Nikolaus SORG were honoured to be invited by Ardagh Glass Packaging-Europe (AGP-E) to their glass facility in Obernkirchen, Germany for the official unveiling of their NextGen furnace. The furnace is the first operational CLEAN Melter to be launched. Starting out as a conventional furnace, powered by 20% renewable electricity and 80% gas, it is currently progressing through a planned start-up sequence that will ultimately result in a ratio of 80% renewable electricity and 20% gas.
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The use of three different inspection channels in the Viprotron Quality Scanner 3D already provides highly reliable classification results. For example, a glass scratch can be distinguished from a coating scratch or even more similar optical defects, such as a bubble from a water drop, with a high probability. Nevertheless, there is always potential for improvement, especially in the case of similar defects. In this context, the use of classical methods will not bring any major steps towards a near hundred percent level. The use of AI tools for self-learning is therefore the next step.
Satinal has confirmed its presence in the EcoVadis rating with a prestigious upgrade from Silver to Platinum. The milestone for the company, marked by a path of sustainable growth, a sensitivity towards environmental issues and the implementation of processes guided by a deep ethical responsibility. It is now in the top 1% of the best companies in the chemical manufacturing industry.
Solvay and Vancouver Bulk Terminal (VBT) have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on the redevelopment of Terminal 2, Berth 7 at the Port of Vancouver USA, in Washington state.
Reconstruction is set to begin in 2024 and expected to be completed by early 2026. The facility is poised to become a key global outlet for the export of soda ash from North America emphasizing design, efficiency and sustainability through the combined expertise and capabilities of VBT, the Port of Vancouver USA and Solvay.
Eastman is committed to supporting the growing global demand for specialty interlayers products, strengthening the company’s regional service capabilities and investing in capacity to serve glass laminator needs for high performance products. In order to respond to regional and global demand for Saflex polyvinyl butyral (PVB) products, the company has announced a feasibility study to upgrade and expand extrusion capability for production of interlayers in Europe.
Andries Habraken has joined the Schneider-Electric “green” glass team. As a founder of CelSian when it was floated from TNO, he has a vast knowledge of glass manufacturing and broad network across the glass industry.
Rene Meuleman, Solutions and Technology Lead for Green Glass said: “He will be a valuable extension of our team focusing on helping the global glass manufacturing industry to decarbonize its processes. Personally, I am looking very much forward to working with him.”
Vertex Hydrogen is changing its brand to EET Hydrogen and that it intends to move from being a subsidiary of Essar Oil UK (EOUK) to a sister company and become a standalone pillar of the Essar Energy Transition (EET) portfolio. This change is a natural progression of the company from an early-stage idea into a leading hydrogen production project with supply agreements with Encirc and NSG in northwest England.
Lattimer, Hunprenco and Hartmann & Bender Vertriebs-und Produktions in Germany are now working together in partnership within the Lattimer Group.
Hartmann & Bender, founded in 1897, has been manufacturing variable equipment and spare parts for the container glass industry for more than 40 years. The decades of experience and the resulting expertise make the company, alongside Lattimer, one of the leading suppliers of variable equipment in this industry.
We are pleased to announce that the SORG Group has further strengthened our “Power of 3” offering by signing an exclusive cooperation agreement with P+ International.
P+ International is a group of companies that includes Capex, BSM Baker, Washtec and ACE Engineering. With over 30 years of glass industry-specific experience and over 100 employees, the company will enhance SORG’s services in architectural design, civil and structural engineering, mechanical and electrical utility planning, and construction site services.
In July, Glaston celebrated the milestone of reaching 40 years providing services to customers worldwide from Insulating Glass Services. Today, this team offers lifecycle support with original spare parts, continuous maintenance, upgrades and more to keep customers operating at peak performance. Alumni and current Services representatives met at a special event to celebrate the four-decade milestone and review the success of Glaston’s Insulating Glass service operations.
An agreement has been made for Hotwork International to take a significant amount of shares in Heat Applications India (HAI). This milestone will allow both companies to unify their finances and technology. Daniel Kirkham and Neelima Kirkham will continue to support the large HAI client base.
Hotwork International will extend its product portfolio to HAI in the growing Indian market, addressing the need of environmental friendly combustion and melting technology, offering low NOx combustion technology, electric boosting, hydrogen burners and many more to various industries.
Michael Sorg was appointed by the shareholders of the SORG Group as managing director with sole power of representation for Nikolaus Sorg and EME. He joins the management of Nikolaus Sorg as an equal partner alongside his father Karl-Heinz Sorg and his cousin Alexander Sorg. He will also be responsible for EME together with Managing Director Jens Rosenthal.
Robert Bürkle GmbH, a line and special machine manufacturer for press and coating technologies from Freudenstadt, Germany has restructured the company and realigned their strategy. From now on, there are four independent business divisions covering the respective product segments. "We are convinced that this model is more efficient and that the individual divisions will be able to react much faster and more targeted to individual customer requirements in the future," says Jürgen Schröer, CEO of the Bürkle Group.
Trucent Industrial Solutions has appointed Michael Ondrus as the new Global Key Account Manager – Brittle Materials. Mr Ondrus will lead the company's expansion in the global brittle materials fabrication market. Trucent Industrial Solutions, known for its Centrasep brand, is a provider of fluid separation technologies of grinding solutions for both glass and brittle materials. He will be based in the Industrial Solutions division in Noblesville, IN.
Lubricant manufacturer, Molyslip, is participating in the glasspex INDIA 2023 exhibition, scheduled to take place from 14–16 September 2023 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India. The company will be stationed at Hall 2, Booth C24 during the event, where it will unveil its range of speciality lubricants for the glass industry.
The 16th International Seminar on Furnace Design – Operation and Process Simulation, organised by Glass Service (GS), proved to be a resounding success. The event took place on 21-22 June 2023 in Velke Karlovice, Czechia. Drawing an impressive gathering of approximately 200 glass experts from 20 countries, including the USA, Japan, Korea, India and several European nations such as the UK, the seminar received highly positive feedback from its participants.
Grenzebach has signed the contract for the expansion of their site in Pune, India. The current sales and service branch will be merged with a new manufacturing site for the glass and gypsum industry. The manufacturing site is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023. In the course of the expansion, the company will create about 30 new jobs in the first phase. The Group will be investing around €2 million in the expansion and expects sales potential for the glass and building materials sector of €3 million in the first two years, increasing subsequently.
“Create added value” is the focus of the Vitrum trade fair stand where HEGLA, HEGLA-HANIC and HEGLA boraident are exhibiting. The ProLam LSR laminated glass cutting system will be present as an exhibit to show the patented laser diode heating system. “Focused heat application to the cutting contour accelerates the cutting process by 20% and more for even higher productivity,” remarked HEGLA Managing Director Bernhard Hötger.
For more than 17 years Marc Meersschaut has been on the road for futronic worldwide in the glass industry business unit. He very successfully developed the important market in South America and thus contributed significantly to the company's growth. As an expert in the industry and a good listener, he also brought home many product ideas from his numerous travels. His successor, Michael Maier, has been with the company since the beginning of 2023 and already been well trained.
Glaston Corporation announces a plan to reorganize its current structure to better serve its customers in the architectural, automotive, display and solar glass processing markets. While enhancing the customer experience, Glaston aims to accelerate the implementation of its strategy for the period 2021−2025. Glaston’s strategic financial and non-financial targets are not changed. The new organization is planned to come into effect on 1 October 2023.
Dow has announced their sponsorship and participation at the next edition of Glass Performance Days (GPD), June 14-16 in Tampere, Finland. As part of the sharing of industry knowledge and experience, the company will chair several key sessions, including façade engineering, and present at four technical conference sessions. Specialists will also host a booth to connect with attendees, exhibiting innovative and sustainable technologies.
Known for its numerous innovations and inventions in glass melting technologies, Forglass has just announced that it will host International Training days in October. Designed to benefit primarily glass technologists, the training conference will focus on the newest developments in glass melting technology and mathematical modelling of glass furnaces.
Darmstadt, Germany, May 31, 2023 – Chinese company Hunan Shaohong Special Glass Co. presented ISRA VISION with "The Best Supplier Award". Shaohong honours the outstanding services and delivery times of the company in the field of glass.
"We are very pleased about the award," said Tomas Lundin, Managing Director of ISRA VISION and President of the Machine Vision Solutions Division. "Our aim is to always offer our customers the best possible service. The award underlines our high quality standards and spurs us on to continuously optimize our performance."
AMETEK Surface Vision, the leading automated surface inspection partner for fast and accurate materials checking, has developed its surface inspection systems for glass fibre production.
Glass fibre is a synthetic material consisting of numerous, extremely fine fib of glass. It is a unique industrial textile material, strong and versatile for a range of applications including infrastructure, building and construction, pipes and tanks, oil, gas, chemical and transportation.
Graphoidal Developments, a leading supplier of lubricating and coating solutions for the glass container industry, has appointed Mike Curry as new Managing Director of the group, based in Chesterfield, UK.
Mr Curry joins Graphoidal with a wealth of experience in the industry, having served in key senior management positions with renowned brands such as Inex Vision systems and Bucher Emhart Glass. He has also worked as a strategy and performance consultant, helping businesses achieve their goals through strategic planning and execution.
Alexandra Rester has taken over from Andreas Pfneiszl as Chief Financial Officer of RATH. The Supervisory Board and Ms Rester signed her executive board contract against the backdrop of the Group’s increased future requirements, developments in the international markets and the company's targeted growth course, which necessitate a change in corporate management.
"I am looking forward to the new challenge and to working together with my colleagues on the Executive Board," says Ms Rester on her appointment.
Grenzebach Romania has introduced a new dual management team; Silviu Nica and Zina Cristea have taken up the positions. With around 200 employees in Iasi, alongside strengthening the glass, building materials, and intralogistics business units, they will focus on developing the site into another manufacturing and engineering centre for the Grenzebach Group.
Lahti Glass Technology (LGT) has signed a contract to supply a fibre waste recycling plant in Latvia. Instead of environmental problems and high waste charges, the method developed by LGT turns the customer's fibre waste into a new raw material for the process. The waste fee savings alone mean that the payback period is remarkably short.
Glaston has delivered a letter of commitment to the international Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative and has started working on near-term company-wide emissions reduction targets in line with the SBTi’s criteria. The new targets will be submitted to the SBT climate organization for validation and they cover the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from both Glaston’s own operations (Scope 1 & 2) and the whole supply chain (Scope 3).
Two decades of innovation in infrared: Since 2003, Berlin-based Optris GmbH has been taking care of accurate, reliable and non-contact temperature measurement in many different industries and research. The company has always succeeded in developing and implementing new technologies. In the meantime, customers from all over the world rely on the infrared thermometers and thermal imaging cameras - and of course with know-how Made in Germany
Registration is now open for the 16th International Seminar on Furnace Design – Operation and Process Simulation, scheduled for 21 – 22 June 2023 to take place at the Wellnes Hotel Horal mountain resort in Velke Karlovice, Czech Republic.
The event is staged every two years and brings together over 150 glass experts from around the world to discuss the use of simulation and control tools, with the goal of optimising the glass melting and forming process.
Early registration is open until 19 May 2023 on the website.
SEFPRO Care is expanding its team with the appointment of Damien Renat, as a Sales Engineer. Mr Renat will be based in France and will be responsible for developing the business in Europe. Thanks to his previous experience as a project manager in the glass industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.
Image: Damien Renat is the new Sales Engineer at SEFPRO Care.
Checks detection has always been a complex and time-consuming inspection to run on glass containers. Tiama has developed the Saturn to revamp manual checks detection. With 6 to 11 wide-angle cameras plugged on swivel arms, the system detects checks on all container parts including finish, shoulder, base as well as body. Once cameras are oriented towards the article, detection threshold and minimal check surface are the only two parameters that must be set up. As a result, job change times can be reduced significantly compared to standard manual technology.
The Tiama HOT mass 2 is the new generation hot end sensor dedicated to gob monitoring. It uses a unique configuration that provides real 3D views of gobs and accurate measurements of their length and diameters. The control of the gob shape is essential to limit the creation of defects. The system also provides temperatures, falling angles and speeds measurements in real time.
Vibrantz Technologies has launched its new corporate website, vibrantz.com. While users are still able to search easily for the advanced materials, colour solutions and performance chemicals products they’ve come to know and trust over the decades, the new site combines the rich histories of its three legacy companies and provides a single location to learn about the company’s new purpose, vision and shared values and its focus on customer-driven innovation, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and developing and attracting talent.
In line with the company’s strategic focus areas, Glaston focused on reducing its carbon footprint in 2022. The greenhouse gas emissions from the company’s own operations decreased by 43% year-on-year. The result was mainly achieved by shifting to the use of renewable electricity at production facilities in Finland and Germany and by investing in a new heat distribution system in Switzerland.
The 16th International Seminar on Furnace Design – Operation and Process Simulation is scheduled for 21 – 22 June 2023 and will take place at the Wellnes Hotel Horal mountain resort in Velke Karlovice, Czech Republic.
The organisers are inviting potential speakers to submit an abstract by 28 February 2023 to email@example.com. The seminar topics are listed at seminar.gsl.cz.
Eastman Chemical Company has acquired Ai-Red Technology (Dalian) Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier of paint protection and window film for auto and architectural markets in the Asia Pacific region. The investment further strengthens the company’s ability to deliver consistent, superior value as a specialty materials company and expands the service level in China and the Asia Pacific region. This site will align with Eastman Performance Films operations and its high standard of quality supply into the market.
HOTWORK USA LLC has joined the Munich (Germany) based industry service group ROBUR Industry Service as of December 2022. HOTWORK is partnering with the ROBUR companies EXCELSIUS and FIOS to service clients with industrial furnaces. The move gives the group a truly global approach in furnace service offerings for clients in the glass, metals, cement, and hydrocarbon industries.
