Swabbing robots first in China

The first Heye swabbing robots to be installed by the Chinese glass container industry are operating at the Shandong Jingyao Glass Group’s Linyi factory, as the following contribution explains. The full version of this article appears in the July/August issue that has been mailed globally and is also now available free of charge in the digital archive*.

Swabbing robots first in China

The latest production expansion at one of China’s leading beer bottle producers features three swabbing robots and Press Duration Control PDC equipment sourced from Germany’s Heye International GmbH. The swabbing robots are the first to be installed by Heye in the country.

Shandong Jingyao Glass Group Co Ltd has invested strongly in the high speed production of lightweight bottles in recent years. As well as supplying bottles for China’s iconic Tsingtao beer, the company has emerged as an important source for such global brands as AB InBev, Carlsberg, Heineken and Snow Beer.

The glassworks in Linyi City, Shandong Province features four melting furnaces and 16 high speed production lines, with a combined nominal capacity of 1000 tons/day. Some of the world’s most advanced narrow neck press and blow process glass container production technology is operated at the site, including a series of advanced Heye International IS machines and associated equipment.

As part of the company’s ongoing investment programme, Shandong Jingyao Glass has worked closely with Heye International to install China’s first automatic swabbing robots and to guarantee that machine operators are properly trained to operate the equipment effectively. The robots deliver zero rejects and avoid section stops during swabbing. Compared to conventional swabbing methods, lubricant savings of up to 75% are possible.

According to Heye’s Andy Lee, improved operator safety is assured, with stable and repeatable volume, thickness and location of swabbing provided, making more time available for operators to focus on production optimisation. “Installation and commissioning of the three robots and associated process controls was successfully realised in close collaboration with the customer” he confirmed.

Separately, the glassmaker has invested in a PlantPilot information technology solution from Heye International and initiated a technical assistance agreement with the production technology specialist to improve and optimise NNPB technology at the site.

Based at Obernkirchen, Germany, Heye International is one of the international glass container industry’s foremost suppliers of production technology, high performance equipment and production knowhow. Its mechanical engineering has set industry standards for more than five decades. Extensive industry expertise, combined with the positive attitude and enthusiasm of Heye International employees is mirrored by the company motto ‘We are Glass People’. Its three sub-brands HiPERFORM, HiSHIELD and HiTRUST form the Heye Smart Plant portfolio, addressing the glass industry’s hot end, cold end and service requirements respectively.

Further Information: 

Heye International GmbH, Obernkirchen, Germany
tel: +49 5724 26-0
email: marketing@heye-international.com
web: www.heye-international.com

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