The Story of GED

GED – The Innovation Leader of the Global Window & Door Fenestration Industry

Assembly bay at first Twinsburg facility
Unit assembly

From its humble beginning on a back porch in 1977, GED Integrated Solutions has moved to its current rank as the state-of-the-art contributor to the glass industry through the determination of its co-founders, Dick Dietrich and Edmund Leopold.  Having staked their claim in the North American residential window industry, the two provided window and door fabricators with technologies that increase productivity, reduce insulating glass unit costs, and improve IG quality.

In 1977, during our first year of operation, GED introduced the first Horizontal Hot Melt IG Fabrication equipment, making possible the first high-volume IG Line.  The equipment allowed a fabricator to produce over 2000 units per eight-hour shift.  In 1987, GED brought to market the first Break-Out Monitors for sorting cut glass into movable slot sorting racks. This GED innovation opened the market for computer-controlled glass cutting, increasing control and decreasing scrap. Soon afterward, the WinSystem 1 software platform completed the integration of the IG department ensuring better output and organization of production.  Technological advances such as these caused PPG Industries, Inc. (now Vitro) to turn to GED as its manufacturing partner to bring you the revolutionary Intercept® IG Spacer System.

Engineering Department

Through continuous improvement initiatives combined with a cellular manufacturing approach, GED has become the most efficient equipment manufacturer in the window and door industry.  GED continued innovations with the introduction of numerous award-winning products in the new millennium including the Smart Extruder, Laminated Glass Cutter, two-tone muntin material, a completely new glass washer and water treatment system and the revolutionary i-3 technology platform.  In 2004, GED greatly expanded its reach with the acquisition of Sampson Automation to create GED Integrated Solutions.  We are now the only complete solution for the window and door marketplace.  The i-3 system is truly world class manufacturing.

History of “Firsts” & Achievements

1977

First horizontal hot melt IG fabrication line and the first high volume IG equipment — for over 2000 units per 8-hour shift.

1978

First folding locking corner key for use with patented Linear™ extrusion methods and GED Linear Extruders.

1979

First to assemble more than one IG unit at a time with its automatic horizontal assembly table.

1980

First Cutting Table and Single Side Loader for single strength glass in sizes up to 102″ x 130″ — for residential window manufacturers.

1981

First Linear Extruder using LinearSKIP™ application.

1985

First dual sealant linear co-extruder.

1987

First to have “Break-Out Monitor” for sorting cut glass into sorting racks after break-out.

1988

First integrated software system for residential vinyl and aluminum window manufacturing.

1991

Introduction of Intercept® Warm Edge Spacer System for production of IG spacers.

1997

InterGrid® System, the first computer controlled Roll Forming Muntin Machine.

1999

1999 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine for IG Production/Glazing” for InterGrid® System.

2000

Introduction of the Smart Linear Extruder, allowing accurate, no waste application of spacer sealants.

2001

2001 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine Glass/Glazing” for Smart Extruder.

2002

Introduction of LeanNET® family of software process solutions; Introduction of new design; fully DI compatible Stainless Steel Glass Washing System.

2003

2003 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Glazing Technology” for Two-Tone Muntin Material.

2004

GED Purchases Sampson Automation.

2004 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine” for CD-8000 Sash Processor i-3 technology platform creates a seamless, lean manufacturing system for window and door production.

Introduction of the SIGMA automated welding and cleaning system, capable of producing three frames every two minutes with one operator.

2005

2005 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine” — IG Production/Glazing for Intercept i-3 Spacer Frame System (includes Smart Extruder, Oven Press and CleanCut Glass Cutting & Edge Deletion).

2006

GED announces the addition of an expanded customer service center to its Twinsburg, Ohio headquarters facility.  The expanded customer service center is the only dedicated training and technical center in the window and door industry.

2007

2007 Crystal Achievement Award — “Unique Innovation” — GED/NxWare Lean Glass Look-Ahead Optimization Software.

2008

2008 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine” — Frame, Sash or Door Fabrication — GED i-3 SmartLoad Welding System — Unprecedented productivity with 400+ cycles per shift.

2009

GED introduces new and revolutionary ColorTRU® — Advanced Profile Coloration System — The most cost effective and production friendly alternative to painting and laminating.

2010

2010 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine” — Frame, Sash or Door Fabrication — GED’s ColorTRU® Advanced Profile Coloration System.

2011

GED introduces new Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (ATLAS®)— Adaptive to unique IG unit combinations (both duals and triples), the ATLAS produces triple IGUs in 20 second cycle times.

Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (ATLAS®) Wins “Best of Show” at GlassBuild America 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

2012

2012 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine” — Glass/IG Processing — GED’s Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (ATLAS®).

2014

2014 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine — Frame, Sash or Door Fabrication” — RoboClean® (RC-2000) Twin-Head Robotic Vinyl Corner Cleaning System.

2016

GED Presented with the 2016 “Most Innovative Solution” Award by ABB Robotics for GED’s RoboClean® (RC-2000) Twin-Head Robotic Vinyl Corner Cleaning System.

2016 Crystal Achievement Award — “Most Innovative Machine” — Intercept® 2.5 Warm Edge Spacer Technology System.

2017

GED relocates to a newly-constructed facility in the Village of Glenwillow, Ohio.  The expanded machine floor and Customer Experience Center create a new window of opportunity for the growth of the company.

2018

GED launches re-designed website, featuring revised branding and color theme, mobile-responsive layout, restructured navigation, updated photos and more!