After attending Glasstec and listening to feedback from customers and partners, Special Shapes Refractory Company (SSRC) is responding by expanding its international presence to offer consistent pricing, rapid turnaround, and innovative solutions to glass manufacturers in Europe, South America, Mexico, Central America and beyond.
After nearly 40 years, at the start of 2023 Pennine Industrial Equipment moved into new business premises expanding the production and office space by 50%. In addition to the larger space, the building has been fully customised to allow for a vastly improved operational flow and increased production output. The new premises were selected as they are less than 3km from the previous site allowing maximum retention of experienced production and sales staff and continuing to provide jobs in the local community.
Hornos Industriales PUJOL has acquired the glass division of the Italian company TEKNOKILNS. The agreement incorporates the entire client portfolio, services, know-how and engineering for the manufacture and development of thermal tempering furnaces by the Italian company. Production will move to Barcelona, Spain.
The agreement is part of the company's expansion plan and strengthens PUJOL'S position in all transformation processes associated with the concept of safety glass. This also covers a gap in its product portfolio.
RoMan Manufacturing has appointed Nelson Sanchez as the company’s new President. Mr Sanchez is the first non-family member to hold the office of president at the family-owned company founded by Dietrich Roth and Robert Hofman in 1980.
Mr Sanchez joined RoMan as Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2016. In the latter role, he was responsible for the corporate day-to-day oversight of RoMan’s, finance, marketing, HR, IT, purchasing and manufacturing functions.
Vertex Hydrogen has signed a ‘Heads of Terms’ offtake agreement for low carbon hydrogen with Merseyside glass manufacturer Pilkington UK. The St Helens based NSG Group company has led the flat glass sector in the switch towards low carbon fuels, completing two world-first trials of hydrogen firing glass furnaces.
The agreement sets Vertex up to supply Pilkington UK with hydrogen as the manufacturer continues to develop low-carbon ways of manufacturing glass.
December marks the end of the UN-designated International Year of Glass (IYOG2022). A full year celebrating the importance of glass with more than 1,000 international events, exhibitions and festivals that culminated with a closing ceremony in Tokyo and a special award ceremony – “The Seven Glass Wonders.” Glaston was a proud supporter of the initiative, which underlines the circular nature of glass and its role in saving energy.
HarbisonWalker International (HWI) has signed an agreement to be acquired by Platinum Equity, a global investment firm operating companies in a broad range of business markets. The acquisition plan ensures HWI’s continued growth and leadership in refractory products and services. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Vertex Hydrogen has announced the signing of a ‘Heads of Terms’ offtake agreement for 300MW+ of low carbon hydrogen with Encirc.
Encirc has announced its plan to build a new ultra-low carbon furnace on its Cheshire site. The furnace will be fuelled by an energy mix of green electricity and low carbon hydrogen. The hydrogen will be supplied by Vertex Hydrogen, as part of the HyNet low carbon industrial cluster. The hydrogen will be produced using Johnson Matthey’s best in class LCH technology.
Solvay Group has announced plans to resume construction of its 600,000 tonne soda ash capacity expansion in Green River, WY, USA, extending its position as a global leader. Production is expected to start at the end of 2024 in time to meet growing needs for a secure and cost competitive source of supply.
Manufacturer of bespoke diamond tooling DK Holdings Limited has been awarded Gold Membership status by The Green Organisation.
“We continuously strive to improve our green credentials and being a Gold Member at The Green Organisation is a fantastic way for us to leave a better environment for future generations,” reported Darren Mills, Finance Director. Established in 1994, The Green Organisation is an independent, international, non-profit, non-political environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practices around the world.
Swiss CTS technology company SignTronic and screen technology specialist Grünig-Interscreen recently appointed Sandra Wörle to take over the marketing position from predecessor Hanny Gerber.
Over 23 years Ms Gerber worked as Export Manager for Grünig, and then in Marketing with Andreas Ferndriger, Marketing Director for both companies. She retired at the end of September and will now “enjoy travelling the world”, having had the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to many work connections at glasstec.
SEFPRO Vice President Laurent Cohen-Scali has shared SEFPRO’s new strategic vision in a presentation on YouTube: “We shape a carbon-neutral glass industry, for a brighter future”: a compass for all SEFPRO teams towards the decarbonisation of the glass industry. In line with this purpose, the company will keep striving to provide glassmakers with cutting-edge refractory solutions, innovative repair solutions and digital furnace monitoring tools that will be part of tomorrow’s carbon-neutral glass furnace.
To mark futronic’s 50th anniversary, Dr. Sönke Voss, Deputy General Manager of the Lake Constance / Upper Swabia Chamber of Industry and Commerce, presented Michael Preuss and Christian Benz, Managing Directors of futronic, with a special anniversary certificate as a sign of “great recognition and respect”. Christoph Keckeisen, Chief Civil Servant of Bodenseekreis District Administration Office and representative of the District Administrator, and Bruno Walter, Mayor of Tettnang, were also in attendance to congratulate the company.
To support its business outreach throughout the Middle East and North Africa, HFT has appointed United Arab Emirates-based Victorious Technics FZE as its sales representative. Specifically, the company’s charge is supporting the region’s float, container, fibreglass, pharmaceutical, tableware and specialty glass sectors.
In working on HFT’s behalf, Victorious Technics FZE’s geographic emphasis will be on the Gulf Cooperative Council area (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE), along with Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.
Jamie Ferguson has joined the Ramsey Products team as a Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative. Ms Ferguson’s duties at Ramsey will include responding to customer enquiries and assisting them in determining the best silent chain product for their needs. In addition, Ms Ferguson will be responsible for generating quotes, processing orders, and setting up shipments. Her duties include coordinating with the manufacturing plant to assure timely product availability.
The ThicknessPen is the latest in Agr’s line of products developed to address the multiple and diverse thickness measure applications of the production environment. It’s small size, light weight and robust design mean it can be used just about anywhere, from the laboratory, the plant floor or even in a wet environment at a job site in the field.
The ThicknessPen differs from other measurement devices with its patent pending, dual-mode operation that offers users the option to measure using either a magnetic or capacitance mode, whichever is most appropriate for the application.
Parkinson-Spencer Refractories are supplying forehearths to Glass Futures the Global Centre for Excellence for Glass. The not-for-profit research and development facility will feature a 30 tonne per day glass melting furnace as well as raw materials and cold-end processing to support research and development projects with the container, flat glass, fibreglass and tableware industries. Clients will be able to use the plant to bridge the difficult gap between the lab and full-scale manufacturing.
Forglass has partnered with Graphiteglass, a company with more than 25 years experience in the glass industry, representing some of the most recognized worldwide brands and supports clients in Mexico and Central America.
The full range of glass melting technologies, furnaces, batch plants and machinery engineered and produced by Forglass will be covered by two of the most reputable experts in Central America: Gerardo Gil de Partearroyo and Luis Pablo Duron Loaiza.
On 1 September 2022, Peter Berner, previous CEO handed over the sceptre to Benedikt Strebel, previous Vice President Services & Operations. Mr Berner led Lüscher for the past nine years and was active in the industry for a total of 40 years.
The new management team is: Mr Strebel, CEO, Stefan Thulin, CSO and Peter Spitteler, CTO.
Image: The new Lüscher management team: Stefan Thulin, CSO; Benedikt Strebel, CEO; and Peter Spitteler, CTO.
Solvay is taking a step toward achieving its 2050 carbon neutrality target. Investments at its Dombasle site, France, will be used to test an innovative and more sustainable soda ash production process, leading to 50% less CO2 emissions by 2050. After nearly 30 years of fundamental research and a more recent investment of €40 million to develop proprietary technology first patented in 2014, researchers and engineers have invented a new method to produce soda ash.
AMETEK Land, a world leading manufacturer of monitors and analysers for industrial temperature measurements, celebrates 75 years of producing innovative systems and solutions for industries including metals, glass, hydrocarbon processing and power generation.
Founded in 1947 by Tom Land, AMETEK Land now employs around 150 people worldwide, supporting customers with industrial temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and emissions monitoring.
Bucher Emhart Glass and Ergon Meccanica are strengthening their cooperation on high quality repairs and overhauls of glass forming machines. For more than 10 years, Ergon Meccanica has been successfully supporting customers in the glass industry with repairs and overhauls of forming equipment and is increasingly focusing on Emhart Glass products.
Both companies will display their renewed partnership at glasstec, where Ergon Meccanica will be available to talk with customers and answer any questions on the Emhart Glass booth in Hall 13 / C33 in Düsseldorf on
Forglass is well known as a supplier of glass melting technologies that include design and manufacture of furnaces and batch plants. What is perhaps less known is the Forglass creation ForglassBox – the first calculating engine that takes advantage of the powerful processors in modern mobile devices and enables the glassworks technologists to perform complex, sophisticated calculations on a smartphone, which is always in their pocket.
Johannes Dimmler and Bernhard Kubik, two untiring contributors to much of the futronic's 50 year history, have now retired from active working life.
Mr Kubik was with futronic for almost 37 years and Mr Dimmler for 38. Both played a crucial role in the development of the CIMOG machine control system. Without them there would also have been no EPRO, no FMT24S and no EPRO Upgrade Kit. Both know a tremendous amount about the complex processes involved in container glass production.
Glaston has received a strategically significant order from a glass processor in Europe, valued at approximately €31 million. The order will be booked in Glaston’s received orders for Q3/2022. The first lines will be delivered in the first half of 2023 and the final delivery is scheduled for late 2025.
The strategically important deal includes multiple insulating glass lines in addition to MULTI’ARRISSERs and machines for spacer frame production. The lines will be manufactured in Germany during 2023−2025.
Watlow, a designer and manufacturer of complete industrial thermal systems, has signed an agreement to acquire Eurotherm from Schneider Electric. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Eurotherm is a premier global provider of temperature, power, and process control, measurement and data management equipment, systems, software, and services for global industrial markets. The company’s headquarters are in Worthing, UK, with core manufacturing operations in Lędziny, Poland, and headcount of about 650 people worldwide.
Forglass, well known as a supplier of glass-melting technology, has also earned a reputation as an expert in large-scale furnace repairs. The company has recently partnered with one of the world’s largest producers of automotive and architectural glass to perform hot overcoating of their float furnace in Europe.
HFT has expanded its safety team with the hiring David Melendez as senior safety manager. He brings more than two decades of worldwide safety experience across multiple market sectors.
As a core business value, safety is at the forefront HTF’s operational best practices and communications, with a fundamental imperative of zero incidents. Mr Melendez’s extensive resume further enhances this core business value and adds to the company’s mindset of “safety first” on all projects.
SORG Group has been pushing the glassmaking industry forward for over 150.
This long history has allowed the company to create a strong bond with its surrounding communities. Werner Frankenberger aspired to work there: “As a young man, I was fascinated by the stories and experiences of people that worked at SORG. It soon became clear that I would also like to enter the glass industry.” Now, 41 years later, he is retiring from the business. “What I will certainly miss most is the exchange with customers and colleagues,” he reveals.
Excelsius recently held a two-day training course at the Excelsius Head Office in Lohr am Main, Germany for younger members of its site based team to learn Project and Team Leadership skills.
A specialist for the heat-up, drilling and draining of glass furnaces, Excelsius confirmed the course was a great success and appreciated by those in attendance.
Image: The NEXTGEN 22 event was attended by Excelsius personnel from several countries.
Sibelco has acquired Echasa S.A., a mining company active in the extraction of silica sand from the Laminoria quarry located near Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain, 160 km from Sibelco’s nearest silica quarry in Arija.
The acquisition is aligned with the Sibelco 2025 strategy and the company’s vision to become the global leader in silica sand. The acquisition will expand the customer base in the glass, foundry and construction markets in the north of Spain, and extends Sibelco’s silica sand reserves and resources in Western Europe. Echasa currently employs 51 people.
UK based supplier of worldwide Diamond Tooling solutions DK Holdings is pleased to announce that it is expanding its Technical Production Staffing levels to satisfy continued demand for its products.
DK Holdings has welcomed Kanye Sibblies as a new addition to the team. Kanye is joining the ISO accredited company as a Production Trainee, already having completed a Mechanical Engineering Level 2 and Aeronautical Engineering Level 3.
A topic with ever-increasing importance, sustainable manufacturing will play a key role in future proofing the glass industry. So companies throughout the glass supply chain must look for ways to operate more sustainably.
In view of this, Glass Technology Services is hosting a free to attend webinar series to help manufacturers, brands and retailers achieve their packaging sustainability targets.
The glass experts will be offering guidance on the current and future technology options available.
In collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), from June 29 to July 2, 2022, GIMAV will be accompanying 13 of its member companies to Glass South America 2022. The São Paulo Expo pavilions will be showcasing the world’s top glass technologies for residential construction, architecture, furnishings and the automotive industry. Italy in particular will have an exhibition area dedicated entirely to its products of excellence.
Tecsiglass, Tecnologie e Sistemi per l'Industria del Vetro, is an Italian company, based in Genoa, specialising in the design, planning and construction of glass furnaces and factory plants.
The recently founded company is managed dynamically by experts with more than 25 years experience in furnace design, reconstruction and project management.
As an SEFPRO agent, Tecsiglass will further improve their proximity to important and valued glass industry customers in the Italian market. Working closely with SEFPRO European Customer Service.
Glaston’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to establish the production of automotive pre-processing equipment for standard products at the company’s factory in Tianjin, China.
The aim is to serve customers in the largest global automotive market with local machine production. The plan is in line with a strategic focus to grow business in China and improve operational efficiency.
China’s share of the automotive glass new machinery market has been 50−70% of which the majority are standard products.
Tiama ECO-System is a web page available anywhere in the glass plant, gathering the different data from all Tiama machines.
