Good data means better results
The data captured are fed back into the production process. They help spot departures from processes at an early stage and trend analyses of recurring problems reduce losses. The production process is fully transparent and full complete product analysis is possible.
The following aspects are measured in real time:
- Contours and sizes
- Position of the glass ribbon
- Thickness of glass and layers
- Surface quality
Data from the complete production line
CNUD EFCO GFT and Grenzebach’s integrated approach permits analyses to be made and conclusions drawn about the whole production process. And customers have the benefit of faster response times with minimal use of resources.
Example number one
Ribbon thickness is measured directly at the beginning of the annealing lehr to allow a faster response should production differ from the thickness tolerances permitted.
Example number two
At the cold end, Grenzebach measures the glass ribbon’s stress profile, in other words, the stresses that occur within the glass along a measurement line across the glass ribbon, which generate during the cooling process. Thanks to Grenzebach’s SERICY IIoT platform, the settings in the annealing lehr can be changed in order to reduce stress peaks.
Staying on track
If an item of glass in a high-rise facade needs replacing, then product traceability is invaluable. All the information and data generated along the value chain can be captured and used. The ability to associate this information with basic sheets of glass and the products these are turned into allows stakeholders in the glass ecosystem to trace the whole process, starting from the production line to the warehouse and all the way to the consumer. This is a huge asset and the foundation for continual improvement.
Technology & equipment
Float glass production
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