Whether you're making window glass, automobile glass or soap dishes, you're going to need the right glass processing machinery to get the job done. Cut and shape glass with machines that grind, bevel and make straight-line edges or double edges. You may also need to mill, groove, polish, seam or drill glass depending on the type of job you are doing.
When it comes to glass processing equipment, it comes down to the type of glass you are making. Glass processing machinery that makes automobile glass may not be right for you if you're making glass doors for china cabinets or artistic glass products. When it comes time to choosing glass processing machines, keep a few things in mind:
1. Check out which glass processing machinery manufacturers have the best equipment for your type of work.
2. Decide whether you can make do with smaller equipment or whether you'll need industrial glass-processing machinery.
3. Consider used glass processing equipment if you're starting up a shop and want to keep start-up costs down.
Find glass manufacturing machinery for your industryGlass processing can include burning, blowing, annealing, grinding, cutting, beveling and much more, depending on what you use glass for. Most glass machinery manufacturers make their equipment for a particular type of industry products such as safety glass, optical glass, art glass or window glass.
Decide what size glass processing machine you needIf you want to save on workshop space, you should probably try to find the smallest possible glass processing machinery. On the other hand, you may need bigger glass processing equipment if you process large pieces of glass.
Shop around for used glass machineryBuying used equipment can save you money, and there's plenty of used glass processing equipment available from distributors.
- Plan to attend GlassBuild America, a North American exhibit, held in different locations throughout the United States every September/October. Many glass machinery manufacturers exhibit their machines at this expo.
- Make sure to get a warranty if you buy used glass processing machinery in case parts break down. Also get an independent inspection of the equipment before you buy.