The company’s HOT systems range is fully integrated into the ECO-System. Images of the articles rejected at the hot end by the HOT eye and the HOT form systems, and also by the cold end machines, the MCAL4 and MULTI4 are displayed in the “Gallery” menu of the ECO-System.
In the “Analytics” menu, statistics of rejects by machines and detections are represented over time or by section or mould numbers.
As planned, on the 7th of June, the Tiama group moved into its brand-new headquarters, a modern building of 8,800sqm bringing together two French facilities.
THE CORE is based in Saint-Genis-Laval, 10km from Lyon.
The new building designed by Z Architecture and built by Groupe Cardinal gathers all the new environmental and corporate social responsibility criteria through the BREEAM “very good” level of certification.
The pandemic has challenged the glass industry more than ever, with many supplying critical packaging to support a global vaccine roll-out, others significantly changing their operating model and supply chains being stretched beyond capacity.
2022 marks a thankful return to normality with glasstec taking place in Düsseldorf from the 20th to 23rd of September.
Bucher Emhart Glass will be showcasing the End to End advancements that have helped maintain its single source proposition for glass plant technology and support.
HFT has added to its growing team with the hiring of Project Manager John Wilson and Refractory Engineer Lee Dawber.
Mr Wilson’s primary role will be overseeing professional teams focused on the planning and execution of major projects for the HFT’s high-profile clients.
Over the past decade, his experience includes various leadership roles working within the construction and engineering industry including EPC Air Pollution Control Systems. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University.
In celebration of the International Year of Glass 2022, a year dedicated to celebrating glass by the United Nations, Glaston is spreading the word of using glass to build a better tomorrow.
Glass is highly appreciated for being practical, decorative, and sustainable. Its refractive, reflective and transmission properties are ideal for a broad spectrum of products.
Therefore, glass is widely used in diverse industries such as architecture, automotive, appliances, display and solar.
Mexican glass manufacturer, Vidrio Formas has successfully installed Heye International’s latest SmartLine 2 including Ranger 2 check inspection equipment to deliver high performance at its new production site in Lerma.
The equipment is required to service a new furnace and two additional production lines.
Developed in Germany as an inspection and sorting machine for the global hollow glass community, the SmartLine 2 device incorporates Heye’s latest cold end equipment innovations.
Glass Technology Services (GTS) will be attending Pharmapack 2022 in Paris on the 18-19 May.
This free-to-attend event brings together those who work across the sector to network and learn about the latest packaging trends and opportunities.
Glass as a packaging material is unrivalled in its durability and protective properties, making it the perfect medium for pharmaceutical drugs.
However, drug manufacturers must adhere to strict legal requirements and specifications to ensure the safety of patients who use their products.
The glass industry’s need for high energy is the elephant in the room that simply cannot be ignored. Brand owners are looking at alternative materials, glassmakers are trialling alternative fuels and several industry bodies have combined forces to build trial plants.
In the last few decades, forward thinking companies have introduced innovations in glass production processes to reduce energy consumption and emissions, as well as boost efficiency.
Glass manufacturers face many challenges in their daily operations, including the need for accurate temperature measurements in a variety of locations within the glass-melt furnace.
A portable infrared thermometer, such as AMETEK Land’s Cyclops C100 L pyrometer, provides accurate, calibrated, and traceable temperature readings of molten glass from different positions around the melt tank.
In order to achieve high energy efficiency in buildings, Low-E glass is used for windows and facade components.
The low emissivity poses a major challenge for infrared devices which are traditionally measuring the glass temperature from above when the panes move out of the furnace.
The new Bottom up GIS solves this problem with a new approach.
Tiama started work on hot end sensors nearly two decades ago with the I-Care system launching in 2006. The company subsequently bought the Swedish firm GE develop in 2012 and integrated the GIA (gob image analyzer) in its hot end product range.
With the introduction of the HOT systems at the 2014 Glasstec, a full range of sensors dedicated to the hot end became available.
Monofrax has been bought by Saint-Gobain in order to accelerate the growth of the company’s Ceramics business unit in the refractory industry.
The acquisition will add to the range of fused and sintered refractories solutions sold under the SEFPRO brand for the glass industry and under the PCR brand for other markets such as steel, copper and aluminium.
Prince International Corporation, a portfolio company of American Securities LLC, has completed its acquisition of Ferro Corporation. The company will combine Ferro with Chromaflo Technologies, also an American Securities portfolio company.
The new company, renamed Vibrantz Technologies Inc., will be headquartered in Houston, Texas, and offers advanced materials, colour solutions and performance coatings with sales of approximately $2 billion.
The newly combined company employs approximately 5,400 people and operates in 63 manufacturing sites across six continents.
With nearly 100 years of experience in producing hollow glass containers for the manufacturing, distribution and sale of beer in Mexico, Grupo Modelo boasts 17 famous beer brands, including the popular Corona Extra beer in transparent glass.
Following the latest moulding trends with IS machines to achieve higher precision, minimal waste and high-speed productivity, Modelo decided to invest in vacuum.
BDF has announced an installation in Western Europe that is claimed to be the world’s tallest IS machine.
The 12 section machine is equipped with BDF’s latest technologies: IGD Multidrive Servo Gob Mechanism; Constant Angle Delivery System; Digital Proportional Valves; Ap Pusher mechanisms; Digital Regulators; Vertical Blow Cooling mechanisms Double Cavity; and Black Box.
The other components of the line are the Stirrer Mechanism, Servo Feeder, ADV8050 Electronic control system, Cross Conveyor and Servo Stacker.
F.I.C. has entered into an agreement with SSRC to supply the refractories for a small all-electric furnace to melt a very special glass composition.
SSRC (Special Shapes Refractory Co.) based in Bessemer, Alabama, USA and is well-known in the glass market for providing special solutions to the entire glass market.
F.I.C. (UK) Ltd and their German based subsidiary F.I.C. Germany GmbH supply the world market with all kinds of boosting systems up to 12MW for superboost systems and also for both small and special all-electric melter and hybrid melters.
The American Glass Research family wishes Brian Collins the luck of a long, relaxing and properous retirement after 35 years service.
Mr Collins carved out an impressive legacy during his time at AGR.
He developed an expertise in the operation and maintenance of multiple scanning electron microsopes over the course of his career and is considered a world leading expert in stone identification and is a subject matter expert based on his teachings.
He was co-author of the book "Color Atlas of Stones in Glass" with Brandon S. Aldinger.
PaneraTech announces a new member of their sales team, Pedro Signorelli.
This expansion of PaneraTech’s team is to support the company’s growth with the introduction of Digital Furnace Monitoring solution, a comprehensive suite of technology that includes online sensors for continuous monitoring.
Before joining PaneraTech, Pedro worked for RHI Magnesita for nine years, where he started as an intern and progressed in his career.
Most recently, he was the Head of Sales for Middle East and Key Account Manager in Europe for the glass industry.
Forglass is a company that is known for its innovative and creative approach to progress in glass production technology.
In the glass industry, it is also critical that new inventions are extensively tested and safe, so even the best calculations and mathematical modelling have to be assessed in practice.
This is why about two years ago, Forglass invested in the construction of an experimental furnace, where the company can test a number of its innovative technologies, aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing harmful emissions.
Tiama is a trusted expert and global provider of real-time data and quality controls for the glass packaging industry.
Somex is an Irish company created in 2000 which has developed a strong portfolio of testing instruments for manufacturers of glass containers with a complementarity with Tiama range of products.
Both companies’ technologies when combined will offer a comprehensive portfolio of testing instruments to customers and a more valuable partner in growing the container sector.
Saint-Gobain ISOVER has once again turned to Forglass to develop a complex engineering solution aimed at modernising the glass wool plant in Orange, France.
The crux of the project is the replacement of the current batch transport system and this is where the complexity and the challenge of the project really begins.
The building that houses the glassworks is over four decades old and has undergone many modernisations in its lifetime, so accurate documentation is scarce and sometimes non-existent.
William (Bill) C. Hall, age 65, passed away peacefully on 5 February 2022 after a four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
As the leader of one of the most prominent silent chain companies in the world, Bill was well known for his significant contributions to the power transmission and conveying industry.
Bill graduated from North Carolina State University in 1978 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, earning both bachelor and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering.
Bottero and Tiama have announced the creation of an independent company called GlassFORM.ai based in Rovereto, Trento, Italy, with the goal to develop solutions for process automation.
This joint venture is the next step of the strategic plan of the two companies which have been cooperating for several years, combining Bottero’s process knowledge and Tiama’s sensor expertise.
Today’s glass market is increasingly driven by the need of higher production efficiency, reduced environmental impact and increased overall safety for operators.
An agreement has been signed between GMM, controlled by the Consilium SGR private equity fund, and Bavelloni SpA. GMM has acquired 52% of Bavelloni shares to create one of the largest groups in the processing of stone and glass materials worldwide, exceeding €100 million in turnover.
Bavelloni provides glass processing technology and services for the architectural, furniture and domestic appliance and solar industries.
Over 70 years of operation, the company has delivered more than 25,000 glass processing machines to more than 100 countries.
Glass Technology Services are holding a series of free 30 minute webinars covering pharma glass recalls between 22 February and 8 March.
This three-part live webinar series will focus on pharmaceutical glass product recalls, their causes and the measures that can be taken to deal with them.
Webinar 1 – Recall cause: Cracking/breakages on Tuesday 22 February at 11am (BST).
Webinar 2 – Recall cause: Drug product and glass interaction on Tuesday 1 March at 11am (BST).
Webinar 3 – Recall cause: Dimensional non-conformance on Tuesday 8 March at 11am (BST).
The UN’s International Year of Glass has secured sponsorship of its Opening Conference in Geneva on 9 and 10 February from inspection specialist IRIS.
Jean-Luc Logel, CEO of IRIS says, “We are proud to support this landmark event which celebrates the essential role glass plays in the health of humanity and the environment and coincides with the 20th anniversary of IRIS’s foundation.”
The International Year of Glass (IYOG) will see thousands of activities dedicated to glass, from conferences and seminars to educational work and public information campaigns.
When someone exceeds your expectations, even with the most demanding schedule, you call them again.
Forglass engineers and technicians have gained a reputation for delivering exactly this kind of performance, so clients invite the Polish technology supplier to provide its services with ever expanding scope.
So is the case with container glass factory in Germany, belonging to a global supplier of sustainable glass packaging.
The initial request received by Forglass was the design, fabrication and installation of a new technology line for cullet return.
Glass Service (GS) Vice President Erik Muijsenberg has been involved as an ICG Steering Committee member supporting Prof. Alicia Duran and several ICG members in getting the UN IYOG.
Logically GS became one of the first companies to sponsor the Opening Ceremony in Geneva.
“We are honoured to have designed for this event the Lanyards that we believe will become a unique collector’s item with the once in a lifetime opportunity in this glass age,” said Mr Muijsenberg, “We are proud to be an ICG-IYOG Official Sponsor.”
SEFPRO Technical Marketing Team welcomes Yann Leroy to be in charge of flat and container glass markets.
Patrice Fournier takes over the responsibility of the speciality glass market.
Cyril Jorry and Bernard Fugier, respectively, remain the key contacts for reinforcement and for insulation glass.
With Frederic Pomar, Marketing Director, this team provides refractory expertise to support customers throughout the furnace lifetime and in their transition to a sustainable glass industry.
The 16th International Seminar on Furnace Design – Operation and Process Simulation is now scheduled for 21–22 June 2023.
The venue will be the beautiful and relaxing Hotel Horal mountain resort in Velke Karlovice, Czech Republic.
The event takes place every two years and brings together 150+ glass experts from around the world to discuss the use of simulation and control tools, with the goal of optimizing the glass melting and forming process.
The C46X80 is the first chromatic confocal sensor that can measure glass thickness up to 80 mm. It is also capable of measuring strongly varying distances in a range of 54 mm in combination with a very compact design (Ø34 mm). It can be used as a portable stand-alone device or as a part of a VMA four-channel base unit.
Due to its unique characteristics, it enables various applications, e.g. flat glass, rods, tubes, lenses and multi-pane insulating glass, which requires a high operating range.
Robert Bürkle GmbH held a glass webinar on autoclave-free glass lamination in November 2021.
The online event reached over 70 people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and gave viewers an in-depth insight into flatbed lamination of flat and safety glass.
In addition to an exciting round of talks with experts Robert A. Gaiser, Sales Director Technical Glass, and Daniel Klaus, Process Development, the easy-LAM IFL laminating system was presented live at the Freudenstadt plant.
Excelsius, the specialist for the heat-up, drilling and drain of glass furnaces, held the annual safety training days at the company head office in Germany in December 2021, with online attendees from their global based team.
During the days safety issues where presented by the Head Office & Workshop team and many productive discussions carried out.
All agreed that the meeting as usual formed an important close to a very busy year with lessons learned shared, and new technologies presented.
Over the past two years, Bovone has continued to develop the automation content of its straight-line edging machines.
The company is always very careful to tune its technological offer to the real needs of the various reference markets.
The new Fully Automatic series of grinders meets the needs of the glass industry that requires high productivity rates while maintaining constant the quality of the finished product.
At Vitrum 2021, Bovone previewed the new ELB 11/45 FA, which features:
Netherlands-based glass melting consultant CelSian is staging its annual festive quiz on 7 January at 17.00 (CET) / 11.00 (EST).
CelSian’s Corinne Claireaux (Glass Scientist/Academy Manager) and René Meuleman (Business Development Director) will guide attendees through 20 glass-related serious and funny questions to find out who the successor will be to last year’s winner, Mathieu Hubert (Development Associate at Corning).
Glaston Group has received an order for two Thermo Plastic Spacer (TPS) insulating glass lines to French window manufacturer TRYBA. The order will be delivered in the third quarter of 2022.
The French glass manufacturer TRYBA, specialising in windows, doors, verandas and pergolas, the company already operates Glaston tempering, flat laminating, and insulating glass lines equipped with the latest glass processing technology.
