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Glass - Float Cold End, Automotive, Solar

Created by a branch of ABB, STAR has inherited its complete system capabilities and extensive process knowledge about the most advanced glass processing solutions. Our Customers are world's largest multinational groups such as AGC, Fuyao, Guardian, Keraglass, Pilkington, Prevent Glass, Soliver and Zeledyne. Focus on customers and their production needs are a key Value for STAR.
Belonging to ICAPgroup, STAR has two main offices: Italy and China that serve the needs of the automotive and architectural glass industries worldwide.
STAR is also an ABB Certified System Integrator for robotized glass applications and acquired all ABB patents and know-how related to the glass robotic industry.
In glass industry our business can be summarized in the following groups of activities:




Laminated Glass Process

AUTOMATIC ASSEMBLY OF WINDSHIELD

- Cycle Time: 12-20 sec
- Automatic pattern change
- Vision systems to center PVB and to guide the cutting knives
- Vinyl peel-off from stack
- PVB sheet handling
- Glass handling & squaring
- PVB robotic cutting
- PVB Excess evacuation


AUTOMATIC PVB TRIMMING

- Cycle Time: 12-20 sec
- Feedback control of applied force on the edge of the glass
- Auto blades change
- Auto pattern change
- “Soft core” cutting blades
- Off-sets to cutting parameters from HMI
- IRC5 control unit for multiple robots
- From one up to three robots in the trimming process depending on lay-out
- Automatic removing of trimmed PVB and collecting out of fences


BENDING IRON MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

- Detecting of bending iron centring points deformations
- Detecting of bending iron perimeter deformations
- Software interface with line PLC
- On-line display of the measures
- Measurement time: 15 sec
- Vision system
- 2 Laser sensors
- Data storage in Access DB
- In-line measurement


CLEAN ROOM PVB CUTTING

- Vision assisted cutting
- Cutting time up to 13 sec
- Changing (in cycle) blade
- PVB debris collection
- White/colored PVB separation after cutting


REAR MIRROR SOCKET & RAIN SENSOR APPLICATION

- Automatic system for the positioning and gluing of mirror sockets & rain sensors onto automobile windshields in a production line.
- Gluing materials
   - PVB (heating + pressure)
   - Pre-Gluing with Hot Melt
   - SOTEFA (pressure)
   - 3M tape (pressure)
   - PUR (extrusion)
- Preparation of the surface of the components to apply by means of plasma
- Vision system to allow a positioning precision of up to 0.25 mm with respect to a reference mark on the glass
- Automatic replacement of application tools at model change over
- Quality control after application by vision systems
- Universal dispensers for Mirror Button and Rain Sensors
- Integrated cell with autoclave racking


THE GLASS AUTOMATIC SHAPE CHECK

- Measure with contact sensors (LVDT) Measure resolution : 40 um
- Measure repeatibility : ± 0.01 %
- Measure of slope, cumber, surface, dimension
- Measure time < 2  sec.


Cold End Float Lines

Automatic Float Unloading

- Cycle time: 9-12 sec for single plates
- From 2 up to 16 robots in the process
- Glass range: 400 x 600 mm / 3660 x 2700 mm
- Thickness: from 1.6 to 12 mm
- Stacking accuracy +/- 3 mm
- On the fly picking
- Rejected glass defects: dimensions, cracks, edge, ink marks.
- Grippers configuration with glass sizes


MICRO-FLOAT SHEETS PACKAGING

- Size of glass sheets : 500x500 mm to 1900x1400 mm
- Thickness : 0.85 to 3.5 mm
- Cycle Time : 8,5 sec
- Automatic packages identification based on laser sensors
- Semi-automatic variation of gripper dimensions


Tempered Glass Process

AUTOMATIC CLIP SOLDERING ON HEATED BACKLIGHTS

- Energy feedback controlled
- Automatic clip feeding
- In-line soldering quality control (Pull-test)
- Cycle time: 10 sec
- In-line automatic electrical checking of heater grid
- In-line automatic labeling with process parameters


AUTOMATIC LOADING & UNLOADING OF BENDING LEHR

The system:
- Robot with squaring tool
- Vision system for location of the bending iron
- System to open the balanced mobile sides of the bending iron (when required)
- Conveyors (Inner & outer glasses)

The advantages:
- Reduction/cancellation of ergonomic problems
- Reduction of production lost rate due to accidental damages
- Reduction of manpower charge on the production cost
- Increase of the operating reliability
- Consistency of the product quality (capability increase)
- Standardization of operating parameters and production reports
- Easier production programmability


ELECTRICAL CHECK OF HEATED BACKLIGHTS

- 100% Check of the electrical characteristics of heated backlights
- Busbar abrasion
- Continuity
- Resistance Measurement
- Glass Temperature Measurement
- Mark / Tractory of defective backlights
- Statistical data

Main features:
- Range 0.3 - 5 ohms
- Cycle Time: 12 seconds
- Accuracy ± 0.01 ohm
- MIN pitch of lines 10 mm
- 1 or 3 line counter sensors


Paper Machine

The paper feeding system is composed of three items:


-          two paper rolls supports with independent shafts
-          automatic roll replacement mechanism
-          feeding and cutting machine


ROBOTIC LOADING OF TPE INCAPSULATION PRESS

- Cleaner & Primer Preparation
- IR Lamps Heating
- Glass Squaring
- Robotic handling
- Spacers feedings and insertion
- Press open for 10 sec
- Glass positioning +/- 0,2 mm


SEMI-AUTOMATIC SOLDERING ON HEATED BACKLIGHTS

It is a machine for lower production volume, the soldering heads are the same as those installed in automatic machines and their functioning is controlled likewise.

Manual operations :
- loading of a backlight into a pre-registered seat,
- insertion of a terminal into each soldering head,
- starting of the soldering,
- unloading of the backlight.


SIDELIGHTS DE-PALLETIZING

- One or two raws depalletizing
- Interposed string aspiration
- Cycle time: 5,5 sec
- Automatic change over
- Glass conveying


Automotive Glass Value Add

EDGING OF MULTI-LAYER GLASS

- Edging according to the complex 3D design of the car frame
- Hydraulic grinding wheel
- Grinding wheel speed control
- Contact pressure feed-back
- Automatic wheel changing (rough, finishing, polishing)
- Automatic periodical checks of the wheel  wearing
- Grinding wheel refrigeration


PIN & SPACERS APPLICATION

Accurate, reliable and fast gluing of components by vision guide or with reference to glass edge. In line robotic or semiautomatic.


The PUR Direct Glazing

Application of a polyurethane seal all along the glass windows edge with esthetical and protective purpose (patented technology).
Flow rate changeable in two different zones of the profile
Junction directly performed when the polyurethane is steel fluid with no need for intermediate storage and curing.

The extrusion system:
- Extrusion Head
- Polyurethane Feed Pump
- Junction device (optional)