March 17, 2022 | Intercept

What Is The Capacity Of An Insulating Glass System?

The Intercept systems produces IGUs at the highest level of capacity in the industry.


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One thing to note when evaluating Insulating Glass systems, when companies list the production output or capacity it is usually based on a single, consistent size unit. This is typically a standard 2’ by 3’, double insulated unit. Our research on the capacity of an insulating glass system will help guide you towards improved production efficiency.

The Erdman High Speed Parallel Process IG Line, according to their website, has a capacity of 1200 IGU (Insulating Glass Unit) per shift with 3 or 4 people.

Lisec states, in their “LiSEC Insulating Glass1020” brochure, that the “Velocity Plus” is the fastest system currently available on the market. They state this line achieves lightning-fast production of double insulated glass units of 900×600 mm (about 1.97 ft) with a cycle time of just 16 seconds. That is 1800 IGU per shift. They have other models that do not get this level of capacity.

Neither the Forel website nor the Glaston website state the capacity of their equipment. The Glaston site states, “Glaston SPEED is a quick insulating glass manufacturing line that produces triple and quadruple units in the fastest possible cycle times.”

A History of Productivity

Since the introduction of the Intercept system in the early 90’s, the Intercept warm-edge spacer fabrication system has the capability of achieving 6 Insulating Glass Units per minute, and of various sizes. GED is proud of the capacity of an Intercept Spacer Fabrication System and therefore publishes the data you need on our website. Although Intercept spacer systems can produce slower, the capacity is not confined by low-capacity limitations. With an Intercept system, you can produce up to 2880 IGUs in an 8-hour shift, and these IGUs can vary in size. Running triples will reduce the output to roughly 1440 per 8-hour shift. What this means to you is more units per shift and less money to produce the units. This also means potentially shorter lead times, also helping with your cash flow.

Learn How to Get More Out of Your System

If you are not getting this level of output from your Intercept system, or competitive system, contact us. We will show you how to produce at greater levels.

Written By: John Moore

With 30+ years of industrial marketing experience, John C. Moore joined GED in 2017 as V.P. of Marketing and works closely with Sales to seek out and evaluate market opportunities, launch new products, and oversee marketing communication efforts. John has his M.B.A. from John Carroll University and B.S. from Miami University.