As the company is expanding its operations, TRYBA was looking for an automated and flexible solution for the manufacturing of insulating glass units.
Glass experts and analytical specialists Glass Technology Services have launched their new website.
Re-designed by local web developers Castus, the site highlights the personal service the Sheffield firm is known for while also creating a content hub showcasing the in-depth knowledge that it’s experts possess.
Forglass, known for supplying its glass melting technology across Europe is again working locally – this time with the colourless container glass producer operating two furnaces and six production lines in Western Poland.
The company has contracted to design, fabricate and install a new line for external cullet management.
The line will include two 200 ton silos for flat glass cullet and one 200 ton silo for container glass cullet, and incorporating a unique system for redundant weighing of cullet from each silo.
A year ago, Forglass introduced an “intelligent” scraping conveyor, named SmartScraper.
Equipped with an innovative Overload Protection System (OPS), the conveyor uses electronic sensors to continually monitor the working conditions, diagnose problems and react instantly to changes in operation.
The machine’s built-in intelligence allows it to slow down or stop before its elements are damaged, including the protection system itself.
UK refractory producer, DSF Refractories & Minerals Ltd has appointed Anne-Marie Aitchison as Purchasing Manager.
Ms Aitchison joined DSF 25 years ago as Commercial Assistant and progressed in the sales team to her most recent post of Commercial Office Team Leader.
She has a wealth of experience in international trade as well as a thorough understanding of DSF's business and markets.
Her new role began in November 2021.
Image: Anne-Marie Aitchison is the new Purchasing Manager at DSF
Forglass invites you to visit its new website, created to offer maximum value for both existing clients, as well as new visitors.
Learn about the new technologies developed by the elite team of engineers and peek into the future of glass production.
What’s more, the first 100 visitors, who leave their contact information will receive a promo code for a free download of ForglassBox, a mobile application for complex batch calculations!
To reduce emissions in the glass industry in line with EU targets for carbon reduction, Glass Service Italy (GS) has developed an electric heating system for forehearths that compares strongly on sustainability numbers against its counterparts, gas, oxy fuel and hydrogen.
Electric heating technology offers a potentially carbon-free source, removes combustion gas (which can be expensive or sometimes unavailable), and provides better heat conversion efficiency, greater insulation (no need for gas exhaust chimneys) and improved installation and customisation options.
A supplier of industrial weighing and dosing systems for the glass industry, Lahti Glass Technology Oy has developed solutions for batch plants to improve the cleaning of the return belt with belt conveyors, along with an inexpensive way to replace obsolete control system components.
Belt cleaning package supplied by Lahti Glass combines the company’s know-how with the high-quality cleaning devices. In conjunction with correct engineering the devices will prevent leakages caused by the return belt.
For maximum proximity to customers requiring system solutions for the storage, cutting, processing, and sorting of flat, automotive, and functional glass, and to continue to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing eastern European market, the German-headquartered HEGLA Group has opened a subsidiary in Wrocław, Poland.
HEGLA’s sales and technology team at the new location will provide direct support for all projects, enquiries and service cases in the region and will offer fast local assistance when spare parts are required.
Yorkshire-based supplier of plungers and coolers to the glass container industry Hunprenco has promoted Ben Henry to fulfil the role of Production Manager, following the retirement of Dennis Langfield as Production Director in July this year.
A former mechanical engineer, Mr Henry has worked at Hunprenco for 23 years, 17 of which were in his previous role as Shop Foreman for the company’s cooler division.
According to the company, Hunprenco strives to always implement personnel changes to maintain expertise and knowledge whilst minimising any impact on its business.
Hot end glass conveying specialist Pennine met with the Glass Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (GMAPI) over TEAMS in late July.
During the virtual meeting Will Law, Pennine’s new Technical Sales Engineer, gave a presentation with the help of International Sales Specialist Chris Smith, outlining all of Pennine’s products and how they can benefit the hollow glass making process – and which of these products would be right for the GMAPI to help produce better glass.
The latest REDWAVE sorting technology has been installed at Ruhrglas Recycling’s Lünen plant following an investment of almost four million euros by German recycling company Reiling.
The recently commissioned CSP glass (ceramic, stone, porcelain waste after non-ferrous/white glass sorting) processing plant was planned as a completely independent system.
The glass stream passes from the feed hopper to the drum dryer, where the material is dried and freed from labels by heating in combination with agitation.
German glass machine manufacturer IPROTec GmbH recently delivered its newest intelligent stemware line to Shanxi Dahua Glass Intelligent Manufacturing Ltd., a leading producer of tableware and stemware in the Chinese market that is establishing the country’s first smart glassware factory in North China’s Shanxi province.
Silent Chain manufacturer Ramsey Products has appointed Stacey Heafner as Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative. Ms Heafner’s duties at Ramsey will include responding to customer inquiries and assisting them in determining the best silent chain product for their needs. In addition, Ms Heafner will be responsible for generating quotes, processing orders, and setting up shipments. Her duties include co-ordinating with the manufacturing plant to assure timely product availability.
Marposs has successfully installed eight VisiQuick machines for glass container measurement in several Verallia plants in France.
The machines were delivered and installed in the first half of 2021.
VisiQuick is a flexible measuring machine that can process any kind of container, without job change.
Glass packaging producer Verallia chose the full optional configuration to measure external dimensions, weight, push-up, bore diameter and profile, wall thickness and labelling area profile (sinks and bulges) with an optical system patented by Marposs.
Machine and system manufacturer BÜRKLE launched easy-LAM IFL for inline lamination of flat glass in 2018.
The three-stage laminating concept, comprising heating, vacuum and cold press, enables flat and laminated safety glass manufacturers to replace the cost- and energy-intensive autoclave in their production with an efficient lamination process that can be fully integrated into new or existing production lines.
On 14 September 17 vendors presented the latest developments in industrial production at Grenzebach Corporation’s Automationfest in Newnan, Georgia, USA. Around 150 guests took advantage of the opportunity to engage in personal exchanges and receive first-hand information.
Workshops, product demonstrations and presentations around topics covering future technologies (such as digitalisation of float glass lines and sustainable technologies for the cold and hot end), automation and robotics guided the day.
A sophisticated infrared camera system for inside natural gas-fired furnaces, Advanced Energy’s FurnaceSpection system measures the temperature of the product, refractory and heat transfer surfaces.
The system consists of a 640 x 480-pixel focal-plane array thermal imaging camera within a rugged, heat-protected housing equipped with a special borescope optic system to enable monitoring of temperature distribution through the furnace wall.
Coating materials specialist Emisshield Inc. produces heat-protective/high emissivity coatings created originally for use in spaceflight, now sold worldwide for applications in the glass industry.
The company’s technology has been applied to furnace linings in over 150 glass plants.
During the Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium held in August in Colorado, USA, Emisshield Inc.’s President, Dr. John Olver, was inducted into the Space Foundation Hall of Fame for contributions to worldwide technology derived from space technology.
For more than 30 years, DELTA THERMIQUE has been designing and manufacturing ovens for perfume and aeronautic markets.
The company specialises in furnaces that can reach up to 1600°C with high precision and repeatability.
In 2019 DELTA THERMIQUE acquired a measuring device for profiling ovens.
Temperatures are recorded at each end and in the centre as well as over the entire length of the oven.
These profiling operations can also be useful in the analysis and maintenance of decorating lehrs.
In order to be able to offer solutions and fresh ideas to the market, Italian supplier of equipment for decoration of glass objects Fermac has implemented a new strategy for its marketing and communications.
Dedicated personnel at the firm will have responsibility for activities such as updating the website to present the latest technological innovations, identifying reference targets according to customers’ needs and updating the company’s environmental protection objectives.
A thermal survey using AMETEK Land’s near-infrared borescope (NIR-B-2K) is frequently the starting point for process optimisation on a furnace in the second half of its life.
An in-furnace thermal survey can take from one to three days, depending on the furnace type and size and the support provided by the site. When troubleshooting a quality issue, a survey can prove its worth in just hours.
Using a transportable NIR-B-2K from AMETEK Land for the thermal survey can enable swift optimisation of a thermal profile to improve yield and reduce CO2 and NOx.
At the beginning of September Netherlands-based glass melting specialist CelSian appointed Sjoerd Stelwagen as Senior Project Manager Glass Technology & Equipment. Mr Stelwagen will support CelSian Academy courses, CO+ sensor installations throughout the world and will lead the company’s customer projects.
A Dutch national, Mr Stelwagen obtained a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Eindhoven Technology University.
For more than 16 years he has worked at Ardagh Glass in several engineering and managerial roles.
The sole glass container manufacturer in the Ural federal District in Russia, Steklotech LLC produces glass bottles and jars with a manufacturing capacity of 300 million glassware products per year.
At the beginning of August 2021 furnace specialist HORN was commissioned to rebuild Steklotech’s Furnace 1.
The project in the Tyumen region (Russia) involves the repair of the company’s 200tpd end fired furnace for amber and green glass that has two production lines for container glass with a melting area of 100.8m².
This summer furnace specialist Furnotherm began the challenge of rebuilding a 450tpd glass furnace designed by SORG for AGI glaspac in a limited time period.
The job required the erection of 4500MT refractories in Bhongir, Telengana, India within 43 days. Furnotherm started the project on 13 August, completing it within just 36 days with assistance from the SORG engineers whose guidelines helped make the endeavour a speedy success.
On 16 September AGI glaspac successfully lit its rebuilt furnace.
Electric melting and conditioning systems specialist Electroglass has successfully commissioned the latest in a series of all-electric distributor and forehearth installations for the Gerresheimer group.
A further Electroglass distributor and three forehearths have already been delivered to a third Gerresheimer plant, and are due to be commissioned in the coming months.
Software provider for the glass industry Vertech’ has upgraded its SIL supervision system with a pallet blocking mode.
By running SIL, which provides glassmakers with very precise, real time KPIs on the performance of the whole plant, quality acceptance levels are defined in line with international standards and pallets are accepted or blocked accordingly.
This reliable process can be used for any kind of glass production.
The new pallet-blocking feature is flexible and can be enabled to suit glassmakers’ needs, production orders and/or management style.
Finnish glass processing technology company Glaston has appointed Joe Butler as Senior Vice President Sales and Service for Glaston Americas. Based in Glaston’s office in New Jersey, USA, Mr Butler took over the position at beginning of September 2021. He has over 20 years of sales experience occupying various leadership roles with top tier manufacturing companies focused on the fenestration industry.
In response to increasing demand from the marketplace to deliver the highest degree of glass quality and minimise glass defect rejects, Glass Service has installed a second advanced electron microprobe at its facility in Vsetin, Czech Republic.
The new machine will allow the company to study solid defects, such as stones, cords and knots with the highest degree of accuracy. GS has expanded its highly trained laboratory team to improve its response times for customers.
The company runs the world’s largest independent laboratory for glass defects.
Jesper Kristiansen has been appointed Senior Director of Global Sales for AMETEK Land, specialist in high accuracy, non-contact temperature measurement systems.
The appointment is part of an organisational change that will see the company’s directors of sales in America and Asia, and all European regional sales managers, report directly to this new position.
In his new role, Mr Kristiansen will have full responsibility for leading AMETEK Land’s commercial strategies, working with the global sales teams to maintain its market-leading position in metals and power markets.
Manufacturer of building systems and green building materials Knauf Insulation commissioned Shanghai Precision to supply the whole batch plant and cullet return system for its glass wool furnace in Johor, Malaysia.
As a general contractor for the batch plant, Shanghai Precision took responsibility for engineering design, equipment assembly and supply, as well as equipment installation, on-site testing, commissioning and training.
The company also supplied the steel structure and silos of the batch plant.
For the second time this year LiSEC, a global group offering technology for individual and complete solutions in flat glass processing and finishing, has managed to break its monthly order intake volume record. In February 2021 LiSEC posted a monthly order intake volume of more than 30 million euros – for the second time since the company’s founding. This was exceeded in August 2021 by the highest monthly order intake in the company’s history:
34.5 million euros. In addition, the company managed to hit its 2021 order intake target for machinery and software by the end of July.
Netherlands-based coating technology specialist Imaca BV has recently undergone a change in leadership. Former General Manager Christian Ibarra has taken the helm and full ownership of the business following the retirement of former MD John van Dockum. At the same time, the firm has moved to new premises.
The Business Centre Club in Warsaw have named Forglass was once again as an Ambassador of the Polish Economy.
Currently in its 12th edition, the award is a nationwide non-commercial undertaking whose task is to distinguish and promote entrepreneurs who are successful in international markets, exhibit high economic and financial standards and observe good business practices in foreign contacts.
For the third time, Forglass was named a winner, this time in the category of European Brand.
HWI has promoted Melissa Bihary to Vice President, People and Organizational Effectiveness (POE). As the Chief Human Resource leader, she is responsible for developing and executing the company’s human resource strategy to support its overall business plan and strategic direction.
Ms Bihary also leads all aspects of global People Management and Operational Excellence functions, including all Human Resources business partners, talent acquisition, organisational development, and training, continuous improvement business system, and enterprise-wide project management.
SmartRay has launched a new 3D sensor for glass inspection, adding significant value to the production process through improved quality and accuracy.
The ECCO 95.025G is an economic and compact sensor, developed to meet the challenges of scanning transparent and highly reflective surfaces.
Historically, 3D glass scanning using laser triangulation was impossible due to laser light passing through the glass and light reflection which can cause inconsistencies in the data.
At the beginning of 2021, the GKT Group from Brakel in Germany geared up for the future by expanding its production technology and implementing a new software system.
For even greater flexibility, automation and further growth, the company invested in a double edging and drilling machine, a highly automated float glass cutting system with a breakout system and an insulated glass line.
CelSian has announced that only a few seats remain for its Glass Technology training course on 27 September – 1 October.
