. The challenges are confirming the correct filling degree and ensuring that the initial gas concentration will remain inside the insulating glass unit (IGU). Different markets have different standards for gas concentration, but usually the gas content needs to meet or exceed 90% with a margin. Although invasive methods have their advantages, insulating glass industry specialist are looking for new ways to analyze the insulating gas fill.

Traditionally gas concentration has been measured with a gas chromatograph, an invasive test device to analyse gas concentration within double and triple glazed insulating glass units. However, Sparklike Oy is the developer and manufacturer of Sparklike Laser™ devices, that allow non-destructive insulating gas fill analysis for double and triple glazed insulating glass units, even through most coatings and laminated glasses. Sparklike Laser™ devicesare based on technology known as TDLAS (Tuneable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy). By using this technology, the device measures oxygen and from there, the amount of argon, krypton or other insulating gas can be calculated.

Sparklike Oy requested ift Rosenheim, a well-known test laboratory to perform a test in order to determine the argon gas concentration in insulating glass units by using a particularly challenging test specimen. This test specimen included samples with different constructions i.e. clear glass, triple glazed units as well as laminated glass with different coatings. The purpose of the test was to verify the results from measurements done with Sparklike Laser Standard™ analyzer, by using gas chromatograph as a reference device.

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25.04.2018

AUTOMATED AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE GAS ANALYSIS FOR INSULATING GLASS UNITS

The following specialist article discusses the development of Sparklike Laser™ product line and most importantly, the newest member of the product line, Sparklike Laser Online™ device. These devices allow automated measurement of insulating gas fill without breaking the insulating glass unit (IGU) or without having any extra components inside. Furthermore, this laser based technology enables the insulating gas analysis of triple and double glazed IGU's, even through coatings and laminated glasses. 

This article was written based on an interview with Mr. Kai Niiranen, the R&D Engineer at Sparklike Oy, the person who has developed the never-before-seen analysis technology. Mr. Niiranen has held the position as Sparklike’s R&D Engineer since 2011.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE DEVICES

Mr. Niiranen developed the product line to correspond to the changes in the insulating glass industry, where an ever-increasing number of IGU's are manufactured with coating on both sides. Thus, a new technology was needed to enable non-destructive gas concentration measurement through coatings and laminated glasses. 

Before the development and manufacturing of the product line, Sparklike was selling Sparklike Handheld™ devices that have since then become the industry standard when analysing the argon or krypton concentration for standard double glazed IGU's.


TUNEABLE DIODE LASER ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY

All devices within the product line are based on TDLAS (Tuneable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy). By using this technology, the device measures oxygen and from there, the amount of argon, krypton or other insulating gas, can be calculated. When measuring the gas concentration inside an IG unit, the laser beam goes through the first pane and is reflected to the detector from the first surface of the second pane. In addition, with a triple insulating glass units, the laser beam goes through two panes and is reflected from the third pane.  Finally, in order to get the focused laser beam to the correct measuring point, the IG dimensions are first scanned. This is done by moving the focused laser beam through the IG and collecting the reflected signal in order to obtain accurate dimensions of the IG. This, in return, enables the calculation of the gas concentration(s).  


AUTOMATED QUALITY CONTROL FOR IGU'S

As the product line was developed to correspond to the changes in the IG industry, Mr. Niiranen first developed the Sparklike Laser Standard™ device, which is an offline solution for test laboratories and desktop use. However, it quickly became evident that another version of this popular device was needed, since the customers were requesting to be able to move the device around the factory and building site. Therefore, the Sparklike Engineers integrated the laser device into a robust case with wheels and a battery that allows up to three hours of cordless operation. This version was later labelled as Sparklike Laser Portable™.

The third and latest addition to the product line is Sparklike Laser Online™.  This device was developed since the customers were looking for a way to conduct automated quality control. In other words, the online version is a custom-made solution that is integrated directly into the insulating glass line.

The equipment consists of three different parts: a 16 kilo main unit of 500 x 350 x 132 (L x W x H, in mm), a 6 kilo measuring head of 200 x 90 x 350 ( L x W x H, in mm), as well as of a handy 10,1” touch screen display that comes with a pen.

