- FGIA Education Programs
- IG Fabricators Workshop
IG Fabricators Workshop
The IG Fabricators Workshop, led by industry experts, has addressed best practices for the most important aspects of fabricating and testing IG units. The program covers topics such as cleaning, cutting and handling glass, desiccants, sealants, gas fill, frost point and much more.
FGIA offers both in-person and a video series option for this workshop.
Now in its seventh year, FGIA is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 IG Fabricator Workshop! As we reflect on how far we’ve come since the program’s inception, we want to acknowledge a major contributor to the success of the workshop, Bill Briese. We are thankful for his significant impact as a representative of GED Integrated Solutions prior his passing in 2022. In Bill’s honor, FGIA has founded the Bill Briese Educational Engagement Grant Program - a company-focused grant aimed at extending education opportunities, building engagement within FGIA, expediting integration into the industry and furthering professional growth and advancement. This program is a wonderful extension of the impact Bill had on the workshop and the industry.
The next in-person workshop, November 5-7 will be held at the Intertek Testing facility in Plano, TX. Registration will open in August. To be added to the waitlist for next year's workshop please email email@example.com.
- 1st registration: $890 USD
- 2nd and subsequent registrations (from the same company): $855 USD
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about group rates.
- All registrations: $990 USD
Hampton Inn & Suites
2813 E. President George Bush Expwy
2601 E. President George Bush Expwy
Both hotels offer shuttle service to INTERTEK, reservations required. You will be notified by FGIA staff in September/October to finalize the shuttle requests and times.
Video Series Workshop
This series offers a condensed version of the workshop in ten 20–30-minute segments. It is now available for purchase in the FGIA Online Store.
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 experiences 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 and Washing
- Station 2: Spacer and IG Fabrication
- Station 3: Sealants / Hot Melt Sealant / Sealant Adhesion and Butterfly Test
- Station 4: Volatile Fog
- Station 5: Gas Filling and Measurement / Frost Point
- Station 6: Desiccants and Desiccant Matrix
- Station 7: Forensic Investigation of IGU Failures