The extensive course in glass melting technologies will take place via a hybrid on-line/on-site setting and will be presented by six dedicated experts.
The training is an excellent introduction for new entrants to the glass industry and a perfect refresher for more experienced professionals.
The course features a global overview of key glass making technologies from raw materials through to the glass forming process.
RATH, specialised in refractory technology, has recently built a new state-of-the-art pre-assembly area at its production site in Budapest, Hungary.
“The refurbishment of this area allows professional pre-assembly to be carried out to international standards, so that requirements of glass industry customers can be met even more perfectly in the future”, says Robert Nusszer, Managing Director of the global Sales Unit Glass, RATH Group.
In addition to the high product quality, absolute fitting accuracy is a top priority for RATH refractory products.
Hans-Peter Müller will join Heye International as Managing Director on 18th October 2021.
He will be responsible for the development and implementation of the future strategic approach of the company, delivering new business projects through sales negotiations in different countries, worldwide.
Mr Müller will be responsible for setting up a long-term sales and innovation strategy, aligned with the Heye vision and transformation into actionable operational plans, including clear goals for performance, cost competitiveness and growth.
Stacey Heafner has joined Ramsey Products as a Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative.
Her duties will include responding to customer inquiries and assisting them in determining the best silent chain product for their needs.
In addition, she will be responsible for generating quotes, processing orders, setting up shipments and coordinating with the manufacturing plant to assure timely product availability.
Sam Leaper has been promoted to Director of Glass Business Development at HFT. Mr Leaper has been with the company for 4.5 years and will lead Sales and Marketing Department as it continues to grow and offer global glass makers with turnkey project support and EPC solutions from initial conception, through development, design and execution.
HFT have announced the appointment of Mr Walter Gray as Director of Power Solutions.
Bringing over 20 years of power industry experience to the HFT team, having worked for E.ON, EcoSecurities and Centrica, his knowledge has driven successful energy projects across the globe, developing both onsite energy solutions and utility scale renewable projects.
Mr Gray’s expertise expands HFT’s presence in CHP, waste heat recovery, resiliency, and hybrid microgrids.
Italian refractory supplier SIGMA has announced a new campaign of investments in both its plants in Italy and Bulgaria.
The goal is to increase both flexibility and production capacity to offer better services to its Italian and worldwide customers.
The site in Plovdiv, Bulgaria has been recently expanded by 6000sqm.
Two new controlled atmosphere shuttle kilns and dryers have been installed to fire refractory materials up to 1600°C.
VMA, a leading supplier of optical, non-contact measuring technology for the glass industry, has launched a new website and logo that more than ever represents the four VMA business divisions: container glass, flat glass, laboratory measuring equipment and special solutions.
It distinctly communicates the company’s core competence and reflects the solution-oriented approach with its straightforward and pragmatic design.
Demonstrating its desire to be close to global customers, Olivotto Glass Technologies exhibited at the 31st China Glass exhibition in Shanghai on 6-9 May.
Organisational and travel challenges brought on by the global pandemic were overcome and the company’s President and CEO, Sarvia Sergio, was able to personally represent the company, a leader in engineering, manufacture, installation and commissioning of hollow glass forming plants, systems and machines.
Mr Sarvia reported a successful exhibition with a large number of visitors and positive project meetings.
Driven to meet its climate commitments over the last years, China continues to focus on its solar glass production.
The country became the world’s biggest manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products aiming to reduce coal usage and increase renewable energy sources.
PV glass is a technology that enables the conversion of light into electricity by the means of transparent semiconductor-based photovoltaic cells.
While the PV glass demand is outpacing the production capacity, local glass manufactures rush to expand existing workshops and build new installations.
Polish glass-melting technology supplier Forglass has been commissioned to carry out the hot overcoating of two float glass furnaces for Saint-Gobain Glass, renowned manufacturer of energy-efficient coated glass and insulated glazing.
The repairs will take place at plants in Pisa, Italy and Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland.
A key factor in Saint-Gobain Glass’s decision to award the hot overcoating contracts to Forglass was the company’s business strategy, which combines engineering prowess and contract fulfilment under one roof.
Measurement and monitoring specialist VPInstruments has upgraded its VPVision energy monitoring software. According to the company VPVision 5.2 has been given “a complete makeover”: the modern design offers better navigation, improved stability and increased performance.
Updating can now be completed “in a matter of minutes” as updates can be done automatically over the air. The software is “more intuitive and self-explanatory, making a user manual almost unnecessary”.
German glass processing company Nowak Glas has installed a horizontal Viprotron ECO Scanner System at its factory in Wattenscheid, Bochum to optimise laminated glass production and maintain high standards of quality.
At the plant, which has a strong focus on insulation and safety glass, the compact scanner system with two camera heads covering a width of 2.80m was retrofitted into an existing Benteler line.
The new system was put into operation in summer 2020, producing “great results from the beginning”.
Manufacturer of thermal equipment for the glass industry Vidromecanica has developed an oven designed to make it easier and faster for operators to work.
The improved oven features mobile carrier cars that can circulate through the manufacturing floor, facilitating the transport of the moulds and eliminating transfer operations.
Vidromecanica produces modern mould preheating kilns adapted to the glass industry demands, furnished with advanced temperature controls and heating systems.
Supplier of conveying systems Vetromeccanica, a historical Italian company based in the Parma area known as Italian Packaging Valley, has announced some of its upcoming projects for the glass industry.
Among these are a cold end installation for a new furnace including inspection lines, decoration area and palletisers at a plant dedicated to producing different types of beer bottles.
Vetromeccanica will supply the feasibility study, design, manufacturing and installation of the cold end lines and related accessories as well as the palletisers and the shuttle car.
At the beginning of this year a large international customer commissioned furnace specialist ULG with the hot repair of the waste gas channel in one of its glass melting plants in Europe.
After a thorough inspection of the exhaust system the ULG team prepared works by cutting a slit into the side with the chainsaw and set up a water jacket into the port neck.
Float glass technology specialist Stewart Engineers has added four new engineers to its team.
The recruits include recent graduates from North Carolina State University and East Carolina University with degrees in Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition Stewart has hired an intern from NC State double majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering.
The fresh graduates stand to learn the ins and outs of the glass industry from Stewart Engineers’ veteran glass experts.
Glass melting and conditioning company SORG has developed new burner holders featuring integrated angle adjustment to make it easier to find the burner’s most efficient setting in light of new regulations.
Stricter furnace emission regulations have resulted in tightly controlled furnace operations. The legislation applies specifically to the burner’s settings because they have the most influence on emissions.
As a result, the burner’s settings and adjustment angle must be continuously monitored.
For its first investment in glass tube production in China, Schott selected Shanghai Precision Dosing & Weighing System Co., Ltd. – a company that focuses on design and supply of batch plant – and its German partner EME GmbH to design and supply a batch plant for a medical borosilicate glass production line.
Italian manufacturer Ser.Tec. offers a complete line of products for printing on glass, both with both digital and screen printing technology.
The company’s S3P screen printing machine for printing glass sheets up to 200cm x 300cm is equipped with solutions dedicated to glass printing such as a suction and blowing print table for easy handling and locking of the sheets, and an electric positioning pin to simplify the positioning of the glass.
A new rotating base combined with a CVB series of loaders/unloaders reinforces Schiatti Angelo’s commitment to Industry 4.0 automation for its glass processing machines.
The trolley allows glass sheets to be loaded and unloaded in a continuous cycle, reducing unproductive technical lead times.
The structure consists of a fixed ring base, on which rotates a slewing resting on rollers which, in turn, slide on the circumference of the base.
Refractory manufacturer RHI Magnesita plans to invest €23 million in modernising its Urmitz site in Germany over the next two years.
This investment, the Group’s largest in Germany, will be used to expand and upgrade the traditional plant as a hub for non-basic refractory products. Modernisation measures will increase the plant’s production volume and boost energy efficiency by 10%.
In addition, investment in recycling will allow RHI Magnesita to increase the share of secondary raw materials.
International refractories manufacturer RATH believes that high-quality refractory materials are the basis for superior production and crystal-clear results in all areas of glass manufacture.
From its eight production sites in Europe and America the company produces a wide range of glass melting crucibles as well as day furnaces in a variety of compositions, shapes and sizes. RATH’s portfolio includes standard compositions, sizes and shapes, and customer-specific requests are also available on request.
Forming specialist Quantum has purchased a Mazak North America 4-axis CNC cutting machine to increase its capacity to meet market demand for plunger mechanism and process equipment used in the blank side of IS machine glass container production.
The VCN-530C model is designed to process large parts or multiple small workpieces in single machine setups.
Manufacturer of infrared measurement devices Optris GmbH has developed a system for temperature monitoring during thermal tempering that is compatible with glass that has a very low emissivity coating.
Used to produce products such as single-pane safety glass (SPSG), thermal tempering is the process of influencing the physical properties of flat glass with targeted heat treatment.
To meet market demand, particularly regarding hydrolytic resistance levels, OCMI Group has launched a completely new model of its index rotation forming machine for vials. The new machine has 18 upper and nine lower stations.
As a result of technological developments related to servo-controlled forming tools, OCMI’s FLA20/S vial forming machine is already penetrating growing Asian markets such as China and Pakistan.
Measuring systems specialist nokra is to release its laser-based ‘alpha.glassWS’ measurement system for the measurement of automotive glass bending curvatures early in the second half of the year.
The system comes in a revised design layout with high sensitivity sensors and a faster lateral adjustment of the sensor positions to allow for shorter cycle times.
The new system benefits from new ‘easy.glass’ software, which will also be available as a field upgrade to the installed base by July 2021.
Imaging systems supplier Lüscher Technologies is offering live demonstrations of its latest computer-to-screen and computer-to-plate software at its new showroom in Oftringen, Switzerland.
Prospective customers can request a general presentation tailored to their particular needs, or a demonstration where their own material will be processed for a preferred application, with the material returned afterwards for internal evaluation and testing.
For clients unable to travel to Switzerland, Lüscher offers live video demos on MS Teams.
Supplier of industrial weighing and dosing systems for the glass industry, Lahti Glass Technology Oy has developed a new batch controller for the dosing and weighing control of raw material components for glass batch. The new instrument offers an inexpensive way to upgrade dosing controls. It is designed to replace and fit into the space occupied by the old (Raute) Lahti WB-950 and WB-951 dosing controllers – users can keep the existing control system mainly as is; there is no need to modify the PLC program or HMI but the communication protocol must be changed to Profinet.
Facilitating advanced haptic and visual effects, Koenig & Bauer Kammann’s new HIL process enables multi-ink layer application on container glass products including drinkware, bottles and cosmetic flacons.
The technology is based on Koenig & Bauer Kammann’s well known digital print station and can be integrated onto machine bases such as the K15 and K20 series.
Wear protection specialist Kalenborn has reached its 100 year milestone in making plant components resistant to abrasion.
Co-founded by Dr Kurt Mauritz and based in Vettelschoss, Germany, the business entity that began in 1921 as Schmelzbasalt AG has evolved over 100 years to become a successful family-run firm with 600 employees, 12 companies and 25 distributors on five continents.
In line with its vision to create value from innovating world leading, high technology products, specialty chemicals group Johnson Matthey has developed 1S2020 to meet strict requirements for sunroof glass.
The installation of each glass part in a vehicle dictates properties of the glass and enamel system used. Critical for sunroof glass is the need to achieve the expected fired surface properties: colour; optical density; mechanical and chemical durability; using the minimum fired enamel layer possible.
Glass mould specialist Changshu Jianhua Mould Technology Co.’s tungsten carbide plunger project was successfully approved and officially put into production in 2020.
Traditionally, the surface of a plunger is spray-clad with nickel-based powder giving it a hardness of about 40HRC and enabling the equipment to be used to press molten glass at a temperature of about 1000°C into a mould.
Coated with tungsten carbide powder, Jianhua Mould’s NNPB plunger has a hardness that can reach more than 60HRC.
To combat the destructive effect cullet can have on wear plate in glass industry operations, provider of impact and abrasion wear solutions JADCO has further reduced nickel levels in its Chromeweld series of overlay plates.
The glass industry standard for maximum allowable nickel is 0.25%. JADCO has reduced this level by another 20% with quality controls in its manufacturing process.
The result achieves well below 0.20% total nickel in Chromeweld, which has been readily accepted by most glass producers.
Designer and manufacturer of machines for packaging decoration Isimat has adapted the patented InLINE FOILING process it developed with Leonhard Kurz for tapered glass bottles and conical glass drinkware.
The inLINE FOILING multicolour metallisation process uses only one foil, which can be overprinted immediately with a clear varnish or a tinted varnish; multi-colour metallised images can be achieved by over-varnishing with tinted varnishes of two or more colours.
Gas supplier HyGear Asia, a subsidiary company of HyGear, has signed an agreement to supply its gas recovery system to Obeikan Glass Company, the largest float/coated/laminated glass manufacturer in the Middle East region located in Yanbu city on the western part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hydrogen and nitrogen gas mixtures are used in float glass production as a protective atmosphere to prevent oxidation.
These gases are injected into the tin bath where liquid glass is floated on molten tin. Commonly the mixed gases, once used, are vented into the atmosphere.
A new burner bracket from HORN offers several advantages for customers.
Accurate and rapid adjustment of the burner angle after burner replacement or cleaning is of utmost importance given the strong influence the burner angle can have on the melting process, furnace life and emission values during glass making; the burner also facilitates lower energy consumption.
HORN’s H-RAB Rapid Adjust Bracket offers simplified adjustment of the correct burner angle to get replicable values.
Honeywell Thermal Solutions has expanded its portfolio of combustion products for the glass industry with its PrimeFire FH burner. Featuring next generation oxy-fuel technology, the PrimeFire FH is Honeywell’s latest innovation in glass forehearth technology with a patent pending burner/block design that provides a maintenance-free, long lasting product for container, e-glass and wool glass applications.
