Talk About Tempering
A Close Look at Process Improvements and Changes
b y G A N A M e m b e r C o m p a n y M a p p i I n c .
lass has unique material
Everybody talks about how energy efﬁciency
properties, has been used for
thousands of years and is still
and operational measures, such as the use of
sensors and IT technology, can turn good
considered a superior synthetic mate-
rial. It has seen constant improvement
in both functional characteristics and
production efﬁciency. Its growth path intentions into reality. Energy efﬁciency is a
involves everyone interested in explor-
consideration for companies
when choosing a glass
ing its boundaries, including archi-
tects, designers, ﬁtters, manufacturers
and fabricators, as well as machinery
companies. Let’s consider tempering
tempering machine they’ll
as an example.
use for the next ten years.
A Closer Look
Tempering is a heat-treatment much and what to produce, and how
technique that requires absolute con- to do it. These will help the company
trol over both the temperatures and successfully access higher added-value
handling of glass, and is crucial for market areas.
high-quality production. At our com-
pany, we have learned that improve- What’s Next?
ment is always possible. For example,
Using modern technology is essen-
the use of sensors and IT technology to tial to produce high-quality glass. Our
manage and control the furnace tem- company,for example,has increasingly
perature can help ensure a level that’s applied the principles of Industry 4.0.
close to the optimal threshold value. This provides a greater cross-inte-
As a result, enhanced energy efﬁciency, gration between people, the machine,
both in terms of consumption and net company, product and the client, ac-
installed power, is guaranteed by re- cording to a coordinated system that’s more reliable and precise.
GANA offers a number of resources
duced energy waste.
able to gain self-awareness. It’s based
Everybody talks about how energy on the needs of those involved, and focused on the tempering process.
efﬁciency and operational measures, provides step-by-step, signiﬁcant im- These include various Glass Infor-
such as the use of sensors and IT tech- provements to all parts.
mation Bulletins, as well as the “Con-
nology, can turn good intentions into The designer and the architect, cepts for Analyzing Glass Tempering
reality. Energy efﬁciency is a consid- for example, can share their particu- Problems” video series and compan-
eration for companies when choosing lar needs with the glass company to ion education tools. This series offers
a glass tempering machine they’ll use achieve products of constant and certi- diagrams, detailed photographs, tem-
for the next ten years. Other consider- ﬁed quality. In an Industry 4.0 factory, pering demonstrations and real-world
ations include not only price, but also components and systems,following the case studies to serve as a guide to both
costs related to the production and the guidance of the employees,will provide fundamental concepts and trouble-
structural requirements of the facility. management with more insight into shooting tactics. Visit www.glassweb-
High-quality standards throughout the status of the factory by perform- site.com to learn more.
the manufacturing process can in- ing diagnosis, measurements, alerts
Mappi America Inc. is a member of
ﬂuence some decisions, such as how and presets that will become more and the GANA Tempering Division. n
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