Furthermore, every device comes with the Laser Software by Sparklike, which is run in the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system. To enhance the device's user-friendliness, there are several language options available for the software: English, German and French. Other language options, such as Spanish and Italian, will soon be available. 

What makes Sparklike Laser Online™ an automated analysis device, is the possibility to create an integration between the device and the IG line. This communication is done by using an Ethernet port. The communication itself is HEX coded ASCII text. The system developed by Sparklike Engineers is reading the port and sending data back according to the communication protocol. To ensure an easy-to-use protocol, all the commands and replies have pre-determined lengths. 

In addition, specific commands enable the measurement of the IGU in sync with the production line. This, on the other hand, allows a much shorter measurement cycle. In this way the measurement time can be reduced even down to 9 seconds when measuring double glazed units, and all the way to 15 seconds when analysing triple glazed IGU's. In other words, the measurement time depends on the settings and the nature of the IG structure. Finally, the data logging capacity is equal to the other members of the production line, which is SSD Storage (15 GB), USB/Network transfer. Therefore, the data logging capability of the devices is virtually unlimited.

The ever-growing popularity of Sparklike devices™ is due to the fact that they offer the IG and window manufacturers, as well as test laboratories the possibility to analyse the gas concentration of IG units in a fast, economic and non-destructive way. Furthermore, with Sparklike devices™, the IG manufacturers are able to confirm the proper functioning of the gas press, in an automated way. Something that was not possible before. This, on the other hand, ensures that the end-user receives an IGU with the gas concentration that complies with industry norms, regulations, as well as customer expectations, 

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20.12.2017

WHY CALIBRATE AND SERVICE YOUR QUALITY CONTROL EQUIPMENT ANNUALLY?

This article was written based on an interview with M.Sc. (Chem.) Santtu Jolkkonen, Sparklike's Service and Maintenance Manager, who has been working as technical support specialist for Sparklike over a decade. The topic was centered around the question why should quality control equipment be serviced regularly. In order to find compelling argumentation to this question, Mr. Jolkkonen used analysis data that clearly showed an important decline in the measurement accuracy for quality control devices that had not gone through annual calibration and maintenance. Furthermore, Mr. Jolkkonen made important reference to the popular concept of The Rule of Ten, according to which improper maintenance of quality control equipment can lead to hidden costs and risks to multiply by 10-fold.

"In order to better understand the need for annual calibration for any equipment, let alone for devices that are used daily for quality control, a good starting point is to compare the device's measurement accuracy before and after the device has undergone appropriate calibration and maintenance service." Mr. Jolkkonen says.

The device's measurement accuracy and precision increase significantly after its maintenance and re-calibration. The results Mr. Jolkkonen is referring to are from 25 Sparklike Handheld™ devices for which Mr. Jolkkonen performed calibration and maintenance service. These devices have been developed to analyze insulating glass gas fill without breaking the insulating glass unit (IGU).

"It's clear that the amount of the errors and how much device's maintenance is overdue, are almost directly proportional. However, the direction of the error is not linear. In other words, the error could be +1 % today and -1,5 % next week", Mr. Jolkkonen says. "It's clear that the accuracy and precision of the measurements are key elements when evaluating product quality," he concludes.

"Like any other measurement device, also Sparklike devices™ allow reference measurements with the goal of adjusting the measurement results by using calculated coefficient figures. However, it is important to remember that this will lead to reduced measurement accuracy due to the lack of reproducibility and repeatability of the measurement results. That is, if the device does not undergo proper annual maintenance. This is partly caused by the fact that instrumental analysis devices contain multiple wear and tear parts that require annual revision. In the case of Sparklike Handheld™ devices, this means the replacement of oxygen filters, optical fiber and electrodes. When left unrevised, this can cause severe deficiencies in measurement accuracy," Mr Jolkkonen continues.

In addition, in order to gain further understanding what neglecting to ensure proper calibration and maintenance to your quality control equipment can cause, it's important to observe what happens to the device measurement accuracy over time. It quickly became evident how profound effect annual maintenance has on instrumental analysis devices. "When the device has not been services for the last 12 to 18 months, device's measurement accuracy reduces by 50%. More alarmingly, if the annual calibration is overdue by 24 months, the device measurement accuracy can be reduced by even 100%, " Mr. Jolkkonen summarizes.