The new burner is designed to be cooler running for longer burner life, while still providing improved fuel usage and NOx reduction.
Manufacturer of industrial chains from China, Hengjiu Group is expanding its production capacity for flat top conveyor chain through investment in Jixi Hengjiu Special Chain Co., Ltd., its subsidiary located in Anhui Province, China. The Hengjiu Group has been working with well-known international companies and dealers (including private labelling products) for decades and is established in seven locations with an annual turnover of €180 million.
Members from the glass, ceramics, steel, paper, cement and chemicals industries along with representatives from academia, government agencies and the energy sector attended an interactive workshop on the EnviroAsh project to investigate waste ashes, slags and mineral by-products as a source of secondary raw materials.
Manufacturer of lubrication and engineering systems Graphoidal Developments Ltd is preparing for the retirement of Mark Johnston, Managing Director of the Rondot Group company. Mr Johnston will be succeeded by Simon Holmes, a Rondot Group Board Member and Managing Director of Sheppee International and Rondot GB Limited.
Manufacturer of separator application systems Grafotec Spray Systems has successfully completed testing a liquid application system with a German customer.
Grafotec’s new roller application device can coat float glass with anti-corrosion liquid using a single, continuous roller.
The application quantity is regulated via a shutter control and automatically adapts to different web speeds in order to keep the desired application quantity constant.
Following successful completion of a project to modernise one of PT Mulia Glass’s production lines, automation specialist futronic has been tasked with retrofitting another of the Indonesian company’s lines.
Early in 2019, futronic received an order from glass manufacturer PT Mulia Glass to modernise one of the production lines at a plant south-east of Jakarta.
Indian furnace maker Furnotherm is currently handling four major glass furnace projects in four different locations.
The company has started a prestigious commission constructing the first float glass plant in Uzbekistan: a greenfield project for Zarafshon Oyna LLC, designed and supplied by HORN, Germany. Concurrently, Furnotherm is also building a greenfield 250tpd container glass furnace for Piramal Glass in Jambusar, Gujarat, India.
As part of its FUCHS 2025 strategy and the inception of its Global Business Segment dedicated to servicing the glass industry, lubricant manufacturer FUCHS has embarked on an ambitious strategy of expanding the global manufacturing landscape for its FUCHS LUBRITECH VITROLIS range of glass lubricants.
To support the full line of VITROLIS products coming out of the company’s UK plant in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, these products will now also be manufactured in other FUCHS facilities around the world as part of its ‘Act Global’ strategy.
Supplier of glass melting technologies Forglass has won a greenfield project to design and deliver a furnace and an entire batch plant for an international glass producer specialising in the production of amber beer bottles.
Based on technology developed by Forglass (with full automation and safety systems, including gas supply), the furnace at the company’s new factory in Poland will deliver over 400 tons of amber glass per day to three production lines.
Since its acquisition of Diegel Creative Coatings in 2018, coatings and colour solutions provider Ferro has continued to align its glass decoration products with many of the world’s iconic drinks and perfumery brands.
Ferro’s connections to these brands have been forged through its close relationships with glass manufacturers and specialist glass decorators such as Dekorglass S.A., based in Dzialdowo, Poland, which has become a longstanding partner for Diegel’s eco-friendly water-based organic coatings.
Glass melting specialist Falorni Tech defines ‘opportunity engineering’ as the early stage of an investment project in glassmaking. Working as a technical consultant for several investment projects in glassmaking, the company has developed an unconventional approach that remains embedded within the frames of the commercial phase of a project and not in the executive phase.
In addition to operations in the United States, Europe and China, ink manufacturer Encres DUBUIT is expanding its Asia manufacturing footprint by opening a new plant in Vietnam.
The company opened its first factory in Asia, China (Shanghai) in 2003 and then extended it in 2011. DUBUIT Shanghai is currently a R&D, production, sales and technical support centre for China and all of Southeast Asia.
Producer of batch and cullet treatment systems EME has applied intelligent control to its cullet scrapers to reduce wear and to save energy and labour.
Via interfaces with a customer’s IS machines, whether gobs or continuous trickle, EME’s control system intelligently determines the quantity of glass fed into the scraper conveyor and automatically adjusts running times and running speeds to optimise the system performance. In this way, changes in glass production are compensated for independently and without the intervention of an operator.
Manufacturer of shaped refractories DSF Refractories & Minerals has made two new board appointments as part of its strategy for future growth ambitions and to bring more focus on operations to the board.
Janette Flower and Matt Handley – both already part of the senior management team at DSF, and instrumental to seeing the company through the Covid-19 pandemic – have been promoted to the roles of Manufacturing Operations Director and Strategic Operations Director, respectively.
Manufacturer of metal moulds for the glass and crystal industry and conveyors for the hollow glass industry, Diverre is using its technical know-how to produce moulds for pharmaceutical vials that will contain vaccines to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus. Additionally the company’s conveying equipment is employed to transport glass vials before they are filled. To assist with extra measures of hygiene required during the pandemic Diverre is also offering its own hydroalcoholic gel dispenser that can be personalised by customers.
In cooperation with major glass manufacturers, coating specialist DinterS has developed a fully automatic Central Feeding Unit (CFU) for hot end coating chemicals.
The unit ensures better safety, reduced costs for chemicals, no waste material and less maintenance. A key advantage is offered by the self priming main transfer pump, which makes filling operations of the day tank much easier and therefore safer. Levels and pump settings are viewed on a 7 inch Siemens touch screen.
Two new models have been added to Bristol Instruments’ line of non-contact optical thickness gauges. The 157XLS (Extra Long Scan) and 137XLS systems are the latest additions, both of which extend the maximum measurement limit to 80mm. The longer scan measurement capability was added primarily to accommodate thicker, multi-element optical components and assemblies, as well as large diameter medical devices.
Provider of coatings for the hollow glass industry Bohemi Chemicals has developed a hot end coating that enhances the overall mechanical strength of the bottle. Startin S is pure (99%) monobutyltin trichloride, also known as MBTC, that is sprayed on the bottle just after the forming phase at 550–450°C. The high temperature causes all organic components to evaporate, laying down a homogeneous coat of tin oxide that closes any micro cracks on the glass bottle caused by the rough surface of the mould.
Electrical melting specialist Bock Energietechnik has developed a new risk-free process to install bottom electrode holders up to three inches in size.
The company’s service team has already employed this new method “with great success” on a 600 ton melting tank during ongoing operations (see photo).
Inserting or exchanging side electrodes is part of daily business for the team. Bock has a ‘tried and tested’ procedure for side electrodes and its equipment, which was developed in-house, is also unique in the glass industry.
Manufacturer of flat glass processing equipment Bavelloni has added a new model to its range of vertical washers.
The VW1600 OT is the smallest washer in the VW Series. With an open-top structure it can process up to 1600mm high glass sheets and also allows the passage of higher glass panes. The body of the machine consists of a washing area with three independent zones (pre-wash, washing and rinsing) and a drying section.
Understanding the cost and limitations rotary carousel machines place on manufacturers has been the key driver of Applied Vision Corporation’s mission to provide a non-contact, non-rotate empty glass container inspection.
The manufacturer of machine vision systems for the food and beverage industry is keen to reduce extra inspection legs necessary in cold end material handling, warehousing of container tooling, and complex and difficult job changes.
Supplier of quality assurance and process automation equipment to the packaging industry Agr International has appointed Steve Smith as Director of Sales to lead Agr’s North American sales organisation.
In this role Mr Smith will oversee all sales related activities within the United States, Mexico, Canada and several countries within Latin America and the Caribbean as part of Agr’s multi-year plan to strengthen and expand its sales and service organizations to benefit customers throughout the world.
The Impac IN 6/78-L by Advanced Energy is a new pyrometer specially developed to address the challenges posed by using infrared temperature measurement on ultra-thin glass.
Requiring high-quality display glass with a low-defect rate, products such as smart phones and tablets typically tend to use to thinner glass (<1mm) due to weight and energy reasons.
Manufacturer of release agents, special coatings and cleaning agents Acmos is confident that its innovative new patching product will revolutionise the delivery coating market.
Developed to patch-repair worn delivery parts, which typically would need to be removed and recoated – an expensive and time-consuming operation, Acmos 43-5004 is a water-based coating that can be applied directly to areas where the chute coating has become worn by glass gobs without removing them from the production to maximise gob delivery performance.
Originally scheduled to take place in Velke Karlovice in September 2021, the 16th International Seminar on Furnace Design – Operation and Process Simulation has been postponed due to the pandemic. New dates for the seminar will be announced in the second half of 2021.
The event takes place every two years and brings together over 150 glass experts from around the world to discuss the use of simulation and control tools with the goal of optimising the glass melting and forming process.
SEFPRO, a provider of innovative and reliable refractory solutions for glass manufacturers, is now a SmartMelter Certified Partner.
There is a natural synergy between the two companies that forms the basis of this partnership. SEFPRO is a major global refractory supplier offering top-of-the-line refractory solutions specifically to the glass industry; PaneraTech believes it to be the only company to offer radar-based refractory monitoring solutions to the glass industry.
Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a leading strategic partner for OEMs and system builders, announces the launch of its next generation Atlas Image Quality (IQ) toolset, offering print quality enhancement for industrial digital printing.
The Atlas IQ toolset is a range of Image Quality tools – intelligent software to provide a superior level of image management and compensation for inkjet printheads, drawing on GIS’ wealth of expertise in the market.
Software specialist Vertech’ has developed Pallet Audit: a SILXQual module feature for controlling, tracking and certifying the conformity of finished products and pallets prior to delivery.
The Pallet Audit interface automatically generates quality check batches when the plant has an ERP – they can also be created manually.
Israel’s Seebo, the predictive quality and yield solution, is extending its Series B financing round, for a total of $24 million.
The funding will be used to further expand its global reach and continue enhancing its process-based artificial intelligence solution. The round is led by Vertex Ventures with participation from 10D, The Phoenix and Leumi Partners.
AMETEK Land has added further features to its IMAGEPro software for use with the NIR-Borescope-2K Glass thermal imaging solution in glass melt tank applications.
The NIR-B-2K provides a thermal image with an outstanding definition of nearly three megapixels (1968 x 1472). It is not affected by the hot atmosphere or gases of the furnace and allows operators to measure from any of its three million fully radiometric-calibrated pixels, providing data to optimise furnace temperature.
SAATI SpA and CST GMBH have established a joint venture to further expand their long-standing relationship, strengthening their combined resources to support revenue growth for customers and partners.
The joint venture will leverage the capabilities of Germany’s CST in computer to screen and the considerable application and marketing expertise of Italy’s SAATI in the screen printing industry as a solution provider and global manufacturer of screen printing mesh, stencil systems, screen cleaning chemistry.
CutPRO Cut Resistant Clothing has reported its most successful year since its creation in 2017. It is also on target for further sustained growth during 2021, in spite of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The protective clothing brand has launched a series of garment designs, after consulting health and safety professionals of leading flat glass, sheet metal and air conditioning companies from around the world.
Forglass is known to many European glass producers for the design and build of glass furnaces and batch plants.
Less widely known is that it is also a multi-faceted engineering enterprise, including the design, construction and delivery of much of the auxiliary equipment for glassworks, such as conveyors, crushers and gas combustion systems.
Among the company’s areas of expertise is the design and delivery of demanding combustion systems that meet and exceed the most rigorous safety standards.
Bristol Instruments has added two models to its line of non-contact optical thickness gauges. The 157XLS (Extra Long Scan) and 137XLS systems are the latest additions, both of which extend the maximum measurement limit to 80mm.
These models maintain industry leading accuracy as high as ± 0.1 μm for the 157XLS models and long-term repeatability of up to ± 0.02 μm.
For less exacting requirements, the 137XLS measures accuracy as high as ± 1.0 μm and features a long-term repeatability of ± 0.05 μm.
American Glass Research will be conducting its latest in a series of educational webinars entitled ‘Spotlight on Fusing Container Design and Branding’ on 19 and 21 January 2021.
The company’s design experts will explore branding options, stress levels and performance implications for stock, custom and individual bottle categories.
Participants will also learn about a variety of branding opportunities and how they may be applied, while taking into consideration performance implications and other technical details.
To make it even easier to optimise its refractory products and services in the field, HarbisonWalker International has enhanced its mobile refractory tools app, based on customer input.
The free app for iOS and android devices is available with basic functionalities for all users. HWI customers and members of HWI's Contractor/Installer (C/I) network can log in on the app for more features and updates to existing functions.
Glaston Corp and Juha Liettyä, a member of the Executive Management Group and SVP Glaston Heat Treatment Technologies, have together agreed that Juha Liettyä will leave the company on 30 November 2020.
Juha Liettyä joined Glaston in 1986 and has been a member of the Executive Management Group since 2007.
As of 1 December 2020, VP, Emerging Technologies Miika Äppelqvist, Industrial engineering and management, has been appointed SVP Glaston Heat Treatment Technologies and member of the Executive Management Group.
Italy’s Falorni Tech has confirmed its commitment to ensuring business continuity while protecting its workforce during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The epidemic is described as a testing ground for the company’s IT infrastructure and latest work organisation methods, as a proven and safe video conferencing infrastructure further allows the business to organise meetings and keep daily contacts with customers.
For field service workers, however, who cannot work from home, the ‘office’ is the glass factory, in different locations throughout each day.
Forglass has been recognised in Poland as a company that is not only developing its international business rapidly but one that is doing so with excellence, innovation and establishing strong partnerships with foreign clients.
The ‘Ambassador of the Polish Economy’ is an annual competition organised by the Business Centre Club of Poland.
Its aim is to increase the involvement of Polish entrepreneurs in promoting the country in the international arena, as a reliable economic partner.
