Those who believe that insulating glass (IG) manufacturers are always located on industrial estates on the outskirts of towns are very much mistaken. The route to Armour Sealed Units passes through the centre of a quiet residential area in Bristol and ends in a cul-de-sac. An older building, measuring almost 250 square metres with the white-red company logo can be found at the end of this cul-de-sac. Company founder and owner Peter Crowley explains how his desire for an insulating glass line in the small factory was fulfilled thanks to Bystronic glass and tells of the challenges that had to be overcome.
What does not fit is made to fit
Following intensive meetings with Steve Powell, Head of the Bystronic glass Sales and Service Subsidiary in Great Britain, it was decided that everything that was unable to fit into the factory at first glance would be adapted by Bystronic glass. Subsequently, Armour Sealed Units received an insulating glass line consisting of a washing machine, air cushion conveyors, a station for glass inspection and frame positioning assembly, a gas-filling press robot as well as a compact sealing robot in spring 2012. “Bystronic glass was the only provider that was able to offer me a fully-equipped insulating glass line for my factory that only measures about 20 metres in length”, explains Peter and goes on to say: “What most impressed me was the fact that Steve did not want to force a standard solution full of compromises upon us; he fully recognised our production needs and the on-site conditions.”
A completely tailor-made solution
The insulating glass line is configured in an extremely individual manner but the delivery of the unit was every bit as unusual: “We had to arrange for all parking spaces in the access roads of the residential area to be cordoned off in order to ensure that the large HGV carrying the machines was able to fit through the narrow streets and get around the bends”, reports Steve. Luckily, the residents are accustomed to such things: The arrival and departure of, admittedly significantly smaller, HGVs carrying glass and insulating glass units takes place many times every week. Since 1985, this has represented an enormous relief as a dairy that was accessed by HGVs many times every day was based where Armour Sealed Units is now located. “The older residents may even be able to remember the times when a fire station was located on the current Armour Sealed Units premises”, reports Peter Crowley upon the history of his company building.