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Crystal Windows Adds Additional Glass Cutting Line

- New GED Equipment Improves Production -

FLUSHING, NY, February 14, 2011 - Crystal Window & Door Systems bolstered its capabilities and increased production capacity with the recent addition of a second major glass cutting line. Crystal utilizes automated glass equipment to cut custom sized lites used to fabricate insulating glass units for its vinyl and aluminum window products. The new equipment will be the primary glass system and it is planned that the existing previous automated cutter, after undergoing refurbishment, will become the secondary system.

Crystal constantly reinvests in new state-of-the-art production equipment and the new GED glass cutting system is the latest example of that policy, said Crystal Executive Vice President Steve Chen. The new equipment is highly precise, extremely fast and provides increased throughput. The combination of the new system and our existing automated glass cutter eliminates potential bottlenecks and allows our manufacturing operations to keep pace with our sales growth for years to come.

The new equipment is the 1600 Gen 4 Glass Cutting System designed and manufactured in the USA by GED Integrated Solutions of Twinsburg, OH. The GED 1600 System provides greater accuracy, consistent high quality, improved productivity increased throughput capacity, and it can handle glass sheets up to 72 by 96 and ? thick. Crystal?s fully-automated system features a computer numeric controlled (CNC) ultra-high speed carbide cutter, optimization software to minimize scrap, unlimited shape capabilities, automatic air-flotation squaring and advance tables, and a graphic order number display to facilitate score line breaking and racking. The accompanying fully integrated GED Free-Fall Glass Loading System features dual automated drop-arm mechanisms to facilitate ready access of different glass size, thickness or coating types. This reduces glass rack changeout and improves overall throughput.

The new glass cutting equipment fully integrates with Crystal?s order and production scheduling software by Friedman, as well as the company?s GED i-3 Intercept Spacer equipment which fabricates the insulating glass units.

Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 50 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. Crystal operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Crystal is dedicated to practicing green environmental initiatives in all aspects of corporate activities. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at

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