The AEC industry, though at its core very unified, has so many niche markets and skill-sets that often times each of those sects has trouble fully understanding the breadth of work of their AEC peers. One such market is the world of glass installation. In the midst of an aesthetic era that values the sleekness, sustainability and transparency of glass, the manufacturing processes behind glass installation have had to become more flexible and more refined. On today’s episode of the AEC Podcast, Ergo Robotic’s Alan Nudi, Director of Sales and Marketing for the company, explains the what it’s like to evolve in the world of glass installation.
“Small scale glass may be installed by hand or by small lifts, but at some point, it becomes unsafe and infeasible to use this approach. Our machines enable construction companies to install glass in excess of 5,000 pounds, creating a solution for the problem at hand,” Nudi said.
The equipment is designed and manufactured at the company’s facility in upstate New York and typically consists of an arrangement of suction cups to hold the glass along with hydraulics to lift and place.
“Many factors impact exactly how the machine will be built. There are weight and size considerations. Then you have to consider how far up the glass is going as well as if it will be installed via the interior or exterior. Is it curved or textured, and so on,” Nudi said.
With all these different elements to consider, most of the machines built by Ergo are custom to each client and project. “We meet with clients who have a problem but aren’t usually experts in glass lifting equipment. We ask a lot of questions and educate them on what will be the best solution. Probably over half of the machinery we build is custom because glass installation, for sure, is not a one size fits all.”
Discover more about this unique corner of the AEC industry and how Ergo solves problems for builders by giving the podcast a listen.
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