Awards & Engraving

January '17

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A&E JANUARY 2017 • 49 Sandcarving Once the glass sheets, or lites as they are called in the glass industry, are inside the production facility, it takes special bars with suction cups that are attached to a track system on the ceiling that will, with an automatic hoist, lift the large sheets onto a special cushioned upright easel, which is actually an automated cutting table. What looks like a vertical easel will tilt and become a table with automated cutting heads, which help cut down the large sheets into smaller, more manageable pieces. These tables work with air cushions and are quite the magic trick in the glass business. If you have never seen one operate, I highly recommend seeing one of them in action either at a man- ufacturer location or at a trade show. CNC machines help cut smaller pieces into specialty shapes. This simply gets a future award or tabletop/shelf into its basic shape. All pieces are cut and cleaned this way before they begin their further shaping, whatever it may be. Some awards will get angles cut and IMAGES COURTESY SLEE CORPORATION Several large glass panels cut down into strips before being cut down to specs to a particular award blank. A table covered with carpeting holds hundreds of freshly cut clear glass blanks, waiting to be further processed. LET US DO THE ETCHING FOR YOU! NO SET-UP CHARGES! • • 225 Gap Way • Erlanger, KY 41018 • 888.283.0019 • fax: 800.806.4808 The engraver's choice for imaginative crystal

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