Goal

Our goal is to secure the uninterrupted supply of glass to our customers. In this regard, logistics plays an important role alongside that of production. We offer our customers a proven logistic system.

The logistic system consists of three elements:

  • Security storage
  • Packaging
  • Distribution

Our customers benefit from customized solutions which address their requirements.

 

 

Security storage

 

Security storage is an important component of uninterrupted supply. These stores are to be found on the factory premises and are managed by GMB. We store ready-to-dispatch glass on our customers’ behalf on an area of over 30’000 m². The size of the store and, with it, the security of supply is decided by the customer – this is typically one month’s supply. Variations in demand can be regulated with the stored stock. The customer can call up the required amounts at short notice and does not have to maintain its own comprehensive stocks.

 

 

 

Packaging

 

The glass has to be transported to the customer in perfect condition. A series of packaging types are available for this purpose. The packaging is comprised of the following components:

 

  • glass carrier
  • glass interleaver
  • transport safety devices
  • protective casing

 

A defined number of lites are to be found on the glass carrier. The design and stability of the carrier allows for the simple and safe transportation and storage of the glass. Typically, 1.8 tons gross load weight can be reached per unit. We offer our customers with the choice of the following types of glass carriers.

 

  • L-rack
  • Flatpack
  • Wooden case

 

 

L-rack

L-racks of galvanised steel are an environmentally friendly reusable packaging. It produces little, if any, rubbish. The glass stands vertically on a rubber pad. L-rack can be stacked both in loaded and un-loaded state. Unloading by machine is state of the art.

 

 

Technical Data:

area/lite lay-on surface:

 

 

acceptable gross load weight:

maximum glass weight:

stackability:

glass interlayer:

transport safety:

protective casing:

storage:

type 1 1800 x 1200 mm

type 2 2400 x 1200 mm

type 3 1800 x 1200 mm

2000 kg

1800 kg

2 layers, on rack on 2 beneath in offset

paper, foil, twine

non-metallic strap

board, cling wrap

in closed room, dry

 

 

Flatpacks

Flatpacks are made from custom-made wooden palettes. Wooden pieces are fitted into the corners and the sides, which fix the glass and enable the flatpacks to be stacked. Depending on their size, 3-4 Flatpacks can be stacked on one another. No other packaging allows such density of storage [m² glass / m² storage area]. It is possible to return the wooden pieces free of charge to protect resources and reduce waste.

 

 

 

Technical Data:

area/lite lay-on surface:

acceptable gross load weight:

maximum glass weight:

stackability:

glass interlayer:

transport safety:

protective casing:

storage:

manufacture according to customer's measurements

2000 kg

1800 kg

stackable to 3-4 layers depending on flatpack height

paper

non-metallic strap, steel band

board, cling wrap

 in closed room, dry

 

 

Wooden case

The wooden case is the most ideal packaging for transporting long distances. The stable wooden case protects the vertically upright glass safely to the customer. Wooden cases can only be stacked on a limited basis and cannot be resealed.


 

 

Technical Data:

area/lite lay-on surface:

acceptable gross load weight:

maximum glass weight:

stackability:

 

glass interlayer:

transport safety:

protective casing:

storage:

manufacture according to customer's measurements

2000 kg

1800 kg

restricted, 2 layers possible with compact cases, small

cases can not be stacked

paper

non-metallic strap, steel band

board, cling wrap

 in closed room, dry

 

 

 

Glass interlayer

Glass interlayers have the task of separating the glass lites from one another, in order to prevent mechanical or chemical damage to the surface. A special paper has proven itself as being ideal for the purpose. Nylon twine can also be used as glass interlayers with special L-racks. The packaging with twine is especially suited for automated removal of the glass.

 

Protective casing

For the purpose of temporary protection against the weather, the glass packaging is wrapped with plastic foil or stamped with a strong plastic foil.

 

Transport safety

Plastic or steel straps are applied to fix the glass to the glass carrier in order to provide safety during transportation.

 

Ultimately the customer decides which kind of packaging is appropriate for him. Thanks to our many years of experience, we can support the customer in making this choice. The objective is to delivery the glass at low cost and safely, taking the technical parameters into consideration.

 

 

 

Dispatch

Delivery by lorry is standard within Europe. One load comprises approximately 22 tons of glass. This represents about 2500 m² of 3.2 mm glass or 2000 m² of 4 mm glass. International containers (20’) are used for delivery beyond Europe.

Goods dispatch takes place directly from the storage halls of the factory to the customer. Loading is carried out by trained GMB personnel. Our long term logistic partner OceanTrans is responsible for transportation.

 

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