Sixty two percent of those contractors have responded by increasing pay rates

Sixty two percent of those contractors have responded

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qualified workers. Sixty-two percent of those contractors have responded by increasing pay rates for their workers, to compensate. Automation Is Growing Another way companies are trying to overcome this shortage is with the help of advanced machinery and software. Automation has been highlighted at some of the most recent GlassBuild and glasstec annual trade shows—perhaps the two largest glass industry galas in the world—with robotics companies featuring high-tech advancements to help glass manufacturers make the most of the workers they do have. Bigger Glass Is the Trend Speaking of demand, the needs of the industry are trending toward bigger lites. Architects’ drive to create modern, open buildings has fueled demand for glass panes that offer visibility between workspaces, and often make up entire interior walls. It’s not just office spaces that are utilizing more glass, either—even residential homes are calling for large, unobstructed views and larger windows. Glass Is Getting More Complicated Along with larger lites, architects and designers are calling for more decorative glass, too. This includes panes with patterns, designs, colors, or textures added, to create a more ornamental finish. It can also be incorporated into traditional glass applications, such as room partitions and doors, or less commonly, even countertops and furniture.
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The major environmental impact of glass production is caused by atmospheric emissions from melting activities The combustion of natural gas/fuel oil and the decomposition of raw materials during the melting lead to the emission of CO 2 . This is the only greenhouse gas emitted during the production of glass. Sulphur dioxide (SO 2 ) from the fuel and/or from decomposition of sulphate in the batch materials can contribute to acidification . Nitrogen oxides (NO x ) due to the high melting temperatures and in some cases due to decomposition of nitrogen compounds in the batch materials also contribute to acidification and formation of smog . Evaporation from the molten glass and raw materials can cause release of particles into the atmosphere.
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  • Winter '17
  • Jayaseelan
  • Glass, Glass Industry

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