Another equally important reason for annual calibration and maintenance of quality control devices is avoiding the hidden costs and risks associated to imperfect production quality measures. "In the past, insulating glass manufacturers might have hesitated on using their resources to acquire comprehensive quality control equipment. However, it's important to realize that these hidden cost and risks associate to improper production quality processes are much greater than the cost of quality equipment itself, " Mr. Jolkkonen says. The following figure number 2 clearly demonstrates how much of the actual costs are due to the hidden cost of errors.

Furthermore, at every step of the supply chain, the costs and/or risks due to poor quality multiply in 10-fold. Once a low-quality product moves forward in the supply chain, the costs due to production errors multiply 10-folds. This phenomenon is known in the literature as The Rule of Ten.

The total quality cost is a sum of the costs of control and the costs of failure of control. The supply chain includes steps starting from the beginning of the production line all the way until the installation of the windows has been done. At this point, the risks and/or costs are already 1000 times greater than in the beginning.

"In the end of the day, every company is as good as the quality of their devices and services. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that any company would voluntarily give competitive advantage to their competition due to their improper quality management," Mr. Jolkkonen concludes.

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29.11.2017

STANDARDS, QUALITY CONTROL AND SAFETY MEASURES WITHIN INSULATING GLASS INDUSTRY

Before insulating glass became common place, many of the producers where small family owned companies. The reputation and continued operation of those small shops depended on the quality and durability of the units they produced. This is still true of the larger manufacturers with production facilities throughout North America, and why not also for the rest of the world. Quality is still high on manufactures priority as competition demands longer life and longer warranties.

In addition to quality, safety has also always been important in the insulating glass industry. Most managers and owners recognize that glass can be dangerous, and workers can never let down their guard. Although there are still accidents, continued safety training, safety committees, and government regulations have helped keep the losses low. Trade organizations like the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) review incidents and near misses for the member companies. It is the hope that these discussions will cause the manufacturers to look for similar circumstance in their own facilities and take corrective action to prevent future accidents.

There is always room for improvement, eventhough important steps have already been taken. For a long time there has been an important commitment by most manufacturers to build insulating glass units which met or exceeded the current standards for finished IG units. This commitment continued as the standards were improved from CBA testing with ASTM E773 and E774 though the North American Harmonized Standard (HIGGS) to today’s ASTM 2188.

In brief, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) uses committees to develop fair unbiased methods to test and evaluate insulating glass units. Committees, task groups and subcommittees write standards, which are reviewed by ASTM and sent out for consideration and ballot by industry members. Existing standards are updated on a regular basis and new standards are developed as new equipment or products are produced.

The following specialist interview was written to further discuss standards, quality control and safety measures mainly within the North American construction and insulating glass industry. This article was written based on an interview with Mr. Mike Burk, who has been working in the technical and training areas of the insulating glass industry for over twenty-five years. Mr. Burk’s introduction to the insulating glass industry was as a field service technician, installing automated manufacturing equipment. Furthermore, Mike Burk has the experience and skills to develop a world class quality management and continuous improvement programs. He is also the chair of the IGMA Glass Safety Awareness Council, and served as a member of the Technical Services Committee and a past chair of the Certification and Education Committee. In addition to many IGMA presentations, Mike Burk has presented glass safety seminars and webinars for GANA, Fenestration Canada, NGA, GED Integrated Solutions and Quanex Building Products. Mr. Burk is currently working as North America Technical Representative for Sparklike Oy.

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Firmenporträt

Messung des Restsauerstoffes bei zwei- (Sparklike Handheld™) und dreifach (Sparklike Laser™ und Sparklike Handheld™) Isolierglaseinheiten mit beschichteten und laminierten Gläsern in einem Vorgang!

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Unternehmensdaten

Exportanteil

> 75%

Anzahl der Beschäftigten

11-30

Zielgruppen
  • Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
  • Herstellung, Bearbeitung und Veredelung
  • Architektur / Bau
  • Fenster und Fassade