Get back the capacity Argon filling takes
An automated line is only as fast as the biggest bottleneck. We all know that as argon filling has become more common, it has decreased total IG capacities.
Why is Argon filling the bottle neck?
- The largest hole for filling is only 4mm. Plain physics dictate that it is impossible to evacuate the air and replace it with argon through such a small opening in the time required.
- In addition to speed, automation is impractical with such a small target, especially if the holes are even slightly misaligned.
Up until now, the only way to have a totally automated line including argon filling was to go vertical. The tradeoff was to decrease the number of operators at the expense of reducing output by more than half.
Until OptiClose. With OptiClose, you can automate gas filling of Intercept units from the oven to the rack. For details on how to achieve this in your facility, please contact Ryan McHugh.
The OptiClose sequence
The images above show the OptiClose system sequence when done manually (the hole is punched automatically with a punch kit available from GED).
- Fill the unit with argon with an OptiClose nozzle
- Place the OptiClose insert
- Swage in place
- Cover with sealant
With automation, this can all be done without touching the IG unit.
For an OptiClose sample and more information
For detailed information on OptiClose and to get sample strip and inserts, please contact Ryan McHugh.