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This is a popular industry workshop, but because it is such a hands-on, participatory event where individuals must be in close proximity to get the full experience, it was not feasible to host in 2020. However, FGIA is committed to bringing it back as an in-person training opportunity this November, which is the typical schedule that will continue thereafter.

An FGIA task group had previously explored extending the reach of this event by addressing the topics covered in the annual workshop through a new online video series, which is targeted to be available on an on-going basis beginning in mid-2021.

Comprised of short segments available on-demand via a six-month paid subscription, this new video series will be provided as an option not just for those who will miss the workshop this year, but also to those who might not have the opportunity to attend the event in person in the future. 

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Since its launch in 2016, the IG Fabricator Workshop has hosted more than 300 practitioners of the IG industry, leading them through the most important aspects of fabricating and testing IG units. The workshop, led by industry experts, features a balanced mix of classroom education along with hands-on demonstrations to discover best practices for cleaning, cutting and handling glass, desiccants, sealants, gas fill, frost point and much more. Participants have continued to provide positive reviews of the workshops.

Comments from Actual Registrants

“The group of experts you had were awesome. They were very attentive, welcoming and helpful.”

“The hands-on portion is awesome. Being able to take what was learned in a presentation and then apply it in real life was really effective.”

“Hosting the event at a testing facility is great… while participants may see the IGU processes discussed at each of the stations every day, they don’t always get to see the testing methods and apparatus conducted from a third party.”

Typical Modules for the Workshop

  • Station 1: Glass Cutting & Washing
  • Station 2: Spacer and IG Fabrication
  • Station 3: Sealants / Hot Melt Sealant / Sealant Adhesion & Butterfly Test
  • Station 4: Volatile Fog
  • Station 5: Gas Filling and Measurement
  • Station 6: Desiccants and Desiccant Matrix
  • Station 7: Forensic Investigation of IGU Failures