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GIS Launches Next Generation Atlas IQ Tools for Industrial Digital Printing

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.

Measuring batch coverage and crown temperatures

Measuring batch coverage and crown temperatures

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.

Italian/German screen printing technology joint venture

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.

Cut-resistant clothing sales increase confirmed

Cut-resistant clothing sales increase confirmed

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.

Gas combustion systems boasts advanced safety design

Gas combustion systems boasts advanced safety design

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.

Non-contact thickness gauge range extended

Non-contact thickness gauge range extended

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.

Webinar on container design and branding

Webinar on container design and branding

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.

Mobile refractory tools updated

Mobile refractory tools updated

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.

Executive management team changes

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.

Business continuity assured by Italian supplier

Business continuity assured by Italian supplier

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.

Honoured as an Ambassador of the Polish Economy

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.

Supporting the Polish economy during Covid-19 pandemic

Supporting the Polish economy during Covid-19 pandemic

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.

Flow heater meets higher power demands

Flow heater meets higher power demands

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.

Adapting to weak demand in heat treatment and auto sectors

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.

Web session devoted to container conditioning

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.

Merger completed of French and Italian lubrication specialists

Merger completed of French and Italian lubrication specialists

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.

Greener glass manufacturing technologies

Greener glass manufacturing technologies

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.

Radar-based technology recommended in insurance industry guidelines

Radar-based technology recommended in insurance industry guidelines

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.

Webinar explores digital communication technologies

Webinar explores digital communication technologies

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.

Plunger inspection

Plunger inspection

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.

Straddle carrier solution

Straddle carrier solution

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.

Extensive plunger manufacturing knowhow

Extensive plunger manufacturing knowhow

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.

Agent for Russia and CIS countries

Agent for Russia and CIS countries

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.

Latest investment in casting automation

Latest investment in casting automation

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.

Free furnace inspection equipment leases

Free furnace inspection equipment leases

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. 

Latest generation scraping conveyor

Latest generation scraping conveyor

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).

Latest factory expansion completed

Latest factory expansion completed

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.

Quality assurance management expertise

Quality assurance management expertise

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.

In-furnace thermal glass surveys

In-furnace thermal glass surveys

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.

Customised regenerator concept

Customised regenerator concept

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.

Precision ware handling at variable speeds

Precision ware handling at variable speeds

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.


Edging machinery innovations

Edging machinery innovations

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).

Versatile laminating hybrid oven

Versatile laminating hybrid oven

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.

Windscreen geometry measurement

Windscreen geometry measurement

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.

Proportional valve development

Proportional valve development

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.

Reducing risks during maintenance

Reducing risks during maintenance

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.

Reduced precious metal thermocouples

Reduced precious metal thermocouples

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.

Outdoor-resistant ink system

Outdoor-resistant ink system

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.

Diamond tooling benefits explained

Diamond tooling benefits explained

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.

Extended swabbing cycles

Extended swabbing cycles

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.

Improving the aesthetics of insulating glass

Improving the aesthetics of insulating glass

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.

Tempering furnace control innovation

Tempering furnace control innovation

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.

Auto spray solution for flat glass decoration

Auto spray solution for flat glass decoration

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.

Plant installation project management

Plant installation project management

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.

IS machine technology revitalised

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.

Refractories specialisation

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.

Next generation stimulates business transformation

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.

Mould coating technology

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.

Growing sales beyond Iberian peninsular

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.

Ware handling innovation granted patent recognition

Ware handling innovation granted patent recognition

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.

Webinar addresses waste hydrogen and nitrogen recovery

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.

Inkjet solutions management role

Inkjet solutions management role

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.

4.0 technology introduced for scraping conveyors

4.0 technology introduced for scraping conveyors

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.

Advanced inspection systems selected for Turkish glassworks expansion

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.

Management succession confirmed by glass container machinery specialist

Management succession confirmed by glass container machinery specialist

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.

Business growth recognition

Business growth recognition

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.

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Energy source of the future training sessions

Energy source of the future training sessions

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: 

Global heat solutions

Global heat solutions

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.

Workspace investment progressing as planned

Workspace investment progressing as planned

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.

Fully operational production facilities maintained

Fully operational production facilities maintained

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.

System streamlines coating measurement process

System streamlines coating measurement process

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.

Sales office opened in Japan

Sales office opened in Japan

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.

Customised batch plant expansion for glass wool specialist

Customised batch plant expansion for glass wool specialist

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.

Digital print software

Digital print software

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.

30th anniversary celebrations

30th anniversary celebrations

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.

Refractories supply chain management

Refractories supply chain management

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.

Acquisition supports turnkey plant construction strengths

Acquisition supports turnkey plant construction strengths

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.

Reinforcing the service team spirit

Reinforcing the service team spirit

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?

Batch charger installation success

Batch charger installation success

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.

MBE recognition

MBE recognition

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.

Creating the next era for smart inspection

Creating the next era for smart inspection

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.

Drying technology management appointments

Drying technology management appointments

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.

CFD software strengths reinforced

CFD software strengths reinforced

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.

Furnace inspections unaffected by travel bans

Furnace inspections unaffected by travel bans

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.

Conveyor chain developments

Conveyor chain developments

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.

Insulating gas analysis specialist management

Insulating gas analysis specialist management

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.

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Hydrogen carbon-free burner innovation

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.

Latest technology tempering line sold to the Netherlands

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.

Established electric melting expertise

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.