Leading glass melting technology supplier Forglass is involved in a campaign organised by the Business Centre Club (BCC) of Poland, the aim of which is to show respect and appreciate people for their efforts to fight the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of this initiative, employees of BCC member companies take photographs with a card bearing the hashtag #RatujeBoPracuje (Helping because I’m working) and share them on a specially created Facebook event, fan pages of the companies they work for and on their personal profiles.
Kanthal has added a 60 kW heater to its range of flow heaters to meet demands for higher power in industries like glass and aluminium.
These sectors typically have high power demands and use open flame torches in their production processes.
According to a Kanthal statement, switching from gas burners to electric air heaters reduces carbon emissions, increases the speed of preheating processes and minimises the risk of explosions since no moisture and water is released in the equipment.
Glaston Corp has initiated co-operation negotiations concerning measures to adapt its operations to lower than expected demand.
The negotiations cover all companies in Finland and concern both temporary lay-offs and termination of employment contracts.
Glaston estimates that the negotiations could lead to the termination of up to 20 employment contracts.
The short-time work in Glaston’s Automotive business in Switzerland, implemented in the autumn 2019, continues until further notice and the organisation continues to monitor the situation closely.
Italy’s Falorni Tech is participating at glasstec VIRTUAL with an interactive web presentation on 21 October at 15:00 CET.
Anyone interested in attending is invited to register for free to discover the company’s solutions for the glass container industry, with a focus on the FLEX-COND glass conditioning system for NNPB production.
The live session will be hosted by Commercial Director Andrea Zucconi, who will offer an overview of Falorni Tech glass melting technology, including 3D visuals.
Condat SA and Kemno have reached the closing date of an agreement giving Condat ownership of the Italy-based lubricants company Kemno.
Kemno, like Condat, is a family-owned company. Created in 2004 by Novati siblings, the Italian firm specialises in the production of neat and soluble coolants.
Active primarily in the cold heading business, Kemno also offers metal working fluids, maintenance oils and greases, as well as quenching oils.
With energy regulations and climate policy targets establishing strict requirements for the construction of future buildings, selecting the most effective and a compatible system for controlling the presence of water, water vapour and achieving airtight transition seals in ventilated facades, curtain walls and window perimeter systems, can be a complex decision.
International engineering group Fives has launched a subfolder ‘Glass’ site, www.fivesgroup.com/glass, devoted to the group’s strategy to focus on greener glass manufacturing technologies.
The website is structured around four main axes that aim to increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions and enhance operating life, as well as minimise downtime and maintenance costs:
* Melting: Electric melting and boosting systems, oxy-fuel and hybrid furnaces.
FM Global, a leading multi-national commercial insurance company, updated data sheet 7-26, loss prevention guidelines for the glass industry, in July 2020.
These updated guidelines include radar-based technology among a list of minimum activities recommended for an asset integrity programme, found in section 2.5.13-D. PaneraTech reports that SmartMelter is currently the only technology that provides inspections that meet this action.
Current restrictions have resulted in a significant increase in the usage of digital communication formats.
The companies Optris, greateyes and PhoenixTM are organising a webinar devoted to this topic on 17 September entitled ‘Getting precise - Three state-of-the-art technologies used in the industry to get high value data for analysis and process optimisation.’
The three companies will each present their technologies and systems but also place a strong focus on current applications.
Penico Gauges have completed its development of gauges to help in the inspection of plungers used in the moulding process for glass containers.
The UK company now offers two gauges that are of benefit to mould shops. Both are fully adjustable.
The plunger diameter gauge has an interchangeable diameter feature for different plungers and height blocks for setting the varying heights that occur on the gauging point of plungers.
Separately, Penico’s plunger straightness gauge is also fully adjustable to accommodate the many different types of plunger.
Companies involved in processing flat glass often need to unload containers of glass from delivery vehicles and to place them inside a facility for unpacking.
These containers are often loaded over-height (OOG).
A fast turnaround of the delivery truck is required to avoid demurrage costs. Conventional container handlers are unsuitable for this operation, as top lifting is not possible.
This equipment is also expensive and has extremely high axle loads that result in yard damage. It also cannot bring a container inside.
Hunprenco Precision Engineers Ltd has appointed Ivan McNeill as Managing Director. Mr McNeill has worked for the company for 17 years, joining initially as Maintenance Engineer and applying his knowledge and experience gained within other industries (precision engineering, industrial gases/cryogenics South Africa, plastics, rubber and chemicals).
This, coupled with his dedication, hard work and willingness to learn has enabled Mr McNeill to advance to his current position.
He will be assisted by Chris Houghton and Dennis Langfield, who are both named as Directors.
Orientis Technology, based in Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, has been appointed Electroglass agent for Russia and the CIS countries.
With an established position as a supplier to the region’s glass industry, Orientis Technology will bring valuable local support to existing and new Electroglass customers in the region.
UK-based Electroglass specialises in the development, design and manufacture of electric glass melting systems and equipment.
Franklin Bronze Precision Components has introduced the next generation of automation upgrades for its shell room.
The investment casting company has been at the forefront of automation since introducing robots to its manufacturing processes in early 2005 and continues to stay ahead via its latest introduction of robotic technologies.
This year, Franklin Bronze has upgraded the robotic arm and supervisory system in Shell Room 2. Installed by Shell-O-Matic Inc, the robot arm was replaced with a state-of-the-art system.
In anticipation of a second Covid-19 wave, PaneraTech will be offering assistance to glass manufacturers by waiving SmartMelter equipment lease fees to qualifying customers. Some customers do not have access to technicians due to travel restrictions.
Others have tighter restrictions to protect their workforce that do not allow the plant to bring in external visitors. The free leases will allow customers to collect the radar data on their furnaces at their own pace with remote guidance, without being subject to cost and time pressures.
BASF has launched a website for EXACTUS optical temperature sensors, featuring downloadable software and documentation. The site also includes access to product drawings, user guides and BASF TemperaSure. This graphical software gives the user the ability configure instrument settings and to log temperature readings obtained from EXACTUS pyrometers.
In response to recent design trends and to help meet industry requirements for improved energy efficiency and aesthetics of modern architectural glass, Dow has developed advanced, crystal clear silicone bonding technologies that can structurally bond glass and metal elements without penetrating their surface, hence preserving energy while enabling glass aesthetics.
Linde’s US subsidiary, Praxair Inc will begin operating under the Linde name from 1 September 2020. This name change reflects the company’s evolution following the merger of Praxair Inc and Linde AG. Operating under the Linde brand, the company has established a vision to be the best performing global industrial gases and engineering company.
When a leading glass container producer in the Netherlands needed a replacement cullet return system, the company turned to Forglass, the furnace and batch plant technology expert from Poland, whose engineers have designed a latest generation scraping conveyor, equipped with ‘smart’ technology. The design has already been dubbed SmartScraper, due to the machine’s built-in intelligence.
One of the key elements of this intelligence is the overload protection system (OPS).
Sun Chemical has organised a Corporate Sustainability Committee to further strengthen its approach to addressing the sustainability needs of the packaging industry.
AMETEK Land is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its UKAS-accredited infrared temperature calibration laboratory in the UK. In 1970, the laboratory in Sheffield was the first in the country to be accredited by the then British Calibration Service (BCS), now the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), for the issue of calibration certificates for non-contact thermometry.
Vidromecanica, Portugal, has recently completed the expansion of its premises, the company’s third significant expansion in recent years, providing additional space for the design and manufacture of equipment for the glass container and tableware sectors.
Based in the glassmaking hub of Marinha Grande, Vidromecanica employs approximately 60 production staff.
Agr International has announced the appointment of Martin Küstner (shown left) and Davide Bartoli (right) to strategic international positions within the organisation.
These appointments are a continuation of the company’s ongoing plans to strengthen and expand its sales and service organisations, in order to better support the needs of customers throughout the world.
A 20 year veteran at Agr International, Martin Küstner is named International Sales Director, overseeing all worldwide sales-related activities, with the exception of the USA and Canada.
Quantum Engineered Products is now present in more than 50 different countries, having shipped mechanisms to hollow glassmakers in three continents in recent weeks alone.
This includes configurations for 6-section 2 1/8in triple gob, 8-section 3in triple gob, 8-section 3 5/16in triple gob, 8-section 5in double gob and 10-section 6 1/4in double gob.
AMETEK Land now provides in-furnace thermal glass surveys to increase efficiency, productivity and asset life in glass production.
The company’s surveys allow glass producers to gain essential insights to the thermal processes within their glass melt tanks, with accurate real-time temperature measurements.
Combining near-infrared borescope thermal imaging with portable multi-gas analysis, the survey is carried out by an experienced engineer at a specified number of furnace locations.
Available from RHI Magnesita, the INNOREG concept of customised regenerators for glass furnaces optimises energy efficiency and reduces the clogging risk for individual regenerators.
The increase in energy efficiency was realised mainly with the TLW chimney block design. Increased energy efficiency means lower fuel cost and at the same time, lower CO2 emissions.
The reduction of clogging risk was achieved with the LCP shape, allowing a larger channel width in the lower area of the regenerators.
Based on a three axis design, Revimac’s RSS100 servo stacker is capable of operating at speeds of up to 22 cycles/min.
The three brushless servomotors allow users to operate an approaching, pursuit, loading and back cycle, always maintaining full control in each phase.
Via the user-friendly interface, it will be intuitive for personnel to customise curves and movement profiles to fit any type of glass container.
The Bavelloni VE series is the latest evolution of flat glass edging machinery, regarded as a benchmark in the field for its reliability, user-friendliness and for the quality of end product.
VE straight-line edgers are available in various configurations for every need and for any glass fabricator.
VE 350 6D is a vertical edger, equipped with six diamond wheels, suitable for customers who need to grind flat edge with arrises at high speed (up to 8m/min).
The use of laminated glass is growing rapidly thanks to its safety and comfort qualities. The latest laminating oven from Bovone is designed to provide a valid production alternative.
With this technology, the hot air flow system is separated from the IR heating lamps.
The air can be independently heated by electrical heaters, so the two heating systems can be managed in an independent way to manage any type of interlayer.
A spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser and Production Technology (ILT/IPT), nokra has almost 30 years’ experience in designing and integrating state-of-the-art, laser-based geometry measuring systems for 100% inline inspection in fully automated production lines.
The first glass measuring system was installed in 2006 on a Saint-Gobain windscreen production line. Today, more than 30 systems are used worldwide, operated by Saint-Gobain, KAC, AGC and AGP.
ROSS Europa GmbH has developed a proportional pressure control valve with comprehensive real-time monitoring and analysis capabilities for functions like plunger-up, counter-blow, final blow or finish cooling.
The state of a ROSS proportional valve can be monitored in real-time, allowing users to identify potential problems (eg leakages downstream the valve, voltage supply, upstream pressure) before they result in product defects and unnecessary machine downtime, thereby optimising the glass container manufacturing process and avoiding unnecessary costs.
When a UK glass container customer of Standard Industrie International encountered a problem of material spillages during the conveying of in-house cullet, it was decided to modify the existing strip and install 32m of LIFTUBE.
During a short production stoppage, the LIFTUBE was installed on a conveyor running in a tunnel of approximately 1500mm sides.
All original rollers and skirts were removed and taken out of the tunnel in turn.
The LIFTUBE parts were then transported by hand and installed on the original conveyor frame.
Capitalising on the success of previous advanced designs, BASF has recently developed enhanced thermocouple designs that utilise 20%-40% less precious metal than their traditional equivalents.
These designs use advanced high strength materials that allow for the use of less precious metal without sacrificing, form, fit or function of the thermocouple.
The designs can be used in forehearth, crown and bottom applications. The biggest benefit is a significant cost saving, without sacrificing longevity, quality and overall performance.
Based on 25 years’ experience in the glass container industry, DinterS has improved the operation of coating hoods to reduce the consumption of chemicals.
Developed in co-operation with leading glass producers, the company’s coating equipment minimises the environmental impact and daily costs of production.
Pictured: Latest DinterS coating hood.
Proell's core business lies in the development of custom-made chemical products for coating/decorating glass, metals, plastics and other materials, as well as innovative ink systems for IMD/FIM technology and screen and pad printing inks.
Among the company’s latest innovations is NoriGlass OR, a glossy, silicone-free, two-component glass screen printing enamel ink.
This outdoor-resistant ink has been developed for the second surface decoration of glass, particularly for backlit displays of vending or ticket machines.
According to Italy’s ADI, the Application of Industrial Diamond, good diamond tools mean reduced scrap, better results, higher productivity and ultimately, lower cost per metre.
The company’s UHS family of tools is used widely on most common vertical CNC machines. This special bond is formulated to give the best performance levels at high speed. It also delivers long tool life, contributing to reduced machine downtime.
Fuchs Lubricants has recently launched the first in a series of manual swabbing compounds for application in the glass container industry.
Part of the company’s comprehensive glass lubricants product range covering the container industry, flat glass and pharmaceutical/medicinal ware, Vitrolis MM premium is targeted at extended swabbing cycles and improving efficiency.
Available in 18kg sample pails, as well as 200kg drums and 1000kg IBC, the product is commercially available from Fuchs facilities throughout the world, together with local technical and commercial support.
In order to deliver ‘fresh’ glass to its customers, an established float glass production plant in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany is using a Grafotec Liquid Applicator - LA C-Protection on its line.
The system applies an anti-corrosion agent to the glass ribbon in liquid form, which can delay the resulting corrosion.
Dow is offering architectural designers and specifiers the opportunity to realise an aesthetically pleasing ‘one colour edge’ for insulating glass, which is a key design element in modern glass facades.
This colour matched edge sealant system comprises a DOWSIL primary and secondary sealant which when combined, offers high performance in gas-filled insulating glass for a homogenous appearance and improved aesthetics at the glass edge.
Mappi has again taken up the innovation challenge with its latest range of tempering furnaces, powered by Siemens.
