Although in the last years the furnace manufacturers have improved their processes and equipment, the Rollerwave and Edge Kink evaluation is still of great interest. The need to increase productivity often results in furnaces being utilized to the limits of production. That sometimes leads to minor product quality. In order to reliably operate the furnaces at the limit of their capacity, good measuring instruments are required. This is especially necessary for optical distortion, which does not only lead to a wavy appearance in the final product – but brings issues along when the sheets will be assembled to laminated or insulated glass.
In addition to the data that glass processors could already obtain from our haze or anisotropy control, the measurement of optical distortion now provides additional information. All these components and data will contribute to a significant improvement in furnace control and thus to better product quality at high productivity.
Even if the processes of learning and improving the furnace parameters currently normally run in an analogue mode, the future will be digital. Then quality control systems like our Temper Scanner 5D will provide data for an automized feedback to the furnace control to adapt parameters to achieve and keep the targeted quality level.
Company: Viprotron GmbH, Pfungstadt, Germany
About the speaker:
In May 2020 I started as Sales Manager for viprotron responsible for Europe.
I studied international business administration at the Fachhochschule Reutlingen. For the last twenty years I have been working within the glass industry in several positions. I started my career as a member of the software implementation team at A+W to implement the software within some of the leading glass companies like Saint-Gobain, Arnold Glas, NSG Pilkington, Flachglas group.
After that I worked for several years as an Area Sales Manager at Saint-Gobain with responsibilities for building up several markets (UK, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Canada and South Africa) as well as I had the responsibility for the public relation and the marketing for special glass applications.
After my return to A+W in 2007 I was delivering software projects as the project manager in the United Arab Emirates and did several implementations in France, Germany and other countries.
This was especially interesting as I was involved in highly interlinked projects, where each single information for a pane or a process to produce the final product needed to go in the correct place and to the correct machines which were getting all data from the ERP/ PPS Software. This is how real interaction leads to the correct balance between productivity and quality.
After moving to the Sales team of the core market I was responsible to consult the customers in their software projects to organize the complete process chains, her main regions have been D-A-CH, Benelux, France and Italy including Key-account management for international working glass company.
Today I find myself on the machine side, where we help glass processors to drop claim cost by detecting glass defects during the productions processes without affecting the productivity in a negative way, especially this is important as the projects nowadays again more interlinked than ever.