Both the smallest of the company’s Fox series and those of its flagship ATS 4.0 series have been prepared to be integrated into MindSphere, the Siemens operating system, created specifically for Industry 4.0 and its infinite applications.
Cefla’s MITO Glass automated spray solution for flat glass decoration increases production output while simultaneously ensuring application uniformity, process quality and reduced rejects.
The speed and ease of use of the patented JIT system allows for extreme flexibility in colour change. A wide range of configurations allows for spray system customisation and increased variety in production output possibilities.
The contactless reading bar accurately scans the size of each glass sheet as it passes through the machine, ensuring reduced paint usage.
Following the retirement of Garry Fisher, Ondrej Bunda has been named Project Manager by Tecoglas, a member of the TECO Group of Companies.
He directly manages glass plant installation projects from early development through to project completion and is responsible for project scheduling, technical and budget evaluation, as well as construction co-ordination.
Ondrej Bunda (pictured) originates from the Czech Republic, where he received his Masters’ Degree in Structural and Transportation Engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Since signing a licensing and co-operation agreement with Verallia in May 2019, manufactIS GmbH has been supplying original spare parts, mechanism and assemblies for all GPS brand IS machines on an exclusive basis.
The development and installation of innovative technologies and safety solutions, as well as modernisations are part of the service and product portfolio provided.
Belgium’s Belref SA specialises in the production of dense and insulating bricks, monolithics and preshaped refractory products for the glass industry, supplying customers in more than 50 countries.
To remain at the highest level of quality and innovation, the company is currently investing in people and equipment, a PhD engineer having been welcomed from the University of Limoges, specialising in refractory materials, while specialist cutting equipment has been acquired for the finishing department.
India’s Shamvik Glasstech is undergoing rapid transformation via the involvement of third generation family members.
The company’s IS machinery expertise optimises cutting edge automation technologies to deliver end-to-end solutions with enhanced safety features. Vikram Munshi, Managing Director has created a global footprint in his 27 years at the helm. “To continue the legacy of the founding father, we will always try to provide up-to-date technology solutions to all customers who wish to establish a glass bottle plant” Mr Munshi confirms.
Metal powder producer Höganäs AB has developed a method to coat glass moulds using laser cladding rather than plasma transferred arc welding. Höganäs is a reliable and long-term partner for surface coating of moulds in the glass industry, with product offerings including nickel spray and fuse alloys and its blends with carbides, as well as extensive technical support from the Höganäs application development centre, ArcX.
Portugal’s Meta Global Lda reports growing sales to such countries as Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and the UK, in addition to its traditional business in support of glassmaking customers in Portugal and Spain.
Since its creation in 2006, Meta Global has maintained its focus on supplying the glass packaging, tableware and mould industries with quality products and services in close co-operation with customers. Technical, commercial, logistics and after sales support are conducted from locations in Lisbon and Leiria.
UK-based Pennine Industrial Equipment Ltd has been granted a European patent (EP 3348497) for its Swiftlink head protector link.
This follows the company having already been granted a US patent (US 10,358,293 B2).
Swiftlink has been designed to provide a different style of head protector that not only creates an uninterrupted transfer surface during hot glass container handling but also provides the ability to connect a chain rapidly when combined with Pennine’s Pennlock system.
HyGear, a supplier of industrial gases via on-site generation, will host a webinar on 7 July 2020 at 14:00 CET, discussing how companies can recover the mixed hydrogen and nitrogen gas streams that are usually vented, in an economical and environmentally-beneficial way.
Speakers at this webinar are Dr Ellart de Wit, Chief Technology Officer and Niels Lanser, Chief Commercial Officer. They will discuss the technology and its functions and cost savings respectively.
UK-based Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a developer and supplier of industrial inkjet solutions, has named Steve Jeffels as Chief Financial Officer. He brings a wealth of financial, strategic and commercial experience to the role, enhancing the company’s financial and corporate planning capabilities for the next phase of its growth.
Poland’s leading batch plant and furnace technology supplier is at the forefront of factory operating changes, where machines are able to make decisions by themselves or at least make the decision-making process easier for humans by seamlessly communicating with them.
The Forglass R&D department, in collaboration with The Main Mining Institute in Katowice, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow and other prestigious technical universities, has developed an array of innovative technological solutions for both batch plants and furnaces.
Turkish glass container specialist Gurallar Cam Ambalaj has selected Applied Vision’s
Volcano glass inspection systems for its second furnace project later this year in Kutahya. USA-based Applied Vision has continued its strategic growth into the glass container market due to its advancements in glass inspection technology and global support network.
‘Recycle for the world’ is the slogan adopted by Siam Glass in Thailand. Germany’s ZIPPE is now part of this cycle, as it helps the glassmaker to avoid wasting valuable raw materials.
After 15 years as President at Bucher Emhart Glass, Martin Jetter is handing over to Matthias Kümmerle, who has headed the company’s technology efforts since 2011. The change will take effect on 1 January 2021.
Martin Jetter has been President of Bucher Emhart Glass since January 2006. In parallel, until 2013 he managed the automation company Jetter, which he founded independently. Bucher Industries acquired a stake in Jetter in 2005 and took over the company in 2013.
For a second year in succession, Forglass has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Gazelles of Business ranking of the most dynamically growing businesses in the small-to-medium enterprise sector in Poland.
According to the company, this recognition reflects its positive reputation and credibility which, thanks to its dynamic development, can cope well even with much larger competitors.
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric, a leader in process automation and power control solutions, is staging public online training sessions on 12 and 19 May via the Microsoft Teams medium. Theme of the training sessions is ‘The Energy Source of the Future from an Energy Market Perspective’.
René Meuleman (pictured), Business Leader Global Glass, outlined some of the topics to be covered with the following commentary:
Tobias Wachtmann is to take over as Head of Vertical Glass & Solar at Siemens in Karlsruhe, Germany on 1 June, succeeding Bernhard Saftig, who retires in early July.
Mr Saftig has served glass industry customers at Siemens in positions of responsibility for more than three decades and leaves a strong foundation on which his successor can build.
Hotwork International, together with its subsidiaries worldwide, continues to serve clients with an urgent need for heat solutions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many float furnaces, oxy-fuel and electric furnaces around the world have needed to install backup systems to temporarily keep furnaces or working ends hot in case of a hot hold or when the oxygen supply or transformer fails.
In some instances, urgent attention has been needed to avoid critical machine problems and in others, a furnace drain was called for.
Glass melting technology specialist, Horn Glass Industries reports positive progress with a planned expansion of the company’s Ploessberg headquarters in Germany.
When the project is completed by mid-2020, 60 employees will benefit from the new complex’s productive working environment, designed for the creation of small office units, each fitted out for two-three people, instead of open plan offices.
A recent statement from Glaston confirms that production facilities in Finland, Germany, Switzerland and China have successfully maintained operations throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
From the outset, the focus has been on securing the operations, the safety of employees and on continuous support for customers. This means that machines and lines for processing architectural, automotive, solar and appliance glass continue to be delivered to customers throughout the world.
The Combined Coating Measurement System (CCMS) from Agr International provides operators with a one-stop, single operation testing station for measuring and managing the container coating process.
This system utilises Agr’s proven reflective coating measurement technology, features a fully automated measurement approach and incorporates a number of technological advances.
It provides a 33% improvement in testing throughput and a 70% improvement in precision over previous Agr coating measurement systems.
As packaging markets continue to expand throughout Asia, Agr International has recognised significant demand for its quality management and process control equipment for glass and plastic containers.
This is evidenced by an ever-expanding customer base in the region.
The recent establishment of a sales and service office in Japan, headed by Satoshi Okura (pictured), is intended to meet this growing demand, using factory-trained Agr personnel.
Poland’s Forglass has recently completed a batch plant expansion project on behalf of glass wool production specialist, Saint-Gobain Isover.
The Chemillé plant in France was constructed some 10 years ago and recently the company decided to expand its glass wool production by constructing a second furnace. Calculations showed that the capacity of the batch plant was sufficient to supply both furnaces.
What was needed was an additional line for transporting the mixed batch to the new furnace, fully integrated with the client’s existing control system.
Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a strategic partner for OEMs and system builders, has introduced its latest Atlas Graphical User Interface (GUI) industrial print software, offering significant usability and functionality, with interface options and language packs.
The Atlas Software Suite enables rapid integration of software components from GIS, system builders and third parties to create entire digital print systems covering workflow, RIP, VDP, drive electronics, ink delivery systems, transport control and subsystems.
Czech Republic-based Glass Service is celebrating 30 years’ service in support of the international glassmaking industry.
Together with affiliated companies FlammaTec spol s r o, FlammaTec Germany GmbH, FIC (UK) Ltd, FIC Germany GmbH, Augmented Sensors and Systems d o o (A-SENS), Glass Service provides extensive consulting and engineering services to customers.
HarbisonWalker International (HWI), the largest supplier of refractory products and services in North America, has announced Michael D Van Hill as Vice President, Supply Chain.
Mr Van Hill oversees all supply chain-related functions across the company’s international network, including customer service, demand and supply planning, transportation and logistics operations, as well as HWI’s 30 global sourcing centres and warehouses.
An investment group led by the owner of a worldwide construction company has acquired Henry F Teichmann Inc, the global process engineering and contracting firm dedicated to serving the glass industry.
Stephen F D’Angelo, owner and Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh-based dck worldwide, completed the transaction in mid-February, positioning Teichmann as an affiliate and strategic partner of the construction firm that has completed building projects in 125 countries.
Twenty seven Heye International service experts from around the world attended a week-long service workshop in Obernkirchen, Germany recently.
“What characterises the perfect team?” was among the important questions addressed, alongside “Which skill diversities can enrich the quality of a whole service team?” and “What are the benefits for the customer?”
Vibratory batch chargers with two pusher paddles and either servo- or frequency-controlled drives from HORN Glass Industries AG are increasingly specified in the glass market.
The reliability of this equipment has been reconfirmed by Wiegand-Glas in Steinbach, Germany in recent months. In 2018, HORN delivered a melting furnace together with an HRV 700S-2P batch charger, equipped with servo drive.
The servo drive allows the improved adjustment of the movement of the pusher paddles. Thus, the batch layer on the glass surface can be influenced more precisely.
Following the latest birthday honours awarded by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth 11, Hunprenco Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Edwin Neesom has received an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to exports and to the rural community in North Yorkshire. He received the award from HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, London.
In response to the international glass container industry’s growing acceptance and adoption of ‘smart’ manufacturing practises, IRIS Inspection machines has expanded its NEO range of smart inspection solutions.
Created in close consultation with key customers, the latest NEO technology goes beyond the conventional boundaries associated with specialist inspection machines, delivering a more comprehensive offering to face the challenges presented by the smart factory.
Nottingham, UK-based drying technology specialist for the industrial print market, Natgraph has appointed Andre Goodson as Managing Director and George Atkinson as Sales Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Mr Goodson (pictured) brings a wealth of commercial leadership experience, bringing fresh ideas to the company, with an initial focus on growth. His core involvement will be with Natgraph’s global sales team and its operations group.
Germany’s NOGRID GmbH, leading supplier of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has relocated its headquarters to Mainz. Larger office space and training rooms (pictured) will help the company to prepare for further growth.
Separately, NOGRID has also announced its latest pointsBlow 3.2.5 software release (software especially for the simulation of the glass container forming process in full 3D) and NOGRID points 6.7.3, a general-purpose simulation software. Both releases provide a series of innovative features, with faster computation time ensuring reliable solutions.
Following its recent acquisition of Spain’s Kyp Accessories, the positioning of OCMI-OTG as a world leader in the supply of complete lines for the production of borosilicate glass containers for medical and cosmetic use is gaining momentum. This is illustrated by growing research and development activity throughout the group.
According to PaneraTech CEO Yakup Bayram (pictured with Fred Aker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing), self-service SmartMelter inspections will be available to new customers for initial inspections effective immediately. This service, previously extended only to repeat customers, will help glass manufacturers ensure safe and reliable furnace operations as they are forced to adjust maintenance and repair schedules.
Ramsey’s experience in the manufacture of two pin silent chains for almost 100 years has helped the company to produce what is described as a superior glass bottle conveying chain. Continuous R&D efforts have resulted in the development of innovations and special production methods for 100% steel Sentry two pin chains.
Following the departure of Miikkael Niemi, Jukka Manner (pictured) has been appointed CEO at Sparklike Oy, Finland’s leading supplier of non-destructive insulating gas analysers. Mr Manner has been Sparklike’s Sales and Marketing Director since early 2019, a position he will continue to perform in parallel.
Working alongside him is Iiro Jantunen, Chief Technology Officer, who has been responsible for product development, production maintenance and quality assurance since joining the business last November.
FlammaTec has introduced a hydrogen carbon-free burner in response to environmental challenges to reduce the glass industry’s CO2 footprint. A combined team of German and Czech FlammaTec engineers has worked with the Glass Service Simulation Department to create this latest generation technology.
The project required extensive computer simulation and engineering work, followed by testing at a high temperature combustion facility. The results have included proven burner parameters, flame flexibility and a highly efficient, stable combustion process.
Glaston Group has been awarded a contract for an FC Series tempering line with Dutch company Steinfort Glas, an expert in glass processing serving the construction, furniture, interior design and automotive industries. The order was received in early February 2020 and the line will be delivered during the last quarter of 2020. In addition, the deal includes a co-operation agreement sharing resources and linking companies core knowhows to a common learning curve.
Since introducing the all-electric furnace 50 years ago and providing boosters for more than 500 fossil-fired furnaces worldwide, SORG has an entire department dedicated to electric melting. The VSM cold top all-electric melter was first patented by the company in 1970. Subsequently, over 100 have been supplied, producing all kinds of glass, especially high quality glassware, while ensuring low energy consumption, low waste gas quantities and a dust-free factory environment.